The Curious Case of Conor Sheary


The curious case of Conor Sheary   As of this past weekend, Conor Sheary and the Pittsburgh Penguins were still locked in on a stalemate in contract talks. Sheary, 25, will be among the most intriguing arbitration cases, if there’s not a settlement before the hearing on August 4th. RESUME PROS 61 GP – 23 Goals – 30 Assists – 53 Pts (+24) 0.87 PPG (25th in NHL) 48 Even Strength Points (20th in NHL) 3.01 Points/60 5 vs 5 (1st in NHL among players who appeared in 250 mins or more) 53 CF% 5 v 5 1st Line Winger that can play both wings Cons for Arbitration Case 2 Years NHL experience 2 Goals in 22 playoff games during 2017 postseason Healthy scratch for at least one playoff game the last two seasons With Sheary, there are a wide range of opinions around the league on his potential arbitrationRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Pirates July surge highlighted by finding different ways to get a ‘W’


TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Here come the Pirates! Another come from behind win, this time a 4-run sixth inning fueled by a 2-run Josh Harrison homer as the Pirates rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night at PNC PArk. On a night where they got Starling Marte back from an 80 game suspension, the Pirates are surging. Winners in 9 of their last 11 games, Pittsburgh has moved to five games back of the surprising Brewers. The Pirates during this run are finding ways to win in games that easily could have went the other way. They could have been swept against the Cardinals last weekend but instead took 2 of 3. Tonight vs Milwaukee, the Pirates were out-hit 13-6 and overcame a start from Ivan Nova who struggled with his location, highlighted by the Shaw homer on an 0-2 count.Read More »

NHL Chatter: Penguins simply sending a message for Kessel to change with leaks?


 Daily Five *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. One NHL executive on the Phil Kessel trade speculation last week: “The leaks are coming from Pittsburgh [Penguins organization] and it grabs your attention 2. A Phil Kessel trade isn’t likely happening this summer, but if people think the trade talk is just being churned out by the local media as speculation, they’re wrong. When it comes to NHL insiders, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is right at the top with TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Friedman is among those buying the Kessel trade talk. 3. The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals, something they had to do leading into a monumental series with the Brewers tonight. Josh Bell provided the heroics Friday night with a 3-run walk-off blast. The rookie is now up to 17 homers on the season and then Pittsburgh put together another walk-off win in rallying Sunday afternoon onRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Quintana trade stings for frustrated fan base


 Daily Five *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t play today and haven’t made a transaction but today was bad a PR day for the club. The Chicago Cubs didn’t go out and buy a player with a $200 million contract, which they and the Yankees, Dodgers have the ability to do at anytime. What the Cubs did was acquire a pitcher in Jose Quintana with a great contract who is the perfect trade acquisition for small and mid-market ball clubs like the Pirates to make. They made the type of trade today that small and mid-market teams often make. It’s a lot easier for the Cubs to sell off top prospects because they can go out and replace them down the road much easier than the Brewers, Royals and Pirates can but what the Pirates fan base has a right to be frustrated about is the Pirates have yetRead More »

Will Pirates treat upcoming homestand as if their season is on the line?


Latest Pirates Buzz In dealing with the Starling Marte suspension and not having Jung Ho Kang for the entire season, Pirates GM Neal Huntington has talked in recent weeks that this group of players doesn’t deserve a tear down of the current roster and waive the white flag on the season. NL CENTRAL 1. MIL 50-41 2. CHI 43-45 (5.5 GB) 3. STL 43-45 (5.5 GB) 4. PIT 42-47 (7 GB) 5. CIN 39-49 (9.5 GB) The proof will be in the next 10 games, starting with a pivotal seven game home-stand Friday night. Fri vs St. Louis | 7:05 p.m. Sat vs St. Louis | 7:05 p.m. Sun vs St. Louis | 1:35 p.m. Mon vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Tues vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Wed vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Thu vs Milwaukee | 12:35 p.m. Will the Pirates starting with manager Clint Hurdle treat this home-standRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Pens weighing pros and cons of extending Hornqvist


TIOPS DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Penguins management is building their roster with a 3-4 year window in mind where they don’t want to be locked into many bad contracts four to five years down the road when the time comes that some of their core might start to begin regressing. How much do the Penguins value Patric Hornqvist with the Penguins window still wide open to win a couple more Cups? We’re about to find out. 3. Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette created a stir today with a column titled “Don’t Be Surprised if the Penguins Trade Phil Kessel.” Among the blurbs from the column: [“I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later. Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process. It was clear in June, by the endRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Penguins brass see’s potential for dominant blueline with healthy 58


 Daily Five *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. A longer term deal between the Penguins and Brian Dumoulin beyond two years does not look feasible but the Penguins will live with a one or two year deal from arbitration and take another run at signing Dumoulin long-term next summer. Dumoulin’s hearing is July 24. He qualifies to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019. Despite disappointment that a long-term extension is looking bleak, the Penguins still regard Dumoulin as a big part of their future. This is another reason, though, why Olli Maatta’s contract is still highly valued by the organization because of their being certainty with five years left on the contract. Maatta is far from being unavailable but the Penguins have not been 2. One reason there’s no jump from the Penguins in moving one of the top-5 d-men for a center? The Penguins brass and others around the league believeRead More »

Rumors: Pirates bluffing on desire to keep Andrew McCutchen for 18?


Latest Pirates Rumors The Pittsburgh Pirates are seven games game of first place in a mediocre NL Central where the Chicago Cubs look like they’re never going to become the Cubs of 2016. With Starling Marte set rejoin the team on July 18, the Pirates have signaled to other clubs that their focus leading up to the July 31 deadline is trying to hang around in 17 but they’re eyeing trades with an eye on 2018. The Pirates are certain that no Chris Sale type offer is out there for Gerrit Cole and the team has pre-determined to keep Gerrit Cole for one more season and see how things go in 18 and be more open to addressing his future at the 18 deadline or the off-season. But, is Neal Huntington bluffing with his stance about keeping Andrew McCutchen in 2018?