Latest NHL Rumors

 

Contract Extension for Ovechkin?Since their rookie year, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin have been linked in a friendly rivalry. So Crosby’s new five-year, $43.5M contract extension naturally turns attention on the Capitals to re-sign their young superstar before he becomes a restricted free agent next summer. “We don’t discuss player contracts,” Capitals GM George McPhee told The Washington Times regarding Ovechkin’s situation. My Take: There has been a lot of speculation going around that Ovechkin is waiting to see how the Capitals fare this season before signing a long term deal. Regardless the Capitals would match any deal he would receive following next season Selanne to Philadelphia?Two Finnish sources reported that Ducks F Teemu Selanne was considering joining the Flyers to team up with fellow Finns Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, however, seemed surprised at the notion and told The InquirerRead More »

Breaking News: Crosby signs 5 year – 43 million extension

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby have agreed to an 5 year extension worth 45 million. The deal will pay Crosby 8.7 million per season and will go in effect following the 07-08 season. Crosby the leagues leading scorer and M.V.P. was believed to be willing to take less money but how can you blame him not wanting to make what he can. Crosby is worth every penny when you consider a player such as Scott Gomez is making over 7 million per season. The max deal Crosby could have signed was 10.06 million per season and looks like he gave the Penguins a minor discount. It remains to be seen if the pressure from the NHLPA got to Sidney Crosby. Crosby said last week he is part of a union and he was going to take that into consideration. Regardless its a great day for hockey and the cityRead More »

The Crosby Contract: Fleury on deck

 

All reports indicate talks between the Penguins and Sidney Crosby are going well. Crosby has made it known he is willing to take discount for the chance to win a championship in Pittsburgh. There is a rumor out there that the two sides have agreed upon the amount per season and the only minor issue is the amount of years. The NHLPA is pressuring Crosby to agree to the max contract of 10.06 million per season but pressure never gets to Crosby. The Penguins have gone into the negotiations with the logic that they will give Crosby what he wants but here’s the latest buzz regarding The Crosby Contract. Talks began with an a starting point of a 7 year deal worth 52 million. I’ve been hearing Crosby will settle on a 5 year deal worth 8-8.5 million per season. It’s difficult to get info about the amount per seasonRead More »

Tigers and Rockies have inquired about Solomon Torres

 

Pittsburgh Pirates releiver Solomon Torres may have a new home in the next couple weeks. Torres has requested a trade and the Pirates appear willing to grant Torres that wish. Here’s the latest….. The Detroit Tigers have inquired Torres but no offer has been made. The Tigers are also expected to may a play for Astros closer Brad Lidge. We first reported the Colorado Rockies expressed interest in Torres last week and now the Denver Post is reporting the Rockies are going to go after Torres and Royals closer Octavio Dotel. Outfielder Matt Harwpe could be on the trading block Unless the Pirates hit rock bottom in the next couple weeks, Jack Wilson will not be traded the buzzontheburgh has learned. Wilson is drawling minimal interest since the Pirates have put him on the trading block David Littlefields job will be on the line at this months trade deadline andRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Neogtiations with Sidney Crosby are expected to pick up this week and heres the latest speculation regarding the contract talks: The NHLPA is urging Crosbys representatives to agree to a max deal. Although the pressure is out their from the NHLPA Crosby is still expected to take a discount around 8 – 8.5 million per season. Crosby is expected to sign a 5-7 year extension. I’ve been hearing its going to be a 5 year extension but hopefully it will be between 6-8 years. The Penguins expect University of Minnesota defenseman Alex Goligoski to turn pro within the next week. Don’t look to much into Eklunds rumors of the Penguins having interest in Jeff Friesen. Never going to happen. It is true Shero is still looking around for a 3rd or 4th line role player at a cheap price but Friesen is not a option. The Penguins have inquired aboutRead More »

Pirates take 2 out of 3 from Cubs: Win 6 – 2

 

Summary: Jason Bay had a huge day going 2-4 with a homerun and 4rbi’s to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Pitcher Shane Youman held the Cubs to two runs over 6 innings to improve to 2-0 on the season. Youman is 2-0 since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis for his only two career victories. Youman allowed 8 baserunners over 6 innings but was able to work his way out of couple jams before releiver Shawn Chacon replaced him and retired all six batters he faced before Matt Capps pitched the ninth in a non-save situation. Player of the Game: Jason Bay went 2 – 4 with a homerun and 4rbi’s. Bay heads into the All-Star break with a .254 avg. Inside the numbers: The Pirates have won six of eight series. The Pirates are 40-48 at the break, eight games below .500 butRead More »

Troy Polamalu seeking 17 million signing bonus

 

The Steelers number one priority heading into training camp is locking up Troy Polamalu to a long term extension. In the next couple weeks Polamalu’s representatives and Steelers are expected to sit down and work out a long term deal for the games top safety. The two sides have talked about the framework of a deal and have went back fourth on numbers but negotiations have not reached the serious stages yet. Polamalu’s agent Marvin Demoff is an old school agent who seeks top dollar for his clients. The Steelers found that out the hard way when they had to deal with Demoff during the Rod Woodson era. So which side will bleak first? Most likely the Steelers because they have to. The Steelers can franchise Polamalu at the end of the 07 season but it will leave the wrong message to the players and the fans. If their notRead More »

Pirates win 4th straight: Beat Cubs 8-4

 

Summary: Xavier Nady and Freddy Sanchez each homered and drove in 4 RBI’s combined to lead the Pirates to a 8-4 victory over the 2nd place Chicago Cubs. Pirates pitcher Paul Maholm (5-11) is begining to turn the corner and pitched 7 strong innings, surrendering 4 runs on 5 hits to earn his 5th win of the season. Cubs starter Jason Marquis (6-5) did not have the night Paul Maholm did as Marquis gave up eight hits and six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss. Player of the Game: Xaiver Nady went 3-4 with a 1 home run and 2 rbi’s to lead the Pirates to their 4th straight win. Stat of the night: The Pirates four game winning streak is their longest since they won a season-high five in a row from April 22-27. All of the Pirates victories on the four game winning streakRead More »

Derek Morris update & Rumors around the league

 

Sources in Pittsburgh are finally confirming the Penguins have had talks with the Phoenix Coyotes about Derek Morris but a deal is not close. There has been disscussions regarding Morris but no offer has been made from both sides. The Penguins have interest but Morris 3.9 million per season salary is scarying the Penguins away. Phoenix will have to sweeten the deal i have been told. An unidentified source who covers the Coyotes told me the Yotes are offering Morris for a 2nd round draft pick. This appears to be false according to sources in Pittsburgh. If this deal would happen a player off the Penguins roster would mostly be involved not a high draft pick. In all reality Morris coming to Pittsburgh looks to be very unlikely. The Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres are also interested according to sources in Phoenix The Boston Bruins and Yotes haveRead More »

Grading Free Agent signings in the Atlantic Division

 

Reports Cards – Major signings for each team 1. Daniel Briere to Flyers ( 8years – 52 million)Short term A, long term C-Briere was the most dynamic player in free agency and the addition of Briere gives the Flyers a #1 center to build around for years to come. Over 6 million per season is a good price for the Flyers considering what Gomez received. The Flyers should be able to get 5 to 6 (80 – 95 point) seasons out of Briere but 8 years is a bit long 2. Chris Drury to Ny Rangers ( 5 years – 35.25 million)Short term B, long term C+Chris Drury is good player but not great. In the short term it’s a good deal for the Rangers but 7 million per season for a guy who has never scored 70 points in a season is absurd. 3.Scott Gomez to NY Rangers (Read More »