Quick Hits

 

The Buffalo Sabres are the crop of the Eastern Conference at 9-0 but so far in the early going, the Western Conference is a much deeper conference. Dallas 8-1, Anaheim 6-0-2, San Jose 6-2, Minnesota 7-1, Edmonton 6-2, Nashville 4-3-1 would take down almost any team in the Eastern Conference in a 7 game series except for Buffalo. The Hurricanes have taking a step back but the one team that can compete with Buffalo on a nightly basis is the Atlanta Thrashers. Kari Lehtonen is becoming a star in this league and the Thrashers have the speed and scoring upfront to beat anyone in this league. The Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled out of the gate and rumors are already swirling about Marty St.Louis being on the trading block. No way anyone is going to take this guy. After the lockout St.Louis signed a 6yr 31 million deal which makesRead More »

Steelers Injury report

 

Ben Roethlisberger -Questionable Joey Porter – Questionable Cedric Wilson – Questionable Clark Haggans – Questionable Casey Hampton – Questionable Willie Ried – doubtful James Harrison – out Mike Logan – Out Penguins News.Ray Shero announced today that the Penguins have recalled Maxime Talbot.

Pens Lineup for Tonight’s Game

 

Pittsburgh Penguins ( 4-3) VS New Jersey Devils ( 4-3-1) Pens Lineup Malkin – Crosby – ArmstrongEkman – Staal – RecchiLeclair – Moore – OuelletThorburn- Talbot – Ruutu Gonchar – EatonMelichar – WhitneyScuderi – Welch G – Fleury Jarko Ruutu has seen his even strength ice time diminsh lately and tonight will be no difference. His Penalty killing play has been up to par but his even strength play hasn’t been. Ruutu brings lots of energy and grit but that energy is done in spirts. A big reason why the Canucks decided not to make a effort to resign him during the summer. Ekman not Ouellet will be playing on the second line to provide some speed on the wings for Staal.

Therrien and Shero at odds?: Plus Noah Welch recalled

 

A new General Manager is hired to turn around a franchise, to bring it back to it’s glory days but you don’t let him bring in his own coach. Now how is it surprising that Head coach Michel Therrien and General Manager Ray Shero have not seen eye to eye on serveral personel moves in the young season. 1st. Libor Pivko: Pivko was brought over from Nashivlle’s farm team and we have learned that Shero pretty much guarnteed Pivko that he would be on the opening day roster but Michel Therrien got the final say. For the last skilled winger spot on the roster it came down to Libor Pivko – Michel Quellet. Shero wanted to give Pivko, in retrospect a 10 game tryout and send Michel Quellet in Wilkes Barrie. If Pivko didn’t show anything, he would be released and Quellet would get his chance. Therrien won that minorRead More »

Steelers 38 – Falcons 41

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers made Mike Vick actually look like he was worth that 10yr 133 million contract the Falcons gave him last season and there the only team that ever has. Why was Vick so effective against the defending Super Bowl Champs? Mike Vick was sacked 7 times last week by the Giants but this week was a different story. The lack of blitzing was the reason the Steelers were not successful. The Steelers looked very afraid of Vick and when they did blitz Vick hit Alge Crumbler for 2 out of 3 touchdown passes on blitzes. The Steelers seldom blitzed and when they did they were not successful. Think they missed Joey Porter. Further examination: In the 4th quarter on the big third down play their was a blitz from the right side where Joey Porter would have been and the Steelers couldn‚Äôt get to him. Vick always flushesRead More »

Orpik on the trading block?

 

Breaking news: Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke and head coch Ken Hitchcock were fired this morning. Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Penguins are looking to trade Brooks Orpik and John Leclair for some depth at forward and a backup goaltender. The buzzontheburgh has learned this morning, that this rumor is completely false. Orpik is not on the block as Ray Shero is very high on him. He is also not looking into trading John Leclair for right now. The Buzzontheburgh can also confirm that their is no truth about the rumor three way trade between the Bruins and Canucks. The rumor deal is Canucks get -Murray,Ekman,and Jurcina: Bruins-Cooke and Malone: Pens-Morrison and Fitzpatrick Although the Penguins have been in contact with the Bruins and Canucks since mid-summer this deal is not being discussed. The Canucks are still interested in Michel Quellet. The QuelletRead More »

Penguins 5 – Blue Jackets 3

 

How do you send down a player back to juniors that is getting better everygame he plays. How do you send a player back to juniors who leads the league in shorthanded goals? Well Jordan Staal is making that decision on Ray Shero that much harder. Jordan Staal scored 2 shorthanded goals to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Quellet and Gonchar scored power play goals in the 1st period but Jordan Staal’s shorthanded goal late in the second period put the Penguins on top at 3-2 and they never looked back. Evgeni Malkin added the 4th goal and Jordan Staal top things off with a shorthanded penalty shot goal that put a damper to the Blue Jackets night. The Penguins improve to 4-3 on the season. Buzzontheburgh’s Penguin Notebook:Ryan Malone is out for 6 weeks. More on this in Monday’s edition. Marc AndreRead More »

Glen Murray returning to the Pens?

 

The Boston Globe is reporting that Glen Murray is on the trading block and the Bruins want a proven goal scorer and young prospect in return. The Buzzontheburgh has learned that Ray Shero did in fact come close to pulling off a deal for center iceman Brad Boyes this summer. When the Bruins signed Marc Savard in the early goings of free agency, Shero looked into the availability of Boyes. An offer of Ryan Malone and Eric Christensen was declined and the Bruins countered with Malone and Welch which was declined by Shero. What makes that proposed deal in the summer interesting, is an hockey insider was on the show of Espn radio WAMG-AM 890 of Boston yesterday afternoon and reported that Bruins have received a call from Pittsburgh regarding the availability of Glen Murray. It is believed the Penguins may counter with the same kind of offer and thisRead More »

Gonchar lifts Penguins in Overtime

 

Penguins 4 – Islanders 3Despite giving up 3 unanswered goals in the second period the Penguins fought hard all game and prevailed in overtime as Defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored at 3:33 in overtime to give the Penguins a big “W” against a division foe. Evgeni Malkin scored his 2nd goal in as many games and also added an assist. Quellet, Ekman, Malkin and Gonchar each had a goal for the Pens. Malkin (1g-1A) and Crosby ( 3assists) each combined for 5 points. Both were on a line for the third period and expect the same combo Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.<a href=”http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=261019012” target=”_blank”> To Read Recap of the Game Click Here Buzzontheburgh’s Penguin notebookMike Therrien and Ray Shero had a extensive meeting today regarding Jordan Staal and our sources have claimed that more than likely Staal stays and Letang gets sent back to juniors. Nils Ekman and JohnRead More »

Evgeni did not disapoint but is their worry? Plus good news on the Arena front

 

Pens Lose 2-1 Evgeni Malkin did not disappoint in his first NHL game as he netted his first career goal late in the second period. Despite out shooting the Devils 16-4 in the 3rd period, the Penguins couldn’t muster anything past Marty Brodeur. Malkin was good not great but he showed he is the total package. It maybe be premature to say this but i’ve seen enough already and Malkin is the real deal but their is some concern. He has unbelievable offensive skills for how big he is but one thing that worried me was it seemed he had his head down a bit to much through the neutral zone. He’ll most likely fix that problem but Colin White was looking for the right time to line him up at center ice all game. Because of his size he’s a easier target through the middle and we don’t wantRead More »