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83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 11:29 AM
Penguins hire former Montreal GM as assistant coach
Monday, July 03, 2006

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins filled out coach Michel Therrien's staff today by hiring former Montreal general manager Andre Savard as an assistant coach.

Savard, 53, was Canadiens' GM from Nov. 20, 2000, through the end of the 2002-03 season, a period than included Therrien's stint as coach in Montreal.

Savard played 790 games with Boston, Buffalo and Quebec, putting up 482 points in 790 games over 12 seasons.

He moved into the Quebec front office when he retired as a player in 1985. He spent 10 seasons with the Nordiques as a scout, assistant coach, head coach in the NHL and American Hockey League and director of player development.

He joined Ottawa in 1995, putting in four years as chief scout and another an assistant coach before moving on to Motnreal in 2000. He was director of hockey personnel when he joined the Canadiens, then was promoted to GM.

Jeremy
07-03-2006, 11:37 AM
Now they need to find a coach for the Baby Penguins.

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 11:39 AM
Solid move by both Shero and Therrien. Now they need to sign a goalie coach. Francois Allaire is available.

SteelCityMan786
07-03-2006, 12:27 PM
Then what are they waiting for?? Get that man hired

BlackNGold203
07-03-2006, 12:30 PM
How weird would that be?...working for your old employee?

Sound like a good hire though

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 12:40 PM
Penguins sign free-agent defenseman
Monday, July 03, 2006

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins signed free-agent defenseman Mark Eaton to a two-year contract today.

Eaton, 29, is the first free agent to join the Penguins this summer. He will be paid $1.6 million each season.

He is 6 foot 2, 212 pounds, and had three goals and one assist in 69 games with Nashville last season.

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 12:46 PM
Decent size, blocks shots, kills penalties well. He's the quiet guy on very successful teams. Goes around, does his job, doesn't get any accolades, but is very valuable. Also, he's from Nashville. Shero should know him well and be comfortable with his style of play. A lot of ice time and a blocked shot leader. Sounds like a guy to help Fleury this year.

Solid signing overall.

Jeremy
07-03-2006, 12:55 PM
God knows we need better defense next season.

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 02:04 PM
"TURKEY POINT, Ontario (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ryan VandenBussche was charged with assaulting three police officers during a late-night brawl and was subdued with a Taser gun and pepper spray.

VandenBussche hit one officer near the left eye, smacked another in the left ear and tried to strike a third early Monday, police said. He will be held in a Brantford jail until Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Mark Foster says VandenBussche “apparently came to the rescue of a friend” who was being arrested.
Police say the 33-year-old player threatened the life of one officer after the fight outside a hotel in Turkey Point, southwest of Hamilton.

VandenBussche, who lives south of London, Ontario, is charged with three counts of assaulting a peace officer. He also is charged with obstructing and/or resisting a peace officer, and making a threat to cause death or bodily harm."

SteelCityMan786
07-03-2006, 02:45 PM
uggggggggggggggggh. When we get goood news the bad comes in.

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2006, 03:37 PM
While somebody getting arrested is never good news, this will not hurt the team. VandenBussche rarely played and when he did play he never did what he was supposed to do.......fight and play physical. Obviously off the ice he has no problem throwing down though..lol.

One guy I would not mind seeing the Pens snag is Domi for a one year deal. While Domi is old, he still plays a physical game, puts a few pucks in the net now and again, won't cost much and most importantly, players will think twice when taking a run at Malkin or Crosby next season.

In a perfect world, I would love to see this team pick up Peca. That price tag is the problem though.

X-Terminator
07-04-2006, 06:44 PM
Maybe not Domi, but this guy will do!

http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/1935.0.php

PITTSBURGH ? The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jarkko Ruutu, it was announced Tuesday by General Manager Ray Shero.

Ruutu, 30, appeared in all 82 games during the 2005-06 season with the Vancouver Canucks, recording 17 points (10+7) and 142 penalty minutes. Ruutu established new career highs in games played, goals, points and penalty minutes. Additionally, Ruutu won a silver medal with Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The 6-0 and 200-pound native of Helsinki, Finland has appeared in 267 career NHL games, all with Vancouver, recording 51 points (23+28) and 453 penalty minutes. Ruutu won a silver medal with Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, playing in four games during the tournament.

Remember folks - he is the man who took out Jaromir Jagr at the Olympics, and is one of the most hated players in the NHL. The Pens seem to love signing guys like this - Ulfie, Kaspar, now Jarkko! :excited:

SteelCityMan786
07-04-2006, 09:35 PM
hmmmmm Sounds good so far. Keep up the good work Ray.

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 08:08 AM
Nice, we go out and pick up the most hated and one of the meanest players in the game. This team will finally have a mean streak. A little bite. Sounds good to me. Domi had 16 points last season and Ruutu with 17. Domi is 37 and Ruutu is 30.

I'm liking Shero more and more everyday......

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 08:10 AM
Penguin fans, meet Mr. Ruutu..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhAw-xtz6ew&search=Ruutu

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 08:35 AM
Yup, a lot of Ruutu's "finer" moments in his career :grin:

If he continues to play like that as a Penguin, he'll definitely be right up there with Ulfie and Kaspar, who are both still extremely popular with the fans.

HometownGal
07-05-2006, 09:21 AM
Yup, a lot of Ruutu's "finer" moments in his career :grin:

If he continues to play like that as a Penguin, he'll definitely be right up there with Ulfie and Kaspar, who are both still extremely popular with the fans.

The Pens do need a bad boy and Ruufu could be just what the doctor ordered. Cairns is a big boy, but isn't as physical as I would like. I think this was an excellent move!

GO PENS! (and hurry up hockey season!) :smile:

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 09:39 AM
All we need now is that sniper to play with Crosby - Brendan Shanahan, anyone?

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 10:16 AM
If we are going to go that old, I would rather spend the money on Yanic Perreault (35). He would answer the need for a faceoff specialist. At the same time, he's slowing down. New NHL, all speed. I doubt your going to see us go out and sign any big names players (Shanny, Peca, etc.). Shero already made that very clear a few days ago.

"If it's about the money, don't come," he said. "I think it's a young team that's on the rise. There are some top players here. [Sergei] Gonchar's one of the better offensive guys in the league, Ryan Whitney's a young guy, playing with [Sidney] Crosby, hopefully, we'll have [Evgeni] Malkin. This is an up-and-coming team.

"A certain player at a certain time of his career has a chance to make a bigger impact with a team like Pittsburgh than they do with their current team, or they have a chance to play a more prominent role, or a leadership role. There's opportunity here. That's what I'm looking for.

"I'm not looking for the guy who wants the biggest contract, or the longest contract. Maybe a guy's going to take more of a role than he had before, and he's looking forward to that challenge. Maybe there's a good fit like that. If there's not, we'll keep looking." - Ray Shero

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 10:39 AM
I've wanted the Pens to bring Perreault in for years, and I wouldn't mind it, though word is that he's not fast enough for the new game. Faceoffs are one area the Pens have been sorely lacking ever since Ron Francis left.

That said, you still need guys who can put the puck in the net, and a guy like Shanahan or even Sergei Samsonov would fit that role. I like Shero's approach and commitment to a young team, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and pay out some cash to bring in the guy you need. Isn't that what we constantly get on Pirates' management for NOT doing?

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 10:51 AM
If I'm going to go out and spend big cash, I would rather spend the big bucks on Peca or Sykora. At the right price Sykora could be a solid player to sign in order to address the team needs at scoring from the wing. A one year deal, maybe two between $1.5 and $3 million per year. I wouldn't really want to offer him $3 mill, but they do have a hole to fill and they do need to get to the salary floor. I wouldn't be surprised to see Dvorak given a shot either/instead, if only because Dvorak brings other things to the table if he's not scoring, most notably speed and penalty killing. He'd likely be cheaper than Sykora as well.

I think all three could bring more to this team (faceoffs, playing both ends, penalty killing) than Shanny who is 37-38 years old. While I agree that Shero should go out and open up the wallet to a degree, I think he should choose to do so wisely. Last season was a perfect lesson (Palffy, Gonchar, Recchi). We also have to wonder if this is where Shanny would want to be at this point in his career. Does he want that leadership/veteran teacher role?

As for Samsonov, between injuries and the fact that he was invisible during these past playoffs, I'm not sure if he's worth the money. The guy never lived up to the hype. I remember many stating he was the next Pavel Bure. For the most part I like Samsonov's skill but not his injury history, probable price-tag or penchant for never scoring as much as he should due to the afore-mentioned injury history and tendancy to float. Pass.

Also, more from Shero............

"Shero said he does not expect to compete for any of the big-name free agents -- guys such as Anson Carter, Sergei Samsonov, Danny Markov and Brendan Shanahan -- still on the market."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06186/703378-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
07-05-2006, 11:36 AM
I would recommend he tries to get a couple. He could use some veteran leadership.

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 11:42 AM
If I'm going to go out and spend big cash, I would rather spend the big bucks on Peca or Sykora. At the right price Sykora could be a solid player to sign in order to address the team needs at scoring from the wing. A one year deal, maybe two between $1.5 and $3 million per year. I wouldn't really want to offer him $3 mill, but they do have a hole to fill and they do need to get to the salary floor. I wouldn't be surprised to see Dvorak given a shot either/instead, if only because Dvorak brings other things to the table if he's not scoring, most notably speed and penalty killing. He'd likely be cheaper than Sykora as well.

I think all three could bring more to this team (faceoffs, playing both ends, penalty killing) than Shanny who is 37-38 years old. While I agree that Shero should go out and open up the wallet to a degree, I think he should choose to do so wisely. Last season was a perfect lesson (Palffy, Gonchar, Recchi). We also have to wonder if this is where Shanny would want to be at this point in his career. Does he want that leadership/veteran teacher role?

As for Samsonov, between injuries and the fact that he was invisible during these past playoffs, I'm not sure if he's worth the money. The guy never lived up to the hype. I remember many stating he was the next Pavel Bure. For the most part I like Samsonov's skill but not his injury history, probable price-tag or penchant for never scoring as much as he should due to the afore-mentioned injury history and tendancy to float. Pass.

Also, more from Shero............

"Shero said he does not expect to compete for any of the big-name free agents -- guys such as Anson Carter, Sergei Samsonov, Danny Markov and Brendan Shanahan -- still on the market."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06186/703378-61.stm

Hmmm, I forgot about Sykora - he would certainly put up a lot of goals playing on Crosby's wing, IMO. At that salary range, I think it would be a solid signing. Peca is a solid team guy in addition to being a terrific defensive forward, and a good faceoff man to boot. He would carry a larger price tag than Perreault, but he at least gives you a little more speed and a lot more toughness. He, IMO, would be a perfect fit for the team that Shero wants to build. I always thought Dvorak was an inconsistent player and never really cared all that much for him. Sure, he learned how to play defense under Craig MacTavish, but still...I'd rather have Sykora.

