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83-Steelers-43
07-17-2007, 12:56 PM
Give it time..it'll be done

I have no worries or doubts about that.

SteelCityMan786
07-17-2007, 01:02 PM
Now......Fleury.

I might try to negotiate him NOW just so we can avoid having problems later. Or, at least lay out the ground work.

83-Steelers-43
07-18-2007, 05:27 PM
Shero and Bouchette in 3 minutes on Sports Beat. :banana:

83-Steelers-43
07-18-2007, 07:24 PM
Short interview for the most part. Then again I'm not exactly sure how much Shero can talk about at this point in time. He spent more time with Bouchette which makes sense judging that TC is starting up and Timmons, Woodley and Troy's signings are coming up soon.

Hopefully Stan get's Shero back in the studio one more time before the season starts up. I would also like to see him interview Botterill about the our future cap situation even though I'm completely confident for a number of reasons that we will be able to keep Sid, Malkin and Staal for a long, long time.

SteelCityMan786
07-18-2007, 07:54 PM
Short interview for the most part. Then again I'm not exactly sure how much Shero can talk about at this point in time. He spent more time with Bouchette which makes sense judging that TC is starting up and Timmons, Woodley and Troy's signings are coming up soon.

Hopefully Stan get's Shero back in the studio one more time before the season starts up. I would also like to see him interview Botterill about the our future cap situation even though I'm completely confident for a number of reasons that we will be able to keep Sid, Malkin and Staal for a long, long time.

Probably shouldn't be till August though since Camp starts in September.

83-Steelers-43
07-18-2007, 11:17 PM
Sydor plans to be another voice of experience for the Penguins
Thursday, July 19, 2007

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Darryl Sydor has played almost 1,100 games in the National Hockey League.

It only took a few hundred, though, for him to grasp one of the game's great truths: That there is no guarantee success in one season will carry over to the next.

That reality registered with Sydor when he appeared in the 1993 Stanley Cup final about a year and a half after making his NHL debut with Los Angeles, then sat out the playoffs for four springs in a row.

"I learned the hard way," he said yesterday. "You don't want to have to do that. I think everybody's aware of that. It was a special regular season [for the Penguins] last year and as long as you take it and learn from it, you just have to move forward."

His new club might want to remember Sydor's observation in coming months. The Penguins made a 47-point improvement -- fourth-largest in NHL history -- in 2006-07, and the prevailing sentiment in hockey circles seems to be that they should at least equal, if not build on, that success during the coming winter.

That feeling isn't entirely unfounded, given the personnel the Penguins have assembled in recent years, but the point is there isn't an automatic carryover even after the most productive of seasons.

"You can't just [assume] that it's going to be a great day, every day," Sydor said. "You're going to have to work for what you get. That's what they did last year."

Sydor, who signed with the Penguins as a free agent earlier this month, has won titles with Dallas and Tampa Bay, and his intangibles might mean as much to this team as his talent.

For while the Penguins have some exceptionally gifted young players, most of their core players have limited experience, which means veterans such as Gary Roberts, Mark Recchi and Sydor have more responsibility for leadership than they might on other clubs.

All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn't cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.

Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes -- things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc. -- it could curdle a team's chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.

"If you have the right group, you don't have that problem," Sydor said. "And from what I hear, you don't have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys -- they make us feel young -- and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys."

Sydor likened the Penguins' collection of skilled forwards to the one in Tampa when he joined the Lightning a few months before it won the Cup in 2004 -- "A lot of energy, a lot of guys who can move the puck and skate and were very crafty" -- but doesn't seem inclined to evaluate his new teammates in an effort to determine just how close the Penguins are to being a serious contender.

"I'll just sit back and read some players and listen," he said. "I'm not a guy who's going to make judgments or calls [about personnel]. I'm just going to go out and do my thing."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07200/802768-61.stm

Buzz05
07-19-2007, 08:26 AM
At this point everyone should be happy if they are playing for the Pens. They are young yet have experience, they are enthusiastic about the game. A good young coach, and a genious GM. I think the Pens might be the face of the NHL right now.

X-Terminator
07-19-2007, 10:53 AM
Penguins sign veteran goalie Ty Conklin

Thursday, July 19, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have signed veteran NHL goaltender Ty Conklin.

He is expected to play for their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, but would give the Penguins an experienced option if No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury or his backup, Dany Sabourin, struggles or is injured.

Conklin, 31, split last season between Columbus and Buffalo; he had a a 3.34 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage in 16 games.

For his career, which began with a stint in Edmonton, Conklin is 30-24-6, with a 2.65 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07200/802869-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
07-19-2007, 11:18 AM
At this point everyone should be happy if they are playing for the Pens. They are young yet have experience, they are enthusiastic about the game. A good young coach, and a genious GM. I think the Pens might be the face of the NHL right now.

The Dynasty Begins Fall 2007.

steelpride12
07-19-2007, 11:41 AM
WOW im in totall shock that was a low blow by FSN everyone loved that guy he was great wat were they thinking...o ya they werent!

Loaf31
07-19-2007, 11:51 AM
I cannot wait until the Fall, i will be there in sec e-12 all season.

83-Steelers-43
07-19-2007, 12:15 PM
WOW im in totall shock that was a low blow by FSN everyone loved that guy he was great wat were they thinking...o ya they werent!

Who are you talking about?

83-Steelers-43
07-19-2007, 12:21 PM
The Pens official site gives more info on this signing and a key sentence in my opinion....

it was announced today by Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?se...ticleid=334750

WBS announcements: Always made by Fletcher.

NHL announcements: Always made by Shero.

Not a bad signing. Having Conklin work next to Brown in WBS isn't a bad idea. Plus a more experienced 3rd option in case of injury on the big Pens is never a bad thing. BTW, he signed one year for $500,000.

83-Steelers-43
07-19-2007, 11:33 PM
Penguins picked up mayor's tab, too, for golf tourney
By Jeremy Boren
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, July 20, 2007

The Pittsburgh Penguins said Thursday the team paid for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's first day of golf during the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational in Ligonier.

"The mayor was our guest," said Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan.

The team paid $27,000 for a two-day golf package that allowed three golfers to play during the tournament June 27 and 28 at the prestigious Laurel Valley Golf Club. Ravenstahl played with the Penguins group only on the first day.

Ravenstahl played with team President David Morehouse, PNC Bank CEO Sy Holzer and the group's assigned celebrity, NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Theismann, McMillan said.

The Penguins' sponsorship adds to the questions the city Ethics Hearing Board is planning to ask Ravenstahl during a meeting next month about the propriety of his participation in the two-day golf outing, said board Chairwoman Sister Patrice Hughes.

On June 28, the second day of the tournament, Ravenstahl played on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's dime with two of the hospital system's executives.

UPMC also paid $27,000 for its two-day package. George Huber, its former senior vice president of corporate relations, and Robert Kennedy, vice president of government relations, played with Ravenstahl on the second day of the tournament, said UPMC spokesman Frank Raczkiewicz.

"I don't think there's much difference between the UPMC event and the Penguins event," Ravenstahl said yesterday. "When you're the mayor, you have to have discussions with those individuals, and that's sometimes how business gets done."

Ravenstahl said he did not break the law or ethics rules because he did not directly benefit financially from the golf tournament.

Ethics board members questioned UPMC's involvement last Friday, when they voted to ask the mayor to appear before the board to answer questions about the outing.

Ravenstahl today will receive the letter requesting him to appear before the board during the week of Aug. 20, Hughes said.

The city charter bars public officials from accepting gifts worth more than $100 and admission to cultural or athletic events worth more than $250. Rules also bar public officials from receiving gifts from companies that do business with the city.

Ravenstahl participated in months of negotiations with the Penguins to build a new $290 million arena Uptown, and the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority is working on the terms of a lease agreement with the Penguins and what rights the team will have to develop the 28-acre arena site.

Ravenstahl has the power the appoint three members of the authority board and has appointed one since taking office last year.

In March, Ravenstahl traveled to New York City for dinner and drinks with billionaire Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle. Ravenstahl said the trip on Burkle's jet -- dubbed "Ron Air" by President Bill Clinton -- was an opportunity to seek campaign advice.

UPMC has two contracts to manage the city's workers compensation program in 2007. In February, Ravenstahl renewed the contracts totaling $5.52 million.

"The Penguins don't have a contract with the city," Hughes said. "I don't think it's the same thing as UPMC. There's a nuance there."

The golf tournament is the Mario Lemieux Foundation's flagship fundraising tool, McMillan said, and a major reason why the foundation has raised more than $8 million for cancer research since Lemieux created the foundation in 1993.

"We think it's great that the mayor took part in the event as the mayor of the city," McMillan said. "The difference of this event is that it's high-end. The money that's raised is high-end because the celebrities are high-end."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_518202.html

83-Steelers-43
07-20-2007, 11:14 AM
Penguins confirmed signing Brent
Friday, July 20, 2007

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have confirmed the signing of center Tim Brent.

He got a one-year deal worth $495,000 if he plays in the NHL, less if he's in the minors.

Brent, 23, was acquired from Anaheim for minor-league center Stephen Dixon last month and had been a restricted free agent.

He had one goal and six penalty minutes in 15 games with the Ducks last season, and added 16 goals and 14 assists in 48 games with Anaheim's American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07201/803181-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2007, 08:38 AM
Nasreddine, team come to terms on 1-year deal
Saturday, July 21, 2007

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Defenseman Alain Nasreddine has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Penguins.

Financial terms were not immediately available, but it will be a two-way deal that pays a reduced salary if Nasreddine plays for the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

Nasreddine, 32, had one goal and four assists in 44 games with the Penguins last season. He had been an unrestricted free agent since July 1.

Nasreddine's return addresses the Penguins' desire to add a "depth" defenseman who can be a capable fill-in if there are injuries or serious slumps on their blue line.

The Penguins also added some depth up front by signing center Tim Brent to a one-year contract yesterday. It is worth $495,000 if he plays in the NHL, less if he's in the minors.

Brent, 23, was acquired from Anaheim for minor-league center Stephen Dixon last month.

He had one goal and six penalty minutes in 15 games with the Ducks last season, and picked up 16 goals and 14 assists in 48 games with Anaheim's American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07202/803355-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
07-21-2007, 11:22 AM
good job signing Naserdine. I think this might be a good year for him.

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2007, 02:48 PM
Solid signing. He can help with WBS and also provide some NHL depth incase injuries get really bad.

83-Steelers-43
07-21-2007, 11:23 PM
Penguins address lack of minor-league depth
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, July 22, 2007

General manager Ray Shero has spent much of the past month making news -- whether by improving the Penguins with free-agent signings such as Petr Sykora and Darryl Sydor or locking up home-grown talents Sidney Crosby and Ryan Whitney to long-term deals.

All the while, Shero's assistant general manager, Chuck Fletcher, quietly has addressed the organization's most pressing need: farm-system depth.

"Clearly, at this time last year, there were so many young players in Pittsburgh, our farm system truly was depleted," Fletcher said. "It was like a mad rush of players going from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Pittsburgh. It just takes a year or two to regroup after you promote that many players."

Fletcher was hired July 14, 2006. By then, former AHL prospects such as Whitney, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and right wing Colby Armstrong had established themselves as ready-for-prime-time players in the NHL.

The Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was so bare-bones thin that the minor-league club entered into a prospect-sharing agreement with the Edmonton Oilers for the 2006-07 season.
First-year Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Todd Richards, hired at the late date of Aug. 3, 2006, said there were occasions last season when eight or nine of his players belonged to Edmonton.

"It will be interesting for me to see if there is a difference this year," Richards said.

This year should be different as the Penguins and Oilers no longer will combine to stock the farm team with players. Fletcher has been working since March to "methodically rebuild (the AHL affiliate) in a way that we could sign the type of players that we want."

Including the draft-weekend acquisition of center Tim Brent from Anaheim and the recent inking of touted college defenseman Alex Goligoski, Fletcher has added over a dozen players that figure to contend for roster spots at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

Fletcher's past two months have given to the organization what the emergence of the young core players at the NHL level had taken away -- depth.

Jonathan D'Aversa, an un-drafted free-agent defenseman, signed a three-year, entry-level deal May 25. Goaltender David Brown, a 2007 Hobey Baker finalist at Notre Dame and the Penguins' eighth-round pick in 2004, was given a two-year deal, as was Jeff Taffe, a center selected by St. Louis in the first round of the 2000 draft.

"It is not an accident of the players that we are signing," Richards said. "A lot of thought and scouting has gone into it. It is not as if the people in Pittsburgh have closed their eyes and pointed at a name on a piece of paper.

"We are trying to create something. We are trying to find players ... guys that for some reason slipped through the cracks. It is about trying to get them in an environment that is different and can hopefully spark them."

The Penguins will need a spark from their minor-league prospects -- whether this season due to inevitable injuries or in future years when the team can not afford, say, a cap hit of $1.2 million for Armstrong.

"It is crucial to the success of any organization to promote from within, and see results," new director of player development Tom Fitzgerald said. "These guys have to be able to come up and produce."

One of those guys could be right wing Jonathan Filewich, whom many within the organization believe is ready for a promotion to the NHL this season. If so, his advancement will leave just one more roster spot to fill at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where eight players on the Penguins' playoff roster spent a portion of the past two seasons.

"The best chance of having quality players at a good cap price is to draft well and bring up kids from your farm system," Fletcher said. "If you can draft well and develop well -- that is the only way you can win championships. That is why you have to draft well and have to put the time and effort into your farm team."

RE-STOCKING THE FARM

Penguins' assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher has addressed the organization's pressing need for minor-league depth by adding or re-signing the following players over the past few months:

Kyle Rank, wing
26 years old
2006-07 club: Bridgeport (AHL)

Ben Lovejoy, defense
23 years old
2006-07 club: Norfolk (AHL)

Kurtis McLean, center
26 years old
2006-07 club: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)/Wheeling (ECHL)

Mark Letestu, center
22 years old
2006-07 club: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)/Western Michigan (NCAA)

Jonathan D'Aversa, defense
21 years old
2006-07 club: Sudbury (OHL)

Tim Wallace, right wing
22 years old
2006-07 club: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)/Wheeling (ECHL)

Connor James, right wing
24 years old
2006-07 club: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)

David Brown, goal
22 years old
2006-07 club: Notre Dame (NCAA)

Alex Goligoski, defense
21 years old
2006-07 club: Minnesota (NCAA)

Nathan Smith, center
25 years old
2006-07 club: Vancouver (NHL)/Manitoba (AHL)

Jeff Taffe, center
26 years old
2006-07 club: Phoenix (NHL)/San Antonio (AHL)

John Curry, goal
23 years old
2006-07 club: Boston (NCAA)

Mark Ardelan, defense
24 years old
2006-07 club: Iowa (AHL)

Deryk Engelland, defense
25 years old
2006-07 club: Hershey (AHL)

Ty Conklin, goal
31 years old
2006-07 club: Columbus, Buffalo (NHL)/Syracuse (AHL)

Dennis Bonvie, right wing
33 years old
2006-07 club: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)

Tim Brent, center
27 years old
2006-07 club: Anaheim (NHL)/Portland (AHL)

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_518427.html

83-Steelers-43
07-25-2007, 02:39 PM
Penguins' Staal arrested after dispute over party noise
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins forward Jordan Staal was among 14 men arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process around 4 a.m. Saturday in Cook County, Minn. Staal, 18, also was cited for underage drinking.

Staal was among those at a bachelor party for his brother, Eric, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's nothing," Rick Curran, agent for both players, said today. "It's ridiculously nothing. Eric and Jordan and [their brother] Marc had gone to bed."

Eric Staal also was arrested.

All of those arrested face a court appearance Aug. 8 in Cook County.

Curran said he expects the charges to be reduced or dropped.

The Penguins are expected to comment later today.

According to a press release, the Cook County Sheriff's Office began receiving noise complaints around 12:30 a.m. from the party at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas. Deputies issued multiple warnings to be quiet, but around 3 a.m. the group of about 20 was escorted off the hotel property by sheriff's deputies, a Minnesota state patrol trooper and a United States border patrol agent. While walking along Highway 61, the group began harrassing passing motorists, the press release said, and 14 members of the group were arrested.

Jordan Staal was among four released after booking. The others, including Eric Staal, were held overnight and released Sunday.

That area of Grand Marais, Minn., is about two hours from the Staal's home in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Jordan Staal, who turns 19 in September, had a standout rookie season for the Penguins. He had 29 goals, 42 points, led the NHL with seven shorthanded goals and a 22.1 shooting percentage, finished third behind teammate Evgeni Malkin in voting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and made the league's all-rookie team.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07206/804367-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
07-25-2007, 02:47 PM
Drinking at a bachelor party?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! NEVER!!!!!

Big deal. At least they weren't driving home. IMO, this is nothing. Was it a smart move? No. I'm sure Staal realizes that and I'd be willing to bet 2K you don't see that kid's last name and the word 'arrested' in the same sentence for the rest of his life.

He didn't get a DUI. He didn't have drugs on him. He didn't go home and beat up his wife/gf in a fit of drunken rage. He didn't pull out a gun. He didn't get caught with underage girls. He was caught underage drinking at bachelor party with his older brother. Disorderly conduct, underage drinking and bachelor party in the same sentence. What IS this world coming to?

What a joke.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 02:52 PM
BLAH! What the heck ya doin Jordan?

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 02:52 PM
Drinking at a bachelor party?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Big deal. At least they weren't driving home. Maybe if the Staal brothers open up a dog fighting competition up on the pond in Thunder Bay, get caught with hard drugs, "make it rain" in strip bars or start beating their g/f's they can reach NFL and NBA status when it comes to criminal activity?

To think there is going to be no drinking at a Bachelor Party is a joke.

83-Steelers-43
07-25-2007, 03:00 PM
To think there is going to be no drinking at a Bachelor Party is a joke.

Exactly. I was 20 when my second sister got married. You damn well better believe I drank at the bachelor party. BTW, what they were doing to be arrested is seen in the parking lot at the Heinz Field 10 times per season.

X-Terminator
07-25-2007, 04:51 PM
To think there is going to be no drinking at a Bachelor Party is a joke.

True, but it's still not smart. Like it or not, he is in the spotlight, and every little thing he does will get magnified, even if it's something like this - something that most adult males have done. When you are a high-profile ANYTHING, you HAVE to make better decisions, and not give the uber-predatory media of today an excuse to jump all over you. It's as simple as that.

83-Steelers-43
07-25-2007, 05:02 PM
LOL, it has made front page on the TSN NHL section.....http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

Not Emery resigning with last years Stanley Cup contending Ottawa Senators, but the Staal brothers getting arrested for something so nonsensical and trivial makes the front page in big, bold letters.

That Jordan Staal, he's such a thug punk. I heard rumors that Jordan Staal runs the biggest underground dog fighting organization in the Thunder Bay area. I think I might have to watch out next season, Jordan Staal might decide to jump up into the Mellon Arena crowd and start throwing haymakers. Pfffhhh....:coffee::rolleyes:

Anyways....October 5 can't come soon enough. :yawn:

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 06:02 PM
Exactly. I was 20 when my second sister got married. You damn well better believe I drank at the bachelor party. BTW, what they were doing to be arrested is seen in the parking lot at the Heinz Field 10 times per season.

I can definantly believe that one just from walking towards the game seeing how all the tailgates are.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 06:03 PM
LOL, it has made front page on the TSN NHL section.....http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

Not Emery resigning with last years Stanley Cup contending Ottawa Senators, but the Staal brothers getting arrested for something so nonsensical and trivial makes the front page in big, bold letters.

That Jordan Staal, he's such a thug punk. I heard rumors that Jordan Staal runs the biggest underground dog fighting organization in the Thunder Bay area. I think I might have to watch out next season, Jordan Staal might decide to jump up into the Mellon Arena crowd and start throwing haymakers. Pfffhhh....:coffee::rolleyes:

Anyways....October 5 can't come soon enough. :yawn:

That's basically how TSN Treats us.

SteelCityMan786
07-25-2007, 06:06 PM
True, but it's still not smart. Like it or not, he is in the spotlight, and every little thing he does will get magnified, even if it's something like this - something that most adult males have done. When you are a high-profile ANYTHING, you HAVE to make better decisions, and not give the uber-predatory media of today an excuse to jump all over you. It's as simple as that.

That's for sure. Even as much as it's expected, you still can NOT put yourself in that kind of trouble.

83-Steelers-43
07-25-2007, 06:24 PM
I can definantly believe that one just from walking towards the game seeing how all the tailgates are.

I see kids who are definately under the age of 21, shouting at cars and people in general acting like idiots ten times a year at that field. Personally, I have no idea how some of them follow the game after drinking for five straight hours (not counting what they drink once inside Heinz). Hell, I have a few beers before the game (and my Steeler flask for ice-cold Winter games), but some of those people get completely wasted before the game even starts....lol.

Eh, I'm getting off topic. Sorry.

Anyways, Staal will be fine. Kid is 19 years old. If the age 'excuse' can be applied to "Big" Ben for making stupid statements (IMO) to the media pertaining to the former coaching staff at the age of 25 and also breaking the law in the past (no license), I think it can be applied to a 19 year old who had alcohol at a bachelor party with his older brother and acted like an idiot. Just my opinion.

If Staal ever get's busted with drugs, becomes a big mouth or is arrested on a felony, then I'll give a damn and start to worry. Until then I don't see him becoming Jordan Jones Bonds Henry Artest Staal.

