Latest Penguins Buzz
23 days until the trade deadline and in the past couple days the feedback from NHL execs is that Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has found Marc Andre Fleury’s contract [hide] to be ‘unmoveable’ as one source put it before March 1 due to concerns about the salary cap staying flat for next season.
Things can always change with one call but at this moment the Penguins believe Fleury’s contract is too big of an obstacle to find a suitable trade by the deadline, NHL sources say.
Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh isn’t talking at Fleury’s request, but indications around the league are the Fleury camp see’s a potential while maybe small opportunity for a buy-out this summer, something they prefer, a reason Fleury is not pushing a trade privately from the Penguins this season.
One rumor flying around is that Vegas will be looking to buy some contracts for a high draft pick and Rutherford could pull off some maneuvering with Vegas before the expansion draft where the Penguins trade Fleury and a high draft pick to Vegas where Vegas then buys Fleury out.
Fleury has zero interest in playing in Vegas, multiple sources say.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray was notorious for trying to do this during their rebuild that is still going on. Two seasons ago at the draft, they nearly acquired Cam Ward for a first round pick in what was going to be a clear salary dump from Carolina.
While the Penguins have been trying to aggressively trade Fleury to give them flexibility at the deadline, there’s no panic inside the organization if a deal doesn’t come to fruition by the deadline that they will get backed into a corner for the expansion draft, at least that’s the vibe the Penguins are putting out to other teams.
However, the latest talk publicly coming from Rutherford last week to the local papers that he prefers to keep Fleury through the season is said to be more calculated than anything based the tough market so far the Penguins are seeing.
— Evgeni Malkin today on being left off NHL-100 list.
“I try to forget. I’m proud what the team say, what Mario say. I’m proud that my family, parents, and my friends support me. I did my best. What I can do is nothing. 100 players [list] is legend, they deserve to be on this list. Maybe I can win a couple more trophies, a couple more Stanley Cups, and maybe next year the NHL 101 year and they send me a great black jacket and I will be #101.”
Lines at Today’s Practice
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel – Nick Bonino – Phil Kessel
Scott Wilson – Carter Rowney – Patric Hornqvist
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr
— Evgeni Malkin continues to progress in participating in his first team practice since being injured, though, he’s yet to be cleared for full contract. Malkin won’t play Tuesday but hasn’t been ruled out for the upcoming road trip.
Interesting stat… Jagr got his start in a much more open version of the game yet if Sid can hit 3 points in the next ten games he will pass Jagr for 12th alltime on the fastest to 1000 list. 1st among active players – Per Matt Gajka DK Pittsburgh Sports 😉
Claude Julien Fired. And already Vegas has him on their top of their list
Top? Doubtful… maybe they go with a known commodity but it’s a young mans league now. I wouldnt be too surprised to see them take a stab at a young up and coming coaching type like a Green of Keefe. If they go with an established guy it could be a cheaper option as a back up plan in case the younger coach isnt ready… maybe a 1 year understudy type thing. Julien has had success but like DB he has seen more failure.
Been playing ps4 Stain was it you online the other night dunkindonuts2224?
Funny how all your posts have exactly one thumb up. Does it make you feel good having that second account to give yourself a thumbs up?
Same, I’m watching the Leafs’ game. Is it me or is there an extraordinary number of Jewish surnames on this team.
Montreal. Toronto is full of it
What’s really remarkable is that all the Jewish players on the Leafs are really good stick handlers. I wonder if it’s because they have an extra thumb ?
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GayDogg is back?
Funny how this site members becomes a cliq as soon an outsiders comes in he gets all the thumbs down.
D looking for a few extra dollars I see
Malkin back from his annual vacation yet?
Every year that con artist gets injured around this time of the year for 1 game that 1 game becomes few games then becomes week to week
Darzuk traded yet?
for the record, if the saint gets bought out, there is an 80% chance nobody picks him up next season and he will be out of hockey.
what are the buyout rules? would the pens be allowed to buy out the patron saint of perfect smiles now? if they can, why not? dump him now and use the money to get some players at the deadline instead of buying him out after the season.
You’d think all that time letting your asss recover, you’d have time to google it.
there is no need for a 5.75 million dollar backup. the pens should just buy out st.bleury now. take the savings and go nuts at the deadline. #marcfraudre
damn, i just can’t kill off yoda can i……
You were suppose to kill him when fleury got his contract extension
Probably the most coherent and intelligent thing Sam has ever posted. Pretty bad when Sam is making you look bad, yogurt.
