NEIL COVETED BY EASTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS
The Detroit Redwings are looking to add grit at the trade deadline. They are currently highly involved in talks with the Ottawa Senators about forward Chris Neil If the Wings fail to land Neil who is being pursuing by half a dozen teams, they are strongly considering Tampa Bay Lightning forward Gary Roberts.
The Ottawa Sun reports, the Senators will deal F Chris Neil and D Filip Kuba and if they don’t agree to contract extensions before the trade deadline Neil is drawing interest from a number of teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks.
The Penguins begin a crucial 5 game stretch beginning Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. So much for the Penguins turning the corner after beating the Rangers 6-2 Wednesday night. Losing to a rebuilding team like the Leafs shouldn‚Äôt happen. The biggest disappointment with this team is their inability to clear the front of the net in the defensive zone. Head coach Michel Therrien and associate coach Andre Savard are defensive minded coaches and just as Mike Yeo takes the heat for the power play struggles, Savard and Therrien deserve some criticism for the Penguins defensive struggles. The Penguins have mishandled Ryan Whitney since he came back from off-season foot surgery. Whitney is clearly struggling and since his first game back he has been among the Penguins leaders in ice time. He should have been gradually brought back not playing 25+ minutes off the bat. Bill Thomas was a -2Read More »