Post-Game Buzz: Pens beat Senators 3-1; What Glass being phased out on PK could mean for playoff lineup & more buzz

 

POST-GAME BUZZ Jarome Iginla (13) and Dustin Jeffrey (3) scored first period goals and Tomas Vokoun made 34 saves, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-10-0, 70 pts) to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators (23-16-6, 52 pts) on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Tyler Kennedy (6) added an insurance goal with 2:34 left in the game to seal the win. Vokoun with the win earned his 300th career victory (28th goaltender in NHL history), while Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma earned his 200th career win in just 316 NHL games, the fastest coach in NHL history to reach that milestone. The Penguins earning their 7th straight win and 22nd out of 24 games, did so without an All-Star cast of players. The long list included: Kris Letang Evgeni Malkin Marc Andre Fleury Sidney Crosby James Neal Beau Bennett Mark Eaton Joe Vitale The Penguins win increases the chances of theRead More »

Kennedy entering a crucial next couple of weeks regarding his future with Penguins

 

TRADE DEADLINE BUZZ A pending restricted free agent, Tyler Kennedy is entering a crucial next couple weeks when it comes to his future as a Pittsburgh Penguin. In the second year of a $4 million contract, internal discussions are on-going about Kennedy’s role with the team for the present and future.

Sunday’s Pens Buzz: Malkin, Martin Updates; Some Takeaway’s from win in MTL; Kunitz perfect winger for Crosby

 

SUNDAY’S PENS BUZZ MALKIN & MARTIN UPDATE Evgeni Malkin practiced fully today and did take some contact. He said he would like to have a few more practices under his belt before returning to the lineup but didn’t rule himself out for tomorrow night, saying “we’ll see” about playing  vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bylsma said that while Malkin has been cleared for contact, he still needs to pass an impact test. Malkin said the only issues he had following the injury was memory loss and that the injury looked worse than it really was. Meanwhile, Paul Martin skated today going through individual workouts prior to practice but head coach Dan Bylsma has ruled Martin out for tomorrow night’s game. Expect the same six defensemen to dress tomorrow night. Marc Andre Fleury will start in goal. SOME TAKEAWAY’S FROM LAST NIGHT’S WILD 7-6 WIN *Of all the negatives defensively lastRead More »

Morning Pens Buzz: Third line winger a priority?

 

MORNING PENS BUZZ Devils – Pens Fallout: What stands out with the New Jersey Devils dating back to last years playoff run is how well coached they are. Peter DeBoer has emerged as one of the best coaches in the game and he prepares his hockey team so well at exploiting the weaknesses of other teams. “It’s a testament to our character,” DeBoer said on last night’s win. “I think a lot of people thought that maybe our run last year was accidental and I think you’re seeing the depth of this team and how they play.” The Devils are not the early 2000’s trapping style Devils under DeBoer. While everything they do, they are thinking defense first, New Jersey’s offensive game is based on puck control and they are one of the best teams in the NHL in that critical area. “They did a good job of taking away opportunitiesRead More »

One scouts view on similar value Penguins could have offered to Columbus in deal for Rick Nash

 

Despite signing Sidney Crosby to a 12 year extension and getting a good return for Jordan Staal based on the circumstances, there seems to be a sense of frustration from Penguins fan base, who have seen the Penguins lose the likes of Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek and Steve Sullivan from their NHL roster without adding upgrades over any of the three players to this point. The New York Rangers not giving up a significant return for Rick Nash only seems to have fueled that frustration. The Rangers acquired Nash in exchange for Brandon Dubsinky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round pick. While the Penguins never went hard after Nash, I posed the question to a few league contacts this morning on what type of similar offer the Penguins could have made and here is one Eastern Conference scouts view on a similar offer the Penguins could haveRead More »

Pens Draft Buzz, Kennedy latest & more tidbits

 

Afternoon Quick hits — With NHL GM’s and agents together this week, as expected, there’s a ton of rumblings going around. Here’s a rundown in our NHL Rumor Mill section — The Penguins are really guarded regarding their draft board but some leaks coming out has wingers Tyler Biggs and Nicklas Jensen at the top of their radar. Those are two prominent targets who fit into the type of player the Penguins look for. — Some very intriguing skilled players that come with risk are Matthew Puempel, Tomas Jurco and Ty Rattie Puempel is regarded as one of the drafts best pure goal scorers. Jurco meanwhile has an “amazing skill set, ” Saint John Sea Dogs assistant coach Marc Hussey told me this week. Ty Rattie has drawn comparisons to Beau Bennett with his vision and creativity in the playmaking department. — Pittsburgh’s J.T. Miller and Brandon Saad are saidRead More »