Pens Notes: Shero on Vokoun, Fleury, Thiessen, Staal, & Crosby


Penguins GM Ray Shero hit the airwaves today and was on 937 the fan this afternoon in the 2:00 p.m. hour. Here are some comments from Shero on a number of subjects: Shero on Vokoun Shero indicated the team’s pursuit of Tomas Vokoun started when he was talking to agent Allan Walsh about how to “get Marc Andre Fleury better next season. The discussion then led to Vokoun who Walsh also represents. “{I asked Allan Walsh} “What’s Tomas going to do and any interest in Penguins and I talked to George McPhee and got permission to talk to Tomas and it came about pretty quickly, ” Shero said, who indicated there’s “not a lot of available goaltenders on July 1” which led to the Penguins moving quickly on a deal.

Pens will give Cooke an opportunity to change


Penguins winger Matt Cooke has not played his last game in a Penguin uniform. Cooke’s future with the Penguins has been a hot topic by fans and the media after Cooke was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. With the Penguins showing full support in the NHL’s decision and being strong supporters on a ban for headshots, speculation is rampant that the Penguins will decide to part ways with Cooke this summer. Cooke who received a three year – $5.4 million deal from the Penguins last summer, has two years remaining on his deal that includes a modified no trade clause.

Salary cap to increase by $2 million?; Penguins won’t negotiate with Gonchar after trade deadline


Latest Buzz from BOG Meetings Salary Cap could increase by $1.5-$2 million NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with general managers and owners on Tuesday at the Board of Governors meetings and projections for next years salary cap has the cap in the $56.8 – $58.5 million range . The league does not expect a decrease and early projections show the possibility of even a $1.5-$2 million increase at the max. The projections now set the stage for general managers to begin preparations for next season. The Canadian franchises are the markets that carry the salary cap. They make up for teams like Phoenix, Florida and Atlanta which don’t bring in adequate revenues. It’s astounding that the league is against relocating a team like Phoenix to Canada. It’s time for the league to admit their mistake and do what’s best for the entire league. Cap projections set stage for Gonchar negotiationsRead More »



By MARK MADDEN When Jordan Staal trade rumors first circulated a few years ago, I asked Ray Shero for comment. The Penguins GM bluntly replied: “I am not trading Jordan Staal.” It still goes. The latest tripe has Staal going to Los Angeles for winger Dustin Brown, with different versions including different players. Defenseman Jack Johnson, Sidney Crosby’s prep-school buddy, is often mentioned as coming to Pittsburgh. But Crosby isn’t the Pens’ de facto GM, and loneliness is no problem for Sid. The Kings likely scoff at such innuendo, too. Brown, their captain, is signed to a pact that pays $3.175 million per year through 2013-14. Excellent player, affordable contract. The Kings might like to deal Johnson. The third pick overall in 2005, it’s too early to call Johnson a bust, but he is underachieving. Staal is an important part of the Penguins’ three-center model. Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and StaalRead More »

NHL: Phoenix – Pittsburgh Trade Winds


A league source tells me Phoenix Coyotes pro scout Peter MacKinnon is scheduled to scout the Penguins again this week, sparking speculation that the Coyotes are looking at a defenseman or two in the Penguins system. The Coyotes are believed to have inquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy. Pittsburgh in turn has asked about the availability of winger

Media buzz centers around Marian Hossa on eve of Cup Finals


Shero/Crosby: “We’ve Moved On” Detroit — Both teams met the media Friday afternoon on the eve of the Stanley Cup finals and the media buzz centered around Red Wings star forward Marian Hossa who will face his old team in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sidney Crosby on Marian Hossa signing with the Red Wings

Shero’s close working relationship with Allan Walsh could pay dividends in free agency


When Miroslav Satan was demoted to Wilkes Barre on March 4th, it was widely believed that Satan’s days with the Penguins were over. Just over two months later, Satan is playing a part in the Penguins success in the playoffs. Thanks to the work of his agent Allan Walsh who played an instrumental role in the whole situation, Satan accepted the Penguins demotion to Wilkes Barre. Walsh and Satan took Ray Shero’s “word” that Satan would be called up for playoffs and the Penguins indicated to Satan’s camp that Satan would be giving an opportunity to get back into the lineup during the playoffs. Walsh and Shero have a close working relationship as Walsh represents Marc Andre Fleury, Petr Sykora, Ruslan Fedotenko, Pascal Dupuis and Miroslav Satan. Sources tell me this close “working relationship” between Shero, Walsh could pay dividends for the Penguins in