Rumors: New suitor emerging for Fleury?

 

Penguins – Blue Jackets Fallout The most important takeaway out of the Penguins 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets is an obvious one. Pittsburgh and Columbus have elite starting goaltenders in Matt Murray and Sergei Bobrovsky. Those two going head-to-head would be fun in April. Nothing else should be taken out of last night’s game that gives a glimpse of what to expect in a seven game series if these two clubs are indeed on a collision course to a first round matchup, and let’s hope they are because Rangers – Penguins is getting quite boring. Pittsburgh missing two top-9 forwards, in addition to Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta, this was a well earned point, coming off a physical game the night before. Shots were 39-39 with Pittsburgh having a 61-60 edge in 5 v 5 shot attempts. Columbus poses a potential challenge to the Penguins and howRead More »

Impact of Olli Maatta Injury on the Penguins Trade Front

 

The Olli Maatta injury that will likely knock him out for the rest of the regular season has a lot of different dynamics at play. 1. For one, the Penguins were already floating him in trade talks, most notably to the Avalanche as a center piece in talks for Matt Duchene, and had made him available to a few other specific teams, sources have said. 2. The Penguins have also been looking hard at defensemen on the market, Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulkiov among them, who even prior to the Maatta injury, wouldn’t have been coming in to sit in the press box. From a cap standpoint, the injury could make Jim Rutherford even more aggressive and dangerous on the trade market. The Penguins will have the primary option to place Maatta on LTIR, use the cap space to make an addition and then re-activate Maatta for the playoffs where there’s noRead More »

Pens – Jets Fallout: Sidney Crosby’s Special Night, Reality of Fleury Situation

 

Sidney Crosby had 110 players help him become the 86th player in NHL history with 1,000 points. Crosby’s first NHL point was on a primary assist in setting up Mark Recchi for a power play goal against the New Jersey Devils on October 5, 2005. His 1,000th point would come on February 16, 2016 with a primary assist on a Chris Kunitz goal. It was fitting Kunitz would play a part in Crosby’s 1,000th point. There hasn’t been a player over the years who Crosby loves playing with more as a linemate than Kunitz who has factored into 185 of Crosby’s points on his journey to 1,000. On a special night for Crosby, it was also fitting his night would be capped off by scoring the overtime winner on a setup from Evgeni Malkin. As Crosby and Malkin have formed arguably the best 1-2 center combo over the last 8-9 years, en route to multipleRead More »

Penguins – Avs Trade Buzz; Untouchable prospects?

 

Latest Pens Buzz [1. 1,000 for Sid?] [2. Jets better than record says] [3. Fehr back in] [4. Sheary back next week?] [5. Guentzel off limits, Sprong in play?] 1,000 Tonight for 87? The Penguins are 43-11-3 all-time vs the Jets franchise with a Goals For/Goals Against differential of 213-145. The Last time the Jets/Thrashers franchise won a game in Pittsburgh was December 27, 2006. The Penguins have won 15 straight vs the Jets in Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby has 15 goals and 32 assists in his career vs the Jets, averaging over 1.55 points per game in his career vs the Jets. Jets a talented hockey club The Penguins will get to see Patrik Laine for the first time this season. No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews and Laine the No. 2 overall pick, are in the top-5 in goals this season. Laine has an Alexander Ovechkin type release thatRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Trade Talks beyond a rental type deal brewing between Pens, Sabres?

 

Latest Penguins Buzz [1. Pens, Sabres talking more than just Kulikov?] [2.Yakupov available for a 6th rounder] [3. Rust Latest] [4. Julien lands massive deal] [5. Fleury drops on trade bait list] Multi-player deal being mulled? Is there more than just a potential rental trade acquisition brewing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres?

Penguins – Canucks Fallout: Malkin’s Dominance; Heavy Pens presence at Avs game

 

Penguins Getting a great season from Evgeni Malkin The Penguins won a Stanley Cup last season with Evgeni Malkin being very pedestrian offensively and with his body breaking down late in seasons, he played with a bad elbow injury last spring and played injured during the 2015 post-season, it was natural that there were questions even during the Penguins playoff run about how many great seasons if any he still had in him set to enter his 30’s. Outside of Pittsburgh, there was chatter among league executives this past summer who were certain that if the Tampa Bay Lightning would have knocked off the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals after going up 3-2, a blow up was going to happen in Pittsburgh and Malkin would have been moved with the Panthers a likely landing spot, others had said Montreal. All of that talk is for nothing now. What theRead More »

Scouts Buzz: Rangers – Penguins Part IV?

 

Penguins – Rangers Part IV? The New York Rangers pushed their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. With the win, New York, Columbus and Pittsburgh all sit with 75 points entering Tuesday’s action. Throwing out what the point totals might say, what most coaches and scouts all seem to be in agreement of — the Eastern Conference is the Washington Capitals/Pittsburgh Penguins and then everyone else. — Be careful what you wish for: Rangers’ sixth straight win might not be cause to celebrate https://t.co/YXpNzrs9ZX via @nypostsports — Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 14, 2017 The Rangers best path for a deep playoff run is surely going to be earning the top wild-card and going through the Atlantic. The Penguins internally believe the Rangers pose a slightly tougher matchup this season than last but there’s only one team they worry aboutRead More »

Penguins Prospect Watch: Sprong, Blueger, Sundqvist

 

Trending Up/Trending Down Trending Up: Daniel Sprong was named the QMJHL First Star of the Week. In two games, Sprong had 5 goals and 1 assist and a plus-5 rating to earn the honors. Sprong has been on a tear of late, with 9 goals and 7 assists in his last six games. That’s expected production for a skilled junior player like Sprong who turns 20 in March. 2016-2017 Stats: 25 GP – 15 Goals – 16 Assists – 31 Points – -14 

Latest NHL Buzz: Therrien/Canadiens; More Duchene Talk

 

Latest NHL Buzz   Is Michel Therrien on thin ice? The Montreal Canadiens have four wins in their last 14 games and have lost six of seven after a 4-0 loss to the Bruins last night. The team just can’t flat out score lately and when Carey Price is saying the team has lost their identity, there’s some deeper issues going on. Price having a save percentage under .890 over his last 14 starts isn’t helping things but as the Canadiens enter their bye week, the pitch forks are out for Michel Therrien. Therrien lost his job with the Penguins in February of 2009 due to circumstances when the Penguins had lost their identity but a big difference here is the Canadiens are in first place (for now), Pittsburgh was out of the playoff picture at the time, and Therrien has a major supporter in GM Marc Bergevin who someRead More »

Penguins – Coyotes Fallout: Stars scouted Fleury’s performance

 

Penguins – Coyotes Fallout Hanzal to the Capitals? — The Washington Capitals are the NHL’s best team and may not feel the need to pay the premium it would take to acquire Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, but they should take a good look at the tape from last night in the problems Hanzal gave the Penguins with his size and strength down the middle. Hanzal would drive Penguins nuts in a potential seven game series and create type of matchup problems in the bottom-6 Washington didn’t pose to Pittsburgh last spring. “He was a monster for us tonight,” Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith said of Hanzal. Archibald Shines, PK Usage — Josh Archibald has the makings of being the perfect 4th line player in Mike Sullivan’s system with his skating ability and tenaciousness on the forecheck, while also being able to make a skilled play.  Scouts outside of Pittsburgh have beenRead More »