SteelCityMan786
07-26-2007, 08:54 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_518990.html

Penguins' Staal arrested at party
By Michael Hasch
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, July 26, 2007

Penguins center Jordan Staal was among a group of young men accused of being loud and disorderly after a bachelor party for his brother got out of hand at a resort on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota.

Staal, 18, and his brother, Eric, 22, a star player for the Carolina Hurricanes who is getting married next week, were among 14 people charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process, according to Cook County Sheriff Mark R. Falk.

Jordan Staal also was charged with underage drinking.

"Obviously, the entire incident is regrettable," said Rick Curran, the agent for the Staal brothers. "I'm sure that everyone involved is embarrassed, as they should be."

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said: "At this point, we all have to let the legal process play out."

Eric Staal's best man arranged the bachelor party that was held over the weekend at the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas, located about halfway between Duluth, Minn., and the Staal family home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Curran said.

According to Falk:

The sheriff's department received several complaints at 12:30 a.m. Saturday that a group of about 20 young people was screaming, yelling and playing loud music.

When officers arrived 20 minutes later, they warned the young men to be quiet or face removal from the property, arrest and possible deportation.

The resort staff ordered the group -- consisting of friends and relatives of the Staals -- to leave the property because the party was still going on at 3 a.m.

"I think what's most unfortunate is that when the entire group was asked to leave, some of the boys, including Eric and Jordan, had gone to bed," Curran said.

He said the Staal brothers were rousted out of bed and forced to leave with the others who were still partying, Curran said.

Falk said the group left the resort and gathered along Highway 61, where they began harassing passing motorists. The young men were arrested at 4 a.m.

Staal finished third in Calder Trophy voting for the league's most outstanding rookie.

Counselor
07-26-2007, 08:56 AM
This is so ridiculous. Sorry but most of us haved "been there/done" that when it comes to underage drinking. He was with his brothers at a bachelor party! OK, maybe to be safe they should have taken it to Canada----but come on!

Don't even get me started with the drinking age restrictions in this country! I could see this making news if it was a DUI, but its not even close----this is what you call a victimless crime.

SteelCityMan786
07-26-2007, 08:59 AM
This is so ridiculous. Sorry but most of us haved "been there/done" that when it comes to underage drinking. He was with his brothers at a bachelor party! OK, maybe to be safe they should have taken it to Canada----but come on!

Don't even get me started with the drinking age restrictions in this country! I could see this making news if it was a DUI, but its not even close----this is what you call a victimless crime.

Besides, isn't this considered aren't bachelor parties treated like weddings in Minnesota as they are in PA where you can drink(I have been told it's legal here, but I have opted not to do it ever).

Buzz05
07-26-2007, 09:01 AM
Im not really concerned about it. He was at his brothers bachelor party...thats what a bachelor party is...loud guys drinking...it will all work out. So Jordan has to pay a fine for underage drinking...Im sure he will be hard up to find the cash. And besides I've done, Im sure most of you guys and girls have done it...no big deal in my book

Edman
07-26-2007, 10:06 AM
Dude was having fun. In the end, he's still a kid growing up. Turns 19 in september? Eh...could've been worse.

83-Steelers-43
07-26-2007, 11:42 AM
Lange to return as Penguins radio broadcaster
Thursday, July 26, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Lange agreed to a one-year contract to return as the Penguins' radio play-by-play broadcaster, and he will again team with color analyst Phil Bourque, the team announced today.

Lange is entering his 32nd season doing play-by-play for the team. It will be his second season since he was replaced in the television booth by Paul Steigerwald. Lange received the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

Bourque, who was on both Penguins Stanley Cup championship teams in the early 1990s, enters his fourth season as the team's radio analyst.

The Penguins' radio flagship is WXDX, 105.9-FM.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07207/804650-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
07-27-2007, 11:08 AM
Now back to actual news........

Penguins sign defenseman Lannon
Friday, July 27, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins continued to beef up the depth in their organization today by signing defenseman Ryan Lannon to a one-year contract.

Lannon, 24, had 19 points, all assists, in 68 games with the Penguins' affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder who played four seasons at Harvard was an eighth-round Penguins draft pick in 2002.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07208/804946-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
07-31-2007, 01:10 PM
Penguins hire two scouts
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins hired Derek Clancey as a pro scout and David McNamara as an amateur scout, the team announced today.

Clancey last season was co-head coach of the Dayton Bombers, who reached the Kelly Cup finals of the East Coast Hockey League. He has been head coach of two other ECHL teams and an assistant with Manchester of the American Hockey League.

Clancey retired as a player in 1999 as the ECHL all-time leader in assists (367) and ranked seventh in points (524).

McNamara has scouted for Boston, the New York Islanders, Anaheim and, last season, Columbus. His brother John remains a scout with Columbus. Another brother, Bob, is general manager of Grand Rapids of the AHL. Their father, Gerry, was a goaltender with the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets and later general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07212/805736-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
07-31-2007, 01:16 PM
Now back to actual news........

Penguins sign defenseman Lannon
Friday, July 27, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins continued to beef up the depth in their organization today by signing defenseman Ryan Lannon to a one-year contract.

Lannon, 24, had 19 points, all assists, in 68 games with the Penguins' affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder who played four seasons at Harvard was an eighth-round Penguins draft pick in 2002.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07208/804946-100.stm

I'm thinking he's going back to WBS. He need more time. I don't think he's going to Wheeling.

83-Steelers-43
07-31-2007, 01:21 PM
I'm thinking he's going back to WBS. He need more time. I don't think he's going to Wheeling.

IMO, bit of a make or break year for Lannon. He needs to prove this season that he's the top d-man in WBS or he won't see the NHL. Hopefully being with the right line mates will help him out, it's critical for Lannon, otherwise he tends to flounder a bit. On a positive note, he's strong and can move the puck well so maybe this year could be his year.

SteelCityMan786
07-31-2007, 01:53 PM
IMO, bit of a make or break year for Lannon. He needs to prove this season that he's the top d-man in WBS or he won't see the NHL. Hopefully being with the right line mates will help him out, it's critical for Lannon, otherwise he tends to flounder a bit. On a positive note, he's strong and can move the puck well so maybe this year could be his year.

If he does what you said 83, I might see him as a late in the year call up if someone gets hurt.

SteelCityMan786
07-31-2007, 08:38 PM
More on the Lannon Signing

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_519375.html

Pens re-sign last restricted free agent Ryan Lannon
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Penguins locked up their only remaining restricted free agent today, signing defenseman Ryan Lannon to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately known.

Lannon, 24, played 68 games last season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. He is expected to contribute at that level this season.

Lannon was an eighth-round pick in the 2002 entry draft. A veteran of 142 AHL games, he has yet to play in the NHL.

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 08:35 AM
Penguins ticket plans on sale today
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Six- and 12-game Penguins ticket plans go on sale to the general public online at 10 a.m. today.

Fans can purchase up to three plans, meaning three seats per game, at www.pittsburghpenguins.com.

The mini-plans went on sale Monday for those on the season-ticket waiting list.

Individual game tickets go on sale Sept. 15.

For more information, call 412-642-6367 or 1-800-642-6367.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/807753-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 08:57 AM
Penguins ticket plans on sale today
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Six- and 12-game Penguins ticket plans go on sale to the general public online at 10 a.m. today.

Fans can purchase up to three plans, meaning three seats per game, at www.pittsburghpenguins.com.

The mini-plans went on sale Monday for those on the season-ticket waiting list.

Individual game tickets go on sale Sept. 15.

For more information, call 412-642-6367 or 1-800-642-6367.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/807753-61.stm

If they cut everyone off from buying them in packages first. :sofunny:

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 11:33 AM
What a bunch of thugs....:rolleyes:

Penguins player, others get plea deal in party charges
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins center Jordan Staal and others arrested last month following his brother Eric's bachelor party were offered a plea bargain today in Cook County Court in Marais, Minn.

Jordan Staal and Eric Staal, who plays for Carolina, did not appear in court and have not formally accepted the plea but could do so through a lawyer later this month, according to one of their agents, Paul Krepelka.

"No one is doing any jail time," Krepelka said.

Fourteen men were arrested in the early morning of July 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Jordan Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.

Ten of those arrested agreed to the plea deal, which calls for a reduced charge of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a $587 fine. Jordan Staal would also face a $150 fine for the underage drinking charge.

The Staal brothers are from Thunder Bay, Ontario, about two hours from Cook County.

Krepelka said the main issue yet to be resolved is an assurance that the non-criminal petty misdemeanors would not affect the players' passport status and border crossing between Canada and the United States.

"The lawyers believe there would not be a problem, but we are checking with U.S. immigration to make sure their visas would not be affected," he said.

Krepelka said the issue probably will be resolved sometime after Eric returns from his honeymoon next week.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/807827-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2007, 11:50 AM
What a bunch of thugs....:rolleyes:

Penguins player, others get plea deal in party charges
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins center Jordan Staal and others arrested last month following his brother Eric's bachelor party were offered a plea bargain today in Cook County Court in Marais, Minn.

Jordan Staal and Eric Staal, who plays for Carolina, did not appear in court and have not formally accepted the plea but could do so through a lawyer later this month, according to one of their agents, Paul Krepelka.

"No one is doing any jail time," Krepelka said.

Fourteen men were arrested in the early morning of July 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Jordan Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.

Ten of those arrested agreed to the plea deal, which calls for a reduced charge of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a $587 fine. Jordan Staal would also face a $150 fine for the underage drinking charge.

The Staal brothers are from Thunder Bay, Ontario, about two hours from Cook County.

Krepelka said the main issue yet to be resolved is an assurance that the non-criminal petty misdemeanors would not affect the players' passport status and border crossing between Canada and the United States.

"The lawyers believe there would not be a problem, but we are checking with U.S. immigration to make sure their visas would not be affected," he said.

Krepelka said the issue probably will be resolved sometime after Eric returns from his honeymoon next week.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/807827-100.stm

I would have told these guys to go drink in Canada where I believe the drinking age is 18.

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 12:25 PM
I think the Penguins should cut Staal and he should be deported to Kiribati.

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 12:47 PM
While that is a nice +/-, he's a small guy. More WBS depth....

Penguins sign Weaver to one-year deal
Wednesday, August 08, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have signed defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year, two-way contract.

Weaver, 29, has split the past six seasons between the NHL and the American Hockey League. With the Los Angeles Kings last season, he had three goals, nine points in 39 games. He also has played for Atlanta. In 2004-05, his plus-minus rating of plus-35 ranked first amond AHL defensemen.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07220/807841-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 01:03 PM
Pompeani also commented on the Forsberg rumor last night on "The Nightly Sports Call".....

Forsberg update, and other notes
Posted by Adrian Dater

Been on the horn with a few people about Peter Forsberg, and the general gist of things is this: MANY teams are interested in our old friend Foppa, and don’t think for a second that money might not be the ultimate factor in wherever he goes.

I do know for a fact the Red Wings are sniffing around Forsberg’s corner, and I think you can add Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, Edmonton, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and, yes, the Avalanche to that list.

One person with intimate knowledge of Forsberg’s situation is that his agent, Don Baizley, wants to get one last good-sized contract for him. Let’s be clear about one thing: those who think Forsberg will take a hometown discount to return to the Avs are forgetting one big thing: he’s never done that before.

He could have taken a discount to stay with the Avs in 2005, but he didn’t. He signed a bigger deal with the Flyers. While the Avs have a good $4-5 million to throw at him on a new deal, he could still get a bigger offer from several teams.

I’m not saying Forsberg is a greedy guy (he gave back half his salary in 2001-02 when he stayed in Sweden when he didn’t have to) and that he might not take less to come back to Colorado.

But what happens if the Islanders, having lost Ryan Smyth and a few others, offer him a three-year, $25 million deal? It could happen. Money always talks.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2007/08/06/forsberg-update-and-other-notes/#more-125

83-Steelers-43
08-08-2007, 01:04 PM
Also......

*UPDATE (10:27 AM): A source close to the Penguins tells PSI that this story with Forsberg is happening because Forsberg has interest in playing for the Penguins. The Pens didn’t contact him, he initiated the talks with the Penguins.

http://www.pittsburghsportsinsider.com/?p=1196#more-1196

83-Steelers-43
08-09-2007, 06:45 AM
Pens ticket requests jam phone lines
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 9, 2007

During the past few months, the Penguins have reached uncharted territory, as their fan base continues to stockpile tickets.

On Wednesday, team official said requests for six- and 12-game packages, which went on sale yesterday morning, were so plentiful, phone lines were briefly jammed.

"It was just a crush right after 10 a.m.," vice president of communications Tom McMillan said. "That last time this happened was when Mario (Lemieux) made his comeback (midway through the 2000-01 season). But that was a unique moment in the history of sports.

"To have this happen is rather remarkable."

Actually, what might prove remarkable is the Penguins having anything more than a couple of hundred seats remaining for any 2007-08 home game after individual tickets become available Sept. 15.

McMillan said that at least 200 seats will be available every home game for the popular student rush program. However, if individual game sales are brisk, fans with college ID cards will have the best chance to gain entry watch the Penguins in Mellon Arena this season.

"We will not have as many tickets for (mini-game) areas as we have had in the past," McMillan said after the team sold 25,000 tickets during the past three days.

The Penguins, who this past season qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2001 and possess a handful of upstart stars, have played to 95 percent capacity the past two seasons. That number doesn't figure to dip.

Demand for season-ticket packages was so great, the club halted sales of equivalent packages at 13,500 earlier this year.

That led to the creation of a first-ever waiting list, which McMillan said swelled to 700 accounts. More than 400 of those accounts purchased mini-game packages that were made available through a special waiting list presale Monday.

Previously, only the Steelers and Pitt men's basketball had enough of a ticket demand to require a waiting list.

The only way for football fans to get their hands on Steelers tickets is through a Ticketmaster-run ticket exchange program. The Penguins aren't there yet, and McMillan said the team has no plans to abandon programs such as the mini-game package and student rush.

"There has never been a year like this," McMillan said. "But having come from where we came ... that is why there was a commitment to keeping all these kind of programs."

Note: The Penguins reached terms on a one-year, two-way deal with defenseman Mike Weaver, who spent parts of the past two seasons with Los Angeles. Weaver, 29, also has played for Atlanta but is expected to start this season in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_521293.html

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 07:03 AM
I might have to gamble luck on making it to a playoff game this year.

stillhead
08-09-2007, 10:54 AM
i lucked out, my buddy got season tickets this year and we are splitting them up. granted they are up pretty high in E level but i love going to pens games. :banana:

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 02:49 PM
i lucked out, my buddy got season tickets this year and we are splitting them up. granted they are up pretty high in E level but i love going to pens games. :banana:

I think I was up higher for the playoffs.

stillhead
08-09-2007, 03:04 PM
i remember going to the stanley cup playoffs in 1991 and sitting up in f, touching the ceiling of the arena. it was at that point i realized i was afraid of heights.

SteelCityMan786
08-09-2007, 06:08 PM
i remember going to the stanley cup playoffs in 1991 and sitting up in f, touching the ceiling of the arena. it was at that point i realized i was afraid of heights.

I'm surprised I wasn't freaked sitting that high.

SteelCityMan786
08-10-2007, 08:48 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_521291.html

Agent: Staal won't serve jail time
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, August 9, 2007

An agent for Jordan Staal says the Penguins' 19-year-old forward will not serve any time in jail following his arrest at a Minnesota resort last month.

Staal was arrested along with his brother and fellow NHL star Eric Staal and others.

"Absolutely, there will be no jail time -- none," agent Paul Krepelka said Wednesday after the Staal brothers and 12 other men were offered a plea bargain in Cook County Court in Marais, Minn.

The plea, which Krepelka said hadn't been accepted by either Staal brother, includes a reduced charge of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a fine. Also, Jordan Staal's underage drinking charge also would be reduced to a petty misdemeanor, including a fine, and a charge of obstructing the legal process would be completely dismissed.

Ten of the 14 persons arrested at Eric Staal's bachelor party July 21 have accepted the plea. It's likely that both Staal brothers will follow suit, but not until after Eric Staal returns from his honeymoon next week.

According to Krepelka, representatives for the Staal brothers want assurances that the non-criminal petty misdemeanors wouldn't affect either player's passport status for crossing the United States-Canada border.

"We have to make sure that will not be a problem, but the lawyers do not see it being a problem," Krepelka said.

SteelCityMan786
08-11-2007, 10:44 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/07221/808112-61.stm

Penguins Notebook: Staal is offered plea deal in Minn.
Includes reduced charges and fines

Thursday, August 09, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins forward Jordan Staal and others arrested last month after his brother Eric's bachelor party were offered a plea deal that includes reduced charges and fines yesterday in Cook County Court in Grand Marais, Minn.

Jordan Staal and Eric Staal, who plays for Carolina, did not appear in court and have not accepted the plea but could do so later this month, according to one of their agents, Paul Krepelka, and Cook County prosecuting attorney Timothy Scannell.

"No one is doing any jail time," Krepelka said.

Fourteen men were arrested in the early morning of July 21 and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Jordan Staal, 18, also was charged with underage drinking.

Police had repeatedly warned the group at Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas to quiet down, then helped the resort escort the party-goers off the property. The 14 were arrested along Highway 61 for harassing motorists, according to a Cook County sheriff's office news release.

Ten of those arrested agreed to the plea deal, which calls for a reduced charge of petty misdemeanor disorderly conduct and an accompanying $587 fine, with the obstruction charge dropped. Jordan Staal also would face a $150 fine in the underage drinking charge.

Scannell said that while Eric Staal could accept the plea deal through a lawyer -- Krepelka said that will probably happen after he returns from his honeymoon next week -- Jordan Staal probably will be required to make a court appearance Aug. 22 because of the underage drinking charge.

The Staal brothers are from Thunder Bay, Ontario, about two hours from Cook County.

Krepelka said the main issue in accepting the plea deal is an assurance that the non-criminal petty misdemeanors would not affect the players' passport status and border crossing between Canada and the United States or for overseas travel for events such as the Olympics and world championships.

"The lawyers believe there would not be a problem, but we are checking with U.S. immigration to make sure their visas would not be affected," he said.

Jordan Staal is coming off a stellar rookie season. He had 29 goals, 42 points, led the NHL in short-handed goals (7) and shooting percent (22.1), was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and made the All-Rookie team.

The Penguins have declined comment until the matter is settled.

Defenseman signed

The Penguins signed defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year, two-way contract.

Weaver, 29, played at Michigan State and has split the past seven years between the NHL and the American Hockey League.

With the Los Angeles Kings last season, he had three goals, nine points in 39 games. He also has played with the Atlanta Thrashers.

In 2004-05, his plus-minus rating of plus-35 led all AHL defensemen.

Cup in Cole Harbour

The folks of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, might expect native son and Penguins star center Sidney Crosby to bring the Stanley Cup to town a few times during his career, but they don't have to wait to see the large silver trophy.

Joe DiPenta, a defenseman with Cup champion Anaheim, also grew up in Cole Harbour and is scheduled to spend his day with the Cup there today.

According to the Halifax Daily News, DiPenta and the Cup will be featured in an afternoon parade and the trophy will be put on display for fans.

X-Terminator
08-12-2007, 11:08 AM
As per the ticket sales - more of our bandwagon fans who won't be anywhere to be found if and when the Pens have a bad season.

As for the Staal incident - it shouldn't have been a huge deal anyway. This stuff happens every single day and there was no real harm done, so to me, it's water under the bridge.

As per the signing - more depth for WBS as Ray Shero continues to stockpile players to make up for the loss of the Edmonton prospects.

83-Steelers-43
08-14-2007, 09:00 AM
Pens' Whitney ready for training camp
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ryan Whitney will take the ice Wednesday to begin training for the upcoming NHL season -- and he will do so with full confidence in his previously injured left wrist.

"Basically, it is 100 percent ready to go," Whitney said Monday of the wrist, which was surgically repaired April 26 in Pittsburgh by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Glenn Buterbaugh.

Whitney was in Pittsburgh yesterday to meet with Buterbaugh, who cleared him to engage in preseason training activities such as stick-handling and shooting. Whitney, a left-handed shooter, had been rehabilitating the wrist in his native Boston, but had yet to shoot a puck.

"I am to the point where I have the same strength in my left wrist that I do my right," Whitney said. "I can do everything I normally would, which is a relief. Dr. Buterbaugh said that I have a good range-of-motion and that I am ready to go."

Whitney, 25, finished this past regular season tied for fifth among NHL scoring defensemen, with 14 goals and 59 points. He signed a six-year extension worth $24 million on July 1.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_522066.html

83-Steelers-43
08-16-2007, 02:20 PM
Penguins draft pick to play in Canada-Russia series
Thursday, August 16, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forward Angelo Esposito, the Penguins' 2007 first-round draft pick, will join 13 other first-rounders on a Team Canada squad that will meet Russia Aug. 27-Sept. 9 in an eight-game Super Series between national junior teams.

The tournament, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Canada/Russia Summit Series, will feature the top junior players under age 20 from both countries. The first four games are in Russia, the last four in Canada.

Esposito, 18, who was selected 20th overall in June, had 79 points in 60 games last season for the Quebec Ramparts, who won the Memorial Cup junior hockey championship.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07228/810022-100.stm

BrowniesSuck.com
08-20-2007, 10:23 AM
If anyone knows any possible way we can watch Espo play in this tournament, please let me know...Live stream on the internet anywhere?

