Steelers 38 – Falcons 41

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers made Mike Vick actually look like he was worth that 10yr 133 million contract the Falcons gave him last season and there the only team that ever has. Why was Vick so effective against the defending Super Bowl Champs? Mike Vick was sacked 7 times last week by the Giants but this week was a different story. The lack of blitzing was the reason the Steelers were not successful. The Steelers looked very afraid of Vick and when they did blitz Vick hit Alge Crumbler for 2 out of 3 touchdown passes on blitzes. The Steelers seldom blitzed and when they did they were not successful. Think they missed Joey Porter. Further examination: In the 4th quarter on the big third down play their was a blitz from the right side where Joey Porter would have been and the Steelers couldn‚Äôt get to him. Vick always flushesRead More »

Orpik on the trading block?

 

Breaking news: Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke and head coch Ken Hitchcock were fired this morning. Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Penguins are looking to trade Brooks Orpik and John Leclair for some depth at forward and a backup goaltender. The buzzontheburgh has learned this morning, that this rumor is completely false. Orpik is not on the block as Ray Shero is very high on him. He is also not looking into trading John Leclair for right now. The Buzzontheburgh can also confirm that their is no truth about the rumor three way trade between the Bruins and Canucks. The rumor deal is Canucks get -Murray,Ekman,and Jurcina: Bruins-Cooke and Malone: Pens-Morrison and Fitzpatrick Although the Penguins have been in contact with the Bruins and Canucks since mid-summer this deal is not being discussed. The Canucks are still interested in Michel Quellet. The QuelletRead More »

Penguins 5 – Blue Jackets 3

 

How do you send down a player back to juniors that is getting better everygame he plays. How do you send a player back to juniors who leads the league in shorthanded goals? Well Jordan Staal is making that decision on Ray Shero that much harder. Jordan Staal scored 2 shorthanded goals to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Quellet and Gonchar scored power play goals in the 1st period but Jordan Staal’s shorthanded goal late in the second period put the Penguins on top at 3-2 and they never looked back. Evgeni Malkin added the 4th goal and Jordan Staal top things off with a shorthanded penalty shot goal that put a damper to the Blue Jackets night. The Penguins improve to 4-3 on the season. Buzzontheburgh’s Penguin Notebook:Ryan Malone is out for 6 weeks. More on this in Monday’s edition. Marc AndreRead More »

Glen Murray returning to the Pens?

 

The Boston Globe is reporting that Glen Murray is on the trading block and the Bruins want a proven goal scorer and young prospect in return. The Buzzontheburgh has learned that Ray Shero did in fact come close to pulling off a deal for center iceman Brad Boyes this summer. When the Bruins signed Marc Savard in the early goings of free agency, Shero looked into the availability of Boyes. An offer of Ryan Malone and Eric Christensen was declined and the Bruins countered with Malone and Welch which was declined by Shero. What makes that proposed deal in the summer interesting, is an hockey insider was on the show of Espn radio WAMG-AM 890 of Boston yesterday afternoon and reported that Bruins have received a call from Pittsburgh regarding the availability of Glen Murray. It is believed the Penguins may counter with the same kind of offer and thisRead More »

Gonchar lifts Penguins in Overtime

 

Penguins 4 – Islanders 3Despite giving up 3 unanswered goals in the second period the Penguins fought hard all game and prevailed in overtime as Defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored at 3:33 in overtime to give the Penguins a big “W” against a division foe. Evgeni Malkin scored his 2nd goal in as many games and also added an assist. Quellet, Ekman, Malkin and Gonchar each had a goal for the Pens. Malkin (1g-1A) and Crosby ( 3assists) each combined for 5 points. Both were on a line for the third period and expect the same combo Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.<a href=”http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=261019012” target=”_blank”> To Read Recap of the Game Click Here Buzzontheburgh’s Penguin notebookMike Therrien and Ray Shero had a extensive meeting today regarding Jordan Staal and our sources have claimed that more than likely Staal stays and Letang gets sent back to juniors. Nils Ekman and JohnRead More »

Evgeni did not disapoint but is their worry? Plus good news on the Arena front

 

Pens Lose 2-1 Evgeni Malkin did not disappoint in his first NHL game as he netted his first career goal late in the second period. Despite out shooting the Devils 16-4 in the 3rd period, the Penguins couldn’t muster anything past Marty Brodeur. Malkin was good not great but he showed he is the total package. It maybe be premature to say this but i’ve seen enough already and Malkin is the real deal but their is some concern. He has unbelievable offensive skills for how big he is but one thing that worried me was it seemed he had his head down a bit to much through the neutral zone. He’ll most likely fix that problem but Colin White was looking for the right time to line him up at center ice all game. Because of his size he’s a easier target through the middle and we don’t wantRead More »

Why didn’t the Penguins pursue Petr Skyora ?

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into tonights game against the New Jersey Devils with their prized position for the first time this season; ‘Evgeni Malkin’. Haven’t the Devils seen this before? Last season the Devils opened up against the Penguins in Sidney Crosby’s debut and this season they get Malkin. Evgeni is going to drastically improve this team but how much is uncertain. The Penalty Kill is upgraded but the Penguins lack top 6 wingers to play with their two young stars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. One player Ray Shero should have had on his radar was Petr Skyora who was left on the free agent market until late August. Skyora has underachieved the past few seasons but has the speed and goal scoring ability to have a fountain of youth in the new NHL. Instead Shero set his sights on bringing back Mark Recchi and pursuing Anson Carter whoRead More »

Evgeni Malkin = Sergie Fedorov & More

 

Evgeni Malkin is fully healed from a separated shoulder and will make his anticipated debut tonight against the New Jersey Devils. The addition of Malkin on the ice is like getting a Sergei Federov in his prime. He is that good. Malkin and Crosby will not be on the same line but expect the pair to see lots of 4 on 4 time together and power play time. With Malkin back in the lineup it will be interesting to see if he can jump Ryan Malone from his lackluster start. I’ve said from the middle of last season that management should trade Malone while he has value before the rest of the league finds out what were finding out; that maybe all Malone might be is an 20 goal scorer. Jordan Staal will start on the 4th line, but he is expected to get some time on Sidney Crosby’s leftRead More »

Jim Fassel out in Baltimore

 

Two straight losses to Denver and Carolina have led to the dismissle of Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassle. Head Coach Brian Billick will take over the offensive duties. The Ravens stand at 4-2 in first place in the AFC North Division but could easily be 2-4. Their first two wins they beat up on Oakland and Tampa Bay. It took them a last second field to beat the Browns then if it wasn’t for Steve McNair’s late game heroics against San Diego then would have lost to the Chargers. Baltimores schedule only gets harder and the Ravens are on the way down.

Ziggy Palffy coming out of retirement?

 

Reports out of slovakia have reported that Ziggy Palffy is training in his hometown and is contemplating a return to the NHL. Palffy is not elgible to return to the NHL until February. The Penguins still own his rights and it will be interested to see if they would think about bringing him back or trading his rights. Quote from Ziggy talking about a possible return per (www.cassovia.sk) “Regarding my official return on the ice, everything is open at this moment. I started practicing recently, though my official return could happen only after February when the 1-year period I am mandated to stay away from competitive hockey expires. You’ll just have to wait and see”. It was first reported from the same newspaper in August that Ziggy is comteplating a return so time will tell how this plays out. Updated: Evgeni Malkin will make his debut this Wednesday against theRead More »