Quick Update from today’s morning skate Chris Minard will return to the lineup and Bill Thomas will be a healthy scratch Lines Dupuis¬†- Crosby – Fedotenko Satan – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Minard -¬†Talbot – Godard Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Game Preview & The Latest Buzz
The Steelers running back depth chart currently has Willie Parker – Rashard Mendenhall – Mewelde Moore on it but Mike Tomlin has made no secret of wanting to have four legitimate running backs on his roster. Case in point, in August the Steelers made a strong attempt to sign Kevin Jones who ended up signing with the Chicago Bears as the Steelers & Bears were his final two teams.
Brian Kelly Live from Bradenton Reports the following The buzz around Spring training continues to be Nate McLouth who signed a three year – $15.75 contract yesterday. Management has gone into spring training with a open mind regarding Prospect 3B Neil Walker. Walker begins Spring Training #2 on the Major League depth chart behind 3B Andy LaRoche. Laroche is expected to be the Pirates opening day starter at third but the Pirates are not very high on him. They were active in free agency pursuing a veteran third baseman. Good opportunity for Walker to make a strong impression in Spring Training for a potential callup by mid-season. Walker has fared well so far. Another very good day for the Pirates
No shakeup on the lines in Dan Bylsma’s first practice today which began around 11:35 a.m. Don‚Äôt look for the Penguins to name a permanent coach in Wilkes Barre/Scranton this season. They are expected to leave the position open possibly for Bylsma or Mike Yeo after the season. The Lines in practice were Dupuis – Crosby – Fedotenko Satan – Malkin – Sykora Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Thomas/Minard – Talbot – Godard Any notion that Bylsma was going to move Minard up to one of the top three lines won’t be the case for tomorrow when the Penguins host the Montreal Canadiens. Minard skating with the fourth line again actually caught some people by surprise today. Bylsma who was a coach for the Islanders when Miroslav Satan scored 35 goals in the 2005-2006 season, has indicated if Satan is in the lineup, he will be on one of theRead More »
A quick Penguins News and Notes for this evening I‚Äôve been told the Penguins cancelled practiced today so the new coaching staff could get accustomed to being in Pittsburgh and develop a plan for Wednesday. Assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald flew straight to Boston following yesterday‚Äôs game to get things from home. He wasn’t even around today. Fitzgerald was working primarily from Boston prior to being named assistant coach on Sunday. Mike Yeo was kept around because he is well liked by the players and Bylsma requested that Yeo remain with the staff. The two are close Dan Bylsma has played a strong factor in Paul Bissonnette‚Äôs development as a forward since last season. Wouldn‚Äôt surprise me to see him with the big club sometime in the near future again. It is not expected that a deal will get done with
It has been no secret that the Montreal Canadiens have been actively shopping forward Alexei Kovalev around the league for the past month. The tension between Kovalev and the Canadiens has taking another turn as Kovalev will not accompany the Canadiens on their recent road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh. Kovalev has been told by GM Bob Gainey to stay home while they explore their options. Gainey has told the Montreal media that Kovalev is not on the same page as the coaching staff. Gainey has been in discussions with two Eastern Conference teams and one Western Conference team according to a source.
The Montreal Canadiens have re-assigned forward Sergei Kostitsyn to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League Official Release from the Canadiens: Forward Gregory Stewart has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Forward Sergei Kostitsyn has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Stewart will join the club in Washington. Stewart, 22, registered one point (1 assist), posted a plus-1 rating and averaged 9:38 of ice time in three games this season with the Canadiens. The left-winger, who started the season in Hamilton, is sixth in the AHL this season with 170 penalty minutes. The Kitchener, Ontario, native amassed 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) with a plus-8 rating in 51 games with the Bulldogs in 2008-09. This season with the Canadiens, Sergei Kostitsyn, 21, scored 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) and served 64 penalty minutes in 52 contests Columbus, Chicago, Florida among five teamsRead More »