I agree on your points about Shanny and Samsonov. Shanny may want to go to a team that still has a chance to win a Cup, which he would not have with the Penguins, so he'll either re-sign with Detroit or if he does go elsewhere, to Boston. I would just like to see the Pens bring in a big name guy and spend some money, but you're right - they need to be smart about it. Spending money just for the sake of spending it rarely ever works - see the pre-lockout Rangers. It's obvious that Shero is focusing on team chemistry and balance, and it's tough to argue against that, because until the last part of last season, the team had neither.

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 11:48 AM
I would just like to see the Pens bring in a big name guy and spend some money,

Same here brother. You never know. While I'm not exactly thrilled about the idea (but it is smart in a way) I think for this season they may end up sitting back and plugging in "role players" (Ruutu, Eaton etc.) and the season after they may go out and bring in a big name player. That's pure speculation on my part.

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 11:55 AM
Same here brother. You never know. While I'm not exactly thrilled about the idea (but it is smart in a way) I think for this season they may end up sitting back and plugging in "role players" (Ruutu, Eaton etc.) and the season after they may go out and bring in a big name player. That's pure speculation on my part.

I was thinking along the same lines. Next season, guys like Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Patrick Marleau could all be available, and if you're going to break the bank, any of those 3 guys I would do it for - in a heartbeat.

BlackNGold203
07-05-2006, 12:09 PM
Same here brother. You never know. While I'm not exactly thrilled about the idea (but it is smart in a way) I think for this season they may end up sitting back and plugging in "role players" (Ruutu, Eaton etc.) and the season after they may go out and bring in a big name player. That's pure speculation on my part.


i have to believe that with the impending sale of the team this summer....perhaps Shero's hand are tied just a bit....just an opinion....

X-Terminator
07-05-2006, 12:39 PM
i have to believe that with the impending sale of the team this summer....perhaps Shero's hand are tied just a bit....just an opinion....

I had thought about that, and perhaps you're right. But it isn't like Shero has brought in a couple of stiffs - Ruutu and Eaton are both solid players who bring things to the table that the team has lacked for years. Plus, they have to spend at least $28 million under the new CBA anyway, and are looking to spend around the same amount as last season - around $33 million. So there will be at least one guy, maybe two, brought in who are going to get sizeable contracts.

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2006, 12:42 PM
Plus, they have to spend at least $28 million under the new CBA anyway, and are looking to spend around the same amount as last season - around $33 million.

Bingo.

While I agree with BNG to a degree, I feel that's only a very small reason why Shero is not signing the big names.

For the most part, I just think Shero has his own way of doing things. We are used to the "Patrick/Lemieux way" of doing things around here and understandably so. I think Shero is cautiously picking and choosing who he signs (role players) while slowly building a foundation for this team before they make the big signings (if not this year, then next).

Should be interesting to watch. I can't wait to watch this team next season.

X-Terminator
07-06-2006, 08:20 AM
Bingo.

While I agree with BNG to a degree, I feel that's only a very small reason why Shero is not signing the big names.

For the most part, I just think Shero has his own way of doing things. We are used to the "Patrick/Lemieux way" of doing things around here and understandably so. I think Shero is cautiously picking and choosing who he signs (role players) while slowly building a foundation for this team before they make the big signings (if not this year, then next).

Should be interesting to watch. I can't wait to watch this team next season.

Yeah, I agree. We're going to have a team with some character, grit and toughness mixed in with the talent, something we haven't seen around here in 15 years. I know I'm looking forward to it.

83-Steelers-43
07-07-2006, 10:22 AM
Word is, we may be bringing back Recchi. I'm not sure the younger guys will like that very much since Recchi bumped heads with a few of them, counting Crosby.

X-Terminator
07-07-2006, 11:09 AM
Word is, we may be bringing back Recchi. I'm not sure the younger guys will like that very much since Recchi bumped heads with a few of them, counting Crosby.

While I would not mind having his veteran presence, he cannot be allowed to disrupt the team's chemistry again, and Shero has to make that clear to him if he does bring him back. Hopefully now that he's gotten another ring, he'll just go out there, play hockey and be a leader rather than a pain in the ass.

83-Steelers-43
07-07-2006, 11:25 AM
I'm not crazy about the possibility of the Penguins signing Recchi. Recchi didn't make the team any better - and took 7% of the payroll. He should not be getting more than 1.5M if we decide to sign him. The impression I got from Shero on the Recchi situation is that he's a last resort if we don't grab anybody up via trade or FA.

Here's the article in the PPG pertaining to Recchi: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06188/704008-61.stm

X-Terminator
07-07-2006, 12:01 PM
Recchi wasn't really brought in the first time to make the team better, just to provide a young team with veteran leadership. It just so happened that the lockout came and then the new CBA with a salary cap, and the Pens tried to make moves to win right away, which of course blew up in their faces. He would be brought back for the same reasons, and because he can still produce, even at his age. But I wouldn't do it for any more than $1.5 million either, and only for one season. I'm still hoping for Sykora or someone via trade that would be a better option than Recchi.

83-Steelers-43
07-07-2006, 04:24 PM
While I'm not denying Recchi was brought in here for his veteran leadership qualities, you don't pay a guy as much as we did Recchi for just his veteran leadership qualities. When it all comes down to it, he was paid to put points on the board. The funny part is that the team actually started playing better hockey after Recchi was traded.

As for leadership. We have John LeClair. Solid veteran who puts himself in front of the net and scores goals. I'm not exactly sure how many veterans this team (or any team) really needs. Part of our problem last season was that we stacked this team with too many veterans and not enough guys around the ages of 26 or 27. We were either really young or really old.

83-Steelers-43
07-09-2006, 10:20 AM
The New York Rangers signed Shanny to a 1 year 4 million dollar contract. 4 million/1 year for Shanny? At his age? Sounds like typical New York Rangers player management to me.

X-Terminator
07-09-2006, 06:09 PM
The New York Rangers signed Shanny to a 1 year 4 million dollar contract. 4 million/1 year for Shanny? At his age? Sounds like typical New York Rangers player management to me.

Yeah, read this on HF.com. He was actually offered more money by both Boston and Detroit, but he turned them down for the Rangers. There's no way I'd have signed him for that price - $2-$2.5 million per season would have been the max for a 1 or 2 year deal. Ok, he scored 40 goals last year, but he was playing with Pavel Datsyuk, one of the premier passers in the game. No way he repeats that this season with the Rangers, even if he ends up on Jagr's line.

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 11:58 AM
Fletcher joins Penguins as club's assistant GM
Shero's new hire a mirror image
Saturday, July 15, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


When rookie Penguins general manager Ray Shero set about finding a right-hand man, he knew he wanted someone he could trust with the many facets of hockey.

He figured he needed someone who could do a job similar to the one he did most recently as assistant general manager in Nashville.

Shero not only got that, but he also got someone in Chuck Fletcher whose background is astonishingly like his own.

Fletcher, 39, was hired yesterday as the Penguins' assistant general manager.

Shero also announced that longtime Penguins employee Eddie Johnston will remain as senior advisor of hockey operations. Johnston, 70, a former NHL goaltender, has served as general manager, coach, assistant general manager and assistant coach over 23 years.

Shero said he's going to wait before deciding about other front-office additions. He might hire a director of player personnel or add to the pro scouting staff or bring in a director of hockey operations.

Like Shero, Fletcher grew up the son of a prominent hockey man. His father, Hall of Fame member Cliff Fletcher, is a longtime NHL executive who was general manager of the 1989 Stanley Cup champion Calgary Flames.

Shero's father, Fred, coached Philadelphia to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and '75.

Fletcher played college hockey at Harvard, Shero at St. Lawrence, although Fletcher said, "He was a better hockey player than I was."

Both spent time as agents before getting into hockey management, Shero with the expansion Ottawa Senators, Fletcher with the expansion Florida Panthers.

Both learned many areas of hockey operations, including contracts, development, scouting and minor-league management.

"We've talked about that over the years," Fletcher said of their similar backgrounds. "It is sort of remarkable. Maybe that's why we got along so well."

"It's actually nice to have something in common with someone you're working with," Shero said. "It's going to be a nice relationship."

The two, now in the same front office, represent the new breed of NHL executive.

"I don't know how it will be perceived, but that's how Ray and I see it going," said Fletcher, who was elevated to interim general manager with the Panthers in December 2001, became Anaheim's director of hockey operations in 2002, then became the Ducks' assistant general manager in 2004.

Fletcher had the same sort of wide-ranging duties that Shero had with Nashville.

It's the kind of job description that's required these days, he said.

"You have to be able to multitask," he said.

"The game has gotten more complex in the past 10 years, especially with the new [collective bargaining agreement]. You have to be able to scout, know the CBA, know how to negotiate contracts."

Fletcher is expected to assist Shero with those duties as well as oversee the Penguins' minor-league club in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In fact, Fletcher and Shero already have begun to coordinate efforts to add players to the major-league roster, which Shero said could come through free agency or trades.

"Ray has a real good plan," said Fletcher, who was with Florida in 1996 and Anaheim in 2003 when they reached the Stanley Cup final.

Fletcher likes the idea of being part of a new direction in the NHL.

Shero, Colorado's Francois Giguere and Boston's Peter Chiarelli, all in their early 40s, became first-time NHL general managers in the same week in May.

"You're probably seeing a different type of GM, and we saw three of them hired in one summer," Fletcher said.

cbalke
07-15-2006, 12:02 PM
i gotta tell you guys...i'm getting pretty damn tired of seeing all these teams signing people to improve/stabilize their teams and seeing the pens completely frickin silent. it's frustrating, you know?

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 12:05 PM
For as much house cleaning Shero is doing and the changes that have taken place in the league over the last year, I'm sort of surprised that he's keeping around Eddie Johnston.

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 12:16 PM
i gotta tell you guys...i'm getting pretty damn tired of seeing all these teams signing people to improve/stabilize their teams and seeing the pens completely frickin silent. it's frustrating, you know?

While I agree that it's frustrating, my only explanation is that Shero is waiting until next season to sign one or two big name FA's. At the same time we will have Malkin on this roster who I feel will make an immediate impact. If you look at the FA pool, there isn't much there. As I stated in a previous post, I think Shero is putting together role players (Ruutu and Eaton) while waiting until next year to sign the big names. If you happen to look at who's becoming FA's after next season you will see that the players to choose from are very good.

