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, 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 »

Candidates to replace Kevin McClatchy


Pittsburgh based attorney & Altoona Curve owner Chuck Greenberg is one of the early front runners to replace Kevin McClatchy. Greenberg has helped clients like Mario Lemieux and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar buy professional sports franchises and has stated on many occassions the Pirates are his dream job. Greenberg’s close ties to Mario Lemeiux played a vital role in securing the Penguins new arena and he was the one who got the negotiations going when talks were at a stalemate in late February. I reported last week Greenberg and Ulice Payne are being considered but sources have confirmed Payne is not interested. Michael Hill of the Florida Marlins is also believed to be on the Pirates wishlist. Hill is Florida’s vice president and assistant GM. He considered one of the game’s rising front-office stars as he has helped Marlins GM Larry Beinfest keep the franchise competitive despite limitedRead More »

Pirates swept by Atlanta


Inside the numbers: In the three-game set, the Pirates were outhit, 30-17, and outscored, 19-6. The Pirates 3-5 hitters ( Laroche, Bay, Nady) went a combined 3-32 in the 3 game series.Maholm (5-12) went six innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits. The Pirates haved allowed a run in the first inning in each of its last five games. The Braves improved to 29-12 against the Pirates at Turner Field.The Pirates placed third baseman Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list and activated Torres from the DL. Torres pitched 1 inning surrendering 1 hit and 1 earned run. The Pirates also purchased the contract of rookie infielder Don Kelly from Triple-A Indianapolis and designated reliever John Wasdin for assignment. The Pirates (40-51) return to PNC park for a three game set against the Colorado Rockies ( 45-46). The Pirates have held discussions with the Rockies aboutRead More »

Okobi salary cap casualty?: Penguins in great position to upgrade their roster


There is a possibility Steelers center Chucky Okobi will be released if he doesn’t win the starting center job in training camp. Okobi has a 2 million cap hit and has made it known he will not take a pay cut this summer. The Steelers brought in offensive lineman Sean Mahan ( 4 years – 17 million) in free agency who can play guard and center. Mahan is expected to give Kendall Simmons a run for his money for the starting right guard position but Simmons had a excellent mini camp and has the edge for now. Another battle to keep a eye on is Max Starks and Willy Colon at right tackle. Tomlin has been very impressed Colon and will get a strong look to be the teams starting right tackle. On defense Deshea Townsend and Ike Taylor are the current starters at cornerback. Tomlins project this summer isRead More »