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Zach Parise Rumors: Flyers Rumored To Be On Parise's Short List of Potential Teams

According to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Philadelphia Flyers are still in the running to acquire unrestricted free agent Zach Parise.

Parise has narrowed his list of potential suitors down, and is expected to make his decision on Monday.

According to McKenzie, the other teams who are rumored to be on Parise’s short list are the Minnesota Wild, the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New Jersey Devils.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, and the mega deal

With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.

Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.

On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.

Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...

A Closer Look At The Staal Trade

There was a lot going on Friday night and Saturday in Pittsburgh.  The Penguins hosted the draft, they made the trade of the draft, and they selected twice on Friday.  It was an extremely busy day, so it now finally sinks in that the Penguins really made a few huge moves on Friday.

On Staal – The 6’4 225lb center who was drafted second overall in 2006 was one of, if not the most, underrated center in the NHL.  Staal has only truly played with top six talent once in his career consistently and he scored 29 goals. 

Over the past two seasons he was on pace for over 60 points and 30 goals.  Staal is one of the best penalty killers in the l...

Changes Were Made; Changes Of A Serious Degree

It was early May when the rumors started to flow;  the talk of Jordan Staal being traded and Pittsburgh making a major move or two.  Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma said changes will be made and they weren't kidding.

Just before the 2012 NHL Draft got underway; the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Jordan Staal to Carolina.  In return, they received Brandon Sutter, prospect Brian Dumoulin, and the 8th overall pick in the draft that became Derrick Pouliot.  Overall, the value sent to both teams can be considered very fair, but Pittsburgh was not done dealing. 

It was just a few hours later when the Penguins selected another defenseman in the 2012 draft, at number...

Reunited in Carolina; Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes to join brother Eric

 

Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little and in the Carolina Hurricanes case, they had to give up a lot to get what they wanted.

Carolina fans are excited that Jordan Staal will be re-united with his brother Eric to help anchor the Hurricanes through the next few years. Talks began as soon as Jordan turned down a 10-year contract extension on Thursday.

Pittsburgh had to figure that Jordan was waiting for his contract to end so he could sign with Carolina so they were proactive and decided to get something in return.

The Penguins were fortunate enough to add some firepower to their roster by getting the number eight pick from Carolina (they chose D...

Pittsburgh Penguins take Olli Maatta with 22nd pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft

 

 Maatta is a 6’2, 202 pound defenseman that plays for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Penguins selected Finnish prospect Olli Maatta with the 22nd pick in the NHL Entry Draft

A Finland native, Maatta is a solid, two-way defenseman who does not possess any significant deficiencies.

His excellent feet and agility allow him to stay with even the speediest of forwards, resulting in quality one-on-one defensive coverage and giving Maatta shutdown capabilities.

Maatta is an aggressive defender, as he takes away time and space from the opposing puck carrier by consistently closing the gap. Though he is not the type to stan...

Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jordan Staal for 8th pick & more, take Derrek Pouliot

After trading forward Jordan Staal to Carolina on the draft floor in exchange for Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eight pick, Pittsburgh selected defenseman Derrek Pouliot.

 

Pouliot (18 years old) may not be the biggest blue liner at only 5'11, but he makes up for it in weight at 190 pounds.

His lack of size prevent him from being a physical player along the wall, but his deceptive skating allows him to capitalize on his opponents' mistakes and turn them into offensive opportunities.

Pouliot is capable of quarterbacking the play from the top of the zone and will look to find his teammates while fending off his attackers and he makes ...

Vokoun A Penguin

In an offseason of questions for the Pittsburgh Penguins, there is one thing that cannot be questioned, there will be changes made.  The first move was made as the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the rights to Washington Capital goaltender Tomas Vokoun and quickly signed him to a two year deal worth $4-Million.   The Penguins traded their 7th round draft pick in the 2012 NHL draft for the negotiation rights.  His signing signals the end of three year backup Brent Johnson, who fell out of favor after a weak season.

This move was extremely surprising, especially to those in Pittsburgh who had expected AHL goaltender Brad Thiessen to make his way up to the NHL level as...

If Staal is available, Leafs must pounce

General manager Brian Burke has limited options to bolster the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center position.

Much like goaltending, which is another priority this off-season, the market is bare. If Burke wishes to ensure better odds for a playoff berth next season, the goaltending and center positions will have to be addressed.

How exactly that can be accomplished remains to be seen.

This year’s unrestricted free agency crop lacks depth across the board, but particularly so at center, with Olli Jokinen being the top among the list.

Bad news.

So, who’s available in the trade market? Well, none other than the oft-rumoured Jordan Staal, of course.

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Change Is Coming; But To What Degree?

The first round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers marked the second season in a row that the Pittsburgh Penguins have failed to make it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The problem with this season compared to last though, is it was lost with the team at full strength.  This is an issue as this team was tearing the league up for most of the last two months.  The Penguins now have a very long offseason with plenty to think about, including rumors that are now flying about their three center system.

Discussing the Staal Rumors – Now, thanks to many media outlets and well respected TSN analyst Bob McKenzie, there are rumors flying everywhere about Jo...