Blackhawks, Penguins take similar paths; opposite philosophies


By Paul Ladewski Chicago – The reassignment of former Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon came as no surprise to those that had monitored the situation closely. As far back as the final months of the 2008-09 campaign, there were signs that the organization had begun to groom assistant general manager Stan Bowman for the position. It was only a matter of time before Stan joined his famous father Scotty as the brains of the operation, and when one considers their salary-cap situation, the move wasn’t without cause. The Blackhawks have followed a similar path taken by the Penguins in recent years, as both rebuilt their teams around talent selected early in the draft order. Whereas the Penguins chose to build down the middle, however, the Blackhawks made

Insider Report: Top 40 wingers on the Free Agent market


Follow TIOPS on Twitter Inside Look at the top right/left wingers on the free agent market. Players in bold are players of interest for Pittsburgh. Players are numbered from highest 08/09 salary to the lowest. Top 22 Right Wingers 1. Marian Gaborik 27 MIN $7,500,000 2. Marian Hossa 30 DET $7,450,000 3. Martin Havlat 28 CHI $6,000,000 * Pittsburgh would have to get very creative and clear salary. Pittsburgh continues to get mentioned as a possibility because of a close working relationship between Ray Shero and Allan Walsh and Havlat’s interest in playing for a contender, if things don’t work out with the Blackhawks. -Major Longshot. 4. Alexei Kovalev 36 MON $4,500,000 * Seeking $4.5 million per season and is currently out of the Penguins price range. Penguins are indeed interested but Kovalev is not as interested in Pittsburgh like he use to be – Major Longshot 5. Brian GiontaRead More »

The Latest from Montreal


A number of GM’s and agents have arrived in Montreal and the rumor mill is heating up. 1:31 p.m. – The growing consensus is that Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Leafs GM Brian Burke will be the most active GM’s at the draft. 1:15 p.m. – 47 yr old Chris Chelios wants to play in the NHL next season and join an Eastern Conference Team. Don’t be surprised if the agent for Chelios contacts the Penguins as Chelios expressed an interest in Pittsburgh following the lockout but from Pittsburgh’s end, there won’t be any interest. 1:01 p.m. – The 2010 Winter Class is set: The Boston Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park which will then set the stage for the New York Rangers to host the Washington Capitals in 2011 at Yankee Stadium.

Shero’s close working relationship with Allan Walsh could pay dividends in free agency


When Miroslav Satan was demoted to Wilkes Barre on March 4th, it was widely believed that Satan’s days with the Penguins were over. Just over two months later, Satan is playing a part in the Penguins success in the playoffs. Thanks to the work of his agent Allan Walsh who played an instrumental role in the whole situation, Satan accepted the Penguins demotion to Wilkes Barre. Walsh and Satan took Ray Shero’s “word” that Satan would be called up for playoffs and the Penguins indicated to Satan’s camp that Satan would be giving an opportunity to get back into the lineup during the playoffs. Walsh and Shero have a close working relationship as Walsh represents Marc Andre Fleury, Petr Sykora, Ruslan Fedotenko, Pascal Dupuis and Miroslav Satan. Sources tell me this close “working relationship” between Shero, Walsh could pay dividends for the Penguins in

Havlat’s market value on the rise


The Chicago Blackhawks and talented forward Martin Havlat came very close to reaching long-term extension prior to the playoffs with a base salary in the range of $4.6 million per season. Havlat has expressed an interest in re-signing with the Hawks long-term and it is still likely that the Hawks, Havlat strike a deal before July 1 but the Hawks may regret not finding a way to lock Havlat up before the playoffs began. NHL sources tell me Allan Walsh the agent for Martin Havlat is seeking at least $5 million per season for his client with some agents around the league believe Havlat could get $5.5 million per season on the open market, despite serious health concerns around the league. After tonight‚Äôs performance in game 1 (2 goals, including OT winner), Havlat‚Äôs market value is skyrocketing and Walsh will get the $5 million per season he seeks for hisRead More »

The Latest NHL Buzz


Pressure on agents not to set the market before July 1 With the uncertainty of the salary for next season and beyond, there continues to be significant pressure on agents who represent mid-tier free agents. The top tier players like Marian Hossa and Jay Bouwmeester are going to get their money. The wild cards are players like Martin Havlat, Eric Cole and Petr Sykora. Agent Allan Walsh represents two key wingers set to hit the open market in Martin Havlat and Petr Sykora. It is believed agents around the league don’t want to see Havlat settling for anything under

Morning Buzz


The Penguins have caught many around the league by surprise in their ability to overcome the losses of Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Ryan Whitney is skating and looks to be in the best shape of his career. Whitney is determined to resemble the player he was two seasons ago and I expect him to have a big season when he returns to the lineup in December. Is Ryan Whitney trade bait? The Penguins have received a lot of inquiries about Whitney in the past year and despite the emergence of Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang, the Penguins view Ryan Whitney as the heir apparent to Sergei Gonchar and GM‚Äôs around the league know if will take an offer the Penguins can‚Äôt refuse for them to consider moving Whitney. The Penguins are shopping……..