The New York Rangers have a deal in place for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, a league source confirms. Clowe is in the procress of waiving his no trade clause to the Rangers and the deal will be completed this evening. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the expected price will be a second round pick, third round pick and a conditional second round pick if he resigns. Clowe who was extremely coveted, has as many goals as Tanner Glass has this season; ZERO.
As Don Fehr and Gary Bettman resume negotiations this week, the rhetoric between the two sides has been interesting but not surprising with Bettman touting the revenue sharing plans in the NFL and NBA, while Don Fehr has spoken pretty highly of baseball’s revenue sharing system as he has been touting baseball’s model quite frequently in the past week. Just how far apart are the two sides can be looked at the $19 million gap each proposal has for the salary cap in 2012-2013. Under the NHL’s proposal, the salary cap would drop to $50.8 million next season (Numbers via Canadian Press), and would be roughly $20 million less than the summer cap of $70.2 million, while the NHLPA’s proposal would have the salary cap at just north of $69 million and would increase in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The NHLPA’s proposal falls right in line with the tentative cap in placeRead More »
Morning Pens Buzz *PENS LET ONE GET AWAY: San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said it best following last night’s 4-3 Sharks shootout win…”We had no business winning that game after the first period, ” McLellan said The Penguins playing for the first time in five days, came out flying and dictated the pace and the game in the first period jumping out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Deryk Engelland (24 seconds into the game) and Evgeni Malkin. Pittsburgh outshot the Sharks 15-4 in the opening period and San Jose came out like a team that was coming off a six game road trip but they picked up their game in the second and third periods as Pittsburgh got away from theirs. The Sharks came back to outshoot Pittsburgh 17-6 in the second period. “We found a way to get back into it,” McLellan said. TheRead More »
Friday Rumor Roundup Capitals a fit for Souray Edmonton Olilers defenseman Sheldon Souray will be sidelined for uo to 6 weeks with a broken wrist but is still a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline. According to TSN.ca, Souray gave Oilers management a list of 6 teams he will accept a trade too —Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. While it is difficult to trade an injured player, the Washington Capitals are in position to take that risk. Of the 6 teams on Souray’s list, Washington cn wait for Souray to get back into the lineup by late March and be ready for a playoff run. That is not a legitimate option with the other five suitors. Washington will be active in looking to upgrade their blueline. Souray has two years left on his contract with a cap hitRead More »
Penguins lose second straight game; fall to Sharks 5-0 The Penguins three game west coast swing started out with a win Tuesday night but ended with disappointment as the Penguins lost their second straight game Saturday night, losing to the San Jose Sharks 5-0. The Penguins now return back to the east coast for a meeting with the Boston Bruins to end their four game road trip. The Penguins didn’t come to play as the game had the look of being a rout 8-10 minutes after the drop of the puck. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was pulled in the second period and Pittsburgh couldn’t get anything past Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov who made 27 saves to earn his 49th career shutout . “We just weren’t ready to play the type of game that they came ready to play,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said, regarding the Penguins lackluster performance. PittsburghRead More »
First Round Predictions 1. Boston vs 8. Montreal There’s a reason these two teams are far apart in the standings. The Bruins are the most complete team in the Eastern Conference, and won 5-of-6 games against the Canadiens this season. It’s going to be a quick series — Bruins in 4 2. Washington vs 7. New York Very intriguing series. Will Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals take the next step like Sidney Crosby and the Penguins did last year in their 2nd playoff appearance? Despite New York struggling to score goals, they have the #1 penalty kill in the league and Henrik Lundqvist can steal this series. I am not a believer in Jose Theodore Washington is the better team but I’m going with — Rangers in 7
Pittsburgh Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby missed today’s morning skate as the Penguins prepare to face off against the San Jose Sharks tonight. Crosby (illness) is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Crosby is expected to center Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy in tonight’s game Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal As expected Sergei Gonchar received clearance to return to the lineup this morning. Gonchar was on the ice for the Penguins 10:30 a.m. morning skate. Gonchar will not play today but has not been ruled out of the lineup for Saturday. The Gonchar watch begins RW Miroslav Satan who played less than 10 minutes against the Detroit Red Wings, skated with the Penguins third line in the morning skate and will be in the lineup tonight. The San Jose Sharks will have an optional skate at 11:30 a.m.. Only about eight players are expected to skate.
1st half M.V.P Forward Zach Parise (28 g ‚Äì 27 a ‚Äì 55pts, +20) Inside Analysis: Parise is the games most under-rated player and the leagues top bargain with a cap hit of only $3.1 million per season. With goaltender Martin Brodeur sidelined for up to 4 months, Parise has carried the Devils offensively and at the All-Star break the Devils are the Atlantic division leader with 61 points. With Brodeur due back in late February, the Devils go into the second half as arguably the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. Parise ranks 7th in the NHL in points and ranks third in goals. Runner up: Alexander Ovechkin (31g -28a -59pts) Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender) Miikka Kiprusoff (28-12-3, 2.82 GAA, .903 SV%) Inside Analysis: Kiprusoff has appeared in 43 of the Flames 46 games and leads the NHL with 28 wins. He has recorded all 28 wins forRead More »
The Penguins, Hurricanes, Stars and Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Leafs about forward Nik Antropov. Leafs GM Brian Burke is driving up the price for Antropov If Blues forward Andy McDonald hits the free agent market, Brian Burke will look to bring him in. Rob Scuderi has been one of the Penguins most consistent defensemen this season. Scuderi could triple his current salary on the open market and sources indicate the Rangers will make a play for him if he opts for free agency. If Mark Eaton is worth two million per season, Scuderi’s representatives will be using that as a starting point in talks with the Penguins. The Minnesota Wild have inquired about Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. The Wild have Marian Gaborik‚Äôs salary coming off the books next season but their best hope to add a top 6 forward is through a trade. Elite Players justRead More »