By John Perrotto_The Pirates must submit their opening-day roster to the commissioner‚Äôs office by Sunday and it appears they won‚Äôt be adding any outside help. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt anticipate us doing anything,‚Äù Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always looking to improve our club but I don‚Äôt see a deal out there that would make us better. I‚Äôm perfectly happy going into the season with what we have right now.‚Äù The Pirates had been trying hard to acquire right-hander Jeff Niemann from the Tampa Bay Rays but apparently balked at the asking price. They have also had moderate interest in Colorado Rockies infielder Jeff Baker and Detroit Tigers outfielder Brent Clevlen. The Pirates got down to the 25-man limit Friday by optioning rookie right-handed reliever Evan Meek to Class AAA Indianapolis. He has not pitched since March 20 because of a tired shoulder and then bronchitis, and the Pirates wantRead More »
AB losing his mind?
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 3:53pm - William DePaoli
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 12:36pm - William DePaoli
The Penguins (25-15-6, 56 pts) on Tuesday night dropped to the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders (26-15-4, 56 pts) 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, continue to hang around in the Metropolitan Division and is it finally time to start buying into the Islanders as having sustainability in race for a top-3 spot in the Metro?
The possession numbers, 5th worst in the NHL, have been poor all season for the Islanders, but the Barry Trotz effect is working to counter that with the 2nd-best Goals For% (57%/+23) at even strength in the NHL. With the Islanders you continue to wait for the goaltending to start trending down but it hasn’t to this point. Robin Lehner is 13-7-0 with a 2.16 GAA, .928 SV% and Thomas Greiss is 13-8-1 with a 2.62 GAA, .918 SV%. These numbers hold where NYI is getting .930 and .920 type goaltending, the Islanders will continue to sick around.
Wed, Jan 16, 2019 12:05pm - William DePaoli