Paul Martin and Ryan Suter led Team USA in ice time vs Slovakia; Orpik played just 1:26 in 1st period


SOME NOTES ON PENGUINS & OTHERS FROM THURSDAY’S ACTION United States 7 – Slovakia 1 — Paul Martin and Ryan Suter each led Team USA in ice time with 19:46 TOI. Martin was an even rating in the win and in a blowout like this one, the ice time stats in the first period tell the story where the coaches view particular players right now. Bylsma, as expected, leaned heavily on Martin who had 6:25 of ice time in the first period, second to Suter. Martin, Suter and Kevin Shattenkirk (19:14) all played over 19 minutes. — Brooks Orpik was a +3 but saw the least amount of ice time among all defensemen with 10:51 TOI. Bylsma dressed seven defensemen and Orpik was the only defenseman to play under 13 minutes. What was telling with Orpik is that he only played 1:26 in the first period. The buzz on OrpikRead More »

Sweepstakes Wrapup: How the failed pursuit of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise played out for the Penguins


It took Penguins GM Ray Shero officially four days to find out that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter weren’t coming to Pittsburgh, but in reality Shero seemed to know quickly that Suter wouldn’t be coming and on Tuesday night Shero seemed to get the sense that Parise also wouldn’t be coming to join Sidney Crosby for the next 10-12 years. “Through their agents that represent them, they had a process in place ” Shero said of the long process. “It took four days to find out but we respect the process.” They’re both obviously very good players, ” he said.  “Zach is we all know, he’s a really good two-way player, he had our interest and we felt he’d be a really good fit short and long term. Same as Ryan Suter, a top pairing defenseman and these guys are hard to find.” Contrary to media members out there believing theRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: On strategies of Suter, Parise going through preparations for July 1 & buzz on Pens/Nash, Hall of Fame


Sources: Suter intrigued by Pittsburgh Zach Parise and Ryan Suter headline this years group of unrestricted free agents and both through their agents are going through preparations for what’s to come on July 1. Parise and his agents Wade Arnott, Don Meehan of Newport Sports met on Monday to lay out what teams they expect to be in pursuit and teams they have interest in, in addition to their plan of attack regarding talks with the New Jersey Devils. Talks between the Devils, Parise have begun and indications are the Devils will propose an offer by Thursday at the latest. Parise for now continues to say all the right things. “If that does happen {hit the open market}, my agents have done a really good job of doing the best they can to prepare me for it. But first and foremost, we want to try to get things worked outRead More »