The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Gregg McKegg on waivers today. McKegg has appeared in 26 games, collecting 2 goals and 2 assists. A bright spot early in the season, McKegg has fallen behind Riley Sheahan and Carter Rowney on the center depth chart and Pittsburgh has to make a decision on what they want to do with Josh Archibald who is on a conditioning assignment in Wilkes Barre.
Penguins 5 – Sabres 1 — The Pittsburgh Penguins (15-10-3, 33 pts) continued their winning ways with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres (6-17-4, 16 pts) on Saturday night, completing a sweep of the home-and-home series — Scoring Summary 1st Period 18:44 Evgeni Malkin (8) Assists: Jake Guentzel, Olli Maatta 2nd Period 5:36 Carl Hagelin (2) Assists: Bryan Rust, Riley Sheahan 19:00 Patric Hornqvist (10, PPG) Assists: Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang 3rd Period BUF 11:18 Jason Pominville (7) Assists: Jack Eichel, Evander Kane 13:14 Phil Kessel (12) Assist: Evgeni Malkin PIT 18:58 Sidney Crosby (12) Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Kris Letang — .937 Penguins netminder Tristan Jarry stoned the Sabres again and stopped 32 of 33 shots as Jarry almost became the Penguins first rookie goaltender to post consecutive shutouts. Jason Pominville ruined Jarry’s shutout bid at 11:18 of the third period. Jarry is 4-0-0 on the season in sixRead More »
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said during his pre-game media session the team will start Tristan Jarry tonight in a back-to-back situation. With the way the AHL schedule runs, starting a back-to-back is nothing new for Jarry, though, it will obviously be his first back-to-back start in the NHL. Riding a 34-save shutout Friday night from Jarry, the Penguins are aiming for a fourth straight win tonight vs the lowly Sabres.
Penguins 4 – Sabres 0 While Tristan Jarry posted a 34-save shutout and was locked in all night, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night toyed with the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-0 win in the first game of a home-and-home situation. Pittsburgh’s high-end talent made the Sabres as a whole look like the Penguins were playing a scrimmage game against an AHL team. The Arizona Coyotes get labeled as the ‘AHL’ Coyotes by some and it might be time to stamp the same label on the Sabres. “It’s quite embarrassing,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said of the Sabres who have lost 10 of 11 and are a team that looks like a train-wreck in their own end. “We’re playing a backup goaltender and we didn’t take advantage of that tonight.” With how quickly Terry Pegula fires coaches and executives, Jason Botterill and Phil Housley might not make it to Christmas.Read More »
While the Penguins are trying to downplay the Ian Cole rumors, the Penguins have had trade inquires with a sizeable group of teams and the Ian Cole camp remains in discussions with other clubs to potentially facilitate a deal and a possible extension: Therefore, the rumors are not going away anytime soon. Here’s the Latest Industry Chatter on a notable group of teams involved and names Penguins are and would likely seek in a deal: Colorado Avalanche A league source says the Ian Cole camp has had had deep talks with the Colorado Avalanche (there’s a strong relationship between the Avs brass and Cole’s agency) in the past 48 hours about Cole and it’s one potential destination that could be a sign and trade scenario for Cole. Interest from Colorado in trading for Cole and signing him long-term is significant. However, is there a trade match for Pittsburgh? Talk inRead More »
Matt Murray’s durability is starting to get questioned, at least when it comes to National Pundits. Matt Larkin of the Hockey News wrote a piece on Tuesday saying Murray’s health has become a long-term concern and even suggests that Tristan Jarry could come in and run with an opportunity to spark a goaltending controversy. Larkin writes: [Including the latest one sustained Monday night, that’s five injuries for Murray in the past 19 months. Three of them are serious, assuming the latest one has a long-term diagnosis, which appears to be the case given how much trouble Murray had leaving the ice. Even if Murray has the world’s worst luck, it doesn’t change the fact these things keep happening to him. He’s been open about his struggles to beef up his 6-foot-4, 178-pound frame, and it’s time to ask whether that lack of body mass has made him brittle. There’s noRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins are an organization that is seeking a third straight Stanley Cup. A win-now organization, they could care less that they could lose Ian Cole for nothing at the end of the season. Where the reporting on Cole in the past day has gotten mixed up was reports that the Penguins are driving the bus and have scratched him to protect the asset. That is not the reality of the situation. For starters, PIT will be looking for a healthy return on Cole, likely a quality centre. Not easy to come by. I don’t believe Cole is being scratched “to protect the asset for trade” as much as the coach doesn’t want to play him at a this time. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2017 What has played out is that after being a healthy scratch on Friday and Saturday vs Boston and Tampa Bay, Cole’s representativesRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a slew of problems right now with their play/roster and those issues will only be magnified if Matt Murray has any sort of a lengthy injury. Murray left tonight’s game vs the Philadelphia Flyers in visible pain after getting his leg slammed into by Jacob Voracek. Murray needed assistance to the locker room and did not return. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said after the game that Murray obviously has a lower body injury and will undergo further evaluation on Tuesday. Sullivan expects more answers tomorrow. Tristan Jarry earned his second career NHL win in relief tonight, stopping six of eight shots. “If Guentzel stars, Crosby nets OT Winner in 5-4 win over Flyers Another inconsistent night from the Penguins but a second straight 5-goal effort. Pittsburgh trailed 3-1 heading into the third period without their No. 1 netminder and rallied with third period goals fromRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins pending trade of Ian Cole further brings into question about the Penguins defensive depth and the quality of defensemen they have on the backend. The organizational depth is extremely thin as is and moving Cole without an impact defenseman coming back the other way puts the microscope even more on Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel who are truly more of No. 7 type NHL defensemen then No. 5 types they are regarded by the Penguins’ coaching staff. While the Penguins are not locked into that they have to acquire a legitimate top-3 pairing back in any Cole deal, the team has been exploring deals for a defenseman separate from a Cole transaction.