83-Steelers-43
08-20-2007, 10:30 AM
If anyone knows any possible way we can watch Espo play in this tournament, please let me know...Live stream on the internet anywhere?

I'm not sure if those of us in the states will be able to watch it. It's on TSN going by this article....

http://www.channelcanada.com/Article1925.html

But I think it will only be broadcasted on the net in Canada.

BrowniesSuck.com
08-20-2007, 10:36 AM
I'm not sure if those of us in the states will be able to watch it. It's on TSN going by this article....

But I think it will only be broadcasted on the net in Canada.


Yeah, that's what I figured.
I wonder when they will launch the NHL Network in the states...I heard sometime soon but that's about it.
I bet they would have coverage on there.
Have you heard anything about the network?

83-Steelers-43
08-20-2007, 10:41 AM
Yeah, that's what I figured.
I wonder when they will launch the NHL Network in the states...I heard sometime soon but that's about it.
I bet they would have coverage on there.
Have you heard anything about the network?

I've heard rumors pertaining to the NHL rejoining ESPN....

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/rumors/post/NHL-could-return-to-ESPN;_ylt=AhzzHbL4jNntBxyTo_90qU17vLYF?urn=nhl,409 31

and this.......

http://fans.nhl.com/Groups/NHL_Network_U.S./

That's about it. It doesn't appear that anything has been set in stone....yet.

83-Steelers-43
08-21-2007, 03:43 PM
Not good. Kid lost some valuable learning and playing time with this groin pull. Hopefully he will be ready by the time RC comes around....

Penguins draft pick hurt
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Angelo Esposito, the Penguins' top draft pick in June, will not play for the Team Canada in an upcoming exhibition against Team Russia because of a groin injury.

Esposito, the 20th overall selection in the June entry draft, was one of 13 first-round picks selected to play for Team Canada in the Super Series, an eight-game exhibition between 20-and-under all-stars that commemorates the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

According to Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan, Esposito will be held out of on-ice activities for 7-10 days and his status for the Penguins rookie camp, which begins Sept. 5 in Kitcherner, Ontario, will be reevaluated after that.

In other Penguins news, the team hired Mike Kadar as strength and conditioning coach. Kadar comes to the Penguins after spending the past four years with the Los Angeles Kings in the same capacity.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07233/811049-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
08-22-2007, 01:16 AM
Pens' Crosby mingles with hockey school participants
By Keith Barnes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

More than 150 kids, some from as far away as Montreal, came to the Robert Morris Island Sports Complex on Monday to receive professional instruction at the annual Penguins summer hockey school.

What they didn't expect was having the reigning Hart Trophy winner on the ice with them.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby made an unannounced visit that shocked some of the players to the extent that some actually fell over trying to get a look at him as he stepped onto the ice. During the two-hour session, Crosby worked with several groups ranging in age from 5 to 16 and posed for on-ice group photos.

"It was just nice for me to have the opportunity to go out there," Crosby said. "I remember when I went to hockey schools and how fun it was for me when I'd see guys I looked up to or followed."

Crosby wasn't the only member of the Penguins' organization on hand. Owner Mario Lemieux, general manager Ray Shero, assistant general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Michel Therrien all had children participate on the first day of the weeklong camp, but it was Crosby who stole the show by just being there.

"Mario's here with his boy and Sid's out there. The turnout's been spectacular, there have been a lot of contributions from everybody, and the first day's been great so far," Shero said. "My kids are here and I didn't tell them he was coming, and they were shocked when he showed up."

Crosby will be returning to Nova Scotia in a couple of days to make final preparations for next week's move to Pittsburgh.

Crosby finished the regular season with a career-high 120 points, became the youngest scoring champion in any of the four major professional sports and was named the NHL's Most Valuable Player for the first time. In addition, the Penguins named him team captain, an honor last held by Lemieux before he retired during the 2005-06 season, and signed Crosby to a five-year, $43.5 million contract extension July 10.

The 20-year-old was hampered the last month of the regular season and during the Penguins' first-round playoff loss to Ottawa by a broken bone in his left foot. He only has been on the ice a few times since the playoffs and hasn't gone through an extensive on-ice off-season conditioning program.

"It feels good, but I haven't really tested it on the ice," Crosby said. "I'll probably be able to give you a better idea once I get out there a few times, but it feels good and we'll see where it goes."

Crosby was able to avoid surgery on his foot and allowed it to heal on its own. With only 23 days left to prepare for training camp, he is not concerned that his injury or conditioning will be an issue.

"Once we get closer to camp, I'll probably start skating a little more," Crosby said. "You want to be ready for camp, that's for sure, but at the same time you don't want to get burned out by the middle of camp, either. I'm just going to take a few days to get the rust off, and that's normal."

Having Crosby on the ice, even if it was with kids still learning the game, was a reminder of just how little time remains before the team reports to training camp and just how quickly the Oct. 5 opener at Carolina is approaching.

"We've got most of our preparations done and we have some coaches meetings next week and we'll be good to go," Shero said. "I think everyone's excited as they are every year."

Still, it would be difficult to surpass the unabashed enthusiasm of the skaters at camp when Crosby exited the locker room. Or for them to ignore the advice imparted by a player who in two short years has become the face of the franchise.

"I just told them to listen to the coaching out there because it's so hard with so many kids out there to just say one thing," Crosby said. "When you're little, you absorb things so much faster and you'll see a lot of kids improve so much over the week. ... But I think they'll take something out of it."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/archive/s_523214.html

83-Steelers-43
08-25-2007, 07:58 AM
Sources: Pens to play outdoors in Buffalo
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Penguins will start 2008 in cool style by playing an outdoor game in Buffalo on New Year's Day.

Several NHL officials confirmed Friday that the scheduled game between the Penguins and Sabres on Jan. 1 will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Bills.

In a made-for-television event -- the game will air nationally on NBC -- the Penguins and Sabres will skate on an outdoor rink in front of what officials hope will be the largest audience to watch an NHL game in the United States.

Neither the league nor NBC would talk specifics on the tentatively titled "Ice Bowl," which is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. An official announcement is expected Sept. 10, prior to the start of training camps.

"If and when we have something to announce, we will make sure the announcement gets heard," NHL vice president of media relations Frank Brown said.

The Penguins had no comment about their involvement in an outdoor game.

The league previously approached the Penguins about possibly playing host to the outdoor game, but the team declined, so it could focus on planning for its new arena. The Penguins told the league they would participate as a visiting team.

This will mark the league's second attempt an outdoor game.

The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers played in "The Heritage Classic" on Nov. 22, 2003, at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. That contest was played in sub-freezing temperatures but wasn't televised live in the United States.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_524039.html

83-Steelers-43
08-25-2007, 08:00 AM
Therrien discusses Pens at youth camp
By Keith Barnes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, August 25, 2007

Scouting for talent isn't in Penguins coach Michel Therrien's job description.

But he watched players participating in the organization's summer hockey camp Friday and wondered if there might be another Sidney Crosby skating.

"I would never know," Therrien said. "But it's nice to give back to the community like we did this week. The kids had a lot of fun, and that's the purpose of it."

Therrien spent yesterday on the ice alongside assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant coach Mike Yeo. They were teaching hockey basics to a group of 5- to 8-year-olds.

Therrien moved to a group of older skaters later in the day, but he refused to teach one of the 175 participants on sheer principle -- his 13-year-old son, Charles.

"He's here, and he's having a good week," Therrien said. "I don't coach him."

When it comes to coaching, Therrien has more than enough to worry about over the next few weeks. He will attend the team's Sept. 5 rookie camp in Kitchener, Ontario, then return to Pittsburgh, where the veterans will report Sept. 13.

At rookie camp, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coaches Todd Richards and Dan Bylsma -- who handled the rookie conditioning camp in Pittsburgh from June 26-July 2 -- will take at least 24 players into a four-team tournament against prospects from Toronto, Ottawa and Florida. Though there's a question whether this year's first-round draft pick Angelo Esposito will attend because of a groin injury, many prospects may attend the Penguins regular camp.

Therrien, along with Fletcher and general manager Ray Shero, will evaluate players in practice and game situations.

"I think it's a really good start for the first-year guys to get a feel for exactly what to expect at the main camp," Shero said. "Starting off with the competition against three other teams, with guys fighting for jobs and wanting to go to the main camp ... and it's always very competitive, and the kids are always very enthusiastic."

Of course, it is the main camp that has the organization abuzz, especially after Shero signed veteran defenseman Darryl Sydor and sniper Petr Sykora in free agency.

One of the first things Therrien will have to do is figure out where to put his latest acquisitions. He'll have to determine if Sykora, a left-handed shooter who plays the right wing, will better complement Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, or whether Sydor will develop a better rapport on the blue line with Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Whitney or Brooks Orpik.

"We've got a plan; there's no doubt we've got a plan, but we'll see how training camp goes and make a decision after training camp on who's going to fit with who," Therrien said. "It's an opportunity for the players to play with everyone and see if there's any chemistry with different players."

Chemistry will be important when it comes to Sydor and Sykora blending with the team on and off the ice. It was cited as a reason why the Penguins posted a 47-point turnaround that was the fourth-best improvement in NHL history and qualified them for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in six years.

"We got two quality people and two people who really want to play in Pittsburgh, and that's a good thing," Therrien said. "The chemistry was great last year ... and I brought some guys in to have a round of golf and get dinners. The guys had a great time, and you could feel this was a special group. I want to make sure the atmosphere remains the same."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_524038.html

83-Steelers-43
08-25-2007, 08:01 AM
Crosby takes slapshot at fashion design
Saturday, August 25, 2007
By Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

He signed a new multiyear contract worth $43.5 million over five years. He was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. And, as of this week, he unveiled a new line of clothing bearing his imprimatur.

The 20-year-old, flanked by two models, showed off his back-to-school and back-to-hockey clothing line Tuesday at a store in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The casual line of boys' and men's clothing by Reebok initially will be sold only at three Canadian sporting goods stores -- Sportchek, National Sports and Sports Experts -- and will not be available online.

But Len Rhodes, general manager of Reebok Canada, said in a telephone interview yesterday that the company is looking for retail partners in the United States, where he plans to sell the Crosby line by 2008.

"There's many more people who watch the game than play it. We need the right retail partners," he said. "We've got to make sure consumers can find it in retail stores in the United States."

For his runway appearance on Tuesday, Mr. Crosby modeled an unzipped track jacket that is available only in a blue-gray shade. Made of French terry, the jacket bears the number 87 sewn on the front and sells for $70 in Canadian dollars (about $66 U.S. dollars).

The line of clothing, called RbK SC87 , was designed in part with the input of Mr. Crosby, who looked over swatches and discussed fashion with his parents. He also "worked with a team of designers in Montreal,'' said Michele Fortier, public relations manager for Reebok Canada, based in Montreal.

"Aside from the logo, everything is plain,'' she said. "We've played with the logo to make it more modern. The RbK is there. The Crosby SC87 shield is prominent." Eighty-seven, of course, is Mr. Crosby's number on the team, and also coincides with the date he was born, 8/7/1987.

The hope is that the line will catch on in Canada, Ms. Fortier said, and then be expanded to other markets, including the United States. "We're sort of testing it with the Canadian market," she said.

There's also a performance outfit made of a fabric Reebok developed called PlayDry that, Ms. Fortier said, "accelerates evaporation, increases ventilation and reduces abrasion when you work out."

The black top, which zips from the chest to the neck, is lined in yellow, and the long matching pants also are black and yellow. The top retails for $60 ($57 U.S.) and the long sweat pants for $50 ($47.50 U.S.). A pair of shorts in the same colors and fabric sells for $40 ($38 U.S.).

A cotton thermal, long-sleeved shirt in the same blue-gray shade as the jacket bears the Reebok logo, but it's printed in such a way that the letters are fading slightly. It retails for $40.

There are two T-shirts, both in beige. The long-sleeved version, bearing the Crosby SC87 shield logo with the same worn style of printing as the thermal top, sells for $40, while a short-sleeved version is $25 ($23.75 U.S.).

More clothing, aimed at women, is in the works, Ms. Fortier said. A line slated to debut next spring will include T-shirts for women like those worn by Mr. Crosby's modeling buddies at this past week's press conference.

The women's T-shirts will feature an SC87 shield logo and come in pink and yellow. Another T-shirt will say, "I Crosby."

The line was created partly because hockey fans asked retailers about the possibility of a Crosby clothing line, Mr. Rhodes said, and Reebok received e-mails with similar queries from customers.

Two years ago, Mr. Crosby signed a five-year endorsement contract with Reebok worth $2.5 million. Mr. Rhodes would not discuss whether Mr. Crosby would receive additional money from the clothing line or the terms of the arrangement.

He did reject a reporter's suggestion that a cologne called El Sid would come next.

"We don't put any product in the market that he hasn't endorsed -- literally," Mr. Rhodes said, with a laugh. "It's got to be true to Sidney and true to Reebok. It's got to be authentic to the sport and the fans."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07237/812084-61.stm

83-Steelers-43
08-29-2007, 07:12 AM
Penguins set aside student tickets
By Keith Barnes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Even though sales of season tickets and partial plans have been brisk, the Penguins will withhold at least 200 tickets per game to devote exclusively to the popular student rush program.

"We needed that division early so that we could at least preserve the program," Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said Tuesday. "The program's been around for 10 years, and the team was so hot last year it got a lot of notoriety, which was great."

Yesterday, the Penguins announced the discontinuation of sales on miniplans and that there would be approximately 2,000 tickets per game available to the public when individual seats go on sale Sept. 15. The Penguins capped full-season ticket equivalents at 13,500 and recently halted sales of the popular six-game and 12-game packages.

Of those 2,000 tickets, the Penguins will reserve at least 200 for the student program.

In previous years, any student with a valid ID could get in line at Gate 8 on game day and purchase an unsold ticket for a set amount, which this season will be $20. Since only approximately 82,000 seats remain for all 41 home games, the Penguins were forced to set aside tickets and assure availability for the student rush, something the team looks at as a possible investment in its future.

"It's been around long enough that we now know of a number of people who are season ticket holders who told us they started coming to games because of the student rush program," McMillan said. "You want to expose the game to younger people, and obviously they're not working, they can't afford season tickets, and you want to continue to grow your audience. The whole concept is, if they come in while they're young and they enjoy the game, they'll go into the job force, have families and buy season tickets, and we've seen that happen."

This season, if a game appears as though it will be sold out, the Penguins will hold a lottery for the student tickets 48 hours prior to the game. Students would send a text message to sign up, and 100 winners would be selected and eligible for up to two tickets apiece.

Winners of the lottery then would print their tickets at home and be charged delivery and processing fees.

"Last year the kids in the line were great, but if we only have 200 tickets, we don't want 1,000 students standing in line with 800 of them not getting a ticket," McMillan said. "It's just a fairness factor."

Tickets for the Penguins' two preseason games -- Sept. 22 against Detroit and Sept. 28 against Buffalo -- will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

Penguins tickets will be available both online and at the Mellon Arena Gate 1 box office.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_524583.html

83-Steelers-43
08-30-2007, 05:42 PM
Looks like the Penguins are still shopping in FA....

ONE OF THE BEST remaining unrestricted free agents on the market is Russian defender Danny Markov. The 31-year-old is reportedly mulling over a two-year contract offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as a one-year offer from Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian Superleague. While Markov doesn't own a lot of fantasy value, his decision could have a trickle-down effect. If he chooses to sign with the Pens, it could mean rookie rearguard Kristopher Letang will start the season with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Or, it could possibly lead to a trade involving one of Pittsburgh's established veterans--perhaps Brooks Orpik. Either way, look for Markov to be paired with countryman Sergei Gonchar if he chooses to remain at the National Hockey League level this season.

http://forecaster.ca/thescore/hockey/extras.cgi?fantasy-spin

The rumor was also reported on KDKA news by Steigerwald at 6:00. He stated that the Penguins have not confirmed the Markov rumor, but KDKA did get in touch with Markov's agent and he stated that Markov does not want to play in Russia.

Also, the Thrashers signed Kwiatkowski... http://portal.thescore.ca/nhl/nhl_news_article.aspx?eventid=NEWS-08302007-ADN-KWIATKOWSKI-ATL

X-Terminator
08-30-2007, 11:23 PM
If the Pens won't confirm it, then more than likely the signing is imminent, especially since Markov doesn't want to play in Russia. It would suck for Letang, but playing in WBS would be better for him and his development since he would get a ton of playing time that he would not get with the Pens.

Also, the Pens will be unveiling their new uniforms next week. Given some of the absolute abominations that I have seen from other teams with their new uniforms, I am praying that the Pens do not screw them up. I'm not a fan of the new jerseys to begin with.


Pens To Unveil New Uniforms On Wednesday

Pittsburgh Penguins
Aug 30, 2007, 1:03 PM EDT

Defenseman Ryan Whitney and forwards Ryan Malone and Maxime Talbot will be on hand as the Pittsburgh Penguins unveil their new uniforms Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, just off Route 28 in Tarentum.

The event is open to the public and festivities are expected to begin around 5:30 p.m. with the new uniform unveiling at 6:30 p.m.

All 30 NHL teams will be sporting new uniforms for the 2007-08 season as part of the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System -- designed to meet the performance demands of today?s NHL player. The introduction of these new uniforms at the start of season marks the first time in the history of North American professional sports that a uniform innovation has been implemented league-wide.

After more than two years of research, the NHL and Reebok created a uniform system that features technologically-enhanced materials and fabrics that are more breathable, more water-resistant, more comfortable and more compatible with equipment.

The Penguins? logo and colors will remain the same, although there will be some modifications to the striping, the shoulder areas, the pants and the socks.

Penguins players also will be wearing a special patch for the 2007-08 season that will be displayed for the first time on Sept. 5.

The new uniforms will be unveiled in the food court near Entrance 4 and the Cinemark IMAX Theatre. For more information on the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, or to get directions, please log on to www.pittsburghmills.com.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=336463

83-Steelers-43
08-31-2007, 09:47 AM
The Penguins’ logo and colors will remain the same, although there will be some modifications to the striping, the shoulder areas, the pants and the socks.

For the hell of it and for anybody who is interested, a rumored jersey.........

http://bp1.blogger.com/_KLYjVkOLYdg/RqFDXZ1VBOI/AAAAAAAAAAU/_16CZ4WD-4Y/s320/NewAwayJersey-761756.JPG
http://bp3.blogger.com/_KLYjVkOLYdg/RqFDX51VBPI/AAAAAAAAAAc/r2dYSC6CaJE/s320/NewHomeJersey-762934.JPG
http://bp3.blogger.com/_KLYjVkOLYdg/RqFDX51VBQI/AAAAAAAAAAk/yRTKobWdJLM/s320/NewPants-763336.JPG

If these are in fact the new jersey's, I have no problem with them. Then again, as long as they win games and a few cups, I really don't care what they wear on the ice.

X-Terminator
08-31-2007, 06:27 PM
I suppose they could be worse if that is in fact the new design. But why not just stick with the design they already had? Many other teams aren't - the Rangers, Flyers and Devils are sticking with their current design, in fact. I don't see any reason to make any modifications. At any rate, I'll wait until I actually see them before I pass judgment.

83-Steelers-43
09-01-2007, 06:41 AM
The "new" Pittsburgh Penguins uni's........

http://www.strangepersons.com/images/content/127033.jpg ON-LINE PETITION!!! ON-LINE PETITION!!! ON-LINE PETITION!!!! DAMN YOU TO HELL STEELY MCBEAN, THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!!!

X-Terminator
09-03-2007, 12:05 PM
More on the Markov negotiations:

"Markov has received a offer from a Western Conference team that is slightly higher than the Penguins offer but it is not much higher. The "offers are similar but the Penguins will not increase their offer" according to a source. The Penguins offer is slightly below 2.5 million per season and agent Jay Grossman has told Shero, Markov will make a decision by Wednesday morning. If the Penguins are to sign Markov, the Penguins will introduce him to the media on Wednesday."

http://thebuzzontheburgh.blogspot.com/

The Western Conference team in question is San Jose. Expect him to take their offer - you know how agents and players are. They'll turn down a team over a dollar. That would mean Kris Letang would get a legitimate chance to make the team after all.

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:22 PM
Pens' Esposito to sit out rookie tourney
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins center Angelo Esposito will not participate in a four-team rookie tournament because of a groin injury.

Esposito, the Penguins' first-round draft choice in June, will continue his rehabilitation and is scheduled to particpate when the Penguins' training camp opens Sept. 13.

The rookie tournament, which will begin later this week in Kitchener, Ontario, will feature prospects from the Penguins, Toronto, Ottawa and Florida.

Defenseman Alex Goligoski will miss the tournament while recovering from shoulder surgery and center Keven Veilleux will not take part because of surgery to repair a sports hernia.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07247/814536-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
09-04-2007, 06:15 PM
Good Idea. Save him now when he still has a great future coming up.

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 07:20 PM
Better it happens now than later.

83-Steelers-43
09-05-2007, 06:01 PM
Here they are. The new jersey's.......................AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer&galleryId=2272

SteelCityMan786
09-05-2007, 06:26 PM
Not bad looking at all.

X-Terminator
09-05-2007, 06:37 PM
They're not as bad as I thought they'd be, but they still should have just left them the same.

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 05:25 AM
Not bad looking at all.

I agree. More importanlty IMO.....

?The shirt is definitely lighter and it doesn?t really soak in water much, which will really help when you start sweating. It makes a difference.?

