Latest Pens Buzz: Galchenyuk’s expiring contract viewed as an asset on trade market for Penguins


Latest Pens Buzz Jim Rutherford always has his ear on trade discussions around the league, even if there’s no chance the Penguins can be a player because of their cap situation, ect, but, what the ability to dump Erik Gudbranson on the Anaheim Ducks this early in the season did is it opens the opportunity to game plan for the deadline in a much more realistic manner. Because of all of the callups and injuries, moving Gudbranson didn’t clear a straight four million off the cap for right now, but its created a couple million in cap space to put themselves in a different position than expected where Jim Rutherford is already planting seeds with other General Manager’s, sources say. As the season progresses, another dynamic to watch is using Alex Galchenyuk’s expiring contract as an asset. Will Galchenyuk’s biggest value to the Penguins this season be on the iceRead More »

Mike Smith shuts down Pens with 51-save performance


Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Saturday afternoon. While the likes of Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby were held off the scoresheet, Oilers netminder Mike Smith stole the show with 51 saves. Pittsburgh peppered Smith with 52 shots on goal and drove possession all day with an 82-43 edge in shot attempts, including a 61-26 advantage in 5-on-5 play. Yet, Pittsburgh was held to zero even strength goals on the afternoon as Pittsburgh’s lone goal came shorthanded from Brian DuMoulin.

Penguins make Dominik Kahun a healthy scratch


The return of Evgeni Malkin after 11 games to go with a full healthy lineup, saw the Penguins make winger Dominik Kahun a healthy scratch today vs the Edmonton Oilers. Kahun has 4 points in his last two games, including a three-point effort in Tuesday’s 7-1 rout of the Flyers, but Kahun continues to be look at as a weak link thus far into the season. Season Stats: 13 GP – 2 Goals – 4 Assists – 6 Pts

Evgeni Malkin several weeks ahead of schedule


When Evgeni Malkin was diagnosed with a grade-2 soft tissue h[amstring Injury earlier this month, team doctors projected a 15-20 game absence for Evgeni Malkin that prompted the team to place him on LTIR. About 12 days into the injury, another evaluation prompted fears of even a lengthier absence, some in the organization fearing Malkin would be sidelined until at least early December. Malkin, though, has put those fears to rest. With what has been described as a pain tolerance injury that could have swayed anywhere from a month to two months, Malkin has showed significant progress over the last week, even to the surprise of some, that prompted Malkin being cleared as a full participant in today’s practice. Malkin, barring a setback, is now scheduled to return to the lineup several weeks ahead of when the Penguins imagined he would be able to return. [/hide]

Latest Pens Buzz: Sidney Crosby’s reign as a top-3 player isn’t going away with age & More Buzz


Latest Penguins Buzz The Penguins on Wednesday night aced their toughest test of the season with a 3-2 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche in improving to 5-2-0 on the season. Everything about Pittsburgh’s hot play despite a rash of injuries is all about Sidney Crosby who is driving the bus in elevating the Penguins play like few superstars can. Crosby has been in complete control of the game in all three zones over the last four games and the rest of the team is just feeding off him. What we’ve seen from Crosby over the last week has been special. Getting better with age? Get used to it. If there’s a Tom Brady esque athlete in the NHL who will keep getting better with age, it’s going to be Sidney Crosby who year after year is finding ways to adapt to a faster, younger league and will continue toRead More »

Brandon Tanev 1st Penguin since Mario to score OT/SHG


Brandon Tanev (1) scored shorthanded in OT to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2-0, 10 puts) to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche (5-0-1, 11 pts) on Wednesday night. According to NHLPR, Tanev tonight become the second player in Penguins history to score a shorthanded overtime goal. The other is some guy named Mario Lemieux who did it over 23 years ago on Jan. 22, 1996.

Rumors: Penguins sought Nick Ritchie in talks for Erik Gudbranson & More Buzz


Latest Penguins Buzz Erik Gudbranson re-entered the lineup Sunday night in the Penguins 7-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets but is the writing on the wall that Gudbranson is getting a ticket out of town? Gudbranson hitting the trade block became news early last week but league sources say the Penguins started surveying the market for Gudbranson a few days prior to opening night and before Pittsburgh was ravished by injuries upfront. The trade winds have become a shock to Gudbranson and his camp as exit meetings last spring with coaches and GM Jim Rutherford had Gudbranson feeling quite secure about his role in Pittsburgh moving forward. What changed so quickly? John Marino for one. The jury is still out on whether the Penguins are greatly overvaluing Marino and trying to believe he’s something he’s not, but the front office is quite sold on Marino already in the short-term andRead More »

Cue the Rumor Mill: Gudbranson healthy scratch vs ANA?


Defenseman Erik Gudbranson who has popped up on the rumor mill this week, is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight vs the Anaheim Ducks as the Penguins will roll with a third pairing of Jack Johnson – John Marino. Gudbranson averaging 14:43 of ice time per game, has 0 points and a +2 rating in three games. Gudbranson played just 11:59 in a 4-1 loss to the Jets on Tuesday.