Cowher to Step Down

 

Bill Cowher will return to Pittsburgh and make an announcement about his future Monday, at which time he is expected to retire as coach of the Steelers, sources with knowledge of the situation have told the Post-Gazette.No press conference has been scheduled by the Steelers, but Cowher has told several people he will come back from Raleigh, N.C. and announce his decision Monday.Cowher drove to Raleigh Tuesday after meeting with team chairman Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II. He has one year remaining on his contract, but he has told friends and associates he wants to spend more time with his family.Meantime, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, one of the leading candidates to replace Cowher, interviewed this morning with the Atlanta Falcons and owner Arthur Blank. ( Source www.post-gazette.com) Kansas City has made their offer to the Penguins, and it’s offer Pennsylvania officials will not be able to come upRead More »

Cowher to Miami?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting Bill Cowher is a candidate for the Miami Dolphins head coaching vacancy. Dolphins owner Wayne Huiezenga is going to take his time picking a successor for the departed Saban and will pay top dollar for his next coach. If Cowher would bolt for Miami the Steelers would receive money and draft picks. As for the Steelers, The Buzzontheburgh’s sources indicate Russ Grimm is the favorite to becoming the Steelers next head coach but the Rooneys are very high on Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Ed Bouchette also reports in Thursday’s Post-gazette that wholsale changes are not likely. Mario Lemieux and co-owner Ron Burkle met with Kansas City Officials Wednesday afternoon regarding the Penguins possible relocation. AEG is expected to hold a news conference tommorow morning in Kansas City regarding Mario’s visit. Conflicting reports surfaced over the internetRead More »

Cowher ready for a break?

 

Expect Bill Cowher to take no more than seven days after the season ends Sunday to make a decision about his future, writes ESPN.com’s John Clayton. Although most people believe he will step down as the Steelers coach, no one knows for sure. It’s not the money. Word is Cowher can get close to $6.5 million toward the end of a contract extension if he wants it. His lack of enthusiasm this season indicates maybe he just needs a break. He’s been at it for 15 years and his family is now in North Carolina. The good news is Cowher’s professionalism. He will make a decision quickly after the Bengals game on the 31st. Some beat writers including Ed Bouchette have indicated a decision could be made as early as next Tuesday The Steelers are expected to hire Cowher’s successor from inhouse don’t discount the Rooneys going out of houseRead More »

 

Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens have the makings of a Super Bowl Champion Finally we can all start reading the local papers without columnists trying to come up with every little playoff scenario for our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers got humiliated by the Balitmore Ravens Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t just the score that was humiliating. It was the way then got pounded in the trenches. At 7-8 the dreams of repeating as Super Bowl are officially over but the reality of making the playoffs were over 6 weeks ago. Going into free agency and the draft is going to be very interesting to watch. What route does management go? Do they feel this season was just bad luck or will they actually see the light and realize that it’s time to revamp the O-line and get younger on defense. Time will tell but I’m betting on they’llRead More »

Latest Arena News

 

The Sports and Exhibition board is making way for new arena. They have acquired the land needed for demolition in the past couple months and they have now laid out their time line. The only problem is for this arena to get built by 2009, the city needs the Penguins to agree on Plan B and unless the city council renegotiates Plan B significantly to the Penguins favor there will be no arena in 2009. Luke Ravensthal stated yesterday he is perhaps willing to work with the Penguins towards the “Pirates Deal”. The Pirates deal only calls for them to pay 40 million over 30 years. Currently Plan B calls for the Penguins to pay 143 million over 30 years. Now what is fair? What is fair is for the Penguins to pay between 40-50 million or something to similar to the “Pirate deal”. Anything above 45 million is ridiculous.Read More »

Thrashers 4 – Penguins 3 in Shootout

 

Down 3-1 going into the third the Penguins rallied with Ryan Malone (5) scoring at 4:08 in the third period then Sidney Crosby (17) sent the game to overtime scoring with15.6 seconds left in the third period. The Penguins controlled the play for the better part of the third period and overtime but Slava Koslov and Marian Hossa each connected on their two chances in the shootout while Christensen and Crosby were denied. Jordan Staal continued his strong play of late scoring his 10th goal of the year shorthanded in the second period. Michel Therrien made a few minor lineup changes scratching Chris Thorburn and Michel Ouellet. Jocelyn Thibault got the start in goal making 29 saves on 32 shots and he was okay between the pipes. The Pens are off until the 26th when they face off against the New Jersey Devils. On happier note, congratulations to Mario LemieuxRead More »

Statement From Mario Lemieux

 

Mario Lemieux will explore possible relocation Recent developments, including Wednesday’s decision by the PGCB, and the recent termination of the purchase agreement by Jim Balsillie have convinced us that it is time to take control of our own destiny. Accordingly, starting Thursday, the team is off the market, and we will begin to explore relocation options in cities outside Pennsylvania. After seven years of trying to work out a new arena deal exclusively in Pittsburgh, we need to take into consideration the long-term viability of the team and begin discussions with other cities that may be interested in NHL teams. As soon as we are no longer restricted by our agreement with Isle of Capri from negotiating an arena deal here, in the next few weeks, we will also begin discussions with local leaders about a viable Pittsburgh arena plan. We will have no further comment at this time.” BashRead More »

Pirates still in pursuit of Jeff Suppan?

 

Jeff Suppan has at least one four-year offer on the table, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, and teams are likely to step up their pursuit now that so many free-agent starters are off the board. Pittsburgh is making a serious push, and the Astros could enter the mix after losing Andy Pettitte to the Yankees. Kansas City is also interested. But if Suppan gets a deal for more than $10 million a year, he could be out of the Royals’ price range. While many baseball observers expected Suppan to re-sign with St. Louis, it appears the Cardinals are headed in a different direction. St. Louis offered Suppan three years and $18 million early in the process, according to sources, and has yet to increase that offer. The Pirates desperately need a right handed pitcher to anchor their pitching staff but the pursuit of Suppan seems like a public relations actRead More »

"Pens have mild interest in Nagy"

 

John Leclair is hanging on for the possiblity that a trade may be in the works. Ryan Malone is still scoreless thus far, but that hasn’t stop teams calling about his availability. Boston remains very interested in Malone but they have no intentions on offering Brad Boyes which was discussed in the summer. Marco Sturm is a name that has been thrown about lately in trade speculation but with Malones cap number at only 1.4 next season, Shero should pass on Sturm. Malone has picked up his play since returning from his broken forearm injury that sidelined him for 5 weeks and unless the right deal is on the table Ray Shero is not going to trade Malone. For the second time in a week the Penguins had 2 scouts attending a Canadiens game over the weekend. Don’t know what to make of it, but could they possibly be lookingRead More »

Eddie Olczyk to replace Mike Kitchen?

 

The St.Louis are having not trouble winning but are also having trouble getting fans to show.A once proud franchise holds the worst record in the league at(7-17-4) and changes will be coming. So, Blues president John Davidson refused to comment on his staff. “Regarding coaching, I can tell you they work,” Davidson was quoted as saying in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Other than that, I don’t make any comment on coaching. They work hard. It’s senseless to make comments on coaching in any direction at any time.” But as Philly, Columbus and Chicago have already made changes, Kitchen (28-63-19) has to know he’s on the hot seat. “It bothers you when the team doesn’t win, and it bothers you at Scottrade Center, when you don’t see a full building,” Kitchen said. “That bothers you as a coach because you know that’s part of your responsibility … winning. If you win,Read More »