Hey, if it helps them play better and it's more comfortable for them, I'm all for it. :thumbsup:

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 05:45 PM
Video: Penguins deliver season tickets personally
Thursday, September 06, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Peter Diana/Post-Gazette

It's not likely too many deliverymen get this sort of greeting.

"I can't believe it's Sidney Crosby delivering my tickets!" Alice Kilgore blurted when she opened the front door of her Castle Shannon home.

It was.

Crosby, the NHL's reigning scoring champion and MVP, was one of six Penguins players who hand-delivered season tickets to 24 homes around the Pittsburgh area today. The others were forwards Evgeni Malkin, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot, defenseman Ryan Whitney and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

The team chose the full- and half-season ticket holders randomly. To ensure the fans would be home, they were told a player would deliver their goodie box -- with the tickets, a highlight video, pocket schedules and other items -- but not which player. Kilgore was worried she wouldn't recognize the one sent to her house.

"Some of the players I don't know without their number," she said. "I recognized him without his number."

Just in case, Crosby was wearing his Penguins sweater over jeans.

Once Kilgore got over her shock, she ducked back inside and produced a commemorative puck she once received from the Penguins for being a season ticket holder since 1972 -- 15 years before Crosby was born.

Crosby thanked her for her support and signed the box.

"I think it's a great idea," Crosby said of the players delivering tickets. "It's a good opportunity for the guys to say thanks personally."

Kilgore has two seats to games and belongs to the Penguins Booster Club.

After watching the club for so long, she offered Crosby a no-nonsense prediction for 2007-08.

"I don't think you'll win the [Stanley] Cup this year," she said. "Not yet. Maybe next year."

Crosby, slighty surprised, said, "Well, we'll try this year."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07249/815197-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
09-06-2007, 06:07 PM
Wow, that's pretty creative.

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 06:09 PM
Wow, that's pretty creative.

I agree. Good PR move. Something the Penguins struggled with towards the later years under Craig Patrick.

Maybe it's to make up for booting long time season ticket holders out of their seats unless they purchased a full plan? My tickets came last week.......in the mail. I would rather have one of those Penguin cheerleaders deliver mine anyways. :wink02:

X-Terminator
09-06-2007, 06:32 PM
That is awesome! I wish I would have had the privilege! Whoever handles the Pens' PR should get a raise - what a great idea this is to create a bond between the team and the fans. This is another reason why I have no problem spending the money to buy season tickets.

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 06:42 PM
"I don't think you'll win the [Stanley] Cup this year," she said. "Not yet. Maybe next year."

Good attitude there honey. She'll be the first one to jump off if things go bad.

SteelCityMan786
09-06-2007, 07:00 PM
I agree. Good PR move. Something the Penguins struggled with towards the later years under Craig Patrick.

Maybe it's to make up for booting long time season ticket holders out of their seats unless they purchased a full plan? My tickets came last week.......in the mail. I would rather have one of those Penguin cheerleaders deliver mine anyways. :wink02:

You mean, you want one of the Penguin Patrol ladies showing up at your door?

83-Steelers-43
09-06-2007, 07:32 PM
You mean, you want one of the Penguin Patrol ladies showing up at your door?

I guess that's what they call them? I have no idea. I just look at them. :sofunny:

As long as it's not the guy that sells cotton candy......"COTTON CANDY HERE!!!!"

I can't count how many times that guy almost gave me a heart attack.....

*knock on door*

"YOUR SEASON TICKETS ARE HERE!!!!!"

83-Steelers-43
09-08-2007, 08:29 AM
Pens' Letang aims to prove he's a pro
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, September 8, 2007

KITCHENER, Ontario -- A banner paying tribute to former Kitchener Ranger Paul Coffey hangs from the roof inside the Memorial Auditorium.

Coffey, a Hall of Famer, starred in this quaint Canadian town for most of a final, dominant junior season in the then-Ontario Hockey Association before turning professional with the Edmonton Oilers in 1980. That launched a stellar 21-year career that included four-plus seasons in Pittsburgh from 1987-1992.

Coffey was 18 when he scored 71 points in 52 games for the Kitchener Rangers during the 1979-80 season. Prior to joining Kitchener that season, he recorded 31 points in 23 games with Sault Ste. Marie.

Last season, for Val-d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Kristopher Letang had 52 points in 40 games as a 19-year-old.

Letang was busy last season, starting in the NHL and eventually playing in an AHL playoff game. He also led Team Canada to its third consecutive gold medal at the World Junior Championships as a captain.

This season, Letang wants to cement his professional status in the same building where Coffey once flashed his skating skill.

"My confidence is high," Letang said. "I am ready."

The Penguins certainly hope Letang makes good on that proclamation.

A player of his talent could elevate an offensive attack that last season produced the third-most goals in the league.

Penguins scouts describe Letang as a smooth-skating defenseman with a quick, hard and sure shot and enviable hockey sense. He hasn't made a liar of them in the early days of this rookie camp.

Letang scored a goal and assisted on a tying tally that capped a Penguins' third-period comeback in their 6-5, shootout victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in both clubs' rookie tournament opener Friday.

Perhaps more important than his considerable skill, Letang is right-handed -- a rare trait among NHL-ready defenseman in the organization.

The question is whether Letang, with only eight NHL games to his credit, is ready enough to help the Penguins return to the playoffs.

"He was ready to move beyond junior (last season)," general manager Ray Shero said. "I do believe he is a player that can play this year -- not just play, but help our team at the NHL level.

"If it doesn't happen, then it is not fatal. I believe this kid will be a good player in the NHL for a long period of time, whether it happens now or somewhere down the line. ... But we made some changes during the summertime, and there is hole there. We will see if he can fill it."

With a spot among the top six defensemen perhaps his to lose, Letang spent the summer working on the defensive aspects of his game and training with would-be teammate Maxime Talbot.

Letang entered rookie camp attempting to look the part of a professional, with a robust 5-foot-11 frame and a short hair cut that came about because "maybe some people told (him) it was a good idea."

Looking like a pro will not make him one, though.

"Young defensemen are thrown into the fire in this league," new director of player development and 17-season NHL veteran Tom Fitzgerald said. "With a kid like him, he has to be patient. Less is more.

"His poise is incredible. I have watched a couple of drills here, and with all these kids, it is kind of chaotic because nobody knows the system. In the NHL, everybody knows the system. Things kind of take care of themselves. Kris, though, has the poise to be an NHL defenseman.

"Watching this guy, the best advice I can give him is to be patient because it will all come to him. He is that good."

Note: Forwards Angelo Esposito and Keven Veilleux didn't attend rookie camp because of injuries. Esposito, the 20th overall pick in June's entry draft, is nursing a sore groin. Team officials hope that Esposito could participate in veteran camp, which opens Thursday in Pittsburgh. Veilleux is recovering from a sports hernia surgery.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_526333.html

83-Steelers-43
09-08-2007, 09:23 AM
The latest on Danny Markov

My sources have told me Buffalo is not even considering Markov. No offer has been made. To clairify these rumors, I talked to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News and he says the Sabres are not interested. Count them out. San Jose has expressed an interest but has yet to make a offer. According to my sources, they are very close to their self imposed cap. Sort of in the same boat the Penguins are. The Detroit Red Wings remain interested but only on their terms. 2 yr deal slightly under 2.5 million per season. Dan K. our NFL insider talked to George Malik who covers the Red Wings and Malik believes Markov may not sign until the end of the month. Boston has been interested but doesn't have the cap room at this moment. Chicago has also made a offer but it is under 2.5 million per season. Looks like Markov will wait it out.

As i reported yesterday morning Danny Markov will not be signing with the Penguins. I have been given no indications that the Penguins are in the Markov sweepstakes. Count them out. My source told me yesterday, he has been given no indication that talks were ever serious. That i find hard to believe. What i know is that when Markov was considering the offer from Russia, Grossman told Shero to match. Shero offered 2yr deal between 2-2.2 million i have been told from other sources. On Saturday, Markov turned down the offer and it's really been over since then despite the conflicting reports. All indications are the Penguins have been out of it since Saturday. When i reported that Markov turned down the Penguins offer on Saturday, i should have stuck with it.

http://thebuzzontheburgh.blogspot.com/

If these reports are true (this guy is hardly ever spot on), then I am thrilled to know that we have dropped negotiations with Markov. No point in getting into a bidding war with other teams over Markov. I would love to have him on our blue line, but not at the expense of risking our future signings and I'm not just talking about the Staal, Malkin and Fleury signings.

If this guy wants the highest bidder, more power to him. That's his choice and his prerogative. I'm just happy to know that we will not be the highest bidder when it comes to signing Markov. Bring up Letang and see what he can do. I have absolutely no problem with Letang joining this team next season. He came up for a few games last season and showed that he can hang at the NHL level. He's going to come up sooner or later, might as well plug him in there now and see if Sydor and Gonchar can give him a few tips.

83-Steelers-43
09-09-2007, 07:09 AM
Filewich hopes he is Jonathan on the spot for Penguins
Sunday, September 09, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KITCHENER, Ontario -- Jonathan Filewich can skate. Quite well, actually.

He owns a hard, accurate shot, too, and needs very little time to get it off.

Fact is, he is capable of rushing the puck into the offensive zone and unloading a shot that is behind the goalie almost before he realizes it is coming.

But Filewich does not score many goals that way. And does not seem to mind much.

"He can shoot the puck well enough to do that," said Todd Richards, who coached Filewich on the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre last season.

" he would prefer to be around the net. He goes to that hard area, knowing he's going to get hit, knowing he's going to get cross-checked. He's willing to pay the price to score goals."

Filewich, a right winger, scored his first goal in two games at a rookie tournament here in the Penguins' 6-3 victory against Florida yesterday, and did it often enough last season to finish with 30 and reinforce his credentials as a threat to open the 2007-08 season in the NHL.

Although his speed tends to get overlooked -- he won the fastest-skater competition at the AHL All-Star Game last season -- Filewich is hard to miss when he ventures into the high-impact area near the opposing team's net.

"That's exactly where I want to be," he said.

At 6 feet 2, 208 pounds, he's big enough to absorb whatever punishment is inflicted on him and skilled enough to convert rebounds and other close-range chances made possible by his positioning.

"He's got very good hands, a quick release and, obviously, he's a great skater," Richards said. "As a scorer in the NHL, those are the things you need. And he has them."

Last season, Filewich came within a goal of tying the franchise record shared by Toby Petersen and Michel Ouellet and probably would own that mark if his scoring touch hadn't deserted him during much of the second half. After getting 21 goals in the first 47 games, Filewich managed just nine in the final 33 -- and that total was swelled by a two-week stretch in March when he scored six times in eight games.

"I went to the all-star game and probably put a little too much pressure on myself," Filewich said. "Then people started bringing [the slump] up, and I started thinking about it. I still felt I was playing the same game.

"I didn't feel my [overall] game dropped off, whatsoever. I was still doing the same things. Maybe the bounces just weren't going my way."

The training camp that begins Thursday will be Filewich's third as a pro; he was pleased with his performance during the first -- "I knew then that I was not going to be in the NHL straight out of junior, so I think I was more relaxed, played my game," he said -- and disappointed in his lackluster showing a year ago.

He does, though, believe those camps, and a couple of winters in Wilkes-Barre, have helped to elevate his game.

While the Penguins could use another reliable goal-scorer on the wing, Filewich believes he does not have to fill a top-six role to contribute in the NHL.

"I really don't know where they see me," he said. "I do have goal-scoring ability. I've scored consistently in the AHL, and I believe I can do it in the NHL.

"I'd like to think they could put me in any position, from second- to fourth-line right winger, and it really wouldn't matter to me. I think I'm capable of playing in any of those roles."

[B]NOTES -- Tim Wallace, Kyle Rank, Alex Grant, Brian Ihnacak and Ryan Stone also scored for the Penguins yesterday, while Florida's David Brine (two) and Keegan Dansereau beat Penguins goalie John Curry. ... The Penguins' victory clinched a spot in the championship game tomorrow evening. ... Defenseman Kristopher Letang and forwards Tyler Kennedy and Kevin Henderson were healthy scratches for the Penguins, who will face Ottawa's prospects in their final round-robin game today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07252/815993-61.stm

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09-09-2007, 07:10 AM
Inexperienced Kennedy pushing for spot with Penguins
Saturday, September 08, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KITCHENER, Ontario -- Tyler Kennedy had, by almost any measure, a highly successful rookie season in the American Hockey League.

Any measure except games-played, that is.

He was named Rookie of the Year for the Penguins' minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre despite missing half of the Baby Penguins' 80 games because of a sports hernia, as he put up 12 goals and 25 assists in 40 games.

In the process, he impressed management enough with his speed, quickness and overall skill level to claim a spot on the short list of Penguins prospects expected to challenge for a job in the NHL in 2007-08.

"I really believe he has NHL talent," Wilkes-Barre coach Todd Richards said yesterday.

Kennedy wore a Penguins sweater for the first time last evening and scored the only goal in the shootout that produced their 6-5 victory against Toronto in their opener of a four-team rookie tournament at the Memorial Auditorium.

The Maple Leafs had a 5-1 lead as the middle of the third period approached, but the Penguins got goals from Dustin Jeffrey (two), Kristopher Letang and Alex Grant to force overtime. Jeffrey's second came with 31 seconds left in regulation.

Kennedy, a 5 foot 11, 183-pound center, played primarily between Dustin Jeffrey and Luca Caputi. He also killed penalties, manned the left point during a five-on-three power play and set up Mark Letestu for the Penguins' first goal.

Kennedy said "it's hard to say," if cracking the Penguins' lineup this season is a realistic objective, and was adamant that he hasn't spent much time considering the possibility.

"I don't really think about that, because it's all I'd be thinking about. I just try to go out there and play my game, and just try to stay healthy as long as I can," he said. "Just play the best hockey I can."

He obviously played some pretty good hockey in 2006-07, but staying healthy proved to be a lot tougher.

After appearing in every game through Jan. 20, Kennedy sat out 12 in a row because of an abdominal problem that was not immediately diagnosed. He returned for one game, but after further rehabilitation did not lead to significant improvement in his condition, he underwent the surgery that ended his season.

While it's too early to reach any conclusions, Kennedy's operation does not appear to be having an effect on his performance.

"Right now, he says he feels fine," Richards said. "Obviously, it's something we'll monitor through this training camp, and once we get to Pittsburgh."

Richards cites a lack of experience as the largest hurdle separating Kennedy from the NHL, and sitting out half of his only pro season to date obviously didn't help.

"That's valuable time for a young player," Richards said. "Especially playoff experience, because the [level of] play is cranked up. That's probably the one thing that's holding him back -- just the experience, playing in all situations, playing a full season and getting that under his belt."

Kennedy did manage to squeeze a lot of productivity into his abbreviated season, however. He became more assertive offensively as he settled in with the Baby Penguins and tied a franchise record by putting up five points (two goals, three assists) against Hershey Jan. 6.

"He has the ability to beat guys out of the corner, one-on-one, and we didn't have too many guys last year who were able to do that," Richards said. "I think Tyler is pushing [to play in] the NHL, just because of his speed, his tenacity. He's strong on the puck, and he can finish."

Kennedy proved that last night, when he finished the Penguins' improbable comeback.

NOTE -- The Penguins' training-camp schedule includes six workouts that are open to the public. Fans can attend sessions at Southpointe Sept. 14, 15 and 16 and at Mellon Arena Sept. 19, 20 and 27.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07251/815798-61.stm

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09-09-2007, 07:11 AM
Optimism abounds at Penguins' camp
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, September 9, 2007

KITCHENER, Ont. - Entering his second season as general manager of the Penguins, Ray Shero knows what went right last season, when his club surged to a 47-point improvement and its first playoff berth in six years.

• Sidney Crosby transitioned from the NHL's most hyped player to its best.

• Jordan Staal shocked the hockey world and nearly was the game's top rookie.

• Evgeni Malkin shocked nobody by being the game's top rookie.

• Sergei Gonchar re-established himself as a premier offensive defenseman.

• Ryan Whitney established himself as one, too.

• Marc-Andre Fleury's 40 wins offered evidence to suggest he will become a franchise-caliber goaltender.

• Mark Recchi continued to produce significant points.

• Gary Roberts blended in perfectly as a trade deadline acquisition.

• Role players such as Maxime Talbot and Colby Armstrong tormented as penalty-killers.

• And coach Michel Therrien pushed all the right buttons.

Each of those men will be with the Penguins this season, increasing the optimism surrounding the team as it sets to open training camp on Thursday.

"We haven't had a lot of changes from last year," Shero said. "I think we will come together quickly (in camp). We have our core group together and we have good people."

But?

"Well, I am not of the adage that just because you are a year older you are a year better. We are going to have to be ready as a group ... because, quite honestly, nobody (cares) about last year."

Certainly, that will hold true in cities such as Ottawa, Manhattan and Philadelphia.

This past weekend, Shero eagerly awaited the opening of veteran camp as he watched prized prospects such as defenseman Kristopher Letang and forward Jonathan Filewich get an early jump at a rookie tournament. Those two players are ones to watch in the weeks preceding the regular-season opener in Carolina on Oct. 5, as they are legitimate contenders to win a roster spot.

Of course, Shero will also be watching his young stars such as Staal, Malkin, Whitney and Fleury -- if, for no other reason, to see how they respond to raised expectations.

"These guys are still young players," Shero said. "Look at Crosby last year. He took his summer to get better, improve a few things, and he did.

"There are areas where these younger players need to improve upon to get better ... but it is not a one-year window here."

Unlike this time last season, though, the Penguins' window of opportunity is definitely open.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_526473.html

83-Steelers-43
09-09-2007, 07:15 AM
Penguins' fives
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, September 9, 2007

FIVE QUESTIONS

Can Erik Christensen become a top-line scoring wing?

Either scoring-line center Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin would benefit greatly from having a sharpshooting option on the wing. Christensen, a natural center, believes his sweet shot will provide him a chance to be that option. However, his past performances as a winger have proven suspect at best.

How ready for prime time is Kristopher Letang?

A rare right-handed shooter among Penguins' defensemen, Letang possesses the skill to provide a potent offensive attack with another big gun. The concerns with Letang focus on his professional inexperience and defensive zone awareness. Make no mistake: Each of those concerns is legitimate. Rare is the consistent 19-year-old defenseman in the NHL.


Will Jonathan Filewich make the most of his opportunity?

Michel Ouellet was shown the door during the offseason, which opened a vacancy for the scoring-line wing spot he held most of last season. Filewich, the Penguins' most proven goal-scoring prospect, is seen by many within the organization as a suitable replacement for Ouellet. In fact, some suspect he will prove an upgrade.


Is Dany Sabourin a legitimate No. 2 goaltender?

Sabourin impressed during camp last season -- so much that general manager Ray Shero brought him back to Pittsburgh as a free agent and declared him the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury. Sabourin has appeared in 14 NHL games, or slightly less than he might see this season.

Where do Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi fit in?

There is little doubt that these young Penguins will once again look to Roberts, 41, and Recchi, 39, for veteran guidance. A lack of proven scoring wingers could mean that the club's elder statesmen also will be counted on to provide more offensively than can perhaps be reasonably expected.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jonathan Filewich

The spot that formerly belonged to Michel Ouellet seemingly will be Filewich's to lose. Filewich scored 52 goals the past two seasons in the AHL, including a team-leading 30 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year. His speed is deceptive and his hands are sure. He is a young and inexpensive natural scoring winger, and the Penguins are a team that desperately needs one of those.

Petr Sykora

The Penguins signed Sykora to do what Nils Ekman could not -- help take advantage of the other-worldly talents of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. At a bargain, they might have found the perfect man for such a task. Sykora has never failed to score at least 20 goals during a season in which he has played at least 70 games. He is coming off a season in which he tallied 22 for offensively challenged Edmonton.

Angelo Esposito

He was No. 20 at the NHL Entry Draft, but No. 1 in the hearts of Penguins brass, which considered this enormously gifted forward a steal so late in the first round. Esposito possesses speed to burn and cannot be taught. A groin injury has rendered him a long shot to make the club; he will likely return to his Junior club in Quebec. Still, Jordan Staal parlayed a strong camp into a roster spot last season, and that turned out well for the Penguins, right?


Ryan Malone

Quietly, Malone turned in a strong finish last season. He seemingly found his place playing on a line with Maxime Talbot and Colby Armstrong. Fans constantly complain that Malone does not make the most of his potential, and it is true that he has never scored 25 goals in a season. Maybe he never will. This camp could prove to be Malone's last chance to show the Penguins he can become a consistent top-line contributor.

Tim Brent

Do not sleep on Brent, acquired via a trade with Anaheim at the NHL Entry Draft. Sure, the Penguins have a few handfuls of more promising forwards, but only a couple of them are right-handed and none of them play in the middle. A strong camp by Brent could pave the way for him to center a checking line.

FIVE THINGS TO DETERMINE

Marc-Andre Fleury's consistency

Entering the final season of his contract, Fleury's performance is expected to equal his enormous potential in what is setting up to possibly be a breakout season. He was great at times last season, especially in shootouts, and good at times in the playoffs. But for the Penguins to return to the postseason, let alone extend their stay, Fleury must become an upper-echelon goaltender to rival New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist.

Sidney Crosby's linemates

Crosby led the NHL in scoring without the benefit of a legitimate scoring threat on his wing last season. A quick glance at how the roster figures to shake out shows he still does not have anybody to play Kevin Stevens to his Mario Lemieux. These Penguins are Crosby's team, and he could better lead them deep into the playoffs if somebody shows he can prove a worthy first mate to the captain.