Personally, I'm willing to wait another season while this team makes the changes necessary in order to make this a cup contending team for years to come. It's not as if we are dealing with the Pirates. Changes are being made from the top on down and this teams future is very, very bright.

Lyn
07-15-2006, 01:05 PM
The Pens have not really won anything since Scottie Bowman was the coach.

X-Terminator
07-15-2006, 02:07 PM
While I agree that it's frustrating, my only explanation is that Shero is waiting until next season to sign one or two big name FA's. At the same time we will have Malkin on this roster who I feel will make an immediate impact. If you look at the FA pool, there isn't much there. As I stated in a previous post, I think Shero is putting together role players (Ruutu and Eaton) while waiting until next year to sign the big names. If you happen to look at who's becoming FA's after next season you will see that the players to choose from are very good.

Personally, I'm willing to wait another season while this team makes the changes necessary in order to make this a cup contending team for years to come. It's not as if we are dealing with the Pirates. Changes are being made from the top on down and this teams future is very, very bright.

Well, that may be true, but it isn't any less frustrating seeing the Pens do nothing while other teams add good players. However, you are right about next year's crop of FAs being much more attractive, in addition to being younger. Shero basically is trying to build a young but very talented team similar to Nashville and Ottawa and not overload the team with too many high-priced, older veterans. Everyone wants to see the Pens win right away after 4 straight losing seasons and (2 with the worst overall record) and that's the source of the fans' frustrations, but I guess we're all going to have to realize that Rome was not built in a day, and we're going to have to trust Shero to make the right moves to make the team a perennial contender.

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 02:30 PM
The Pens have not really won anything since Scottie Bowman was the coach.

If "anything" means Stanley Cup victories, you are correct. But since Bowman has been gone, we have made the playoffs on eight different occasions (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001) and we have had three divisional championships (1994, 1996 and 1998).

I think that it would be more accurate to state that we "have not really won anything" the last four years compared to stating we "have not won anything since Scotty Bowman". It's not as if we are going on our fifteenth losing season and have been the laughing stock of the NHL the last fifteen years. The team won two Stanley Cups in 91 and 92 and were competative through much of the 90's and leading up to 2001. Over the last four years they have stunk and now we are seeing changes being made.

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 02:47 PM
Well, that may be true, but it isn't any less frustrating seeing the Pens do nothing while other teams add good players. However, you are right about next year's crop of FAs being much more attractive, in addition to being younger. Shero basically is trying to build a young but very talented team similar to Nashville and Ottawa and not overload the team with too many high-priced, older veterans. Everyone wants to see the Pens win right away after 4 straight losing seasons and (2 with the worst overall record) and that's the source of the fans' frustrations, but I guess we're all going to have to realize that Rome was not built in a day, and we're going to have to trust Shero to make the right moves to make the team a perennial contender.

No doubt. We would all love to see the Penguins turn it around this upcoming season, make the playoffs and win the cup. I think you will see them play better hockey compared to the last four years but at the same time I do not want to see them go out and sign a player just for the sake of signing him. They made that mistake this past season by signing players such as Palffy, Thibault and even Gonchar. I strongly feel Shero has a plan and I would rather him stick to his plan rather than sign a few big names simply because a few fans are bored with our offseason decisions or lack there of.

Unfortunately the most we will see is Recchi back in a Penguin uniform. I'm not exactly jumping for joy if that situation pans out. We may grab Perrault and there is a slight possibility of a trade involving Ryan Malone. All three situations are pure speculation on my part but if we see any type of player transactions, it would be those. Just my opinion.

cbalke
07-15-2006, 05:03 PM
i hear what you guys are saying, and (if it ends up working out) i'm willing to wait a season to get the building blocks in place. i am totally psyched about malkin coming over as well...that kid and sid together are going to be magical. however, i really fail to see how all the changes he's making(in the long run they'll pay off, i'm sure) are going to make the current roster's 3rd and 4th line look anymore better than a decent high school squad. seriously, watching last year's "depth" was frickin painful. they just don't have the talent to be on the ice with an nhl team with who they've got past the first two lines right now. you know what i mean?

83-Steelers-43
07-15-2006, 05:12 PM
That's where I see a few cheap FA's taking place (Recchi or Perrault).

83-Steelers-43
07-16-2006, 12:23 AM
Also try to keep in mind that it's July.

The Penguins first game is October 5th.

I think people are way too anxious for something to happen. There is plenty of time before the Penguins play a meaningful game to round out the roster. Free agents such as LeClair weren't signed until August and I'm sure the Pens signed several others in August as well. I think Shero signed Ruutu and Eaton early because he felt they were the best for what role they need to fill. But there is plenty of time to negotiate with trades.

Shero said he is being patient in terms of roster changes. "It could be a trade; it could be a free agent," he said, adding that he is shying away from players who want much more than a one-year deal. "Next year at this time, the projection is that there could be a deeper pool of good, young forwards, so I'm not that interested in longer-term deals now," he said.

The Pens don't have $45M to spend, even if they wanted to. And they don't want to. It increases the price of the team for potential buyers, making a sale harder and ultimately probably making it less likely that the team will stay in Pittsburgh.

Then you figure that this team is populated almost exclusively by young prospect-type players and there is a brand new GM who is not familiar with these guys. Shero wants to figure out exactly what he has to work with this season. He wants to try players in positions and roles. He wants to see who can cut it and who can't. He needs to know what he needs to add before he begins adding it.

Finally, I'll go ahead and argue that the team will be much more competitive than they were last season. The last third of the season, the team was competitive. They bought into Therrien's system, Crosby came into his own, as did Armstrong, Fleury started to play better, etc. You figure that Eaton and Welch will add two top-6 defensive presences (and I mean defensive, not offensive defensemen) to the blueline. Gonchar should play much better this season than last and Whitney and Orpik will have another years experience (Whitney quietly had one heck of a rookie season last year). Ruutu goes a long way towards building a solid 3rd line for the Pens. If Malkin can be as good as advertised, he will probably add another 70-100 points to the offense and instantly make a credible second scoring line (which will also draw defensive pressure away from Crosby and the first line, allowing them to be even better). Plus, the PP featuring Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar, Whitney and someone else (maybe Leclair parked in front of the net) will be extremely deadly. Malkin, Armstrong or Ruutu, Eaton, and Welch could be a pretty nice PK unit too. I also think we'll finally start to see some consistancy from Fleury, especially if the defense can gel a little more and pick up their game. I'm not saying they're a playoff team, but I think they could push for a .500 record, even with the team they have now (and I'm not convinced that they're done adding yet).

Basically, what I'm saying is: "Relax".

cbalke
07-16-2006, 09:37 AM
"relax, don't do it, when you wanna go to it." - great song! :)

good points all in all. it's just too bad we're not able to really see anything that shows real promise, you know? we're basically the Cubs fans of the NHL anymore and while i'll live and die a Cubs fan, it pisses me off to have TWO teams that are crap. lol...least i got my STEELERS!!!

HERE WE GO, STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!

83-Steelers-43
07-16-2006, 10:28 AM
"relax, don't do it, when you wanna go to it." - great song! :)

good points all in all. it's just too bad we're not able to really see anything that shows real promise, you know? we're basically the Cubs fans of the NHL anymore and while i'll live and die a Cubs fan, it pisses me off to have TWO teams that are crap. lol...least i got my STEELERS!!!

HERE WE GO, STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!

That shows real promise? What do you consider Crosby, Malkin, Welch, Armstrong, Whitney, Orpik, Staal and Fleury? Keep in mind that none of the players mentioned above are over the age of 25. They have "promise". More than any other young squad in the NHL in my opinion.

Personally, I don't see the similarities between the Cubs of MLB and the Penguins of the NHL. Once again, from 91 up until 2001 this was a competative hockey team. It's not as if we haven't won a championship since 1908 or 1979 (Pirates). As "X" stated, Rome wasn't built over night. Between the coaching changes, a new GM (and management staff all together) and the fact that we have a young core of players, I don't expect this team to come out next season and win a Stanley Cup. It's very unrealistic. Even if we go out and sign Anson Carter or Sykora.

Then you have the rosters. I'm trying to avoid a baseball conversation here but since it was brought up.....the Cubs have players such as Derek Bell, Ramirez, Pierre, Walker, Maddux, Zambrano etc. (by the way, I would fire Dusty Baker if I were the owner).

For the most part, veteran players playing on a team who in my opinion is underachieving and have been underachieving for a while now. Please understand, no offense intended. That's completely different compared to a team who recently revamped it's coaching and management staff and most importanty, who are stocked with young players that need time to grow and gel together. Sorry, I just don't see the similarity between the Cubs and Penguins and while we are it, the Penguins and Pirates.

Apples and oranges.

X-Terminator
07-16-2006, 01:19 PM
On the arena front, the state and local governments have gotten pledges from 2 of the other casino bidders to help fund a new building. This could help convince the potential buyers who are reluctant to keep the team here to strongly consider doing so. Of course, Mario could just make things easy and sell to one of the two groups who have made the commitment already, preferably Murstein/Cuban/Marino.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06195/705791-61.stm

Funds committed for new arena in move to help keep Penguins here
City, county announce deal with casino bidders, state
Friday, July 14, 2006

By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



City and county officials yesterday announced they have firmed up financing for a new arena, a move they said should help keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said officials yesterday obtained written pledges from two bidders for a casino license to help fund the arena construction. Officials said they also have gotten a state commitment to advance funding for site preparation.

The latest developments, Mr. Onorato said at a news conference yesterday, put the region in position to keep the Penguins, regardless of who ends up buying the team, which could be sold within days.

"We believe we can be as competitive as any city in the United States when it comes to a new building," he said.

He made the statements after two of the bidders for the Pittsburgh casino -- Forest City Enterprises and PITG Gaming LLC -- committed in writing to providing $7.5 million a year for 30 years toward the arena construction, contingent on winning the license.

Representatives for both groups signed confirmation letters from the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority outlining the basic terms. The commitment of the $7.5 million is part of Gov. Ed Rendell's alternative plan for building an arena if the third slots bidder, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., doesn't get the casino license.

Isle of Capri, in partnership with the Penguins, has pledged $290 million toward a new home for the team as part of its formal bid. The Penguins are required to stay in town if Isle of Capri wins the license.

In the past, Forest City, which wants to build a casino at Station Square, had said it liked Plan B, but would not commit to a dollar amount, and first wanted to see a pledge by the Penguins to stay in Pittsburgh.

That changed yesterday.

