The Latest on Sykora, Bouwmeester, Zetterberg and Shanahan


Sykora would like to re-sign with Pittsburgh Dave Molinari reports on the status of Penguins right winger Petr Sykora who will be a UFA following the season. Sykora has made it known he would like to stay but he will have to decide whether taking a bit of a home town discount to stay with the Penguins is worth it. Sykora may have to settle for a two year deal with the Penguins. Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, that Sykora could command a 3 yr deal worth $11-$12 million on the open market. Talks with Zetterberg at an impasse? The Detroit Red Wings felt going into training camp that negotiations with star forward Henrik Zetterberg would be a lot easier than they currently are. The Red Wings were hopeful that Zetterberg would take a slight discount like Pavel Datsyuk did but that is not the case. The Wings cannot moveRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz


Max Talbot played well yesterday alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Talbot has yet to find his role this season and is a team leading -14. The Penguins need him to play at the level he did yesterday but Talbot is suited for third line duty just like Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy are. You can‚Äôt turn role players into top 6 forwards. The coaching staff has been very brief in their reasoning why Alex Goligoski continues to be a frequent scratch. It’s believed they see him as a liability in the defensive zone but it’s kind of hard to go on that assumption when the team continues to struggle in the defensive zone and giving up four or more goals per game on a consistent basis. Ryan Whitney is a -9 in 10 games this season. The Atlanta Thrashers have received a lot of calls about Colby Armstrong butRead More »

Money should have been spent more wisely in the off-season


The coaching staff is taking a lot of blame right now and they should but General Manager Ray Shero deserves just as much if not more of the blame. You can‚Äôt blame Shero for not resigning Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa but he failed to bring in the right kind of personnel this season. Pittsburgh was one of the toughest teams in the league last year and they could play any kind of game. This year they may be one of the softest teams in the league. Right now they have too many perimeter players. It has been a common theme this season that the Penguins can‚Äôt win battles and they don‚Äôt do the little things like driving to the net. They don‚Äôt have a Mike Knuble type of player who can cause havoc in front of the net. They need to watch the tape from Saturday‚Äôs game and seeRead More »

Penguins fall to Avalanche 5-3


The Penguins woes continue as they lost to the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center. Today‚Äôs loss is the Penguins seventh in eight games and the team fell to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Florida beat the Atlanta Thrashers 8-4 this afternoon to move two points ahead of the Penguins for 9th place in the East. Head coach Michel Therrien tried to jump start the Penguins offensive attack today, reuniting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line. The move paid off as Crosby and Malkin each had a goals and assist but the Penguins struggled in their defensive zone again and Dany Sabourin didn‚Äôt do enough to give the Penguins a chance to win. Sabourin who made 21 saves on 25 shots, was pulled after the second period. Sabourin has lost his past six games. Jordan Staal added a shorthanded goal in the thirdRead More »

NHL: Jagr Interview: “I want to pay Mario back because he has made me what I am”


Here’s an interest interview from the Hockey News that will catch the attention of Penguins fans. Former Pittsburgh Penguins super star Jaromir Jagr said he has no designs on returning to the NHL in the short term, but if he ever did return he would be happy to go back to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play for his former idol, Mario Lemieux. ‚ÄúI was thinking about it and if Mario would call me and say, ‚ÄòI‚Äôd like you to play for our team,‚Äô I would think about it a lot,‚Äù Jagr said in a telephone interview from Moscow where the Kontinental League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game outdoors at Red Square Saturday. ‚ÄúI would play for the minimum salary. I would play for $350,000 just for him because I owe him my hockey life. I want to pay him back because he has made me what I am‚Ķbesides myRead More »

Penguins recall Chris Minard/ Fedotenko placed on IR; Out 4-6 weeks


The Penguins have recalled forward Chris Minard. Minard has appeared in five games this season and this will be his third call up of the season. Minard leads the AHL with 26 goals and is tied for second with 41 points Defenseman Kris Letang has been selected to play in the future stars game As expected Ruslan Fedotenko has been placed on IR and will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. The Latest Penguins Buzz The most disturbing thing during the Penguins last losing steak is the teams they are losing to. Just in the past week they lost to Florida who was on a four game losing streak, New York who came into Monday‚Äôs game with one win in their last five and Nashville who came into the game on a five game losing streak. The Penguins are 6-12-1 in their last 19 games. While the pressure isRead More »

Penguins woes continue, fall to Predators 5-3


The Nashville Predators scored five unanswered goals as the Predators beat the Penguins 5-3 Thursday night. The Penguins lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 20-18-4 on the season. The Penguins jumped out to a early 3-0 lead behind goals from Petr Sykora, Jordan Staal and Max Talbot but the Predators scored three goals in the second period to tie the game at 3-3 and added two more in the third to hand the Penguins another loss. Martin Erat, David Legwand, Jerred Smithson, Ryan Suter and Greg Zanon scored for the Predators. Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 30 saves. The Penguins were outshot 35-25 and didn’t get their first shot of the game until 13:13 of the first period and during the second period were outshot 17-5. Gill a healthy scratch again: Defenseman Hal Gill was a healthy scratch for third consecutive game. PittsburghRead More »

Staal gets the $4 million a year that he was seeking


During the summer when the Penguins and Jordan Staal began contract negotiations Staal was seeking a R.J. Umberger (4yrs – $15 million) type of deal. Staal and his agent Paul Krepelka won out today as the Penguins signed Staal to a 4 year – $16 million deal. During the summer the Penguins initial offer was 4 years – $13.5 which was declined and the two sides began working off of that deal. Recently talks centered around a 2-3 year deal with the Penguins offer in the $3.3 million range and it appeared Staal would sign a short term deal but Staal‚Äôs camp countered with a four year deal. Krepelka who represents Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal used the same ploy with Staal that he used with Whitney. During the Whitney negotiations Krepelka made it known that three teams were going to make an offer sheet to Whitney. The Penguins wentRead More »

Morning Buzz


The Penguins snapped their five game losing streak on Tuesday and travel to Nashville today to face off against the Predators Thursday night. The Predators 17 ‚Äì 19 ‚Äì 3 are currently 14th in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Predators are struggling to score goals as forward J.P. Dumont leads the Preds in scoring with 32 points. The Penguins end the half way point at 20-17-4 and are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with 44 points. Eastern Conference Standings 1. Boston ‚Äì 62 points 2. Washington ‚Äì 57 points 3. Philadelphia ‚Äì 51 points 4. New York Rangers 51 points 5. Montreal ‚Äì 50 points 6. New Jersey ‚Äì 49 points 7. Carolina ‚Äì 47 points 8. Buffalo ‚Äì 45 points 9. Pittsburgh ‚Äì 44 points 10. Florida 42 points Washington is quietly moving up the standings and is within striking distance of the Boston Bruins. ItRead More »