Evgeni Malkin's cultural adjustment

Malkin spent most of his summer in Europe, which is another way of saying he probably did not brush up on his English. Last season Malkin, a Russian, was given a free pass by team officials, fans and the media on adapting to the North American game and culture. This season he will be expected to improve upon an outstanding 85-point rookie season and have something to say about it in a language that he is said to understand, though does not often speak.

Defensive stability

Free-agent acquisition and two-time Stanley Cup champion Darryl Sydor could team with offensive force Sergei Gonchar, but he might best serve the Penguins as a calming presence alongside prospect Kristopher Letang. Either way, Sydor figures to improve a defense that was exposed by Ottawa's skilled forwards in the playoffs. But he is only one man and can do just so much. What if Letang is not ready? What if Ryan Whitney's wrist is not healthy? What if Gonchar starts very slow instead of just Gonchar-slow? Those are a lot of what-ifs, and no mention of Mark Eaton -- as in, what if he does not return to pre-injury form from last season?

Chemistry

Coach Michel Therrien often praised his mostly young players for believing in one another during the Penguins' stunning 47-point improvement last season. He will likely spend much of this camp reminding those players that last year means nothing. The Penguins will start the season with a target on their crests. They are now the hunted. How they band together in the light of this sharp contrast from Therrien's first training camp with the club last season could determine whether the Penguins match last year's strong start or stumble out of the game as they did in 2005-06. The difference could seal their postseason fate.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_526469.html

83-Steelers-43
09-09-2007, 07:45 AM
How ready for prime time is Kristopher Letang?

A rare right-handed shooter among Penguins' defensemen, Letang possesses the skill to provide a potent offensive attack with another big gun. The concerns with Letang focus on his professional inexperience and defensive zone awareness. Make no mistake: Each of those concerns is legitimate. Rare is the consistent 19-year-old defenseman in the NHL.

Well, we won't know until he starts right? I recall some of the same "concerns" only on offense when it came to a player named Jordan Staal. That seemed to work out pretty well. Also, I'm not sure his defensive play can be any worse or better than Melichar's or Scuderi's.

Unless we go out and grab Markov, I'm not sure we have many other options Rob. First play the kid blows the "fans" will be calling for his head. Typical in these times.

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09-10-2007, 06:23 AM
Change of pace for Pens' goalies
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 10, 2007

KITCHENER, Ontario - Guys skate faster. Shots reach the net quicker.

That extra couple of seconds the goaltenders don't have to read and react is the difference between a routine save and a goal.

Penguins goaltending prospects David Brown and John Curry learned as much during their respective starts in the first three games of a rookie tournament at the Memorial Auditorium.

Brown stopped 24-of-27 shots Sunday afternoon in a 3-0 loss against Ottawa.

In his debut Friday against Toronto, he surrendered five goals on 31 shots through regulation before a perfect performance in a shootout victory.

Curry, meanwhile, turned aside 27-of-30 shots in a victory Saturday against Florida. He will get the nod for the Penguins in the championship game tonight.

Each goalie allowed three goals in his opening period against professional-caliber competition, then finished strong to earn a victory.

Brown said the pace of play as a pro seems faster.

"It is different, absolutely," Brown said. "A lot of the plays happen in and around the next. That extra second makes a big difference. A couple of extra seconds makes a real big difference out there.

"It is an adjustment. It is tough. But you keep building off it, and I am glad I got the experience."

Curry also is appreciative for his opportunity.

"This situation kind of just fell into place," Curry said of signing with the Penguins as an undrafted free agent in July. "I had hip surgery after the season, and the interest I had (from teams) fell off a little bit. All I wanted was an opportunity, and Pittsburgh was great to give me that."

Brown, 22, and Curry, 23, each will make another start in this tournament before heading to Pittsburgh for veteran camp, which begins Thursday, and then later this month to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for AHL camp. Their competition is for the No. 2 spot with the Penguins' AHL affiliate behind veteran Ty Conklin.

"We wanted more depth within the organization and more competition," assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We just felt, why not take a chance on two of the best college goalies and see where it takes us."

Fletcher, whose duties with the Penguins include stockpiling the club in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, described Brown and Curry as "two of the top goalies in college last year."

Brown, the 228th overall pick in 2004, starred at Notre Dame. A finalist for the coveted Hobey Baker Award and a first-team All-American, he went 30-6-3 with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage, leading the Irish to their first NCAA Tournament win.

Curry was no slouch at traditional power Boston. Also a Hobey Baker finalist, he ranked fourth in the NCAA with a 2.01 GAA and a .928 save percentage, and he lead the nation with seven shutouts.

Mobility likely will prove key the players' success as a professional, as neither possesses prototypical size. Brown is listed at 6-foot; Curry at 5-11.

Still, neither goalie is far removed from the positive vibes of being a big man on campus, which should help when conversation lulls between the camp roommates.

"You are always aware of what the other guys are doing, so I knew of John. But we never played against one another," Brown said. "For sure, it is weird that we are both here now."

Note: Right wing Jonathan Filewich, left wing Ryan Stone and defenseman Jake Muzzin were healthy scratches against Ottawa.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_526468.html

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09-10-2007, 06:25 AM
Penguins' Stone has sights set on the left
Monday, September 10, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KITCHENER, Ontario -- It really didn't seem like a big deal at the time.

Ryan Stone remembers landing awkwardly on his left wrist in an American Hockey League game against Norfolk in November, and how he "felt a little pop" when it happened.

He didn't think all that much of it, though. At least until his thumb started to dislocate. A lot.

That prompted Stone to have his wrist examined, and the doctor determined that it wasn't a coincidence. And that surgical repairs were in order.

Stone, a center/left winger poised to contend for a spot on the Penguins' roster this season, still isn't completely over the effects of that operation, but it hasn't hampered his play much at the ongoing rookie tournament.

He had one goal and three assists in two games before being held out of the Penguins' 3-0 loss to Ottawa at Memorial Auditorium yesterday so he wouldn't have to play four times in as many days.

"It's pretty good," Stone said. "It's 90 percent, or whatever. It's not 100 percent or anything, but it doesn't bother me too much on the ice.

"Just in the gym, [doing] a couple of things, it kind of lingers. But you're not bench-pressing when you're playing hockey."

His wrist problem and other ailments limited Stone to 41 games last season, but he still managed to put up seven goals and 26 assists. In 2005-06, he had 14 goals and 22 assists in 75 games with the Baby Penguins.

He never has been a prodigious point-producer -- Stone never reached triple figures in four seasons with Brandon in the Western Hockey League before turning pro -- but does have a strong all-around game, and physical play is a major part of it.

While he hardly qualifies as an enforcer, Stone isn't shy about throwing his body around and always has been willing to drop his gloves if he felt the situation called for it.

"Stone has a little bit of toughness, a little bit of an edge to his game," Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Todd Richards said. "He's got some toughness and can back it up."

And while Stone has not been in a fight since returning from his surgery, he insists he has no reservations about trading punches with an opponent.

"If I have to drop 'em again, I'm not going to be thinking about my wrist," he said. "When I do it, we'll see how it ends up, but I think it will be fine if I have to do that."

Even so, Richards said he believes Stone's thumb problem did affect his play after he returned last season.

"You get an injury like that and you're out for such a long time, you come back and sometimes you're unsure about your game," he said. " 'Is it healthy? I can't do this, can't do that.'

"He's a guy who plays on the edge ... who sometimes has to fight. When you play that way, if you know you have a bad thumb, sometimes you're a little tentative about playing physical. So it takes away from that part of his game."

Stone began his pro career as a center, but moved to the left side in the 2006 playoffs, and came to enjoy it. Enough that the wing has become his position of choice, although he happily would fill whatever opening exists on the NHL roster.

"I think I'd rather play left wing, but whatever position is open ... that's fine by me," he said. "All last year I was a left wing, so I think I've kind of grown into that spot. That's my position now."

NOTES -- Alexander Nikulin, Derek Smith and Tyler Donati of Ottawa scored against Penguins goalie David Brown; Senators goalie Ryan Daniels stopped all 36 shots the Penguins threw at him. ... In addition to Stone, the Penguins rested right winger Jonathan Filewich and defenseman Jake Muzzin. ... General manager Ray Shero said no decision has been made about whether rookie center Angelo Esposito, who is recovering from a groin injury, will be healthy enough to participate when training camp opens Thursday.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07253/816110-61.stm

X-Terminator
09-10-2007, 09:25 AM
Plays wing? Plays physical? Drops the gloves? Find a spot on the big club for him. You can never have too many guys like that.

X-Terminator
09-11-2007, 07:55 AM
Penguins Win Rookie Tournament

Pittsburgh Penguins
Sep 10, 2007, 9:08 PM EDT

KITCHENER, Ontario – The Pittsburgh Penguins turned the tables on the Ottawa Senators Monday night, coasting to a 5-1 win in the championship game of the Kitchener Rookie Tournament at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.

The win came one day after the Senators posted a 3-0 win against the Penguins in the round robin portion of the competition. Both teams finished the tournament with 3-1 records.

Monday’s contest featured a more formidable lineup for Pittsburgh, as third-year pros Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone rejoined the team after sitting out as healthy scratches on Sunday.

Their reintroductions made an almost immediate impact, as Stone took a Filewich pass and chipped in a shot from the top of the crease just 1:43 into the game to give the second-ranked Penguins the early lead.

Joe Jensen, who skated alongside Stone and Filewich in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) last season, stretched the lead 20 minutes later, rifling a one-timer off a Tim Wallace feed.

Matt Caria tallied with 2:38 left in the second period to give the Penguins a comfortable cushion, and Alex Grant added his team-high third goal of the tournament five minutes into the final frame.

Jensen added his second of the evening three minutes later to finish off the Pittsburgh scoring.

John Curry was nearly perfect between the pipes for the Penguins, stopping the first 18 shots he faced before Ilya Zubov spoiled the shutout with just under 10 minutes to play.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=336993

83-Steelers-43
09-11-2007, 10:27 AM
Defense mechanism: Letang won't dwell on last year
"I worked hard all summer to get a spot with the Pittsburgh Penguins. If I don't, I'll be disappointed."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KITCHENER, Ontario -- The signs had to be almost impossible to miss.

Kris Letang had averaged barely eight minutes of ice time during his most recent three appearances and had been a healthy scratch for two games in a row.

It's tough to interpret any of that as evidence that he should have been actively house-hunting.

Still, Letang admits that he was stung -- badly -- when Penguins officials informed him late in October that he was being returned to his junior team in Val d'Or, Quebec.

Even so, he didn't allow it to gnaw at him for long, which is why there never was any real danger that being sent back would curdle the rest of his season. And that hints at the kind of maturity that will serve Letang well as he tries to earn steady work on the Penguins' defense this season.

"For sure, it was a disappointment for me, but you don't have to [dwell] on it," he said. "It took me maybe two or three days [to get over it], I think. There's nothing you can do about it. I just told myself it was an opportunity to win some games in junior."

He did that, leading the Foreurs to the final of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs and captaining Canada to a gold medal at the world junior championships.

But even though Letang has exceptional skill and poise for a player his age, general manager Ray Shero says he "never second-guessed" the decision to put him back in junior for a final winter.

"Being a defenseman [in the NHL] is really difficult at 19 years old," Shero said. "Maybe Kris could have done it, but I really believe, long-term, this will be the best thing for him.

"You see the confidence he has now after going through the experiences he did last year."

Certainly, Letang's belief in his abilities was evident throughout most of the three games in which he participated in the four-team rookie tournament that ended with the Penguins' 5-1 victory against Ottawa in the championship game at Memorial Auditorium last night.

He endured some ragged stretches, to be sure -- his defensive work in the first period of the opener against Toronto Friday was undeniably weak -- but clearly has developed to a level most of the prospects in the tournament have not reached. And might never.

Still, while it could be argued that Letang had little to gain by competing in the tournament, he's convinced that he benefited from it.

"I'm getting into game shape," he said. "During the summer, you play, but it's more practice and stuff. I have to get in game shape. You have to play physical in your zone, and we don't do that during the summer."

Letang's offensive talents are unquestioned; his play in his own zone figures to be the pivotal factor in determining whether he starts the season with the Penguins or their minor-league team in Wilkes-Barre.

"That's an area of the game he has to be very strong in," Shero said.

The prevailing sentiment in most quarters is that a spot in the NHL is Letang's to lose, that he'll open the season with the Penguins unless he plays his way off the roster.

That might be, but Shero is adamant that the Penguins won't be unduly disappointed if he doesn't stick.

"We'll be patient with him," Shero said. "We're hoping he can play [in the NHL]. If not, it's not going to be the end of the world. It's not fatal."

It wouldn't be fatal, to be sure, but it would be more than a little frustrating for Letang, who still contends that "I really don't know" if going back to junior a year ago was good for his game, over the long term.

"I think I'm ready," Letang said. "I worked hard all summer to get a spot with the Pittsburgh Penguins. If I don't, I'll be disappointed."

Even more than he was in October.

NOTES -- Joe Jensen (two), Ryan Stone, Matt Caria and Kyle Rank scored for the Penguins, while Ilya Zubov was the only Senator to get a puck past goalie John Curry. ... The Penguins outshot Ottawa, 45-20, a day after losing to the Senators, 3-0, in their final round-robin game.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07254/816487-61.stm

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09-11-2007, 10:31 AM
Filewich has shot to stick with Penguins
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

KITCHENER, Ontario - Jonathan Filewich is loose and breathing easy, which should make him a skater to watch when the Penguins open training camp Thursday.

Despite scoring just a goal and recording a lone assist in three games, he was a focal point of this rookie tournament, which wrapped with the Penguins winning the championship game against Ottawa, 5-1, Monday night.

Filewich is coming off consecutive AHL seasons in which he proved himself a legitimate goal-scoring prospect with 52 total tallies. He could parlay a strong showing over the next few weeks into regular NHL work.

"Right now, I would say we have 12 NHL forwards signed, and you usually carry 13 or 14," general manager Ray Shero said. "The onus is on some of these young players to step up. The opportunity is there. There is a spot or two to be won at this point."

Filewich, a 22-year-old winger, is not alone among current AHL contenders to earn a spot in Pittsburgh. Certainly, nobody associated with the Penguins organization -- from Shero to AHL assistant coach Dan Bylsma -- would be stunned to see either Ryan Stone or Tyler Kennedy, also wingers, show strong at camp.

Filewich, though, seems poised to take his turn at the highest level of professional hockey, especially given Shero's decision this summer to part ways with winger Michel Ouellet, who contributed 35 goals the past two seasons.

Terms such as "poise" and "professional" accurately describe Filewich, according to Bylsma, who spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL.

"Jonathan was our best pro last year in terms of knowing what his game was, doing it every day, practicing -- he brought professionalism to every aspect," Bylsma said. "That is a huge thing to making it at the professional level and staying at the professional level.

Bylsma said Filewich has the speed to play in the NHL. Filewich won a fastest skater competition at the AHL All-Star Game last season.

Speed and size -- Filewich looks the part of his listing at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds -- are not his greatest assets, though.

"He is focused on all things," Bylsma said. "You see him on the bus (studying) for courses at (Canadian on-line school, Athabasca University). A lot of people talk about taking classes, but he does it. He is really focused on all things. He has a plan and he is following it."

Hockey is just a part of Filewich's life. In addition to following the education-first lead set by his grandfather, who earned a Master's degree from Harvard, Filewich spends his off-ice time planning a wedding with his new fiancee.

Clearly, he stretches his hours away from the rink to make the most of every minute. Of course, for 30 minutes after every practice and/or game, he stretches his body to painful limits with an intense yoga regimen.

"It came about last year ... and it does not hurt so much anymore," Filewich said. "It hurt for about half a year, though. But now I can feel an actual difference on the ice. It has been a tremendous help.

"(Yoga) is all about breathing and getting into the state of mind where you do not really think about anything but breathing."

Filewich will put his yoga training to use during camp, in hope of not crumbling under the pressure to earn a roster spot with the Penguins.

"Personally, I feel that if I put pressure on myself, my game goes down the chute," Filewich said. "I try to stay as relaxed as possible, but stay focused on my goal. If I stay focused I believe I can be an NHL player. I just have to be relaxed, but be focused on what I can do."

Filling in?

With only 12 NHL forwards singed for the upcoming season, Penguins GM Ray Shero said there is an opportunity for a prospect to win a roster spot during camp. Based off his past two AHL seasons, winger Jonathan Filewich, 22, could be that guy:

Season - Games -Goals - Assists - Points
2005-06 - 73 - 22 -14 - 36
2006-07 - 80 - 30 - 26 - 56

*Filewich scored 10 goals and recorded 16 points in 22 playoff games over the past two seasons.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_526769.html

83-Steelers-43
09-11-2007, 10:46 AM
Why bring in young talent that has been producing when we have Mark Recchi?

I mean it is 1990 and Recchi is only in his third year of hockey. Plus, I get hard when Mike Lange screams "RECCHIN' BALL!!!"....

83-Steelers-43
09-11-2007, 11:10 PM
Penguins Notebook: Rookie Jeffrey earns main camp bid with 13 other prospects
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

General manager Ray Shero liked just about everything he saw from the Penguins prospects who won the championship at a just-concluded rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario.

He said he was quite pleased with high-profile young players such as Ryan Stone, as well as lesser-known players Luca Caputi, Alex Grant and Jake Muzzin.

"There were no disappointments, really," Shero said.

But center Dustin Jeffrey was the only prospect who showed so much during the tournament -- he put up three goals and two assists -- that he earned an invitation to the Penguins' main training camp.

"We were very impressed with his game, and want to take a look at him in the big camp," Shero said. "It will be a good experience for him."

Jeffrey, a 6 foot 1, 205-pound center, was a sixth-round choice in the June entry draft.

Thirteen prospects who took part in the rookies tournament already were scheduled to attend the Penguins' camp. They are forwards Aaron Boogaard, Jonathan Filewich, Joe Jensen, Tyler Kennedy, Mark Letestu, Kyle Rank, Tim Wallace and Stone, defensemen Jonathan D'Aversa, Kris Letang and Ben Lovejoy, and goalies David Brown and John Curry.

The Penguins returned four prospects -- Caputi, Grant, Muzzin and Robert Bortuzzo -- to their junior teams yesterday and released forwards Matt Caria, Kevin Henderson and Brian Ihnacak and defensemen Tyler Cuthbert and Jean-Phillippe Paquet.

Curry aims for AHL

Curry stopped 19 of 20 shots in the Penguins' 5-1 victory against Ottawa in the title game at Kitchener Monday, but was aware before that he will attend the NHL camp.

He knows going in, though, that he won't be contending for a place on the major-league roster; instead, he and Brown will compete to be the second goalie with the Penguins' American Hockey League farm team in Wilkes-Barre. The loser of that competition will end up with their ECHL affiliate in Wheeling, W.Va.

"[Earning a spot with the Baby Penguins] definitely is my goal for this year, without a doubt," Curry said.

Curry, a free agent from Boston University, drew interest from a number of clubs, but signed with the Penguins because they seemed to be the best fit.

"It ended up being an easy decision, as far as the offers I had and the situation I was in coming out of BU," he said.

"The organization, with the reputation it has, just made it really comfortable for me. I like everything about it."

Shooting for the big time

At least three forward prospects who have spent time in Wilkes-Barre -- Kennedy, Filewich and Stone -- are expected to challenge for jobs in the NHL this season.

But while all three have filled prominent roles with the Baby Penguins, Wilkes-Barre coach Todd Richards believes they should expect to have reduced responsibilities when they reach the next level.

"For those guys to make it up to the NHL, it's going to be in third- or fourth-line role," Richards said. "You look at Wilkes-Barre, with us, they're offensive players.

"With the exception of maybe Erik Christensen last year, when guys go up, they have to start off in that role as a third-line guy. Provide energy, maybe penalty-kill a little bit.

"Eventually, once they earn the trust of the coach, they'll be able to take more ice time."

Filewich hopes his deceptively fast skating despite being 6-2, 208 pounds will draw attention.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07255/816726-61.stm

X-Terminator
09-12-2007, 12:06 PM
Penguins reward coaching staff with contract extensions

The coaching staff that led the Penguins to a surprising 47-point turnaround last season was rewarded with contract extensions, today.

Assistants Andre Savard and Mike Yeo were already signed for the upcoming season, but were signed to one-year extensions through 2008-09.

Goaltending coach Gilles Meloche signed a new, two-year contract. He is entering his 19th season with the organization.

Earlier this summer head coach Michel Therrien signed a one-year extension that will take him through the 2008-09 season.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_527055.html

83-Steelers-43
09-12-2007, 11:04 PM
Pens on course
By Mike Prisuta
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, September 13, 2007

The often-stated cliche maintains teams that fail to deliver in the playoffs earn trips to the golf course rather than Stanley Cup rings.

That being the case, it was a little ironic that Gary Roberts found himself contemplating a championship while standing on a practice green.

The occasion was the Penguins' pre-training camp golf outing Wednesday afternoon at Longue Vue Country Club in Verona.

And the question being bandied about involved whether the Penguins, after one spectacular but brief foray into postseason play, ought to perceive themselves as having as good a chance as any other team of going all the way this season.

"That's exactly what we should be thinking," Roberts said.

He isn't thinking that way because general manager Ray Shero broke the free-agent bank in the offseason.

