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— A familiar name to Penguins fans is strongly on the trade block:
Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal.
As former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis saw the 29 year old Staal as a building block in his long-term plan, declined to entertain any trade inquiries into Staal the past two years, namely from the Pittsburgh Penguins, that is no longer the case under new owner Tom Dundon and GM Don Waddell, a former pro scout with the Penguins.
Waddell and ownership are highly motivated to move Staal who has 5 years, $30 million in actual cash left on his contract, league sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports.
The Hurricanes willingness to move Staal this summer is more about the contract than anything else.
Staal who went through a lot this past season with the death of his daughter to a terminal birth defect, is loved by his teammates and a major leader in that room but the Hurricanes paying a player $6 million per season who based on his career as a No. 3 center or a No. 1 center in an elevated role is maxed out as a 20 goal, 45-50 point per season player, does not sit well with the new owner, league sources say.
As one source said of the Hurricanes looking to move Staal, “they haven’t won with him, so why keep moving forward with him” is said to be the thinking of Dundon.
The Hurricanes are open for business on Staal and while a limited market is likely because of the contract, there’s enough center starved teams out there that will entertain bringing Staal on board.
We’ll also find out if Jim Rutherford’s To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— The NHL’s coaching landscape changes every couple years and it’s been fascinating to watch how the infatuation has now centered around college coaches and this narrative that college or young AHL coaches are now regarded as being great development coaches just because they coach young players.
This narrative has veteran retread coaches with Stanley Cups on their resume seeing their stock get lower and lower around the league on trying to find a job.
For Dan Bylsma who was a disaster in Buffalo that has crushed his stock, it’s tough sledding in even drawing interest as his agent To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
Bylsma is due another $5.7 million from the Sabres for the next two seasons not to coach and if he fails to land another NHL coaching job the next two years, he will have been paid almost $11 million dollars in four of six years not to coach ($2.2 million from the Penguins, $8.55 million from the Sabres).
Good work if you can get it.
Bylsma projects to be waiting a while before he gets another chance or at least even seriously considered for a job, but in an interview with the New York Post last week, Bylsma did make some valid points on why aren’t veteran coaches like Dave Tippett and himself regarded as development coaches?
“I’ve seen the talk that might mean a younger coach, a coach that could develop with the group as well,” Bylsma said to the Post. “It’s fairly common for that to be the focus. There are always coaches that are on their way up, so to speak. They are viewed as development coaches, I guess. I wouldn’t take away from Dave Tippett in that regard. We’ve seen him behind a NHL bench before. So why isn’t Dave Tippett a development coach? He’s developed players for a long time.”
It’s an interesting point.
What makes Bill Peters who has never won such a greater development coach over Michel Therrien who has been successful every where he goes and was instrumental in the Penguins young players developing the right way early on in the Sidney Crosby era and then turning around a rebuilding situation in Montreal right away?
— The Tampa Bay Lightning looked like the Tampa Bay Lightning again with a 4-2 win in Game 3 and now it’s a series. Game 4 is certainly shaping up as one of those nights that who wins Game 4, ends up winning the series.
— If the Steelers felt Dez Bryant wouldn’t be toxic towards the development of JuJu Smith-Shuster and James Washington, adding Bryant on a one year deal as the No. 3 receiver would be a win for both sides.
Bryant could rehabilitate his play/reputation on a Super Bowl contender with an elite quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, and Bryant would give Roethlisberger, Steelers a big-time needed red-zone option.
As good as the Steelers believe James Washington will be, there’s still some uncertainty with the receiving group after Antonio Brown and Smith-Shuster.
Height of the Steelers top-3 receivers:
‘5-10, 6-1, 5-11’
For the reason stated above, though, the Steelers are not considering Bryant even as his market is said to be headed towards a one year, league minimum type contract.
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GMJR awfully silient on his trade deadline blunder
Is Eric staal UFA
He would be good on the 3rd line for 3m play brassard on his wing with sprong. and get rid of that midget. Sheary
No he is not.
