Inside the Numbers: Committed Salaries for the 2009-2010 Season

 

With less than 48 hours until NHL free agency begins, Ray Shero is sticking to his plan in trying to keep his championship team in tact by inking Bill Guerin and Craig Adams to new deals. With more holes to fill, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero has his work cut out for him with the limited cap space the Penguins have available. A breakdown on committed salaries for the 2009-2010 season and the latest buzz surrounding the Penguins impending free agents. Updated Penguins Free Agency Chart Centers 1. Sidney Crosby – Cap hit $8.7 million (Signed Through 2012-2013 season) 2. Evgeni Malkin – Cap Hit $8.7 million (Signed Through 2013-2014 season) 3. Jordan Staal – Cap Hit $4 million ( Signed Through 2012-2013 season) 4. Craig Adams – Cap Hit – $550,000 (Signed Through 2010-2011 season) Total Cap Hit – $21.95 million Waiting in the Wings: Dustin Jeffrey (21 yearsRead More »

Trade Watch: Pittsburgh’s interest has cooled on Frolunda’s Carl Klingberg

 

One trade to watch for on draft day could be between the Minnesota Wild and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is believed to have his eye on Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy. Fletcher values Lovejoy as one of the Penguins top five prospects and believes he is NHL ready. There is a 0% chance that Fletcher would make an offer sheet to Lovejoy but a swap of Pascal Dupuis/Ben Lovejoy for a high draft pick is a possibility, although the Wild don’t own a 2nd round pick (09) at this point. Pittsburgh is currently in talks with Lovejoy about a two year deal. Updated Penguins Free Agency Chart – New Info on Fedotenko, Draft Buzz As I mentioned last week, Pittsburgh’s interest in Frolunda’s Carl Klingberg has cooled as there are concerns that he is in no hurry to play in North America. Despite injury concerns, Pittsburgh is very high onRead More »

Pressure turns to Fleury in game 3

 

Game 2 Post-Game Notebook Unable to tie the series at 1-1, the series shifts back to Pittsburgh Tuesday night as the Penguins will be in a must win situation like they were last year. Despite only scoring two goals through the first two games of the series, the Penguins were upbeat following the game and believe this series is far from over. For the second straight night, the inability to capitalize on prime scoring chances haunted the Penguins. The chances are there for the Penguins, averaging 32 shots in two games Red Wings team speed causing Penguins problems Evaluating the first two games of the series, the most noticeable difference between the Red Wings and Penguins is the team speed that the Red Wings have. The Wings exceptional team speed gives them the ability to play their system to perfection. They close in on the opposition quickly in the neutralRead More »

Canes face must-win situation as Penguins look to take 3-0 series lead

 

Pittsburgh leads series, 2-0 The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins are going through their early preparations as both teams prepare for game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night. The Penguins accomplished what they wanted to in game 2, setting the tempo and playing aggressive in the offensive zone. Pittsburgh managed 42 shots on goal and dictated the play by countering the Hurricanes aggressive forecheck with a quick moving transition game. Canes look to shutdown Crosby, Malkin A major concern for the Hurricanes is finding a way to slow down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Hurricanes do not have the personnel to shutdown Crosby, Malkin and look for them to make some adjustments on defense such as trying to clog the middle, being aggressive at the blueline and forcing the Penguins superstars to the outside. The Canes have talked about how they are giving Crosby, Malkin too muchRead More »

Post-Game Notebook: Fleury answers the bell in Game 1

 

If game 1 is any indication, the Eastern Conference Finals will be goalie duel between Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury and Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. There has been a lot of talk going into the series that the Hurricanes hold a significant advantage in goal as Ward is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner and has never lost a playoff series. As Fleury showed in last year’s second round series against New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, he is up to the task of matching another marquee goaltender save for save. Fleury made 23 saves in Pittsburgh’s Game 1 win but it was the timely saves that garnered Fleury praise after the game. “Fleury came up with some timely saves early to settle them down and give them the opportunity to get going, and once they get going they’re a very quick team,” Ward said. “Unbelievable performance. He’s been there allRead More »

NHL: Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher emerges as Top Candidate for the Wild’s GM position

 

Afternoon Buzz The Penguins may be looking for a new assistant general manager this off-season as current Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher went through his second interview with the Minnesota Wild last Thursday and has emerged as the top candidate to replace Doug Risebrough who was fired last month. Fletcher, 41, has over 16 years of experience in the National Hockey League and is highly regarded around NHL circles. He has played a vital part in the Penguins success over the past two seasons. With a strong emphasis on moving away from the Jacques Lemaire, Doug Risebrough era of “trap hockey”, Fletcher is intriguing to Wild owner Craig Leopold as he will look to build a team that will play an uptempo-style that the Penguins are currently playing under head coach Dan Bylsma. The Wild had success under Doug Risebrough but they struggled to keep and lure free agents as talentedRead More »

Post-Game Notes: Sykora non-existent in series opener, Adams provides physical presence

 

The struggles continue for Petr Sykora who only has 6 points in his last 26 games. Analysis on Craig Adams performance, post-game reports and the latest rumblings Sykora a non-factor in series opener Petr Sykora took a hard hit on the right boards in the Penguins defensive zone on his second shift of the game, and I knew at that point, Sykora was going to be non-factor in the series opener. Sykora saw

Game 1 – Morning Skate Update: “Game Time decisions”

 

Morning Skate Update All seven defensemen alternated in the morning skate. Dan Bylsma just announced after practice that he will make a game-time decision on who sits. Eaton or Boucher will be the odd-man out tonight. Hal Gill is not under consideration to be scratched. Chris Kunitz missed the skate as his wife went into labor but he will play. Game Time decisions on Adams and Godard too but I’m hearing Bylsma is leaning towards playing Godard in game 1. It’s the time of the year where coaches aren’t going to disclose lineups in the morning skate like they do in the regular season. The Flyers just took the ice and they have one lineup change. Rookie Jared Ross will center the 4th line with Daniel Carcillo and Darroll Powe. Nodl will be scratched. Updates on Flyers morning skate and more Penguins lineup news

Penguins, Kings lineup news

 

LA Kings (30-30-10-70) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (38-26-8-84) Kings Lineup Purcell-Kopitar-Brown Frolov-Stoll-Williams Calder-Handzus-Harrold Ivanans-Armstrong-Simmonds Defensemen O’Donnell-Doughty Quincey-Johnson Greene- Drewiske Jonathan Quick will start in goal Lineup news: The LA Kings will get a much needed boost with the addition of Justin Williams who will play in his first game for the Kings tonight. Williams was traded from Carolina to LA at the trade deadline but has been injured since being dealt on March 4th. Hard hitting defenseman Denis Gauthier did not make the trip to Pittsburgh and will miss tonight’s game with a shoulder injury. Pittsburgh native John Zeiler will not be in the lineup. Pittsburgh forward Craig Adams is