The Pittsburgh Penguins made a late night trade in acquiring forward Joseph Blandisi from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Derek Grant. Blandisi on a 2-way contract ($680k cap hit) will be an RFA at seasons end. The 24 year old forward has 23 points (8G-15A) in 27 games with AHL San Diego. Blandisi a sixth round pick in the 2012 draft, has 26 points (8G-18A) in 74 career NHL games. The Penguins say Blandisi will join the team in Arizona. Blandisi has played in just 6 NHL games (0 pts) since the start of the 2017-2018 season.
Elliotte Friedman’s Latest on the Penguins In his latest 31 Thoughts segment, NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman a few Penguin related notes. Not much newsworthy except a new one was San Jose being a possibility for Derick Brassard. “4. The list is longer, but Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are among those interested in Micheal Ferland. 5. He’s looking for a better fit down the middle behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Derick Brassard’s going to get a new home. Remember, Winnipeg liked him last year, but he resisted. If the Jets want to try again, that won’t be a problem. Columbus also makes sense, possibly San Jose.”
How bad are both sides ready to move on? A team source confirms the Penguins have been informed by the Derick Brassard camp over the last couple days that they won’t block a trade to any teams on their no trade list, a list that is mostly Canadian teams. This was an issue for Ottawa last year as a trade was blocked to WPG by Brassard and would now put teams like EDM, WPG in play. Brassard is hoping for a trade to Columbus, sources continue to indicate.
Sharks overwhelm the Penguins in all three zones The San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins might only be separated by seven points in the standings, but that club in San Jose in a step above Pittsburgh in how they’re built and how much pace they play with. Watching San Jose and Pittsburgh last night, it felt like a reversal from 2016. This time San Jose is the club that comes at you in waves and with speed in all three zones that is just on another level. San Jose pushed the pace all night, baited Pittsburgh into trying to play a track meet and the Penguins couldn’t match the Sharks in any area of the rink. “I thought we got outplayed. We got outplayed in every area of the rink,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. We weren’t good enough. We lost the puck battles.” San Jose was excellent at usingRead More »
Matt Murray posted his second straight sub-.900 start. Stopping 24 of 28 shots (.857 sv%), it was Murray’s first loss in 10 starts. Murray was better than his numbers may indicate. His side-to-side movement was strong and had to be as the Sharks peppered the Penguins with odd-man rushes and created a ton of offense with speed inside the circles where Murray’s quickness was tested. San Jose was + 16 in scoring chances and + 8 in high danger chances.
Few Penguins showed up in a 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Among those who did come to play was Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby and not much more beyond those two. Letang scored a dazzling backhand goal in the first period, walking a flat-footed Erik Karlsson and beating Martin Jones top shelf for his 11th of the season and 39th point. Vs SJ: Goal (11), 26:10 TOI, 42 CF%
Tidbits from TSN’s Insider Trading Tuesday Evening Sergei Bobrovsky: Contrary to reports, Bobrovsky’s agent in the summer informed the Blue Jackets that Bobrovsky would not resign with CBJ and gave the team a list of teams he’d be willing to waive his NTC for. Derick Brassard: “Jim Rutherford is listening to interest. “Expectation is he [Derick Brassard] will get traded,” TSN’s Darren Dreger said. Jakob Silfverberg: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Ducks GM Bob Murray see’s Silfverberg as the solution not the problem and as other reports have indicated, Murray plans to try to resign him before the deadline.
Penguins eyeing forward for forward swap? Jim Rutherford has gone public again in comments about Derick Brassard in stating the obvious that Brassard is underperforming. Rutherford often speaks off the cuff but he’s also calculated in trying to get messages out. However, it’s reached the point where how does it do Brassard or the team any good at this point to go public that he’s performing well below expectations? Enough messages through the media and to the player have already been sent. The Penguins always planned to get through December before deciding which direction they wanted to go with Brassard and the decision’s been made over the last week or so to aggressively engage in trade scenario’s. Pittsburgh is evaluating situations to move Brassard for a draft pick to open up salary cap space that would be connected to a separate move, and are kicking around a forward for forwardRead More »
Long-term Concern or just a short-term bad habit? The Penguins allowed their league-leading 10th shorthanded goal in Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Shorthanded Goals Allowed: 2018-2019 Season: 10 in 45 games 2017-2018 Season: 3 in 82 Games 2016-2017 Season: 7 in 82 Games 2015-2016 Season: 5 in 82 Games Frustrations from Mike Sullivan are mounting and for good reason as this is nothing more than just laziness with the puck from the power play unit. Industry buzz is Pittsburgh initially built a package around