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The Minnesota Wild are being patient with Marian Gaborik but privately they have begun targeting potential trade partners. At least 6 teams have made inquiries.Check out the NHL Chart for the latest The Rangers have been shopping Petr Prucha with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers showing interest. San Jose Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren has cleared waivers. McLaren‚Äôs agent approached the Tampa Bay Lighting, Phoenix Coyotes, St.Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers to gauge interest in his client. Two others teams have expressed interest. There’s a strong chance that McLaren will be traded The New Jersey Devils are not as gung-ho to re-sign Brian Gionta as some may think. The Devils are ‚Äúvery‚Äù interested in Marian Gaborik, according to a source

Penguins re-assign two, waive Taffe

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Janne Pesonen and goaltender John Curry to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. The Penguins are now at the 23-man roster limit heading into Saturday’s home opener against New Jersey at Mellon Arena. The Penguins have also waived forward Jeff Taffe The Penguins resume practice today at 11:00 a.m.

News and Notes

 

The Penguins arrived in Pittsburgh around midnight and had the day off today. The Penguins will resume practice tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Some notable players including Peter Schaefer and Kyle Mclaren have hit the waiver wire but indications are the Penguins will stand pat and not make any moves. The Penguins are pleased with the play of the team and don‚Äôt seem worried about the power play going 1-14. There has been a bit of a spin game, with a lot of insiders speaking very highly of the Senators, saying they are a much better team than last year. ‚ÄúThe ice was awful and the team is still trying to find its continuity with Sergei Gonchar sidelined has been a common theme.‚Äù The overall assumption appears to be playing in Stockholm was a great experience but it was like the Penguins played two preseason games. According to a sourceRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz

 

Expect a lot of different line combinations the next couple weeks. Therrien may even look into splitting up Staal and Malkin if he doesn’t find the right combination for Crosby. Pascal Dupuis could be on the verge of falling to the fourth line, according to a source. Some insiders I’ve talked to seem a bit worried about Miroslav Satan and don’t see him being much more than a 17-20 goal scorer. The biggest concern has been the lack of velocity on his shot according to a source. It is still early Last week a source told me a Penguins scout has been urging Ray Shero

Heatley’s two goals power Senators to 3-1 win

 

Ottawa 3 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa Senators RW Dany Heatley scored two power play goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goaltending was strong in this game as Senators G Alex Auld made 30 saves and was on the verge of a shutout until rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski scored his 1st career NHL goal with 1.1 seconds left in the third period. Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury played well enough for the Penguins to win but the Ottawa Senators won the special teams game scoring two power play goals. The Penguins power play continues to struggle without D Sergei Gonchar. The Penguins went 1-for-7 on the day and finished the weekend 1-14. Down 1-0 going into the third period, Penguins head coach Michel Therrien switched his lines up playing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together which has been a common theme whenRead More »

Sydor, Taffe out: Goligoski and Thomas In

 

Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0) vs Ottawa Senators (0-1) (2:38 ET) Lineup Fedotenko – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Thomas – Godard D-Pairs Orpik – Letang Gill – Scuderi Goligoski – Eaton Starting Goalie: Marc Andre Fleury Quick Hits Jeff Taffe struggled yesterday which has opened up the door for Bill Thomas to enter the lineup. Thomas will play center. Daryl Sydor will be a healthy scratch. Petr Sykora will still be sidelined with a groin injury. Alex Auld will start in goal for the Senators

Kennedy’s OT winner leads Penguins to 4-3 win

 

Pittsburgh 4 ‚Äì Ottawa 3 Tyler Kennedy signed a two year extension eight days ago and he rewarded the Penguins front office this afternoon scoring two goals including the OT winner. Kennedy has been among the Penguins top performers in training camp and moved up to the 2nd line with Petr Sykora out of the lineup. Kennedy got the Penguins on the board 38 seconds into the game and the Penguins controlled the play for the first ten minutes of the game. Kennedy‚Äôs first goal of the season with his first in 29 games dating back to last season. Down 1-0 the Senators picked up the physical play and tied the game at 1-1 when Shean Donovan (1) scored with (Assists: Dean McAmmond, Filip Kuba). Pittsburgh had chances in the first period to get up early on the Senators but they struggled on the power play going 0-5 Head coachRead More »