Look at sam drooling over a player that just had a resurgence in his career whose clearly still got top six game left. Guess we can just turn the salary cap off in the Settings dumbfuck
From St. Louis to Pittsburgh to Vegas to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ryan Reaves’ stick has had a hell of a season!
Hellebuyck is such a sore loser tonight’s loss he blames on puck luck blaming Vegas had lucks and his never seen anything like it. Fuckk you loser just admit you are a choker
Are your brother and sister retarded like you?
Poor Don Cherry. Lol.
They are from Canada. Deep down, you knew they didn’t have a chance.
I’d take Staal at $4 million a year. Send them Brassard and a 2nd round pick.
Yes, let’s trade a cheaper, more productive center for a career underachiever that makes more money for a much longer period of time. Oh and trade our highest pick of the draft on top of it. Ingenious.
Yeah, why on earth would you want Staal back with that terrible contract? If Brassard is a bust next year then just count your loses and let him walk or even try and trade him before the deadline. No need to also wast a high draft pick aswell. In the long run Staal did the Penguins a favor by asking to be traded. I don’t see Carolina eating 2 million a year for 5 more years.
The center position is usually the most coveted around the deadline. We have him for one more year at 3 million. That’s a bargain to anyone looking at it realistically. I’m not opposed to trading him, but it sure as $hit wouldn’t be for Jordan
No, don’t want Staal back… he made his choice! Plus I’m sure he isn’t itching to get back to a third line role. I’m concerned about Brass and his ice time remarks but a camp may help reprogram him
Different time now
Maybe he hated to play under clown DB
Can’t wait to see sam reconcile Cherry, who he wants to soak in his seed, calling MAF, who he also wants to soak in his seed, cocky and needs to be taken down a peg or two
Hey npl I know you like to post fleury gif Here I’ll post one for you https://youtu.be/z4ZqVolZIx4
Add a gif to the extremely long list of things you don’t understand.
Reaves wrote a new book Playing in the Stanley Cup 2018.
Didn’t every player on Vegas do that? This story is amazing.
They should have more shootings in that city.
Wow, what a horrible cuntt
Fleury stole the series.
While I don’t remember when was the last time fraud Murray stole a game
I do not remember fraud Price ever reaching a Stanley Cup game.
Yeah thanks too scum bag kreider
Ya, it’s his fault lol.
Fraud Price: 11 seasons, 25 playoff wins. “Fraud” Murray: 2 Seasons plus 13 games, 28 playoff wins and 2 Stanley Cups. Yup it is all Kreider’s fault. $10.5 per for 8 years. Good luck with that.
Price has to steal games in order that ahl team wins
Murray they team in front plays for him by scoring minimum 4 for him
Reaves is bettr than brassard.
More like reaves better than pens bottom 6 and that includes chubby
See, this bullshit encourages fucken retard to retard
Funny how same said fleury will go further then pens and it happened. And bandwagon’s will have no choice to cheer for Vegas. Take that fleury haters. Hope Murray and sully watching this in their pj party. While holding hands
You didn’t think they could win.
Surprise surprise fleury again first star. Another vezina guy out. Fleury should win the vezina suckks for him he cant
Scott oak asked fleury you won 3 cups and this year might be your best run
Fleury replied I only play good as my team plays good in front of me
This means he sucked under the DB era
Reason jets lost they had too many Americans in the team. That’s what happens same goes for caps they will choke they have too many non Canadians as their main stars.
Let’s see what they jets arrogant goalie has to say about this game
Fleury will be stealing Conn smythe from Crosby, malkin and chubby. Lol
When fleury became a Vegas and some were happy this summer .
I said it I bet fleury will go further then the pens with gallant in charge
I shouldve said fleury will go to the finals but that was hard to predict even with a good coach gallant.
You just spent a week saying the Jets would win,… I can play this game too
I bet Vegas wins
I bet the Caps win
I bet TB wins
I bet the Jets win
There, I’m a genius
How does one become a Vegas?
