NHL Rumor Mill

 

Talks off to a good startContract talks between the Penguins and C Sidney Crosby’s agent are progressing nicely, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They’re going in the right direction,” Pat Brisson, Crosby’s agent, told the Posst-Gazette. The amount of money per season isn’t the issue it’s the amount of year. 5-7 years has been the rumor of late Gerber a tough sell?Senators GM Bryan Murray has held talks with the Kings and Coyotes about trading G Martin Gerber but still hasn’t had any luck, according to the Ottawa Sun.The two years and $7.4M remaining on Gerber’s contract remain appears to be a deal killer. the Coyotes had been rumored to have asked the Senators to take defenseman Derek Morris and his $3.9 million salary for next season as part of the deal. Potential Suitors: 1. Kings, 2. Coyotes, 3. Lightning, 4. Blues Plan B for the Oilers?After the Sabres matchedRead More »

Wednesday Morning Rumors: Boogaard to the Flyers?

 

The Devils are pushing hard to bring D Sheldon Souray back to New Jersey, according to the Newark Star-Ledger, and his signing could be imminent. The paper described the Devils as front-runners for the hard-shooting, unrestricted free agent blue-liner, who made $2.43M last season. Meanwhile, the New York Post said sources are “buzzing” that Souray might join the Rangers, although that seems unlikely because New York doesn’t have much room left under the salary cap. Glen Murray on the trading Block. The Boston Hearald is comfirming what i and many have been reporting for days. Murray is due 8.3 million over the next two years. Dallas morning news is reporting the Dallas Stars have a 3 yr – 12 million offer on the table for Slava Koslov The Flyers are looking for a heavyweight enforcer and the Camden Courier-Post reports they might find a way to fit Derek Boogard, aRead More »

Penguins made upgrades but still have holes to fill

 

The Penguins made two vital signings Monday morning that plugged two serious holes which became evident during the Ottawa series.They added a scoring winger in Petr Sykora and a veteran defenseman in Daryl Syor who brings stability and leadership to an average defensive corps. The more i look at the Petr Sykora signing, the more i like it. He could very well score 30 goals playing with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. I envision him playing with Malkin but thats up for debate when that time comes. He only scored three more goals than Michel Ouellet last season but Sykora overall game is a upgrade over Ouellet’s. I look at the Daryl Sydor signing as the Penguins trading Joe Melichar for Sydor. No question its a upgrade but the Penguins could have done better or at least waited a couple days to see if anybody’s price came down. Once DannyRead More »

Bucco Rumors

 

If there are any Pirate fans out there, here are some rumors swirling around the diamond. The Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies have inquired about reliever Solomon Torres as of this afternoon. Jack Wilson is on the trading block but is not drawing much interest. The Cubs are believed to have offered right fielder Jacque Jones for Wilson but were turned down. It would have been a even money deal. The New York Post reports the Mets are interested in catcher Ronnie Paulino. Chris Duffy could draw some interest from a contender looking for bench help. The Pirates will get offers for Xaiver Nady but appear unwilling to trade him. Nady is having a career year. Tony Armas will be released once Zach Duke returns from the DL. Well hopefully he never does. My man needs to sent back to single A ball. Right now is the bestRead More »

Quick Hits

 

Updated: 7:50 Latest NHL Rumors Eklund of HockeyBuzz is reporting the Penguins are a possible suitor for Derek Morris. I can confirm no trade offer has been made to Phoenix for Derek Morris but the Penguins appear to be looking around for another defenseman at a reasonable price under 2 million per season via trade or free agency . This morning i received some insight that the Penguins are looking for another right handed defensive defenseman. Their goal is to go into the season with 8 NHL ready defenseman but all of this does not add up. Despite the fact they just resigned Scuderi and signed Sydor the speculation will not go away about the Penguins interested in picking up another defenseman. Ossi Vannanen makes sense to me but well see where these Morris rumors go. I ll post anything as soon as i find out. Bill Guerin has notRead More »