"We want to secure the Penguins' future in Pittsburgh and we believe that now, assuming the Pittsburgh Penguins ownership group is willing to stay in the city, they have every opportunity to do that," said Abe Naparstek, Forest City development director.

Forest City decided to commit to a specific dollar amount, he said, because "the public officials -- the mayor, the county executive and the governor -- felt it was important to have all the pieces in place for an arena funding plan."

Also committing in writing was Detroit businessman Don Barden, president of PITG Gaming, who previously had pledged verbally to supply the $7.5 million requested by Mr. Rendell. Mr. Barden, who is proposing a casino on the North Shore, also has said he committed in writing to the state Gaming Control Board, which will award the casino license.

The pledges would be the cornerstone to Mr. Rendell's so-called $315 million Plan B to build an arena. The plan also includes $7 million from a slots backed development fund, and $4.1 million a year in team contributions. The Penguins also would have to commit $8.5 million upfront.

The Isle of Capri plan would not require any contribution from the team, and Penguins President Ken Sawyer yesterday once again urged local leaders to get behind it, saying it was "by far the best one for the city and the region."

Also yesterday, Mr. Onorato and Mayor Bob O'Connor released a letter from Mr. Rendell committing $26.5 million in state funds toward arena site acquisition and preparation. The money should be available by September and would be paid back once slots revenues begin rolling in.

The SEA already has started negotiations with 10 property owners in Uptown to secure land for the building and hopes to get deals by the end of the summer. The city and county would like to start construction in 2007. SEA Executive Director Mary Conturo said the $290 million price tag for the building appeared to be realistic.

Mr. Sawyer described the site assembly as "tremendous news," saying it fulfills a pledge the SEA made last year.

Mr. Onorato said the bidder and state pledges remove a lot of the question marks surrounding Plan B, putting the city and county in position to keep the team. He said he updated National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on the developments yesterday afternoon.

"I informed the commissioner that the mayor and I and the SEA are prepared to get this done and that if he had any doubt that there was any commitment from the local elected officials, he can wipe those doubts away right now. This is the real deal," he said.

He quoted Mr. Bettman as saying his preference is to keep the team in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Onorato said the city and county pushed to get the commitments in anticipation of a possible sale of the Penguins. Four to five groups are bidding for the team.

While two have pledged to keep the team in Pittsburgh, the future is not as certain with the others.

However, Mr. Onorato believes Plan B gives the city and county the ability to compete with other cities trying to woo the team. With gambling money being used to build the arena, the city and county have the flexibility to offer the Penguins virtually all building revenues.

"We believe we can be as competitive through the lease term and the arrangement we create for the Penguins," he said.

cbalke
07-16-2006, 02:15 PM
That shows real promise? What do you consider Crosby, Malkin, Welch, Armstrong, Whitney, Orpik, Staal and Fleury? Keep in mind that none of the players mentioned above are over the age of 25. They have "promise". More than any other young squad in the NHL in my opinion.

Personally, I don't see the similarities between the Cubs of MLB and the Penguins of the NHL. Once again, from 91 up until 2001 this was a competative hockey team. It's not as if we haven't won a championship since 1908 or 1979 (Pirates). As "X" stated, Rome wasn't built over night. Between the coaching changes, a new GM (and management staff all together) and the fact that we have a young core of players, I don't expect this team to come out next season and win a Stanley Cup. It's very unrealistic. Even if we go out and sign Anson Carter or Sykora.

Then you have the rosters. I'm trying to avoid a baseball conversation here but since it was brought up.....the Cubs have players such as Derek Bell, Ramirez, Pierre, Walker, Maddux, Zambrano etc. (by the way, I would fire Dusty Baker if I were the owner).

For the most part, veteran players playing on a team who in my opinion is underachieving and have been underachieving for a while now. Please understand, no offense intended. That's completely different compared to a team who recently revamped it's coaching and management staff and most importanty, who are stocked with young players that need time to grow and gel together. Sorry, I just don't see the similarity between the Cubs and Penguins and while we are it, the Penguins and Pirates.

Apples and oranges.


yeah, i didn't mean the team itself didn't have promise. i was more thinking of our offseason so far. i'm waiting til late august to pronounce any kind of success on this offseason, BUT i don't see us doing any better than maybe 10-15 more wins this season than last with current personnel.

83-Steelers-43
07-17-2006, 08:30 AM
Fleury, Armstrong turn down offers, stay on restricted list
Monday, July 17, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and winger Colby Armstrong did not sign qualifying offers from the Penguins by a deadline over the weekend, but their status has not changed significantly.

They remain restricted free agents whose rights belong to the Penguins, and contract negotiations are expected to continue.

Fleury received a qualifying offer of $989,100, Armstrong, $817,325. Those represent a 5 percent raise over their 2005-06 salaries.

Fleury, who spent part of the season in the minor leagues, led Penguins goaltenders in games with 50. He was 13-27-6 with a 3.25 goals-against average, an .898 save percentage and one shutout.

Armstrong, who settled in on the right side of top center Sidney Crosby, had 16 goals, 24 assists for 40 points, good enough for sixth on the team despite playing in just 47 games after spending part of the season in the minor leagues.

The two chose not to file for salary arbitration by a deadline earlier this month.

Two other restricted free agents, defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Ryan Malone, will have arbitration hearings later this month. Those begin Thursday.

83-Steelers-43
07-17-2006, 08:37 AM
This situation does not worry me. This is how the game is played. They are posturing to get the most money possible. The Pens wont blink and then right before camp both Armstrong and MAF will sign to about the same amount and it's over.

Both players have a good amount of proving to do. There is no doubt Armstrong stepped up his game last season, but he still has to prove to me that it wasn't a flash in the pan. Show the organization you can do what you did last season year after year and he will get the big check.

While MAF is still very young and has played in back of a horrible defense, he still only has 17 NHL wins total, an extremely high GAA of 3.36, and has not shown true stability or confidence. He could be the next Patrick Roy, but no one is going to give him the big time contract at this point in time.

I don't see the Penguins budging with these two nor should they in my opinion.

X-Terminator
07-17-2006, 10:17 AM
I agree - neither of them have much bargaining power. Both are going to have to have solid seasons before I'd consider paying them much more than that. I'd maybe give Armstrong $825,000 and $1 million to Fleury for this season, but that's about it. If they have good seasons, then next year you sign both to longer-term deals.

BlackNGold203
07-17-2006, 11:30 AM
I agree - neither of them have much bargaining power. Both are going to have to have solid seasons before I'd consider paying them much more than that. I'd maybe give Armstrong $825,000 and $1 million to Fleury for this season, but that's about it. If they have good seasons, then next year you sign both to longer-term deals.

Agreed....

i would LOVE to see Fleury play behind a solid defensive unit...and he's only..what?...20--21 yrs old???

X-Terminator
07-18-2006, 08:07 AM
Agreed....

i would LOVE to see Fleury play behind a solid defensive unit...and he's only..what?...20--21 yrs old???

Fleury is 22 years old and last season was the first where he was THE guy up here. Now that he should have a little bit better defense in front of him, let's see what he can do. I believe he can put up numbers similar to what he did at WB-S last season before he got the call-up.

HometownGal
07-18-2006, 09:19 AM
While MAF is still very young and has played in back of a horrible defense, he still only has 17 NHL wins total, an extremely high GAA of 3.36, and has not shown true stability or confidence. He could be the next Patrick Roy, but no one is going to give him the big time contract at this point in time.

I agree. Give him another season to earn a hefty raise. From what I saw of him last season, I was quite impressed and feel he has one of the best glove hands in the NHL. He needs to work on handling the puck behind the net a little better, imho, but I realize that takes time and he was basically called up and thrown to the wolves when Thibault went down. All in all, I think this young man most definitely has the talent to be a top goaltender.

83-Steelers-43
07-18-2006, 09:40 AM
Good news on the ownership front............

Roadblock impedes Penguins' exit
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins fans can breathe a little easier. It looks as if the NHL and state and local politicians have gone a long way toward ensuring that the team will stay put.

According to people familiar with the sale process, the Penguins were ready to sell to the high bidder, a Canadian entity or group that offered $175 million or more, but that bidder backed out over the weekend based on what it learned about the NHL's stance and the state's "Plan B" for arena funding. That leaves four bidders standing.

Any buyer will be obligated to join the Penguins' agreement with the Isle of Capri, which will donate $290 million toward a new arena if it is awarded the city's slots license sometime around December.

The Penguins' owners, a group that includes Hall of Fame player Mario Lemieux, would like to complete the sale by around the start of the season in October.

There has been concern that if the Isle of Capri does not get that license, the new owner of the Penguins might move the team to another city once the team's lease in aging Mellon Arena expires next June.

Those behind the Canadian bid, who have been careful to keep their identity secret, had been thought to have ties to Hamilton, Ontario. Instead, they might have been open to the idea of keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh but wanted options if the Isle of Capri deal falls through or Plan B didn't seem suitable.

What they found was that the NHL probably would have blocked a move.

The NHL's bylaws are not public documents, but they contain a passage that defines many conditions that need to be exhausted before a team would be allowed to move, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said yesterday.

Since the Penguins' major problem is its facility, the NHL probably would not approve relocation as long as there is an active plan for a new arena.

Plan B was proposed by Gov. Ed Rendell in case one of the other two contenders -- Forest City Enterprises and PITG Gaming LLC -- are granted the city's slots license.

Those plans have escalated recently. City and county officials announced last week that Forest City and PITG Gaming have made written commitments to the state to provide $7.5 million per year for 30 years toward arena construction.

The Penguins would commit $8.5 million up front, then contribute $4.1 million per year. The state has $7 million per year earmarked from a slots-backed development fund.

Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Mayor Bob O'Connor also are using $26.5 million in state funds to start acquiring and preparing land in Uptown for a new arena.

The people behind the Canadian offer apparently were concerned that costs for Plan B could climb, with no recourse if the NHL intended to block a move. For example, team owners often are responsible for construction cost overruns.

It's believed the four remaining bidders -- whose offers are in the $150 million range -- are more willing to work with Plan B if the Isle of Capri does not get the slots license, although at least one of them might be holding out hope that if Plan B falls apart the team could still be moved.

Allen and Company, the New York firm brokering the Penguins' sale, contacted the remaining four bidders yesterday to inform them of the development with the Canadian bid.

The remaining bidders are:

Toronto native and Hartford businessman Sam Fingold, who has ties to Kansas City and its new arena but has said Plan B might be workable. He is partnered with his father and brother and would buy the team as a family venture.

