5:35 p.m. – Trade deadline has come and gone. Just wanted to thank everybody. I enjoy covering NHL free agency much better but it was fun today. Will provide some analysis later in the day.
The Penguins will have a lot of money coming off the books following the season. There is going to be a lot of movement from the Penguins starting with the draft until free agency. Already looking forward to that. Just on a side note, all signs point towards Mike Cammalleri testing free agency. The Flames have too much money tied up into their core players with the addition of Olli Jokinen. He will be a possibility at the right price.
My quick thoughts on Guerin. He was obviously not the Penguins first choice. Once a couple deals fell through, Penguins moved on to Guerin. Adding him for a conditional pick is a low risk move ( very good price, considering the Islanders were receiving a 2nd round pick from Washington last week). Guerin will provide leadership and could be an asset on the power play. Penguins have lacked a right handed shot down low all season. He should help in that department.
The Penguins will use Billy Guerin on Sidney Crosby’s line right off the bat when Crosby is healthy. The perfect role at this time of his career may be playing a third line role and top power play time — how the Devils are using Brendan Shanahan this season.
I know Guerin wasn’t playing with much talent in New York but he only has three goals since December 27th, 2008. He started out the season very strong then cooled off in the second half. Brendan Shanahan sort of did the same thing last year.
Are Penguins where they were at this time last year? Absolutely not but with the additions of Kunitz and Guerin they are in better shape than they were a month ago.
4:55 p.m. A Quick Recap on a few things — Of all the former players the Penguins have been linked too in the past 48 hours, the closest to something happening was Jarkko Ruutu. Talks picked up again today and into the afternoon. A deal for Alexander Frolov was never close from either side. A couple deals are believed to have fallen through and Guerin who the Penguins have been in on since January, ended up with him.
4:53 p.m. – Miroslav Satan was sent down to Wilkes Barre.
4:39 p.m. – With Chris Neil off the board, San jose stepped up to the plate for Travis Moen. Pittsburgh, Vancouver¬†and Florida were also believed to be in on Moen. One more trade may be coming in and that will be it.
4:30 p.m. – We were informed Press conference was pushed back about 45 minutes. No reason why yet. As of 2:30 p.m. the Penguins were still in talks about a couple deals.
3:55 p.m. – There’s talk Eric Cole was traded for Patrick O’Sullivan.
3:48 p.m. – Was waiting to hear on Travis Moen and the Penguins didn’t get him as he was dealt to San Jose.
3: 09 p.m. – Few other moves coming in. Dominic Moore traded to Buffalo, Eric Christensen traded to Anaheim. Reports of Chris Neil being traded to Florida¬†are false.
3:06 p.m. – Penguins were among the three finalists for Nik Antropov. Chicago being the other.
3:04 p.m. – No word yet on Gill. Penguins received some intriquing offers for him.
3:00 p.m. – Derek Morris traded to the New York Rangers per NHL. Prucha, Dawes and Kalina going the other way.
3:00 p.m. – Bouwmeester not traded. Panthers likely couldn’t finalize a deal with Morris going the other way.
2:56 p.m. – Bill Guerin has confirmed a deal with another team fell through over on the weekend. Believed to be the Caps. The Islanders came back to Pittsburgh with the idea of a conditional pick and Pittsburgh was sold.
2:55 p.m. – Bouwmeester to Vancouver on the verge of happening with Morris going to Florida possibly. Morris also being pursued by the Rangers, Flyers. Flyers also in on Bouwmeester but cap issues has been the issue with Philadelphia and Florida finalizing a deal.
2:49 p.m. – Penguins will assign Tim Wallace to WBS Penguins
2:48 p.m. – Nik Antropov traded to the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh made a offer ( 2nd rounder).
2:45 p.m. – The Phoenix Coyotes have traded Daniel Carcillo traded to Philadelphia for Scottie UpShall, others
2:42 p.m. – TSN reports the Leafs have received offers of 2nd round picks for Nik Antropov. Pittsburgh was among one of those offers according to sources.
