Hurricanes not moving Eric Staal A number of league sources have disputed any talk that the Carolina Hurricanes are even considering the possibility of moving Eric Staal. Not going to happen under any circumstances I’m told A report by the Ottawa Sun indicated the St. Louis Blues were making a play for Staal. Market growing for Ilya Kovalchuk The Atlanta Thrashers have yet to make Ilya Kovalchuk available for trade but when or if they do, teams are already beginning preparations. The Flyers, Kings, Oilers and Canucks are four teams prepared to make a major play for Kovalchuk, sources tell me. The Kings are willing to offer a package centering around Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson, while Philadelphia has made a number of players available including Daniel Briere, Matt Carle Simone Gagne and Scott Hartnell to name a few. However, to land Kovalchuk, the Flyers are going to have toRead More »
Ovechkin day-to-day Alexander Ovechkin’s own coach called him “pretty reckless” today, just a day after Ovechkin delivered a punishing knee-to-knee hit to Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason. It was a scare for both players but both players are expected to be okay. Does Ovechkin need to tone it down? Ovechkin, the NHL’s most unique player, is putting other players in danger, including himself. If he keeps playing with the recklessness that he does, he won’t have a long career. However, even Bruce Boudreau has doubts that Ovechkin will ever tone it down. The NHL is reviewing the hit. Bruins, Savard agree to 7 year extension
Pittsburgh has lost four of five games Tim Thomas made 27 saves, recording his second shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 Tuesday night. The Bruins handed the Penguins their second straight shutout loss and held Sidney Crosby pointless for the fifth straight game, the longest drought of his career. Pittsburgh is in the midst of their longest losing streak since Dan Bylsma took over as head coach on Feb. 15, 2009. Bylsma looked to jumpstart the Penguins struggling offense by switching up his top two lines but the moves had little impact.
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-5-0) @ Boston Bruins (7-7-2) Boston – In the first matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will not be at full strength Tuesday night. Pittsburgh will be without the services of five key members from their Game 7 Stanley Cup clinching win; Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), Kris Letang (shoulder), Sergei Gonchar (wrist), Max Talbot (shoulder) and Tyler Kennedy (groin). The Bruins who led the Eastern Conference in points last season have also been hit hard by injuries. The Bruins will be without top line forwards Marc Savard and Milan Lucic. Also, defenseman Derek Morris did not participate in today’s morning skate. His status for tonight’s game is up in the air. After trading away 36 goal scorer Phil Kessel, the Bruins are struggling to score goals. They rank near the bottom of the league with only 38 goals on theRead More »
Canucks acquire Christian Ehroff, sign Schneider The Vancouver Canucks announced this afternoon that the the team has acquired defencemen Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenceman Daniel Rahimi and forward Patrick White. The team also announced on that they have signed defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Ehrhoff, 27, had eight goals and 34 assists last season in 77 games for the Sharks. Ehroff is regarded in league circles as one of the most under-rated defenseman in the game. Schneider, 40, will be playing for his ninth club in 19 NHL seasons. Schneider had 9 goals and 23 assists last season for the Atlanta Thrashers and the Montreal Canadiens. While Ehroff was the big prize of the afternoon for the Canucks, Brad Lukowich is a quality depth player who can fill a 6th or 7th defenseman role. Kessel trade talks heating up? According to the NewRead More »
Rumor Mill Heating Up NHL GM’s have convened in Pittsburgh for the annual GM meetings, trade winds and free agent talk is starting to heat up. Here’s the latest. Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell has his most important off-season ahead for him as his star forward Ilya Kovalchuk is entering the final year of his contract. Word is Waddell will be aggressive in free agency and will make a strong run at the Sedin twins with Waddell prepared to make long-term offers to both players worth as much as $6 million per season. *Another player on the Thrashers radar is San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau according to a league source. The asking price is steep. *The Atlanta Thrashers have approached forward Colby Armstrong about a long-term extension in the range of $3.1 million per season. Armstrong set a career high with 22 goals during the regular season. * The SedinRead More »
The Penguins would like for the Eastern Conference Finals to begin on Monday and get some of their key players healthy. If the Boston Bruins win tonight, the NHL has to work around the Celtics schedule. If the Magic force a game 7 tonight, the Celtics will play at home Sunday afternoon. Therefore, the East Finals would likely start Monday night in Boston. Mellon Arena is booked on Sunday and Tuesday of this week. If Carolina wins, we’re likely looking at a Monday start in Pittsburgh. There’s some talk going around this afternoon that the Penguins have been informed they won’t play Saturday night. The schedule will be released Thursday night. As expected Sergei Gonchar played last night and he clearly wasn’t 100% but he felt more comfortable as the game went on. Gonchar cannot suffer any long-term damage by playing and he will just have to play through someRead More »
Pittsburgh 6 ‚Äì Boston 4 Newcomer Chris Kunitz had two goals and one assist to lead the Penguins to a 6-4 win over the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. Backup goaltender Mathieu Garon made 21 saves to record his first win in a Penguins uniform. The Penguins who went 2-8 on the power play got a big game from their new #1 line. Sidney Crosby ( 3 assists), Bill Guerin ( 1 goal, 2 assists) and Chris Kunitz (2 goals, 1 assist) combined for 9 points against the Bruins. Bill Guerin (18), Chris Kunitz (19, 20), Petr Sykora (24) and Jordan Staal (19) all scored for the Penguins Sunday‚Äôs win moved the Penguins into the #5 spot in the Eastern Conference. Trailing 3-2 after the 2nd period, Pittsburgh is now 11-19-1 when trailing after two periods *Kunitz third period goal at 0:43 has been given to Sergei Gonchar.
Rangers a team to watch in the East? The Rangers got a big win Sunday afternoon, beating the Eastern Conferences top seed the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. While I‚Äôm still not sold on Nik Antropov, the Rangers are a much better team with the additions of Derek Morris, Sean Avery, Antropov then they were two weeks ago. Glen Sather hasn‚Äôt done many things right during his tenure as General Manager with the New York Rangers but bringing in John Tortorella as head coach was the right decision. Coaches like Tortorella do have an expiration date but the Rangers needed to move to an up-tempo style. Tortorella will get the most out of underachievers Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Hate or love him, Sean Avery has an impact on games. He was getting under the skin of players like Milan Lucic all game. Bruins peaked too early? BostonRead More »
The Race in the Eastern Conference is tightening. As things stand right now the 10th place Carolina Hurricanes are only 5 points out of the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. There are 6 teams battling for 4 spots and the Montreal Canadiens who failed to replace Robert Lang at the trade deadline will miss the playoffs. Pittsburgh is a team that no one wants to play right now. The defending Eastern Conference Champions travel to Washington tomorrow afternoon to face off against the Capitals to end their 5 game road trip. Pittsburgh is 0-3 against Washington this season and Sunday is going to be a statement game for the team. They are playing at a level right now that they haven‚Äôt played at all season and the confidence level around the locker room is at a season high. After the Boston Bruins failed to land Keith Tkachuk they triedRead More »