Latest NHL Buzz: Top decision makers leaning towards a 1-16 playoffs at neutral sites?

 

Keys on the NHL Navigating through a Great Unknown As the Coronavirus has put North America on lockdown with no end in sight, the NHL, MLB and NBA are living in a period of unknown like the rest of us are. We’re months away from sports returning and it’s going to be even longer for a complete normal way of life returning. With a vaccine several months away and experts in the medical field believing the virus may return again in the fall before a vaccine will be available, this is just such unchartered waters for professional leagues and all have to be prepared for a number of different scenarios to play out in the coming months. At the end of the day, if the professional leagues want to salvage their seasons, they’ve had to come to accept the reality that playing without fans is going to be about theRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Worrisome Trends, Dissecting Issues that need corrected fast

 

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 »

Caps dominate Pens

 

 5 – 2 (F) *Capitals with 89 pts, move 5 pts ahead of Penguins in standings *Nic Dowd 2 Goals, 1 assist *Matt Murray 23 Saves, .821 SV% *Kris Letang -4 Rtg *PIT Goals: Sidney Crosby (16), Evgeni Malkin (22, PPG)

Penguins gauging Patrick Marleau’s interest in coming to Pittsburgh

 

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

Source: Penguins make offer to Zach Bogosian

 

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.

Penguins, Habs make minor league trade

 

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. —