Cuban and Marino to the rescue?


Breaking news Espn radio 1250 is reporting that billionarie Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NFL Hall of famer Dan Marino have joined Andy Murstein’s ownership group to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins. Murstein who is from New York confirmed today ” “Last night we firmed up a partnership that we’re very excited about. I’m pleased to say that both Mark Cuban and Dan Marino will be part of our group to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.” Murstein’s ownership group is one of several groups trying to buy the franchise. The current ownership has said their asking price right now is 150-170 million and it may rise. A new owner may be named within a month and comfirmed by league when the season starts. Depaoli’s take : The addition of Cuban and Marino is a very strong sign that there may be hope the team stays. Murstein interrated today that he hasRead More »

Penguins draft Staal in 1st round


After weeks of rumors that Penguins general manager Ray Shero would trade out of the #2 pick, Shero decided to follow his scheme to build for the future and draft the big 6ft4 center Jordan Staal which came as no surprise. So what happened to Carolina obtaining the pick and the Penguins getting Jack Johnson. There were talks between the two teams but nothing really serious as Shero wouldn’t take that trade straight up. Rumors are he asked for Andrew Ladd and the talks stalled from there. TSN Analysts Pierre McGurie on the drafting of Jordan Staal: “When you think about Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, this is an embarrassing array of riches down the middle for the Pittsburgh Penguins.How are people going to beat these guys? How do you draw up a game plan to stop a player like Staal at 6’4″ and 215 lbs.? This teamRead More »

And The Pittsburgh Penguins select ……….


One day before the NHL and it’s a lot different for Penguins fans this time around then last year. Last July it was obvious who the Penguins were picking as they won the sweepstakes to superstar Sidney Crosby. This year it’s a bit different with no Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin in the draft. Despite this draft being without a Crosby type player, there are still franchise caliber players in Defenseman Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal and possibly Phil Kessel. So what will the Penguins do: Keep the pick or trade the pick ? I’ll give you the answer a day before it goes down. Now to the legitimate rumors…. For the past two weeks media circuits have been reporting the Carolina Hurricanes have offered Michigan defenseman ( #3 overall pick in 2005) to the Penguins for the #2 pick to draft Jordan Staal., Kevin Allen of USA Today andRead More »

Part 1 – NHL Draft


The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the number 2 pick in this year’s draft and rumors of the Penguins trading the pick have already started. Defenseman Eric Johnson is the top rated player in the draft who has the potential to be the cornerstone of a franchise for years to come. After Johnson, it’s anyone’s guess on how the top 10 will fall out. Despite the fact of Eric Johnson being the concensus #1 pick, he is not the overwhelming pick like Crosby and Ovechkin of years past. Here are 5 players the Penguins have their eyes on My top 5: 1. Erik Johnson: D, 6ft4 225 18yrs old U.S. National team: Big defensemen who can do it all. Will be a All star for years to come. Type of Player he resembles ( Rob Blake 2. Jordan Staal C, – Peterborough Petes (OHL) 17 yrs old 6ft4 215: Jordan the brotherRead More »

Breaking News


Penguins To Name General Manager Today The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they will name Ray Shero general manager this afternoon. Shero, 43 has been the assistant general manager for Nashville Predators for the past 7 yrs and was also an assistant GM for the Senators for 8 yrs. Two days ago it was reported Shero was the front runner to land the Bruins GM vacancy but issues over power and the idea of building a team with the likes of Crosby, and Malkin made him turn down the Bruins last night and turn his attention to the Penguins. More on this move tomorrow morning My take: Ray Shero was a very good pick for this job. Most important he is young and helped build small market teams like Nashville and Ottawa to what they are today. Shero has had a very good draft record the past 7 yrs andRead More »

Edmonton takes 3-0 lead


The former Penguin and career minor leaguer Toby Peterson leads the Oilers to a 5-4 win over Anaheim Okay Penguin fans: Does anyone remember a 5ft9 left winger in Toby Peterson? Many fans most likely dont but Peterson was one of the Penguins top prospects heading into the 01-02 season. Peterson was giving a fair chance from the organization, playing with the big club for the whole season and even registered a hat trick against the Thrashers playing on Mario’s line. A week later after netting 6 goals in 5 games on Mario’s line Lemieux goes down with a hip injury and Peterson goes back to 4th line duty. Who knows maybe Peterson becomes the next Robby Brown. Once the 01-02 season ended Peterson fell out of favor with the organization and would end up playing the past 4 years including this year in the minors. With Raffi Torres outRead More »

NHL Report


The Edmonton Oilers defeat Anaheim 3-1 to take a 2-0 series lead Once again Dwayne Roloson led the way for the Oilers stopping 33 saves to put the Mighty Ducks in 2-0 hole that looks impossible to get out of. Game 3 is Tuesday in Edmonton as the Oilers are riding a 6 game winning streak and have been tough to beat at home ( 5-1 ) during the playoffs. Chris Pronger has been the key for Edmonton during their surprising run and tonight was no difference as he scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs and 14th point. Management in St.Louis wrote Pronger off after the lockout and shipped him off to Edmonton for Eric Brewer and a couple picks. Let’s see here, St.Louis finished with the worst record in hockey and missed the playoffs for the first time in 20+ seasons: and Edmonton the team that took theRead More »

Penguin Report


The Pittsburgh Penguins search for a new General Manager is shaping up as Fox Sports net is reporting former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith is the front runner to replace the departed Craig Patrick. Other names in the running are Steve Tambellini, Ray Shero and agent Pat Brisson. The search is expected to heat up this week and a announcement on Patrick’s replacement could be announced by the end of next week. Mark Cuban’s named has also surfaced once again about forming investors together to buy the franchise. This would be the best case scenario for the Pens as Cuban will take a minority stake because unlike the investors from Hartford and KC, Cuban will do his best to keep the team here in the burgh. Contrary to what CEO Ken Sawyer says, no one is going to buy this team until the slots license is awarded. Others PenguinRead More »

Sound Off


Can Scott Niedermayer and the Mighty Ducks return to the Finals for the second time in three seasons? The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have taking a commanding 2-0 lead on the Colorado Avalanche and right now look like the favorites to come out of the West. Rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third straight shut out yesterday afternoon and the Ducks have outplayed the Avs in every asset of the game. Joe Sakic and Rob Blake have lost a few steps and for the Avs to have a shot at winning Game 3 and getting back into the series Blake and Sakic need to out on better performances than they have. Don’t expect it !!! Sanjose – Edmonton Sharks lead series 1-0 This series will mostly go 7 games, but the key is going to be the Thornton-Pronger matchup. Pronger will most likely keep the NHL’s leading point scorer in checkRead More »

Chase for the Cup


Roloson and the Oilers shocked the Hockey World The president trophy winner Detroit Red Wings were bounced out of the playoffs last night in 6 games to the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were a team that were 32 pts behind the Wings in the standings but pulled off one of the biggest upsets since the Islanders defeated the Penguins in the 93 playoffs. Barry Melrose and other hockey analysis are saying they are shocked that the Oilers dominated the Red Wings for most of the series. I am not that surprised at all by the results. Coming into the series I predicted on this site that Edmonton would win in 6. This was the worst matchup possible for the Wings in the 1st round. They were a old team going up against a young gritty team that’s biggest asset is their team speed. Manny Legace for one was not sharpRead More »