Latest Pens Buzz: On Sidney Crosby, Mike Vellucci’s Future, Kasperi Kapanen & More Buzz

 

No Crosby, No Problem? Geno has fans in the building tonight!!!……..And there’s No Sidney Crosby…… Who knows, maybe Malkin has one night where he turns back the clock vs the Philadelphia Flyers. On a serious note, the Penguins have shown in the past to galvanize for a stretch around an injury or absence to a big star, so we’ll see whether history repeats itself. As the Penguins today placed Sidney Crosby on the covid-19 list, the team is mum whether Crosby has Covid or it’s a close contact situation. At the minimum he’s out tonight. “We can do all the right things and this could happen,” said head coach Mike Sullivan. “There are protocols put in place for a reason.” Mark Jankowski remains out and day-to-day, while Tristan Jarry will start in goal. 20 GAMES IN………… 20 Games into the season for the Penguins and the East Division is playingRead More »

Penguins receive approval for 15% capacity this week

 

Penguins – Flyers will have some fans in the stands for the three game set this week. The Penguins today received approval from the PA State Department of Health to open PPG Paints Arena at 15% capacity, which will allow 2,800 fans to attend. Tickets will be available to season ticket holders only, on a priority basis.

Penguins claim d-man Mark Friedman

 

Penguins GM Ron Hextall acquired a familiar face today in claiming defenseman Mark Friedman off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. Friedman, 25, was a Hextall draft pick, selected 86th overall in the 2014 draft. The right handed defenseman is a smallish blueliner at 5’11, 185, who skates well, but has yet to make much of a presence in the NHL, appearing in just 11 career NHL games. Friedman is on a one-way contract with a cap hit of $725,000 through the 2021-2022 season.

Buying stock In four more years of Kris Letang or Evgeni Malkin?

 

Sidney Crosby’s Night Saturday night was a celebration of Sidney Crosby as the Penguins captain became to the first player in team history to hit the 1,000 game milestone in a Penguins uniform. Crosby is a special player, all-time Great, who is most importantly just a special human being. A beloved figure by so many who is a rare superstar on the ice on how he meets and exceeds expectations and off the ice in how he conducts himself. Many of Crosby’s teammates were below the line with their level of play in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Islanders, but this team again was able find away to get a ‘W’ with a subpar performance. And at the end of the day, a Sidney Crosby led team will more likely than not find a way to snatch one of the four playoff spots in the East Division. —One of theRead More »

Quietly monitoring QB trade market, are Steelers reversing course on going all-in on Big Ben in 2021

 

Ben Roethlisberger said all the right things a few weeks ago in that he’ll do whatever the Steelers need him to do to make the cap work. More likely than not, it just Ben talking to look good. But, restructuring and kicking it down the road isn’t Ben Roethlisberger being a company man and taking a pay cut. Not one word has come out of the agents mouth that Ben taking anything less than the $19 million Ben is owed in 2021 is going to happen. Everything the agent said was “RESTRUCTURE”, yet, many took the comments as Ben being willing to take a paycut. In a reversal from a couple weeks ago, though, the Steelers have gone from being all-in on another run with Ben Roethlisberger to taking on the $22 million dead cap hit (release) now being a strong consideration. The odds of Ben returning has gone fromRead More »

Penguins are 18th in the NHL in Points Percentage at the Quarter Mark

 

Penguins at the Quarter Mark After Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, the Penguins have hit the quarter mark of the season with a 7-6-1 record. Some in Pittsburgh, including members of the organization were drinking the kool-aid and saw this team as an elite contender entering the season. However, a strong consensus around the league on the Penguins is that they were a middle of the road, fringe playoff team. And through 14 games they’ve lived up to that billing. In a covid world for a league mirrored with a ton of cancellations thus far, don’t waste your time looking at where the Penguins are at in the standings on a day to day basis, whether they shoot up to third place one or fall back to fifth the next day. All of the focus is on points percentage moving forward with doubts the league can get inRead More »

Zach Aston-Reese to play vs Isles

 

Winger Zach Aston-Reese has been officially activated from injured reserve and will make his season debut tonight vs the New York Islanders. Aston-Reese had 6 goals and 13 points in 57 games for the Penguins last season. The Penguins are expected to reunite the ZAR – Blueger – Tanev line tonight