Pens await word from Niemi camp on whether he would report to WBS

 

Riley Sheahan to make Debut vs Oilers Newly acquire center Riley Sheahan will make his Penguin debut Tuesday night vs the Edmonton Oilers. Sheahan in Monday’s practice moved into Greg McKegg’s spot as the third line center, working between Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist. In Hagelin, Sheahan has a player on his wing with needed speed and the line should be an effective group on the forecheck. Sheahan is noted for being an instinctive fore-checker. What the line, though, might be lacking is a player who can create individual high danger scoring chances. Injury Buzz

Antti Niemi placed on waivers just 3 starts into tenure as a Penguin

 

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has seen enough of Antti Niemi (0-3, 7.49 GAA, .797 SV%). The Penguins today placed the 33 year old netminder on waivers. In three starts Niemi has allowed 16 goals in 128:08. While some may say Niemi has been a victim of circumstance, every game Niemi’s started has been in the second night of a back-to-back, lit up for 4 goals in just 9:16 against the Blackhawks on 10/5, allowing 5 goals on 34 shots against the Lightning on 10/12 and then the dagger was Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to the Lightning. However, a primary reason the Penguins patience had been running thin with Niemi is how he looks in games — is how he looks in practices. — The team has determined Niemi is just no longer an NHL caliber goaltender. Now what is the end game here? Niemi won’t be claimed onRead More »

Analysis: Penguins haven’t likely solved their bottom-6 center hole

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired center Riley Sheahan and a 2018 fifth round pick from the Detroit Red Wings in-exchange for winger Scott Wilson and a 2018 third round pick. Sheahan, 25, carries a $2.075 million cap hit. Sheahan has 0 points in eight games this season with just 5 shots on goal. He’s a big bodied center at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with good defensive instincts but struggles to create his own offense. The 25 year old forward had 2 goals and 13 points in 80 games last season. He is a minus-29 over his last 88 regular season with just 2 goals during that span to show for. In his career Sheahan has 38 goals and 98 points in 292 games. Pittsburgh had gone back and forth for months on whether to push forward on a deal for Sheahan and two sides revived talks yesterday with the Red WingsRead More »

Penguins patiently laying groundwork in search for impact center

 

Penguins continue to eye an impact player to add to forward group Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is asked so much about the search for a third line center, his comments will vary from a week-to-week. One day Rutherford will make it seem like the Penguins are close to the deal, a few days later he will be quoted as saying he’s waiting for specific targets to be available. Where things truly stand is this:

Steelers ‘D’ punched Chiefs’ in the mouth, Offense has a playcaller problem

 

Steelers – Chiefs What We Learned Oh my how the narrative changes with this Steelers club. In a game that was reminiscent of the playoff matchup last January, Pittsburgh on defense created numerous matchup problems for the Chiefs until the 4th quarter. Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt were dynamic 1-2 punch on the interior. Tuitt made his mark against the pass and Heyward against the run. Tuitt had 4 pressures against Alex Smith and Heyward was unstoppable against the run, owning Chiefs left guard Bryan Witzmann. Tuitt and Heyward set the tone in laying the blueprint for a dominant day on D, until the Chiefs finally figured things out before it was too little too late. Steelers coaches finally stopped being so stubborn and let James Harrison loose late in the game and he gets a game deciding sack to force a 4th and 18. Harrison had 3 tackles, 1Read More »

Source: Martavis Bryant requested a trade after Ravens game

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers 19-13 win was important from the standpoint of changing the narrative. But, what isn’t going to change is drama surrounding the club on a week to week basis as the many egos in that room can’t get out of their own way. Hours after the win, NFL network reported wide receiver Martavis Bryant frustrated with his role, officially requested a trade. The report was later confirmed by ESPN, citing sources who said the request came “weeks ago.” Bryant came out on twitter last night trying to do damage control. Where the truth stands is the Steelers privately are not denying a trade request was made. One Steelers source says Bryant met with Steelers coaches following the Bears loss to express his displeasure with his role and then following the Ravens win, Bryant took it one step closer and through his agent and the proper channels