Yes, the likes of Darryl Sydor, Petr Sykora and Dany Sabourin should fit in nicely.

Yes, Kris Letang should be a much-needed addition, and yes, Adam Hall might be a nice surprise.

But if the Penguins are to make the jump from upstart to contender, it'll be more because of intangibles than acquisitions.

It'll be because of the lessons learned in that short but informative series against Ottawa.

It'll be because of the natural progression and growth of talented youngsters who have little NHL experience but high ceilings.

And it'll be because these Penguins have a chemistry that suggests they're capable of realizing their potential.

"I really think it's a close-knit group," Roberts said, "a group that's going to do something special this year."

Roberts, as grizzled a veteran as the Penguins possess, can appreciate as well as anyone just what his new team was up against last spring against an Ottawa bunch that was destined to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

"If we learn from that, I really believe this year's team is going to do something that we should expect to do," Roberts said. "There's no reason why this team can't be at the top this season."

It won't be a matter of simply picking up where they left off in the first round.

Roberts knows as much, but so too, does Sidney Crosby, the brightest and one of the youngest of the Penguins' stars and a player with a firm grasp of what will be needed most of all this season -- perspective.

"We can't look at the finish," Crosby said. "That's easy to do because the expectations are high, but we have to worry abut the start. That's what we worried abut last year and we were fine, so that's gotta be our focus, starting well."

If they pull that off again, they'll enhance their chances of getting back to the playoffs.

And if they qualify again, they'll know what they're in for this time.

"It's the same during the season," Crosby said. "When it comes to certain situations you know you've been through it and the confidence is there. It's the same with the playoffs, now we know, we've been in it.

"Yes, it's a step up, but it's not as scary as it might have been in Game 1."

Hope they got their hacks in yesterday.

It might be quite a while before these Penguins find themselves back on the first tee.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_527139.html

83-Steelers-43
09-12-2007, 11:18 PM
Penguins Training Camp: Therrien sticks to familiar routine
Thursday, September 13, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The expectations are different this time. A 47-point jump in the standings will do that.

Some of the names have changed, too. Not that anyone necessarily will notice that Libor Pivko, Moises Gutierrez and Jeff Kyrzakos, among others, aren't on hand.

But when the Penguins begin training camp workouts tomorrow, after getting through the formality of a photos-and-physicals session today, the routine will be much the same as it was a year ago.

The roster will be broken into two squads, not three or four or five. There will be daily scrimmages. And players can expect an immediate immersion in the fundamentals of coach Michel Therrien's system of play.

"I have the format that I believe in," Therrien said. "I'm a true believer in having two teams, because I think the competition is better. NHL players will play against NHL players. That's the best way to get the most out of it.

"On day one, we're going to start working on our system. We don't have many practices, so it's important that every day, we accomplish something."

The camp roster got an intriguing addition yesterday, when free-agent winger Adam Hall turned up on it after accepting a tryout.

Hall, a 6 foot 3, 206-pound blue-collar winger, had six goals and 11 assists in 72 games with the New York Rangers and Minnesota last season. He broke in with Nashville when Penguins general manager Ray Shero worked there and was sent to the Rangers in the three-way trade that brought Dominic Moore to the Penguins.

If Hall, 27, earns a contract, it could cost one of the franchise's young prospects a job in the NHL but also might give Shero more latitude to make a trade.

Precisely how many spots on the roster are up for grabs over the next few weeks isn't clear.

Shero said "there are maybe a couple," but Therrien's estimate wasn't quite as conservative.

"There are always jobs open," he said. "It depends on the performance of the players. If the players perform well, we'll try to find a way for them to stay on our team.

"Players will get an opportunity to show what they're capable of doing and, in the meantime, I have to prepare my team to make sure we're ready for the first game."

The first three days of camp -- all at the Penguins' practice rink at Southpointe -- will be open to the public, with on-ice activities scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and run through 12:20 p.m. Fans also will be able to attend sessions at Mellon Arena Sept. 19 (11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.), Sept. 20 (10 a.m.-1:15 p.m.) and Sept. 27 (one group, beginning at 11 a.m.)

The initial three practices are the only ones scheduled for Southpointe, but the Penguins won't spend all their time before the regular-season opener Oct. 5 in Carolina at Mellon Arena, either.

They'll head to Montreal Sunday for exhibition games Monday and Tuesday at the Bell Centre, and also will play Sept. 21 in Detroit and Sept. 29 in Buffalo. They will make another team-building trip to the U.S. Military Academy Sept. 24-26, too.

"We really liked our experience there last year," Therrien said.

The Penguins should be close to, if not at, their 23-man roster for the regular season by the time they depart for West Point. Therrien said he plans to make his first cuts before the Penguins fly to Montreal, with another round the following weekend.

NOTE -- The Penguins signed goalie coach Gilles Meloche to a two-year contract and assistant coaches Andre Savard and Mike Yeo to one-year extensions. All three deals will expire after the 2008-09 season.

Buzz05
09-13-2007, 07:41 AM
Hey Ive been kind of all over the place the past few weeks with moving into the new place and stuff and I missed the unvailing of the new Pens unis I checked the website but couldnt find em. Anyone know where I can get a look at em. Or are they pretty much the same as last year even with the new Reebock look.

X-Terminator
09-13-2007, 08:03 AM
Hey Ive been kind of all over the place the past few weeks with moving into the new place and stuff and I missed the unvailing of the new Pens unis I checked the website but couldnt find em. Anyone know where I can get a look at em. Or are they pretty much the same as last year even with the new Reebock look.

You can get a look at them here: http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer&galleryId=2272

To me, they don't look all that much different than their current jersey, but as I said earlier, they should have just carried over the same look.

Buzz05
09-13-2007, 08:18 AM
Yeah the jerseys look the same. But you can kinda tell its not as bulky. Thanks!

83-Steelers-43
09-13-2007, 08:57 AM
Yeah the jerseys look the same. But you can kinda tell its not as bulky. Thanks!

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=MediaGalleryPlayer&galleryId=2272

83-Steelers-43
09-15-2007, 05:51 AM
Penguins Camp: Hall faces tall order to crack lineup
Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Adam Hall has played 306 games in the NHL and, along the way, has found himself in just about every situation that can arise in the league.

Not this one, though.

Nothing close.

Hall, an established veteran and reliable contributor in the NHL, is attending the Penguins' training camp on a tryout after failing to receive a contract in nearly 21/2 months on the open market.

He became an unrestricted free agent when Minnesota declined to make him a qualifying offer in the spring, but a track record for solid two-way play and a documented ability to be effective on both special teams weren't enough to get him a deal.

It's almost inconceivable that a player such as Hall would have gone unsigned under the NHL's former collective bargaining agreement -- a deep-pockets club surely would have picked him up, if only to have some quality depth on hand -- but in the salary-cap era, more than a few productive veterans are still looking for work in mid-September.

"You can't worry about that sort of thing too much," Hall said. "You just have to take the situation you're dealt and make the most of it."

He took a step toward that objective yesterday, during the initial day of workouts at Southpointe. Hall played on a line with No. 1 draft choice Angelo Esposito and Maxime Talbot and scored two goals in the White squad's 6-5 scrimmage victory against the Black.

The second came with 8.7 seconds left, when Hall punched in a rebound to break a 5-5 tie.

Scoring goals is not exactly a novelty for him -- Hall has 49 of those, along with 53 assists, in the NHL -- but the Penguins did not invite him to camp because of his potential as a game-breaker. They like his size (6 foot 3, 206 pounds), experience and diversified game.

"With his size, with his ability to kill penalties, and as a player who can play both a scoring role and a checking role, that versatility will help him," assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "Right now, it's just [a matter of trying to] find a fit."

If Hall earns a contract from the Penguins, his place on the roster might come at the expense of one of the prospects, like right winger Jonathan Filewich, expected to contend for a job in the NHL this season.

The catch is that Filewich -- and almost everyone else in camp -- has the security of a contract. Hall doesn't, so he isn't facing a perfectly level playing field in his fight for a place here.

Tryout candidates must not only outplay their competition, but do it so convincingly that management is willing to take on a new contract.

Hall, 27, acknowledged he is cognizant of the odds he is facing -- "You're aware of what the situation is," he said -- but shows no signs of wilting under the additional pressure and uncertainty.

"Any player at this level relishes a challenge," he said. "Everybody in this room, and at this camp, is so competitive. That's why they're here."

Penguins general manager Ray Shero was assistant GM in Nashville when the Predators chose Hall in the second round of the 1999 entry draft. The two were together in that organization until 2006, so he has more insight than most on Hall's ability.

"He's a little more aware, maybe, of the type of player I am," Hall said. "I think that might help."

Which is precisely what the Penguins believe Hall might be able to do, too.

NOTES -- White got its other goals from Georges Laraque, Dustin Jeffrey, Esposito and Evgeni Malkin. Sidney Crosby scored twice for Black. ... Jordan Staal centered an impressive No. 3-style line with Ryan Malone and Colby Armstrong on the wings, and coach Michel Therrien confirmed the plan is to use him in the middle this season. ... Staal's agent, Paul Krepelka, said paperwork has stalled the legal case against Staal in Minnesota -- he faces charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction and underage drinking after an offseason incident -- but that it should be resolved before the regular season. ... Esposito, who is nursing a groin injury, took part in all phases of the workout and reported no problems. ... Rookie defenseman Alex Goligoski, recovering from shoulder surgery, participated in drills, but not the scrimmage.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07258/817764-61.stm

83-Steelers-43
09-15-2007, 05:52 AM
Penguins' task: Cope with great expectations
Saturday, September 15, 2007
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alice Kilgore probably had it right. You remember her, don't you? She's the Castle Shannon woman who opened her front door last week and saw Sidney Crosby delivering her Penguins' season tickets in one of those special made-for-TV moments. She might have been momentarily speechless, but she never lost her wits. "I don't think you'll win the Cup this year," she told Crosby. "Not yet. Maybe next year."

That's clear, rational thinking, if you ask me.

It's also something that appears to be in short supply in this city when it comes to its hockey team.

Doesn't the overwhelming sentiment seem to be Stanley Cup or bust?

And isn't that a bit premature?

That isn't to say the outrageous expectations are surprising. There are a lot of reasons to love these Penguins, who gathered at Southpointe yesterday for the start of training camp. They made a staggering 47-point improvement last season. Their young players -- notably Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Ryan Whitney and Marc-Andre Fleury -- went through a long season and/or the grind of a playoff chase for the first time. They got a taste of postseason hockey, priceless experience even if it came in a five-games-and-out first-round loss to the Ottawa Senators. Coach Michel Therrien has settled in and starts his second full season. Gary Roberts -- one of hockey's great leaders -- is with the team from Day One. Respected veterans Darryl Sydor and Petr Sykora were brought in to fill sizable holes.

"I really think we have something special here," Roberts said yesterday.

What isn't to love?

This is a young, exciting team, clearly on the way up.

But a Stanley Cup?

For a bunch that hasn't won a playoff series yet?

That's a little much for Ms. Kilgore and me to ask.

"It sure beats going to camp with a team that's hoping to God just to make the playoffs," veteran winger Mark Recchi said.

"But we all know we have a lot of work to do."

Just to be sure, Therrien and general manager Ray Shero reminded everyone at a team meeting Thursday that the Penguins were starting with zero points, not the 105 they finished with last season. "'Think about tomorrow, not the Stanley Cup finals. Get ready for the first game and worry about the next game after that. Every game counts,'" winger Max Talbot said, reciting the mantra.

It's easy to believe that won't be a problem with this group. "I like these guys' hunger to get better and do things the right way," Roberts said. The team's strong leadership -- not just at the top with Shero and Therrien, but with Roberts, Recchi and Crosby, who, at 20, is the NHL's youngest captain -- won't allow the players to slack off. "We've still got a lot left to prove," Sid The Man said, steely. (Sorry, Sid The Kid no longer seems appropriate).

What is a concern is that most of the breaks and loose pucks went the Penguins' way last season. They tend to balance out. The team was even more fortunate with injuries. The only significant player to lose ice time after mid-December was defenseman Mark Eaton. Look out if Crosby or Malkin or Whitney or Fleury goes down for significant time.

The competition in the Atlantic Division also should be stiffer. The New York Rangers brought in Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. The Philadelphia Flyers signed Daniel Briere and traded for Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell. "Expecting to get 16 points off Philly again probably isn't as realistic as it was last year," Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik conceded.

Those 105 points aren't a given, either.

"Everybody's going to want to knock us off," Roberts said. "It's going to be the same for us as the team that won the Cup. The press has built us way up. The 47-point increase. The fact we have Sid, and he's the best player in the game ...

"They're all going to be coming after us."

Funny, the wise, old vet didn't sound all that afraid.

"Are they saying we're higher than where we're going to end up? That's only for us to decide," Roberts said.

"We've got to take the challenge. We've still got to go to work every day and be a pro every day. As long as we do that and don't look too far ahead, I think we have as good a chance as anyone."

There's only one thing left to say after that:

Taking the liberty of speaking for Ms. Kilgore, we'd love to be wrong.

Tall order.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07258/817875-87.stm

83-Steelers-43
09-15-2007, 06:31 AM
Christensen's position switch could pay dividends for Pens
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, September 15, 2007

On the first shift of the first scrimmage of training camp, Erik Christensen offered the first evidence that he is ready and willing to make the move of his career.

Playing the right wing alongside center Evgeni Malkin and left wing Gary Roberts, Christensen chased down a loose puck in the offensive zone and delivered a check along the corner boards in an attempt to gain possession.

Christensen did not win this particular individual battle. However, his eagerness to engage in it could go a long way toward helping the Penguins win some playoff wars.

Imagine what damage the league's third-ranked offense from last season could inflict if Christensen, a goal-scoring talent, could help erase the Penguins' need for top-line wingers.

"What people say is not really my concern," Christensen said of skeptics who question his ability to consistently produce in such a manner. "I am certainly comfortable playing down low ... If I move my feet, with those two guys, I am going to get myself into shooting position. My best asset is my shot. I know how quick I can get it off."

Christensen scored 18 goals in 61 games last season. However, his ultra-fast shot is so precise that opposing goaltenders' mere awareness of it helped him tie for the league lead with eight shootout goals.

The Penguins' hope is that Christensen can make use of his wicked shot better during regulation.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_527552.html

83-Steelers-43
09-16-2007, 09:01 PM
Penguins trim training camp roster to 41
Sunday, September 16, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins trimmed their training-camp roster to 41 this afternoon by assigning 10 players to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.

They are forwards Aaron Boogaard, Kurtis McLean, Kyle Rank, Joe Jensen and Mark Letestu, defensemen Paul Bissonnette, Mark Ardelan, Deryk Engellenad and Jonathan D'Aversa and goalie David Brown.

The Penguins are scheduled to fly to Montreal later today, and will play exhibition games against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre tomorrow and Tuesday.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07259/818117-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
09-21-2007, 09:21 AM
I took it upon myself to study the New York Islanders this offseason and we are definately going to have our hands full........

http://www.break.com/index/pee_wee_hockey_brawl.html

Also.....

Two games against Detroit coming up today and Saturday night.

Fri Sept. 21 @ Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm

Sat Sept. 22 vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm

Pittsburgh Penguins fans will be able to watch streaming video of Saturday’s preseason game vs. Detroit on Pittsburgh Penguins - The Official Web Site. The video is available free of charge.

Broadcasters Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey will be calling the action from the game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337900

SteelCityMan786
09-21-2007, 10:35 PM
I took it upon myself to study the New York Islanders this offseason and we are definately going to have our hands full........

http://www.break.com/index/pee_wee_hockey_brawl.html

Also.....

Two games against Detroit coming up today and Saturday night.

Fri Sept. 21 @ Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm

Sat Sept. 22 vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm

Pittsburgh Penguins fans will be able to watch streaming video of Saturday?s preseason game vs. Detroit on Pittsburgh Penguins - The Official Web Site. The video is available free of charge.

Broadcasters Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey will be calling the action from the game, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=337900

Name one time the Isles don't bring their A Game against the Penguins.

83-Steelers-43
09-22-2007, 01:21 PM
Penguins trim roster to 30
Saturday, September 22, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins pared their training-camp roster to 30 this afternoon by assigning nine players to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre and one to his junior team.

Forwards Connor James, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Minard, Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace, defensemen Alex Goligoski, Ryan Lannon and Ben Lovejoy and goalie Ty Conklin were sent to the Baby Penguins and center Dustin Jeffrey was returned to his Ontario Hockey League squad in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Penguins are expected to cut several more players after their preseason game against Detroit tonight at 7:38 at Mellon Arena.

They will travel to the U.S. Military Academy Sunday for three days of team-building exercises.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07265/819828-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
09-24-2007, 02:38 PM
Crosby exits Penguins' practice with sore groin
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 24, 2007

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Sidney Crosby left Penguins' practice this morning with a sore groin and is considered day-to-day.

The Penguins are at the United States Military Academy for three-day team-bonding activities. Crosby said he hopes to participate in those activities.

"I felt it a bit (in practice)," Crosby said. "It was just gradual as the practice wore on. I did not have as much jump as I thought I should have had."

Crosby said his groin injury is "not near" the severity of one that caused him to miss time last season.

In other injury news: Right wing Georges Laraque is day-to-day with a sore hip. Also, right wing Petr Sykora accompanied the Penguins on the trip, but did not practice and is not expected to practice for the new few days. Sykora's nose was broken last week during a collision with defenseman Brooks Oprik in Montreal. Sykora underwent a corrective procedure on the nose last Friday.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_529156.html

SteelCityMan786
09-25-2007, 07:11 PM
Blah, Hopefully it goes away soon.

83-Steelers-43
10-01-2007, 12:29 PM
Penguins cut roster to 22
Monday, October 01, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins cut their roster today to 22 players by sending five to their minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

Forwards Ryan Stone, Jonathan Filewich and Jeff Taffe and defensemen Kristopher Letang and Mike Weaver were assigned to the Baby Penguins. Weaver must clear waivers, but Taffe cleared waivers last week and the other three don't have to.

The Penguins also signed a forward, Adam Hall, who was in training camp on a tryout, to a one-year contract.

NHL teams are compelled to submit their 23-man rosters to the league office by tomorrow.

The Penguins will open the 2007-08 season Friday at Carolina before returning home the next night to play Anaheim.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07274/822034-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
10-02-2007, 02:04 PM
Vancouver claims Penguins defenseman
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Vancouver Canucks today claimed defenseman Mike Weaver off waivers. He was exposed to waivers Monday when the Penguins reassigned him to their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm affiliate.

Weaver, 29, spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He had no points and a plus-minus rating of plus-1 in three preseason games with the Penguins.

This is the second year in a row that the Canucks have claimed a player who was being reassigned by the Penguins. Last year, it was goaltender Dany Sabourin, who now is back with the Penguins as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07275/822283-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
10-03-2007, 06:06 AM
And every once in a while, ESPN spits out a half decent article dealing with the NHL.....

What to expect from Crosby in his third NHL season
By E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine

For a kid who can't legally buy a beer in Pittburgh, Sidney Crosby (he won't be 21 until next August!) has done pretty well for himself in the NHL.

In his first season at age 18 (and 253 days), he became the youngest player in league history to reach the 100-point plateau, totaling 102. He accomplished the feat by finishing the season with a fantastic flurry, racking up 37 points in his final 23 games.

Last season at age 19, Crosby took his game to another level. Despite missing three games and playing the final 2? weeks with a fracture in his left foot, the Penguins pivot became the youngest player in league history to win the scoring title, totaling 120 points. More impressive, Crosby led the young Pens to their first playoff appearance since 2001.

Six weeks after a disappointing first-round postseason loss to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Senators, Penguins management decided to make Crosby the youngest captain in league history.

Less than a month later, in recognition of his sophomore accomplishments, Crosby was awarded the Hart Trophy. In this case, he was the second-youngest player (Wayne Gretzky was five months younger) to win the league's MVP award.

With all this already behind him, Crosby enters year No. 3. And we, like you, expect more great things from him. But (there's always a "but," right?) while he's a very unique athlete and he's mature beyond his years, Crosby just turned 20. We shouldn't forget that. Sometimes, when someone is this good, this fast, we tend to lose sight of that. We shouldn't.

On the flip side of that statement is a frightening message to opponents -- he's getting better. In fact, after rehabilitating his injured left foot, Crosby got back to some serious training. And, according to one source, Crosby feels he'll be stronger and faster as a result. Now there's some good news for the other 29 teams, eh? I guess they all should be happy that he's not 25 yet, when he'll be approaching his prime as an athlete.

For the record, though, Crosby's improved strength and speed will make him tougher to catch and harder to knock off the puck when you can get to him.

In Year 3, Crosby should crack the 40-goal club. He finished with 39 and 36 goals, respectively, in his first two seasons. A great playmaker because of his tremendous puck skills and ability to see the ice, Crosby makes his linemates better with his passing wizardry. Still, he can beat goaltenders with a variety of shots. He won't win a fastest-shot competition, but he possesses a hard, accurate shot. A little faster and a little stronger, he has a great chance to get 40 or, perhaps, 50 goals in the coming season.

At the other end of the ice, Crosby's competitive nature makes him more of a factor than some other high-scoring centers. His two-way game, in my humble opinion, is mature beyond his age and experience level. His desire to win, which clearly overrides his desire to compile individual statistics, makes him a solid two-way player. Does he make mistakes? Sure. But his experience should help in that regard. And, in this case, a good offense is a good defense. When Crosby has the puck, the other team doesn't.

