Guerin to attend Flyers camp on tryout basis

 

Veteran winger Billy Guerin will attend the Philadelphia Flyers training camp on a tryout basis. Guerin, 39, scored 21 goals last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers have been at the top of Guerin’s wishlist along with the Boston Bruins. The Bruins though failed to clear any cap space and Guerin’s focus has been with the Flyers of late. Guerin has been working out at the Flyers facility for almost two weeks now as his agent Bob Murray initiated talks with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren in late August. Guerin’s camp is optimistic that Guerin will earn a contract out of camp. The Flyers though first want to look at a few up and coming players in their system before giving Guerin a contract. Elsewhere in the Atlantic Division, the National Hockey League came down hard on the New Jersey Devils today regarding the Ilya Kovalchuk situation. The league announcedRead More »

NHL Buzz: Guerin waits; Ponikarovsky mulling offer; Rangers picking up pursuit of wingers

 

Around the NHL 39 year old veteran Billy Guerin continues to wait patiently on the open market. While Guerin remains in contact with the Penguins, Guerin’s agent Bob Murray is aggressively exploring other options but Guerin has yet to receive a firm offer. Pens’ contacts tell me while there is believed to have been some inquiries, Guerin has yet to come to Pittsburgh with an offer for the team to match or come close too. The Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have reached out to Guerin at somepoint since July 1. However, the Flyers and Rangers have either moved on or are moving in other directions.   The market is slowly starting to pick up leaguewide and former Penguin Alexei Ponikarovsky is moving closer to finding a new home. According to a league source, Ponikarovsky is mulling over an offer he has received in the past 72 hours. It’s the firstRead More »

NHL Free Agency: Latest updates on former Pens’ still on the market

 

Updates on McKee, Guerin, Ponikarovsky, Fedotenko, more Veteran defenseman Jay McKee continues to patiently wait out the market for the right situation. According to a source close to McKee’s camp there has been zero contact since July 1 between Pens GM Ray Shero and Pat Morris, the agent for McKee. Pittsburgh has decided to move on. However,  the Phoenix Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators have expressed preliminary interest in McKee, a league source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports this afternoon.  McKee prefers to join a contender and have a shot at a title but is also seeking a top-6 role. Alexei Ponikarovsky is among a current group of 4-to-5 wingers (Torres, Frolov) who can have an impact on any team but have seen a very limited market in free agency. Two reasons for that is the demands of their agents and a consensus among GM’s around the league who are showingRead More »

The Latest Penguins Free Agency Buzz

 

Latest on Guerin, Kariya, Niedermayer, more *Bill Guerin’s return to Pittsburgh is not imminent or close as free agency is now going into day 6. The Penguins currently do not have an offer on the table to Guerin. Word out of Guerin’s camp is two other suitors have emerged as potential landing spots but it’s believed that no team including the Penguins has made an offer to Guerin since free agency opened up. The Penguins told Guerin’s agent Bob Murray during draft weekend that the team wanted Guerin back but couldn’t come close to matching his $2 million a year salary. Guerin has not shown an interest in taking a significant reduction in salary and it appears there are some concerns in the organization about Guerin being a good fit on this team if he is no longer able to play a top-6 role. The vibe out of Guerin’s cornerRead More »

Pittsburgh Penguins All-Decade Team

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins franchise had many ups and downs during the decade. The decade began with a bang as hall of famer/owner Mario Lemieux made a stunning comeback in December 2000 after being retired for 3.5 years. The team would earn its 12th straight playoff appearance in 2001 but financial reasons would lead to cost cutting moves such as trading star winger Jaromir Jagr and the cost cutting moves would continue years after. From 2002-2005, the franchise had no choice but to go into full throttle rebuilding mode and the Penguins endured four straight losing seasons that included rumors of relocation but the latter part of the decade would turn glorious (2009 Stanley Cup Champions, New Arena agreement) due to some luck (draft lottery sweepstakes Sidney Crosby), great drafting (Marc Andre Fleury) and other factors. Pittsburgh Penguins All-Decade Team

12/28 – Monday Practice Report: Rupp skates with Crosby, Dupuis on top unit

 

