LATEST JAROME IGINLA RUMORS Do the Penguins remain a surprise player for Jarome Iginla?
NHL RUMOR THURSDAY *On TSN’s Insider Trading tonight, featuring NHL insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie, they listed the Los Angeles Kings as one of the top teams likely to be in the sweepstakes for Jarome Iginla. The Kings are interesting because all of the chatter this past summer and even at last years trade deadline among a few NHL sources surrounding Iginla, is that the Kings were the one team he had his sights set on joining were he to waive his no trade clause. There’s a good chance the Kings remain the destination Iginla wants to go. He will get to dictate everything.
ISLES-PENGUINS POST-GAME CHATTER The Penguins are the highest scoring team and have the best line in hockey in Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. Kunitz, Crosby, Dupuis have combined for 20 goals and 44 points when on the ice together at even strength, and are arguably the best puck possession line in the NHL. The big development, though, for the Penguins this month that might affect their trade deadline plans, has been the emergence of Beau Bennett who is becoming a fit as the second line left winger, possessing excellent vision, a high hockey IQ and a better overall game than expected. Bennett’s emergence is filling a major void and it’s leading some to wonder why GM Ray Shero would pay the premium to for example acquire a Jarome Iginla when the Penguins have other pressing needs such as a big bodied defenseman who’s effective in defending the frontRead More »
LATEST PENGUINS SCOUTING BUZZ Consol Energy Center has been a popular scouting place for general managers this week during the Penguins three game homestand that wraps up tonight. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was in town Wednesday night for Flyers-Penguins and the Bruins are in the market for depth forwards, while Blues GM Doug Armstrong was in Pittsburgh Friday night taking in the Penguins – Panthers game. Meanwhile, Penguins top pro scout Don Waddell is wrapping up a long scouting trip this week that had him seeing a majority of Western Conference teams and the Penguins continue to have a heavy presence at Minnesota Wild games in the past two weeks. Waddell was in Edmonton Thursday night scouting the Oilers – Wild then was in Calgary last night scouting the Wild and Flames. At this point of the season, the Penguins are in the process of evaluating potential trade deadline targetsRead More »