If there's one area Crosby would like to make significant improvement, it would be in the faceoff circle. Last season, his 49.8 win percentage ranked him 52nd in the league. That was better than the 45.5 faceoff win percentage he posted during his rookie campaign. So, he is getting better on the draw. As he gets older and stronger (good faceoff guys use their experience and strength), we suspect his faceoff percentage will improve. Crosby understands the details of the game and knows the value of winning key faceoffs.

For someone so young, Crosby has shown to be a good leader. He works hard, which seems to endear him to both veterans and peers in the dressing room. As captain, we would expect that to continue. He says he's just going to be himself. That should work just fine. If the club meets any significant adversity during this season, though, his leadership abilities will be tested.

Crosby also has done a good job at handling his celebrity status. That can be a problem in a hockey dressing room, where the emphasis should be on "team" rather than the individual. Crosby hasn't let the hype interfere with his focus. It's another reason why he's earned the respect of his teammates.

With two seasons of experience behind him, Crosby figures to have an even bigger impact on the game. The kid from Nova Scotia will continue etch his mark on the NHL.

This season, he'll again do everything for the Penguins … except buy the beer.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/preview2007/columns/story?id=3045205

83-Steelers-43
10-04-2007, 12:23 PM
Penguins name three alternate captains
Thursday, October 04, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins today named winger Mark Recchi a full-time alternate captain and announced that defenseman Sergei Gonchar will wear an "A" for home games while winger Gary Roberts will wear it on the road.

Recchi, 39, has been an alternate captain for years in the NHL, including the past three seasons with the Penguins. Gonchar, 33, is entering his third season in the role. Roberts, 41, who joined the Penguins in a trade in February, is taking on the role with this club for the first time.

In May, the Penguins named center Sidney Crosby, 20, the youngest captain in the league.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07277/822880-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
10-04-2007, 09:27 PM
Well you know what tomorrow is. For the first time in the 2007-2008 season we can officially stick to all cities who tried to lure our beloved Penguins.


IT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT PITTSBURGH!

Dynasty
10-04-2007, 09:50 PM
man tomorrow is a good day... you have my birthday and the pens so thats pretty good in my book

SteelCityMan786
10-04-2007, 10:46 PM
man tomorrow is a good day... you have my birthday and the pens so thats pretty good in my book

If only the game was in Pittsburgh.

SteelCityMan786
10-05-2007, 08:53 AM
Off day from school and the opening night of Penguins Hockey. WOO HOO!

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 10:04 AM
8 more hours!!!! Wooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!

Best time of the year in this city. Penguins hockey and Steelers football. Beautiful.

SteelCityMan786
10-05-2007, 10:11 AM
8 more hours!!!! Wooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!

Best time of the year in this city. Penguins hockey and Steelers football. Beautiful.

Gotta Love it.

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 10:32 AM
What they're saying: How far will Pens go?
By The Tribune-Review
Friday, October 5, 2007

After a 47-point turnaround and the first playoff appearance in six years, thoughts of the Penguins' first Stanley Cup in 16 seasons are foremost in the thoughts of many Penguins fans. Such is to be expected from the hometown faithful. But hockey experts around North America are weighing in on exactly where the team will finish and just how realistic those expectations are:

• ESPN -- Predicted that the Penguins will finish second in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference behind the New York Rangers, who will take on Detroit for the Stanley Cup.

• The Sporting News -- Predicted that the Penguins will beat Detroit in the Stanley Cup Finals, Crosby will lead the league in scoring, Evgeni Malkin will take home the Hart Trophy as MVP and Marc-Andre Fleury will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

• CBC -- Listed the Penguins as a "Team on the Rise" but believes that the Rangers and New Jersey Devils will slug it out in the Eastern Conference with Anaheim and Detroit battling in the Western Conference.

• USA Today -- National hockey writer Kevin Allen picked the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup.

• Los Angeles Times -- Predicted the Penguins would finish fifth in the Eastern Conference.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_531042.html

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 06:39 PM
Yeah....ummm.....for what it's worth and I know my opinion doesn't mean a damn thing, but the Malone-Malkin-Recchi line should not exist. Can we at least get Recchi off that line? Please?

I know the mullet wearing bandwagon loves the guy, but can we please put somebody....anybody up on that line besides Recchi? Christensen (the only one so far tonight who came close to scoring) or Armstrong would do. I feel bad for Malkin.

2-0 Canes after one. Offense looks lackadaisical when 5 on 5. Oh and btw, can Ruutu stop taking penalties please? Already has two and the season is 18 minutes old. It would also be nice if Laraque started making waves. This team is smacking us around in the physicality department. Whenever your ready Laraque you can start actually contributing.....or are we still on our MIA drought from last years playoffs?

X-Terminator
10-05-2007, 06:49 PM
I've said for the past week that I thought the Pens would get off to a slow start. Nice job making me look good, fellas :dang:

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 07:41 PM
Wow, ugly game but I guess expected. Doesn't really take a rocket scientist to figure out this is our first game of the season, the lines were made up not even a week ago, Carolina has already played a game, we are playing a team who is two years removed from winning a cup and we are on the road. Not exactly the greatest circumstances to start off a season.

Eitherway, I do not like that second line and I do not see it lasting very long so I guess I have nothing to worry about. Can't wait to hear the comments from the 1992 and beyond Penguin "fans" after this game. That should be cute and amusing. :coffee::yawn:

X-Terminator
10-05-2007, 07:53 PM
Brutal. Just brutal.

They'd better have a better effort tomorrow night for the opener.

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 07:58 PM
Also, hats off to Ward. Playing solid. I know the 92 and after bandwagon can't understand the fact that the opposing goalie has some say on getting a "W" or a "L", but he just made one helluva glove save on the deflection.

83-Steelers-43
10-05-2007, 08:25 PM
Well, at least we did not get shut out.

SteelCityMan786
10-05-2007, 11:01 PM
Well, at least we did not get shut out.

Thankfully. This game made me want to throw up.

83-Steelers-43
10-06-2007, 10:00 AM
Thankfully. This game made me want to throw up.

Yeah, wasn't a good one. Looked as if they are still getting the kinks worked out. Well, it's not going to get any easier tonight with Anaheim. As least we are getting tested by some of the best early.

SteelCityMan786
10-06-2007, 07:13 PM
Yeah, wasn't a good one. Looked as if they are still getting the kinks worked out. Well, it's not going to get any easier tonight with Anaheim. As least we are getting tested by some of the best early.

Not only that, it will give us a good idea of where we need to go.

83-Steelers-43
10-08-2007, 01:00 PM
Penguins' Crosby does not practice
Monday, October 08, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not practice with the team today because of a bruised right foot he got Saturday night. He is considered day-to-day and is expected to play Wednesday night against Montreal.

"I just wanted to make sure I take care of the swelling," said Crosby, who watched most of practice from the Mellon Arena stands. "I don't think it would have been smart to skate today."

Crosby, last season's leading scorer and NHL MVP, took a shot off his foot during the Penguins' 5-4 win over Anaheim. X-rays showed no breaks. He remained in the game, but not at full throttle.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07281/823848-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
10-08-2007, 02:50 PM
Penguins' Crosby does not practice
Monday, October 08, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not practice with the team today because of a bruised right foot he got Saturday night. He is considered day-to-day and is expected to play Wednesday night against Montreal.

"I just wanted to make sure I take care of the swelling," said Crosby, who watched most of practice from the Mellon Arena stands. "I don't think it would have been smart to skate today."

Crosby, last season's leading scorer and NHL MVP, took a shot off his foot during the Penguins' 5-4 win over Anaheim. X-rays showed no breaks. He remained in the game, but not at full throttle.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07281/823848-100.stm

I like his logic. I'd rather he takes care of it now when you have plenty of time to make up ground if you lose any. Hopefully he plays Wed.

83-Steelers-43
10-09-2007, 10:12 AM
Penguins sign center to entry-level contract
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins signed center Dustin Jeffrey to an entry-level contract today.

Jeffrey, a sixth-round choice in the June entry draft, plays for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League. He has four goals and eight assists in five games with the Greyhounds.

He appeared in two preseason games with the Penguins after earning an invitation to training camp last month with his strong showing at a rookie tournament in Kitchener, Ontario.

Jeffrey's contract, like all entry-level deals, covers three years.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07282/824014-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
10-09-2007, 10:12 AM
Penguins' Crosby returns to ice for practice
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sidney Crosby was back on the ice as the Penguins prepared to practice at Mellon Arena this morning.

Crosby, whose right foot was bruised when he blocked a shot by Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin during the Penguins' 5-4 victory Saturday, sat out their workout yesterday.

X-rays did not detect a fracture, and Crosby has said repeatedly that he intends to be in the lineup when the Penguins face Montreal tomorrow at 7:38 p.m. at Mellon Arena.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07282/824015-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
10-09-2007, 10:20 AM
There we go. :cheers::cheer::thumbsup:

I wonder when they will launch the NHL Network in the states...I heard sometime soon but that's about it.
I bet they would have coverage on there.
Have you heard anything about the network?

NHL Network prepares U.S. launch
By Keith Barnes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

If anyone in the United States wanted to know what it's like to feed their hockey hunger Canadian-style, they're about to get their chance.

Throughout this month, the 24-hour NHL Network will launch on several communications outlets, including Comcast, DirectTV and Dish Network. It will be available in approximately 75 million homes throughout the country.

About the only problem is that very few of the systems know when, exactly, the NHL Network will be available in their plans.

DirectTV representative Robert Mercer said Monday that it should begin carrying the NHL Network by the end of the month, but an exact date has not been determined. The satellite provider also hasn't determined if it will be included in its premium package like the NFL Network and Big 10 Network or if it will be included with a basic package.

Dish Network spokesperson Melissa Morris said the satellite company has targeted Oct. 17 as its initial availability date, but with a caveat. It will only be available in high definition, so customers that don't have HDTV will have to upgrade their equipment and programming package.

Comcast representative Jenny Moyer was unable to specify the cable company's launch date, if it would be part of its extended sports programming package, or if NHL Network shows would be available in its On Demand categories. Comcast also could have separate launch dates for its individual markets.

In addition to 50 NHL games, the NHL Network will fill in the remainder of its programming schedule with its cornerstone show, "NHL On The Fly," which features classic games, news conferences and pregame and postgame reports from around the league.

It is undetermined how many times the Penguins will be featured on NHL Network this season. But fans in Pittsburgh won't see any Penguins games on NHL Network because of broadcast restrictions. Any Penguins games that are slated to be televised locally by FSN Pittsburgh will be blacked out in the Pittsburgh market on the NHL Network.

Time Warner Cable was the first to launch the U.S. version of NHL Network on Oct. 1. The network first debuted in Canada in 2001.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_531648.html

X-Terminator
10-09-2007, 11:44 AM
If Comcast adds it to its sports package (and I have no doubt that the greedy bastards will), and there's no huge increase in the price, then I may consider buying it. I've been waiting for it ever since bringing it to the U.S. was first announced in the spring. But I think DISH Network is really screwing their customers by only making it available in HD since only a fraction of their customers and homes in general have HDTVs. That makes no sense at all.

83-Steelers-43
10-09-2007, 03:20 PM
Tickets available for Wednesday's Penguins game
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins are expected to attract capacity crowds to all 41 of their home dates this season, but that doesn't mean tickets aren't available for many of those games.

That includes the one against Montreal tomorrow at 7:38 p.m. at Mellon Arena, for which a team spokesman said today "several hundred" tickets remain. Most of those, he added, are single seats.

To date, the spokesman said, more than 16,000 seats have been sold for every home game, but even though season-ticket sales were cut off during the off-season, some tickets still are available for most, if not all, games.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07282/824051-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
10-09-2007, 07:15 PM
Tickets available for Wednesday's Penguins game
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins are expected to attract capacity crowds to all 41 of their home dates this season, but that doesn't mean tickets aren't available for many of those games.

That includes the one against Montreal tomorrow at 7:38 p.m. at Mellon Arena, for which a team spokesman said today "several hundred" tickets remain. Most of those, he added, are single seats.

To date, the spokesman said, more than 16,000 seats have been sold for every home game, but even though season-ticket sales were cut off during the off-season, some tickets still are available for most, if not all, games.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07282/824051-100.stm

I bet you they'll be gone before I go to bed.

X-Terminator
10-10-2007, 09:03 PM
3-2 loss vs. Montreal tonight, a team, IMO, they have no business losing to. I know it's only game 3, but I'm still not happy about a 1-2 start.

SteelCityMan786
10-10-2007, 09:19 PM
3-2 loss vs. Montreal tonight, a team, IMO, they have no business losing to. I know it's only game 3, but I'm still not happy about a 1-2 start.

How the finished the game made me want to :pissed::pissed::argue::argue::m16::m16::m16::rock et::rocket::rocket::dualies::dualies::dualies:

That is all.

83-Steelers-43
10-10-2007, 10:32 PM
How the finished the game made me want to :pissed::pissed::argue::argue::m16::m16::m16::rock et::rocket::rocket::dualies::dualies::dualies:

That is all.

I hear ya. Tough loss. I don't think the days off in between the Ducks and Habs game helped matters. Losing the to the Canes big and bouncing back against a solid Ducks team only to sit four days isn't good for the players I don't think.

Oh well, bring on Toronto. :thumbsup:

SteelCityMan786
10-10-2007, 10:34 PM
I hear ya. Tough loss. I don't think the days off in between the Ducks and Habs game helped matters.

Oh well, bring on Toronto. :thumbsup:

Anyone for some making of maple syrup Saturday?

83-Steelers-43
10-10-2007, 10:35 PM
Also, hats off to Price. Kid played one helluva game and will be one helluva goalie in that league for years to come.

SteelCityMan786
10-10-2007, 10:38 PM
Also, hats off to Price. Kid played one helluva game and will be one helluva goalie in that league for years to come.

Seems like Montreal has a thing for the starts of their goalies in Pittsburgh. The last 3 have won each time.

83-Steelers-43
10-10-2007, 10:51 PM
Seems like Montreal has a thing for the starts of their goalies in Pittsburgh. The last 3 have won each time.

Who were they? Dryden, Roy and Price?

83-Steelers-43
10-11-2007, 09:26 AM
I also recall a Penguin goaltender in his first pro game standing on his head and making save after save after save. Fleury. While he lost his first game, the defense and offense in front of him was horrible. Kid ended up making 46 saves out of 48 shots. When your not used to seeing a goaltender it's not that easy to score on him.

I heard it all last night...."Oh he's just a rookie". Yeah, he's a rookie with credentials out the ass, playing on a HUGE adrenaline rush that many can not even begin to comprehend and his weaknesses are not yet known. That's not to take anything away from Price, you can just tell he will be a good one, but it's not easy as some may think.

Rookie goaltender Price does in Pens
By Keith Barnes
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 11, 2007

Carey Price already is talked about around Montreal as the long-sought heir to the Canadiens' goaltending throne abdicated by Patrick Roy upon his trade to Colorado in 1996.

That is a lot of pressure, especially for a 20-year-old rookie playing the most pressure-packed position in hockey for an Original Six franchise with a rabid following throughout North America.

Price played as though pressure were no factor in his NHL debut Wednesday.

Twenty-two years to the day Roy started and won his first NHL game, in Pittsburgh, Price was the main reason Montreal edged the Penguins, 3-2, at Mellon Arena last night.

Price stopped 26 shots. He flashed a style of goaltender that was beyond his experience, a style that would have made proud past great Montreal goaltenders Roy and Ken Dryden.

Still, the Penguins were not about to get that carried away with comparisons.

"He played well. I don't want to take anything away from him," center Sidney Crosby said. "Some of (the Penguins' scoring chances) it was just a matter of not getting any bounces."

Crosby has yet to score a goal through three games. He had Price down and out late in the first period, but his attempt to make use of an open net clanked off the right post.

That missed chance did not count as one of the nine shots the Penguins fired upon Price in the opening 20 minutes.

From the start, though, Price set a tone with a point-blank save off his left leg pad on a shot by right wing Mark Recchi from atop the crease 53 seconds into the game.

"He kind of weathered the storm in the first, which really helped them," Crosby said.

The Penguins proved Price human only twice -- at 7:08 of the second on a power-play goal by defenseman Ryan Whitney, his first, and at 3:48 of the third on a well-placed wrist shot by center Maxime Talbot, his first.

Center Tomas Plekanec, right wing Alexei Kovalev and defenseman Andrei Markov scored for the Canadiens. Markov's goal at 2:51 of the third period proved the winner.

Price ended the contest calmly holding off a late Penguins surge over the final 10 minutes.

That the Penguins needed such a furious finish did not sit well with coach Michel Therrien.

"It was not a consistent effort," Therrien said. "We scored that first goal, then we made a lot of mental mistakes, our shifts got longer, we took bad penalties and made bad decisions with the puck.

"We need more desperation in the game. It has to come from (the players). Right now I don't see desperation. ... There is no excuse to perform like that.

"We don't have the fire in our eyes like we did last year. Some guys have to pick it up."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_532052.html

83-Steelers-43
10-11-2007, 09:48 AM
Oh and btw, can Ruutu stop taking penalties please? Already has two and the season is 18 minutes old.

Looks like he's now paying the price.

SteelCityMan786
10-11-2007, 04:07 PM
Who were they? Dryden, Roy and Price?

Yep, those are the 3. Errey and Steigy brought it up.

pittsburghp8baller
10-11-2007, 04:40 PM
it was a tough loss. our power play was horrible other than the one were we scored. we almost scored during that onslaught at the end of the game but in the end we were once again out goaltended. congrats to carey price for his first win

pittsburghp8baller
10-14-2007, 11:25 AM
jus saw the highlights of the game on the pens website same old problem we jus let toronto players stand right their next to the goalie. i hate how my direct tv works. i have all of the FSN channels so i was watching the pregame and then when it 7 the channel cut off. so i went to where it was showing it on the center ice channel- nothing. and the only canadien channel i could find was showing the canadiens game. so missed out on our 6 goal frenzy. happens again their will be hearing from me

83-Steelers-43
10-15-2007, 01:33 PM
Looks like Orpik is out for the next game.....

Penguins recall Nasreddine
Monday, October 15, 2007
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins announced that they have recalled defenseman Alain Nasreddine from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Nasreddine played two games during the conditioning assignment recording one goal and four penalty minutes.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07288/825648-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2007, 07:42 PM
Pens Lead 3-2. All can I say, this is the making of a SHOOTOUT

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2007, 08:11 PM
:bomb::bomb::bomb::bomb: BS Calls by the officals. Anyone with 2 eyes could tell that Gianta interferred with Fleury and that the puck was kicked in that allowed the Devils to go up 4-3. and 6 STRAIGHT PENALTIES???? I never remembered a team being dumb enough to do just that.

pittsburghp8baller
10-17-2007, 08:33 PM
:bomb::bomb::bomb::bomb: BS Calls by the officals. Anyone with 2 eyes could tell that Gianta interferred with Fleury and that the puck was kicked in that allowed the Devils to go up 4-3. and 6 STRAIGHT PENALTIES???? I never remembered a team being dumb enough to do just that.

i know should of been no goal. never seen fleury go off like that. we are def shooting ourselves in the foots. we are lucky that when we arent PK that we are actually scoring or we could be down 4-0. i think if we can kill off the final 3 and half minutes of the malone play and we stay out of the box we should win

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2007, 09:01 PM
i know should of been no goal. never seen fleury go off like that. we are def shooting ourselves in the foots. we are lucky that when we arent PK that we are actually scoring or we could be down 4-0. i think if we can kill off the final 3 and half minutes of the malone play and we stay out of the box we should win

They did that, but still scored. Right now Roberts and Crosby are in the box.

pittsburghp8baller
10-17-2007, 09:15 PM
They did that, but still scored. Right now Roberts and Crosby are in the box.

which that call showed why the refs had it out for the pens. roberts didnt really do anything that doesnt happen inbetween most plays and their called it tripping?! come on. then the offsides on malkin in the last minute- u cant get called offside on urself if ur in possession of the puck and he had possession.

their better sure up their game im goin the game against the caps this saturday!

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2007, 09:54 PM
which that call showed why the refs had it out for the pens. roberts didnt really do anything that doesnt happen inbetween most plays and their called it tripping?! come on. then the offsides on malkin in the last minute- u cant get called offside on urself if ur in possession of the puck and he had possession.

their better sure up their game im goin the game against the caps this saturday!

Be a LOUD fan of the black and gold going to the game saturday for us. Love to see Sidney make Alex his Bitch again.

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 09:16 AM
Personally, I had no problem with the calls. I know many fans were upset and I'm sure the boo's were loud on tv, but when you actually look at each call....they were legit. We shot ourselves in the foot when it came to penalties. Zero discipline.

Three players who are standing out in a negative light (at least to me).....

Speaking of zero discipline.....Malone. How he is still on this team I will never know. I don't even know where to start when it comes to him.

Recchi. How he is playing on the #1 line still doesn't make sense to me. Personally, I would try Christensen on the #1 line but why do that when you can put an over the hill Mark Recchi who can't bury the puck when Sid feeds it to him time and time again on the #1 line? Afterall, it is 1991.

Fleury. The kid still struggles with rebounds. Therrien has already benched him once this season, isn't it time for him to break out now? I know he's only 22, but I think it's time for him to step up to the plate. We did not waste a #1 pick overall on him for nothing.