Boston area businessman Lawrence Gottendiener, who has no known partners. He has talked of wanting to keep the Penguins here or move them to Hartford.

New York businessman Andrew Murstein, who has lined up a host of local investors, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Murstein has pledged to keep the team in town.

Ohio businessman and Arena Football team owner Jim Renacci, a Ringgold High School graduate who also wants to keep the team here. He has lined up Western Pennsylvania native George Karl, the coach of the Denver Nuggets, among his partners.

X-Terminator
07-18-2006, 01:28 PM
So Mario was ready to sell us out, huh? It figures. I have no doubt that that Canadian group would have done everything they could to move the team, and I feel the same way about the guy connected to KC. Mario needs to sell the team to Murstein/Cuban/Marino or Renacci, and ensure that the team stays here. If the money offered is around the same amount, then the desire to keep the team here should be a major factor in the negotiations.

83-Steelers-43
07-18-2006, 04:07 PM
While I'm far from a Lemieux apologist (the way him and Patrick managed this team the last four years), I don't feel he owes the fans or this city anything when it comes to selling this team. He was promised an arena from the politicians in this state and then when asked they turned their backs. He saved this team on two different occasions.

Like I said, I blame Lemieux for the buddy/buddy system him and Patrick installed in this team, but I can't blame him for selling to the highest bidder. He has done everything in his power to keep this team in the city of Pittsburgh while getting screwed by the politicians in the process.

For the record, Toronto signed Peca to a one year deal worth 2.5.

83-Steelers-43
07-19-2006, 01:55 AM
More great news..........

NHL bylaws, funding plans should keep Penguins here
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

By Shelly Anderson and Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



The state and local government's proposed plan for alternative arena funding and the NHL bylaws have dovetailed nicely to make it difficult for a new owner to move the Penguins to another city.

It apparently wasn't orchestrated by the two entities.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato yesterday said neither he nor other local or state officials were angling for their "Plan B" to reinforce the NHL's tough stance on franchise relocation or even knew the details of the league bylaw, although he said the effect of the two "sounds positive."

Onorato said he doesn't sense additional pressure to get Plan B done, but that he, Mayor Bob O'Connor and Gov. Ed Rendell have been working under the assumption for some time "that a new multipurpose facility has to be part of the deal" with a new owner because of the proliferation of new, revenue-generating arenas throughout the NHL.

Before it was reported yesterday, Onorato said he and other officials were not aware that a Canadian group that had the highest of the five bids for the Penguins at $175 million or more withdrew after realizing that Plan B might limit its options.

That Canadian group, which has guarded its identity, was believed to be interested in either keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh or moving them to a city with a better arena option, but probably not Hamilton, Ontario, as earlier thought.

There are four remaining bidders. A decision on which will sign a letter of intent could come any day.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said he would prefer that the Penguins stay in Pittsburgh. A league spokesman said Bettman was not available and that there would be no comment from the NHL.

The new Penguins owner will be obligated to abide by the team's agreement with gaming company Isle of Capri, which will donate $290 million for a new arena if it gets the city's slots license sometime around December.

If Isle of Capri doesn't get the slots license, Plan B comes into play. As long as Plan B is a viable option for a new facility to replace outdated Mellon Arena, it seems the NHL would have the power to nix any relocation plans for the Penguins.

A copy of the four-page Section 36 of the NHL bylaws, dealing with franchise relocations, was obtained from the league.

There are 24 areas of consideration that are to be used in determining whether to allow a team to move, including "whether there is a reasonable prospect ... that it could become financially viable" and whether the club received a "publicly financed arena, special tax treatment, or any other form of public financial support."

A new arena under Plan B would arguably give the Penguins a reasonable chance of financial health, and it could fit the criteria of public financial support.

Also considered under the NHL bylaws would be local fan support, whether local authorities could help reduce operating costs and whether a move would harm the league's image or make travel, scheduling and divisional alignment difficult.

The Penguins, who led the league in attendance increase in 2005-06 despite having the NHL's second-worst record, are expected to get a favorable lease at a new arena. Their Mellon Arena lease expires in June 2007.

Under Plan B, Isle of Capri's competitors, Forest City and PITG Gaming, have made written commitments to the state to provide $7.5 million per year for 30 years toward arena construction if they get the slots license.

The Penguins would commit $8.5 million up front, then contribute $4.1 million per year. The state has $7 million per year earmarked from a slots-backed development fund. Rendell, Onorato and O'Connor also are using $26.5 million in state funds to start acquiring and preparing land in Uptown for a new arena.

The city and county's goal is to have the new arena under construction in 2007 and have it completed in 2009.

It's believed that part of the Canadian group's concern centered on being locked into Plan B without knowing what the actual costs will be, including construction cost overruns and delays that might mean more time spent in Mellon Arena, which is sure to equal financial losses.

Onorato said having a new arena and a lease that "makes sense" to the owners will have a positive effect.

The Steelers and Pirates were responsible for cost overruns at their new facilities in exchange for control over construction, and Onorato said the current thinking is to work out a similar deal with the Penguins' owner. He said that is subject for negotiation.

"None of that has been agreed to until we have a signed document. Right now, that is a discussion item. Nothing has been agreed upon," he said.

He added that he and the mayor are prepared to sit down with the new owner to provide whatever assurances or guarantees are necessary to try to get an arena built as quickly as possible.

"All we can do is put Pittsburgh in the best possible position to keep the franchise here," Onorato said.

X-Terminator
07-19-2006, 09:15 AM
Well it's looking more and more like the Penguins are going to stay regardless of who ends up buying the team. I would still prefer the team to be sold to a bidder who has already made the commitment to keeping them here, but I feel much better about the situation after reading that article.

cbalke
07-19-2006, 10:38 AM
i'm agreed with that, man. it's definitely a good thing to keep them in the burgh. :)

i like the idea of a cuban/marino ownership. if nothing else, it at least gives a sense of local ownership to the team even if the two don't really live there or anything....

83-Steelers-43
07-20-2006, 11:38 AM
Shero's first deal focuses on youth
Penguins trade for center, winger
Thursday, July 20, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Ray Shero's first trade as Penguins general manager isn't likely to make the first two minutes of "SportsCenter," but it did bring in two young players who could help the team right away.

Center Dominic Moore, 25, came from the New York Rangers yesterday by way of Nashville.

The Predators also sent Czech winger Libor Pivko, 26, to the Penguins in exchange for their third-round draft pick in 2007.

In 2005-06, his first full season in the NHL, Moore appeared in all 82 games for the Rangers. The 6-foot, 195-pounder had 9 goals and 9 assists for 18 points. He had 28 penalty minutes, won 46.3 percent of his faceoffs and was a plus-5. He ranked 16th in the NHL among rookies with 139 shots.

He established himself as a strong penalty-killer. He was second among Rangers players with 293 minutes, 28 seconds of short-handed time and third with 3:34 in short-handed time per game.

Moore could be more than just a good penalty-killer with the Penguins, perhaps fitting in as a third-line center.

"He had his role, and he played it well, but he's capable of more," Shero said.

"He's a real smart player. He was a guy on the ice in the last minute of games protecting leads. He's a good playmaker, a well-rounded player.

"It's not a big-name guy, but he's a good player."

Moore is scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing Aug. 2, but Shero believes he can sign Moore before that.

Moore began the day with the Rangers.

He was dealt to Nashville for forward Adam Hall, and the Predators packaged Moore and Pivko in the deal with the Penguins.

Moore was a third-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2000. He played four years at Harvard, finishing 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 147 career points.

Pivko, 6-3 and 214, can play either side.

He spent the past three seasons in the American Hockey League, with just one game with the Predators. In 192 games with Milwaukee of the AHL, he had 28 goals, 121 points and 172 penalty minutes.

Shero -- who was Nashville's assistant general manager the past eight seasons -- believes Pivko stayed in the minors only because the Predators were heavy with wingers.

"He's not going to play in the American League for us; he's going to play on our team or go back to Europe," Shero said. "He's got good size and he's a real smart player.

"This is the kind of player I wanted to get.

"I'll end up signing him to a two-way contract. There's no risk. He's going to be in competition with somebody else with a two-way contract."



NOTES -- Salary arbitration hearings for two Penguins have been set. The one for forward Ryan Malone will be tomorrow, defenseman Brooks Orpik will have his Monday. Rulings will be announced two or three days afterward. ... The Penguins signed 5-11 forward Joe Jensen, their eighth-round pick in 2003, to a two-year deal with a $50,000 salary. Jensen played the past four seasons at St. Cloud State. As a senior, he had 14 goals (5 power-play, 2 short-handed and 4 winners), 32 points, 14 penalty minutes and was a plus-10 in 38 games.

83-Steelers-43
07-20-2006, 12:33 PM
The energy level, effort, and speed of this team are being upgraded. The Pens will play at a much higher tempo which should make for a more entertaining style to watch.

I like the idea of adding pieces to be part of a finished product with a plan rather than haphazardly adding guys looking for big paydays like Gonchar and Palffy that don't play hard and steal their paychecks.

I think the Pens could improve just by rolling 4 lines that play hard every shift. Crosby was basically alone last year in the effort department.

I like Moore on the PK.

I don't know anything about Pivko other than to say his playmaking potential and size make him a candidate for top 2 line LW duty on this team due to the dearth of quality Ws and the goal scoring ability of Crosby and Malkin at Center. He doesn't sound like the kind of player that would vie for NHL duty on the top 2 lines of a mediocre NHL team, but Shero is probably going to try and find a few diamonds in the rough while while he waits for what he said will be a good UFA W class in 2007.

X-Terminator
07-20-2006, 12:39 PM
I've seen Moore play - he will be a good penalty-killer, but I remember him being average at best on faceoffs. We need a better faceoff man for the third line and especially on the PK. Pivko sounds intriguing if only for his size, and he seems like a good fit on the 2nd or 3rd line at this point. Still no goal scorer though - I understand what Shero is doing, but somebody has to put the puck in the net since I'm now hearing that Malkin in fact may NOT play for the Pens this year after all because Russia still has not signed the transfer agreement with the NHL, and the Pens do not want to pony up the money it would take to buy out his contract from his Superleague team.

83-Steelers-43
07-20-2006, 12:45 PM
In my opinion the Russian agreement will be finalized by the time the puck drops. There's still time.

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2006, 12:01 AM
PENGUINS ACQUIRE EKMAN AND EHELECHNER
07/20/2006

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired left wing Nils Ekman and goaltender prospect Patrick Ehelechner from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2007 second round draft choice, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero. The second round draft choice was previously acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on March 9, 2006 in exchange for Mark Recchi.

