Penguins Trade For Gary Roberts

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers have finalized a trade that is sending left winger Gary Roberts to Pittsburgh in exchange for prospect Noah Welch. The hold up is Gary Roberts has to waive his no trade clause and he is expected to tell the Panthers by 10:00 pm est tonight. With the possible addition of Roberts, the Penguins are not done by no means. Latest rumors are The Penguins have offered Ryan Malone & 1st round pick for Bill Guerin of the St.Louis BluesThe Penguins have offered a 3rd round pick for defenseman Aaron Miller of the La Kings Backup plan if Guerin deal doesn’t fall through are the Penguins may take a run at Owen Nolan and even reopen talks with the Coyotes about Georges Laraque.

Quick Hits

 

Following the Penguins 6-5 loss to the Islanders Monday afternoon, head coach Michel Therrien went on a tirade calling out goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in front of the team and then to the media moments later. The downfall of Therrien when he was coaching Montreal was his emotions would get the best of him and calling out Fleury was a prime example. The team just came off a 14-0-2 run and although Fleury did play horrible against the Islanders, there is no reason to rip him after that game. Fleury knows he played bad and what good did it really do? The rap on Therrien has always been he can’t handle star players. He’s the kind of coach who gets the most of AHL players like a Max Talbot but the verdict is not out yet whether he can coach star players over the long haul. Which brings another question. WillRead More »

Penguins in Guerin Sweepstakes

 

Andy Strickland who covers the Blues on a regular basis has revealed to me that their is some truth to the Guerin rumors and the Penguins are interested in Guerin. The Penguins are 1 of 5 teams Guerin would accept a trade to and it is believed he is intrigued of the possibility of playing with Sidney Crosby. Are the Penguins the front runners? That remains to been seen but it’s going to take either a 1st round pick or they could go the route of Welch and a 3rd. Ray Shero has been adamant that he will not not give up a 1st round pick but everyone changes their mind. If the draft happened today the Penguins would be drafting 24th overall and when your drafting that low you never know what your going to get. Look how long Colby Armstrong took to develop and he is still aRead More »

Update on this weeks trade rumors

 

We reported this week that the Penguins have strong interest in Yanic Perreault and Georges Laraque. The Coyotes had two scouts attending the Penguins game last night and Dominic Moore who had a solid game at both ends of the ice enhanced this trade of happening we were told. It is believed the Coyotes have interest in Moore but the hold up could be they are asking for 2006 2nd round draft pick Carl Sneep. The proposed tradeCoyotes get:Dominick MooreProspect or mid pick Penguins get Yanic Perreault (B3)Georges Laraque (B3) Two players the Penguins could make a run at:1. Brian Smolinsky who had a very good game against the Penguins Wednesday night could also become a possibility if Coyotes – Penguins talk goes south.2. Scott Nichol from the Nashville Predators. Nichol is a fiesty forward who was suspended for 9 games this season for a sucker punch would be aRead More »

12:51 a Disgrace

 

The Penguins got a very important win last against the division leading Devils but all things being said how on earth does Evgeni Malkin only play 12:51 seconds against a team like the New Jersey Devils. That is a disgrace for Malkin to play under 13 minutes. I mean comon those are Johnny Vermont ice times. Michel Therrien has done a great job in recent weeks, including putting Malkin on Sid’s line late in the third against Chicago but here are the three issues i still have a problem with in regards to Therrien’s coaching philosophy. 1. Not enough ice time for Sid and Malkin during overtime: When the Penguins go into overtime, fans are lucky to see Crosby and Malkin out their twice. Michel Therrien comes out with 4 groups of forwards and sometimes throws a 5th group before Sid gets out their again. Therrien can not rely onRead More »

Has Kovalev demanded a Trade?

 

Alexei Kovalev has struggled during his tenure in Montreal and star defenseman Sheldon Souray decided to take matters into his own hands. There are conflicting reports but indications are of a confrontation that went from verbal spat to a few punches being thrown between Kovalev and Souray Saturday. Rumors are Kovalev has said his last game as a Canadien would be Saturday after he was benched in the third period and then on Monday he came up with a so called upper body injury. Sounds a little fishy and if the Canadiens can’t find a trading partner for Kovalev which seems to be the case considering he is due 9 million over the next 2 years, hitting the waiver could be a possibility. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting what many of us have been reporting for a few days that the Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in Anson Carter. Like iRead More »

Pens Rally to upend Blackhawks 5-4 in Shootout

 

For the third game in a row the Penguins gave up a two goal lead but rallied once again tying the game at 4-4 late in the third then winning in the shootout 2-0 behind goals from Erik Christensen, and Evgeni Malkin. Sidney Crosby was held without a goal for the 9th straight but he played well and almost took the game over late in overtime. The goals will come so i wouldn’t‘ worry about his goal less streak. The main thing is the team was able to get the win against against a bottom dweller team whose record is worse than what they really are. Marc-Andre Fleury did not have his best game but he was exceptional in the overtime and shootout. What a save he made 10 seconds into overtime on Martin Havlat. It’s becoming a regularity watching Fleury take over a game in overtime. Give credit toRead More »

Latest NHL Rumors

 

St.Louis is on the clockWith two weeks of hockey to be played before the trading deadline expires, all eyes are going to be on Blues defenseman Eric Brewer. Brewer 27 years old struggled during the first half of the season but since Andy Murray took over as head coach Brewer has evolved back into the player he was in Edmonton. The Blues, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, have had discussions with Brewer’s agent about re-signing him, and they’d like the 27-year-old to be a veteran mentor to 2006 No. 1 overall draft pick Erik Johnson. Despite the on going negotiations Brewer is expected to test the free agent market which puts the Blues in a tough situation. Teams interested: According to the Edmonton Journal The Oilers have been scouting Brewer the past couple weeks. On a Penguin note, Penguins scouts have attended the Blues last two games but iRead More »

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 »