Steelers/Ravens Practice Reports

 

Steelers injury Report Running back Willie Parker, wide receiver Hines Ward, defensive end Aaron Smith and cornerback Deshea Townsend were given the day off from practice, but aren’t injured. Justin Hartwig and Troy Polamalu also did not practice today. Both are going to be limited throughout the week. Polamalu (calf) will play and the same for Justin Hartwig (knee). If Hartwig were to suffer a set back, Darnell Stapleton will move

NHL: Gonchar cleared to practice with team tomorrow; first time since surgery

 

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has been skating on his own for about three weeks now but he has been cleared to practice with the team and will do so tomorrow afternoon for the first time since having shoulder surgery. The Penguins practice at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports Gonchar is

Penguins get much needed win; speculation heating up; Zigomanis to decide on status by end of month?

 

The Penguins didn‚Äôt put together a 60 minute game but they controlled the play for the first two periods and beat the Philadelphia Fylers 4-2 Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center. Evgeni Malkin scored his 17th goal of the season, and Sidney Crosby added two assists as the dynamic duo played on the same line for the second consecutive game. Head coach Michel Therrien altered the Penguins lines prior to the game, moving gritty forward Matt Cooke up to the first line to play with Malkin and Crosby. The move paid off as Crosby, Cooke and Malkin combined for two goals and two assists. Cooke scored with 36 seconds remaining in the second period to the put the Penguins up 4-1 heading into the third period. Tyler Kennedy (7) and Jordan Staal (14) also scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury who has struggled of late made 27 saves toRead More »

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

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

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 »