Latest NHL Buzz: Expected RW Competition on Crosby’s line; Karlsson Chatter, CBJ/Rick Nash rumors

 

Penguins countdown to camp storylines — The right wing situation on Sidney Crosby’s line — Mike Sullivan since he took over as head coach in December 2015 has always been a believer in spreading his lineup out among the top-3 lines. The top priority in 2018-2019 is getting more production out of the bottom-6, the key area the Penguins brass believes doomed them last season, not Kris Letang or the goaltender. Best case scenario, the belief is the coaching staff would love for D LATEST NHL BUZZ The New York Islanders have had a nightmare summer. Islanders ownership made a rush move into hiring Lou Lamoriello in thinking it enhanced their chances to keeping John Tavares when the Lamoriello hiring actually decreased the Islanders chances of signing Tavares, those on the inside say. They countered losing Tavares by signing Leo Komarov to a four-year contract, a washed up Valtteri FilppulaRead More »

What the Ryan Switzer Trade Means for the Steelers

 

Steelers acquire WR/KR Ryan Switzer The Pittsburgh Steelers today traded a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR/KR Ryan Switzer. Pittsburgh also receives a 2019 sixth-round pick in the deal. Switzer, a 2nd-year pro, was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (fourth round, 133rd overall). Switzer spent last season with the Cowboys, appearing in all 16 games and totaling six catches for 41 yards. A primary reason the Steelers surrendered a fifth-round pick for Switzer is his ability in the return game. A dynamic punter returner in college with 7 touchdowns at North Carolina, Switzer returned 29 punts for 256 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys in 2017 and averaged 25 yards per kickreturn. While this will be Switzer’s third NFL team already, you can pencil Switzer into the Steelers 53-man roster when they open the season vs Cleveland. “He’s a duel return man, a slot receiver,”Read More »

Steelers – Titans: Roethlisberger connects with Hunter for TD strike, Defense Shines

 

Steelers – Titans Takeaways Ben Roethlisberger completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown vs the Titans in what will be his only preseason appearance. Roethlisberger exited the game mid-way through the second quarter. Roethlisberger’s day was highlighted by a 32 yard touchdown strike to Justin Hunter who beat Titans DB Adoree’ Jackson deep for the score. While the Steelers first-team offense minus Antonio Brown/Le’Veon looked out of sync at times and couldn’t get a running game going, the Steelers out of the no-huddle went 80 yards in just a 1:45 on their lone scoring drive in the first quarter. The Steelers plan to run the no-huddle much more this season with Todd Haley gone as offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger and Haley often butted heads about Haley’s reluctance to run the no-huddle as much as Roethlisberger wanted. That won’t be an issue in 2018. MORE BUZZ The TitansRead More »

Kevin Newman recalled from Indy

 

  Pirates Roster Moves *SS Jordy Mercer placed on the 10-day DL (Retro to August 15) with a left calf strain *OF Jordan Luplow recalled from Indianapolis *OF Jacob Stallings optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis *RHP Casey Sadler designated for assignment *SS Kevin Newman recalled from Indianapolis (contract purchased)

Steelers to explore Landry Jones’ trade value prior to regular season?

 

STEELERS QB’s SHINE in 31-14 Win Landry Jones | 4-4, 83 yards, 1 TD, 158.3 RTG Mason Rudolph | 7/12, 101 Yards, 85.8 RTG Josh Dobbs | 9/13, 91 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly believe Landry Jones is better than 80% of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL. At least that’s the message the Steelers put out when Jones was scheduled to be a free agent in 2017 and all indications are the Steelers still feel that way a year and half later. While in limited action, Jones shined in the Steelers 31-14 preseason opener win over the Eagles on Thursday night in connecting with JuJu Smith-Shuster for a 71 yard touchdown and going 4 of 4 for 83 yards on the night with a perfect 158.3 rating. Jones grasp of the offense and trust with the coaching staff is why Mason Rudolph has little shotRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: On the Kessel trade market; Carl Hagelin’s future, Jake Guentzel’s next contract & More Buzz

 

Latest Pens Buzz Rumblings, Musings & Opinions — The  Phil Kessel trade market died before the NHL Entry draft officially began on June 22, league sources say. Kessel was a fascinating situation early this summer as the 30 year old Kessel coming off a 92 point season was front and center in trade talks around the league in leading up to the draft. In early June Pittsburgh was aggressive in trying to find a star-for-star type trade, offering Kessel to a but as the draft got closer Pittsburgh had some trade scenarios brewing that could have netted 2-3 second-third tier level NHL players in return for Kessel. However, when the Penguins arrived in Dallas ready to pursue at least one of the trade scenarios they thought were in play, trade discussions with those clubs went completely dark and it wasn’t on the Penguins end. At the end of the day,Read More »