Inside Look at the Pittsburgh Penguins


Penguins fall to Devils 2-1 The most glaring stat of last night‚Äôs loss was the Penguins were outshot 49-15 by the New Jersey Devils. The Devils controlled the play, won loose pucks and they were the more physical team. Michel Therrien said it best last night when he said his team ‚Äúdidn‚Äôt work‚Äù. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was phenomenal and nearly stole two points away from the Devils if it wasn‚Äôt for a fluke goal off of Hal Gill’s skate. A concern for me was the Devils were the faster team. They showed a lot more team speed than the Penguins did Saturday night. The Penguins power play is now 2-18 on the season after going 1-4 against the Devils Miroslav Satan played his best game in a Penguins uniform (including the preseason). He was moving his feet well and he was creating plays in the neutral zone. Satan scoredRead More »

Penguins sign Joey Haddad to three year entry-level contract


Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Joey Haddad to a three year entry-level contract and have re-assigned him to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6-2, 189-pound forward attended the Penguins prospect camp and earned an invitation to main training camp. Haddad played well in the prospect camp playing on a line with prospect Casey Pierro-Zabotel. Haddad played in 70 games with Cape Breton last season, scoring 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists) along with 103 penalty minutes.

Source: Zigomanis to play in home opener


According to a source Mike Zigomanis will play tomorrow night in the Penguins home opener against the New Jersey Devils centering Paul Bissonnette and Eric Godard Lines in practice this morning Fedotenko – Crosby – Satan Staal – Malkin – Kennedy Dupuis – Talbot – Cooke Bissonnette – Zigomanis – Godard Bill Thomas will be a healthy scratch

Quick Hits


The Penguins acquisition of center Mike Zigomanis is clearly a depth move. Zigomanis, 27, split the 2007-08 season between the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). The right-handed shooter appeared in 33 games for the Coyotes, recording three points (two goals, one assist) and six penalty minutes. Zigomanis was brought in because of his face-off ability and he gives the Penguins another option which is a good thing. Zigomanis has struggled to stay in the NHL. People I’ve talked to don’t expect him to be a regular. He will likely bounce in and out of the lineup and split time between WBS and Pittsburgh. Fans like to over-rate players their team acquires and while Zigomanis addresses a need, I would lower expectations. The Penguins hit the ice at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning . I will have a update on the lines shortly after.

Around the NHL


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 »