Industry Chatter: A look at why the Penguins have been front & center recently in trying to swing trade for Mark Letestu


Story Highlights *Personnel Decisions from LA Win *On the Sheahan/Kessel fit *Penguins in deep trade talks for Center *Sharks Tierney one trade scenario that got away? *Insight on why staff favors Hunwick over Cole The Pittsburgh Penguins in a back-to-back situation turned to Casey DeSmith in goal and Pittsburgh came away with a 3-1 win over the Kings on Thursday. Mike Sullivan has been lukewarm about playing DeSmith at any point and what do you know, DeSmith backstopped the Penguins to victory in making 28 saves and flashed very good side-to-side quickness. He was peppered in the first period as Pittsburgh was out-shot 11-3 in period one but unlike Jonathan Quick, DeSmith avoided letting soft goals win and the Penguins got a really nice win. Some developments from this game connected to the trade deadline was

Penguins – Ducks Fallout: Vulnerabilities + Several Positive Trends continued in loss


Ducks 5 – Penguins 3 BREAKDOWN 1. The Penguins 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night showed recurring issues of why the Penguins have been such a vulnerable team defensively this year. Carelessness and poor decisions with the puck saw a Penguins 1-0 lead turn into a 4-1 Ducks lead at the end of two periods. “You can’t give up four breakaways,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan as the Ducks netted two breakaway goals in the four goal second period. The breakaway chances against were the Penguins putting opportunities on a platter for Anaheim such as Olli Maatta at the point shooting right into Ondrej Kase shin pads when clearly pressured that led to a breakaway goal the other way and Anaheim going up 4-1. “We’re hitting shinpads, we didn’t take care of the puck in certain areas of the rink and when we don’t play disciplined, diligent game inRead More »

Todd Haley is OUT as Offensive Coordinator


Todd Haley is officially out as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator. As the writing has been on the wall for weeks that the Steelers were moving on from Haley, the team informed Haley this morning he won’t be offered a new contract. Haley has often had strong backing from Steelers owner Art Rooney II who made Tomlin fire Bruce Arians after the 2011 season and pushed Tomlin to hire Haley in 2012. Steelers ownership then gave Haley a three year extension in August of 2014 with the Steelers coming off back-to-back seasons of missing the playoffs and ranking 20th and 21st in offense during that span. The backing of Steelers ownership, though, wasn’t enough for Haley to keep his job this time around as Mike Tomlin was given authority weeks ago to make a change after the season. The Steelers under Haley went 3-4 in seven postseason games with theRead More »

Analysis: Pirates failed to foreshadow where the Andrew McCutchen trade market was headed


SFG Receive: Andrew McCutchen, $2.5 million in cash considerations PIT Receive: RHP Kyle Crick, minor league OF Bryan Reynolds, $500,000 International Bonus Pool The Pittsburgh Pirates either had to go all-in this off-season and stretch the payroll, which was never going happen with Bob Nutting as the owner, or start the process of a re-tool. With the way Bob Nutting operates, an Andrew McCutchen trade was always going to happen at some point, but with an iconic player like McCutchen it still doesn’t make it any easier for the fan base to accept. “The reality is, he had one year left in Pittsburgh under the best of circumstances,” GM Neal Huntington said of McCutchen. “As a result, with where we are in the win curve, the Gerrit Cole trade did not dramatically impact our potential to win the World Series this year. This trade does not dramatically impact our potentialRead More »

The High-Flying Penguins are back & Coming at the opposition in Waves


Penguins are coming at the opposition in waves When the regular season ends on April 6th, the Metropolitan Division will likely have a similar look as the past two seasons. The Washington Capitals finishing in first place and the Pittsburgh Penguins finishing in second place. For the rest of the NHL here come the Penguins. That debacle vs the Carolina Hurricanes less than two weeks ago did something in that it woke up the Penguins high-end talent and what we have now is that the high-flying Penguins from Sidney Crosby on down. Pittsburgh followed up a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday with a dominating 5-2 win over the Rangers Sunday night and it was vintage Penguins of the past two seasons. Fast, electric offensive brand of hockey where the Penguins kept pressing offensively at every moment. Pittsburgh peppered the Rangers with 47 shots and this game feltRead More »

JAX 45 – PIT 42: Mental Lapses, losing The critical moments end Steelers ‘Super Bowl or Bust’ Season


Jaguars 45 – Steelers 42 The Jacksonville Jaguars went into Heinz Field, made the Steelers chase the game from minutes into the first quarter and punched their ticket to the AFC Title Game with a 45-42 upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many felt there was no way a Blake Bortles led team could come into Pittsburgh and knock off the heavy favorite Steelers. When you have a defense as talented as the Jaguars have and you are more prepared and better coached as the Jaguars were, an upset is always in play. How big of a hole did the Steelers put themselves in? The Jaguars jumped out to a 21-0 lead, 26:31 into the game and pushed their lead to 28-7 on a Telvin Smith 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. When you have Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown who can make specialRead More »