Latest Penguins Rumors: Sharp identified as a top target, Jiri Hudler linked to Pens?


LATEST PENGUINS RUMORS Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has identified Patrick Sharp as a top trade target, multiple sources have confirmed over the last 48 hours, and with the General Managers gathered in Las Vegas today, it’s been expected that trade talks for Sharp would start hitting the serious stages in the next 24-48 hours. Hearing Stars, Penguins and Panthers are teams most interested in #Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp. Asking price still too high. — Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 24, 2015 Blackhawks reporter Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports the Penguins, Panthers and Stars are the teams expressing the most interest at this point. Rutherford is looking to make a serious play for Sharp and his very close relationship to Sharps agent Rick Curran likely won’t hurt in the process. Dallas and Florida, though, are two ideal destinations for Sharp, while the Capitals who pursued Sharp at the deadline have beenRead More »

The Ice Report: Therrien/NJD Update: Sharp staying put


The Latest Coaching Buzz Two coaching vacancys have been occupied in a matter of 24 hours as Guy Boucher declined an offer to become the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach, which was first reported by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. The reason for turning down the Blue Jackets’ offer became clear hours later as reports out of Montreal indicated that Boucher accepted the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two vacancy’s now remain in New Jersey and Atlanta. Boston Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay remains the front runner in Atlanta. In New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello continues to indicate to the New Jersey media that he has not offered the head coaching position to anyone but sources close to Michel Therrien told me over the weekend that Therrien has been in discussions with New Jersey officials. On May 26, I learned that Therrien emerged as the front runner forRead More »

Blackhawks, Penguins take similar paths; opposite philosophies


By Paul Ladewski Chicago – The reassignment of former Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon came as no surprise to those that had monitored the situation closely. As far back as the final months of the 2008-09 campaign, there were signs that the organization had begun to groom assistant general manager Stan Bowman for the position. It was only a matter of time before Stan joined his famous father Scotty as the brains of the operation, and when one considers their salary-cap situation, the move wasn’t without cause. The Blackhawks have followed a similar path taken by the Penguins in recent years, as both rebuilt their teams around talent selected early in the draft order. Whereas the Penguins chose to build down the middle, however, the Blackhawks made