NHL/Pens Buzz: On Tangradi’s Value; Ducks won’t move Selanne; Pens high on Tuomo Ruutu? Bruins team to beat as midpoint nears

 

The Penguins are back on the ice later this afternoon, returning from the Christmas Holiday. The team has a busy week before a week long break in between games following a New Years eve afternoon tilt with the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins in the midst of a three game winning streak, host Carolina and Philadelphia at home on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, followed by a 3:00 p.m. afternoon game against the Devils on Saturday. Pittsburgh plays 5 of their next 6 games at home. Onto some Trade Talk….. Tangradi’s value to Penguins I said it before the season and i still feel this way: Eric Tangradi’s long-term value to the Penguins will eventually be in the trade market. Despite a wide belief around the league that Tangradi is no longer regarded as a top-5 prospect in the Penguins organization, at 22 years old, a power forward type with someRead More »

Finger Gate: Burrows scores 11 seconds into OT to give Canucks 2-0 series lead

 

Vancouver 3 – Boston 2 Alex Burrows took a big bite out of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup dreams in Game 2 of the Cup Finals. Burrows who was not suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, scored in the first period, setup up Daniel Sedin in the third period for the game tying goal and then scored 11 seconds into overtime, beating Zdeno Chara around the net and an erratic Tim Thomas who was out of position. Burrows game winner gave the Canucks a 3-2 victory and commanding 2-0 series lead. It’s hard to imagine the Bruins getting back into the series. Vancouver is looking to become the first Canadian team to win the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves on 30 shots. Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi scored for the Bruins. Recchi at age 43, became the oldest player in StanleyRead More »

Busy day of moves as Boston lands Kaberle and Wheeler is shipped off to Atlanta

 

A busy day of moves in the National Hockey League and it’s not even 2:00 p.m. as Tomas Kaberle has been officially traded to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins landed their coveted puck moving defenseman and the Maple Leafs will receive prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011 and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2012, if Kaberle resigns in Boston which is a strong possibility or if the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final. Toronto has acquired two first round picks for the 2011 draft, in a matter of days. To make room for Kaberle, the Bruins as expected shipped off Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart. Wheeler and Stuart have been dealt to Atlanta in exchange for Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik. Wheeler has 11 goals and 15 assists with a plus-8 rating through 58 games. He was coveted by several teams. AtlantaRead More »

NHL: Guerin remains hopeful to sign with Flyers or Bruins

 

The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins have been two contenders in the Eastern Conference who were kicking the tires on veteran winger Billy Guerin before the Penguins decided last week not to bring back the 39 year old winger. Both teams have cap issues which complicates things for Guerin but the interest remains there and as I mentioned on Tuesday morning, via twitter, Guerin is trying to land with Philadelphia or Boston. Guerin only wants to sign with a Cup contender preferably still in the East. Philadelphia and Boston have been targeted from Guerin’s camp as Guerin’s agent reached out to both teams weeks ago. Both are teams where Guerin is willing to take a significant reduction in pay from his $2 million a year salary in 2009-2010. Boston is nearly $3 million over the cap and can’t move on Guerin until later this month. The Bruins though remain hopefulRead More »

THE ICE REPORT: Critical week ahead for Ducks; More NHL Buzz

 

THE ICE REPORT Will Ducks be sellers or buyers? A major questionmark heading into the Olympic break is whether Ducks general manager Bob Murray is going to be a buyer or a seller when March 3rd rolls around. According to the Orange County Register, “it is one of the questions that’s floating around in hockey circles as the Ducks sit precariously outside the playoff picture entering tonight’s game against the Kings at Honda Center.” As the County Register notes, “There are contending teams who wonder if Scott Niedermayer, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and others will be available when the NHL trade deadline rolls around.” For Anaheim like many other teams, that answer won’t be known until after this week. At this moment Anaheim is four points out of the playoffs. League sources indicate Niedermayer is willing to accept a trade to Vancouver, Chicago and New Jersey. Those close to NierdermayerRead More »

NHL: Canucks, Penguins to battle for Paul Kariya once again?

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Bruins in on Whitney, Tkachuk The Boston Bruins are free falling in the standings and the Bruins are making a hard attempt to land Ray Whitney before the Olympic break. The Bruins have also be engaged in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues regarding forward Keith Tkachuk but the Blues aren’t ready to move the veteran forward. The asking price for Ray Whitney is a first round pick and a mid-tier prospect. A steep price for teams like Pittsburgh that won’t go that high. Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, are among a number of teams interested. Maple Leafs mulling trade options The Globe and Mail reports, Toronto Maple Leafs have to make a decision at goaltender. The Globe and Mail lists three options that will be considered: *Hand the No. 1 job to Gustavsson next season and sign a good backup from the list of free agents.Read More »

Ice Report: Pressure building on Kings GM Dean Lombardi

 

Inside the NHL Lombardi looking to make major splash Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi is not in any danger of losing his job but pressure is building on Lombardi to get the Kings in the playoffs. The Kings are the 8th seed at this moment in the Western Conference and missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season under Lombardi is what will put his job in jeopardy beyond next season. Kings management saw this season as the year that the Kings take the next step and while there have been signs of that, it still might not be enough to get into the playoffs. With the trade deadline less than 8 weeks away, Lombardi is believed to be prepared to make a major splash at the trade deadline. Speculation continues to center around Ilya Kovalchuk with the Kings prepared to offer a 4-for-1 package centered around Jack JohnsonRead More »

NHL: Bruins agree to deal with Miroslav Satan; pending physical

 

Satan signs with Boston Bruins Former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Miroslav Satan has agreed to a one year deal with the Boston Bruins. Satan will take a physical Saturday morning and the deal will likely be official Saturday afternoon. The deal is believed to be a pro-rated deal worth $600,000. Satan has played 1012 NHL games, recording 354 goals, 367 assists and 721 points. Satan was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-2009, recording 17 goals and 36 points in 65 games. Satan was re-assigned to the Penguins American Hockey League affiliate on March 3rd, 2009 after the Penguins acquisitions of Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin. Satan re-joined the Penguins in the playoffs, appearing in 16 games playing a 4th line role. Satan had a goal and 5 assists in the Penguins memorable 2009 playoff run. The Bruins signing of Satan is seen as an odd move as the BruinsRead More »

NHL: Los Angeles & Minnesota interested in Fedotenko?

 

Kaberle on the radar of Rangers, Wild, Capitals Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will begin the process of listening to offers for defenseman Tomas Kaberle and once again Kaberle will be highly coveted. Whether he gets traded though remains to be seen due to his NTC. Among the early suitors, Kaberle is at the top of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals wishlist. Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has also been coveting Kaberle since the 2009 NHL entry draft but Kaberle nixed a potential deal to Minnesota last summer and will likely do the same again this winter. Burke is looking to sell high on Kaberle who has 35 points in 40 games this season. The asking price begins at a first round pick. Kaberle has one year remaining on his contract at $4.25 million. Bruins targeting top-6 winger Heading into the new year, the Boston BruinsRead More »