NHL Trade Deadline: D-MEN ON THE MOVE Just days after acquiring Jordan Leopold, the St. Louis Blues continue to bolster their defense, acquiring Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, the biggest chip on the trade market. The Flames will receive a 2013 first round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reta Berra. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round pick will be deferred to the 2014 draft. Also traded within the past couple minutes was Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr who was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings, in-exchange for two second round picks. The Penguins acquiring Douglas Murray for two second rounders set the going rate for rental defensemen.
Jarome Iginla is a healthy scratch tonight and all indications are Iginla is on the verge of becoming a Boston Bruin in the next 24 hours. According to reports from TSN, and other outlets, the potential deal in place is rumored to be Iginla to the Bruins in exchange for a first round pick, center Alexander Khokhlachev and defenseman Matt Bartkowski. It’s not clear if an extension is being demanded from the Bruins, something the Penguins were interested in, sources say. The rumored return for Iginla is not a significant one. The first round pick will in all likelihood be a late first rounder, Matt Bartkowski’s ceiling at best is a No. 3 pairing defenseman, and Khokhlachev is a smallish center at 5-foot-10, but could develop into a top-9 forward in the NHL. No big time premium prospect here in Bartkowski or Khokhlacvev. As of 8:00 p.m., the Penguins hadRead More »
LATEST PENGUINS SCOUTING BUZZ Consol Energy Center has been a popular scouting place for general managers this week during the Penguins three game homestand that wraps up tonight. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was in town Wednesday night for Flyers-Penguins and the Bruins are in the market for depth forwards, while Blues GM Doug Armstrong was in Pittsburgh Friday night taking in the Penguins – Panthers game. Meanwhile, Penguins top pro scout Don Waddell is wrapping up a long scouting trip this week that had him seeing a majority of Western Conference teams and the Penguins continue to have a heavy presence at Minnesota Wild games in the past two weeks. Waddell was in Edmonton Thursday night scouting the Oilers – Wild then was in Calgary last night scouting the Wild and Flames. At this point of the season, the Penguins are in the process of evaluating potential trade deadline targetsRead More »
Game Day Notes Pittsburgh has lost 7 of 9 games and things won’t get any easier tonight as the Penguins travel to Calgary for a showdown with the first place Flames. Pittsburgh did not practice on Tuesday and will take the ice today in Calgary at 1:30 p.m. ET for their morning skate. Calgary (26-14-6) is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and 12-8-3 at home. The Flames are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Monday night. *Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar heard from the league yesterday afternoon but as expected was not suspended. The Penguins used the Duncan Keith hit on Matt Cooke (Dec. 5th, 2009) to their advantage. Meahwhile, Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck is still feeling the effects of Gonchar’s hit. *The struggles of Evgeni Malkin continue to be a hot topic around the league. Penguins general manager Ray Shero gives his coaching staff free reinsRead More »
July 2, 2009 1:13 pm – Stars land Penguins target Karlis Skrastins has signed a two year deal with the Dallas Stars. Cap hit of $1.3 million. Pittsburgh was looking at him. Stars have offers on the table to Scuderi and Francois Beauchemen. 1:00 pm – Rangers making late push for Koivu The Wild remain the front runners to sign Saku Koivu but the New York Rangers have made a late push making a three year offer. The Ducks, Kings are also interested. 11:44 am – Thrashers sign Nik Antropov The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Nik Antropov to a 4 year deal worth $16 million. 11:35 am – Bruins re-sign Mark Recchi Mark Recchi will be returning for another season. The veteran winger has re-signed with the Bruins. 10:53 am – Thrashers re-sign Chris Thorburn Thrashers sign Chris Thorburn. Financial details were not available. 10:05 pm – Scuderi waiting onRead More »
First Round Predictions 1. Boston vs 8. Montreal There’s a reason these two teams are far apart in the standings. The Bruins are the most complete team in the Eastern Conference, and won 5-of-6 games against the Canadiens this season. It’s going to be a quick series — Bruins in 4 2. Washington vs 7. New York Very intriguing series. Will Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals take the next step like Sidney Crosby and the Penguins did last year in their 2nd playoff appearance? Despite New York struggling to score goals, they have the #1 penalty kill in the league and Henrik Lundqvist can steal this series. I am not a believer in Jose Theodore Washington is the better team but I’m going with — Rangers in 7
Photo courtesy of Kaatiya 1. C Vincent Lecavalier Suitors: MTL, ATL, LAK, CHI, EDM, OTT % of trade (5%) Reportedly 6 teams have inquired about Lecavalier 2. D Jay Bouwmeester Suitors: WAS, PHI, TOR, VAN, NJD, BOS, EDM, ANA,¬† OTT, CAL % of trade: (55%) Top D-Man on the market 3. D Chris Pronger, Suitors: FLA, VAN, TOR,¬† PHI, NJD, BOS, SJ, STL % of trade (70%) One year left on his contract. 4. Scott Niedermayer Suitors: PHI, NJD, VAN, BOS % of trade (45%) 5. D Tomas Kaberle Suitors: PHI, VAN, LAK,¬†WAS, NJD, BOS, FLA % of trade (45%) 6. LW Martin St. Louis Suitors: PIT, MIN, NYR, VAN, EDM, SJ % of trade (10%): Asking price: Two top tier prospects/draft pick/roster player.¬†Rangers expressing significant interest. Sources indicate St. Louis nixed a trade to Pittsburgh 7. RW Milan Hejduk Suitors: ANA, PIT, VAN, NYR, EDM, BUF, MTL % ofRead More »
1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »