Monday’s practice report; Dupuis inching closer to return

 

The Penguins took the ice this morning at 11:00 a.m. and as expected head coach Michel Therrien made it through the weekend. Therrien and his staff are on the hot seat as the Penguins are 6-14 since December 1st. Prior to this morning‚Äôs practice the Penguins re-assigned forward Tim Wallace who appeared in 13 games with the Penguins. Forward Pascal Dupuis skated for the third time in four days and he is inching closer to a return. Dupuis has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Dupuis will be a game time decision following tomorrow’s morning skate. The emphasis for the coaching staff over the weekend has been

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Max Talbot played well yesterday alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Talbot has yet to find his role this season and is a team leading -14. The Penguins need him to play at the level he did yesterday but Talbot is suited for third line duty just like Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are. You can‚Äôt turn role players into top 6 forwards. The coaching staff has been very brief in their reasoning why Alex Goligoski continues to be a frequent scratch. It’s believed they see him as a liability in the defensive zone but it’s kind of hard to go on that assumption when the team continues to struggle in the defensive zone and giving up four or more goals per game on a consistent basis. Ryan Whitney is a -9 in 10 games this season. The Atlanta Thrashers have received a lot of calls about Colby Armstrong butRead More »

Saturday’s NFL Draft Buzz

 

Family members of LeSean McCoy made it known this week that he would declare for the NFL draft. On Friday he had an emotional meeting with the coaching staff and now he won’t make a decision until next week. Guaranteed dollars is the big thing in the NFL. There is a major difference between a late first rounder and early second round pick. The last pick in the first round in the 2008 draft was Kenny Phillips. His signing bonus was about

NHL: Jagr Interview: “I want to pay Mario back because he has made me what I am”

 

Here’s an interest interview from the Hockey News that will catch the attention of Penguins fans. Former Pittsburgh Penguins super star Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux. ‚ÄúI was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‚ÄòI‚Äôd like you to play for our team,‚Äô I would think about it a lot,‚Äù Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. ‚ÄúI would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am‚Ķbesides myRead More »

Penguins recall Chris Minard/ Fedotenko placed on IR; Out 4-6 weeks

 

The Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard. Minard has appeared in five games this season and this will be his third call up of the season. Minard leads the AHL with 26 goals and is tied for second with 41 points Defenseman Kris Letang has been selected to play in the future stars game As expected Ruslan Fedotenko has been placed on IR and will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. The Latest Penguins Buzz The most disturbing thing during the Penguins last losing steak is the teams they are losing to. Just in the past week they lost to Florida who was on a four game losing streak, New York who came into Monday‚Äôs game with one win in their last five and Nashville who came into the game on a five game losing streak. The Penguins are 6-12-1 in their last 19 games. While the pressure isRead More »

Morning Buzz

 

The Penguins snapped their five game losing streak on Tuesday and travel to Nashville today to face off against the Predators Thursday night. The Predators 17 ‚Äì 19 ‚Äì 3 are currently 14th in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Predators are struggling to score goals as forward J.P. Dumont leads the Preds in scoring with 32 points. The Penguins end the half way point at 20-17-4 and are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. Eastern Conference Standings 1. Boston ‚Äì 62 points 2. Washington ‚Äì 57 points 3. Philadelphia ‚Äì 51 points 4. New York Rangers 51 points 5. Montreal ‚Äì 50 points 6. New Jersey ‚Äì 49 points 7. Carolina ‚Äì 47 points 8. Buffalo ‚Äì 45 points 9. Pittsburgh ‚Äì 44 points 10. Florida 42 points Washington is quietly moving up the standings and is within striking distance of the Boston Bruins. ItRead More »

Penguins snap five game losing streak

 

Petr Sykora ended the Penguins 0-33 slump on the power play at 17:10 in the first period and Evgeni Malkin added three assists as the Penguins snapped their five game losing streak Tuesday night beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 at Mellon arena. Sykora had two goals on the night and Sidney Crosby scored his 16th goal of the season at 15:41 of the second period to put the Penguins up 3-0. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 27 saves to record the win. The Atlanta Thrashers have lost six out of their last seven games. The Penguins are 20-17-4 at the halfway point. Ruslan Fedotenko is believed to have a broken bone in his right hand following a first period fight with former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong. Forward Pascal Dupuis also left the game with an undisclosed injury. Defensemen Hal Gill, Alex Goligoski, and Forward Tim Wallace were healthy scratches MarkRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Penguins 7-12-1 in their last twenty games fell out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference following a 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Ownership is spending up to the cap and expects a long playoff run. Is a shakeup in the works? Like I said in my previous post don’t expect a major trade soon. They don’t happen overnight. I do expect a shakeup on the roster possibly within the week. One scenario being talked about that could happen this week is Jordan Staal getting another shot at wing¬†on the top two lines. ¬† The Penguins, Ducks, Blackhawks, Wild, and Blue Jackets are among five teams that have inquired about Atlanta Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov. Sources I’ve talked to expect 6-8 teams to be in the running for Kozlov’s services at the trade deadline. Kozlov has 16 goals – 20 assists – 36 pts in 39 gamesRead More »

NHL: Penguins Injury – Practice Report/ Boucher misses practice

 

Updated Practice Report: As expected Tyler Kennedy practiced for the third consecutive game. Also defenseman Philippe Boucher did not practice. Boucher was a scratch yesterday. More to come This morning saw a bit of good news for the Penguins as Sergei Gonchar was skating for a conditioning workout. Gonchar been rehabbing for about five weeks now and there’s been talk for about the last couple weeks that he will probably return a few weeks prior to the trade deadline. Gonchar is not shooting pucks yet. The news on Mike Zigomanis is not good. Sources tell me