Setoguchi, Leopold on trade block

 

NHL RUMOR MONDAY Trade talks are starting to very slowly pick up among GM’s with around 20% of the season already gone and two established players Devin Setoguchi, Minnesota Wild, and Jordan Leopold, Buffalo Sabres, are among the notable players being shopped around the league for other needs, NHL sources say.

Sweepstakes Wrapup: How the failed pursuit of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise played out for the Penguins

 

It took Penguins GM Ray Shero officially four days to find out that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter weren’t coming to Pittsburgh, but in reality Shero seemed to know quickly that Suter wouldn’t be coming and on Tuesday night Shero seemed to get the sense that Parise also wouldn’t be coming to join Sidney Crosby for the next 10-12 years. “Through their agents that represent them, they had a process in place ” Shero said of the long process. “It took four days to find out but we respect the process.” They’re both obviously very good players, ” he said.  “Zach is we all know, he’s a really good two-way player, he had our interest and we felt he’d be a really good fit short and long term. Same as Ryan Suter, a top pairing defenseman and these guys are hard to find.” Contrary to media members out there believing theRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: On strategies of Suter, Parise going through preparations for July 1 & buzz on Pens/Nash, Hall of Fame

 

Sources: Suter intrigued by Pittsburgh Zach Parise and Ryan Suter headline this years group of unrestricted free agents and both through their agents are going through preparations for what’s to come on July 1. Parise and his agents Wade Arnott, Don Meehan of Newport Sports met on Monday to lay out what teams they expect to be in pursuit and teams they have interest in, in addition to their plan of attack regarding talks with the New Jersey Devils. Talks between the Devils, Parise have begun and indications are the Devils will propose an offer by Thursday at the latest. Parise for now continues to say all the right things. “If that does happen {hit the open market}, my agents have done a really good job of doing the best they can to prepare me for it. But first and foremost, we want to try to get things worked outRead More »

Latest NHL Free Agency & Trade Buzz on Nash, Parise, Sutter, Stewart, Salvador, Prust & Moen

 

LATEST NHL FREE AGENCY &TRADE BUZZ NASH TALKS HEATING UP To no surprise, leading into next Friday’s draft in Pittsburgh, trade talks surrounding Rick Nash are significantly heating up. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch who is always on top of things writes, “NHL sources have told The Dispatch that as many as seven teams have had “significant” trade conversations with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson about Nash during the past 10 days and that a handful of other clubs — three or four, maybe more — have “kicked the tires” to see what a deal might cost them. “Most of the teams known to be expressing interest are the ones that expressed interest at the February trade deadline. The New York Rangers, stocked with young, promising forwards, still appear to be the most likely fit for Nash, and their desire might have been heightened during the Stanley Cup playoffs.Read More »

Game 37: First place showdown; Eaton out; Skoula in

 

New Jersey (25-8-1-51 pts) @ Pittsburgh (25-10-1-51 pts) Morning Skate: Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Mark Eaton will not play tonight after suffering a right knee injury in Saturday’s win. Eaton was evaluated by team doctors on Sunday and did not participate in the Penguins morning skate. There has been some concern regarding the extent of the injury as Eaton was slated to be evaluated again today. However, the injury is not being described as a long-term injury at this point. Defenseman Martin Skoula will return to the lineup. Pre-Game Buzz: Devils @ Penguins preview

The Latest “Chatter”

 

The Race for the Playoffs Eastern Conference 6-10 6. New York Rangers | 54 GP | 63 PTS | 7. Buffalo Sabres | 54 GP | 62 PTS | 8. Florida Panthers | 53 GP | 60 PTS | 9. Carolina Hurricanes | 54 GP | 59 PTS | 10. Pittsburgh Penguins | 53 GP | 57 PTS | The Florida Panthers have won five out of seven and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4¬†in overtime Tuesday night to jump ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes and move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 pts. They’re a team that won‚Äôt be going away. The Penguins meet the Panthers three more times this season. The Panthers currently have two games in hand on the Penguins Players Association eyes return to ESPN Has anyone noticed how much more Hockey coverage ESPN has now compared to last year. In recent weeksRead More »

NHL Mid Season Awards; Parise earns 1st half M.V.P

 

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 »

Penguins suffer third straight loss

 

New Jersey 4 ‚Äì Pittsburgh 1 New Jersey Devils backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves to improve to 7-1 in his last eight starts as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Wednesday night. Pittsburgh who has lost three straight did not get a very good performance from Dany Sabourin who struggled for the second consecutive game. Travis Zajac, Zach Parise, Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who won for the eighth time in nine games. The Devils (15-8-2) are within two points of the Penguins for second place in the Atlantic division. Pittsburgh failed to get on the scoreboard until Matt Cooke scored with 3:58 remaining in the third period. Evgeni Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer with 46 points assisted on Cooke‚Äôs third period goal. The Penguins are 1-3-1 in their last five games. Pittsburgh returns home Thursday night to face off againstRead More »