Sweet 16 team at Best

 

Pitt endured an embarrassing loss to Louisville Monday Night at the Pete and Pitt is showing the same flaws they have had for the past 4-5 years. Pitt is being exposed as having to many blue collar players and not enough Blue Chippers. The problem with Pitt once again is they lack that special player that can dominate a game. People in this town will say why should we want a McDonald’s All American when they will bolt after 1 or 2 years. Well the more players you draft into the NBA, the chances of recruiting top talent is greater. Pitt is labeled as a program that can make a marginal player into a college basketball star but being a college basketball star doesn’t guarantee NBA status. Just ask Brevin Knight, Jaron Brown, Julius Page. Programs like Marquette, Louisville, Cincinnati find that special player on a regular basis so whyRead More »

More Columbus Speculation

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets are still telling teams Fredrick Modin is not on the trading block and according to cbc.ca they are still trying hard to resign to hard shooting left winger but Modin wants to be traded to a playoff contender. It’s going to be interested in the next week to see how that plays out. The website speculates what we reported last night, that the Penguins are a possible destination for Anson Carter. Zherdev is still the main part of any discussions and the only way the Penguins trade for Carter or Modin is through the proposed trade of Christensen – Welch for Zherdev/ Modin or Carter. Carolina has offered Andrew Hutchinson for Anson Carter so don’t expect the Penguins to get into a bidding war for Carter and i hope they don’t. Crazy/Dumb rumor of the day came from none another than Eklund of www.hockeybuzz.com who saysRead More »

Latest Penguin Rumors

 

Trade Sceneraio’s 1. Columbus Blue Jackets – Pittsburgh Penguins Blue Jackets get: 1.Eric Christensen 2. Noah Welch 3. 5th pick Penguins get: 1. Nikolai Zherdev 2. Fredrik Modin Buzzontheburgh’s Trade Scale: B3 The Penguins and Blue Jackets have been in disscussions for the past 10 days and Penguin scouts have been attending the Blue Jacket’s last two contests. The holdup that may send these talks south is the second player being thrown in the deal. The Penguins are asking for Fredrik Modin while the Blue Jackets are trying to sign him to an extension. Indications are they have countered with Anson Carter who the Penguins offered a 2 yr deal in the summer but he took the lucrative deal in Columbus. Zherdev a former #4 pick overall has been a dissapointment thus far but has loads of potential and he is the main part of the deal. 2. Phoenix CoyotesRead More »

Players who could be dealt

 

Will Ray Shero provide Michel Therrien more bodies for their playoff run? With the Penguins surging on a 11-0-2 run, the question many want to know is will they stay put or load up for the stretch run. Indications are Ray Shero will tinker with his roster if the right deal is there. The Penguins have had scouts following the Blue Jackets, Bruins, Coyotes and Blues in recent weeks. Players who are trade bait that could bring in something other than a bag of pucks 1. Defenseman Noah Welch – Has a bright future in the league but despite being a dissapointment this season the 24 yr old D-man has drawn considerable interest from 4 or 5 teams. 2. C/LW Eric Christensen – He is not on the trade block, but has come up in discussions as of late 3. Dominik Moore – With Moore being used mostly in 4thRead More »

 

With the Penguins on a 11-0-2 run ( longest streak in over 10 years) Penguin fans are not dreaming about the Pens sneaking into the #8 seed anymore but they have dreams of an Atlantic Divison titleon their minds. Sunday the New Jersey Devils lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 and although it still seems farfetched but the Penguins are only 7 pts behind the Devils with one game in hand. Three games against the Devils in the next couple weeks give the Penguins a chance to gain some ground. I do not see them catching New Jersey but considering what this team has done so far nothing will surprise me anymore. Tampa Bay might have showed the NHL a blue print on how to beat the Devils in the offensive zone. Lots of cycling and sneaking a guy in the slot to spread out their zone defense. TheRead More »

Penguins win 5-4 in shootout

 

Penguins 5 – Canadiens 4 Despite surrendering a two goal lead late in the third period, the Penguins controlled the play for much of the game and kept their focus and composure to a 5-4 shootout win against the Canadiens. From the drop of the puck the Pens and Habs were going at it as Sidney Crosby was speared in the stomach just two seconds into the game. The Penguins did not lose their focus and go after the chump who speared Crosby, instead Colby Armstrong took matters in his own hands delivering a clean blind sided hit to the Canadiens top player Saku Koivu. That’s exactly what you do when other teams are tormenting Crosby or Malkin. You go after the others teams best player not their goons. Armstrong is never going to be the goal scorer many thought he would be after scoring 16 goals in 40 gamesRead More »

Pirates sign Tony Armas

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced they have agreed to terms with Washington Nationals pitcher Tony Armas. Armas, 28, made 30 starts last year for the Nationals winning 9 games with a ERA of 5.03. Don’t the Pirates already have Tony Armas and his name is Shaun Chacon. It’s nonsense for them to bring in a guy like Armas instead of giving a pitcher like Burnett a chance regain his spot in the rotation. Even if he isn’t ready he won’t do any better than Chacon or Armas The Pirates have to be the worst team in baseball at developing pitchers. They don’t give their pitchers a chance to start until they have received their social security checks. Breaking news Bucco fans Armas has just giving up his first home run…….

Montreal to listen to offers for Kovalev

 

The Montreal Canadiens have notified all 30 teams they will listen to offers for the right wing Alexei Kovalev. Kovalev has not lived up to his 4 year 18.5 million deal he signed in the summer of 05. Through 51 games Kovalev has 12 goals – 23 assists 35 points and a plus/minus -7. St. Louis Blues left winger is on the trading block but indications are the Blues are asking for way to much in return and it’s up in the air whether he will be dealt or not by the trade deadline. According to a report in The New York Post, the Rangers are interested in veteran winger Keith Tkachuk, whose play in St. Louis has improved under new coach Andy Murray. Tkachuk is in the final season of his contract, which also includes a no-trade clause. He is making $5.7 million this season. A portion of thatRead More »

Brad Boyes on the block?????

 

Will Ray Shero make another attempt to land Brad Boyes? The Bruins and Penguins came very close to trading for the talented center/winger this summer. Ryan Malone straight up for Brad Boyes was disscussed and the Bruins countered with Noah Welch being included. According to a report in the Boston Hearald the Bruins are looking to move Boyes who has gone 14 games without a goal. We are trying to recieve more info on this so stay tuned…. Zednik good as gone????? Richard Zednik received medical clearance to play again after the winger missed 24 games with an abdominal injury.But does his return to the team mean he’ll be trade bait?According to a report from The Washington Post, Zednik could help the Capitals get back into the playoff race. But if they don’t, GM George McPhee might start fielding calls for the winger. Brad Stuart on the block According toRead More »