Ekman, 30, appeared in 77 games for the San Jose Sharks during the 2005-06 season, tallying 57 points (21+36) and 54 penalty minutes with a plus-20 rating. He established new career highs in assists and points and finished the season fourth on the team in scoring, fourth in goals scored and fourth in assists. His plus/minus rating was good for third on the team.

Ekman has posted back-to-back 20 goal and 50 point seasons and his plus-50 rating over the last two seasons ranks first among forwards in the league. He finished 11th in voting for the 2003-04 Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

The 6-0 and 185 pound left winger has appeared in 230 career NHL games in parts of four seasons with the Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 136 points (54+82) and 164 penalty minutes. He played one season with the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League, tallying 66 points (30 +36) and 73 penalty minutes in 57 games played.

The Stockholm, Sweden native was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fifth round (107th overall) of the 1994 Entry Draft.

Ehelechner, 21, split the 2005-06 season with Manheim and Duisburg of the German League. He combined to appear in 27 games and posted a 3.68 goals against average. He finished 18th in the German league in save percentage (.897%) and 20th in the league in goals against average (3.68).

Ehelechner, a 6-2 and 170 pound goaltender, appeared in 107 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-2005, posting a combined 45-47-10 record with a 2.72 goals against average and six shutouts. He was named to the 2005 OHL All-Star team and finished the season tied for sixth in the league in goals against average (2.56) and in the top ten in wins (23), save percentage and shutouts (3).

He has represented Germany twice at the World Junior Tournament, the first during the 2002-03 season and the second coming in the 2003-04 Group A Tournament. He had a combined record of 3-0-2, with a 2.03 goals against average and two shutouts in seven games played. At the 2003-04 tournament, he was named the Best Goaltender in the Group A Tournament and led Germany to the Group A Championship and a berth in the main World Junior Championship Tournament in 2005.

The native of Rosenheim, Germany was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

http://pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/1946.0.php

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2006, 12:04 AM
I'm loving this signing........

Ekman has had back-to-back solid, 20 goal seasons. He's a +50 in that span. I LOVE that he's considered to be a strong defensive player. Man, Shero is really looking great to me the more he does. Ekman's another guy who will improve the defense and team speed. This will be a very different Penguins bunch. If you look at it as Recchi for Ekman, this is a pretty good deal. I'd imagine this move makes Recchi's return more unlikely.

It's worth noting that Ekman was third on the Sharks as a +20. Two years ago, he led the team with a +30, so his defensive ability seems to be legit. This is a great pick-up. I feel better now about this team than I did a month ago, and even then I was pretty optimistic about them. Shero's done a great job improving this team without having to make bad signings. A 2nd and 3rd pick for what we ended up getting might be a little bit steep, but he was dealing out of excess anyway. Another move or two like the ones he's been making, and I really think this team will be looking quite solid.

Slowly building a contender for years to come one step at a time.

X-Terminator
07-21-2006, 08:32 AM
I, too, love this deal - I really like Ekman a lot. A speedy forward with scoring ability and, perhaps most important given recent years, very solid and responsible defensively. I see him on the 1st or 2nd line, depending on who else Shero brings in, but if they finally get Malkin over here, I'd put Ekman on his wing - I think that would be a good fit. I am starting to like the team that Shero is assembling - a bunch of guys who will go out there and play as a team, rather than a bunch of selfish players who only care about their big, fat paychecks.

I wouldn't rule out Recchi coming back, though - there's still a chance, but it depends on what Shero decides to do in the next few days, as he plans to be pretty active.

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2006, 09:05 AM
More good news.......

"Shero also said that restricted free-agent right winger Colby Armstrong accepted the Penguins' qualifying offer yesterday. The two-way contract calls for Armstrong to make a salary of approximately $817,000 in the NHL and $75,000 in the minors."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_462787.html

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2006, 10:17 AM
MOORE LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING FOR PENGUINS
by Joe Sager
pittsburghpenguins.com
07/20/2006

Dominic Moore didn?t just see a dramatic change in the Pittsburgh Penguins last season ? he experienced it.

That?s why he was elated to find out he was traded to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

?Absolutely. I think it?s a real good situation,? he said. ?I spoke with [Penguins General Manager Ray [Shero] and Coach [Michel] Therrien on Wednesday. We think it?s a good fit for myself and the team. I am very excited to be a part of the Penguins. I think we can do some good things for sure.?

As a rookie with the New York Rangers, Moore was on the ice as the Penguins rolled to a 5-3 win in the season-ending contest between the two teams. He saw dramatic improvement in the other eight games the two squads played in 2005-06 as well.

?No doubt. I can honestly say, at the end of the season, they skated all over us,? he said. ?It was impressive to see the strides they had taken, especially toward the end of the season. They were a very tough team to play against. They took care of us for sure [in the final game].?

Moore, who was traded from New York to Nashville before the Predators sent Moore and Libor Pivko to the Penguins for a 2007 third-round draft choice, is a 6-foot, 195-pound center. The Thornhill, Ontario, native is yet another talented youngster on the Penguins roster. He turns 26 on Aug. 3.

?The excitement that I feel about coming to Pittsburgh is due to that ? there are a lot of young guys and a lot of talented players,? he said. ?There are a lot of guys that want to take that step and be winners. I think it?s nothing but exciting as far as the opportunity at stake for all of us as a team next year.?

He believes the team?s youth will be a positive team attribute.

?It?s easier to jell as a team, especially when there are a lot of guys who are young,? he said. ?I think that can be a great advantage for the Penguins. It?s not too often to have a lot of guys jell like that, but it?s easier when they are all around the same age.?

Moore will see some familiar faces in Penguins training camp. A Harvard product, Moore played college hockey with Penguins defenseman prospects Noah Welch and Ryan Lannon. The three played on the same Crimson squads in 2001-02 and 2002-03.


Dominic Moore
Photo by Getty Images
?They are definitely good young players,? Moore said. ?I played against [Penguins defenseman Ryan] Whitney when he was at Boston University, too, and I skate with him in the summer in Boston.?

Moore, who majored in sociology, had the chance to skate with his two older brothers, Mark and Steve, while at Harvard. All three suited up for the Crimson during the 1999-00 season.

?I felt very fortunate to have been able to do that,? Dominic said. ?It was a great experience for us. People don?t know Harvard actually has a great hockey program. It has a long history of great players and great teams.?

Coincidentally, Mark Moore was drafted by the Penguins in 1997 and spent part of the 2000-01 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins. Steve Moore was drafted by Colorado and spent parts of three seasons with the Avalanche before he was severely injured by Todd Bertuzzi?s much-publicized hit from behind on March 8, 2004. Steve suffered three fractured vertebrae, nerve damage, a concussion and facial cuts from the hit.

?He?s coming along OK. It?s a slow process,? Dominic said. ?He is working every day trying to get better. His goal is to try to play again. It?s too early to say whether that?s possible.?

Nevertheless, Dominic Moore looks forward to bringing his gritty, solid two-way game to the Penguins.

?I strive to be as complete a two-way player as I can be. Hopefully, I am able to make plays at both ends of the rink,? he said.

He had nine goals and nine assists in 82 games with the Rangers last year.

?Last year, I played more of a defensive role ? killing penalties and checking other teams? strong lines,? he said. ?Those are some of my strengths, but I feel I can contribute in other ways as well.

?I am just real excited. I look forward to being able to help the team and getting to Pittsburgh.?

83-Steelers-43
07-22-2006, 06:13 AM
"The Penguins also signed free-agent defenseman Wade Skolney, 25, who played in 56 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League in the 2005-06 season.

General manager Ray Shero continues to negotiate with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who also missed the deadline to accept the Penguins' qualifying offer."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06203/707873-61.stm

83-Steelers-43
07-23-2006, 07:52 PM
Penguins re-sign Orpik
Team also signs tough guy minor league defenseman
Sunday, July 23, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a two-year contract and picked up free agent defenseman Matt Carkner with a one-year deal, general manager Ray Shero has announced.

Orpik's arbitration hearing had been scheduled for tomorrow.

Orpik, 25, recorded 9 points (2 goals and 7 assists) and 124 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Penguins during the 2005-06 season, his second full NHL season. Orpik led the team in hits (203) and blocked shots (122) and improved his plus/minus by 33 points from his rookie season in 2003-04 (-36) to the 2005-06 season (-3).

The 6-2 and 228-pound native of San Francisco, California has played in 149 NHL games.

Orpik was drafted by the Penguins in the first round (18th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Free agent defensman Carkner, 25, set new career highs in goals (10), assists (21) and points (31), despite only playing in 69 games last season with the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League. He also accumulated 202 penalty minutes.

The 6-4 and 235 pound defenseman has appeared in 315 games for the Barons since 2001, ranking first all-time on Cleveland's games played list and as the team's all-time leader in penalty minutes, with 948. He also scored 62 points (13 goals and 49 assists).

The native of Winchester, Ontario was originally selected in the second round (58th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The San Jose Sharks signed Carkner as a free agent on June 7, 2001.

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.co...4/708102-61.stm

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 08:59 AM
Skolney and Carkner were signed for added toughness in WBS. From what I've heard, Skolney is as tough as nails and Phantoms fans will miss him. Carkner is big and slow, but he hits like a ton of bricks and can definitely throw 'em. Orpik had to be re-signed - he's one of our top 4 D-men and probably our most physical (Cairns doesn't count - he's one of our enforcers). Have you heard the contract terms for Orpik? I know it was a 2-year deal.

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 09:07 AM
Have you heard the contract terms for Orpik? I know it was a 2-year deal.

2 years for "little more than 2 million".

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 09:31 AM
Ah OK. Fair contract, IMO.

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 11:46 AM
I told ya not to rule out Recchi coming back...

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=172200&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 12:12 PM
Personally, I never ruled it out. I just felt and hoped that the possibility dropped after signing a player with back to back 20 goal seasons who also plays both ends. For the last three weeks the PPG reported that talks between Recchi and the Penguins have been extensive. I'm not exactly surprised by this signing.

All I can do now is pray that it's a one year deal between $1.25-$1.50 million. For the record he's scheduled to make $2.28 million this year. Hopefully that changes. Anything more than $1.25-$1.50 for a 39 year old player who ended the season last year with a -36 and who also doesn't bother playing a defensive game is not worth it in my opinion. Eitherway I don't like the signing to begin with. Oh well.

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 12:26 PM
Carolina didn't pick up his option for $2.28 million this season, so he is a UFA. If it were me, I'd have told him to take a million bucks or find another team - even $1.5 million is too much for him at this stage of his career. I don't like the signing either and feel that the money could have been better spent on a guy like Sykora or even Carter, but here we are.

