NHL RUMORS MONDAY: Latest Buzz around the league


With the Trade Deadline two weeks away, here’s the latest buzz around the league for Monday, February 14th– Forsberg calls it quits: Petr Forsberg’s comeback has lasted just two games. The Brett Favre of hockey will announce his retirement today. Bruins see opportunity in East: With the Pittsburgh Penguins depleted by injuries and likely to take a step back this season, even if Sidney Crosby returns, Contenders in the East are said to be seeing a prime opportunity in front of themselves. The Boston Bruins are believed to be one of those teams. The Bruins are actively seeking a puck moving defenseman with Tomas Kaberle at the top of their radar and they could also explore making a splash. The Boston Globe reports the Bruins are willing to move “Toronto’s “1st round pick but only for two players. According to the report they will only surrender their 1st rounder forRead More »

Sponsor Post: Pittsburgh vs Columbus Pre & Post-Game party in Columbus at Moziak


Pre & Post-Game party at Moziak For Penguins fans making the trip down to Columbus for Saturday’s game, there is a Penguins pre and post-game party at Moziak lounge which is operated and owned by Pittsburgher’s. Moziak is located right by Nationwide arena and among the specials prior to the game include $2 Labatt Blue Bottles and $.25 cent wings Moziak is the sister company of Diesel Club Lounge in the South Side. Diesel is a sponsor of Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com.

2010 NHL Draft: Top 30 Prospects


1. TAYLOR HALL, WINDSOR OHL | 14-Nov-1991 | 6′ 0.5″ 185 lbs | Pos: LW | Left | Stats: 57GP-40G-66A-106 pts-56PIM Latest Buzz: Projected to go No. 1 overall to the Edmonton Oilers 2. TYLER SEQUIN, PLYMOUTH OHL | 31-Jan-1992 | 6′ 1.0″ 172 lbs | Pos: Center | Right| Stats: 63GP-48G-58A-106pts-54 PIM Latest Buzz: The consensus No. 2 player in the draft. Will go No. 2 overall to the Boston Bruins. 3. ERIK GUDBRANSON, KINGSTON OHL | 07-Jan-1992 | 6′ 3.75″ 195 lbs | Pos: Defense | Right | Stats: 41GP-2g-21A-23pts-68 PIM Latest Buzz: Headlines a strong group of defensemen. Hard hitting defenseman who scouts project to be a star at the next level. Appears to be a lock to go No. 3 to the Florida Panthers. 4. CAM FOWLER, WINDSOR OHL | 05-Dec-1991 | 6′ 1.25″ 190 lbs | Pos: Defense | Left | Stats: 55GP-8G-47A-55pts-14PIM Latest Buzz:Read More »

The Latest NHL Free Agency Buzz


Free Agency Buzz *The Atlanta Thrashers will be shopping for wingers this off-season. Contract talks with winger Maxim Afinogenov have gone nowhere and Colby Armstrong has already made his intentions known that he intends to test free agency. Afinogenov, 30, is coming off a breakout season scoring 24 goals and 61 points. Afinogenov is looking for a significant raise over his $800,000 salary from 2009-2010 but a stumbling block in talks with the Thrashers has been the term of the contract. Afinogenov is seeking a mult-year deal and Thrashers management doesn’t appear ready to commit beyond two years. Look for Alexei Ponikarovsky to be a target of the Thrashers. *Hurricanes winger Ray Whitney and Sabres winger Raffi Torres will test free agency. Both were primary targets of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the trade deadline. Whitney, 38, made $3.5 million last season. Torres made $2.75 million. *The market for defensemen willRead More »

Sunday’s NHL Rumor Mill


Trade freeze ends at 11:59 p.m. *Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch reports, “Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and the agent for unrestricted free agent Raffi Torres spoke during the Olympic break and were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension, the Dispatch has learned. Torres almost certainly will be dealt by Wednesday’s trade deadline.” League sources tell TIOPS, tha Torres is drawing significant interest from several teams including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, Reed also reports that “unrestricted free agent defenseman Milan Jurcina is attracting as much interest as Torres.” The Blue Jackets are believed to be seeking a 3rd round pick for Jurcina. *The Boston Globe reports, “the Bruins have kicked the tires on Teemu Selanne, the 39-year-old Anaheim Ducks right wing.” However, those close to Selanne indicate he’s going nowhere. The Bruins have been highly involved in trade talksRead More »

Latest Buzz: Selanne won’t be shopped at the trade deadline


Trade Deadline Buzz *Capitals GM George McPhee was criticized last year at the trade deadline for not doing enough. There is word that the Washington Capitals won’t stand pat this year and are looking to add some grit upfront along with a physical defenseman. The Capitals top targets up front include Raffi Torres of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Steve Ott of the Dallas Stars. The Capitals have also been involved in talks with the New York Islanders about Andy Sutton. *Sources tell me Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell is showing little interest in trading Colby Armstrong in division to the Tampa Bay Lightning who are actively trying to put together a deal that would net the Lightning Colby Armstrong and Thrashers prospect Grant Lewis. *Multiple sources continue to indicate that Teemu Selanne will not be shopped at the trade deadline. A Pens’ source tells me, the organization never sawRead More »

TIOPS Newswire: NHL, NFL & MLB news and notes


Daily installment on the latest buzz in the NHL, NFL, MLB and the college ranks National Football League ***The New York Jets magical run in the 2010 playoffs continued Sunday afternoon as the Jets stunned the 7 point favorite San Diego Chargers. The Jets knocked off the Chargers 17-14 to advance to the AFC title game for a rematch with the Indianapolis Colts who laid down in week 16, resting starters against the Jets. For the Chargers, it was an another disappointing playoff run. Among the most talented teams in the NFL, there has always been something missing. Despite Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing for a measly 100 yards, the Jets played dominate defense and exposed the Chargers run defense. The Chargers last lost prior to Sunday’s 17-14 defeat was against Pittsburgh in week 5 when Rashard Mendenhall torched the Chargers defense, rushing for 165 yards. While the Jets haveRead More »

Penguins improve to 6-0 on the road; beat Blue Jackets 4-3 in SO


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.

Penguins open up the pre-season tonight against Columbus


The Pittsburgh Penguins open up the pre-season tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tonight’s lineup will be a mix of regulars, prospects and veterans vying for roster spots. Preseason Game 1 Lineup Forwards Kunitz-Crosby-Tangradi Fedotenko-Staal-Dupuis Bayda-Jeffrey-Connor Sill-Vitale-Godard Defensemen Despres-Gonchar McKee-Bortuzzo Eaton-Engelland Goaltenders Starter: Fleury Thiessen * Key prospects to watch this evening will be forwards Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey, Joe Vitale and defensemen Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo. Tangradi who has gone through some learning curves thus far in camp, will play right wing on Sidney Crosby’s line to begin the game. Despres will be paired with Sergei Gonchar, working as the Penguins #1 pairing. Despres has performed very well in camp. Key veterans to watch will be Ryan Bayda and Chris Connor. Connor has been a sleeper in camp and Bayda is in camp on an invite battling for a final roster spot. Mason, Nash won’t play for ColumbusRead More »