Penguins – Blue Jackets Fallout The most important takeaway out of the Penguins 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets is an obvious one. Pittsburgh and Columbus have elite starting goaltenders in Matt Murray and Sergei Bobrovsky. Those two going head-to-head would be fun in April. Nothing else should be taken out of last night’s game that gives a glimpse of what to expect in a seven game series if these two clubs are indeed on a collision course to a first round matchup, and let’s hope they are because Rangers – Penguins is getting quite boring. Pittsburgh missing two top-9 forwards, in addition to Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta, this was a well earned point, coming off a physical game the night before. Shots were 39-39 with Pittsburgh having a 61-60 edge in 5 v 5 shot attempts. Columbus poses a potential challenge to the Penguins and howRead More »
The Olli Maatta injury that will likely knock him out for the rest of the regular season has a lot of different dynamics at play. 1. For one, the Penguins were already floating him in trade talks, most notably to the Avalanche as a center piece in talks for Matt Duchene, and had made him available to a few other specific teams, sources have said. 2. The Penguins have also been looking hard at defensemen on the market, Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulkiov among them, who even prior to the Maatta injury, wouldn’t have been coming in to sit in the press box. From a cap standpoint, the injury could make Jim Rutherford even more aggressive and dangerous on the trade market. The Penguins will have the primary option to place Maatta on LTIR, use the cap space to make an addition and then re-activate Maatta for the playoffs where there’s noRead More »
Sidney Crosby had 110 players help him become the 86th player in NHL history with 1,000 points. Crosby’s first NHL point was on a primary assist in setting up Mark Recchi for a power play goal against the New Jersey Devils on October 5, 2005. His 1,000th point would come on February 16, 2016 with a primary assist on a Chris Kunitz goal. It was fitting Kunitz would play a part in Crosby’s 1,000th point. There hasn’t been a player over the years who Crosby loves playing with more as a linemate than Kunitz who has factored into 185 of Crosby’s points on his journey to 1,000. On a special night for Crosby, it was also fitting his night would be capped off by scoring the overtime winner on a setup from Evgeni Malkin. As Crosby and Malkin have formed arguably the best 1-2 center combo over the last 8-9 years, en route to multipleRead More »
Latest Pens Buzz [1. 1,000 for Sid?] [2. Jets better than record says] [3. Fehr back in] [4. Sheary back next week?] [5. Guentzel off limits, Sprong in play?] 1,000 Tonight for 87? The Penguins are 43-11-3 all-time vs the Jets franchise with a Goals For/Goals Against differential of 213-145. The Last time the Jets/Thrashers franchise won a game in Pittsburgh was December 27, 2006. The Penguins have won 15 straight vs the Jets in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby has 15 goals and 32 assists in his career vs the Jets, averaging over 1.55 points per game in his career vs the Jets. Jets a talented hockey club The Penguins will get to see Patrik Laine for the first time this season. No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews and Laine the No. 2 overall pick, are in the top-5 in goals this season. Laine has an Alexander Ovechkin type release thatRead More »
Latest Penguins Buzz [1. Pens, Sabres talking more than just Kulikov?] [2.Yakupov available for a 6th rounder] [3. Rust Latest] [4. Julien lands massive deal] [5. Fleury drops on trade bait list] Multi-player deal being mulled? Is there more than just a potential rental trade acquisition brewing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres?
Steelers counting on Green in 2017? The Pittsburgh Steelers are extremely concerned about Ladarius Green’s ability to make it through a season but all signs point to the Steelers not releasing him this off-season as the cap savings would not be more than $2.7 million. Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette said this week the decision is believed to have been made that Green won’t be released. “The decision I believe has been made,” Bouchette said in his weekly chat. “He is on their roster and will remain there.” Green, 26, appeared in just six games, producing 18 catches for 304 yards and 1 touchdown. He is due a $5 million base salary in 2017 with a $6.187 million cap hit. Releasing Green would save the Steelers only $2.625 million against the cap. Art Rooney II a few weeks ago was non-committal on the Steelers keeping Green, saying he has aRead More »
Pirates Rotation already pre-determined? The Pirates have entered spring training with three locks in the rotation, Gerrit Cole, Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon, while Chad Kuhl has the inside track for the No. 4 rotation spot. Where does Tyler Glasnow fall into the picture? Glasnow will be in the Pirates organization to start the regular season as the team has pulled out of trade talks for Jose Quintana but there’s doubts he’ll be in Pittsburgh when April comes around. Pirate reporter Chris Mack of 937 The Fan wrote yesterday there was no ease dropping of names from Clint Hurdle when discussing the 5th starter. That is likely be design. “There’s no free pass,” Hurdle said of Glasnow via 937 The Fan. “He’s gotta go out and compete and show some improvement in some areas here. We’ve got other guys who are in competition as well. He’s well aware of it,Read More »
Penguins Getting a great season from Evgeni Malkin The Penguins won a Stanley Cup last season with Evgeni Malkin being very pedestrian offensively and with his body breaking down late in seasons, he played with a bad elbow injury last spring and played injured during the 2015 post-season, it was natural that there were questions even during the Penguins playoff run about how many great seasons if any he still had in him set to enter his 30’s. Outside of Pittsburgh, there was chatter among league executives this past summer who were certain that if the Tampa Bay Lightning would have knocked off the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals after going up 3-2, a blow up was going to happen in Pittsburgh and Malkin would have been moved with the Panthers a likely landing spot, others had said Montreal. All of that talk is for nothing now. What theRead More »