Latest Pens Buzz: On another bad loss, Malkin’s woes, Missing Hagelin, Derick Brassard Latest

 

Another Step Back Pittsburgh’s 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks continues a trend of one step forward, two steps back. “We’re trying to build some traction here,” coach Mike Sullivan said after the loss. “We’ve played a lot of good hockey over the last three or four weeks. We’re trying to string some wins together and points together and momentum. When you have a night like tonight, it sets you back.” The lack of fire from the group Wednesday night and some disinterested performances from the likes of Evgeni Malkin is what made Wednesday’s loss feel like such a bad one when also considering the Blackhawks were playing in a back-to-back. Common trends have played out all season where the Penguins look more like a middle of the road team than a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. With the Penguins no longer a great forechecking team that hunts the puck atRead More »

Matt Murray activated from injured reserve

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins this morning activated Matt Murray from injured reserve and re-assigned Tristan Jarry to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The Penguins have activated goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve. Goaltender Tristan Jarry has been re-assigned to the @WBSPenguins. Details: https://t.co/HhDIy5Gm1v pic.twitter.com/MZiO33rlmW — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 12, 2018 Murray is 4-5-1 with a 4.08 GAA and .877 save percentage on the season. Murray last played on November 17. Casey DeSmith coming off a great start Monday night, is 9-4-4 with a 2.34 GAA and .925 SV%.

Latest Pens Buzz: Blockbuster scenarios kicked around with Blues & More Trade Buzz

 

Penguins remain active in trade talks The Pittsburgh Penguins have points in nine of their last 11 games and are now just two points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division. That’s the good for Pittsburgh. A reality check for the Penguins is the same as it was 3-4 weeks ago: They’re the second best team in the Metropolitan Division, no matter where they currently are in the standings. As Jim Rutherford and his staff look at this team with a full lens they have that going for them. What Rutherford, though, continues to evaluate this team is how they stack against the rest of the league and the numbers don’t lie. Despite the recent surge, this is still a team 19th in the NHL in points. Pittsburgh is by no means a bottom 10-12 type team, but there’s a group of 6-7 teams a level above the PenguinsRead More »

Andrew McCutchen is Philadelphia Bound

 

Andrew McCutchen is Philadelphia bound. McCutchen, 32, has agreed to a three year deal worth approximately $50 million with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to The AthleticPHI. McCutchen batted .255 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs in 155 games. A player on the downside since the 2016 season, this is a heck of a deal for McCutchen as there were questions whether a three year deal would even be out there for him in free agency.

Pirates slash $9 million in payroll with Ivan Nova trade

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded SP Ivan Nova to the Chicago White Sox. It’s a move for Pittsburgh that saves them $9 million in 2019. Nova, 31, went 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts. Pittsburgh will receive RHP Yordi Rosario and international slot money from Chicago. Rosario, 19, had a 2.57 ERA in 14 games between the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Summer League in 2018.

Rumors: Penguins tested the market for Phil Kessel recently

 

Kessel Trade Talk has re-emerged Industry buzz when the Penguins were really floundering a few weeks ago is that if the team misses the playoffs or has an early playoff exit, most likely scenario, Phil Kessel will come out of it as the scapegoat and be traded. And a growing consensus among NHL executives is that Pittsburgh will not win a Kessel trade whether one happens during this season or next summer. Pittsburgh tested the trade market for Kessel last May/June, getting varying levels of interest from the likes of the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers, league sources say. At the end of the day, none of the four teams took the plunge and all backed out of talks during the week leading into the draft. Pittsburgh was the aggressive initiator in a some of these talks. The team offered Kessel to Florida for

Patric Hornqvist saved the day with fastest hat trick in franchise history

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins blew a 3-0 first period lead and in the midst of a game that looked to be slipping away, Patric Hornqvist saved the day in the third period, scoring three goals in a 2:47 span for the fastest hat trick in team history. A power play marker from Hornqvist at 6:11 in his office broke a 3-3 tie and the goal stopped the bleeding as Hornqvist would get some lucky breaks on his next two goals to complete the hat trick and secure a 6-3 win as the Penguins averted another brutal loss. Hornqvist big night moves him into a tie for second on the team in goals with 12 as he’s just eight goals away from another 20 goal season. — Five Penguins have 10 or more goals through the teams’ first 26 games: Sidney Crosby – 14 Goals Jake Guentzel – 12 Goals Patric HornqvistRead More »

James Conner out vs Oakland

 

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has an ankle injury that is more serious than first believed. After initially being called a contusion, Conner has an ankle sprain and is officially out vs Oakland. “It’s an ankle sprain, much more than a contusion,” said head coach Mike Tomlin. Conner who has starred this season in place of Le’Veon Bell, is 91 yards away from a 1,000 yard rushing season. The team is bracing for Conner to miss a