Cowher says there could be two new starters against Browns


Bill Cowher announced today at his weekly press conference safety Anthony Smith and Santonio Holmes could start Thursday against the Browns. Safety Ryan Clark may be out with a pulled groin and Cedric Wilson could be out with a ankle injury. “Regarding Ryan Clark and Cedrick Wilson, I’m not sure they’ll be able to make it on a short week. Certainly even with Troy and Hines,” Cowher said. “We’re still in the process of seeing where we are with the injuries.” Tyrone Carter filled in nicely in place of Polamalu and his solid play raised questions whether Carter should have been given the nod start out of traning camp over free agency signing Ryan Clark. The Steelers take on the 4-8 Cleveland Browns who upended the Kansas City Chiefs 31-28. The Browns furry comeback was led by backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who put on a Tony Romo show for theRead More »

ESPN declines NHL advertising


Will the NHL ever return to ESPN ? ESPN is showing the National Hockey League the backdoor once again. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Enterprises president Ed Horne each told Slap Shots last week that ESPN has refused to accept commercial advertising from the league. ESPN which declined to pick up NHL games following the lockout doesn’t look like it has any desire in the future to air NHL games. I have said for a long time the NHL needs ESPN even if it is second fiddle to the NFL, NBA and MLB. The Versus network is killing the leagues market ability because how many people tune into Versus on a regular basis? The NHL must find a network that households watch on a regular basis. I’m a huge hockey fan and rarely watch games on Versus because i forget that the NHL exists on it. I’ll haveRead More »

Noah Welch sent down to Wilkes Barre


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defensemen Micki DuPont and Alain Nasreddine from their American Hockey League affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Penguins have assigned defenseman Noah Welch to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it was announced Monday by general manager Ray Shero. DuPont, 26, has played in 18 NHL games with the Calgary Flames (2001-03). DuPont played for Canada in last year‚Äôs World Championships, recording one assist in nine games. He has recorded three goals, nine assists and 29 penalty minutes in 23 games this season with Wilkes-Barre. Nasreddine, 31, has appeared in 24 NHL games, including six with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He has played in 19 games this season with Wilkes-Barre, recorded three goals, five assists and 25 penalty minutes. Welch, 24, has played in 17 games this season with the Penguins. He has recorded one goal, one assist and 20 penalty minutes. Before being recalled to the Penguins, Welch played fiveRead More »

Penguin News and Rumors


The Penguins are on a 2 game skid following 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders Saturday night at the igloo. The Penguins defense overachieved for much of the season but now they are playing like many thought they would. The more the Penguins lose, the more Mike Therrien is going to be questioned with his lineup decisions. Word is Crosby and Malkin may be re-united for the first time since the begining of November. Jordan Staal would then move up to the #2 center with Christensen on his wing. Malone and Ouellet are due back soon and this is how the lines should look. Malkin – Crosby – Armstrong Recchi – Staal – Christensen Malone – Moore – Ouellet Ruutu- Talbot – Thorburn The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed Andre Roy. Quote from Lightning GM Jay Feaster: “It was never our intention or our desire to lose Andre RoyRead More »

Penguins Place John Leclair on Waivers


Per LeClair’s role with the Penguins has been decreasing over the past few weeks and he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday against the New York Islanders. The 37-year-old has been playing on the fourth line for the club and averaging just under 12 minutes of ice time a game. “Hopefully, something will change because it’s not a great situation for me,” LeClair told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “You have to make the best of it, but, hopefully, something happens.” The Post Gazette reported that general manager Ray Shero met with Leclair in order to discuss a solution to the current situation. Leclair referred to the meeting as a “good talk and that’s about it.” LeClair is due to make $1.5million this season, the final year of his contract. A trade might be a possibility if Shero can find an interested club. “He doesn’t say much. He’s the ultimateRead More »

Does Johnny Vermont have a role on the Penguins


Left Winger John Leclair was healthy scratch Tuesday night for the 2nd time in 6 games. The question this presumes is what role does Leclair have with the Penguins? Leclair is not the player he use to be but he is a player who did score 22 goals last season and recorded 25 pts in 27 games to finish the 05-06 season. His role has diminished but Leclair still has value. The Penguins power play has been awful of late because the Penguins rely on shots from the point but don’t have a big body in front of the net. Leclair could be the answer but he most likely will not be given the chance. Time will tell what the Penguins will do with Leclair but he still has value on this team as a third liner and as a part time power play specialist. Other News….Andre Roy has beenRead More »

Quick Hits


Steeler News……Bill Cowher announced today at his weekly press conference Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu will be out this week and both most likely will miss the game against Cleveland on the 7th of December. Coach Cowher was asked whether he will make lineup changes to build towards next season and he said “No”. Nate Washington will replace Hines Ward and Tyrone Carter and Mike Logan will take the place of Troy. Washington replacing Ward instead of Holmes replacing Ward is just another mistake Cowher is making. The Steelers have mismanaged all of their 1st round wideouts they have drafted since Troy Edwards and Holmes not seeing the field is another miscue from Coach Cowher. Holmes has a lot to learn and now is the time, not next season. Rookie safety Anthony Smith is expected to see some time with Troy being on the sidelines but Smith and Holmes shouldRead More »

Buck’s Weekly Column


Look back to some of our posts dating back to August. Yes we were the ones who said the Baltimore Ravens are for real and finally Pittsburgh Steeler fans have to admit it. Baltimore 9-2 squeaked past Cleveland, San Diego and Tennessee in all games they should have lost but they did what Super Bowl Contenders do: They find a way to win. The only thing that matters is they are 9-2 and can clinch the AFC North with a win Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Indy Colts are the crop of the AFC at 10-1 and San Diego at 9-2 are a step better than the Ravens but the playoffs are all about matchups and the Ravens have the best chance to end Peyton Mannings hope of reaching the big game. Baltimore resembles the Steelers in 04 and 05 with their ability to pound the ball andRead More »

Armstrong and Ekman lack scoring punch


The Penguins lost 3 games over the Thanksgiving holiday without superstar Sidney Crosby and when is someone going to step up. The past three games have been the Evgeni Malkin show and that’s it. Let’s give credit to players when it’s due and Mark Recchi deserves some praise. Recchi called out his teammates following the Buffalo lost on November 17th and he has stepped up his game a notch. Ray Shero has done a solid job improving this team but is having too many role players going to hinder the Penguins chances at returning to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. Most likely it will. Ryan Malone is expected to return as early as this week and he will be given a chance to be on of the top 2 lines. Malone out with a broken forearm for 4 weeks was a disappointment in the early goingRead More »

Bruins 4 – Penguins 3


Tim Thomas came on in relief and stifiled the Penguins in their first shootout of the season Evgeni Malkin showed the NHL what a impact he is going to have in this league. Malkin led a Pittsburgh Penguins rally in the third period scoring with 10 minutes left the third then setting up Mark Recchi for tying goal with less than 35 seconds in the game. The Penguins gained a point out of nothing and Malkin took control of the game late in the third which was Mario Esque. Mark Recchi is really turning it on offensively and right now he is not looking like the bad pickup we thought. His first goal in the first period from the right side was one of the nicest goals i’ve seen all year. Jordan Staal needs to play more. Especially with Crosby out for the game, you would have thought Staal wouldRead More »