2:38 p.m. – Chris Neil off the market. Traded to Florida according to RDS.CA. Penguins were out of the running yesterday when they wouldn’t increase their offer.
2:30 p.m. – Penguins are not done. Still working on a few deals. Going to go down to the wire.
2:20 p.m. – Can’t confirm this yet but just got a text that Gill and a forward were moved. Just speculation right now. waiting for more info.
2:17 p.m. – Not one single person was blocked for commenting so quit sending me emails about it.¬† There was a malfunction with the system and NoBody could comment including me during that period.¬†¬†
2:00 p.m. – The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Bill Guerin. The PIT/NYI talks have been going on for over 6 weeks now and it took the two sides until the last day of the trade deadline to strike a deal. This deal doesn’t happen if Michel Therrien is still the teams coach.
1:58 p.m. – Guerin offical to Pittsburgh –
1:57 p.m. – A team official says Penguins could be close to a deal with Jarkko Ruutu. Penguins picked up pursuit this morning and two sides exchanged proposals in the past hour.
1:49 p.m. – Don’t know what’s going on comments forum. Looking into it.
1:44 p.m. – Guerin is under consideration…. Other targets still in play
1:26 p.m. – The Penguins are in fact moving on Bill Guerin. Islanders came back to them since the Capitals deal fell through. Strong sign that deals with other targets are falling through for the Penguins. Guerin has been on the Penguins radar for sometime. Trying to gather more info.
1:25 p.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded Mark Recchi to the Boston Bruins.
1:22 p.m. – A source in LA tells me there has been minimal discussions in the last 12 hours between the Penguins and Kings.
1:15 p.m. – This just in — Penguins offered 2nd round pick/roster player for Nik Antropov early this morning. Could be others involved. This could be a sign that deals for bigger name players fell through today because I didn’t think Penguins would move on Antropov because of the asking price. Stay tuned. Waiting to hear if their offer is still being considered.
1:04 p.m. – Sounds like Chicago is focusing on Jeff Halpren and Dominic Moore. That takes them out of the Antropov sweepstakes…………
12:56 p.m. – Garth Snow is scrambling to move Bill Guerin ever since a deal fell through the Capitals. All signs point towards the Penguins not getting back involved but there has been interest since January. If i hear something on that front I’ll post it.
12:51 p.m. – Andy Wozniewski will join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
12:50 p.m. – Derek Morris is being linked to Washington, Philadelphia and Florida.
12:47 p.m. – Good chance Hal Gill is moved based on offers coming in according to sources. Significant interest in Fedotenko from playoff contenders.
12:44 p.m. – Leafs and Penguins in talks according to sources.
12:43 p.m. – Word out of Canada is Brian Burke’s asking price has come down for Nik Antropov. He was previously seeking a 1st round pick.
12:28 p.m. – Alex Parnikovarsky is practicing with the Leafs. Nothing new on that front. Reports indicate Antropov and Dominic Moore are not practicing. Moore¬†was not on the Penguins radar.
12:14 p.m. – If deals for some of the Penguins top targets in the grit department fall through (Lapierrie,) Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher is working on a deal with Anaheim again that would send forward Travis Moen to Pittsburgh for a 4th round pick.
12:12 pm. – The Penguins have re-assigned Bill Thomas to WBS
12:00 p.m. – Waiver claims are not in. The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed Craig Adams from Chicago. Penguins have addressed their need to add a 4th line center with Bylsma not being very high on Bill Thomas. Miroslav Satan has cleared. Gary Roberts has also cleared.
11:53 a.m. – Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Grant Lewis (from Upper St. Clair) could be traded to Tampa Bay according to a source close to Lewis. The Lightning wanted to draft him in 04 and are making a play for him now. Lewis the Thrashers 2nd round pick (2004) had 15 minutes of ice time yesterday for the Thrashers.
