Trade Deadline Watch: Predators acquire Hal Gill


The Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Hal Gill and a 2013 conditional draft pick from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a 2012 second-round pick. For a 36 year old rental defenseman who many evaluators feel is on the downside of his career, the Canadiens got a good return. For the Predators, they add depth to an already strong blueline led by Shea Weber and Ryan Sutter. Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston were also believed to be expressing interest in Gill.

NHL Trade Deadline Report: Who’s in Play? On the Potential Sellers Market


The NHL Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away but the trade market has yet to take off. A big reason for that is due to a limited number of sellers. According to one league source, there are only three true sellers right now in the Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers. In the Eastern Conference, teams such as the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning who are eight points out of a playoff spot are believed to be a week away from whether to go into full sell mode, while a team like the Montreal Canadiens who are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and only seven points out of a playoff spot, could suddenly become a buyer (although unlikely) in a conference with vulnerable teams battling for the No. 7 and No. 8 spots. Big names surfacing as trade bait include ColumbusRead More »

Penguins open the season tonight against the Rangers


Regular Season Game 1: New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins The celebration for the defending Stanley Cup Champions ends tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers in what will be a special night. The Penguins will raise their Stanley Cup banner into the rafters during tonight’s pre-game ceremonies to celebrate their amazing 2008-2009 journey. Tonight will also mark the final regular season opener at Mellon Arena. The Penguins will move into the Consol Energy Center next season. Mellon Arena which opened in 1961 has been the home of the Penguins since the organization entered the NHL in 1967. For the players, the celebration has already ended and it’s back to business as soon as the puck drops.

Penguins Free Agency Frenzy *Live Updates*


July 1, 2009 11:31 p.m. Hurricanes linked to Fedotenko? The Carolina Hurricanes have closed the door on a return for Chad Larose as Larose turned down a three year offer and the money saved by Larose looking elsewhere, has led to the Hurricanes making Fedotenko a three year offer. 10:50 p.m. Calgary/PIT trade talks Update on the trade talks we mentioned around 12:30 p.m. — Penguins have tried to land winger David Moss. Calgary has been pushing Curtis Glencross. Nothing on that front right now but the Flames are interested in Godard and Dupuis. 10:35 p.m. Penguins make offer to Vet-netminder Penguins have made a 1 year contract offer to a veteran goaltender. It is 2-way deal worth $685k at the NHL level according to multiple sources. Earlier in the day the Penguins inquired about Kevin Weekes. 10:15 p.m. Wild sign Martin Havlat The Minnesota Wild have signed Martin HavlatRead More »

Gills’ representatives trying to orchestrate a return to Pittsburgh?


Follow TIOPS on Twitter Indications from league sources are that the market will be bleak for defenseman Hal Gill when free agency begins on Wednesday. Philadelphia was a potential suitor for Gill prior to the draft but with the acquisition of Chris Pronger, Gill is no longer on their radar. Gill will not be offered a contract from Pittsburgh before July 1, will test free agency and explore his options. Gill who opted out of his lease prop in Shadyside months ago, did not appear confident that he would return to Pittsburgh for next season based on discussions with Penguins management. Less than 24 hours until free agency, receiving a $2 million a year salary will be hard to come by for the 34 year old defenseman and Gills’ camp is now trying to

Thursday’s Rumor Mill; Flyers interested in Hal Gill


The Philadelphia Flyers have a strong interest in Penguins defenseman Hal Gill according to a league source. Gill who becomes a unrestricted free agent on July 1, had a cap hit of $2.1 million in 08-09. The Flyers efforts for now is preparing a package to acquire the rights of Jay Bouwmeester at the draft. Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is expected to be active at the draft. Fletcher is beleived to have his eye on Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. As for Marian Gaborik, the two sides will meet on Tuesday when Gaborik’s agent Ron Salcer returns from vacation. Speaking of Fletcher, he will get his name on the Stanley Cup. John Glennon reports, talks between the Predators and forward Steve Sullivan will not pick up until draft weekend and talks could go down until the 11th hour. Sullivan has missed parts of the past two seasons but averaged aRead More »

Pressure turns to Fleury in game 3


Game 2 Post-Game Notebook Unable to tie the series at 1-1, the series shifts back to Pittsburgh Tuesday night as the Penguins will be in a must win situation like they were last year. Despite only scoring two goals through the first two games of the series, the Penguins were upbeat following the game and believe this series is far from over. For the second straight night, the inability to capitalize on prime scoring chances haunted the Penguins. The chances are there for the Penguins, averaging 32 shots in two games Red Wings team speed causing Penguins problems Evaluating the first two games of the series, the most noticeable difference between the Red Wings and Penguins is the team speed that the Red Wings have. The Wings exceptional team speed gives them the ability to play their system to perfection. They close in on the opposition quickly in the neutralRead More »

Gap control in neutral zone, impressive in game 1


Practice makes perfect? In the Penguins two practices on Monday and Tuesday this week, interim head coach Dan Bylsma showed a strong emphasis on his defensemen having tight gap control in the neutral zone to limit the Flylers attack. The extra worked paid off as the Penguins were aggressive in the neutral zone and were always on the attack. The Flyers had little