Crosby update and rumors … Burke like January trades … Lightning, Ducks, Blackhawks rumors … Leafs injury updates … Starting goalies

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: On Sidney Crosby rumors that his season or career could be over.

    “Sidney is doing very well, he’s training, he’s going in the right direction,” agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports told Friday. “The idea of retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary. Far from that.”

    “Absolutely zero truth to these rumors,” added Penguins general manager Ray Shero to on Friday.

    Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke tries to make a trade splash in January, well in advance of the trade deadline.

    “We are listening to a lot right now and there is a good chance something will happen but I don’t think it’s going to happen today or tomorrow,” Burke said. “This is like hunting. Sometimes when you’re hunting, you get a feeling you’re going to stumble on something, or birds are coming in and you get a sixth sense something is about to happen. I don’t sense that here right now. We’re talking to a lot of teams about a number of things — mostly we’re listening because we like our group — but I can’t sense if something is imminent or not. Right now I’d say it’s not.”

    Burke would like to add some size upfront, and they are not talking to anyone right now about adding a goaltender.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may have to wait until the offseason to get a young starting goalie and a top 4 defenseman.

    “I think I look at both, short-term and big picture,” Yzerman said. “I’m not going to do something out of desperation that’s going to hurt us in the long run, by trading draft picks and a good prospect or something like that. Any deal has got to make sense for us long term. So that makes it tricky.”

    Ducks GM Bob Murray:

    “What I said is what I said, right now I’m listening to everything,” Murray told “It would be very difficult to make the type of deals I want, but I’m listening for sure. I still think we have a decent core here, but we’re maybe going to have to change a piece or two.”

    “But sometimes blockbusters happen at the trade deadline, you never know,” Murray said.

    Blackhawks GM Stean Bowman has been looking for a deal for awhile. He’d like to acquire a 4-5 defenseman and a center that could play in the top 6.

    “Ideally, I’d like to find a center man,” Bowman said. “It doesn’t have to be a top center man, but somebody that can play and complement top players.”

  • Nick Kypreos of Kypreos thinks that Sidney Crosby’s season is over based on his long-term health and the potential of a new contract. Crosby has one more year on his deal and can begin negotiations on July 1st. Crosby’s career could be in jeopardy with another concussion, and the next contract won’t come with an insurance policy that covers the Penguins from a career ending concussion. If Crosby is a “Penguin for Life,” the Penguins would be on the hook for the full amount, which could be as much as 10 years, $100 million.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: According to someone close to the Penguins, Sidney Crosby is doing better and is training. His goal is to back this season, though the timeline is still unclear.
  • Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will be playing tonight. Paul Martin is in. Arron Asham is out. Zbynek Michalek and Richard Park are ‘iffy.’
  • Chris Botta talks with Darren Dreger about the current trade market.


  1. hotwings

    January 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    the tampa situation must be a bit frustrating for their fans.. i really dont think this group has the legs to move beyond their 8th-12th place limbo…

    their d core is horrible.. ohlund and brewer are fading assets… hedman is still in development mode..

    the goalie situation needs to be completely overhauled…

    lecavalier has a contract that is pretty much unmovable… and vinny himself is almost 32… and on the downside of his career… same with martin st louis… stamkos is great, but looking forward, i dont see their group going anywhere really… just this middle of the road oblivion…

    i think yzerman has his hands tied… and tampa is going to continue to be the future and current capital of shitty contracts… (vinnny, kubina, malone, brewer)

  2. JoonasJ86

    January 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Yeah it looks bad at the moment but lets see what tricks Yzerman has on his sleeve. I’ve got the picture that he is one slick dude in dealing. I think that their biggest flaw right now is the goalie and seems like everybody knows Guy Bouchers tactics like their own socks. Wasn’t he that smart after all? Sad that actions of GM-morons carry so far, like my favorite example Milbury / Islanders.

  3. Freddy Pinela

    June 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it. ,`;^