Rumors: Kings, Rangers and Panthers will have priority over others for Evgeni Malkin on July 13?


Rumors: Hurricanes hope to grab Malkin’s attention on July 13 — Evgeni Malkin was always going to be the easier signing than Kris Letang and that’s led to a lot of surprise around the league that Pittsburgh and especially the Evgeni Malkin camp, led by “The Malkin camp is . What has basically played out is resigning Kris Letang is going to be more costly than the Penguins anticipated that has eaten into what they are now willing to offer Malkin. — WILL MALKIN LISTEN TO OVERTURES from NON-BIG CITY TEAMS? — When Pittsburgh explored trading Evgeni Malkin in summer of 2019, former General Manager Jim Rutherford knew his hands were tied in that the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers were the only two teams Malkin would give a thought to playing for due to family reasons. If Malkin hits free agency, what rival clubs are trying to findRead More »

Rumors: Penguins have sought assurances Crosby plans to play out final three years in Pittsburgh


Rumors: New Ownership Group has asked for assurances that Sidney Crosby plans to play out final three years in Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall is considered to be very distant when it comes to keeping a superstar player like Sidney Crosby in the loop on roster decisions, a complete contrast to how Jim Rutherford was, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, though, is the opposite of Hextall and has made it a priority since coming to Pittsburgh to keep Crosby and his camp informed of most dealings. One development since the season has ended, the new ownership group through Burke made a reach out to confirm Crosby plans to play out his final three years in Pittsburgh. One answer Burke and the Penguins brass have not received is that Crosby will retire a Penguin, but they’ve been given 100% assurances that Crosby plans to play out his final threeRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Have Letang, Malkin received best and final offers from Penguins?


Latest Pens Buzz Internal pressure from new ownership has changed the dynamic for Penguins General Manager Ron Hextall. It has led to Hextall having to bend beyond his comfort zone in negotiations. It saw Hextall in the aftermath of Pittsburgh’s first round exit to the Rangers go from holding firm to four years in the Bryan Rust talks to finally going six years that sealed the deal with the two sides agreeing to a six year, $30.750 million contract back in May that will pay Rust over $18 million in salary through the first three years of the deal. The contract also includes a full no movement clause in years 1-3, tying Rust’ No Movement Clause to Sidney Crosby’s contract. Pressure from ownership not to take a step back in 2022-2023 and the reality that this is a big summer for Hextall’s job security has also seen Hextall bend inRead More »

Rumors: Kraken, Devils planning 5 year offers to Letang?


Penguins bracing to be out-bid by a few non-contenders if Letang hits free agency As the Colorado Avalanche became Stanley Cup Champions Monday night, tampering season has been going on for weeks among agents, players and clubs. The Penguins believe a four year But, the Penguins for months has had intel that Letang even at his age has a chance to receive a 5 year offer and maybe a couple 5 year offers in free agency. One team in particular And wait for the next one……… The Penguins brass believe the P

Latest Penguins Trade Deadline Buzz


Trade Deadline Buzz — Latest Whispers Surrounding the Penguins — Pressure mounting on management to John Marino Latest Pens have a deal for Pettersson?  Frequent Scouting Reports on Kraken Forward Fleury to waive for Minnesota? — Ron Hextall’s first move of the morning was acquiring left handed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Winnipeg Jets. The 29 year old is a low impact defenseman who has 4 assists in 24 games. He’s rated among the NHL’s worst defensemen this season from some ends of the spectrum. That said, Penguin coaches, particularly Mike Sullivan have pushed to have around 10 caliber NHL defenseman in the fold for a deep playoff run and there has been a strong preference from the staff to acquire veteran d-man, especially if the Penguins were to move one of their top-7 out.[/hide] That had some speculation that Nick Onto some bigger name things percolating around the Penguins…..Read More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Growing belief Fleury to sign with Penguins or Golden Knights next season


Latest on Marc Andre Fleury There is a lot of different information flying around surrounding Marc Andre Fleury’s future with the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the deadline. In recent days there has been growing buzz that Fleury is 100% open to agreeing to a trade if a deal can be worked out with a team that Fleury truly believes can win a Stanley Cup. Chicago has spoken with around 5-6 teams but options become much more limited when it comes to being teams you can call a true Cup contender. If they can pull it off financially, Colorado checks that box and is the primary team that has interested Fleury for a run at another Stanley Cup, league sources say. There is a belief Fleury would also consider Toronto who has checked into Fleury. There’s much more mystery with teams on the periphery that have spoken with the Blackhawks onRead More »

Rumors: Penguins offered near identical extensions to Malkin, Letang


Source: Letang Remains in Line to command 4 year deal Kris Letang’s former agent Ken Hughes, who was recently named Montreal Canadiens GM, made it known to the Penguins brass just before training camp that any chance of extension was going to take a four year deal and there was going to be little room on their end for much of any of a paycut from Letang’s current salary of $7.25 million per season. Multiple sources say the Letang camp approached the Penguins about a 4 year deal worth around Several months later and Hextall/Burke have continued to be hellbent on not bending beyond The Penguins after the New Year finally exchanged some numbers with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang camps, sources say. There are strong indications the Penguins offered both players near identical The offer was ‘strongly’ declined from the Letang side, while the Penguins feel some level ofRead More »

Penguins’ receptive to Canucks ‘strong’ trade interest in John Marino


Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, now President of Hockey Operations with the Vancouver Canucks has long believed Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino is a special player with a #1 pairing ceiling. Meanwhile, the Penguins’ current brass likes Marino but they don’t see Marino in the same breathe by any means that the Penguins former GM did and still does. That has had Rutherford seeing an opening and exploring avenues to acquire Marino from his former club. Top NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman first reported Saturday night on the Canucks interest in Marino, though, Friedman casted some doubt that a deal will get done by the deadline. Multiple NHL sources say the Penguins have been “receptive” to the Canucks interest in Marino. As the trade deadline inches closer, the Penguins have been viewed around the league as much more inclined to spend assets on a top-6/top-9 caliber winger with term than doing anythingRead More »

Penguins brass has shifted thinking on current group but unlikely to veer off path


Latest Pens Buzz The Penguins signing Jeff Carter to an extension Wednesday should not have surprised anyone. Despite Carter’s age, GM Ron Hextall since the summer has viewed Carter as a big part of this core, on and off the ice. Hextall has a close relationship with Carter’s agent Rich Curran and the two sides broached the possibility back in the summer as the Penguins have firmly believed since last season that Carter had impact years left in him. Carter, 37, has 12 goals and 14 points in 36. Is paying Carter top-9 money through age 39 going to be a great investment after this season? Most likely not. But, Carter was the easiest piece of business to deal with first for the Penguins brass as the organization’s thinking on how to build around this group has shifted over the last month. On the job for about a year now,Read More »

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 »