Reaves with a goal
Possible a game winner one
You are a liar.
Npl is a liar not me. He lied to him ex bf
When asked about Fleury’s game 1 performance, Sam’s reply was to call NPL an idiot and said there was no way Vegas could win this series. What changed Sam?
Dude I was being sarcastic since npl always says fleury sucks I said they had no chance to win for him. Damn I knew you were dumb but didint know you were dumb as npl level
So you’re back on the Vegas bandwagon now?
Get lost fatso
I bet you want Vegas to lose so you can continued riding Murray
Wrong. You said Vegas has no chance to beat Winnepeg, which is why you chose them in your bracket. You’re a liar.
Repost: want to make sure sam sees this Sam: I say things then people show a clear agenda against me Also Sam: I refuse to recognize how much the rest of the world has caught up with respect to the sport and it’s only Canadians that make things go on all teams TBs best player is a Russian, the guy keeping them alive in net… Russian. The team is made up of a solid mix of players from all over the globe and they are getting the job done period. I love my countries game but as I’ve said I… Read more »
What’s your opinion on how the NHL expansion draft went? Do you think they’ll leave it the same for Seattle or will they tinker with it? Personally, i think the adding of draft picks in order to take my high salary player is a bunch of BS and they shouldn’t allow it.
It’s an exciting story, it allows for a stronger team faster which is good for everyone involved and all teams are potentially hurt equally
I do not see the NHL changing a thing. They captured lightning in a bottle and will hope to do it again. The Penguins gave up a draft pick so they would take MAF and not MM. The Penguins will end up giving up a high draft pick to get Seattle to take Letang and he will end up winning Norris trophy. Lol.
Sam cares about moral victories more than the score. I guess when you live in a place like Montreal, that type of thing happens.
this site is boring
Nice seeing Washington get smoked. Callahan stepping up. Fraud Holtby must be on vacation.
They were not smoked but an ugly win this time of year is all part of the playoffs.
Washington getting smoked ? It’s clear you been watching the box score. Most of the games caps outplayed Tampax in this series.
With npls favourite word. Caps had no puck luck
So if TB wins four on the box score but Washington out played them does the league review the games and allow Washington to advance? No… so stop being a stupid useless fucken retardcunt.
Yeah but calling it smoked ? This shows you have an agenda on me. I know a win is a win but it’s not clearly caps not getting smoked if you watch the game instead of protecting that fat moron
It’s not that we have an agenda on you, it’s that you’re a racist idiot that only roots for Canadian players and no one likes you. You should be used to it by now.
You’re a racist fucken asshole that picks favourites to apologize consistently for without being able to see value in those you’ve chosen to dislike. If there is an agenda it’s because of that…. and because you’re full of shit on a good day. Live by the sword, cry by the sword
Why would any Pittsburgh “fan” cheer for Washington?? That is almost as bad as cheering for Philly.
I don’t really hate Washington or Ovechkin. I’m kinda neutral on them. I hate Columbus, Philly and the Rangers much more. I don’t really have any feelings on Tampa. I hope whomever wins the west wins it. They play a more exciting brand of hockey out there this year.
The only Metro team I’m soft on is Jersey… lotsa reasons. I fucken hate the rest passionately lol
I can not back the Capitals, the Rangers or the Flyers. Everyone else I can live with.
Teams that I don’t like and support jersey, Tampax ,Florida, sharks Dallas Carolina . Teams that mooch off from the league with no fan base.
TB was 6th in attendance you fucken retard! Dallas was 15
Winnipeg was 26 and Vegas 17 lol
Tampa been top half the league at least last 7 years…. asshoIe
Sam, tell us again why Vegas can’t beat Winnepeg in a series..
I hate this Tampax team
I’m happy… Stamkos is a terrific player and you really want one of the biggest rivals of the Pens to win so if TB puts them to bed I’ll fucken love it.
I just hate Tampax they dont deserve to have a team or cups. Awful fan base always empty during the season and once they are in playoffs fans decide to show up. Just like npl is doing right now for them
You have fat basstard likes npl that don’t deserve to see the cup with our expense.
