Rookie Tournament: Leafs beat Penguins 3-1


*Based in Southern Ontario, Junior “A” talent evaluator Brian Kelly is a special contributor to Inside Pittsburgh Sports, covering the 2009 Rookie Tournament. Kitchener, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins top prospects got their first look at Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson Sunday night in the Penguins opening game in the 2009 Rookie Tournament. Gustavsson was strong in net making 36 saves and leading the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 win. The Maple Leafs got goals from Alex Berry, Viktor Stalberg and Greg Scott. For Pittsburgh it was a game they would like to move on from. They were outworked and out chanced as the Leafs were the faster and more physical team. Brian Burke is quickly building the Leafs system into one of the NHL’s best. Pittsburgh saw that first hand tonight. Evaluations on Tangradi, Veilleux, Grant & more A few bright spots for Pittsburgh on the night was goaltender PatrickRead More »

The Ice Report


Bozak signs with the Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes as the talented forward agreed to a two year contract worth close to $1.8 million. The Penguins were informed late Wednesday night that Bozak would be signing elsewhere. The Penguins remain in contact with a few other college prospects but they are not believed to be pursuing former Hobey Baker award winner Ryan Duncan. Ruslan Fedotenko Update The Penguins practiced this morning at SouthPointe and they will depart to Carolina this afternoon. Forward Ruslan Fedotenko (Shoulder) was evaluated this morning by Dr. Charles Burke

Wade Arnott the agent for Tyler Bozak tells the Penguins his client won’t be signing with Pittsburgh


The Penguins are out of the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes as the team was informed late Wednesday night that Bozak would be signing elsewhere. Pittsburgh was a longshot to begin with but they were among Bozak’s top 5 or 6 teams. The Islanders were informed this afternoon that Bozak was no longer considering their offer. The Av’s, Senators and Leafs are leading the pack with the Anaheim Ducks believed to be the mystery team in the running we were trying to chase down last night. Sources do believe the Penguins will be among one of the top suitors for

Tyler Bozak sweepstakes down to Av’s, Isles, Sens, Leafs & “mystery team”


As of late Wednesday night, University of Denver Bozak was considering five teams according to a source close to Bozak: The New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche are the four main teams who remain in talks with Bozak. Bozak informed the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday night that he would not be signing with them according to the Columbus Dispatch. The Jackets were in Bozak’s top 6. There is still believed to be one more team that is being described as a “wildcard” that Bozak is still considering. A team official with the Penguins told me late Wednesday afternoon that the Penguins and Wade Arnott

Blue Jackets, Leafs, Avalanche, Senators in Tyler Bozak’s top 5


University of Denver forward Tyler Bozak has received over 20 offers but a source close to Bozak indicates he has trimmed his list down to 6 teams with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs leading the pack. Colorado, Anaheim and the Blue Jackets are two of the other six teams Bozak is considering. Bozak is expected to sign by Friday. Pittsburgh