Panthers GM scouting the Flyers


Trade talks heating up for Bouwmeester as the trade deadline approaches Florida GM Jacques Martin told the Camden Courier-Post he was in Philadelphia because his team had the night off, which is increasing speculation that D Jay Bouwmeester could be headed to Philadelphia. The Flyers have been in strong pursuit of Bouwmeester since early January. The Flyers are currently discussing two proposals with Florida. One that would send Joffrey Lupul, Randy Jones or Matt Carle to Florida and another that could include Daniel Briere as the centerpiece of a deal. The Flyers have plenty of competition for Bouwmeester as the

Rangers and Penguins Trade Talk


The New York Rangers are one of the most interesting teams leading up to the trade deadline. Today the Rangers claimed Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs They are actively shopping Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Gomez has the most trade value but they prefer to move Drury. The Rangers have approached the Colorado Avalanche about forward Ryan Smyth. They haven’t moved on older veterans Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin to this point. Word is John Tortorella wants management to add another puck-moving defensemen prior to the trade deadline. Rangers looking at Filip Kuba, Tomas Kaberle and Jordan Leopold. As for the Penguins

NHL Trade Deadline Chart


Photo courtesy of Kaatiya 1. C Vincent Lecavalier Suitors: MTL, ATL, LAK, CHI, EDM, OTT % of trade (5%) Reportedly 6 teams have inquired about Lecavalier 2. D Jay Bouwmeester Suitors: WAS, PHI, TOR, VAN, NJD, BOS, EDM, ANA,¬† OTT, CAL % of trade: (55%) Top D-Man on the market 3. D Chris Pronger, Suitors: FLA, VAN, TOR,¬† PHI, NJD, BOS, SJ, STL % of trade (70%) One year left on his contract. 4. Scott Niedermayer Suitors: PHI, NJD, VAN, BOS % of trade (45%) 5. D Tomas Kaberle Suitors: PHI, VAN, LAK,¬†WAS, NJD, BOS, FLA % of trade (45%) 6. LW Martin St. Louis Suitors: PIT, MIN, NYR, VAN, EDM, SJ % of trade (10%): Asking price: Two top tier prospects/draft pick/roster player.¬†Rangers expressing significant interest. Sources indicate St. Louis nixed a trade to Pittsburgh 7. RW Milan Hejduk Suitors: ANA, PIT, VAN, NYR, EDM, BUF, MTL % ofRead More »

Sidney Crosby out for tonight’s game


The Penguins held an optional skate this morning. Sidney Crosby lasted about 7-8 minutes before leaving the ice and head coach Dan Bylsma has just ruled Crosby out for tonight’s game The Lines will be the same that they were in practice yesterday Satan – Malkin – Sykora Dupuis – Talbot – Fedotenko Cooke – Staal – Kennedy Minard – Thomas – Godard Defensemen Orpik – Gonchar Scuderi – Gill Eaton – Letang Lineupnews: *The Penguins announced this morning that Ryan Whitney has flew home to be with a family member that is ill. Kris Letang will return to the lineup which has been the plan since Monday’s practice. Look for Letang to get some power play time down low on 5-on-3 situations. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal Trade Talk update

Penguins preparing to make major offer for help upfront?


The Penguins are currently conducting internal discussions about making an major offer that could land them a top tier winger for Sidney Crosby and another asset with top-6 potential. By the way there is no three way deal in the works between the Penguins-Avalanche-Kings.¬†Three way trades rarely work anymore, especially ones with multiple players involved. The Penguins inquired about Kings winger Alexander Frolov in January and there hasn’t been much talk since.

NFL: Probowl OL wants to join the Steelers


Indianapolis Colts probowl center Jeff Saturday wants to join the Pittsburgh Steelers when he becomes a free agent on February 27th. The Tribune-Review is reporting Saturday told his agent Ralph Cindrich to see if he can get him to Pittsburgh. I talked to Jeff after the Super Bowl, and he said if you can get me there, that would be beautiful,” said Pittsburgh-based agent Ralph Cindrich. “This is a Rooney-type of guy if ever there was one. He’s happy to play guard. He started in the league at guard. He told me, ‘I’ll play anywhere” Source: Tribune-Review

Tuesday’s News & Notes; Pitcher Rankings through 11 days of workouts; ETA 2009 for Alvarez?


Brian Kelly from Bradenton reports the following Infielder Luis Cruiz will miss 7-10 days with a hip injury. Tough break for Cruiz. Team seems high on him and he‚Äôs a sleeper in spring training to make the squad. From what I‚Äôve seen from him, he is a better option than Brian Bixler whose time in the organization is hanging by a thread. Middle infielder Ruben Gotay is seen as a good depth acquisition throughout the organization. The Pirates could still add a few more players in the next 4 weeks as the team has an offer on the table to reliever Will Ohman and remains interested in Pedro Martinez. Eight pitchers threw practice today: Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Karstens, John Grabow, Paul Maholm, Jason Davis, Zach Duke and Denny Bautista. All pitchers threw live batting practice. Daniel McCutchen, a sleeper in camp threw well today. He‚Äôs not a power pitcher butRead More »