ST LOUIS A GOOD BET TO BE TRADED BY THE SUMMER? The Marty St. Louis to the New York Rangers chatter is only heating up. St. Louis demanded a trade prior to the Olympics and the buzz around the league is that St. Louis stance has not changed one bit despite being added to Team Canada. One NHL source said St. Louis is a man of his word and won’t change his mind. St. Louis had every opportunity to kill the trade speculation today when he met with reporters and he didn’t. “The only thing I can say about that is I’ve had conversations with Steve on my future here,” St. Louis said, via the Tampa Times “Out of respect for my teammates I think that’s all I’m going to say about that. I’m not going to get into answering this question every day. I’ve had conversations with Steve aboutRead More »
As the NHL trade freeze is lifted in less than an hour, the latest big name to surface on the trade front is Tampa Bay Lightning winger Marty St. Louis. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, reports that It’s believed St.Louis did ask the Lightning for a trade when he was left off Team Canada. However, Kypreos notes that some NHL clubs are not sure if he still feels the same way now that he was added to Team Canada and won Gold with them. There has been increasing speculation of a potential Ryan Callahan – Marty St. Louis trade. It’s believed to have been discussed but Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has no interest in moving St. Louis for a rental player. St. Louis has been linked to the Rangers in the past as New York has long been regarded as the one teamRead More »
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Marty St. Louis has been among a group of forwards that has been on the Penguins radar since Lightning GM Brian Lawton began exploring the market for St. Louis in November. Talks between the two teams went from intensifying in early February to being dead less than 10 days ago when Lightning GM Brian Lawton broke off talks because the Penguins won’t include Jordan Staal in a deal for St. Louis under any circumstances. With the trade deadline 6 days away, has there been a renewed interest from both sides to re-start talks?¬† Inside Pittsburgh Sports reports the latest.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ( 29-26-6) enter Monday morning in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and four points out of the playoffs. The Penguins have given up 22 goals in their last five games. The NHL trade deadline is nine days away and the Penguins have four games remaining before the March 4th deadline. The Penguins have not ruled out adding a physical defenseman at the deadline. Ray Shero‚Äôs philosophy has been all about the Penguins young core since he was named General Manager in 2006. Shero has contended that by locking up Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney, Marc Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal, the Penguins would be serious contenders every season. The Penguins have $30.4 million committed to their young core for the 2009-2010 season and since the Penguins have so many needs (not just a scoring winger), Shero is now willing to part with some of hisRead More »
Interim head coach Dan Bylsma has indicated he will implement a more uptempo system and wants the Penguins to be much more aggressive than they were under Michel Therrien. Do the Penguins have personnel to play a uptempo system? That is up for debate. On the backend they have three offensive defensemen in Kris Letang, Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney. Bylsma wants more pinching from all defensemen and for his offensive defensemen to jump up into the play to create offense. He doesn’t want the Penguins sitting back anymore, he wants them to initiate the play. As the trade deadline is approaching the Penguins are engaged with a number of teams and they are seeking speed upfront. Two things that did Michel Therrien in was his inability to adapt and change his ways. I‚Äôve been told that Ray Shero has been stressing for the Penguins to run a more uptempoRead More »
Max Talbot played well yesterday alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Talbot has yet to find his role this season and is a team leading -14. The Penguins need him to play at the level he did yesterday but Talbot is suited for third line duty just like Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are. You can‚Äôt turn role players into top 6 forwards. The coaching staff has been very brief in their reasoning why Alex Goligoski continues to be a frequent scratch. It’s believed they see him as a liability in the defensive zone but it’s kind of hard to go on that assumption when the team continues to struggle in the defensive zone and giving up four or more goals per game on a consistent basis. Ryan Whitney is a -9 in 10 games this season. The Atlanta Thrashers have received a lot of calls about Colby Armstrong butRead More »