Tampa bay… 6th in the league you fucken dumb cunt
Yeah sad part is their GM,coach and captain are all Canadian. Making this shitholee city to win a cup
Sam: I say things then people show a clear agenda against me Also Sam: I refuse to recognize how much the rest of the world has caught up with respect to the sport and it’s only Canadians that make things go on all teams TBs best player is a Russian, the guy keeping them alive in net… Russian. The team is made up of a solid mix of players from all over the globe and they are getting the job done period. I love my countries game but as I’ve said I respect that other countries have improved so much.… Read more »
Hossa retires after 19 season.
One of the best 2 way player in the league
I actually understood what you wrote.
Glad you did Stan
You get a star to hang on your fridge.
Sam, tell us again why Vegas can’t beat Winnepeg in a series.
Sam is back on the Vegas bandwagon. I called it. Certainly living up to both parts of the “virginal bandwagon” moniker.
Lol, I was just jumping on to ask him who his favourite team is today
Ryan Reaves is pissed the Pens traded him
His actually happy his gone. He doesn’t need to defend for players that take dumb penalties in the offensive zone and then needs to be protected from his stupidities
“Me fail english, that’s umpossible.” RW.
Deadpool was terrific gentleman, highly recommend. First one had more laughs but that don’t hurt this by any means!
Was it better than Creep Van
I wouldn’t waste my time with such low grade garbage, ill wait for your review when the only friend you have without dial up is able the stream it for you
This jets goalie it’s such and arrogant sore loser. He thinks fleury is lucky and be is better. Fuckk this clown. He is the main reason jets losing. Everytime they are in the game he gives up some weird goal
He forgot last year jets missed the playoffs because of him. And this year his name is in the vezina group all of a sudden this arrogant fuckk has a big head. Typical.
7 days ago you were ready to snap towels off the asses of the Jets roster now you’re turning on the Canadian team? Fraudulent lol.
A win is a win is a win.
You guys think Vegas won tonight
Because fleury stole the game or
Jets had no puck luck according to npl
Hey npl fleury sucks
So Pens add Matta’s former defensive partner from Finland. Not sure but there has got to be a good joke there.
I hope he calls Dawn Braid on behalf of Maatta
Ok that’s a start 🙂
D can we get a new article in sick of seeing DB frauds name I think by now everyone even npl knows db is a thief. And that he made more money as a coach then he ever did as a player
What round was Briere signed as an undrafted free agent in…
I like tall receivers.
Npl is a big fat liar even his ex bf said it
Even the comment section people agree with his ex bf
Wish we could have seen a Pens/Lightning series. The amount of talent on the ice would have been unreal. Sadly, Letang had other plans.
Because caps have no talent
Caps have no talent yet they beat a talented team like the pens F-U. Fatso
Letang was their ace in the hole.
Or maybe goalies glove had a hole.
Glove looked fine last year with Letang out…
Wow. Vasilevskiy is by far the best goalie left in the playoffs. Great performance by the Russian.
He has looked much better in games 3 & 4 then he did in 1 & 2. Maybe they should stay in Washington and hopefully this series will be over in 6 games.
How does one get a -88? Are you Kris Letang?
Suck it Ovie.
Go listent to Cherry and his biased Canadian bullshit.
The fact that that small chance that Tampax is winning is because of Canadians like point? While Johnson is on vacation since he signed his contract
Which province is Andrei Vasilevskiy from?
“Small chance” lmmfao… was Point undrafted too moron?
Tampa is getting seriously out played this period. Ugh.
Only this period? Maybe both period.
So far what’s always helping Tampax is their power play. If caps stay out of the box Tampax is done
Wow there is another one
This Tampax teams reminds me of the pens that went to the CF vs bruins few years ago when their game heavily depended on pp
I remember that series. Fleury was benched in the first round.
D apparently Pens agreed to terms with a defence today. Juuso Riikola 24 year old from Finland
Hope the Pens sign Evander Kane and trade Letang.
