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 »

Bucco Rumors

 

The Pirates have gone the entire off-season with their biggest off-season move being resigning utility infielder Jose Hernandez. Why don’t we just give them the National League crown right now. To make matters worse here are a few rumors about players they are considering offering a invitation to camp. 1. Brian Jordan: The guy is 40 years old and has already declined a offer from the Pirates but if no one offers him a deal he may reconsider. Jordan hit .231 in 48 games with the Braves last season. He would like to remain in Atlanta, where he makes his off season home, but the Braves have shown no interest in bringing him back2. Trot Nixon: The Pirates were actively pursuing Nixon during the winter meetings but once again he has no desire to play in Pittsburgh. Nixon is 32 years old and has no power left in his bat.Read More »

87+71

 

It’s time for the debate to end. Keep the dynamic duo together throughout the rest of the season and let’s not hear about splitting them up until next season or beyond. Friday night against Buffalo Evgeni Malkin did not have the greatest game offensively but he played his most complete game of the season. He was all over the ice creating offense every time he had the puck. When Malkin was coming down the right side, Buffalo not only had to stay back and respect Malkin’s ability but the sense of where is Crosby is a nightmare for teams to worry about. Crosby and Malkin playing together creates offense for themselves because the opposition is on their heels the entire game wondering where each other is. It’s not that they have been absolutely unstoppable together but it’s the respect factor that comes with playing them together. The Ryan Malone’s andRead More »

Whisenhunt on list for Miami Opening

 

ESPN is reporting the Miami Dolphins have asked permission to speak to Steelers offensive cordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Sources indicate the Dolphins want to arrange an interview, one that likely would include owner Wayne Huizenga, as quickly as possible, at a site Whisenhunt could select. The coveted coordinator interviewed Thursday with Atlanta Falcons officials in a session that sources said left both sides very impressed. Whisenhunt then flew to Phoenix to meet with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. Sources have told ESPN that Whisenhunt is the Dolphins top choice unless head coach Bill Cowher would listen to a lucrative offer from owner Wayne Huizenga. With Bill Cowher expected to step down as Steelers coach Friday afternoon, Ken Whisenhunt seems like he would be the ideal fit to replace Cowher but word around the league is the Rooneys prefer Russ Grimm over Ken Whisenhunt.

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 »