Man, hope Geno rides that motivation to the Cup finals.
Geno’s Jewish? Funny, he doesn’t look……..?
I want simply dusty to explain to me again how trading a goalie that makes almost 6 million and replacing him with someone making less than 2 wouldn’t open cap space.
1. You won’t replace him with a goalie making under 2. Every team mentioned wants you to eat their 3-4 million failure of a backup in return…St Louis, Dallas etc
2.) you’ll be eating a portion of Fleury’s salary for the next couple years. Murray’s contract goes up next year. Fleury’s buyout + Murray’s increase + new backup salary = Fleury’s contract + new backup salary.
1. Pretty much every back up goalie makes less than 2, or right around there.
2. Even if they ate a portion, they would would still have less invested in their goaltending as well as millions open this year to acquire someone that actually plays.
2) That makes no sense and it’s not worth correcting.
Outside of the fact that you can’t count to 3, you think it’s good business to pay a below average playoff preformer almost 6 million to sit on the bench.
Stl Louis makes you take back Allen’s contract, Dallas makes you take back Niemi. Good luck thinking someone is taking 3.5 off your hands by taking Fleury.
Maybe you’re right, we’ll see what they do. I think Murray is a pu$$y and will get hurt again…JR i think knows it too and knows he has to keep MAF for insurance. Gonna be exciting months ahead.
Why would we take back another bad goalie contact? If anything, it’d be a bad contract for a dman or forward. It would probably be us sending them a pick. Even if we ate 2 mil, we’d have 5.75 on the books next year in goaltending and need to get a back up or call up Jarry. Both scenarios would be better financially. If it’s not there at the deadline, just keep him and buy him out so we don’t lose Murray.
I’m not going back and forth with this. Fleury is sticking around and will be bought out after the year. Look up the trade rumors with Dallas etc. it always involves us taking back one of their high priced goalies in return.
You really think Jake Allen is done in St Louis? I mean ya he has been a pile of crap this year in his 1st full year as the fulltime starter but both the team and Brodeur have spoken highly of him. I am not convinced they will move on from him right now… could be wrong but the chatter suggests otherwise
Will be interesting to see if the coaching change has an impact on him.
How’s Dallas backups or Jimmy coward with their backup salary or fraud Miller
Maybe malkin can make the top 100 con artist of all time. Dipietro will be number 1 on that list
Letang has to be top 3
Only in your wildest dream
Probably top two. 55 games a year whether he needs it or not
D, if you really think Rutherford wants to play the rest of the regular season + playoffs with a fragile Murray and no proven backup….then you’re a bigger fool than I thought.
Fleury is going nowhere. If you think D has inside information, then you are Simply Dusty.
You love to prove how gay you are on this site. 1.) washing crosby’s ball bag 2.) referencing a ryan reynolds movie.
Keep it up homo
Yah, why would he move a guy who makes almost 6 mil a year on the bench for someone who can actually help the team? Classic Simply Dusty.
No one is taking on that contract so good luck moving him. He will be bought out.
Yeah. I’m fine with that. I don’t want him anywhere near the net in the playoffs, but I’d rather buy him out than he forced to move a pick to have someone take it on
He’ll need Fleury to win the cup this year. Murray is a china doll. You won’t save any cap money moving Fleury, i’ve explained this already.
You are easily the dumbest poster on this site, and its not close.
Yeah, and you were wrong. I don’t even understand how you can’t understand this.
Remember that time you Googled “Gay Dog”.
Stop posting stupid posts then Dusty. You really love to talk about balls. By your homophobic post, I take it you won’t be heading to the Pens game tomorrow night when they celebrate LGBT.
How is it an insult to be gay or like a ryan reynolds movie?
Of course a fag like you doesn’t see it as an insult. Gay and proud Jeff! March on fags!!
Wow you really hate gays or you need to come out of the closet. It’s ok Simply Dusty, come out you’ll feel better about yourself.
Especially if that movie is deadpool
Simply Dusty eats, sleeps, and drinks Simply Dusty. If he was the Seelers coach they would call him Simply Tomlin. The reason Dead Pool 2 has been slow to start production is they are trying to clear Simply Dusty’s schedule as Assistant Manager at a local petting zoo so he can make an appearance
Need more Green Arrow posts!
I find myself to blame, I should have been keeping a closer eye on Simply Dusty
This is what you call a good post.