Penguins in need of change

 

Are the Penguins starting to show their true self? Maybe – Maybe not. Despite being on a four game losing streak, the Penguins are showing they can play with the big boys but they’re also showing they are a team that is undermanned upfront. This team is not a playoff team at the moment and unless a few forwards step up offensively to help out Sid and Malkin, the Penguins will be out of the playoff race by March. Michel Therrien has done a solid job thus far, but recently the line juggling has gotten out of hand. The Penguins have no continuity up front due to the fact their forwards are not very good and because they get about 3 shifts together before they are split up. I don’t have a problem with feeling some guys in here and there but enough is enough. The first problem Michel TherrienRead More »

Pavel Datsyuk eyeing new deal

 

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is seeking a long term deal to remain with the club past this season. According to a report in the Detroit News, Pavel Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, is in Hockeytown this week and has talked with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland about a new contract for his client. Datsyuk can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is seeking 4-5 million per season. Boston Bruins defenseman Brad Stuart has been the subject of trade rumors for the past couple weeks. ESPN insider is reporting a veteran agent told the Boston Herald that Stuart’s name has been involved in potential trade talks with the New York Islanders. Stuart a unrestricted free agent at seasons end most likely will be dealt before the deadline. LA Kings center Craig Conroy is reportedly being shopped around and Thrashers, Flames and Senators are all believed to beRead More »

Changes in Steeler Country

 

INJURY REPORTOUT: James Harrison & Willie ReidDOUBTFUL: Jeff Hartings & Clint KriewaldtQUESTIONABLE: James Farrior & Mike LoganPROBABLE: Troy Polamalu, Najeh Davenport, Sean Morey, Clark Haggans, Deshea Townsend Bill Cowher’s weekly press conference has come and gone. Coach Cowher would not discuss any changes in the lineup but did say expect a few changes before gameday. Will Cowher finally pull the plug on Cedric Wilson being the teams #2 receiver?. It’s hard to believe that he will because of how stubborn Cowher is but from his tone at the press conference it seems like that is going to happen. The Steelers (2-6) need to realize they are playing for next year and one key to next year is putting Santonio Holmes in the starting lineup so he can grow as a receiver. Say all you about his fumbling problems. Holmes has tons of potential as receiver and it makes no senseRead More »

MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL

 

MLBThe Yankees intend to inquire about starters Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, the New York Daily News reports. Both pitchers have filed for free agency but have yet to announce whether they plan to play in 2007. Pettitte, according to the newspaper, reportedly has told confidants that he would consider a return to New York. The Houston Chronicle is reporting the Houston Astros and 2nd baseman Craig Biggio are close to finalizing a one year contract. Detroit News is reporting the Tigers are very interested in Yankee outfielder Gary Sheffield. NFLJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich is scheduled to make 5 million next season and most likely will be traded this off-season. Washington and Chicago are likely suitors. USA Today is reporting that running back Ricky Williams is considering playing in Canada next season instead of asking for reinstatement to the NFL. NHLIf you want to be at the bottom ofRead More »

Penguins interested in Taylor Pyatt

 

The Buzzontheburgh has learned the Pittsburgh Penguins have their sights set on Vancouver Canucks 25yr old left winger Taylor Pyatt. The 6ft 4 220 left winger has 7 goals and 3 assists in 16 games. The Penguins have been in talks with Vancouver since the summer while Vancouver has had interest in Ryan Malone and Michel Ouellet. Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis is reportedly shopping Brendan Morrison and his 3.2 million cap number but there has been no word that the Penguins are even slightly interested in taking on his salary.

Ducks 3 – Penguins 2

 

The Penguins were outshot 40-17 but were still able to salvage a point against hockey’s best team. Pittsburgh got goals from Dominic Moore and Chris Thorburn. Anaheim got goals Chris Kunitz, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne who took a cross ice pass from Scott Niedermayer and one-timed it in for the power-play game-winner 44 seconds into overtime. At the start of the game Colby Armstrong was dropped to the 4th line and did not see much ice time except for penalty kill situations. Crhis Thorburn was rewarded for his play, by playing along side Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins desperately need a scoring winger to complement Crosby and Malkin. Sidney Crosby has now gone 10 periods without a shot. He has played great defensive hockey during the west coast trip but he needs to shoot the puck more. Brooks Orpik made his debut and looked good in everyRead More »

Gary Matthews jr to Pittsburgh? "No Chance of Happening"

 

The Buzzontheburgh has learned the Pirates have dropped out of the Gary Matthews jr sweepstakes. The Pirates did contact agent Scott Leventhal but were told Matthews jr, has little interest in Pittsburgh. ESPN Insider is reporting Matthews’ agent told the San Francisco Chronicle he had a lengthy discussion with the Giants about Matthews, who played for new manager Bruce Bochy in San Diego. Plus, he was born in San Francisco and his father, Gary Matthews Sr., played for the Giants from 1972-76. Over the weekend the Houston Chronicle reported that the Astros had contacted agent Scott Leventhal about the free-agent center fielder, who had a breakout season in 2006 for the Rangers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Leventhal said the Angels are “extremely interested” in Matthews, and that the feelings are mutual. Leventhal met with Angels GM Bill Stoneman last week at an Arizona Fall League game, where StonemanRead More »

Doomed from the Start

 

Last years Super Bowl run was not but the Steelers need nothing in the off-season to help there chances of repeating. The Steelers need to follow the Patriots formula. Take chances on star players ( Cory Dillion) and get rid of older players before they are actually finished. Two players the Steelers should have said goodbyes too 1. Jeff Hartings – been 1 week away from being finished and if you watch tape on him last year his play was declining.2. Deshea Townsend – 31 yrs old on the decline, needed to go younger.3. Chris Hope over Brett Keisel. The money spent on Keisel should have been saved to keep Chris Hope around. The most underrated player on the Steelers “D” for the past 2 season. One key to being a super bowl contender for years is to take a chance on a player like a Javon Walker. Walker wasRead More »

Colin Campbell Rumored to Become Penguins Next President & CEO

 

Colin Campbell the NHL’s senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations has turned down the Philadelphia Flyers offer of becoming their new General Manager and now Darren Dregger of TSN.Ca is reporting Colin Campbell may become the Penguins next president of Hockey Operations once new owner Jim Basillie get’s approval from the league. At the moment Ken Sawyer is running the day-to day operations and it’s unclear if Basillie has any intention of retaining him as President. Sam Fingold who had exclusive bargaining rights with the Penguins in July said he would bring back Sawyer but Fingold was obviously not able to seal the deal and Basillie has not made any references to date about Sawyer’s future status with the team.The Buzzontheburgh will keep you up to date if any more info on this story breaks.

Bucco rumors & more

 

Jason Schmidt to the Pirates? Not a chance. Lets gets one thing straight: The Pirates have absolutely Zero chance of landing Schmidt. The Pirates are expected to make a run at him but the Buzzontheburgh has learned Schimdt has no intentions of ever returning to Pittsburgh. The Pirates have a better chance of signing Barry Bonds than Schimidt. Teams interested – Mariners, Padres, Yankees, Dodgers, Mets, Pirates? Former Pirate third baseman Aramis Ramirez has filed for free agency and will be baseball’s hottest commodity. The Cubs have exclusive rights with Ramirez until free agency beings on November 11th. Houston, Philadelphia and Detroit also might show interest, along with the Angels and Dodgers. The Buzzontheburgh has learned the Pirates are going to make a serious run at Texas Rangers Center fielder Gary Matthews Jr but according to the Dallas Morning News, The Angels, Giants, Mariners, Cubs and White Sox have interestRead More »