Worrisome Trends Continue The Pittsburgh Penguins have dropped seven of nine after a sleepless performance Saturday afternoon in a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. In a year where there looks to be real separation between division winners and wild card level teams, the Penguins continued a worrisome trend against their arch rival on a day that was a four point swing in the wrong direction for the Penguins. A concern amongst the coaching staff has long been that when the Penguins get fully healthy, the bad habits and lack of commitment to playing all three zones with structure and discipline would re-emerge. And that’s exactly played out and it’s been building for several weeks. Mike Sullivan was warning against it weeks ago as he and others all saw it coming. The Penguins winning two straight against the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres proved nothing and it was two winsRead More »
Latest Trade Deadline Buzz Jim Rutherford’s desire to add a third line level player has had the Penguins expanding their target list to as many as five to six forwards over the last 48 hours league sources say. One situation the Penguins have strongly looked at is Patrick Marleau in San Jose. The Penguins in the past couple days have been in regular contact with the Sharks and Marleau’s agent Pat Brisson
The Pittsburgh Penguins behind the scenes have put the full-court press on trying to sign defenseman Zach Bogosian, league sources say. Agent Darren Ferris told TIOPS just after puck drop of Penguins – Capitals that “Pittsburgh is a consideration” for Bogosian to sign with by Monday. Sources say the two sides have discussed a one year deal and a multi-year deal scenario. Bogosian is seeking assurances of a top-3 pairing role wherever he signs and has been in communication with the Penguins coaching staff.
Receives: F Riley Barber F Phil Varone Receives: F Joseph Blandisi F Jake Lucchini — Barber and Varone will both report to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Barber a Pittsburgh native, has recorded 13 goals and 18 assists in 39 games for Laval this season. Barber, 26, has appeared in 12 career NHL games, totaling 0 points. Varone, 29, has 4 goals and 10 assists in 27 games for Laval this season. Varone has appeared in 97 career NHL games, totaling 8 goals and 9 assists. Last season Varone appeared in 47 games with the Flyers, collecting 3 goals and 4 assists. —
Latest Trade Deadline Buzz –Scuttlebutt on the Penguins trade deadline plans — Pittsburgh for weeks has preferred to stay out of the d-man market unless a significant setback pops up between now and February 24th with Brian DuMoulin who has just begun skating and had another c[heckup] on Tuesday. Adding a defenseman on a two-way contract is in play but Pittsburgh actively trying to add a legitimate top-3 pairing or a true No. 7 defenseman hasn’t been a top priority to this point. [/hide] The focus has been on adding another veteran forward. Pittsburgh’s brass believes when fully healthy, they are one of the deepest teams in the NHL 1-12. The team remains hopeful Nick Bjugstad will return at somepoint and they’ll be getting Zach Aston-Reese back next month, but in the wake of acquiring Jason Zucker this month, the priority is being 13-14 deep with legitimate NHL forwards. DespiteRead More »