Latest NHL Buzz: Where does quick moving goaltending market now leave Penguins?

 

Latest NHL Buzz The goaltending market is playing out as expected. Scott Darling ending up in Carolina and nabbing a four year contract and after Darling’s rights were traded, it was a near lock Ben Bishop’s rights would be traded to Dallas or Calgary. Dallas won out yesterday in landing Bishop for a 4th round pick. The Flames were also in the mix. Bishop wanted to sign with Dallas on July 1, so it’s expected to be smooth sailing on the two sides reaching an extension. A lot of goaltenders available this summer, few teams looking for big ticket starters. If the Penguins season ends tonight, they might be smart to get a jump on things with Marc Andre Fleury. Despite Fleury’s sometimes spectacular play in the playoffs, his market hasn’t changed. Entering game 7 tonight with a .910 save percentage in Round 2, clubs believe Fleury needs a greatRead More »

TIOPS Latest NHL Buzz: Sabres GM Search; Active Summer for Devils; FLA eyeing Pens assistant coach?

 

Latest NHL Buzz *Rumblings, Musings & Opinions* Shero to be active this summer The New Jersey Devils winning the draft lottery is only going to add to what’s going to be an a likely big summer in Jersey. Ownership there has given Shero the go-ahead to be aggressive and spend this summer to start competing quickly in a daunting Metropolitan Division. On the trade market, the Devils are already trying to make a play for Jonathan Drouin who the Lightning are putting out there in trade talks again and the chatter for months has been that Shero and his staff are prepared to throw big bucks at Kevin Shattenkirk who has been a major disappointment in Washington. Another name scouts, executives say the Devils will be all over? Pittsburgh’s Then there’s the question whether Ilya Kovalchuk returns to the Devils or works out a sign and trade to be dealt toRead More »

NHL Buzz: The First key Domino on the goaltending market falls

 

Latest NHL Buzz The first domino fell on the goaltending market Friday when the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Scott Darling this week from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2017 third-round pick. Many teams are looking for the next Cam Talbot and three teams had Darling as their No. 1 target. Carolina, Las Vegas and the Dallas Stars. Darling has had Carolina Hurricanes written all over him for months as GM Ron Francis is not a believer in having $5 to $6 million a season tied into one goaltender after the Cam Ward contract hamstrung the Hurricanes for many years.. It’s anticipated a deal will come together between the Hurricanes and Darling in the $3-$3.5 million range. Many teams between now and the expansion draft are looking to get a leg up as the Blackhawks did and move goaltending assets before losing them for nothing. Multiple clubs are eyeing Washington’s Philipp GrubauerRead More »

NHL Playoffs: Capitals running into a bad matchup?

 

NHL Playoffs: Leafs giving Caps similar problems that the Penguins do Are the Washington Capitals living up to their reputation of being playoff chokers? Or are they just running into a bad matchup? A week from now regarding the Capitals we’re either going to be talking about the Capitals getting pushed in Round 1 potentially being a positive for them moving forward or discussing a shocking Round 2 matchup between the Penguins and Leafs. Whether the Leafs can finish the job remains to be seen but the Leafs were badly overlooked in this series, many predicted a sweep, just from the standpoint the Capitals are the President Trophy winners and Toronto’s best players are a bunch of kids. Last post-season the Capitals struggled against a Penguins team built with skill and speed. What does Toronto have? The Leads are certainly not the Penguins but like Pittsburgh they have more speedRead More »

TIOPS Rundown: Penguins/Senators; Jagr to play for 9th team? Hutchison stumbles

 

TIOPS Thursday Rundown 1. Scott Wilson gets opportunity on top line The concussion to Jake Guentzel has led to Scott Wilson getting a look on Sidney Crosby’s line tonight, though, it remains to be seen how patient Sullivan will be in keeping Wilson there. The Penguins have had a revolving door where when an injury pops up, another player takes advantage of an increased role. “These guys just embrace any challenge that we give them on a particular night, so that certainly makes the coaches job a little bit easier,” Sullivan said of his resilient club. “We move guys up and down the lineup. Sometimes they play their off wings or their off-sides. I think it’s a testament to the character of the people that we have. We have good players, but they’re great people, and they’re good teammates. They’ll do anything to win.” Depending on how the game goes,Read 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 »

Monday’s Daily Five Ice Report: Marchand/Crosby What Might Have Been

 

Monday’s Daily Five Ice Report *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Brad Marchand looking so good on Sidney Crosby’s wing was fun to wonder if the combination could team-up next season (Marchand signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent) or even at the trade deadline with Marchand until today scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the season. It wasn’t just fans. Marchand was even asked a few days ago at the World Cup about playing in Pittsburgh with Crosby. Marchand inking an 8 year, $49 million extension with the Bruins brings that type of talk to a thundering halt. Marchand’s market value was pretty much set with this past summer’s spending as Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo both netted 7 year, $42 million contracts. On the open market Marchand probably would have got 7 years – $45-$50 million. With the Bruins able to offer eight years, he will basically net the sameRead More »

World Cup Chatter: What now for Team USA?

 

World Cup Chatter The World Cup started with what many view as a stunning upset in Team Europe defeating Team USA 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. From naming John Tortorella head coach over a year ago, it was clear what type of team the U.S. was going to build. It wasn’t going to be one made up of a bunch of Phil Kessel’s and Tyler Johnson’s. Before the drop of the puck yesterday, the U.S. was always going to be the team under the most scrutiny because of the way they constructed their roster. Yesterday’s loss now has all of the critics coming out of the wood work. Not to mention lineup decisions like scratching Dustin Byfuglien who some believe was scratched because he spouted off about not being a fan of playing forward earlier in the week. It wasn’t just that Team Europe upsetted the U.S., it was how flat the U.S.Read More »

Matt Murray drawing Carey Price like comparisons from Team North America teammates

 

What team are most World Cup managers worried about the most when the tournament gets underway? It’s no question Team North America. The youthfulness and speed they possess up front projects to make them a daunting matchup. Team North America’s 4-0 win over Team Europe showed much of that. One NHL personnel man in attendance said he felt like he was watching the Penguins from their Stanley Cup run in how Team North America just suffocated the opposition with their speed in all three zones, notably the forecheck. Team North America has the speed and skill to be a serious threat in the tournament and a deep run figures to come down to goaltender Matt Murray. Murray made 23 saves in the shutout win over Team Europe. Craig Custance of ESPN called Murray North America’s most important player in a recent feature and its hard to argue with that. NotRead More »

World Cup: Team Canada Burning Questions

 

Team Canada Brad Marchand – Sidney Crosby – Patrice Bergeron John Tavares – Ryan Getzlaf – Steven Stamkos Logan Couture – Jonathan Toews – Tyler Seguin Matt Duchene – Joe Thornton – Claude Giroux Corey Perry Burning Question: Where does Corey Perry fit? Team Canada’s roster includes 10 centers, many of them, Steven Stamkos, Tyler Seguin, Patric Bergeron and Claude Giroux who will slide over to right wing. If there’s any challenge for the heavy favorite Canadians, it’s finding the best group of 12 forwards. Corey Perry who scored 34 goals last season, opened Team Canada’s training camp this week as the extra forward. On the top line, Patrice Bergeron is itched in stone on Sidney Crosby’s right wing. Brad Marchand coming off a 37 goal season got the first look with Crosby on his left wing. Crosby has often meshed with players who have the type of intangibles thatRead More »