Rumors: Will Penguins, Wild move forward on a Bjugstad – Zucker swap?

 

Latest Pens Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins have all intentions of adding another forward by the deadline, possibly even two. They’re keeping close ties to the Jean Pageau-Gabriel market, a top rental on their board, along with Chris Kreider, but there’s some other situations to keep an eye on, including situations that are much farther along.

Casey DeSmith to dress vs Canadiens

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins plan to recall goaltender Casey DeSmith for Saturday’s game vs the Montreal Canadiens, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after practice. Sullivan indicated the reasoning for recalling DeSmith is to leave Tristan Jarry back home so he can prepare to start vs the Florida Panthers on Sunday. “We are going to leave Tristan at home because we have a 5:00 p.m. game on Sunday. We just think it makes sense,” said Sullivan.

Latest Pens Buzz: Pittsburgh’s Goaltending Situation Becomes Complicated in the Summer & More Buzz

 

Latest Pens Buzz There’s a new No. 1 in town. It’s without question that as of January 3, 2020, Tristan Jarry is the Penguins’ No. 1 netminder as Pittsburgh enters the New Year. Appearing in 14 of the Penguins last 18 games, the Penguins’ coaching staff has let Jarry run with the No. 1 job. Since Matt Murray was pulled from the net against the Canucks on the day before Thanksgiving, there’s been no effort from the coaching staff to try to give Murray a run of games and get back to his form of the past. In the four games Murray has appeared in over the Penguins last 18, they have all been in the second night of back-to-backs. He’s had zero consecutive starts over the last 42 days. Beyond Tristan Jarry just out-playing him by a wide margin this season, there continues to be whispers in the organizationRead More »

On Jake Guentzel potentially lost for the season & What’s Next on the Trade Market

 

What the Guentzel injury means for the Penguins Jake Guentzel, the Penguins leading scorer with 20 goals and 43 points, has been potentially lost for the entire season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the third period of Monday night’s 5-2 win when scoring his 20th goal of the season. Guentzel who crashed into the boards on the goal, had shoulder surgery Tuesday morning at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and will be sidelined for 4-6 months, the team says. The best case scenario of Guentzel being out around four months takes him to the second/third round of the playoffs. For an injury that often takes players around nine months to feel right again, Pittsburgh will be moving forward that Guentzel is lost for the season. If he returns in the middle of a playoff run, what an amazing bonus it would be, but Pittsburgh has to operate that his seasonRead More »

Mike Tomlin all-in on Mason Rudolph in 2020?

 

One of the top burning questions surrounding the Steelers this off-season will be how heavily if any that the Steelers invest$$ into the backup QB position. Mike Tomlin in his season ending news conference was all-in on Mason Rudolph being the backup quarterback in 2020. “I’m comfortable with Mason Rudolph,” said Tomlin. “Mason’s had an opportunity to grow in a lot of ways and get a lot of experience. Mason’s the backup [in 2020].” When asked about Devlin Hodges, Tomlin responded “Um….Mason’s the backup.”

Saints to add Antonio Brown to postseason roster?

 

Unemployed WR Antonio Brown was actually in the news for football reasons this morning. The New Orleans Saints worked out Brown and five other receivers today. Brown will leave New Orleans without a contract and he might have made his bed already by posting a picture of his tryout contract, only to delete the post hours later once someone got in his head that doing that was probably a bad idea. Any team that signs Brown for the postseason would need assurances from the league he would be permitted to play as Brown is currently under investigation by the NFL.

Bills go Duck Hunting, Steelers margin of error to make postseason…………

 

A nightmare QB performance, A nightmare night for Randy Fichtner & More Buzz The Duck crumbled as the Buffalo Bills (10-4) picked off Devlin Hodges four times, en route to a 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6) on Sunday night. The Bills in clinching a playoff spot, went Duck Hunting in quarter 4, picking off Hodges three times over the Steelers final five possessions, as a 10-7 Steelers lead to open the 4th quarter, evaporated to a 17-10 loss. This was just a maddening game for the Steelers on a number of levels and in all three phases, yet, here they were with a three point lead entering the 4th and drove into Bill’s territory twice when trailing by seven on their final two possessions. When you dissect this game, it starts with the offensive game plan. It was either too conservative (1st/2nd QTR), just plain overthinking things (AllRead More »

Rumors: Pens, Sabres talked Galchenyuk – Vesey swap?

 

Tick-Tock on Alex Galchenyuk’s Future in PIT Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has soured on winger Alex Galchenyuk to the point that Rutherford has informed rival teams of his hope to move Galchenyuk by the middle of January, at the latest, one s MORE BUZZ — Despite back-to-back shutouts from Tristan Jarry and a short trip to Detroit, it was a no-brainer for the coaches to start Matt Murray against Detroit and an easy call for them. It’s early December……. — Multiple scouts tell me since playing on a line with Jake Guentzel, this is the most dominant Evgeni Malkin has been in driving play off zone entries in seven to eight years. Meanwhile, one of the biggest frustrations the organization has with Alex Galchenyuk is a lack of ability to make 1-on-1 plays off zone entries. — Dominik Kahun has done a phenomenal job in changing the narrative. His trainingRead More »