BREAKING DOWN THE ACQUISITION OF BRENDEN MORROW When you’re a win-now team with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their prime, you have few untouchables in your system and that’s what we’re seeing here with the Penguins acquisition of 34 year old winger Brenden Morrow in exchange for 2011 first round pick Joe Morrow.
THURSDAY’S PENGUINS TRADE DEADLINE TOP-5 1. There’s a strong sense that the Penguins and Bruins, the two top Cup contenders in the Eastern Conference, are chasing the same players leading into the April 3rd trade deadline. It’s a group that is becoming thinner and what’s interesting is that both teams are also said to be considering the same options at the deadline; Adding a top-4 defenseman, bottom two-line player or top-6 forward. 2. One team the Penguins continue to scout heavily of late is the Dallas Stars. The Penguins have scouted five of the Stars last seven games and the Penguins were in attendance last night for Stars – Avalanche game. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post points out the Penguins were the only Eastern Conference team in attendance last night for Av’s-Stars. Brenden Morrow and Eric Nystrom are two notable players the Penguins have been tracking, sources say, WhatRead More »
Letang, Sullivan injured in win The Pittsburgh Penguins got a big 4-3 shootout win against the Dallas Stars but it was a potential costly win. Pascal Dupuis converted in the fourth round of the shootout as the Penguins won their fourth straight game and improved to 16-4-1 in their last 21 games. Dupuis fired a shot past Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Marc-Andre Fleury denied Michael Ryder’s attempt to clinch the extra point for Pittsburgh who are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference with 79 points. James Neal and Chris Kunitz also scored in the shootout for Pittsburgh, while Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas. Jamie Benn (18) and Steve Sullivan (12) scored first period goals and Sheldon Souray (6) scored with 13 seconds remaining in the second period, giving Dallas a 2-1 lead going into the third period. In an up and down high paced game, CraigRead More »
GAME 63 Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-5, 77 pts) @ Dallas Stars (33-26-4, 70 pts) Where: 7:38 p.m. | Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Tv: NBC SN Referees: Gord Dwyer (#19), Tim Peel (#20) Linesmen Thor Nelson (#80), Scott Cherrey (#50) LEADERS Points: PIT E. MALKIN (78), J. NEAL (61),C. KUNITZ (43) | DAL L. ERIKSSON (55), J. BENN (49), M. RIBEIRO (47) Goals: PIT E. MALKIN (37),J. NEAL (30),J. STAAL (21) | DAL M. RYDER (25), L. ERIKSSON (21), J. BENN (17) Assists: PIT E. MALKIN (41), J. NEAL (31), C. KUNITZ (26) | DAL L. ERIKSSON (34), M. RIBEIRO (33), J. BENN (32) PP Goals: PIT J. NEAL (13), E. MALKIN (10), S. SULLIVAN (5) M. RYDER (5), B. MORROW (4), S. OTT (4) SH Goals: PIT J. STAAL (3), M. COOKE (2), P. DUPUIS (2) | DAL S. SOURAY (1), R. DVORAK (1), L. ERIKSSON (1) GW Goals:Read More »
Thursday’s NHL Rumor Rundown Movement of small market teams On Wednesday morning we touched base surrounding the next CBA talks. The biggest concern might not be the players association but the owners. There’s a group of at least 7-to-8 teams who are eyeing a significant reduction in the salary cap. The push from these owners is to have the cap at a set number in the low 50’s-to-high-40’s range. Capitals to remain quiet The Washington Capitals entered free agency with two pressing needs; Adding a defensive defenseman and signing a No. 2 line center. The team has not taking care of either need and surprisingly are believed to be done in free agency. Capitals GM George McPhee told Tairk El Bashir of the Washington Post on Wednesday that he is done free agent shopping. Neal will have to settle for two year deal with Stars?
The New York Rangers continue to show a strong interest in Stars center Brad Richards but the two sides are not close on a deal. The two sides have agreed on Brandon Dubinsky being involved but there’s a major snag in the trade talks. The Rangers are trying to move Michal Rozsival in any deal for Richards. The Stars have no interest in Rozsival. More Rangers Rumors While Richards is at the top of the Rangers wishlist, the Rangers have reached out to free agent forwards Vinny Prospal and Todd Bertuzzi.
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 »