Christensen and Orpik not going anywhere for now

 

Just talked to two good sources tonight who have said the Penguins are not looking to move Eric Christensen or Brooks Orpik. Any thing can change but coming into training camp Christensen is expected to have a spot on the top 2 lines as a winger. The team was very happy with the Whitney-Orpik tandem and although two teams inquired about him in the past week the Penguins were not close to trading him. What about the Regher to Pittsburgh rumors?The two sides exchanged two offers last week before the Flames decided they weren’t looking to move Regher. It’s believed the Flames were just seeing what they could get for Regher and there were to many obstacles for this trade to go down. Now its a dead subject as Regher signed a 5 yr extension. Malone 3rd line Center?The two names who could be moved are Ryan Malone and JarkoRead More »

An Inside look at todays signings in the NHL

 

I like what the Kings and Capitals did today. The Capitals signing of Michael Nylander is a very good signing for them. In the first two days of free agency the Capitals improved their squad signing a #1 center, puckmoving defenseman in Tom Poti and Viktor Kozlov who scored 26 goals last season. The Capitals top 2 lines will look like this. 1st line Ovechkin – Nylander – Kozlov: 2nd line Semin – Backstrom – Clark. Ovechkin and Nylander will be perfect for each other. Nylander never shoots and Ovechkin never passes. The Capitals might compete for the #8 seed in the East. The LA Kings signed Tom Preissing to a 4yr – 11 million deal today. Preissing will provide leadership for a young team and will be mentor for defenseman Jack Johnson. The Kings are also rumored to being interested in Defenseman Brad Stuart. I liked the signing ofRead More »

Latest Rumblings

 

Updated 10:30The Islanders are in desperate mode have offered contracts to Ladislav Nagy who signed in LA & Danius Zubrus. They appear to be out the Bill Guerin sweepstakes but who knows with free agency. He turned down a 2 yr 7 million deal i ve just been told. Eklund of HockeyBuzz.com has the Penguins as a possible landing spot for center Mike Peca. Been looking into this all day and have found out that the Penguins have touched based with Peca’s representatives but no formal offer has been made yet. A 2 year – 4 million offer could be on the way from the Penguins but Peca is seeking 3 million per season which is looking very unlikely. As soon as i hear anything else i will post it. The Penguins also inquired about Brian Smolinsky whom they had interest in at the deadline but no offer was made.Read More »

Latest Penguin Buzz

 

Updated: 4:15 Sorry for the late updates….Was dealing with some business The Penguins are seeking a third line center. They have inquired about 3 players who fit the profile. Danny Markov rejected the Penguins 2 yr – 6 million offer late last night. Danny Markov’s price has risen. Markov may not be out of the picture. Talks with Andy Sutton did not go far after his agent made it known Sutton was looking for 3 million + per season. A reason he is still available i have been told. The Penguins and Vancouver each were offering Paul Kariya a 3 yr – 12 million deal. Following Jason Blake signing in Toronto, the Blues upped their offer around 9 p.m. est to 6 million per season. It is believed the Penguins are exploring all their options and at the right price i’ve been told they may still add another forward andRead More »

Day 2 very quiet

 

Day 1 of NHL free agency started off with a bang with the likes of Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Ryan Smith, Daniel Briere, Paul Kariya all getting long term lucrative deals. Day 2 has been very quiet as it is now five minutes past one and there have only been two minor signings. There are still lots of big names still available. How does Brendan Shananhan fit into the Rangers plans? With 44.5 million spent towards the cap for next season the Rangers are going to have to get very creative to fit Shananhan’s 4 million salary. They still have to resign RFA’s Henry Lundqvists and forward Steve Avery. Avery is likely to head to arbitration where he could receive over 2 million dollars per season. Big Names still available 1. Bill Guerin seeking 2 yr – 7 million deal2. Brendan Shananhan. Unknown what is going on with him. RangersRead More »