Pittsburgh_ The Pittsburgh Penguins went through a 70 minute workout this morning before departing for Buffalo as the Penguins hit the road for a four game road trip that includes back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils. Defenseman Alex Goligoski and forward Chris Kunitz did not practice today. Kunitz remains bothered by a nagging knee injury, while Goligoski has a bad back. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma did indicate he expects both players to participate in Tuesday’s morning skate at Buffalo. Eaton to return to lineup Tuesday night *Defenseman Mark Eaton participated fully in practice today for the 3rd consecutive day. Eaton was paired with Kris Letang in practice and will return to the lineup against Buffalo after missing three games with a right knee injury. *Over the past week, Dan Bylsma has been experimenting with line changes on his top two lines and today in practiceRead More »

DIARY OF A POWER PLAY

 

12-15-09 – Philadelphia at Penguins PP#1 – The Penguins’ brand-new power-play alignment showed more precision and organization in its first minute than the prior model showed in the previous 10 games…until Evgeni Malkin passed the puck out of the zone before the Pens got a shot off, that is. But before the man-advantage expired, the Penguins scored: Sidney Crosby netting the rebound of a fluky bounce that had zilch to do with precision and organization. The new PP was 1-for-1. Don’t minimize that goal. If the new PP has luck and nothing else going for it, that’s one more positive quality than the preceding version. PP#2 – The Penguins got their second power play of the evening at 9:59 of the second period, killing three of their own penalties in the interim. The Flyers came to play hockey, but the Pens kept gooning it up. The Penguins got four shotsRead More »

Power Play delivers in over-time; Team USA Buzz

 

Malkin, Fedotenko end scoring droughts Pittsburgh’s struggling power play went 0-for-5 in regulation Saturday night but delivered with a rare big goal in overtime as Evgeni Malkin (9) scored just 37 seconds into over-time on the man advantage as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at Mellon Arena. Thirty seconds into overtime, Jordan Leopold was called for holding and Sergei Gonchar set up Malkin for a one-timer from the high slot who blew it past Tomas Voukon. Malkin’s OT tally was his first goal in 6 games. Pascal Dupuis (9) and Ruslan Fedotenko (5) also scored for Pittsburgh. Fedotenko put the Penguins up 2-1 in the second period, driving to the net and Evgeni Malkin found him wide open in front of Voukon for a tap in goal. It was Fedotenko’s first goal in 14 games as the struggling winger is on pace for a 12 goal season.Read More »

Wednesday Practice Report: Rupp gets a look on top line

 

Goligoski to return to lineup Thursday night SouthPointe _ Forward Max Talbot has been demoted to the 4th line and the Penguins are exploring the possibility of playing forward Michael Rupp with Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin tomorrow night against Montreal. Rupp got an extensive look with Crosby, Guerin today in a number of drills as the Penguins prepare for the Montreal Canadiens. Rupp alternated with Chris Kunitz on the left side but the coaching staff is expected to keep Kunitz out of the lineup for at least one more game. The Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal units will remain the same tomorrow night while Max Talbot is expected to skate on the 4th line with Craig Adams and Eric Godard. *Defenseman Alex Goligoski had an excellent practice and will return to the lineup Thursday night. With Goligoski set to return, a defenseman will have to sit but it’s notRead More »

Tuesday Practice Report: Penguins get back to work after disappointing loss

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins returned to the ice this morning after Monday nights disappointing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Head coach Dan Bylsma talked today how the Penguins lacked focus as the Penguins have given up the first goal in seven straight games. One player who did not practice today was Mark Letestu, who was re-assigned to Wilkes Barre/Scranton this morning. Letestu played a strong game Saturday night against Chicago but was a healthy scratch Monday night. Defenseman Alex Goligoski practiced for the second straight day and barring a setback, expects to return to the lineup Thursday night in Montreal. With two full practices before Thursday’s game, the power play will be a top priority for the coaching staff like it is for many practices. Pittsburgh ranks 28th in the league on the power play. One change that will be made is Alex Goligoski replacing Kris Letang at the left pointRead More »