Marc Andre Fleury No. 19 on TSN’s Trade Bait Board

 

Trade Deadline Buzz Six weeks out until the trade deadline, TSN released their Trade Bait Board today. One Penguin made the list with Marc Andre Fleury coming in at No. 19. With more goaltenders available than teams looking. the list is goaltender heavy with Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec (#9), Jaroslav Halak (#10), Ben Bishop (#13), Steve Mason (#14) and Fleury (#19). Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million cap hit) who can be had for a bag of pucks, Steve Mason ($4.1 million Cap hit) and Ben Bishop ($5.95 million Cap hit) are pending UFA’s. Halak who is available for next to nothing, cleared waivers, has one year left with a $4.5 million contract. Among goaltenders available, Fleury has the biggest financial commitment, carrying a cap hit of $5.75 million for the next two seasons. The Dallas Stars that have kicked some tires on a Fleury trade, are waiting to see what the LightningRead More »

Tomlin expresses regret for language in Brown video

 

Tomlin Addresses Brown Video Mike Tomlin expressed great regret for his language in the Antonio Brown video. “First the content of the video. Like to say language in video is regrettable,” Tomlin said. “This thing that is the National Football League is a precious thing. Responsibility associated of being in this thing from a role model standpoint is something I embrace,” said Tomlin. “That’s why the language in particular is regrettable. I apologize for the content of the video. As a parent, member of the community, I take that very seriously.” Tomlin does not believe the video will be a distraction. “I have absolutely no worries (regards to motivation for New England). We have prepared for distractions. It’s four teams working this week and 28 watching. There’s a certain intensity of being in this tournament,” said Tomlin. Tomlin then addressed the elephant in the room, Antonio Brown. “The last elementRead More »

Goaltender Woes in PIT: More Practice time needed or More Games for Murray?

 

Tuesday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins goaltending has been suspect to very poor since returning from the bye break where Marc Andre Fleury has allowed 10 goals over his last two starts and Matt Murray after allowing seven goals last night, has allowed 11 goals over his last two games. Murray in particular has not looked like his dominant self since allowing six goals in a 7-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Dec 22. Over his last four starts, Murray has an .828 save percentage, allowing 19 goals on 111 shots faced. In Monday’s 8-7 win over the Capitals, Murray just never looked right. His angles were disastrous often taking the wrong angle on side to side plays and he was playing small when squaring up on shooters. Even as the Penguins stormed back to take a lead in the second period, there was a feeling all night there wasRead More »

Penguins remain “wide open” to trading Fleury by March 1

 

Fleury to remain on Trade Block Matt Murray’s minor injury that kept him out of the lineup (from dressing) for two games, would have missed a few more if it wasn’t for the bye week, didn’t spook the Penguins where they intend to change direction on trying to move Marc Andre Fleury by March 1. “I think now more than ever, if it makes sense, for the Pittsburgh Penguins to trade Marc Andre Fleury, they’re wide open

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz: Porter to return as LB’ coach? Tomlin takes blame for playcall

 

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took responsibility for Ben Roethlisberger injuring his foot that Tomlin doesn’t expect to be an issue vs the Chiefs. “I take responsibility for throwing on third down,” Tomlin said. “I got a little overaggressive there,” Tomlin said. — Roethlisberger will take his usual Wednesday practice off. Tomlin said the foot “shouldn’t be an issue” to practice on Thursday and Friday. — One big edge the Chiefs have on the Steelers is special teams: “We have not been special in special teams,” Tomlin said of his group. Tomlin hinted the Steelers won’t directional kick away from Tyreek Hill as Chris Boswell struggles with those. — Joey Porter to coach vs the Chiefs? Tomlin isn’t ruling it out.

Trade Target: Pens and Capitals both have their sights on d-man Michael Stone?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz The dominance in the Metropolitan Division has been something else. Columbus Blue Jackets (60 points) have won 18 of their last 21 and have points in 19 of 20. Pittsburgh Penguins (57 points) have points in 15 of their last 16 games. The surging Washington Capitals (57 points) have points in 16 of their last 18 games. The New York Rangers (57 points) are 12-5 in their last 17 games. After steam rolling through the regular season last year, Washington has flown under the radar a bit this season but are starting to look like the Capitals of last season. The buzz surrounding the Capitals is there’s some regret in the organization that they mostly stood pat at last years deadline. This season many are expecting to them to go all-in and add at least one impact player. The Capitals could have been a couple bounces awayRead More »

Game 39 Player Reports: 1st Line/Pairing Dominate; 4th Line has impactful game

 

Post-Game Player Reports Game 39 ¬†Sunday, January 8, 2017 Penguins 6 – Lightning 2 Top-5 Performers Sidney Crosby Matt Cullen Kris Letang Eric Fehr Trevor Daley Centers Sidney Crosby| 2 Assists, +2, 4 SOG, 68 CF% (5v5) Crosby picked up two assists to move into second in the NHL with points (44). A sustained shift early in the second period from the Crosby line saw a momentum change in the game as Conor Sheary put in a Bryan Rust rebound with Crosby earning a secondary assist. Crosby later added a primary assist on Phil Kessel’s third period goal. At even strength the Penguins controlled 68% of their shot attempts when Crosby was on the ice (17/8). Season Stats: 33 GP – 26 Goals – 18 Assists – 44 Points Evgeni Malkin | -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 53.1 CF % (5v5) Malkin who entered the bye week leading the NHLRead More »

Steelers living up to talk of ‘most dangerous team’ in AFC

 

Steelers off to Kansas City with thumping of Dolphins The Most Dangerous team in the AFC? We’re about to find out next Sunday in Kansas City where the Steelers have opened as a 2.5 point favorite. The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business and more in a 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins. The rest of the AFC has to be on notice. This one was over minutes into game on touchdowns from Antonio Brown, 50 and 62 yards, as the Steelers roared to a 14-0 lead. The Steelers produced touchdowns on their first three drives: 5 plays – 85 yards | Antonio Brown 50 yard touchdown reception 6 plays – 90 yards | Antonio Brown 62 yard touchdown reception 10 plays – 83 yards | Le’Veon Bell 1 yard touchdown run Pittsburgh exploited a depleted Dolphins secondary from the get-go with crossing routes and quick screens. On the SteelersRead More »

Latest Pens Rumors: Pouliot being packaged to move a salary?

 

Friday’s Penguins Buzz The Penguins return from the five day bye break and have recalled goaltender Tristan Jarry and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Ruhwedel has passed Derrick Pouliot on the organizational depth chart and has been a stronger fit in the transition game than Pouliot. Ruhwedel has 1 goal and 1 assist and a +3 rating in five games. The Penguins have reached the point again with Pouliot where they just want him playing regularly in the American Hockey League and it’s clear to many his future with this coaching staff is pretty much bleak. The talk in Penguin circles prior to the season is that the management team looked at this still as somewhat of a development year for Pouliot again with hopes that he could transition into Trevor Daley’s long-term replacement for next season. There’s little evidence that’s still the plan. The player hasn’t demanded a trade yet butRead More »