Latest Pens Buzz: Power Play Woes, GM Search kicking into high gear

 

Power Play Woes Doom Penguins’ in Loss Deserved a better fate? Maybe but these things usually even out as the Penguins have gotten some W’s so far this season when they shouldn’t have. Without three of their top-5 defensemen as Kris Letang is now on the shelf, the Penguins laid out a blueprint defensively in the first and second period of really how they need to defend whether they have a full roster or not. There were a lot of things to like in how they defended 5 vs 5. For whatever reason, the Penguins always seem to do this when they’re ravished with injuries at certain spots. A light will go off that this is how they need to play but it rarely continues when the roster gets back to full strength. Another storyline out of the loss is a little goaltender controversy is brewing with Casey DeSmith beingRead More »

Penguins – Devils postponed

 

Penguins vs Devils on 2/2 and 2/4 at PPG Paints Arena has been officially postponed this week due to a covid outbreak for the New Jersey Devils. The Devils added six players to the covid-list. Both games will be rescheduled at a later date.

Latest Pens Buzz: Penguins to hear pitches for President of Hockey Operations & More Buzz

 

Penguins to go the President of Hockey Operations Route? Adjusting to the new trends? We’ll see whether it actually transpires or not, but the Pittsburgh Penguins will go into the interview process this week with an open mind of implementing a major upheaval of the front office structure. There is a growing sense around the league that Co-Owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle will strongly consider a President of Hockey Operations structure with a desire for Team President David Morehouse, while still acting as the liaison to ownership on hockey level dealings, Some are expressing caution that this will actually play out, but it’s something being seriously mulled by Lemieux and Burkle, sources say, and that’s a good thing. That has the Penguins bringing in 3-4 candidates this week to hear pitches on this model and actually be interviewing for President of Hockey Operations, not General Manager. Multiple league sourcesRead More »

Crosby sinks Rangers in OT for 5-4 win

 

PIT 5 – NYR 4 F/OT — Sidney Crosby scored at 2:27 of OT, delivering a 5-4 Penguins overtime win. Crosby’s 4th goal of the season and 18th career overtime goal — Pierre-Olivier Joseph starred in the win with 3 assists and playing 25:58. Pittsburgh played with 5 defenseman for most of the game as Kris Letang suffered a knee injury in the first period — Kasperi Kapanen had another impact game with a goal, assist. Kapanen scored a breakaway goal at 9:42 of the second period — Jake Guentzel, Jason Zucker and Brandon Tanev also scored in the win — Yannick Weber minus-2 in 12:02 — Casey DeSmith 30 saves, .882 SV%, to improve to 3-0-0 on the season — PIT 5-3-1, 11 pts | NYR 2-4-2, 6 pts

Latest Pens Buzz: More Fallout from Rutherford’s Exit & Latest on GM Search

 

The Rutherford Fallout & Latest on the GM Search Worst kept secret around the league right now: Jim Rutherford will be laying the groundwork the next couple months to join a franchise as a President of Hockey Operations with former Penguins Assistant GM Jason Karmanos coming in as General Manager. Karmanos who was Rutherford’s top lieutenant the last couple seasons wasn’t just a puppet for Rutherford. He has been considered an up and coming name in the executive ranks and was a sleeper GM candidate in the Coyotes recent search and also spoke with the Devils for their opening last season. — There is more and more noise from those close to Rutherford that sometime around late October/early November he started to believe a mutual parting AFTER the season was more likely than not, which is a shock to many as it was always assumed Rutherford would be allowed toRead More »

Breakaway Buzz: Noise of Sidney Crosby eventually teaming up with Nathan MacKinnon (In Colorado) growing in league circles

 

TIOPS Breakaway Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* Wild Speculation surrounds Penguins Future How wild is the speculation surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins right now beyond the General Manager search? It’s pretty wild. Especially to the point where NHL executives, some top NHL Insiders are buzzing about even Sidney Crosby’s future. Yes Sidney Crosby and we’re not talking Sidney Crosby going off and playing elsewhere once his contract ends. There is legit chatter around the league that don’t think it’s a 100% guarantee Crosby will stick around for his final good to great years in a LA Kings/Chicago Blackhawks type situation. Would the ultimate company man actually end his career elsewhere? It’s been something in Pittsburgh considered unimaginable, but for a number of reasons, some tea leaves are being planted from the Crosby camp……… who is very close to Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson, doesn’t go there “There’s some really strong opinions who thinkRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Wake-Up Call, Messaging, Can Penguins alter style of play?

 

Mike Sullivan has his work cut out for himself The Pittsburgh Penguins are a fortunate 4-3-1 after eight games. That’s the good through eight games and that’s about it. The multiple what I’d call fluke come from behind wins have covered up how bad this team has played for a lot of stretches thus far. With a number of injuries on the blueline, Mike Sullivan could have taken the easy way out after the Penguins lackluster 4-1 loss to the Bruins and chalked it up to injuries. He was right not to. We’ve got to play the game the right way,” Mike Sullivan said. “That’s what I think. We’ve got to defend when it’s called upon and not just try to outscore teams. You’ve got to be harder to play against if were going to find success consistently. And we weren’t hard against tonight — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan onRead More »

Rutherford debunks Kris Letang rumor as the reason for him Quitting

 

Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appearing on the Mark Madden Show, 105.9 The X, debunked a report that ownership blocked a Kris Letang trade as being the reason he abruptly quit out of the blue. “Far-fetched,” Rutherford told Mark Madden. “Never tried to trade those guys. I’ve said few times I think Crosby, Malkin and Letang should play whole career here…… Wish there was cap space….say same thing about Marc Andre Fleury.” Rutherford provided no new details on what led to the decision but did say “what happened had nothing to do with a player on the roster.”