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 12:29 PM
and feel that the money could have been better spent on a guy like Sykora or even Carter, but here we are.

Same here. Mark this one down as the first mistake Shero has made since coming here.

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 12:45 PM
Carolina didn't pick up his option for $2.28 million this season, so he is a UFA.

The 2.28 million is coming from the NHLPA's website under the Penguins roster.


It has Recchi listed as 2.28 million with the Penguins.

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 12:59 PM
OMFG!!! You have GOT to be kidding me??? Carter was asking for about $2.8-$3 million and Sykora somewhere around $2.5 million, and Shero spends that much on friggin' RECCHI?? Unbelievable!

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 01:11 PM
OMFG!!! You have GOT to be kidding me??? Carter was asking for about $2.8-$3 million and Sykora somewhere around $2.5 million, and Shero spends that much on friggin' RECCHI?? Unbelievable!

All I'm hoping for is that the NHLPA site is incorrect. If not, this will turn out to be a very, very disturbing signing.

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 01:21 PM
They would be the first to know the terms of the deal after it's signed, so there's a good chance it's correct. But I'll wait for the official annoucement and hope that they are wrong, because that's a ridiculous contract.

X-Terminator
07-24-2006, 03:19 PM
Pens sign another "character guy:"

PENGUINS SIGN RONALD PETROVICKY
07/24/2006

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed right wing Ronald Petrovicky, it was announced Monday by General Manager Ray Shero.

Petrovicky, 29, recorded 20 points (8+12) and 62 penalty minutes in 60 games during the 2005-06 season with the Atlanta Thrashers, ranking second on the team with 109 hits.

Petrovicky also appeared in six games with Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics, scoring one goal and recording two penalty minutes.

The 5-11 and 190-pound native of Zilina, Slovakia is a veteran of five NHL seasons, posting career-best numbers in 2003-04 with the Thrashers, scoring 16 goals and recording 31 points in 78 games. He ranked fifth on the club in goals and seventh in points during the 2003-04 campaign.

Petrovicky has played in 311 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers, recording 86 points (38+48) and 401 penalty minutes. Petrovicky was originally drafted by Calgary in the ninth round (228th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/team/press/arts/1952.0.php

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 05:34 PM
Recchi to return to Penguins
Monday, July 24, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins are expected to announce tomorrow that winger Mark Recchi is rejoining the club, getting a one-year contract worth $2.28 million.

Recchi, 38, who was part of Penguins' 1991 Stanley Cup team, got his name on the Cup a second time last month, this time with the Carolina Hurricanes.

After 13 seasons with Philadelphia, Montreal and the Flyers again, Recchi returned to the Penguins last season and had 24 goals, 33 assists for 57 points in 63 games before he was traded to Carolina in March.

He had four goals, seven points in 20 games for the Hurricanes during the regular season, seven goals, 16 points in 25 playoff games.

Recchi was an unrestricted free agent.

In addition, the Penguins today signed checking line winger Ronald Petrovicky to a one-year, $450,000 contract. He had eight goals, 20 points last season for Atlanta and played for Slovakia at the Turin Olympics.

83-Steelers-43
07-24-2006, 05:36 PM
This is unbelievable. Mark Recchi for 2.28 for one year. Stupid, stupid move.

X-Terminator
07-25-2006, 09:11 AM
I don't know what the hell Shero was drinking at the time, but it must have been some good shit. Because I can't think of any other way he signs Recchi for that much money. It just doesn't make any sense at all. I suppose if he comes back and doesn't act like a jackass in the locker room, it could work, but it's still way too much money.

83-Steelers-43
07-27-2006, 04:28 PM
Solid move by both Shero and Therrien. Now they need to sign a goalie coach. Francois Allaire is available.

Nice to see this after the wait. Why exactly Craig Patrick never signed a goalie coach long-term after they drafted Fleury made absolutely no sense to me......

Penguins promote Meloche to goaltending coach
Thursday, July 27, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gilles Meloche, a former Penguins goaltender, today was promoted from scout to goaltending coach.

Meloche, who played the final three of his 18 NHL seasons with the Penguins, served in the dual role of scout and goaltending coach from 1989-2004 before his duties were scaled back to just scouting amateur players.

"Gilles brings a tremendous amount of experience and passion to this position," first-year general manager Ray Shero said in a statement. "We think he'll do a great job working with our goaltenders here and in Wilkes-Barre, and in assisting our scouting staff in the evaluation of goaltending prospects."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06208/709121-100.stm

X-Terminator
07-27-2006, 06:08 PM
Hmmm...I thought they already had a goaltending coach who came with Therrien from WBS? Oh well, I like this move - maybe Gilles will work with Fleury on how to better control rebounds and play the puck behind the net. Those two areas need to improve if he's going to become an elite goaltender.

83-Steelers-43
07-27-2006, 10:44 PM
Shero continues to make changes
Kehoe among five Penguins GM fires
Friday, July 28, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Former Penguins coach Rick Kehoe, who had been serving as a scout, was among five staff members fired yesterday as the Penguins continued to make changes under first-year general manager Ray Shero.

The Penguins reinstated scout Gilles Meloche as goaltending coach, replacing Gilles Lefebvre. In addition to Lefebvre and Kehoe, the team fired equipment manager Steve Latin, assistant equipment manager Paul Flati and assistant trainer Scott Johnson.

The five fired employees represented 69 years with the Penguins, led by Kehoe (31 years) and Latin (18 years).

Kehoe, who could not be reached for comment, had been part of the hockey staff longer than anyone and is a charter member of the Penguins Hall of Fame.

He came to the Penguins in a trade Sept. 13, 1974, and still ranks third on the team's all-time scoring list with 636 points in 11 seasons. He retired because of a neck problem early in the 1984-85 season -- after becoming the answer to the trivia question of who was Mario Lemieux's first right winger in the NHL -- and served as an assistant coach, head coach (2001-03, 55-81-14-10 record) and, most recently, the team's pro scout.

Latin became a popular figure during the Penguins Stanley Cup years in the early 1990s. He also worked for the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team.

"We appreciate everything Rick and Steve have done for the organization," Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said. "Rick was with the Penguins for more than 30 years, and Steve was here 18 years. Obviously, they made a positive contribution in many areas.

"But this is a new era with a new regime, and the Penguins have decided to make changes and go in a new direction."

Flati had been with the Penguins 12 seasons, Johnson seven.

The Penguins made some changes to their staff in December when coach Michel Therrien was promoted from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton minor-league club to replace Eddie Olczyk. Assistant coach Mike Yeo, strength coach Stephane Dube and Lefebvre came up with Therrien.

Other than Meloche, there was no word on replacements for those who were fired or for the scouting position vacated by Meloche.

Meloche, who played the final three of his 18 NHL seasons as a goaltender with the Penguins, has been an amateur scout for the team the past 17 years. He had the dual role of goaltending coach and scout from 1989-2004. He will coach and evaluate goalies with the Penguins and their minor-league team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

"Gilles brings a tremendous amount of experience and passion to this position," Shero said in a statement. "We think he'll do a great job working with our goaltenders here and in Wilkes-Barre, and in assisting our scouting staff in the evaluation of goaltending prospects."

Shero, who was hired in May, also needs to replace longtime head scout Greg Malone, who left earlier this month to join the Phoenix Coyotes, and is mulling whether to add another management position such as personnel director.

Shero previously hired a second assistant coach, Andre Savard, and named Chuck Fletcher assistant general manager while retaining longtime employee Eddie Johnston as senior advisor for hockey operations.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06209/709238-61.stm

cbalke
07-28-2006, 09:15 AM
dude...that is the wrong thing to do IMO. kehoe and latin are stand up guys who bring a LOT to the table. i cannot believe i just read that. holy crap. i guess he saw something he disagreed with...we'll see, i guess.

83-Steelers-43
07-28-2006, 09:32 AM
I'm not sure how much of a impact Kehoe had on the team these days. Also, this is Shero's team now and he's cleaning house. This is no longer team Lemieux/Patrick. The decision not to resign Kehoe comes as no surprise to me and in the long run, I feel it's the smart move. Shero probably already has a friend lined up for the job and understandably so. It's his team and he needs to surround himself around people he knows.

At the same time, dropping Latin I really couldn't understand. I mean all the guy did was tape sticks and sharpen skates and after 18 years he must have been doing something right. While neither of these firings are a big deal in the greater sheme of things, I still can't figure out why Latin was fired. My only explanation is that it was a cost-cutting strategy.

X-Terminator
07-28-2006, 09:58 AM
I agree with the Kehoe firing as well, but I don't understand why Latin was fired. I guess Shero has his own guy in mind and that's fine, but the players all liked and respected him for the job he did. It isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but it still doesn't make any sense.

83-Steelers-43
07-28-2006, 10:44 AM
It isn't important in the grand scheme of things, but it still doesn't make any sense.

I agree brother. While being an equipment manager is not exactly rocket science, the guy was here for 18 years and he did a good job. Like I said, maybe he made more money than his duties deligated.

cbalke
07-29-2006, 08:48 AM
I agree brother. While being an equipment manager is not exactly rocket science, the guy was here for 18 years and he did a good job. Like I said, maybe he made more money than his duties deligated.

i guess i could see that. i just love the guy, though. he's like the unofficial mascot of the pens. guy like that is going to be completely loyal, you know. i'm betting he would've taken a pay cut to stay with the pens....

83-Steelers-43
08-02-2006, 07:48 AM
Penguins sign Moore
By The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, August 2, 2006


The Penguins avoided arbitration with center Dominic Moore by signing him to a two-year contract Tuesday.

Moore, 25, was acquired in July by the Penguins from the Nashville Predators along with Libor Pivko in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2007. He was scheduled to go to arbitration today.

The 6-0, 195-pound native of Thornhill, Ontario, totaled nine goals and nine assists in 82 games with the New York Rangers in 2005-06 and ranked second on the team in short-handed time on ice (293:28) and third in short-handed time on ice per game (3:34). According to the NHL Players' Association Web site, he will earn $700,000 in 2006-07.

In other Penguins news, New England scout Neil Shea was let go after seven seasons with the organization. Shea was responsible for scouting several current Penguins players including defensemen Ryan Whitney, Noah Welch, Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik. He joins a list of other staffers recently relieved of their duties including scout Rick Kehoe, equipment manager Steve Latin, assistant equipment manager Paul Flati and assistant athletic trainer Scott Johnson.

X-Terminator
08-02-2006, 08:31 AM
700K is about right for a guy like Moore - he probably wasn't going to get any more than that through arbitration. As for Neil Shea...the purge continues for Ray Shero. It'll be interesting to see who he hires to replace all of these guys.

