In today's Post-Gazette:
The Pens are on the verge of completing a deal with the Russian
Red Army team. Actually, it's a deal between PHA (Pittsburgh
Hockey Associates, the group that owns the Pens.) and the Red
The deal is characterized as a "joint venture". Once an
agreement has been finalized, the Pens will be able to use
the Red Army team as a base for a Russian scouting network.
Under the agreement, it would also be possible for the Pens
to send young talent to Moscow to work under the legendary
Viktor Tikhonov, coach of the Red Army and many Russian
And the deal also calls for the Pens to tour Russia, playing
games and holding clinics. In return, the Red Army would
tour North America, with Pittsburgh acting as its' home base.
If the agreement is reached, it will be the first of its' kind
between a North American pro franchise and a Russian team.
Kevin Stevens said he is "still ahead of schedule" in his recovery
from 4.5 hours of face surgery to repair his broken *** bones.
His nose and sinus bone were literally smashed to pieces when he hit
the ice face-first during the Pens/Islanders playoff game May 14th.
He said he's "doing well" but still has occasional headaches and
is "obviously not 100%". Stevens, vacationing in Massachusetts,
will return to Pgh in early July for an examination.
Jagr trade rumors are flaring up again. Basically the same
rumors as before: Jagr to Ottawa for the first overall pick
in the draft, which would enable the Pens to choose Alexandre
Daigle, and Jagr to the Nords for the rights to Peter Forsberg.
In addition to the Ducks' interest in Paul Stanton, the Panthers
have expressed interest in picking up forward Troy Loney.
As for Dave Tippett, his one year contract with the Pens expired
at the end of the season, which is why he wasn't on the protected/
unprotected lists. (Same for Jay Caulfield.) Tippett, who has
been used as left wing and could fill the void left if Loney
goes with the Panthers, said earlier this week he has no idea
if the Pens are interested in resigning him.
Contact for the Penguins