Latest Penguins Buzz: Avs view of Olli Maatta in trade talks & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz — Just over a month until training camp, the Penguins still have a third line center hole and fourth line center hole with Matt Cullen undecided as the NHL off-season has reached the dog days of August where most GM’s are vacationing. Mike Fisher retiring last week played right into why former Penguins center Nick Bonino was set on signing with the Nashville Predators from the start. From the get-go of the interview period, the Predators sold Bonino on having a bigger role in Nashville and being the long-term replacement for Fisher with the catch being Bonino would still be on a Stanley Cup contender. Pittsburgh could have decided in June that Bonino is more valuable to them than Conor Sheary would be for this next three to four year window where the Penguins have to a chance win more Cups. Therefore, Pittsburgh could have easily movedRead More »

Latest Free Agency Buzz: Strong market building for Bonino as Penguins weigh options

 

Latest Penguins Free Agency Buzz The NHL Free Agency Window opened at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday and calls have been coming in on Penguins center Nick Bonino. While the Penguins have made a Bonino a top priority and both sides continue to have “good discussions”, the ball is more in the Penguins court of whether they’re willing to stretch a bit to make a deal happen. “A lot of interest

Pressure on Vegas not to take one sided deals & Latest Penguins Rumblings

 

LATEST NHL BUZZ With Saturday’s Trade Freeze looming, the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning kicked things off on Thursday with a blockbuster deal that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens and Drouin hours later signing a 6 year deal worth $33 million. How many more big names will be on the move by Saturday’s deadline? Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin among the notable names in play who have a strong chance to get moved in the next 24 hours. Two other impact players who could be traded by Saturday: Expectations are Travis Hamonic is on the move and it will happen by tomorrow or the latest draft weekend. Anaheim is set to land a haul for Sami Vatanen with a trade expected in the next week. Colorado’s Matt Duchene is getting traded. This could very well live up to the busiest trade period ever. —Read More »

Rumors: Penguins plan to put the ball in Justin Schultz’ court immediately on whether he’s a Penguin next season

 

Penguins don’t plan to get backed into a corner on the Justin Schultz situation As Justin Schultz is two wins away from being a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, will he be a Penguin in 2017-2018? It’s 50-50 at this point with some executives around the league believing the percentages are higher than 50% that Schultz is moved. As reported the other day, other NHL clubs see Schultz as the Penguins top off-season priority and not Marc Andre Fleury. Mainly from the standpoint that Pittsburgh seeks clarity before the frenzy starts. The growing sense is the Penguins are prepared to make a long-term offer in the coming days after the season ends and there’s not going to be much of a negotiation from where their number is going to be, per sources close to the situation. The Penguins will move fast to put the ball in Schultz court. Teams that haveRead More »

NHL Rumors: Av’s staying out of goaltending market; Evander Kane/Rick Tocchet; Conor Sheary

 

Av’s don’t plan to enter Goaltending Market The Colorado Avalanche are a dreadful hockey team that has received bad goaltending the last couple years. Yet, folks shouldn’t waste much time firing up any Marc Andre Fleury to Colorado rumors this summer. The Avalanche plan to stick with high priced goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported on the NHL Network Tuesday that all signs point to the Avalanche staying committed to Varlamov. COL taking a long look at Jussi Parkilla as goalie coach. Would come over from KHL, long history with Varlamov. First such Finn in NHL? — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 24, 2017 NHL Source: Coaching hire in Buffalo will have impact on Kane’s future Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill was a big fan of winger Evander Kane from a far but the new Sabres GM is in a tricky position as Kane’s entering theRead More »

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates; Penguins long-term goaltending situation to change?

 

Off-Day Buzz: Crosby Skates The Pittsburgh Penguin were off today and not practicing but it wasn’t an off-day for Sidney Crosby. Recovering from a concussion suffered in Monday’s Game 3, Crosby skated in full gear this morning and it wasn’t just a casual skate. “I can confirm Sid skated today and is in the process of rehabbing,” head coach Mike Sullivan said during a conference call. “We’ll just leave it at that. He’s day to day and keeping each day as it comes. We rely on our medical staff and they’re good at what they do. He’s in the [rehabilitation] process right now and will continue to be, and it will be a day-to-day situation.” This doesn’t mean by any means that Crosby is going to return this series but no one with the team is ready to rule it out just yet. The optimism continues. There was talk insideRead More »

NHL Rumors: Goaltending market starts with Scott Darling?

 

Darling on multiple teams wishlist The goaltending market is going to be flooded this summer with a ton of options for teams via free agency and trades with plenty of value type signings out there for clubs to make. There’s going to be more goaltenders available than teams looking. The goaltending market is not expected to start with Ben Bishop. It’s expected to start with Scott Darling. More and more teams are looking to find a No. 1 starter in the $3 million a year range, a ball park Darling is expected to command. Pierre LeBrun reports Darling is expected to be the Cam Talbot of the summer. Darling is said to be at the top of the Carolina Hurricanes wishlist and is also reportedly high on the Stars target list. However, the scuttlebutt is the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to get the first crack at speaking with DarlingRead More »