Friday, May 28, 2010
-The Penguins traded a 2010 sixth round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Mattias Modig. They then signed the Swedish 23 year old to a two year entry level contract. He was Anaheim's fourth round pick in 2007. Modig compiled a 2.35 GAA and a .913 save percentage in his past two seasons with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League. He is listed as 6'0 and 163 pounds. This was likely a trade to get some more depth at the goaltender position.
-D Brooks Orpik apparently dealt with an abdominal injury from midseason through the playoffs. He is probably going to have surgery to repair it. Chris Kunitz battled through a torn groin muscle, but he may be able to avoid surgery.
-According to Joe Depto, the Penguins will face the Philadelphia Flyers on October 7th to open the Consol Energy Center.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Player Evaluations: Right Wingers
#27 Craig Adams
Season Stats: 82 Games Played, 0 Goals, 10 Assists, 10 Points, -5
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, +2
Adams, who played each game on the fourth line, did not score any goals in the regular season but did manage to score two in the playoffs. He played very well on the penalty kill. Grade: C
#28 Eric Godard
Season Stats: 45 Games Played, 1 Goal, 2 Assists, 2 Points, +2
Playoff Stats: None
Godard did not play very much this season at all. In addition, he did not play any games in the playoffs. He never really has developed into the enforcer the Penguins wanted. Grade: D-
Season Stats: 78 Games Played, 21 Goals, 24 Assists, 45 Points, -9
Playoff Stats: 11 Games Played, 4 Goals, 5 Assists, 9 Points, +3
The 39 year old Guerin scored 25 goals total this season including the playoffs. He scored the most goals out of all of the Penguins wingers. Not bad for a 39 year old. UFA. Grade: B
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Friday, May 21, 2010
Player Evaluations: Left Wingers
#24 Matt Cooke
Season Stats: 79 Games Played, 15 Goals, 15 Assists, 30 Points, +17
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 4 Goals, 2 Assists, 6 Points, -4
Cooke had a terrific season scoring 15 goals and another 4 in the playoffs. He is one free agent the Penguins should definitely re-sign. He is more than just an agitator. Grade: B+
Season Stats: 81 Games Played, 18 Goals, 20 Assists, 38 Points, +5
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 2 Goals, 6 Assists, 8 Points, +5
Dupuis played in the most games this season than any other season in his career. He also had his second highest goal total in his career this season. He fits well in the locker room too. Grade: B
#26 Ruslan Fedotenko
Season Stats: 80 Games Played, 11 Goals, 19 Assists, 30 Points, -17
Playoff Stats: 6 Games Played, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -3
Fedotenko had the lowest goal total in his career this season and his plus/minus was awful. He did not step up in the playoffs like he has done before. He is probably done with PIT. Grade: D
Season Stats: 50 Games Played, 13 Goals, 19 Assists, 32 Points, +3
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 11 Points, +3
Kunitz missed some time due to an injury, but played well in the playoffs and remained with Sidney Crosby the whole season. He was also very physical in the playoffs. Grade: B
#23 Alexei Ponikarovsky
Playoff Stats: 11 Games Played, 1 Goal, 4 Assists, 5 Points, 0
Ponikarovsky never lived up the hype when PIT got him and was scratched for two games in the playoffs. He didn't have a good attitude or work ethic. Likely gone as he is a UFA Grade: D
-Kevin Allen of the USA Today reported that the Atlanta Thrashers probably will not be able to re-sign RW Colby Armstrong. Armstrong scored 15 goals and recorded 14 assists in 79 games played. You can expect that him and the Penguins will at least talk about a contract. They probably did not want to trade him to Atlanta, but they wanted Hossa. If he will take a discount, he could be back in a Pittsburgh uniform.
-The Penguins have been rumored to be talking to D Ben Lovejoy on a new deal since he can become a free agent on the first of July. Expect them to get it done fairly soon. The one thing that is holding it up is that Lovejoy wants a 1 way contract instead of a 2 way contract.
-According to TIOPS, the Penguins have discussed with Jordan Leopold's agent, but no numbers were involved. They will likely talk again in a few weeks.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Player Evaluations: Defensemen
#55 Sergei Gonchar
Season Stats: 62 Games Played, 11 Goals, 39 Assists, 50 Points, -4
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 2 Goals, 10 Assists, 12 Points, +4
Gonchar was the best offensive defenseman for Pittsburgh again this season. He will be hard to replace on the power play if he departs, but his defensive abilities seem to be declining.Grade: B
Season Stats: 73 Games Played, 3 Goals, 24 Assists, 27 Points, +1
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 5 Goals, 2 Assists, 7 Points, -5
Letang had a season full of ups and downs. During the season, he was expected to provide more offense than he did, but his defense improved. During the playoffs, that switched.
He could not defend many players well, but he scored five goals. Grade: B-
Season Stats: 69 Games Played, 8 Goals, 29 Assists, 37 Points, +7
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 2 Goals, 7 Assists, 9 Points, +4
Goligoski exploded in the first 15 games of the season scoring six goals and thirteen points. He went on to score only two more the rest of the season.
