NHL: Gonchar out 4-6 months?


ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports a source has told him Sergei Gonchar will be sidelined 4-6 months. The Penguins announced last week that Gonchar would be out indefinitely with the prognosis ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months if Gonchar needed surgery. No official word from the Penguins yet. Source: ESPN

NHL: Selanne signs 2yr -$5.25 million contract


The Anaheim Ducks have signed Teemu Selanne to a two year deal. Selanne entered training camp on a tryout contract until the Ducks could trade defenseman Mathieu Schneider to clear salary cap room. Selanne a 10 time NHL All-Star is Anaheim’s career leader in seven categories, including goals (325), points (689), and game-winning goals (54) Anaheim Ducks

Penguins Q & A


Gavin writes ‚ÄúWho do you think will be the final 2 guys filling the roster spots Bissonnette, Thomas, James, and/or Pesonen?‚Äù Answer: Based on performance in camp Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette should make the team. Thomas has really picked up his game since preseason play has opened up. He has been effective on the forecheck and is creating opportunities in the offensive zone. Thomas was the team‚Äôs top forward Monday night against Tampa Bay. Bissonnette has caught the eye of the coaching staff since the first day of training camp. He came into camp as a major longshot but worked hard and has been the team‚Äôs most physical player in camp. The coaching staff is very high on Bissonnette but I‚Äôm hearing the front office is split on whether to start Bissonnette in the NHL or send him to WBS. Some believe he could use some more time inRead More »

Burke finding it difficult to move Schneider


Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke is scrambling and realizing trading Mathieu Schneider and his $5.6 million per season cap hit is not a easy task. There have been up to 8 teams to inquire about Schneider but that number is growing smaller by the day. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa sun reports Kings, Canucks, Thrashers, Devils, Blues are in the running to land Ducks D Mathieu Schneider. Five teams may be a stretch. It may be down to three teams at the max Among the team’s Garrioch mentions, the Canucks interest has been mild. They have yet to make a offer. The Kings are only willing to acquire Schneider if the Ducks absorb $2.5- $3 million in salary and send an draft pick their way. Unless Burke takes on a salary he doesn’t want, the Kings are out of the running.

Malkin leads the way; Penguins beat Leafs 3-2


Evgeni Malkin tonight had an goal and assist to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Penguins also got goals from Petr Sykora and Ruslan Fedotenko. Prior to the game the Penguins were dealt a serious blow when General Manager Ray Shero announced Sergei Gonchar the team’s #1 defenseman will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. For Inside Analysis of tonight’s game read more

Pens – Leafs Updates


The lines are as The Insider reported earlier: Staal – Malkin – Sykora Dupuis – Taffe – Satan Fedotenko – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Kennedy – James Pens have an early 2-0 lead on power play goals from Fedotenko and Sykora. The Pens power play might be even better this year with the edition of Fedotenko because he likes to eat up space in front of the net. Paul Bissonnette is literally trying to fight his way on to the roster as he squared off with Jamal Mayers. Give the bout to Bissonnette. Malkin and Staal break out on a shorthanded¬†2-on-0 and Malkin buries it to make it 3-0. As The Insider expected, Kennedy is now playing between Satan and Dupuis. The Leafs put two on the board in the last five minutes to ruin Dany Sabourin’s shutout. The Pens were outshot 17-3 in the third and 29-21 forRead More »

Gonchar Out Indefinitely


Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20. Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,‚Äù Shero said. ‚ÄúIn the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.‚Äù Check the NHL page for tonight’s game updates.