When it comes to the Super Bowl Champs, who needs free agency

 

“Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletic Program” Steelers see Bruce Davis as pass rushing specialist in 09 | Height: 6-3, Weight: 252 lbs | | Age: 23 | POS: OLB | A player the Steelers are expecting to make great strides when mini camp begins is 2008 3rd round pick Bruce Davis. Davis is a player Steelers fans seem to forget about after the Steelers received minimal production from their entire 2008 draft class. When the Steelers drafted Davis, he was seen as a projection player who wouldn‚Äôt have much impact his rookie season. That was obviously the case and in year two the Steelers expect Davis to develop into the situational pass rushing specialist they drafted him for. In his junior year (2006) at UCLA, Davis recorded 12.5 quarterback sacks and recorded 17.5 tackles for loss. In his senior season (2007), Davis showed the ability to be a force onRead More »

Tuesday’s Practice Report; Boucher returning to the lineup?

 

After a much needed rest on Monday, the Penguins returned to the ice this morning as they prepare to face-off against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Everyone on the roster was accounted for this morning. The Penguins did some tinkering with their lineup throughout a few drills.

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Despite a 10-1-2 stretch, the Penguins are still not a lock to the make the playoffs as they‚Äôre only five points ahead of ninth place Florida. There is a lot of work that needs to be done between now and the end of the regular season. Two players who desperately need to pick up their games are Petr Sykora and Ruslan Fedotenko. Sykora who is a streaky player has 3 goals in his last 17 games and only one goal in his last 9 games. At this time last year Sykora was playing his best hockey of the season. From 3-9-08 through 3-24-08 Sykora had 7 goals in 7 games for the Penguins. Sykora needs to return to that level for the Penguins final eight games. Winger Ruslan Fedotenko has been a complete disappointment down the stretch going scoreless in his last 14 games. Fedotenko only has two goals inRead More »

Monday’s Wrapup; Canes, Flyers get key wins

 

Philadelphia 4 – New Jersey 2 The Philadelphia Flyers (90 pts) took more strides to locking up the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference Monday night, defeating the New Jersey Devils (97 pts) 4-2 in Philadelphia. Jeff Carter scored his 40th goal of the season and Simone Gagne and added his 30th goal of the season to power the Flyers to a critical divisional win. The Flyers winners of three straight got another strong performance from Marty Biron who made 32 saves to record his 25th win of the season. Biron is 4-1 on the season on the second game of back-to-back games. Carolina 3 – Florida 2 OT Ray Whitney scored 1:37 into overtime to lead the surging Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The win moved the Hurricanes one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for 5th place in the EasternRead More »

As for Jagr, like all KHL players, his money is at risk

 

Jaromir Jagr returning to the NHL has been a hot topic the past month as Jagr indicated this week that he was close to joining the Edmonton Oilers in February. I spoke to Oilers insider David Staples of the Edmonton Journal today who was the first journalist to break the Jagr to Edmonton speculation last month. Read more for the latest scoop on Jagr’s return to the NHL.

Steelers to host Tennessee in 2009 season opener

 

As we mentioned in February, all signs pointed towards the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tennessee Titans in their season opener. At the NFL owner meetings today, Ed Bouchette reports the league will announce that the Steelers and Titans will kick off the NFL season on Thursday, September 10th. The Titans were the AFC’s #1 seed posting a 13-3 record in the regular season.

Christensen running out of opportunities

 

When Erik Christensen was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers last winter, it was believed he would reach his potential by getting top line minutes after being stuck on the depth chart behind Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal in Pittsburgh. Christensen’s stint with the Thrashers did not go very well after scoring only 5 goals in 47 games. Christensen was given new life when he was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks on March 4th, 2009 but things are not off to a good start. Christensen has four assists in seven games but has played the past game and a half as the fourth-line center for the Ducks, after having been tried at left wing on the first and second lines. His minutes have gone from 17:29 to 6:17.