WINGS AND THINGS

 

Much needless argument is manufactured on this site and others like it regarding the Penguins’ situation at wing. Debate away. But things won’t change. No significant moves will be made to upgrade the Pens’ wingers. Not now, and not at the trade deadline. This is what General Manager Ray Shero has chosen: Strength down the middle, mediocrity on the flanks. If Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal can live with it, so can you. Let’s get this one out of the way: The Penguins will NOT acquire Ilya Kovalchuk as a rental player at the deadline. Even if Shero could maneuver cap room, Kovalchuk will fetch Atlanta far more than the Pens would want to surrender. The Penguins’ future is, indeed, NOW – but you can’t totally pillage your future or give up young wingers who can solve the problem long-term. Which brings us to…

Caputi will be pushed by incoming talent

 

Pittsburgh wants to see Caputi dominate With Max Talbot likely sidelined until mid-November, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding winger Luca Caputi pushing for a roster spot out of camp Caputi, who is one of the Penguins top 4 prospects, had 18 goals in 66 games played for Wilkes Barre/Scranton last season, the Penguins American Hockey League affiliate. Solid numbers for a player going through his first professional season but not exactly dominating numbers. The growing consensus in the organization is that Caputi needs to start in the season in Wilkes Barre. The Talbot injury won’t rush Caputi’s timetable to the National Hockey League, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. What Pittsburgh wants to see from Caputi is for him to have a strong training camp and dominate at the AHL level for the first couple months of the season, before being called up. They are hopeful that heRead More »