Expansion Draft: Vegas Golden Knights Selections

 

Fleury a Golden Knight The Vegas Golden Knights have officially selected Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury in the expansion draft. Fleury got a standing ovation from those in attendance as the Golden Knights look to make him the early face of the franchise. The Penguins in return have traded Vegas Golden Knights Selections Goaltender Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche Defenseman Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks Forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Arizona Coyotes Defenseman John Merrill, New Jersey Devils Forward William Carrier, Buffalo Sabres Forward Cody Eakin, Dallas Stars Forward Tomas Nosek, Detroit Red Wings Forward Jonathan Marchessault, Florida Panthers Defenseman Brayden McNabb, LA Kings Forward Connor Brickley, Carolina Hurricanes Forward Chris Thorburn, Winnipeg Jets Forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender JF Berube, New York Islanders Forward James Neal, Nashville Predators Defenseman Deryk Engelland, Calgary Flames Forward Brendan Leipsic, Toronto Maple Leafs Defenseman Colin Miller, Boston Bruins DefensemanRead 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 »

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 »