NHL RUMOR MONDAY Trade talks are starting to very slowly pick up among GM’s with around 20% of the season already gone and two established players Devin Setoguchi, Minnesota Wild, and Jordan Leopold, Buffalo Sabres, are among the notable players being shopped around the league for other needs, NHL sources say.
Draft Day Update Pens GM Ray Shero met today with Ben Hankinson the agent for Jordan Leopold at a Los Angeles hotel. The Penguins continue to touch base with Leopold’s camp as Leopold remains plan B behind Sergei Gonchar. With 6 days until free agency, Leopold’s status though with the Penguins remains in limbo. According to a source close to the situation, negotiations between the two sides are still on hold until Gonchar decides on whether he will return to Pittsburgh. That’s the indication Leopold’s camp has been given. Leopold, 29, made $1.75 million last season and is believed to be a priority over Mark Eaton. No talks have yet to take place between Shero and Stephen Bartlett the agent for Eaton. Bartlett told me earlier in the week that he expected to talk with Shero in LA.
Malkin, Fedotenko end scoring droughts Pittsburgh’s struggling power play went 0-for-5 in regulation Saturday night but delivered with a rare big goal in overtime as Evgeni Malkin (9) scored just 37 seconds into over-time on the man advantage as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at Mellon Arena. Thirty seconds into overtime, Jordan Leopold was called for holding and Sergei Gonchar set up Malkin for a one-timer from the high slot who blew it past Tomas Voukon. Malkin’s OT tally was his first goal in 6 games. Pascal Dupuis (9) and Ruslan Fedotenko (5) also scored for Pittsburgh. Fedotenko put the Penguins up 2-1 in the second period, driving to the net and Evgeni Malkin found him wide open in front of Voukon for a tap in goal. It was Fedotenko’s first goal in 14 games as the struggling winger is on pace for a 12 goal season.Read More »