Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is officially listed as day-to-day after blocking a Marco Scandella shot in Saturday’s 3-2 preseason loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Crosby did not practice on Sunday but all signs are of him being ready to go for the season opener. “His status is encouraging,” said Mike Sullivan said. MORE BUZZ *Bryan Rust is still being evaluated, per Sullivan. There were fears in the organization last night that Rust could be looking at a multiple weeks absence, per sources. *Alex Galchenyuk did not skate today. His status is in doubt for opening night *Adam Johnson has been re-assigned to WBS
Did the Penguins come out of their preseason finale, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, in a costly manner? Sidney Crosby who was expected to play the whole game, did not play after the first period and it wasn’t because of the festivities for Crosby last night in getting his jersey retired by Rimouski.
The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday reduced their camp roster to 27 players. 17 Players were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton including Kasper Bjorkqvist, Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Thomas DiPauli, Sam Lafferty, Ryan Haggerty and David Warsofsky. Warsofsky, DiPauli, and Ryan Haggerty are among six players who have to clear waivers to join WBS. The headliners of today’s cuts were 2019 1st round pick Sam Poulin and 2019 3rd round pick Nathan Legare who were assigned to their junior teams. Poulin had some nice moments in camp, he fit the scouting report to a ‘T’ in being hard to play against, got to loose pucks well, but the ability to create offense is nowhere near ready to pushing for NHL time. His ETA to the NHL has always been 3-4 years and nothing in this camp suggested that won’t be the case. Legare who can already shoot the puck at an NHL level, made aRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins today signed forward Nathan Legare to a three year entry level contract, leaving the door open for a possible nine-game window to open the season in Pittsburgh. Legare the 74th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has been a camp standout thus far in flashing a high-end skilled game where he has excelled in creating offense during practice sessions and the exhibition season. The 18 year old has 2 goals and 1 assist in two exhibition games, including a 2 goal performance vs the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. “Nate has had a really strong training camp thus far,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said in a released statement. “We’ve been impressed with his offensive instincts and his overall approach to the game. We’re thrilled to get him signed.”
Penguins Training Camp Buzz Day 1 Penguins Top Line on Day 1 of Camp: Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Dominik Kahun The Penguins brass in studying film on Dominik Kahun prior to and after acquiring Kahun is a belief he has the offensive instincts to play with top-line players and be a complementary piece. Kahun who produced 11 goals and 22 assists during 5 vs 5 play with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, played over 400 minutes with Jonathan Toews in 2018-2019 “Dominik is a guy that has really good offensive instincts,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said today. “He’s elusive, really quick, he’s good in tight spaces. We thought we’d try him with Sid and Jake and that’s where those guys excel.” Kahun’s chances of actually starting the season on Sidney Crosby’s line will come down to the comfort level Crosby will have in Kahun. Crosby puts aRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Marcus Pettersson to a one-year contract worth $874,125. The Penguins desire this summer to do a long-term contract (4 years) with the 23 year old Pettersson was eventually scraped due to the inability to clear enough cap space. Pettersson will be eligible to sign an extension on January 1, 2020 where both sides anticipate reaching a long-term deal. “Marcus is a smart, reliable defenseman who improved our defensive corps after coming over from Anaheim last year,” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford in a released statement. “We are fortunate to have a good, young defenseman of his caliber in our top-six.”
(Photo: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Penguins report to training camp on Friday, which means the start of multiple feel good puff stories. There will be a ton of hot takes ‘so and so is in the best shape of his life’ ‘Alex Galchenyuk is going to score 50 goals playing with Evgeni Malkin’ We’ll probably even see an article emerge by Sunday night from someone that ‘Jack Johnson is having a great camp and is going to be a ‘Norris Trophy Candidate’ On a serious note, Evgeni Malkin is the hottest topic as the Penguins are just days away from hitting the ice. There’s been a strong consensus from scouts I’ve talked with this summer when breaking down the Penguins roster that it’s a roster evaluators look at as a one-round type of team where Malkin will be the biggest X-factor on whether Pittsburgh re-emerges as a legitimate Stanley CupRead More »
In an expected move, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Mike Vellucci has been named general manager of the WBS Penguins, the Penguins announced this afternoon. Vellucci, 52, will now serve as the head coach and General Manager of the WBS Penguins. “Mike has experience and success in being a general manager and coach,” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford in a released statement. “We are fortunate to have someone that can handle both duties.” The Penguins plan all along has been to replace Bill Guerin internally, at least for the 2019-2020 season.
Latest Pens Buzz TIOPS STORYLINES *Replacing what Guerin brought to table not easy task *Kessel’s ‘steep’ 5vs5 Regression Penguins bought into *Another season of around 18 ESP for Galchenyuk would be a disaster for PIT *Scouts Buzz on Penguins Depth, Onus on Evgeni Malkin shouldering heavy load 1. Based on the chatter, the Minnesota Wild naming Bill Guerin General Manager this week didn’t catch many by surprise, but when this job immediately opened up, NHL executives were certain the Wild wouldn’t go the ‘No’ General Manager experience route again. And that was believed to be the Wild’s thinking going into this and it says a lot of how Guerin went in and won this job with the Wild’s owner citing Guerin having that “IT” factor. As mentioned before, Guerin’s ability to command a room, communicate at all levels was a big drawing point for him being named General Manager andRead More »