Penguins Notes 2/4/2013
Now on a three game winning streak the Penguins appear to have finally found their identity, obviously there is still work to be done, but I would like to believe that they will not be embarrassed as they were last week against the Islanders any time soon.
Last week Ray Shero made a very curious move when he picked up Zach Boychuk off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Many scratched their heads when Dan Bylsma stated he would be trying Boychuk out on a line with Malkin and Neal. The problem some had was they felt he was too small to play the physical game that everyone believed they needed in that spot, but In his first two games as a Guin he hasn’t disappointed. He shoots the puck, he drives hard to the net, and he works hard to win battles. It is still unsure if he will be able to be a mainstay with this line, but he has given us hope that the line shuffling may finally be over. Hopefully!
One thing that seems apparent after the last three games is, Sidney Crosby is back! He is a man on a mission, racking up 7 points in the last three games, there are no signs of him slowing down.
On that note, Chris Kunitz had a great game against the Capitals on Sunday scoring four goals and notching his first Hat Trick of the season while playing on Crosby’s line.
*That marked the first time since Jagr in 2000 that a Penguin scored four goals in one game.
During the weekend I heard a very odd trade rumor that involved the Penguins and a West Coast team, I was unable to get any real details on it. I assure you if anything come about this or anything else I will let you all know.
Around the League
The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild made a trade today. The Wild received Former Penguin Michael Rupp in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. According to reports it is believed that Palmieri will go with the Rangers AHL affiliate and Powe will take Rupp’s spot on the roster.
Despite Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Asst GM Laurence Gilman being at the Capitals – Penguins game on Sunday George McPhee has stated that they are not interested in Roberto Luongo, nor have they inquired about him. Could this mean the Canucks were there scouting the Pens roster? And no the Pens are not interested in Luongo.
There is a bunch of talk that Philadelphia should attempt to go for Veteran Winger Jerome Iginla if he becomes available. No one attached to the organization has made any remarks like this, but as a Penguins fan I fear this ever coming true.
Injuries are absolutely plaguing the league right now, if not for all the Luongo talk everyday we would hear more about this. Ottawa, Detroit, and Colorado are just a few teams decimated with Injuries.