11 days until the Penguins open Camp

 

Who will play with Sidney Crosby? Will Jordan Staal play wing or center? Who replaces Ryan Whitney? Does Janne Pesonen have the skill and toughness to play in the NHL? Are the Penguins looking to upgrade their top 6? Starting Wednesday September 17th, Inside Pittsburgh Sports brings you in-depth daily practice updates and the latest rumblings surrounding Penguins camp. Want to read the Latest Penguins Buzz throughout the season? Sign up for an Inside Access Membership Special offer until September 15th: Sign up today for a 1 year subscription for only $19.99. All viewers who sign up for the special offer will be locked in for a yearly fee of $19.99, if they choose to renew their membership. Prizes Inside Pittsburgh Sports will also be giving away 2 tickets to 5 Penguins Games to viewers who sign up for an inside Access Membership prior to September 16th. Thursday October 23rdRead More »

NHL: Wild pursuing Chris Drury?

 

The Minnesota Wild remain hopeful that the franchise will be able to sign Marian Gaborik to a long term extension but Wild GM Doug Riseborough is coming around to the idea that he may have to move his star winger. Gaborik remains non-committal and according to a source the Wild’s scouting staff has begun targeting potential players the Wild could get in return for Gaborik. A player the Wild have at the top of their wishlist plays in the Atlantic Division.

NHL: Babcock to split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg?

 

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock tells the Detroit News that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg will center the top two lines and won’t play together when the team is at full strength. Early indications are Pavel Datsyuk will center Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg will center Johan Franzen. Source: Detroit News

NHL: Selanne eyes return for 16th NHL season

 

Anaheim Ducks super star Teemu Selanne is ready to return to the Anaheim Ducks but is growing concerned with the Anaheim Ducks lack of ability to move salary. The Ducks have been aggressively trying to move defenseman Mathieu Schneider and his cap hit of $5.6 million but have yet to find a taker. Clearing Schneider’s salary will only free up about 3 million in cap space. The Ducks are also willing to move forward Todd Marchant who currently has a cap hit of $2.5 million. Selanne is seeking $4.5 Р$5 million per season and according to a source Selanne has indicated to Anaheim GM Brian Burke that he is willing to play for less money but Selanne will not play for less than $4 million per season. The Ducks have their work cut out to clear enough salary to satisfy Selanne. Will Selanne listen to offers from other teams?

The Latest NHL Buzz

 

TSN.Ca reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Bryan McCabe to the Florida Panthers. The New York Islanders made a strong attempt to acquire McCabe and indications are the Leafs preferred to deal McCabe to New York because the Islanders were willing take on all of McCabe‚Äôs salary without sending much salary back to the Leafs. In the end McCabe had the final say and preferred to be dealt to Florida. Glen Murray and Mark Parrish are having trouble getting the multi-year deals their respective agents are seeking. Both players may have to settle for 1 year deals or camp invites. Potential Suitors The Nashville Predators have offered Parrish a training camp invite and have told Murray they are going in another direction. The St.Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers have inquired about both forwards. The Phoenix Coyotes appear to be the team showing theRead More »

Day 3 NHL Free Agency

 

12:25 a.m. thats it for the night…….everyone have a great holiday…..few updates in the morning back with full coverage over the weekend….. It’s been a pleasure again….. 11:05 p.m. Going into chat in the comments form found at the end of the page 10:37 p.m. The latest on Jagr from one of my insiders — “Jagr and Lemieux had a long talk during the playoff series. Lemieux told Jags that he saw the old fire in his eyes. It somehow got to the statement Jagr made at one point about wanting to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Lemieux said if Jagr was ever available, he would love to see him in a Penguin uniform. Something about unfinished business and trying to clear the animosity the Pens fans had with Jagr.The Pens put it out there and Jagr hesitated, so I don’t know if it will go any further. I don’tRead More »

Day 2 NHL Free Agency

 

Day 3 8:40 a.m. – This is what I got right now. Jagr a longshot. Naslund is also looking like a longshot. Most of Naslunds efforts are with the New York Rangers, Vancouver and Minnesota. With Fleurys contract the pens are down to 8 million in cap space with 4 roster sports to fill. Shero looking at older veterans but i was told to lower the expectations. Hearing Jason Williams , Mirsolav Satan and this morning. A lot of pressure on Shero to get a top 6 winger via trade. gotta run… update later. 1:08 a.m. Penguins expect decision from Naslund tomorrow. Talks intensifying with Matt Cooke. Cooke is also in talks with two other teams. Despite Penguins breaking off talks with Bertuzzi, Penguins still interested if his demands come down. Big news of the night — sources are confirming that the Penguins have signed Marc Andre Fleury to aRead More »

Day 1 NHL Free Agency Frenzy; Live Updates

 

Day 2 12:58 a.m. There is a 1yr 1.75 million offer on the table to forward Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is believed to be looking over three other offers with Calgary among the interested parties. With all of this talk of Jagr, I wouldn’t look past Markus Naslund who has been on the Penguins radar since the clock struck noon on July 1. Source tell TIOPS Ray Shero is taking calls regarding Ryan Whitney and listening to offers but it appears ownership wants Whitney to stay put. Penguins expect a decision from Jarkko Ruutu by Wednesday morning. No offer has been made to Jason Smith but the interest is there. The Penguins have yet to meet the demands of Brooks Orpik (6yrs – 22 million) but the two sides are still in discussions. Penguins offer to Hossa is for 7.2 million per season. The amount of years is up in theRead More »