Mid Season Stanley Cup Odds are out

 

The Updated Stanley Cup odds have been released by PinnacleSports.com. Not surprising the Buffalo Sabres are at the top of the list. The Ducks three week skid has dropped them to second while the Preadators, the NHL’s points leader are ranked 4th. The surprising odds has to be the Penguins. Overall Pinnacle sports has them ranked 13th (5th best odds in the east) a higher ranking than the defending Stanley Cup Champions Carolina Hurricanes. By the end of the regular season who knows what the chart will look like but it’s nice to see the Penguins getting some love from the odds makers. On a matchup preference, the Penguins need to find a way to get up into the 6th seed. Atlanta is the likely #3 seed and the Penguins match up very well against the Thrashers. Plus history has been on the Penguins side as a #6 seed. 2001Read More »

Mel Kipers Senior Bowl Report

 

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has come out with his final Senior bowl report. First up is the North roster. The Buzzontheburgh’s take:From reports we are recieving Tyler Palko did not have a solid week of practice. His limited arm strength makes him a late round pick but he is not a practice player. If he lands in the right situation he will be a solid backup in the NFL for years. Steeler fans keep a eye on Nebraska DE Adam Carikker. Indications are the Steelers were “very” impressed with the 6ft6 292 lb defensive end. Although the draft is over two months away Carikker is at the top of the Steelers draft board. Here are 5 players who are projected to be 2nd – 4th round picks the Steelers marveled over this week at the senior bowl. 1.DB Tanard Jackson 6-0 192 Syracuse. (2) LB David Harris 6-2 239Read More »

Mark Recchi 500th Career Goal

 

Pens win 4-3 in a shootout against the Stars the Mark Recchi notched his 500 career goal. Two Stanley Cups – 500 goals – 1300 + points. Can we say hall of famer

Pirates lose out on Weaver but are in discussions with a division rival

 

Jeff Weaver is close to finding a home with the Mariners. Seattle is closing in on a deal with the 30-year-old right-hander, a baseball official close to the negotiations told The Associated Press.Weaver’s pending deal with the Mariners is believed to include significantly more guaranteed money than the Cardinals’ standing two-year offer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.The Cardinals reportedly guaranteed a base salary below $6 million per season but offered numerous incentives based innings pitched. Sources indicate the Pirates were a long shot to land Weaver. “He was never considering them”. In other news the Pirates have had preliminary talks with the Cubs about right fielder Jacque Jones. Although manager Lou Piniella has Jacque Jones penciled in as his right fielder, the Chicago Sun-Times speculates that the Cubs may still want to deal Jones to open the door for Felix Pie, the Daily Southtown reports. Reportedly the Pirates, Mets andRead More »

Mel Kipers Mock Draft

 

NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has released his 1st Mock Draft of the Season. 1) Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU2) Detroit: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin3) Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech4) Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame5) Arizona: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas6) Washington: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan7) Minnesota: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson8) Houston: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma9) Miami: Tedd Ginn, Jr., WR, Ohio State10) Atlanta: LaRon Landry, S, LSU11) San Francisco: Reggie Nelson, DB, Florida12) Buffalo: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan13) St. Louis: Charles Johnson, DE, Georgia14) Carolina: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State15) STEELERS: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida16) Green Bay: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California17) Jacksonville: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina18) Cincinnati: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville19) Tennessee: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC20) NY Giants: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida St.21) Denver: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska22) Dallas: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee23) Kansas City: Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas24) New England (from Seattle): Darrelle Revis, CB,Read More »

The Need to Stockpile DE & LB’s

 

With the arrival of Mike Tomlin and his cover 2 scheme the question that will be answered in the upcoming 07 season is can Mike Tomlin and Dick Lebeau co-exists? As it stands now the Steelers personnel is obviously built for 3-4 scheme but with some help they do have the players to make adjustment. In the upcoming draft the Steelers most likely will stockpile their defensive ends and linebackers but what do they do if USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarret falls to them at #15? Let’s not forget the offense stills needs some weapons. 1. Secondary: A cover 2 scheme will benefit the young secondary. With a new sheriff in town Deshea Townsend better send his resume around the league or live with the fact of being a backup. It’s time for him and the Steelers to part ways. Ryan Clark could also be sent packing as Anthony SmithRead More »

Hurricanes interested in dealing

 

Will the Carolina Hurricanes make a deal before the deadline? The Hurricanes have made it known around the league they are willing to part with David Tanabe for some offensive help. “At this time last year, I had a real sense that we had things going and we could keep moving,” GM Rutherford told The News and Observer. “But we have to be careful with what we’re doing now because we have not had the consistency that we should have to have the success we had last year. So that’s where a decision is going to have to be made in the next month.” With a plethora of defensemen, a deal could come. The newspaper speculated that David Tanabe and Andrew Hutchinson could be options for teams who need defensive help (Oilers, Islanders, Rangers, Pittsburgh). In return, the Canes would look for a forward. Expect them to call the BluesRead More »

NHL Rumors

 

Lots of interest around the league in Petr ForsbergPeter Forsberg has recently denied the trade rumors that continue to hound him and the Flyers. But according to multiple reports, there are several teams that have called the Flyers to check on the veteran’s availability. The Canadiens, Avalanche, Rangers, Canucks and Flames are among 11 teams that have expressed interest in Forsberg. According to the New York Daily News, Forsberg could consider waiving his no-trade clause, if healthy, to go to a team like New York that has a chance at making a playoff run. According to the Daily News, Forsberg’s trip will delay a meeting between the center, his agent and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who had wanted to meet this week to find out whether both sides could work out a contract extension before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. Indications are for the Rangers to make a serious runRead More »

Tomlin a great hire

 

The Steelers made a great hire in Mike Tomlin. Other than Ken Whisenhunt, Tomlin was the best option. Theres a reason Russ Grimm comes up short on every coaching vancancy he covets. He’s a exceptional coach on the field but off the field he doesn’t fit the mold for most teams. Most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers. Grimm is a harley kind of guy. He doesn’t come off as a family first guy and that may have hurt his chances in the end. The Steelers get highly enthusiastic young coach in Tomlin who is all business by all accounts. This season we may not see major changes but after next season expect wholesale changes.