Latest NHL Buzz: Growing belief Fleury to sign with Penguins or Golden Knights next season

 

Latest on Marc Andre Fleury There is a lot of different information flying around surrounding Marc Andre Fleury’s future with the Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the deadline. In recent days there has been growing buzz that Fleury is 100% open to agreeing to a trade if a deal can be worked out with a team that Fleury truly believes can win a Stanley Cup. Chicago has spoken with around 5-6 teams but options become much more limited when it comes to being teams you can call a true Cup contender. If they can pull it off financially, Colorado checks that box and is the primary team that has interested Fleury for a run at another Stanley Cup, league sources say. There is a belief Fleury would also consider Toronto who has checked into Fleury. There’s much more mystery with teams on the periphery that have spoken with the Blackhawks onRead More »

Rumors: Penguins offered near identical extensions to Malkin, Letang

 

Source: Letang Remains in Line to command 4 year deal Kris Letang’s former agent Ken Hughes, who was recently named Montreal Canadiens GM, made it known to the Penguins brass just before training camp that any chance of extension was going to take a four year deal and there was going to be little room on their end for much of any of a paycut from Letang’s current salary of $7.25 million per season. Multiple sources say the Letang camp approached the Penguins about a 4 year deal worth around Several months later and Hextall/Burke have continued to be hellbent on not bending beyond The Penguins after the New Year finally exchanged some numbers with Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang camps, sources say. There are strong indications the Penguins offered both players near identical The offer was ‘strongly’ declined from the Letang side, while the Penguins feel some level ofRead More »

Penguins’ receptive to Canucks ‘strong’ trade interest in John Marino

 

Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, now President of Hockey Operations with the Vancouver Canucks has long believed Pittsburgh defenseman John Marino is a special player with a #1 pairing ceiling. Meanwhile, the Penguins’ current brass likes Marino but they don’t see Marino in the same breathe by any means that the Penguins former GM did and still does. That has had Rutherford seeing an opening and exploring avenues to acquire Marino from his former club. Top NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman first reported Saturday night on the Canucks interest in Marino, though, Friedman casted some doubt that a deal will get done by the deadline. Multiple NHL sources say the Penguins have been “receptive” to the Canucks interest in Marino. As the trade deadline inches closer, the Penguins have been viewed around the league as much more inclined to spend assets on a top-6/top-9 caliber winger with term than doing anythingRead More »

Penguins extend Drew O’Connor with one-way deal

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday signed forward Drew O’Connor to a one year, $750,000 contract extension. With the extension, Connor receives a one-way deal for the 2022-2023 campaign. O’Connor has 3 goals and 2 assists in 22 games with the Penguins as he’s split time this year in the NHL/AHL

Penguins brass has shifted thinking on current group but unlikely to veer off path

 

Latest Pens Buzz The Penguins signing Jeff Carter to an extension Wednesday should not have surprised anyone. Despite Carter’s age, GM Ron Hextall since the summer has viewed Carter as a big part of this core, on and off the ice. Hextall has a close relationship with Carter’s agent Rich Curran and the two sides broached the possibility back in the summer as the Penguins have firmly believed since last season that Carter had impact years left in him. Carter, 37, has 12 goals and 14 points in 36. Is paying Carter top-9 money through age 39 going to be a great investment after this season? Most likely not. But, Carter was the easiest piece of business to deal with first for the Penguins brass as the organization’s thinking on how to build around this group has shifted over the last month. On the job for about a year now,Read More »

Penguins rout Canadiens 6-0

 

Final: Penguins 6 – Canadiens 0 — Sidney Crosby scored his first of the season, 3:36 into the game and Pittsburgh never looked back in cruising to a 6-0 win over the hapless Montreal Canadiens. TOP PERFORMERS *Teddy Blueger 2 Goals, Assist *Jake Guentzel Goal, Assist *Sidney Crosby Goal, 61 FO% *Bryan Rust 2 Assists *Tristan Jarry 24 Saves, 1.000 SV% OTHER NOTABLES *Danton Heinen Goal, 4 SOG *Brock McGinn Goal *Zach Aston-Reese 2 Assists *John Marino 2 Assists NEXT UP 11/20 7PM: Penguins 6-6-4, 16 pts @ Maple Leafs 12-5-1, 25 pts

Trade Chatter surrounding Letang was starting to emerge prior to sale news & More Buzz

 

Latest Pens Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions TIOPS HEADLINES Rival Teams bracing for Letang to be in play? Sale Talks impacted negotiations with key Penguins’ Reps believe A Lost Season for 71? Execs wonder if Malkin will make it past the Olympics? Penguins moving on from DeSmith? Even prior to the Penguins pending sale news getting out, there’s been emerging chatter in league circles for a few weeks now that the Kris Letang camp believes more so than ever that Letang will be playing elsewhere next season and that teams have viewed Letang MORE BUZZ — One high ranking source directly involved in contract talks with Penguins GM Ron Hextall described talks for the past couple months as “extremely strange” but the breaking news this week of the Penguins pending sale now adds up. Sources say something changed on Hextall’s end where in late July Hextall initially went from ‘we wantRead More »

What the Penguins Pending Sale Means for the Short and Long-term

 

Penguins on Track to be Sold for Around $870 Million The Pittsburgh Penguins are being sold to the Fenway Sports Group in a sale that is expected to come in around a staggering $870 million dollars. Whether it was now or 3-4 years down the road, majority owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux have been eyeing the opportunity to cash in on the franchise that the Lemieux group bought in 1999, saving the franchise out of bankruptcy. This day was always coming. Lemieux and Co aggressively tried to sale the club back in 2015, but interference of the NHL seeking a price tag of $750-$775 million hamstrung ownerships desire to initially sale the club in the $600 million range six years ago as the group was prepared to take a deal around $640 million at the time where Mario Lemieux would have been out as owner. A couple of back-to-backRead More »