Waiver Wire 39 Year old defenseman Mark Streit has been placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens. Signed this summer by the Canadiens to a one year, $700,000 contract, Streit was looked at as a player who would come in and take Andrei Markov’s role on the power play for Montreal. Instead Streit never found any footing with the Canadiens coaching staff and has been waived after appearing in just two games. Streit was in a similar situation with the Penguins coaching staff last spring once their group got healthy as he fell to No. 8 on the depth chart, even with Kris Letang sidelined, and the Penguins d-men struggling to move the With just a $700,000 cap hit, a team could take a flier on Streit as he can still move the puck very well but there was little interest in Streit this summer.
Two former Pittsburgh Penguins starred in the Vegas Golden Knights first ever regular season game Saturday night. James Neal scored twice and Marc Andre Fleury was brilliant in stopping 45 of 46 shots in a Golden Knights 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Fleury was under siege all night in what’s going to be a common scene all season for Vegas as they will struggle to create offense which was the case Friday. Fleury and Neal were the difference makers in spoiling Ken Hitchcock’s return behind the Stars bench.
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 »
Hockeyville 2017 Events: Sept. 6 National Anthem Contest; Sept. 21-23 includes Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event, Gala at the Cal U Convocation Center, 5K Race & Parade in North Belle Vernon and Fun Fair at Rostraver Ice Garden: WHAT: To celebrate Belle Vernon’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017 win as the country’s most passionate hockey community, the Local Organizing Committee is hosting several events leading up to the NHL® Pre-Season Game between the St. Louis Blues® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® on Sunday, Sept. 24 that is scheduled to air live on NBCSN at 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, Sept.6 The National Anthem Singing Contest has begun for an opportunity to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 24 Kraft Hockeyville USA NHL Pre-Season Game! Interested singers must be regional residents between the ages of 12 and 25 and submit an entry form and song video by Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:59Read More »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »