Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to practice today after missing Monday‚Äôs practice with an illness. All-Star forward Evgeni Malkin who was excused from practice on Monday was also on the ice today as the Penguins prepare to face off against the New York Rangers on Wednesday. Crosby/Malkin to stay together?:
It is being speculated that the Nashville Predators are among two teams that have talked to the Lightning about 2008 1st overall pick Steven Stamkos Blues forward Keith Tkachuk is the Bruins top target at the trade deadline. Expect to hear a lot of Brian Gionta rumors throughout the next month. The Devils are a dangerous team in the East and they remain in the market for a top four defenseman. Boston Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Washington are among five teams that are on Bill Guerin’s wish list. Guerin has a NTC and will take advantage of that. Flames not pursuing Gerber: The Calgary Flames are expected to pass on Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber who was placed on waivers. Head coach Brett Suter tells the Calgary Sun, “We signed Curtis McElhinney to a one-way contract because he’s an NHL goalie. And he’s our goalie,” Sutter said inRead More »
A lot of buzz going around regarding Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Martin continues to take a hard stance in regards to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who is this year‚Äôs Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Teams want to see if Bouwmeester would be open to an extension prior to trading for him. Washington is a sleeper team in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. They remain highly interested. Check out the Trade Deadline Chart for the rest of the suitors. Florida, Vancouver and Toronto are interested in Chris Pronger. The Panthers and Senators have had discussions about Filip Kuba, Chris Neil and Nathan Horton. Horton is another popular subject in Montreal. The Panthers are denying that he wants out. The Flyers obsession with Petr Forsberg continues. The Flyers, Avalanche, Predators and Blackhawks have made inquires. Teams would be crazy to give Forsberg anything more than the league minimum Thrashers GM Don Waddell continues toRead More »
Mike Tomlin‚Äôs main goal this week is to keep his players focused on the main prize. Tomlin stressed that at yesterday‚Äôs press conference and the Steelers will practice this week like they have a game on Sunday. The Steelers went through a normal workout today, and will do the same on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before they depart for Tampa Bay on Monday. In today‚Äôs practice a number of players were out with injuries and others took the day off. Injured players WR Hines Ward (Knee Sprain) ,Lt Max Starks (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), Patrick Bailey (Hamstring), C Justin Hartwig (Knee) did not practice.
Adam Laroche ($7.05 million per season) making more money than Xavier Nady ($6.65 million per season) in 09 won‚Äôt sit well with Pirates fans. The good news is the Pirates will not open contract talks with Laroche about an long-term extension this winter. Last off-season the Pirates entertained the idea. Baseball‚Äôs salary system is truly rigged when Zach Duke made $400,000 last season while going 5-14 with a 4.82 ERA and signs a one year deal worth $2.2 million, the following season. Nate McLouth has submitted $3.8 million which is a fair submission. The Pirates are offering $2.75 million. The Pirates are offering a player who hit 26 home runs and won a gold glove, only 555,000 more than the contract they gave to a 5-14 pitcher. The Pirates were 67-95 last season with Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte on their opening day roster. Over/Under on 100 lossesRead More »
Free Preview 1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA- With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA- I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. 3)Read More »
The Penguins head into the All-Star break looking for answers as they sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference Standings. Tuesday night the Penguins had the opportunity to go into the break winning four of five when they faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes but the Penguins were not able to take advantage of playing at home and the Hurricanes playing the night before. The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period with Evgeni Malkin scoring his 19th goal of the season but the Penguins couldn‚Äôt solve Cam Ward after that. Ward made 32 saves and the Penguins were outshot 40-33 as they lost to the Hurricanes 2-1 Tuesday night at Mellon Arena. The Hurricanes (23-20-5) jumped ahead of the Penguins by one point in the standings and Tuesday‚Äôs loss was a tough loss to take for a team who thought they were about toRead More »
Pascal Dupuis was taking off of IR yesterday but the Penguins have decided to hold him out for another game. The Penguins will go with the same lineup that they had on Sunday against the Rangers. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal for the 9th time in 10 games. Brooks Orpik remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury and will not play tonight. Orpik has not skated since getting injured against Anaheim. Alex Goligoski will be scratched for the second consecutive game. Cam Ward will be making his 13th straight start tonight for the Hurricanes. In the Penguins 5-2 win against the Hurricanes on December 4th, the Penguins faced backup goaltender Michael Leighton. Ward made 35 saves in Carolina’s 2-0 win Monday night against the Maple Leafs. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will remain on the same line for tonight’s game. It remains to be seen whether Crosby and MalkinRead More »