Pirates acquire shortstop Izturis from Cubs


The Pirates today acquired shortstop Cesar Izturis from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later and cash. Is this the end of Jack Wilson? The Pirates have made it known for the past month Wilson is on the trading block. This deal backs that argument. Wilson is hitting .254, with a .309 on-base average. Wilson is signed through 2009: His salary is $5.25 million this year, and he will make $6.5 million next year and $7.25 million in ’09. Wilson has drawn minimal interest since being on the trading block. The problem is the only true contender with shortstop issues are the Boston Red Sox. Trading Wilson might be easier during the off-season as teams such as the Cardnals and Giants could be losing Eckstein and Visquel Potential suitors for Wilson1. St.Louis Cardnals – David Eckstein leaving via free agency.2. San Francisco Giants – The Giants willRead More »

Gossip around NHL


There was speculation going around last week, the Penguins were looking to move a defenseman on the current roster which led to rumors they were looking to acquire another defenseman through trade or free agency. One source told me thats where the Morris speculation came from but the Penguins had no interest in him. A lot people believe if Ray Shero wants to go get a Kovalev or Murray during the season, he has the role players to do it. Heres a new one: A source told me the Boston Bruins inquired about Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton. Sign Markov or Sopel and send Eaton to Boston. The Boston Bruins are looking to cut payroll and are looking to move Glen Murray and P.J. Axellson. Axellson has became expendable with the addition of Peter Schaefer. According to Metro news in Calgary, the Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has rejected the club’sRead More »

Latest Gossip


The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Ty Conklin. Conklin was 3-5-2 with a 3.34 G.A.A. He will battle Danny Sabourin for the #2 spot but Conklin will most likely start the season in Wilkes Barre. The Penguins also had interest in Alex Auld who is still available. Pirates Reliever Shaun Chacon is seeking a long term extension but the Pirates are looking to move him at the deadline. Two teams out West have inquired about Chacon. Chacon will draw some interest at the deadline. The Colorado Rockies have also inquired about reliever Solomon Torres. The Pirates are interested in Rockies CF Ryan Spilbourghs. David Littlefield is telling General Managers around the league, he is not listening to offers for left fielder Jason Bay. The Mets have inquired about Bay and are willing to put a offer on table that includes outfielder Lastings Miledge & top/mid tier prospect. The Mets areRead More »

Markov & Sutton the mystery’s of Free Agency


The mystery of NHL free agency has to be Andy Sutton and Danny Markov still being on the market. Both are quality defenseman but are asking for to much money and until their demands come down a bit, both will be without a team. Markov rejected two offers on the first day of free agency.Pit offer – 2 years – 6 millionChicago – 2 year 6 million When the Calgary Flames signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a 5 year – 18 million deal on July 1st, Markov’s demands went up to at least 3.5 million per season. In the early hours of free agency his agent was seeking 2-3 years at 3 million per season. After he rejected the Penguins offer, the Penguins moved on and signed Daryl Sydor. 18 days later Markov is still on the free agent market as few teams are willing to meet his demands. BlameRead More »

Steelers don’t want to lose Polamalu


One year away from free agency, strong safety Troy Polamalu is seeking to become the leagues highest paid safety and the Steelers seem willing to match his demands, as the two sides are close to agreeing to a long term extension that would make Polamalu the games highest paid safety, according to sources close to the situation. Currently Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is the games highest paid safety. Reed signed a 6 year extension worth 40 million including a 15 million signing bonus in the spring of 06. I’ve been told Polamalu is seeking atleast a 17 million dollar signing bonus. Faneca effect: The negotiations with Troy Polamalu have no effect on Alan Faneca. It is believed the Steelers offered Faneca a four year extension before draft weekend and will not increase that offer. The latest speculation is the Steelers offered Faneca 9 million upfront which led to FanecasRead More »

NHL Roundup


Per tsn.ca, The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is interested in unrestricted free agent Chris Simon, but Philadelphia has only about $800,000 left to spend under the salary cap. Former Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Star tough guy Todd Fedoruk, believes Philly needs another tough guy to help last season’s NHL penalty minutes leader Ben Eager, 23. “Eags did a good job last year,” Fedoruk told the Courier-Post. “He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league. “But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.” A Flyers bum and career minor leaguer named Riley Cote, 25, says if he is given the chanceRead More »

Some Quick hits regarding Michel Therrien’s 1 year extension


Sources have confirmed Michel Therrien is not happy with being offered a 1 year extension. Therrien was seeking a three year extension at 800k per season. I have been told the offer has been on the table for over five weeks but after it became evident Shero wasn’t going beyond a 1 year extension,Therrien had no choice but to accept the one year extension. It is obvious Therrien had little leverage in negotiations. There has also been some speculation Therrien has not had as much input in personnel decisions this off-season compared to last season. Heading into last season, Michel Therrien had a lot of say in the Penguins roster decisions. Ray Shero took the approach that he didn’t know a lot of the young players and let Michel Therrien have the final say in some early roster moves Libor Pivko (Ray Shero) vs Michel Ouellet (Michel Therrien): Shero madeRead More »

Throw out the three year theory in Jim Tracy’s case


A manager for a small market team is usually given three years before his long term status is decided. Rightfully so, in most cases thats how it should be. Pirates manager Jim Tracy has been on the job for a year in a half but many Pirate fans will agree its been long enough. I tend to agree with the three year theory in most situations but watching tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies, i made up my mind that Tracy needs to go. I’m not even going to waste my time writing ideas why he should be fired because anyone with some baseball knowledge knows the horrid job he has done. When he was hired i said give him three years to see what he can do but its pointless to keep him around for another season. Plain and simple he is not a small market coach. Case inRead More »

Penguins extend Therrien’s contract


Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero announced the Penguins have signed head coach Michel Therrien to a 1 year extension through the 2008-2009 season. The deal is believed to be worth 800k per season. The offer has been on the table for over a month as Therrien was seeking a 2-3 year extension. A absolutely smart move by the Penguins. Therrien had no leverage in the negotiations and why sign a coach to a long term extension when the teams General Manager is not sold on him being the coach who can take the team to the next level. The ball is in Therrien’s court to improve upon last season and take the Penguins beyond the first round. The 07-08 season will be a big year for management to see if Therrien is the long term coach. If he does then he will get his long term extension he isRead More »

Latest NHL Rumors


According to reports of out Tampa Bay, defenseman Jason Cullenmore is looking to return to Tampa Bay. Cullenmore helped them win a Stanley Cup in 2004. “It’s an absolutely perfect fit,” Cullimore’s agent, Roland Thompson, told the St. Petersburg Times. “He’d like to come back to Tampa, and we’ve had some discussions. If the opportunity came, it would be his first choice.”The Times speculates that Cullimore might cost only around $650,000, but even that pushes the Lightning closer to their self-imposed payroll budget of $44M. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been quiet this off-season and are expected to head into the season with goaltenders Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena according to the Columbus dispatch. Despite what the dispatch is reporting sources have said the Blue Jackets did inquire about Rangers goaltender Al Montoya. The Rangers are working on a deal to send C Matt Cullen back to the Hurricanes, accordingRead More »