Trade Chatter surrounding Letang was starting to emerge prior to sale news & More Buzz


Latest Pens Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions TIOPS HEADLINES Rival Teams bracing for Letang to be in play? Sale Talks impacted negotiations with key Penguins’ Reps believe A Lost Season for 71? Execs wonder if Malkin will make it past the Olympics? Penguins moving on from DeSmith? Even prior to the Penguins pending sale news getting out, there’s been emerging chatter in league circles for a few weeks now that the Kris Letang camp believes more so than ever that Letang will be playing elsewhere next season and that teams have viewed Letang MORE BUZZ — One high ranking source directly involved in contract talks with Penguins GM Ron Hextall described talks for the past couple months as “extremely strange” but the breaking news this week of the Penguins pending sale now adds up. Sources say something changed on Hextall’s end where in late July Hextall initially went from ‘we wantRead More »

What the Penguins Pending Sale Means for the Short and Long-term


Penguins on Track to be Sold for Around $870 Million The Pittsburgh Penguins are being sold to the Fenway Sports Group in a sale that is expected to come in around a staggering $870 million dollars. Whether it was now or 3-4 years down the road, majority owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux have been eyeing the opportunity to cash in on the franchise that the Lemieux group bought in 1999, saving the franchise out of bankruptcy. This day was always coming. Lemieux and Co aggressively tried to sale the club back in 2015, but interference of the NHL seeking a price tag of $750-$775 million hamstrung ownerships desire to initially sale the club in the $600 million range six years ago as the group was prepared to take a deal around $640 million at the time where Mario Lemieux would have been out as owner. A couple of back-to-backRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Sullivan perfect coach for a likely transition period? + More Rumblings


Sullivan the perfect coach In Place for the Penguins Transition Period? As noted before, Ron Hextall was hired for the fact that Penguin ownership desired a change in philosophy in the style of a General Manager in how to toe the line of remining a contender in the present, while planning and transitioning to maintain a competitive team on a year by year basis as the likes of Sidney Crosby and others age. Hence, avoid a Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago type rebuild. Mike Sullivan sure showed last season and is again this season five games in that he might be the perfect coach of playing the game of trying to win now, while having the coach and system in place to remain competitive in the years to come when the Penguins won’t be a realistic Cup contender. Pittsburgh’s 3-0-2 start has been a coaching master piece and going backRead More »

Penguins – Blackhawks Takeaways: Fleury/Blackhawks era is off to a nightmarish start


Penguins – Blackhawks Takeaways — Scoring 15 seconds into the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1, 5 pts) never took the foot off the gas in cruising to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (0-2-1, on Saturday night — Teddy Blueger – Goal (2), 18:45 TOI Brock McGinn, Goal (1), Assist Drew O’Connor, Goal (1), Assist Danton Heinen, Goal (3), 1 SOG Jason Zucker, Goal (1, SHG), 4 SOG) Top Storyline: The Fleury/Blackhawks marriage is off to a rocky start. With a ton of talk about Fleury calling it quits after the season when his contract expires, he might be ready to call it quits by January with the way this might go. Fleury was atrocious in the loss, a nightmarish performance for him in allowing 4 goals on 10 shots in just 11:25 of action. Fleury just never looked right and didn’t give his club a chance on thisRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Is lack of enthusiasm for a competitive Penguins team a telling sign already?


Latest Pens Buzz Not An Overreaction Entering the season undermanned and coming out of Florida with three of four points was a testament of how the coaching staff almost always has this team ready to play. Time will tell but the ship Sullivan runs has the Penguins primed to be a regular season team again in how they’ll often be a tough out no matter who’s in the lineup and they just know how to get points. Built for the regular season but not the playoffs? Long way to go but I’d take that bet again. The opener Tampa Bay treated the game like game 1 of the preseason and Lightning coach Jon Cooper wax right in his assessment that Pittsburgh’s “farm” team probably would have beaten the Lightning that much. Few should read a ton into that game except that one team was ready to play and the moreRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Rumblings & Takeaways as Final Roster Decisions Loom


Latest Pens Buzz Stricter Measures Stopped Spread Simon, O’Connor Brian Boyle Latest Rumblings & Takeaways Although Zach Aston-Reese and Jake Guentzel were breakthrough cases as both players are vaccinated, there was some second guessing in the organization and even frustration, especially from the head coach in the organization’s laxed approach at the start of camp. That saw Sullivan be the lead horse in pushing for daily testing and more mask wearing from the coaching staff and others around the players. The Penguins believe they stopped a potential outbreak in his tracks. Things are tracking where Aston-Reese who has been in the protocol since Sept 27, could return to full practice after the weekend. Guentzel who is asymptomatic, tested positive on Oct 5th, but could still avoid the leagues 10 day isolation protocol if he tests negative on two consecutive days. Simon, O’Connor Tracking Towards Making the Roster Two players whoRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Key Camp Takeaways & Rumblings


Latest Pens Buzz Dressing non-regulars in the lineup will continue for the next couple preseason games but with less than two weeks to go before opening night, the real part of training camp began for the Penguins on Wednesday where you pretty much now have the ‘Varsity’ and ‘JV’ groups being separated. “We’re trying to maximize the opportunity, even though we’re in the middle of training camp, to get the semblance of what we would consider our roster,” said Mike Sullivan on Wednesday. The lines and groupings look awfully similar to what you’re going to see vs Tampa Bay. Line 1: Jake Guentzel – Jeff Carter – Bryan Rust Line 2: Jason Zucker – Evan Rodrigues – Kasperi Kapanen Line 3: Brock McGinn – Teddy Blueger – Danton Heinen Line 4: Anthony Angello/Drew O’Connor – Brian Boyle – Dominik Simon *Regular Zach Aston-Reese tested positive for Covid-19 on Sept 27Read More »

TIOPS Inside Buzz: Steelers have failed Ben with OC hire; Latest Pens Rumblings & More


TIOPS INSIDE BUZZ *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* HEADLINES Will Big Ben Make it Through the Season Did Steelers botch the OC hire? Short Yardage Smith-Schuster Penguins toe cautious line in Malkin Negotiations Top-5 Prospects to Watch in Penguins Camp 1. The Steelers being anything more than an 8-9, 9-8 team will be reliant on getting an elite level defensive effort just about every week. The unit was dominant in week 1 and ravished by injuries in week 2, therefore, the Steelers sit at 1-1 after two games. And most would have predicted a 1-1 record after two weeks, just flip flopped than how it played out. The Raiders had the superior quarterback on the field and in the 4th quarter that was the difference in the game. Ben Roethlisberger just isn’t making that big time throw Carr made to Ruggs on the 61 yard score at this stage of his careerRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Crosby Latest, Have Penguins circled back around to Tyler Bozak?


Latest Pens Buzz Ron Hextall on Wednesday evening stated the obvious in that Sidney Crosby having wrist surgery would have been much more ideal if it was done a month or two ago. “Obviously, we all hoped we didn’t have to go this way,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “In the end, we did everything we could to avoid this, but it was the best way to proceed. I think the focus was having Sid back at 100%, or as close to 100% as possible. This was the proper avenue to go…..I think if we all, including Sid, had known this a month or two months ago, it would have been great. But we are where we are, and I think on the positive side, we have four weeks before we play a regular-season game.”” While the Penguins were kept in the loop all summer as they always areRead More »