Morning Pens Buzz: Shero talks Despres; Penguins scouting Av’s this week


SHERO TALKS DESPRES The right move for the Penguins it to be patient with Simon Despres whether it’s keeping Despres or waiting for the right trade that would net a long-term forward emerge. While he hasn’t become one of Dan Bylsma’s favorites, Despres has progressed over the last year and is playing dominant hockey in the American Hockey League. In a cap world, the best move is to let the Matt Niskanen’s go via free agency and replace them with young up and coming defensemen like Despres who are still cheap. In comments to the Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari, Penguins GM Ray Shero said all the right things in how the team still see’s Despres on the right path. “Where he is right now, in terms of his career, he’s in a good spot,” Shero told the PG. “In terms of the progression he’s made and his maturity, on and offRead More »

Penguins could be hard pressed to find that long-term winger for puck moving defenseman swap they covet


Penguins fans got a glimpse of the star ability Evander Kane has on Sunday afternoon. All of the tools are there and he would not only upgrade the team significantly for the present but also for several years down the road as the Penguins at somepoint have to be thinking about long-term wingers for Sidney Crosby as Chris Kunitz is no spring chicken at age 34 and with the style of game he plays. In reality, Kunitz is likely to start tailing off in the next year or two. Although, there’s been no substantive trade talks between the Penguins and Jets, Kane is the type of player that the Penguins could be tempted to offer a significant package for before the March 5th trade deadline or in the summer. Penguins scouts absolutely love Kane and top Penguins pro scout Don Waddell drafted Kane in the 2009 entry draft when heRead More »

Source: Brandon Sutter camp eyes Bozak type deal for the two-way centerman


LATEST ON NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN PENGUINS AND BRANDON SUTTER Brandon Sutter is playing the best hockey of his Penguins career and just at the right time as negotiations between the Penguins and Sutter’s reps at Newport Sports are expected to heat up in the coming weeks, according to sources close to the situation.

Takeaways & Observations: Net-front presence on goals highlight Penguins 3-1 win over Ducks


PITTSBURGH 3 – ANAHEIM 1 The Pittsburgh Penguins (13-8-0, 26 pts) got back into the win column with a 3-1 victory over a quality opponent in the Anaheim Ducks (15-6-2, 32 pts) Monday night. The Penguins are at their best when they overwhelm teams with their quick strike ability and that’s how things played out Monday night. With the game scoreless early in the third, the Penguins scored three goals in a 4:04 span, getting goals from Brian Gibbons (1), Brandon Sutter (4), and Sidney Crosby (10). Gibbons provided a spark breaking a 0-0 tie, 3:52 into the third period for his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. On the goal, Evgeni Malkin was the catalyst setting Gibbons up in front for the goal after nearly skating around the entire Ducks team in the offensive zone. “I just tried to get to the net, bang in a reboundRead More »