He also did not defend other players as well as the Penguins needed. It was his first
He also did not defend other players as well as the Penguins needed. It was his first
Season Stats (With PIT): 20 Games Played, 4 Goals, 4 Assists, 8 Points, +5
Playoff Stats: 8 Games Played, 0 Goals, 0 Assists, 0 Points, -2
Leopold, who came over in a trade from Florida, turned into a decent defenseman during the season scoring four goals in 20 games. After he got injured from an Andy Sutton hit
during the playoffs, he did not seem to be the same player. He is a UFA. Grade: C
Season Stats: 73 Games Played, 255 Hits, 117 Blocked Shots, 25 Points (2G23A), +6
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played:, 50 Hits, 30 Blocked Shots, 2 Points (2A), +3
Orpik was sixth in the NHL this season in hits and was arguably the best defensive defenseman this season for PIT. He will not score much, but he is a huge part of this team. Grade: B+
Season Stats: 79 Games Played, 27 Hits, 135 Blocked Shots, 16 Points (3G13A), +5
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Played, 11 Hits, 20 Blocked Shots, 3 Points (3A), -4
Eaton, who is not a very physical defensman, plays his position very well as he ranked second on the Penguins in blocked shots. He is a UFA this summer. Grade: B-
Season Stats: 62 Games Played, 59 Hits, 137 Blocked Shots, 10 Points (1G9A), +6
Playoff Stats: 5 Games Played, 4 Hits, 11 Blocked Shots, 0 Points, +2
McKee filled the role he was signed to do: block shots. He led the Penguins in that category in the season but fell out of favor when Leopold arrived. Some think he should have played more
more in the playoffs with the struggling defense. He will be a UFA this summer. Grade: B
These ratings are based off of different areas as well just like the goaltender evaluations. The offensive defensemen and defensive defensemen are seperated for a reason. They are evaluated in the role they were put into. Offensive numbers do not go into much consideration for defensive players.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
-Alexei Ponikarovsky apparently skipped the last team meeting yesterday. That is a sign that he may not be back next season as many have speculated already. He did not provide the offensive spark Shero was looking for.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Player Evaluations: Goaltenders
#29 Marc-Andre Fleury:
Playoff Stats: 13 Games Started, 7-6, 37 Goals Against, 2.78 GAA, .891 SV %
Fleury drew a lot of criticism this regular season as well as the playoffs. His numbers were not all that good this season as he only has one shutout but he did manage to win 37 games. Obviously, he could have performed much better in the playoffs. Let's not forget that his defense was not even close to as strong as it was last season during the Cup run. Grade: C+ as a starter.
#1 Brent Johnson:
Playoff Stats: 1 Game Played, 0-0, 1 Goal Against, 1.91 GAA, .857 SV %
Johnson was a very solid backup this season as he already has signed a two year extension with the team. He was not spectacular such as Ty Conklin was, but he certainly is a respectable backup that the Penguins can count on. Grade: B as a backup
The grades are based on a number of factors such as stats, expectations and playoff performance. Although Fleury has a lower grade than Johnson, that does not mean Johnson is the better goalie. Johnson got a B as a backup. It would be much lower if he was a starter. Basically, the grades go based on the role that player was in during the season.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
A look at the pending free agents from the Penguins:
Forwards: Bill Guerin, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke, Ryan Bayda
Defenseman: Sergei Gonchar, Mark Eaton, Jordan Leopold, Ben Lovejoy, Jay McKee, Deryk Engelland, Chris Lee
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
-Although the season is over, I will still be posting stuff on here. I will have evaluations on all of the players and some trade breakdowns. I will report rumors regarding the future of this team too. Thanks to everyone who reads this!
-After being scratched the last two games, Alexei Ponikarovsky found himself skating with Evgeni Malkin and Bill Guerin this morning. That is a sign he will likely return to the lineup tonight. Dan Bylsma must be looking for a offensive spark for the struggling offense. Mark Letestu will likely be the odd man out.
-After a horrific game for the defense in Game 6, the Penguins will not change any of their defenseman. Jay McKee will still be the seventh defenseman.
Monday, May 10, 2010
-Hal Gill did not skate in the morning skate today but did skate a little following the practice. He is going to be a game time decision. He is battling a cut in his left leg. If he does not play, Sidney Crosby could finally explode.
-Jaroslav Spacek skated in the morning practice and is expected to make his series debut tonight.
-For the Penguins, it looks like they will send the same lineup out tonight as they did on Saturday night. Alex Ponikarovsky and Ruslan Fedotenko will be healthy scratches.
-Pascal Dupuis will likely play with Crosby and Chris Kunitz tonight while Bill Guerin will play with Max Talbot and Evgeni Malkin.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
-Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ruslan Fedotenko did not skate with the top four lines suggesting that they may not be playing tonight.
-The lines this morning looked like this:
Thursday, May 6, 2010
-Jordan Staal practiced once again today and is a game time decision according to Dan Bylsma. He skated on the fifth line, but played on the second powerplay unit. If he does not play tonight, some sources say me may be back on Saturday.
-Bill Guerin is likely out for tonight's game again because of an elbow injury. He did practice, but many sources are saying he will not play.
-Mark Letestu will likely center the third line again if Staal cannot play. The lineup will be the same as it was Tuesday night. Mike Rupp is questionable.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
UPDATE 1:53 PM: Bill Guerin has a sore back but will still likely play tonight. There are still strong indications that Mark Letestu could replace Ruslan Fedotenko.
-Coach Dan Byslma used the following line combination's at this mornings skate in Montreal:
Mark Letestu's name jumps out as the third line center as he may be used tonight. Bill Guerin was not at the skate as Pascal Dupuis skated with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
-Surprisingly, Jordan Staal skated for about five minutes before his teammates came out and practiced.