Continue your black lives matter movement here too.
Sam showing his racist colors yet again.
I think he is staying in SJ.
Until they figure out he is a cancer in the locker room
Should pens get ward or halak as back up for fraud Murray
They should hire your ma… that black hole gap hasnt let anything slide past it since 1969
Considering how badly Halak outplayed Fleury in the playoffs, I’d go with him.
no Jordan staal please – that would be reflective of an organization going in the wrong direction
Don’t need Centers. Especially at his cost. Need wings, heart type guy and a d-man
More than anything the D needs an upgrade. Ruhwedel did well but I would like to see them add a top 4 caliber guy if they could. They may have to shuffle some deck chairs with smaller moves that specifically address thinks like PK guys while moving salary to do this but more than anything they need a blueliner. I would shop Sheary because if Sprong is gonna play they need a spot and Sheary’s salary is in the way. I would strongly consider Hags IF they can bring in a guy with some wheels that can play the PK… Read more »
It would be nice to get Sheary off the books. I think he could do well elsewhere. People make a huge deal of that contract, but 3mil for 18 goals isn’t the worst thing. His overall game is lacking, but 2 more years at that price isn’t nearly as bad as some on here make it out to be. In short, I think we’ll be able to move him.
I like him I just think the team has a few guys similar to him at the moment and while the contract isnt huge with the cap issues the relief is needed
I don’t understand why everyone is freaking out about cap issues. They current have just over 70M committed to 17 players next year with no significant FAs and only a handful of RFAs, most of which aren’t in line for big raises anyway. With the cap expected to jump significantly to as much as 80M-82M they should have more than enough room to resign their RFAs and still sign a decent FA or 2. The only way the cap could be an issue is if they try/want to dip their toes into the market for the top FAs.
If they plan on improving the roster that Cap space could dry up fast. Sheahan gets about 2.5, Rust probably 3M, Oleksaik around 2M like Cole got… that means 7.5M of that is gone right away so that takes them to 77.5M If the cap only jumps to 78M??? up against it fast and that is without signing some of the other potential roster spot RFAs on the roster… 1.5ish to 2M to retain, thats 79.5M, so just to retain some of the guys from the existing roster they may need to see a climb to 80MM. If they need… Read more »
How well like Malone well. Tk well , Beau Bennett well. . When are you clowns going to learn most players leave Pittsburgh they are miserable the only reason the look good and get some value is because of Crosby. As I said day one sheary contact is too much he is a fraud while zerotool was ******* in his pants for him Gaydogg once said tk top 6 and zerotool once said sheary top 6 And same said and will say once they are traded they will quickly disappear in the league. Tk 29 and has no job and… Read more »
I love how this response is in a thread where my 1st words are “I would look at Sheary”… Guy had a bad year and still hit 18 fucken goals genius. It’s the fact that they have a bunch of smallish guys cheaper that he becomes the odd man. As for TK, guy was a very strong depth player for a few years that became a 2nd rounder… I could give a fuck less about the scenario that caused him to flake out when he left but the fact is he was a 3rd line winger that paced for 30-40… Read more »
But but but st Louis, briere were small too
ESL can only carry one so far. You truly are a fucken retard if you think I spoke on his size as some sort of excuse you stupid fuck!
On that note Briere and St Louis were star caliber talent… are you attempting to compare them solely on their stature? Idiot
Briere was undrafted
Briere was a first round pick you stupid fucken moron. St. Louis was undrafted because he was significantly undersized for a league that praised size. The talent level was always there!
Also Ryan Malone was a solid top 6 winger PERIOD until the cocaine got hold of him!
As I said yesterday, why are the fans of this team so enamoured with former players? I liked Staal while he was here but it makes zero sense attempting to bring him back. Plus it only works if Carolina would retain money… for five years? I don’t see it
Am I the only one that thinks sam is really tarnishing the work MAF has done? I’d love to just say ha to all those that doubted him but sams creep van approach to cheering for him really makes it difficult 😉
Why are you obsessed with some clown that so obviously trolls this site?
Because it’s fun pissing him off…. what a waste of a first post lol
Also, Sams to stupid to be actively trolling, he’s an accidental troll at best
So there wasn’t much of a trade markey for Kessell 3 years ago when we got him and we got him for an underwhelming return. We’re supposed to believe that there will be a big trade market for him now? JR doesn’t see him as a bad contract or a declining player (like Letang is) that he needs to move. Why would you think a knock your socks off offer is going to come for Kessell now 3 years after there were none? Kessell will be a Penguin and imo, unfortunately, so will Letang.
If you think 1 year with Dez Bryant would ruin 2 players development, then you’re an idiot. Don’t you think Dez would be a little extra motivated to shut his mouth and work since it’s his mouth that is keeping him off teams? Did a year with pouting James Harrison ruin the development of JJ Watt? Think before you write D.
Sam told us that Vegas can’t beat Winnepeg. Brilliant!
Can pens always trade Murray and get fleury back with half his salary retained. Would you clowns accept that
Only if that meant your mom cut off your internet.
LOL, why would Vegas just retain 50% of MAFs salary? I love these comments people arbitrarily make about teams just up and retaining salary all the time. While it is a tool for some teams its not like its an automatic thing. Will Carolina retain salary on players? Maybe, they have to hit a cap floor and are cleaning house so anyone with a year or two left in a deal will carry that potential. Staal has 5 years left so I call bollocks on that, at least nothing substantial like 50% as some have noted on other pages. In… Read more »
Vegas 10 victories 7 out of 10. Fleury was the first star of the game. He suckss npl.
Back on the Vegas bandwagon. Nice!
How does one steal a game when you are up 3 to 1 going into the third period?
Clearly you didnt watch the game Mr box score.
Even cherry just said it right now it was all fleury Vegas had no business wining this game
I actually watched the entire game Mr. bandwagon. Cherry is a one gimmick tool. I do not take anything he says seriously. That is playoff hockey.
Elliot freedman just said it too
Suck on that box score Stan
Anyone taking Cherry seriously on most subjects in the last 15-20 years clearly has no fucken idea that he’s been senile approximately that long lol.
Oh wow Elliot just said fleury is the only reason they won those 2 games
Let’s play a game npl
Vegas won tonight
A) team played Good in front of fleury
B) fleury stole the match
C) jet had no puck luck
D) npl sucks dick for living
E) all of the above.
F) sam swItched sides because they won but when Winnipeg wins game four he will be drooling over them again lol
Did you guys see the amazing saves if fleury in the 3rd period. Did npl fat slob see it. Did Murray see it.
Is Yahoo news your proof reader?
Would have been nice to have this version of Fleury between 2010-2013.
Is there a way pens can get all 3 steals like I suggested before at least they all play with heart.
All three steals? Asshat.
3 steals would be a major carp hurt.
“Play with heart” – not one has been involved in a cup run is awhile and all three either missed the post season or were done early… great idea lol!
Fuckk that fraud DB
And as for therrien there are few coaches like that they build the team then other coaches come and take their glories.
Some coaches can only coach a veteran team some can coach building tams
And very few can do both and that’s Babcock and coach Q.
DB can only coach in mighty ducks movie 4
And an NHL team to a Stanley Cup.
Dez Bryant is a fraud and won 4 Stanley Cups?
Therrien is garbage you twaat… his Xs and Os are meaningless when his attitude creates players checking out as fast as they do. Babcock? Jury’s out… had a fluke run in Anaheim and then built a reputation as the head coach of one of the most dominant franchises in the leagues history! He has made some very questionable decisions in Toronto!
Two articles…..And we do have Brass@SID4800$$ #dynastykiller now so do we need a 3C ?
DB stealing another paycheck
Brassard was bad but I don’t think we can look at him and say “hey, if it wasn’t for you the Pens would have won”. Would not obtaining Brassard improved Letangs play? Unlikely