11:52 a.m. – Penguins make minor trade with St. Louis. Penguins acquire Andy Wozniewski from St. Louis for Danny Richmond. Wozniewski, 28, (6-5, 225 lbs) appeared in one game this season with St. Louis. He had a total of 6:44 of ice time.
11: 40 a.m. – I’m hearing same teams that we’ve been mentioning awhile are kicking the tires on Marty St. Louis — Rangers, Penguins, Oilers
11:39 a.m. – Jordan Leopold trade to Calgary Flames per TSN.
11:32 a.m. – Nothing has changed in regards to the Penguins. Speculation has continued since Tuesday morning that they are up to something big. Movement for them will happen after noon.
11:28 a.m. – As of 8:30 a.m. – Penguins forward Miroslav Satan was seen in the Penguins hotel. Right now there has been no leaks yet. Nashville may be looking at cheaper options. St. Louis and Vancouver have flirted around the idea of adding Satan. LA made an inquiry a few weeks ago.
11:26 a.m. – The Edmonton Oilers have made an offer for Hal Gill. There are others in the mix. The Oilers want immediate help for Eric Cole.
11:25 a.m. – Flames and Coyotes in talks about Olli Jokinen according to Bob McKenzie
11:11 a.m. – The price for Neil is now at a 2nd round pick & prospect according to multiple sources. San Jose, NYR, Det, VAN, CGY, ChI all believed to still be in it. Pittsburgh offered a 3rd round pick and prospect.
11:01 a.m. – A source tells me the Penguins have been offered a 2nd round pick for a defenseman on their roster that will be a free agent at the end of the season. Likely Gill, but there has also been calls about Scuderi. The offer came from a Western Conference team. Will have more in a bit.
10:58 a.m. The asking prices for Bill Guerin and Mark Recchi remain high ( 2nd round picks). Rangers would like to make a play for either player but the Rangers are having a difficult time to clear enough space for Guerin.
10:55 a.m. – I’m hearing the Hawks may be close to acquiring Jeff Halpren
10:50 a.m. – A day of signings so far. We won’t see any from the Penguins as Shero won’t resume negotiations with Petr Sykora until after the season. Same with Ruslan Fedotenko.
10:47 a.m. – Sabres forward Tim Connolly has agreed to a 2 year – deal worth $9 million with the Buffalo Sabres per Buffalo News.
10:43 a.m. – Anything can change between now and 3:00 p.m. but as of last night Pittsburgh did not increase their offer for Chris Neil. San Jose and Detroit leading the pack.
10:38 p.m. – Sources tell me that late into last night Pittsburgh discussed a package with the Colorado Avalanche — Milan Hejduk and Ian Lapierre coming to Pittsburgh without Jordan Staal being involved. San Jose is reportedly in on Smyth and Hejduk.
10:30 a.m. – If the Minnesota Wild are offered anything reasonable for Marian Gaborik, they will move him.
10:24 p.m. – As mentioned yesterday, Av’s are trying to talk Milan Hejduk into waiving his NTC. They want to move his salary and Smyth.
10: 22 a.m. – Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Erhoff are being packaged for a major deal.
10:14 a.m. – People in LA are telling me Frolov is not happening unless Shero includes Tyler Kennedy instead of Pascal Dupuis.
10:08 a.m. – Sources around the league believe the Penguins are up to something big. Sources inside the organization have not ruled out Ryan Malone. If the asking price comes down a bit in the next few hours, something could happen. Will keep you posted but No Official offer was made yet.
9:58 a.m. – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Antoine Vermette for G Pascal Leclaire & 2nd round pick per TSN.Ca. Another defenseman off the market as the Senators are expected to sign Filip Kuba to an extension this morning.
8:20 a.m. – Word is any player in the final year of his contract is still in play for the Penguins. Penguins are listening to offers. Based on interest, Hal Gill appears to be the one player who will be traded. Sources tell me Bylsma wants to get Goligoski back in the lineup.
6:00 a.m. – Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has told Chris Pronger he will not be traded according to Sportsnet. The Bruins, Blues and Canucks were in hot putsuit of Pronger.