Rangers Eye Ryan Malone


According to the New York Post, The Rangers are having ongoing talks with the Penguins about forward Ryan Malone. Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting this week talks intensified to reacquire Martin Rucinsky from the Blues while also engaging in conversations with the Penguins, believed to be focused on top-six winger Ryan Malone, and perhaps on physical defenseman Brooks Orpik as well. And it appears sophomore winger Petr Prucha, who slipped from a first-period assignment on the first line to a spot on the fourth unit as yesterday’s match evolved, is being dangled. A third-party personnel source revealed to the Post the Rangers were willing to send Prucha and Adam Hall to the Blues in exchange for Rucinsky, but were rebuffed. When St. Louis president John Davidson requested highly-regarded 20-year-old center Brandon Dubinsky as the bounty for Rucinsky, and the talks ended at that.Talks are ongoing withRead More »

Whisenhunt takes over in Arizona


The Cardinals have tabbed Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach, according to FOX NFL SUNDAY and FOXSports.com. The former Steelers offensive coordinator has spent the last two days trying to nail down a deal and after working all night they finally got a deal done. Whisenhunt was already on the phone Sunday morning with a handful of assistant coaching options, although he’s likely to keep much if not all of the Cardinals defensive staff. Whisenhunt also interviewed for the Dolphins and Steelers openings but it soon became clear that the Steelers were not jumping at a replacement for Bill Cowher. Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman is expected to interview for the Steelers coaching vacancy this week. Sherman wanted 4 million per to be Arizonas head coach and they balked at his demands

Quick hits


The Steelers will reach back to one of their former offensive coordinators and interview Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey about becoming their next head coach, the Post-Gazette has learned.Gailey, 55, will meet this weekend with team chairman Dan Rooney, president Art Rooney II and director of football operations Kevin Colbert about replacing Bill Cowher, who resigned last week after 15 seasons. Gailey will be the fifth and, apparently, final candidate to interview for the position.The Steelers will begin paring their list of candidates next week and conduct second interviews with those who make the final cut. They have already interviewed four candidates: offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, offensive line coach Russ Grimm, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. (By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up defenseman Noah Welch. Lets just say addition by subtraction. Don’t care what anybody says, Melichar,Read More »

Rumors of the day


1. Ryan Smyth Will the Edmonton Oilers be able to resign their franchise player or will Smyth be just another star who bolts Edmonton for greener pastures. The ball is now in the Oilers court. According to reports out of Edmonton, Ryan Smyth’s representatives will begin talks with Oilers GM Kevin Lowe over the next few days.”We’re imminently close to starting,” Lowe was quoted as saying in The Edmonton Sun. “He’ll be weighing his options, between committing here long term and seeing what’s out there in the summer.” You don’t want to have too much uncertainty,” Lowe told the newspaper. “We need to get it done before the deadline, have some sort of answer one way or another.” Smyth, 30, is on pace to score 50 goals for the Oilers despite missing 10 games with a thumb injury. He’s making $3.5 million this season. Reports have speculated that after theRead More »

Whisenhunt and Mike Tomlin leading candidates to replace Cowher


Sources close to the situation have indicated the Steelers final decision will come down to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. Steelers representatives have been very impressed by the way Tomlin conducts himself and he has jumped ahead of Russ Grimm during the interviewing process. Tomlin 34 years old would be a very surprising pick but who thought the Steelers would consider Bill Cowher when they signed him in 1992.

All Star starters named plus Pens fall to Lightning 3-2


Eastern ConferenceCenter: Sidney Crosby – Top Vote getterLeft Wing: Daniel BriereRight Wing: Alexander OvechkinDefense: Sheldon SourayDefense: Brian CampbellGoalie: Ryan Miller Western ConferenceJoe SakicJoe ThorntonJonathan CheechooNicklas LidstromScott NeidermayerRoberto Luongo The Penguins lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in a frustrating game to watch. The Penguins were not able to generate much offense and their defenseman looked terrible for most of the night. Sidney Crosby and Colby Armstrong were the lone goal scorers for the Pens. Scuderi, Melichar and Nasreddine need to go or atleast 2 out the 3 need to go. Nasreddine will be sent down when Eaton comes back and that cannot be soon enough. The Line-combos from the start of the game were awful. Playing Petrovicky with Christensen and Malone is proposterous. What is Therrien thinking playing this guy with them. For the past 10 or so games the Penguins had a solid 4th line of Talbot-Thorburn –Read More »

Pittsburgh Penguins (43 pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning (42 pts) Preview


The Penguins enter Tuesday game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a record of 18-15-7 (43pts) and the Lightning enter tonight‚Äôs game with a record of 20-21-2 (42 pts). Standings wise tonight is a very important game for the Penguins. The Penguins have been getting little production from players other than Crosby, Malkin, Staal, or Recchi and that needs to change. Mark Recchi only has 4 goals in the last 20 games but he has complemented Crosby and Malkin very well and when those two are scoring Recchi is not there to put the puck in the net every game. Tampa Bay played a well balanced game defensively against Sid and Malkin on Sunday night and the Penguins may need some contribution from Christensen‚Äôs line for the Penguins to get the W. Another issue I had from Sunday nights game was having Rob Scuderi and Nasreddine out with Crosby‚Äôs lineRead More »

Decision time for the Florida Panthers


Panthers left winger Todd Bertuzzi who was part of a multiplayer, offseason trade to Florida from Vancouver,has been a major dissapointment as he has only appeared in 7 games this season while he recovers from back surgery. Bertuzzi is due back in a few weeks but a decision must be made on the impending free agent. The Panthers are 13th in the east with 38 points but they are only 6 pts out of the 8th seed with a slew of teams to jump ahead of. So will the Panthers try to re-sign Bertuzzi, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, or will they entertain offers? That’s an answer their own coach doesn’t have a answer to yet. “I just want to coach this team and we’ll worry about that at a later time,” Martin told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I discussed with his agent before the seasonRead More »

Dolphins courting Pete Carroll


The Miami Dolphins dream situation is to persuade Bill Cowher into thinking about coaching the Dolphins. A offer of 9 million per for 4 years is believed going to be offered to Cowher representatives in the next week. With the slim chance of Cowher returning this season the Miami Dolphins are exploring all of their options including college footballs most prestige coach Pete Carroll. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga flew Sunday to Costa Rica, where Pete Carroll is vacationing, to interview the USC coach for the Dolphins’ vacant head-coaching job, according to multiple reports.While they guage Carroll’s interest in returning to the NFL, the Dolphins will continue their interviews today when they speak with Minnesota defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. Miami has already interviewed Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner, former Falcons coach Jim Mora, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and San DiegoRead More »