ROSTER MOVES Following last night’s 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in preseason game No. 2, the Penguins this morning made 11 cuts, sending goaltenders Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry and forwards Jean-Sebastien Dea, Matia Marcantuoni back to their respective junior teams. Forwards Tom Kostopoulos, Brian Gibbons, Paul Thompson, and Dominik Uher, and defensemen Nick D’Agostino, Clark Seymour, and Reid McNeill were sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The moves put the camp roster at 44 with 21 to 23 more cuts to come before October 3rd. Of the group, these were the type of cuts to expect and among the junior eligible players, Matia Marcantuoni’s play in camp was promising. ROSTER UPDATE The Penguins have 25 forwards left in camp and are likely to start the year with 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goaltenders due to cap reasons, though, the team hasn’t ruled out starting the year with 14 forwards. Here’sRead More »
Tuesday’s Pens Tidbits — A lot depends on who the Penguins resign and bring in through free agency but I’m told Penguins assistant GM Jason Botterill informed Ryan Craig and his agent Craig Oster during discussions over the past couple weeks that the Penguins feel Craig could win a final forward spot out of training camp and go into camp among the Penguins top-15 forwards on the depth chart. — Brett Sterling led the Baby Pens with 53 points last season and scored 3 goals in 7 NHL games last season, however, it’s still unclear whether the Penguins will make an offer (2-way) to Sterling before July 1. The team is said to have some interest in retaining Sterling but there’s been no contract talks to this point between Botterill and Sterling’s agent Allain Roy. — The Penguins have had discussions with Kurt Overhardt, the agent for 27 year oldRead More »
The Penguins are in the driver’s seat in their first round Stanley Cup playoff series against Tampa. But some questions still hang over Game Five as Pittsburgh enters Consol Energy Center (Saturday, 12:00pm) with a 3-1 series lead. Here are five things to look out for heading into Game Five: 1. The forward line-up: Chris Kunitz will be back. And his all-around game at wing will be a welcomed addition. But who sits? It probably won’t be anyone from the Asham-Adams-Rupp line with the way that line is playing. So look for either Eric Tangradi or Chris Conner to be scratched. Clearly Penguin management is intrigued by Tangradi’s size and upside. And he did provide a nice screen on Tyler Kennedy’s power play goal. So, especially on the man-up unit, Tangradi may reap more rewards. But if Kunitz is back, Tangradi may not get on the power play at all.
Friday Notes As expected the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Chris Conner today. Conner, 25, recorded one assist in six games during his stint in Pittsburgh. Conner did not practice today and one reason for sending Conner down is due to the fact that the Penguins are up against the cap and that Evgeni Malkin is returning to the lineup. *Forward Evgeni Malkin is practicing today and worked with the first team power play. Malkin will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Boston Bruins. DePaoli on twitter
Pittsburgh 4 – Columbus 3 Through 13 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to find ways to win in any fashion. Tonight it was erasing a two-goal deficit with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Down 3-1 late in the third period, Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Goligoski scored in a 39-second span to tie the game at 3-3 and force over-time. After a scoreless shootout, backup goaltender Brent Johnson went 3-for-3 in the shootout and Sidney Crosby scored the only goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night at the Nationwide Arena. Pittsburgh improved to 11-2 on the season and 6-0 on the road. Crosby led the way for the Penguins with two assists and scoring the shootout winner which was a fluky goal that eluded goaltender Steve Mason.