Entering the fourth year of his contract, speculation has been rampant this off-season, Steelers ownership may have their doubts about head coach Mike Tomlin being the right guy for the job. However, those in the know have contended for months it was a certainty Tomlin would receive a contract extension before training camp. According to a report by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that will be the case. Bouchette reports Tomlin has agreed to a new three year extension that runs through the 2014 season. Tomlin had one year left on his deal and a club option for 2011. The team has yet to make an official announcement. The 38 year old Tomlin has guided the Steelers to three winning seasons, two playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in 2008. Financial terms of the new deal are unknown but Tomlin’s new deal is expected to pay him upwardsRead More »
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has not been happy with the production of his top-2 line wingers. Bill Guerin is the only consistent winger the Penguins have had all season playing with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Yesterday in practice, Michael Rupp skated with Sidney Crosby while Ruslan Fedotenko took line rushes on the third and fourth line. More changes are instore tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. This morning Chris Kunitz returned to the ice after missing yesterday’s skate and will play on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis tonight. Meanwhile, Evgeni Malkin will center Michael Rupp and Bill Guerin on the second line. Dan Bylsma sent a message on Sunday scratching Tyler Kennedy and Bylsma is considering another change tonight.
Week 5: Mike Tomlin Press Conference The key for the Steelers this week is getting consecutive wins for the first time this season and as the Steelers travel to Detroit this weekend, the Steelers will also be looking for their first road win of the season. Injury Report *According to Mike Tomlin, Troy Polamalu is progressing well, he may participate in a limited basis on Wednesday. His participation though for Sunday’s game is unclear. His availability depends on how he practices this week. Safety Ryan Clark (lower back), Chris Kemoeatu (left ankle), and Andre Frazier (Shoulder) will all be limited early in the week. All three players are expected to play. *Tight End David Johnson (high ankle sprain) is expected to return to the lineup this week. Tomlin indicated he is excited about the return of Johnson. *The latest on running back Willie Parker (turf toe) is that
The Pittsburgh will host three offensive linemen on Sunday – Tuesday. At the top of the Steelers wishlist in the first round is Cal’s Alex Mack. The Steelers had three representatives at Cal’s pro day and Ed Thompson reports, Mack will be in Pittsburgh for a visit on Sunday On Monday the Steelers will hold a private workout for Louisville center Eric Wood. Wood has been a player of interest since the combine, where the Steelers met with Wood On Tuesday the Steelers will be busy again hosting another offensive lineman. As we reported on Wednesday, Texas Tech guard Louis Vasquez will be in Pittsburgh for a visit on April 7th. Scouting Reports
The Penguins are out of the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes as the team was informed late Wednesday night that Bozak would be signing elsewhere. Pittsburgh was a longshot to begin with but they were among Bozak’s top 5 or 6 teams. The Islanders were informed this afternoon that Bozak was no longer considering their offer. The Av’s, Senators and Leafs are leading the pack with the Anaheim Ducks believed to be the mystery team in the running we were trying to chase down last night. Sources do believe the Penguins will be among one of the top suitors for