A lot of buzz going around regarding Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Martin continues to take a hard stance in regards to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who is this year‚Äôs Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Teams want to see if Bouwmeester would be open to an extension prior to trading for him. Washington is a sleeper team in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. They remain highly interested. Check out the Trade Deadline Chart for the rest of the suitors. Florida, Vancouver and Toronto are interested in Chris Pronger. The Panthers and Senators have had discussions about Filip Kuba, Chris Neil and Nathan Horton. Horton is another popular subject in Montreal. The Panthers are denying that he wants out. The Flyers obsession with Petr Forsberg continues. The Flyers, Avalanche, Predators and Blackhawks have made inquires. Teams would be crazy to give Forsberg anything more than the league minimum Thrashers GM Don Waddell continues toRead More »
Petr Sykora ended the Penguins 0-33 slump on the power play at 17:10 in the first period and Evgeni Malkin added three assists as the Penguins snapped their five game losing streak Tuesday night beating the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 at Mellon arena. Sykora had two goals on the night and Sidney Crosby scored his 16th goal of the season at 15:41 of the second period to put the Penguins up 3-0. Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury made 27 saves to record the win. The Atlanta Thrashers have lost six out of their last seven games. The Penguins are 20-17-4 at the halfway point. Ruslan Fedotenko is believed to have a broken bone in his right hand following a first period fight with former Penguins forward Colby Armstrong. Forward Pascal Dupuis also left the game with an undisclosed injury. Defensemen Hal Gill, Alex Goligoski, and Forward Tim Wallace were healthy scratches MarkRead More »
The Penguins 7-12-1 in their last twenty games fell out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference following a 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. Ownership is spending up to the cap and expects a long playoff run. Is a shakeup in the works? Like I said in my previous post don’t expect a major trade soon. They don’t happen overnight. I do expect a shakeup on the roster possibly within the week. One scenario being talked about that could happen this week is Jordan Staal getting another shot at wing¬†on the top two lines. ¬† The Penguins, Ducks, Blackhawks, Wild, and Blue Jackets are among five teams that have inquired about Atlanta Thrashers forward Slava Kozlov. Sources I’ve talked to expect 6-8 teams to be in the running for Kozlov’s services at the trade deadline. Kozlov has 16 goals – 20 assists – 36 pts in 39 gamesRead More »
Evgeni Malkin recorded 2 goals & 2 assists, upping his NHL points lead to 53. Malkin has 14 points in his past seven games and Michel Therrien said it best in his post-game comments stating ‚ÄúMalkin played an outstanding game.‚Äù Evgeni Malkin is now a +20 on the season. Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal, Miroslav Satan and Philippe Boucher also scored for Pittsburgh. Marty Reasoner, Bryan Little and Colby Armstrong had Atlanta’s goals who were coming off of a 4-1 win Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators. Armstrong has three goals in his last two games Marc Andre Fleury returned after being sidelined for nearly a month to record his 9th win of the season. Fleury was very sharp making 28 saves.
2008-09 SEASON SERIES Pittsburgh: 1-0-0 TEAM LEADERS Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby 13 goals,¬†E. Malkin 37 assists, 49 pts Atlanta: Slava Kozlov 14 goals, Kovalchuk 20 assists, 31pts Goaltending Matchup Pittsburgh ‚Äì Marc Andre Fleury (8-3-2, 2.86 GAA) Atlanta ‚Äì Ondrej Pavelec (3-5-0, 3.16 GAA) Special Teams Pittsburgh ‚Äì Power Play: 18.3%, Penalty Kill: 82.0% Atlanta ‚Äì Power Play: 19.4%, Penalty Kill: 72.4% Penguins Projected Lineup Dupuis ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Wallace Stone ‚Äì Taffe ‚Äì Godard D- Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Scuderi Eaton ‚Äì Letang Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher G Marc Andre Fleury
The Boston Bruins have received a lot of calls about the availability of center Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Manny Fernandez. Bergeron is off to a relatively slow start — 17 points in 29 games but he missed most of the 2007-2008 campaign and his game is still rounding into shape. Despite the play of center David Krejci (29 points in 30 games), the Bruins are not that interested in moving Bergeron. Still, expect his name to pop up during the trade deadline as the Bruins are looking to acquire a #1 or #2 defenseman. The Bruins have inquired about Jay Bouwmeester Rumors continue to swirl that Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa will look to be a packaged deal next summer. There is some truth to that but don‚Äôt expect it to happen. MarKus Naslund and Pavel Demitra tried it this past summer and had no luck. Vancouver is getting mentionedRead More »
Intriguing matchup: The Altanta Thrashers are 5-1 in their past 6 games and the Penguins are 6-0-1 in their past seven games Penguins projected Lineup Talbot ‚Äì Crosby ‚Äì Satan Fedotenko ‚Äì Malkin ‚Äì Sykora Cooke ‚Äì Staal ‚Äì Kennedy Dupuis ‚Äì Zigomanis ‚Äì Godard D-Pairs Orpik ‚Äì Letang Gill ‚Äì Scuderi Goligoski ‚Äì Boucher Dany Sabourin will start in goal Thrashers Projected Lineup Kovalchuk ‚Äì Christensen ‚Äì Williams Kozlov – White ‚Äì Little Thorburn – Reasoner ‚Äì Armstrong Perrin – Slater ‚Äì Boulton D-Pairs Hainsey ‚Äì Exelby Enstrom ‚Äì Havelid Valabik ‚Äì Oystrick Pavelec is expected to start in goal
The internet was buzzing last week that Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk was available and GM Don Waddell was entertaining offers for his star forward. As expected the rumors were complete bogus and at this moment Waddell has his sights set on making a big splash to save his job and is currently making a play for Marian Gaborik.