Off-Day Report: Penguins prepare for the surging Islanders

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins (30-19-1) returned to the ice this morning as the team prepares for a two game homestand that begins Tuesday night. First up for Pittsburgh will be the surging New York Islanders (22-19-8) who won for the fourth straight time this afternoon beating the New Jersey Devils 4-0, behind a 20 save shutout performance from goaltender Rick DiPietro. Former Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick Matt Moulson added goals 18, 19 for the Islanders in their 4-0 win. With Dipietro playing today, he will not play tomorrow night against Pittsburgh and neither will Marc Andre Fleury (fractured finger). A rundown on latest Penguins injury news * As reported earlier, Fleury was limited today, wearing a skaters glove for protection instead of his regular mit. Fleury will not be available to play for at least the next two games.

Penguins finalize deal with John Curry

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins officially finalized a two year deal today with goaltender John Curry. The deal is a two way deal and will pay Curry $105,000 in the minors and $500,000 (per season) in the NHL. A deal with Curry has been expected but negotiations lasted longer than expected as Curry’s camp claimed the two sides were discussing “many different concepts” of a potential deal as Curry was seeking a one way contract. Curry will battle veteran goaltender Brent Johnson in camp to be Marc Andre Fleuruy’s backup but Johnson is on a one-way contract. Curry will likely begin the season as Wilkes Barre’s #1 goaltender.

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

The Stanley Cup is back in Pittsburgh today as Eddie Johnston has his day with the Cup. Johnson has been a fixture in the front office since the 1980’s and will continue to have a role in the organization for atleast one more season or until he decides to retire. A number of players, team personnel have already had their day with the Cup. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby will have the Cup last. Malkin will have the Cup on August 17-18 and plans to throw a big party in his hometown. *** The Penguins are very pleased on how free agency has gone. With Jay McKee in the fold, the teams #1 priority is adding a veteran goaltender to battle John Curry in training camp and either serve as the #2 or #3 goaltender. Two names that continue to garner interest are