HometownGal
08-02-2006, 03:54 PM
i guess i could see that. i just love the guy, though. he's like the unofficial mascot of the pens. guy like that is going to be completely loyal, you know. i'm betting he would've taken a pay cut to stay with the pens....

Who knows - maybe he'll be the new....

http://pittsburghdish.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/iceburgh.jpg

Iceburgh has 4 tickets immediately to the right of where my seats are in
D-7. He has some adorable kids and his friends are totally cool.

I don't understand Steve Latin's firing myself. I'm sure these guys have a comfort level with him and have complete confidence in his expertise as an equipment manager. Why fix what's really not broken?

83-Steelers-43
08-03-2006, 08:15 AM
NOTES -- The Penguins signed winger Libor Pivko, acquired from Nashville in a trade last month, to a one-year contract. General manager Ray Shero has said he expects Pivko, 26, to earn a spot on the NHL roster or return to the Czech Republic. They also signed defenseman Alain Nasreddine to a one-year contract. Primarily a career minor-leaguer, Nasreddine, 31, played in six NHL games last season and has appeared in 24 in his career. Both signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $450,000 if they stick in the NHL.

BlackNGold203
08-03-2006, 08:57 AM
Who knows - maybe he'll be the new....

http://pittsburghdish.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/iceburgh.jpg

Iceburgh has 4 tickets immediately to the right of where my seats are in
D-7. He has some adorable kids and his friends are totally cool.

I don't understand Steve Latin's firing myself. I'm sure these guys have a comfort level with him and have complete confidence in his expertise as an equipment manager. Why fix what's really not broken?


Agreed....this reeks of making a change just for the sake of making a change...granted...this isnt earth shattering stuff...but man...Latin's been doing this soo long....*shakes head*

83-Steelers-43
08-04-2006, 07:48 AM
Penguins' GM hires minor-league coach
Friday, August 04, 2006

From local and wire reports

Todd Richards, an assistant coach with the American Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals the past four seasons, was named head coach of the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton yesterday.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero worked with Richards as assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators.

Richards, 39, was a defenseman for the University of Minnesota and with several pro organizations, mostly in the minor leagues. He played in eight NHL games.

He replaces Joe Mullen, who coached the Baby Penguins for the second half of the 2005-06 season after Michel Therrien was promoted to take the Penguins coaching job.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06216/711137-61.stm

83-Steelers-43
08-04-2006, 07:58 AM
And so Shero dips into the Nashville organization's bank again although I thought for sure they would hire Kyle Schultz. Eitherway Richards is a young (but very experienced) coach with a great track record who is considered a defensive specialist.

Good hire for the most part. Then again, as long as his name is not Glenn Patrick or a former Penguin I'm content.

X-Terminator
08-04-2006, 09:46 AM
I don't mind that he's plucking guys from the Nashville organization - they've been pretty successful both at the NHL and AHL level. The Admirals beat the Baby Pens 2 years ago for the Calder Cup, as a matter of fact. Shero clearly is trying to change the attitude and the atmosphere by bringing in guys from winning backgrounds - you can never have too many of them, because they know what it takes.

83-Steelers-43
08-25-2006, 07:51 AM
Shero hires new director of scouting, adds 4 scouts
General manager also fills several spots, including trainer
Friday, August 25, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins general manager Ray Shero has been busy hiring people, perhaps most notably the man who will spearhead the team's draft preparation.

Jay Heinbuck yesterday was named director of amateur scouting.

"I've known Jay for 20 years, and the thing to me is he's a very passionate hockey guy," Shero said yesterday. "He's got really good training -- he was a real good player and has an understanding of the coaching role -- and I think he's at the right stage of his career to take on this role."

Heinbuck, whose duties will encompass North America and Europe, essentially replaces Greg Malone, the head scout who left to take a job with Phoenix.

Heinbuck spent the past four years as United States head amateur scout for the New York Islanders. He also scouted in Canada and Europe.

He spent 10 years as an assistant coach and primary recruiter at St. Lawrence University, which in that time won two ECAC championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances.

Heinbuck began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northeastern, where he holds the single-season records for points (70) and assists (40) from 1985-86.

In addition to hiring Heinbuck, Shero added four scouts and hired or reassigned people in other parts of the organization.

The announcements came about a month after six people were fired or left.

The other hires in the scouting ranks are European scout Patrik Allvin, who held a similar job with Montreal the past four seasons; pro scout Dan MacKinnon, formerly a pro scout and scouting coordinator with the Nashville Predators; pro scout Bill O'Flaherty, who had been director of player personnel for the Los Angeles Kings since 1997 and previously was athletic director and coach at Clarkson University; and amateur scout Jim Madigan, who spent the past 13 years with the New York Islanders and will be responsible for covering New England.

Pro scout Kevin Stevens and amateur scouts Chuck Grillo and Matt Recchi were retained.

Three new members of the hockey department have ties to Johnstown, something Shero called a coincidence.

Chris Stewart, a native of Johnstown who was the associate athletic trainer for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, is the Penguins' new head trainer. Stewart, a graduate of IUP, was a trainer for the minor-league Johnstown Chiefs before joining the Hurricanes' Lowell, Mass., minor-league team two years ago.

Stewart's assistant is Scott Adams, who was head trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs for one season and for the Windsor Spitfires for one season.

The Penguins' new equipment manager, Dana Heinze, is a Johnstown native who was Tampa Bay's assistant equipment manager the past six years.

Among his previous stops were two stints as head trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs and one season as equipment manager for the New Jersey Devils.

Paul DeFazio remains as assistant equipment manager.

In other off-ice support staff changes, Mark Mortland, the Penguins' head trainer the past 11 seasons, has become the team's physical therapist; Frank Buonomo is the new director of team services; and Buffalo, N.Y., native Travis Ramsey, son of Tampa Bay associate coach Craig Ramsey, was named video coordinator.

Buonomo has worked as a communications assistant with the New York Rangers, as media relations manager and director of team services for the Nashville Predators, director of communications for the St. Louis Blues and general manager of the minor-league Missouri River Otters.

The Penguins also named Dan Bylsma, 35, as an assistant coach for their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm team. Bylsma, a former right winger who played in 429 NHL games with Los Angeles and Anaheim, was an assistant with the minor-league Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2004-05 and with the New York Islanders last season.

Shero also called it a coincidence that he has brought in several former Islanders staffers. That club has had some turmoil and turnover at the general manager position, and several of the team's employees' contracts expired earlier this summer.


NOTES -- Shero had no update on Russian prospect Evgeni Malkin, who is working out in Los Angeles. ... Shero seems content with his roster for now. "It's been real quiet," he said. "This coming week, I'll make a few calls, but probably we'll wait and see how things go in training camp."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06237/716289-61.stm

BlackNGold203
08-25-2006, 08:04 AM
I like the fact that Shero is putting together "his team"...when you make a change at the GM level...the new GM should be given the lattitude to create his own organization...

The only change I really didnt get was the trainer...but oh well, I'm sure he hired someone who is very qualified to keep the guys on the ice...:cool: :cool:

X-Terminator
08-25-2006, 08:37 AM
Of course Shero has no update on Malkin...the two weeks aren't up yet. After that, I expect Malkin to be signed rather quickly and in time for the start of rookie camp. But there's no question that he is putting his staple on the organization, which is just fine with me - they needed a major overhaul from top to bottom in order to get to where they want to be.

83-Steelers-43
08-30-2006, 08:50 AM
And we thought the Malkin situation was screwed up and confusing? This is all one big mess.

Is Penguins suitor looking for cash?
Could jeopardize developer's bid for hockey team
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sticking points, including financing problems, appear to be jeopardizing Sam Fingold's attempt to buy the Penguins, and his letter of intent might expire in the next several days, sources close to the sales process said yesterday.

Mr. Fingold, a Toronto native and Hartford, Conn., real estate developer, entered into the agreement July 28 for exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase agreement with the team. His offer is believed to be $175 million.

One source said the two sides disagree about fundamental business points but would not elaborate.

Although no timetable was announced, it's believed there was a soft deadline of 30 days and that talks could continue beyond that if both sides felt there was progress. The 30-day period ended over the weekend, and it appears the Penguins are the ones ready to pull out of negotiations.

It's unclear what the Penguins' next move would be if Mr. Fingold's letter of intent lapses.

The club, which is owned in part by Hall of Fame player Mario Lemieux, had hoped to have a deal in place by the start of the season, but that is now about five weeks away. Once there is a purchase agreement, a prospective owner needs NHL approval before the sale can be completed.

The team could revisit offers from three other finalists from the bidding process.

They are:

Lawrence Gottesdiener, another Hartford real estate developer, whose bid was believed to be closest to Mr. Fingold's;

Andrew Murstein, a New York businessman whose partners include Mark Cuban, Dan Marino and others with local ties and whose bid was believed to be about $170 million;

Jim Renacci, a Ringgold High School graduate and Ohio businessman who apparently offered something closer to $150 million.

Precedent suggests Mr. Fingold -- who is partnered with his brother, Michael, father, David, and world-famous concert promoter Michael Cohl, all of Toronto -- could regroup even if this effort fails.

Dave Checketts entered into a letter of intent with the St. Louis Blues last September, but that lapsed without a purchase agreement. Another prospective buyer, Allen Appleby, signed a letter of intent in January but also couldn't strike a deal.

Mr. Checketts eventually resurfaced and bought the Blues, along with their lease at Savvis Center, for $150 million in a deal that closed earlier this summer.

If Mr. Fingold can't reach a purchase agreement, it would be the second time since the team was put up for sale early this year that the Penguins will have been close to having a buyer. A secretive group from Canada was on the verge of signing a letter of intent in mid-July but backed out after realizing it could have a difficult time moving the club.

Although he has ties with a group hoping to bring an NHL team to Kansas City, Mr. Fingold said when he signed the letter of intent the he would try to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The team needs a new arena to be viable. There are two proposed plans for a new arena, one connected directly to a slots machine license and another proposed alternative funding plan that requires contributions the team and other entities.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06242/717429-61.stm

X-Terminator
08-30-2006, 09:06 AM
And they were in such a big hurry to sell the club to them too. I personally am glad it's blowing up in their faces - I never liked or trusted Fingold from the beginning. Gottesdiener will probably be next in line, and I don't know much about him other than he's tied to Hartford and could move the team there if they don't get an arena here. Problem with that, though, is that the mayor of Hartford isn't keen on building a new arena there, so he'd be between a rock and a hard place.