Shero looks for three values; work ethic, accountability & passion

 

Shero, Bylsma speak to the media Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero spoke to the media following the Penguins off-ice activities this morning. Shero talked about how following the coaching change, he wanted to bring in a coach that would grow with this team and believes Dan is a good fit for the team. Shero praised Bylsma calling him a “bright guy” and claiming he has great values. Shero discussed that he looks for his hockey team to have

Morning Practice Notes: Satan skating with second line

 

The Penguins just wrapped up their morning practice at Mellon Arena which began around 10:30 a.m. Very interesting line changes in today’s practice Miroslav Satan skated with Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora on the second line, alternating with Ruslan Fedotenko. Satan, Fedotenko and Sykora alternated on Malkin’s wing throughout the practice. Yesterday, Satan was on the annual 5th playoff line and even took a shift or two on D as a fill in. As I mentioned on Friday, Bylsma wants to give him a look in a top 6 role. Bylsma just experimenting? The rest of the lines were

Penguins trade winds & more

 

A ton of emails from sources have been coming in this morning as the trade deadline is 4 days away. Sidney Crosby will be held out of today’s game against Dallas Could the Penguins make a play for Jonathan Cheechoo? Offer still on the table for Marty St. Louis?; Penguins eyeing two players that use to play with head coach Dan Bylsma; Penguins and Leafs in talks about power forward; What the Penguins don‚Äôt like about Nik Antropov; Listening to offers for one potential FA; Update on Bill Guerin; Read more for the latest

Analysis: Did the Penguins get enough in return?

 

On Monday at practice it became clear that something was up when Ryan Whitney wasn’t even working with the #2 power play in practice. On Tuesday, Whitney was the 7th defensemen in drills which based on performance might have made sense but because the Penguins were actively shopping Whitney, it didn’t make sense. On Wednesday, the team announced Whitney flew home to Boston to be with a sick family member and on Thursday he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks who are playing in Boston tonight. Analysis and Scouting Report on the Trade

Breaking News: Penguins fire Michel Therrien

 

Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team‚Äôs American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Therrien and Savard were relieved of their duties. Savard has been re-assigned to another position in the organization. Assistant coach Mike Yeo who runs the Penguins struggling power play will remain with the team. Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche will also remain with the coaching staff. Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins‚Äô director of player development, will join the staff as an assistant coach. Michel Therrien did coach today’s practice in New York which ended around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. More to come

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 »

Front office looking for answers?

 

The Penguins finished December going 5-8-1 and this afternoon practiced at Harvard University as they prepare to play the Boston Bruins tomorrow night. The Bruins had the day off. The Penguins five wins in December came against Buffalo (2), Carolina, New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres and Hurricanes are borderline playoff teams and the Islanders are the Islanders. The only true playoff team they beat this month was the New Jersey Devils and if not for Marc Andre Fleury that came could have easily been a 4-1 New Jersey win instead of a 1-0 Pittsburgh win According to a source Ray Shero does not plan on