Latest NHL Buzz: Has the ‘ship sailed’ for the Penguins on the Matt Duchene front?

 

Latest NHL Buzz 1. The year of what will John Tavares do? It’s going to be one of the top storylines for the 2017-2018 and is one of the closest situations a number of General Managers have their eyes glued on. The New York Islanders’ star center is best friends with Steven Stamkos and the talk has been out there for years that if Tavares left New York, it would be to team up with Stamkos, wherever he’d be playing. Whether that comes to fruition next July remains to be seen but what multiple NHL executives believe what Tavares will likely do is not sign an extension with the Islanders this season and take the Steven Stamkos route of going into the free agent interview period and then deciding what to do. Stamkos met with Toronto, Buffalo and San Jose during the free agent interview period in June 2016 beforeRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: Pens, Bruins to re-ignite trade talks?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz While Penguins GM Jim Rutherford fully expects to add an impact third line center at somepoint before the trade deadline and it’s not ruled out that move comes before opening night, though unlikely, the Penguins have taken the right route this summer and into training camp in avoiding to make a move to just make a move. Among guys out there actively available the Penguins could have acquired already sources say is Detroit’s Riley Sheahan. Sheahan, though, is nowhere near at the top of the Penguins wishlist and is not one of the three primary targets the Penguins are waiting to see that becomes available. ” If the Penguins wanted to acquire a player who doesn’t create high danger opportunities and is more of a 4th line caliber center than a 3rd line center, the team can just sign training camp invite Jay McClement who’s a strongRead More »

Scouts Buzz: On Daniel Sprong, Zach Aston-Reese & Teddy Blueger

 

Latest Prospects Buzz The Pittsburgh Penguins rookie tournament continues today. The games can be followed at pittsburghpenguins.com. Here’s some feedback from one NHL evaluator on three notable Penguin prospects from the tournament: On Daniel Sprong: “He’s too good for that tournament,” the NHL source said. “When he gets open ice down the wing he can push defenders back with speed and you have to be on notice because of the puck skills. A lot to like in the As for the key question marks surrounding Sprong’s game that will dictate how soon he’ll be an NHL regular? “[For me] how quick he gets to the NHL comes down to how he adapts without the puck. He doesn’t play a ‘lick On Teddy Blueger: “He’s on the fast track [to the NHL],” the source said. Two reasons why — “High hockey IQ and two-way play” “Coaches love young guys they canRead More »

Scouts Buzz: Weighing in on Danis Zaripov’s fit with a fast paced Penguins team

 

On Danis Zaripov and the Pittsburgh Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins are not at the point yet where they can be tabbed as having strong interest in 36 year old winger Danis Zaripov, but the team is doing some homework on the winger after Zaripov’s agent reached out to the Penguins last week to gauge any possible interest. Zaripov, 36, had 15 goals and 22 points in 18 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk during the playoffs, and 45 points in 56 games during the regular season. Zaripov is considered a legendary Russian player who won the KHL’s Gagarin Cup four times and the world hockey championship three times. Among the biggest strengths in Zaripov’s game is his playmaking ability and hockey smarts, scouts say. He thinks the game at a high level who is “always in the right place,” and can play with high-end players one scout indicated. NHL clubs are intriguedRead More »

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 »