Despite not putting up the offensive numbers that some would like, the Ducks organization believes they received the best player out of the Ryan Whitney/ Chris Kunitz trade. I recently spoke to
Penguins 6 ‚Äì Thrashers 2 Post Game Thoughts The Penguins have now won nine of 11, earning points in all 11 games (9-0-2). The win tied the Penguins (84 pts) with the Philadelphia Flyers who are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. Philadelphia (37-22-10, 84 pts) has three games in hand on the Penguins (38-26-8, 84 pts). Pittsburgh is 4-1 against Philadelphia this season Evgeni Malkin‚Äôs five point night (2 goals, 3 assists) against the Atlanta Thrashers cooled any talk that the Art Ross Trophy is up for grabs as Malkin moved 10 points ahead of teammate Sidney Crosby. The power play which went 3-for-6 saw Evgeni Malkin have a Mario Lemieux moment with a beautiful one timer goal in the second period from the top right circle. The coaching staff finally moved Evgeni Malkin off the left point and it paid divedends. Jordan Staal scored hisRead More »
Photo courtesy of SouthCentral The additions of Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz have lit a fire under Sidney Crosby (90¬†points)¬†who mentioned a few weeks ago when he was sidelined with a groin injury that he has not given up on winning the league scoring title. 11 points in 6 games has Crosby within striking distance of teammate Evgeni Malkin (97 points)¬†who¬†only holds a seven point edge. Guerin at age 38 has been the most important addition for Crosby as he has provided Crosby with a physical presence and a right handed shot which Crosby hasn‚Äôt had since the spare time he played with winger Michel Ouellet. Malkin and Crosby going in different directions? The impact of Crosby playing with Kunitz and Bill Guerin.
Pittsburgh 6 ‚Äì Boston 4 Newcomer Chris Kunitz had two goals and one assist to lead the Penguins to a 6-4 win over the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. Backup goaltender Mathieu Garon made 21 saves to record his first win in a Penguins uniform. The Penguins who went 2-8 on the power play got a big game from their new #1 line. Sidney Crosby ( 3 assists), Bill Guerin ( 1 goal, 2 assists) and Chris Kunitz (2 goals, 1 assist) combined for 9 points against the Bruins. Bill Guerin (18), Chris Kunitz (19, 20), Petr Sykora (24) and Jordan Staal (19) all scored for the Penguins Sunday‚Äôs win moved the Penguins into the #5 spot in the Eastern Conference. Trailing 3-2 after the 2nd period, Pittsburgh is now 11-19-1 when trailing after two periods *Kunitz third period goal at 0:43 has been given to Sergei Gonchar.
Recap of the Penguins Deadline moves Penguins acquired D Andy Wozniewski from St. Louis for D Danny Richmond. Wozniewski, 28, (6-5, 225 lbs) appeared in one game for the St. Louis Blues this season. Wozniewski has been assigned to WBS. At noon on Wednesday the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed RW Craig Adams off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. At 2:00 p.m., after weeks of talking, the Penguins acquired Bill Guerin from the Islanders for conditional draft pick. Guaranteed fifth round pick, Fourth round pick if the Pens make the playoffs, third round pick if Pens win a series. The Penguins assigned Bill Thomas and Miroslav Satan to WBS. Trade Deadline Winners and Losers
As expected Penguins forward Sidney Crosby will miss tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Crosby did not practice on Thursday and did not skate during today’s morning skate which was help in Chicago. The Lines at the begining of the morning skate were as follows Fedotenko – Malkin – Sykora
On Monday at practice it became clear that something was up when Ryan Whitney wasn‚Äôt even working with the #2 power play in practice. On Tuesday, Whitney was the 7th defensemen in drills which based on performance might have made sense but because the Penguins were actively shopping Whitney, it didn‚Äôt make sense. On Wednesday, the team announced Whitney flew home to Boston to be with a sick family member and on Thursday he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks who are playing in Boston tonight. Analysis and Scouting Report on the Trade
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi, according to TSN.Ca. The Penguins have confirmed the trade. Kunitz, 29, has 16 goals and 35 points in 62 games this season. He is signed through 2011-12 season with a cap hit of $3.725 million. Left Winger Eric Tangradi, 20, ( 6-3, 215lbs) is the Ducks #2 rated prospect. In 52 games, this season he has 38 goals – 49 assists – 87 points and 57 penalty minutes with Belleville of the Ontario Hockey League. Chris Minard has been placed on waivers.