The Pittsburgh Penguins have asked for permission to interview Tampa Bay Lightning Assistant GM Julien BriseBois, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. BriseBois is expected to be among the first wave of candidates to interview for the job later this week. A source says Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has given a “glowing recommendation” of BriseBois to Penguins ownership. Vinik and Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle are said to be “good friends”, according to the source. Vinik is highly respected by Burkle and Mario Lemieux.
PENGUINS MONITORING D-MAN MARKET The Penguins continue to poke around on available defensemen in the wake of today’s 3:00 p.m. deadline. What type of defenseman are the Penguins looking for? Ideally they would really like to add a player who can improve the transition game with Kris Letang out but the problem is few of those guys are out there or available. The team looked into a hockey trade with the Florida Panthers for young defenseman Dmitri Kulikov but there was no traction. Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review reports New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky is on the Penguins radar but the sense is that New Jersey just two points out of the playoffs is likely to hold on to Zidlicky who is playing very well of late. Therefore, if the Penguins strike out on adding a puck mover, Pittsburgh hasn’t ruled out adding some size and a defensive minded defenseman whetherRead More »
LATEST PENS BUZZ The NHL trade freeze is lifted at midnight and it’s back to business for NHL GM’s. Four years ago at the Olympic games in Vancouver, there was perceived to have been a lot more trade discussions and trades being put into the works than at the Sochi games. The reasons being that the 2010 Olympics ended just days before the 2010 trade deadline. With the trade deadline not till March 5th, coming out of the Sochi games, the belief is the market is still a good six to seven days from really establishing as prices were sky high prior to the Olympic freeze. The Penguins wishlist has not changed. They covet a top-9 forward and would like to bolster the third line, however, their cap situation complicates things a bit. The scuttlebutt in recent days, though, is adding a top-6 defenseman is something the Penguins are notRead More »