Practice Report: 7 players participate in optional practice


Quiet day at Mellon Arena this morning as the Penguins held an optional practice. As expected, a number of veterans took the day off, as seven skaters are currently on the ice. Marc Andre Fleury coming off a 45 save performance is not participating in the optional skate Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar and Bill Guerin are among a group of key veterans who also opted not to skate. Among the skaters are

Morning Practice Notes: Satan skating with second line


The Penguins just wrapped up their morning practice at Mellon Arena which began around 10:30 a.m. Very interesting line changes in today’s practice Miroslav Satan skated with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora on the second line, alternating with Ruslan Fedotenko. Satan, Fedotenko and Sykora alternated on Malkin’s wing throughout the practice. Yesterday, Satan was on the annual 5th playoff line and even took a shift or two on D as a fill in. As I mentioned on Friday, Bylsma wants to give him a look in a top 6 role. Bylsma just experimenting? The rest of the lines were

Morning Practice Notes, Penguins prepare for Flyers


The Penguins went through their first practice of the playoff season this morning at 10:30 a.m. as the team prepares to take on the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. The teams primary goal was to claim the 4th seed but going into the weekend with Philadelphia having two games in hand, and Carolina owning a tiebreaker, the players were not very optimistic and were expecting to start the playoffs on the road. All of that changed yesterday when the Rangers rallied to upend the Flyers 4-3. Practice Notes All 23 skaters were accounted for this morning. The Penguins are a very confident team right now but they are not taking anything for granted and the vibe around the room is this year’s playoff series will be much more competitive than last year’s conference finals Miroslav Satan and Craig Adams

Friday’s Practice Report; Bylsma impressed with Boucher’s performance


The Penguins went through a 50 minute workout this morning that began around 11:00 a.m. Forward Miroslav Satan did not practice but was at Mellon Arena talking to teammates and team personnel. Satan has cleared re-entry waivers and is currently on the trip to Montreal with the Penguins Max Talbot and Hal Gill were both practicing this morning. Talbot and Gill were healthy scratches against the Islanders. Interim coach Dan Bylsma indicated after practice that Satan

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Updated: 12:00 p.m. – Miroslav Satan was not claimed on re-entry waivers and has joined the team. Satan is traveling with the team to Montreal. Organization eyes Kennedy as a top 6 forward in 09? The Penguins are encouraged by the how right winger Tyler Kennedy has progressed from year 1 to year 2. Kennedy notched his 15th goal of the season Thursday night and has elevated his play over the past 5 weeks. Kennedy will be under consideration of making the jump as a top 6 forward prior to training camp. There are mixed opinions in the organization about whether Kennedy can be a consistent top 6 forward in this league but he is only 22 years old and as a third option on a 2nd line, some see him flourishing. Kennedy has a cap hit under $850,000 for the next two seasons. Future Plans for top prospect EricRead More »

Satan on re-entry waivers, will join team today


As expected forward Miroslav Satan will join the Penguins for the playoffs. Satan has been placed on re-entry waivers and will join the team on Friday. Satan will travel with the team to Montreal this weekend according to a team source. The plan since the Penguins re-assigned Satan, was to bring him up for the playoffs where there is no salary cap. During the negotiations between agent Allan Walsh and Penguins brass,

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The Penguins March to the playoffs continued on Friday with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Pittsburgh is now 10-0-2 in their last 12 games and the Penguins have scored 16 goals in their last three games. The Penguins have a divisional showdown with the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Mellon Arena. The Flyers and Penguins are tied with 86 points but the Flyers currently have three games in hand. For now they have a hold on the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Forward Craig Adams was very noticeable in Friday‚Äôs 4-1 win over the LA Kings. Adams was a scratch for the previous three games and with him in the lineup the Penguins are a much more balanced team. Having an enforcer in the lineup this late in the season is the most over-rated thing in hockey. Adams gives the Penguins the opportunity to play theRead More »

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Great turnout from Penguins fans last night in Columbus. The place was electric when the Penguins tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period. Thanks to the traveling Penguins fans, the BlueJackets set a record for attendance with over 19,000 fans in attendance. The Penguins have 10 come from behind wins this season when trailing in the third period and after being down 3-0 to Columbus, the Penguins were fortunate to get a point out of last night‚Äôs game. If overtime in the regular season was longer than 5 minutes, the Penguins win last night’s game. They controlled the play for the final 15 minutes of the game including overtime. BlueJackets goaltender Steve Mason is the real deal. The Blue Jackets lack the offensive firepower to be a serious threat in the Western Conference but because of their tight defensive system and the ability of Mason¬†to steal games,¬†ColumbusRead More »

NHL: Miroslav Satan will report to WB/S


The Pittsburgh Penguins and Miroslav Satan have reached an agreement. Satan will report to Wilkes Barre. The two sides held discussions early this week about Satan’s options but Pittsburgh does not have ability to add Satan to the roster with defenseman Philippe Boucher expected to come off of IR in 10 days. Satan, 34, has 17 goals and 19 assists for 36 points in 65 games this season. Sources close to Satan tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports this evening that