Quick Hits

 

The Phoenix Coyotes have placed defenseman Nick Boynton on waivers. Boynton a former All-Star before the lockout has had some ups and downs adjusting to the new NHL which is very surprising considering he seems more suited for the new NHL than the old. Anyways what i know is the Penguins were rumored to be interested in Boynton before last years trade deadline but a deal was not worked out. Boynton is due 2.95 million for the next two years. I am looking into at this moment if the Penguins have interest in Boynton. Check back in a few hrs….. Paul Kariya will enter free agency and will be a hot commidity. Expect the Penguins to atleast touch base with Kariyas representatives but they are a longshot at the moment. Bill Guerin will draw considerable from teams around the league. Guerin will not return to St.Louis as he is lookingRead More »

News & Views: Todays Top Headlines: Local & National

 

1. News: Pirate Fans plan walkout on June 30th Views: The walkout seemed like a longshot at first but it is gaining steam in recent days. Whether it is a success remains to been seen but they have an endorsement from me. What is alarming is the Pirates telling FSN not to show the walkout and talk show hosts Tim Benz, Joe Bendel and Ellis Cannon being not permitted to take calls on the walkout do to their stations affiliation with the Pirates. 2. News: A reported 4 team deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Lakers is off the table Views: The Lakers must find a way to get a third team involved if they have any hopes of landing the Big Ticket. The Atlanta Hawks hold the number 3 & 11 picks in the first round and are the rumored team that may get involved. New reportsRead More »

Regher to Pittsburgh unlikely unless………

 

There are many factors the point towards the unlikely hood of the Penguins and Flames pulling this deal off Reasons to doubt this trade will happen…… The Flames asking price is very high at the moment. The Penguins will have to up the ante. Malone and Orpik will not get it done. The Penguins would have to send a 2nd round pick or 1 of their top 2 draft choices from last weeks draft. That is not going to happen. Regher is seeking an extension. This deal does not make sense unless the Penguins have a extension in the works since Regher is a free agent following the 07-08 season. Ray Shero is not going to make this trade and then lose Regher to free agency after 1 season I don’t see the Flames front office jumping up and down about Ryan Malone skating on their 2nd or 3rd line.Read More »

Penguins in talks with Flames about Robin Regher

 

It has been confirmed to the Buzz on the Burgh that the Pittsburgh Penguins are in ongoing talks with the Calgary Flames about defenseman Robin Regher. I have been told that the likely players involved in the trade talks are Robin Regher to Pittsburgh for Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik. More players could be involved but Colby Armstrong or Eric Christensen are not apart of it as of right now. If the Penguins are able to finalize this deal they most likely will have to include a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick or another role player…….The Flames reportedly would prefer to send Regher to the Eastern Conference. The Anaheim Ducks could get into the running if Scott Niedermayer retires. The NYR, COL, EDM, Atlanta Thrashers are also expected to join the Regher sweepstakes. My Take: It seems hard to believe the Flames would accept such a deal without aRead More »

Mike Yancich to attend Penn State

 

Pittsburgh Sports Insider first reported that 4-star linebacker Trinity lineback Mike Yancich was leaning towards committing to Penn State and i can confirm this as I have been told as 3:05 p.m. from a family member of Mike Yancich, that he will announce tonight at 6 that he will commit to Penn State University. The family member told me at this moment “Yanich is 90% certain” he will commit to PSU. It is believed it really came down to PSU and UConn. As of memorial day weekend, my source told me Yancich was really impressed with the UConn coaching staff and the facility plus the oppurtinity to play right away played a factor in UConn being strongly considered. As it might have been tempting to attend Pitt and UConn how can you pass up playing in Linebacker U. *Yancich is rated by Pantherlair.com as the 6th best player in PA,Read More »

Latest Penguin Buzz

 

Free Agency Rumors The Penguins top targets when free agency begins will be San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny Markov. Defenseman Andy Sutton of Atlanta is plan B Robert Lang to Pittsburgh? It might not be a after thought after all. www.Insidehockey.com predicts Lang to sign in Pittsburgh. I can’t see this happening but i can confirm Langs wishlist of teams include the Penguins and the Rangers. The KLS line will be reborned ( Staal -Lang – Kovalev). Latest news Nashville Predators defenseman Marek Zidlicky is on the trading block. The Penguins are not in the sweepstakes for Blackhawks young defenseman Brent Seabrook. I have been told that the only way Seabrook is moved is for a top flight center. Seabrook could be part of a Brad Richards or Patrick Marleau trade to Chicago. Trade Rumors: The Chicago Blackhawks have interest in Jarko RuutuRead More »

Will the Penguins Counter?

 

The Philadelphia Flyers have already made a big splash before free agency even begins by trading for the rights of left winger Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen. They might have overpaid for both 26 million over 6 years for Hartnell and 37 million over 6 years for Timonen but they are a much improved team. Factor in their deadline acquisitions of goaltender Martin Biron, forward Scotty Upshaw and defenseman Braydon Coborn they are going to be a much improved team. According to Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren they are going to be very active in free agency. Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren will try to land a top center, either through free agency, trades or a combination of both, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. The Flyers have 41 million committed in salaries which leaves them just enough money to make a serious run at Scott Gomez or Daniel Briere. WithRead More »

Quick Hits

 

A surprising announcement came from Ray Shero today that right winger Michel Ouellet will not be offered a contract from the Penguins. Shero tendered Colby Armstrong, Ryan Whitney, Max Talbot, Tim Brent, Eric Christensen and Ryan Lannon. I can live with the Penguins parting ways with Ouellet but why didn’t they at least get a draft pick for him. Ouellet might not have NHL speed but he did score 19 goals last season and outscored all of the players the Penguins tendered except Ryan Whitney. If Chris Thorburn can produce a third round pick, then Michel Ouellet should warrant a first round pick. I’m being sarcastic but still this move doesn’t make sense. With the recent Kovalev to Pittsburgh rumors, there’s been mixed opinions about whether Kovalev is worth the risk. Some feel he is washed up while others feel Crosby could rejuvenate his career. If it’s only going toRead More »

Latest Penguin Buzz

 

The Penguins have offered Joe Melichar a 1yr deal. The Penguins have not offered Jocelyn Thibault a contract at this moment. It is believed the Penguins are only looking for a veteran backup goalie that is willing to sign a 1yr deal. Expect Thibault to enter free agency Michel Ouellet will not be offered a contract. He may still be brought back at even a lesser price: Update: 4:40 Michel Ouellet will be in the same boat Andy Hilbert was in last year. It’s believed both sides have some interest in returning but the Penguins are in a wait and see approach. I just don’t get the logic in not tendering Ouellet. Yes he’s slow but he was one of their top 6 forwards down the stretch and in the playoffs. . Rumors from the Draft The Penguins made multiple attempts to move up in the 1st round to selectRead More »

The Monday Morning Report

 

It was great to see the Roberts and Recchi situation resolved before the draft began. Now the Penguins can move on to address their other needs such as finding a winger for Sidney Crosby. I reported Thursday evening that if the talks to did progress by Friday afternoon, the Penguins were moving on. While it looks like Roberts and Recchi took Sheros demand seriously as both signed 1yr deals. Both are cap friendly deals. Roberts will make 2.5 million and Recchi will make 1.3 million with incentives that can make the contract worth 2 million. When the Penguins acquired a 3rd round pick for Chris Thorburn, there were some rumors swirling around at the draft that the Penguins were looking to move up in the 1st round. Their potential target was rumored to be defenseman Ryan McDonagh who went to Montreal at #12. McDonagh was the third defenseman taking inRead More »