LATEST ON NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN PENGUINS AND BRANDON SUTTER Brandon Sutter is playing the best hockey of his Penguins career and just at the right time as negotiations between the Penguins and Sutter’s reps at Newport Sports are expected to heat up in the coming weeks, according to sources close to the situation.
PITTSBURGH 4 – NEW YORK 2 The Pittsburgh Penguins (24-8-0, 48 pts) extended their winning streak to 11 games, defeating the New York Islanders (13-15-3, 29 pts) 4-2 on Friday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Penguins overcame a flat first period where the Islanders outshot the Penguins 14-3 in the period and took a 1-0 lead 7:46 in on a Mark Streit (5) blast from the point for his 5th goal of the season. Pittsburgh didn’t record their first shot until 12:53 into the period but this was the type of game where a bad team finds a way to lose. Joe Vitale (2) tied the game at 1-1 with his second goal of the season at 8:08 of the second period, coming down the left side with speed and beating Evgeni Nabokov glove side with a beautiful shot as the secondary scoring from the fourth line,Read More »
All eyes this summer are going to be on the Penguins negotiations with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. The Evgeni Malkin negotiation is going to be an easy one like Sidney Crosby last summer, and there’s already been a few discussions between the Penguins and Malkin’s agent J.P. Barry in the past couple weeks. While Malkin can’t officially sign till July 1, the Malkin camp expects negotiations to center around the breakdown of Sidney Crosby’s contract in the first eight years of his 12 year deal. Crosby by the way will make $86.4 million through the first eight years of the contract, for those of you wondering what Malkin’s cap hit might look like on his next deal. As for Kris Letang, that negotiation is a bit more of an unknown at this point on how it’s going to play out. One under the radar negotiation that will be an interestingRead More »
MORNING PENS BUZZ The storyline for tonight’s game vs Carolina is Jordan Staal facing his former team for the first time since being traded on draft day, a day after declining a 10 year, $58 million offer from the Penguins and making it known to the Penguins at the time that he intended to play his final season in Pittsburgh out and explore free agency. Staal had six great years in Pittsburgh, playing a key role in two Stanley Cup runs and a Stanley Cup championship in 2009. He was the Penguins best forward in the 2012 playoffs and the Penguins haven’t felt the loss of Staal yet as they are second in the Eastern Conference with 26 points and second in the NHL with 69 goals but not having Staal is going to be felt come playoff time. GM Ray Shero accommodated Staal by trading him to the placeRead More »
MORNING PENGUINS BUZZ The Penguins (8-3-0, 16 pts) and Devils (6-1-3, 15 pts) faceoff for the second time in seven days as the teams begin a home and home series this weekend. It’s a good bet the Penguins are going to see a better performance from New Jersey this afternoon than last weekend in Pittsburgh where the Devils were a mess defensively. Both teams come in on winning streaks, Pittsburgh riding a five game winning streak and the Devils on a three game winning streak. The Devils who have played in one less game than the Penguins, have points in nine of 10 games this season. Both teams sit at the top of the Eastern Conference with just one point separating the two. An encouraging sign for the Penguins through 11 games is their 2.36 goals against mark, which ranks 10th in the NHL. The Penguins have had eight defensemenRead More »
Despite signing Sidney Crosby to a 12 year extension and getting a good return for Jordan Staal based on the circumstances, there seems to be a sense of frustration from Penguins fan base, who have seen the Penguins lose the likes of Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek and Steve Sullivan from their NHL roster without adding upgrades over any of the three players to this point. The New York Rangers not giving up a significant return for Rick Nash only seems to have fueled that frustration. The Rangers acquired Nash in exchange for Brandon Dubsinky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round pick. While the Penguins never went hard after Nash, I posed the question to a few league contacts this morning on what type of similar offer the Penguins could have made and here is one Eastern Conference scouts view on a similar offer the Penguins could haveRead More »