While it's still early in the season, that team still needs another solid defensive defenseman, Fleury needs to step up and a legitimate winger for Sid to play with. Or we can continue to watch Sid set up beautiful plays with zero results?

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 09:45 AM
their better sure up their game im goin the game against the caps this saturday!

I'm sure you will show more class than the "fans" last night at the game. Mouse pads were flying. Announcer tells them to stop and more got thrown. Pathetic display from the "fans". Acting like Philly fans last night.

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 11:15 AM
I'm sure you will show more class than the "fans" last night at the game. Mouse pads were flying. Announcer tells them to stop and more got thrown. Pathetic display from the "fans". Acting like Philly fans last night.

i will show class. i use to ref and play hockey, i know how tough it is on both sides.

that is if we lose and a caps fan gets in my face about the game, then that whole class thing goes out the window, sorry.

we def did shoot our selves in the foot, the refs did have a good game, other than goal where gionta interfered with fleury. remember last it took us a little bit to get things until we found the right line combinations. i love the idea of putting christensen with crosby. i have always felt that christensen has one of the best, if not the best, shots on the team and putting him with the best passer in the whole NHL jus makes sense

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 04:12 PM
Also fwiw, I'm not putting the complete blame on Fleury. The defense in front of him is not playing any better. What scares me about Fleury are the basics. Puck handling and rebound control.

I'm at the point now where I hold my breath every time a shot is thrown at him because I'm automatically expecting a rebound. It's like watching Colclough return balls.

SteelCityMan786
10-18-2007, 04:18 PM
Also fwiw, I'm not putting the complete blame on Fleury. The defense in front of him is not playing any better. What scares me about Fleury are the basics. Puck handling and rebound control.

I'm at the point now where I hold my breath every time a shot is thrown at him because I'm automatically expecting a rebound. It's like watching Colclough return balls.

That's unfortunately the level that I have reached.

And guys who were at the game throwing things, HAVE YOU GUYS LOST YOUR MIND?!?!? Since when did we become Philly on the class scale? We are a much more classy group of people then Philly. The whole thing with throwing objects on to the ice is a lack of class. This is rediculous that people stooped to that level. I saw the whole thing on TV to. Even though I was just as angry and dropped the French at times, never did I think that the fans would be throwing junk on the ice. This act is NOT WHAT THE PENGUINS ARE ABOUT!

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 04:21 PM
Also fwiw, I'm not putting the complete blame on Fleury. The defense in front of him is not playing any better. What scares me about Fleury are the basics. Puck handling and rebound control.

I'm at the point now where I hold my breath every time a shot is thrown at him because I'm automatically expecting a rebound. It's like watching Colclough return balls.

thats exactly what i say after jus about every goal. where fleury does give up some easy goals, a lot of them could be avoided if the defense knew what the hell they were doing. they jus stand their and let the other team drive straight to the net and their dont clear it when their are rebounds. i played defense and if we gave up any rebound goals omg the defenseman would be running sucides till our legs gave out.

we brought sydor in to sure up our defense, but its the same if not worse now.

i think we jus gotta wait and get things going. we have to find lines that we are therrian is willing to stick with. i liked the idea of christensen and crosby, keep sykora and malkin together because their have played together before during the lockout. as for the other wingers im not sure maybe roberts on 1 and recchi with malkin.

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 04:35 PM
thats exactly what i say after jus about every goal. where fleury does give up some easy goals, a lot of them could be avoided if the defense knew what the hell they were doing. they jus stand their and let the other team drive straight to the net and their dont clear it when their are rebounds. i played defense and if we gave up any rebound goals omg the defenseman would be running sucides till our legs gave out.

we brought sydor in to sure up our defense, but its the same if not worse now.

i think we jus gotta wait and get things going. we have to find lines that we are therrian is willing to stick with. i liked the idea of christensen and crosby, keep sykora and malkin together because their have played together before during the lockout. as for the other wingers im not sure maybe roberts on 1 and recchi with malkin.

That's why I still think we need that one solid, physical stay at home defenseman. Somebody who's willing to move some bodies away from the front of the net. It seems like Sydor's age is starting to show and on top that, he was always known as a offensive d-man to begin with. I believe Markov is still out there on the market but I hear his asking price is comical. A waste of money from my understanding.

As for Christensen, I wanted to see him on line one last season. His release is unbelievably quick and he has the accuracy. I'd just like to see him get a chance for longer than two games. They pimped Ouellet all season long last year, why not give this kid a shot?

Personally......

I would go with

1 - Christensen - Crosby - Staal

2 - Roberts - Malkin - Sykora

3 - Malone - Talbot - Armstrong

4 - Hall - Ruutu - Laraque

Of course that would never happen with this team because they don't want to hurt Recchi's feelings, but I would give those combinations a try and see how it works.

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 04:44 PM
i like the lines. id jus switch hall and ruutu b/c hall has experience playing center i dont think ruutu does but it really dont matter.

i dont think their would take recchi out of the lineup unless he gets hurt or he goes the next 15 games or so without scoring but u gotta think he will break out of eventually

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 04:49 PM
i dont think their would take recchi out of the lineup unless he gets hurt or he goes the next 15 games or so without scoring but u gotta think he will break out of eventually

I'd love nothing more than to see him break out. But I'm also keeping in mind that Recchi went MIA for the last 28 games of the season last year. I think he had two goals in those 28 games? I'm not holding my breath.

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 04:52 PM
they are going to have to do something, two tough games coming up against carolina and washington, which added nylander and tom poti to there high scoring team.

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 04:55 PM
I hear ya man. While it's still early, games in October are just as important as the ones in February. We need to start picking it up starting with a Carolina team who always seems to play us tough.

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 04:59 PM
I hear ya man. While it's still early, games in October are just as important as the ones in February. We need to start picking it up starting with a Carolina team who always seems to play us tough.

yea every point is important if we miss out on a point against carolina it could cost us a playoff spot in march. dont worry about the washington game, when ive gone to a pens game we have never lost- like 4 wins and a tie so im confident

83-Steelers-43
10-18-2007, 05:01 PM
dont worry about the washington game, when ive gone to a pens game we have never lost- like 4 wins and a tie so im confident

Okay. We lose to Washington your taking the blame. :wink02:

pittsburghp8baller
10-18-2007, 05:05 PM
Okay. We lose to Washington your taking the blame. :wink02:

:dang:

then again maybe we did lose one of those games

Nah im fine with it

pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 06:48 PM
different goalie; same result.

malone looked like a fool in that fight only punch he got in was on their way down didnt even looked like he connected

pittsburghp8baller
10-19-2007, 08:29 PM
great end to the period. now momemtum is all on our side headed into the third and we are still on the power play for like a minute

SteelCityMan786
10-19-2007, 10:02 PM
WHAT A GAME AND WHAT A DAY!

1.)My Varsity Team won the division crown and are now going to the playoffs
2.)The Penguins Win. WOO HOO!

steelpride12
10-20-2007, 08:28 AM
Yes the Pens had a great game falling behind early 3-1 and boucing back to score 2 goals in the second period and the one with 5.1 seconds left to tie it 3-3!

And of course we still look great in shootouts making all 3 of our chances and boosting our record to 3-3 which was the same as last years at this time!

Go Pen!

HometownGal
10-20-2007, 04:23 PM
Great comeback win for the Pens last night! :cheers: I thought Sabourin played very well in goal despite giving up 3 to the Canes. :thumbsup:

I'm so looking forward to going to Tuesday night's game at Mellon against the Rangers and Fagomir! Better get my "Go Home Jagr" voice ready! :sofunny:

steelpride12
10-20-2007, 04:51 PM
Great comeback win for the Pens last night! :cheers: I thought Sabourin played very well in goal despite giving up 3 to the Canes. :thumbsup:

I'm so looking forward to going to Tuesday night's game at Mellon against the Rangers and Fagomir! Better get my "Go Home Jagr" voice ready! :sofunny:

Wow im going to that game also! I would love to meet you, but im only 16 im sure you don't care!

SteelCityMan786
10-20-2007, 05:41 PM
Great comeback win for the Pens last night! :cheers: I thought Sabourin played very well in goal despite giving up 3 to the Canes. :thumbsup:

I'm so looking forward to going to Tuesday night's game at Mellon against the Rangers and Fagomir! Better get my "Go Home Jagr" voice ready! :sofunny:

:sofunny::sofunny::sofunny:

pittsburghp8baller
10-20-2007, 11:52 PM
Okay. We lose to Washington your taking the blame. :wink02:

so i guess im off the hook huh?

what a great game. their were so many pens fans there, any1 from SF? that place went crazy when laraque and brashear went at it. and laraque won that no doubt about it, brashear had to take him down so he didnt have to get hit anymore. staal was an assist shy of the gordie howe hat trick, he didnt win but i think he held his own for his first fight. great game fleury really stepped it up, i think this is point where we start seeing the real pens.

pittsburghp8baller
10-20-2007, 11:58 PM
Be a LOUD fan of the black and gold going to the game saturday for us. Love to see Sidney make Alex his Bitch again.

oh i was loud, i can barely speak right now im not goin to have anything less for the steeler game after i play a whole day of paintball tommorrow.

another game, another time crosby out played Alex. funny thing when Alex put that hit on crosby (it was a weak hit, but the fans went crazy) someone else came up and cleaned up on crosby prompting malone and a few others to jump in on the guy, while all of this is happening i see alex skating as fast as he can to the bench jump over it and hid. what did crosby do? got right back up and got in that guys face. if alex is so tough why is he running away from malone or even crosby for that matter.

83-Steelers-43
10-21-2007, 03:18 AM
Penguins get two wins this weekend. Pittsburgh Panthers upset the #23 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. Now all we need is a Steeler win and it will end up being a great weekend for Pittsburgh sports.

steelpride12
10-21-2007, 02:08 PM
so i guess im off the hook huh?

what a great game. their were so many pens fans there, any1 from SF? that place went crazy when laraque and brashear went at it. and laraque won that no doubt about it, brashear had to take him down so he didnt have to get hit anymore. staal was an assist shy of the gordie howe hat trick, he didnt win but i think he held his own for his first fight. great game fleury really stepped it up, i think this is point where we start seeing the real pens.

I agree i was at a bar with a buddy(ya im only 16) and we were going crazy im talking its 2-1 3rd period 2 minutes left shots left and right from Capitols o man, but Fluery had a perfectly good game and proved himself i think to be the starter always! Go Pens!

83-Steelers-43
10-21-2007, 06:14 PM
but Fluery had a perfectly good game and proved himself i think to be the starter always! Go Pens!

Now, he looked good last night and responded well after getting benched by Therrien. Let's see if he can keep it up.

83-Steelers-43
10-22-2007, 08:08 AM
Penguins get two wins this weekend. Pittsburgh Panthers upset the #23 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. Now all we need is a Steeler win and it will end up being a great weekend for Pittsburgh sports.

Guess it was too good to be true.

83-Steelers-43
10-24-2007, 08:39 AM
Well, nice to see Fleury put together back-to-back games. Played excellent last night. I can't get over that NYR team. The last problem I would've guessed they would have is lack of goal scoring. That's alot money invested on offensive fire power. But, it's still early.

steelpride12
10-24-2007, 05:08 PM
Wow i went to the Rangers Pens game last night and it was a great time. Had section C seats great view the best fans around, full house, food, drinks, iceburgh eating your head man what more could you ask for and of course the best thing a Pens WIN! and shutout of them sad rangers! Great game GO PENS!

SteelCityMan786
10-24-2007, 05:41 PM
Wow i went to the Rangers Pens game last night and it was a great time. Had section C seats great view the best fans around, full house, food, drinks, iceburgh eating your head man what more could you ask for and of course the best thing a Pens WIN! and shutout of them sad rangers! Great game GO PENS!

It was great to get a friend of mine who happens to be a fan of the Rangers off my back.

83-Steelers-43
10-25-2007, 05:19 AM
THANK YOU Joe Starkey......

• Mark Recchi still plays with incredible passion at age 39, but there's no way he should be third among Penguins forwards in ice time and power-play time, behind only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Recchi's power-play time actually is up from last season, which is odd, as it seemed certain he'd be asked to accept a lesser role. And if he's going to team with Crosby in any capacity, he'd better find his scoring touch real soon. Recchi hasn't scored since the season opener. His shooting percentage is lowest among the team's 11 forwards with at least one goal, at 5.3 percent. That's 1 for 19, and the goal occurred in garbage time in a 4-1 loss at Carolina on a gorgeous, gift-wrapped pass from Malkin. If you're not scoring, you shouldn't be skating with Crosby.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_534418.html

X-Terminator
10-25-2007, 09:02 PM
Another loss to a team they had no business losing to. All of a sudden, they can't score goals - all that offensive firepower, and they can't put the puck in the net. Fleury shaky once again, allowing some soft goals. Unbe-freaking-lievable. I'm VERY disappointed in the team tonight.

Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I'm really getting fed up with Therrien's constant line shuffling. Nobody knows from one game to the next - or one shift to the next - who they're going to be playing with. That's part of the reason why the team is having so much trouble scoring. Petr Sykora on the THIRD LINE??? What the hell did you bring him in for if he isn't going to be on one of the top 2 lines? And for the love of all that's holy, GET RECCHI OFF THE TOP LINE!!!!! It's killing the team, not to mention choking Sid's numbers. Hey Mike - pick 4 lines and stay with them!!

It may be 9 games in, but they had better get their asses in gear and start showing some consistency - from Therrien on down.

83-Steelers-43
10-27-2007, 10:40 AM
Recchi remains Crosby's wing man
Saturday, October 27, 2007
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Michel Therrien knows all the numbers, all the arguments -- statistical and otherwise -- for moving Mark Recchi off of the Penguins' top line.

That Recchi has gone eight games without a goal since getting one in the season opener 22 days ago, despite spending most of that time on the No. 1 line and power-play unit.

That he scored just twice in the final 23 regular-season games in 2006-07.

That he is 39 years old, well past the age when most players lose their scoring touch.

But Therrien, the Penguins' coach, also knows that Recchi has a history with Sidney Crosby, and that is at least part of the reason he has been reluctant to separate them.

"I want to be fair and give [Recchi] a good chance," Therrien said yesterday. "The reason is he had such great chemistry with Sid last year. They were playing well together.

"You start the season like [that] and you want things to happen. And I believe that eventually, things will happen.

"But Mark Recchi is not any different than Evgeni Malkin, he's not any different than Colby Armstrong, he's not any different than Maxime Talbot. Eventually, a decision will have to be [made] if the result is not there."

Therrien, who said he projects Recchi as a "20- to 25-goal-scorer" at this stage of his career, was noncommittal about whether he will keep the Recchi-Crosby-Malkin line -- or any other unit, for that matter -- together for the Penguins' game against Montreal at 7:08 p.m. today at Mellon Arena.

"We'll see," Therrien said. "We'll see."

That is in keeping with Therrien's policy of not divulging personnel plans until the players involved have been informed.

Should the Recchi-Crosby-Malkin line remain intact, Therrien apparently won't hear any protests from Crosby.

"His history proves that he knows how to score goals," Crosby said. "You go through these [slumps] and they seem so tough -- it seems like a huge mountain to climb -- but once he scores that next one, it's going to be a huge weight off his shoulders."

That Crosby would offer an endorsement of any teammate, in any situation, should surprise no one. His assessment of Recchi, though, came across as a genuine expression of confidence.

"We all go through this," Crosby said. "It's part of playing on a team. Whether it's him or somebody else going through a tough [stretch], you work through it.

"You help them get through it, and eventually it gets turned around. One of these games, he might pop in three."

Recchi, among the most media friendly players in franchise history, initially agreed to an interview, then opted against sharing his thoughts. He did, however, make it clear that he is confident he will begin to convert the scoring chances he has been getting.

In addition to his goal, Recchi has six assists to tie Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar for third place in the team scoring race.

He picked up one in the Penguins' 5-2 loss to Toronto Tuesday when he slipped a pass to Malkin as Malkin went to the net and triggered a sequence that led to a Crosby goal, and could have had another when he executed a 360-degree turn while controlling the puck in the right circle, then hit Malkin in full flight as he raced down the left side.

Recchi also hasn't been shy about getting involved physically. Witness the way he launched his body into Maple Leafs defenseman Pavel Kubina behind the Toronto net midway through the first period.

Therrien noted that Recchi rebounded from a slow start a year ago -- he finished with 24 goals after not getting his first until game No. 9 and recording just one in the first 14 -- and suggested that it would be a mistake to overlook the impact Recchi's intangibles can have on his production.

"He's a proud athlete," Therrien said. "The way he plays, he battles hard. I respect him a lot. I will support him. There's no doubt I will support him. We're going to try to help him."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07300/829048-61.stm

83-Steelers-43
10-27-2007, 11:10 AM
"I want to be fair and give [Recchi] a good chance," Therrien said yesterday. "The reason is he had such great chemistry with Sid last year. They were playing well together.

Fair? This is the same guy who benched Christensen once already this season. So it's "fair" to bench a young kid, but it's not fair if you ask an over-the-hill Mark Recchi to take a reduced role and off that first line? Interesting.

"But Mark Recchi is not any different than Evgeni Malkin, he's not any different than Colby Armstrong, he's not any different than Maxime Talbot. Eventually, a decision will have to be [made] if the result is not there."

Now that I find hard to believe and I wouldn't be shocked to find out that Lemieux has some say when it comes to Recchi's "role" on this team. While Patrick is gone, the buddy-buddy system between Lemieux and Recchi may very well be alive and kicking. It's starting to appear that way.

That Crosby would offer an endorsement of any teammate, in any situation, should surprise no one. His assessment of Recchi, though, came across as a genuine expression of confidence.

And once again, what do you want the kid to say?

"He's up there in age now. I set him up constantly, but he can't put the puck away. I think it's time we either put Sykora up on this line or give one of the younger guys a shot.".

Let's be honest here, Crosby has NEVER been the type of player to throw his own teammates or former/current coaching staff under the bus. So what exactly did the PPG expect him to say when it came to Recchi? The PPG makes it sound like I should be surprised and shocked that Crosby is backing Recchi.

"He's a proud athlete," Therrien said. "The way he plays, he battles hard. I respect him a lot. I will support him. There's no doubt I will support him. We're going to try to help him."

I'm sorry, I thought we brought in veterans in order to "try to help" the younger players out? There's a huge, blinking, warning sign if I ever saw one.

And once again, let the Recchi love-fest continue in the city of Pittsburgh. Still living in 1991 as always. Maybe we can make a cardboard cutout of Mark Recchi in a 1991Pens jersey, put it next to the next and Sid can just bounce the puck off of him? It would be cheaper. Then we can have a Mike Lange recording go off when he scores......"The Recchin' ball is back!!! He shoots and scores". Kill two birds with one stone.

Well, at least Starkey, Cook and a few others on local sports radio are starting to question Recchi's current role on this team. At least I know I'm not going nuts.

83-Steelers-43
10-27-2007, 04:09 PM
Penguins recall Tyler Kennedy
By Rob Rossi
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tyler Kennedy has been recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL and is expected to play for the Penguins tonight against Montreal at Mellon Arena.

Kennedy, a fourth-round pick in the 2004 entry draft, scored three goals and recorded five points in six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He scored 12 goals and recorded 37 points in 40 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.

The Penguins now have 23 players on their roster: 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_534938.html

X-Terminator
10-27-2007, 06:49 PM
New lines...same result. No goals and behind 2-0 after 1.

This team couldn't put the puck in the friggin Pacific right now.

Looking at 5-5...

X-Terminator
10-27-2007, 07:48 PM
Better period, and it's 3-2 MTL after 2.

Fleury pulled again. He has to be the most inconsistent goaltender in the NHL. Not sold on this guy one single bit.

Hopefully the Pens can tie the game in the third, and maybe get a point.

pittsburghp8baller
10-27-2007, 08:35 PM
"u aint nothing but a hound dog" i love mike lange. listening to the game on my computer. since it worked i guess u can say it was a good call to pull the goalie.

hopefully we can carry this momemtum into overtime

pittsburghp8baller
10-27-2007, 08:37 PM
DAM MALONE! wat the hell!

X-Terminator
10-27-2007, 08:59 PM
Well, we got a point. And that's all I'll say about that.

SteelCityMan786
10-27-2007, 10:18 PM
That's about the only thing good that has happened to me this weekend. My Varsity Team, Penn State LOST.

83-Steelers-43
10-30-2007, 10:40 AM
Where do these people come from? People like this give the rest of us who have been following the team and attending games before the early 90's a bad name. This guy needs to crawl back under the rock he slithered out from....

Q: You media people praise Sidney Crosby. You totally ignore his mistakes. Crosby is not the entire team. He is not a goal-scorer. Crosby will never be a Mario Lemieux or a Wayne Gretzky. I think Evgeni Malkin will surpass Crosby. Are hockey people in Pittsburgh blind or just following the hype?

- Dave Bruce of Lower Burrell

A: Some things the audience should know before I tackle this subject...

1. Dave, an admitted "Malkin fan," submitted this question following an exhibition game against Buffalo, one in which Evgeni Malkin was quite impressive, even by his lofty standards. I chose to opine on the Crosby vs. Malkin subject because I received an email this week from a reader that assessed Malkin's value as essentially worthless. In that email this reader wanted to wager that Malkin would not score 25 goals this season. So, one guy believes Malkin to be better than the reigning scoring champion and MVP, while another thinks he should be traded immediately.

2. I have found these Somebody vs. Anybody topics usually come down to a person's emotional link to a player. The debate on Mario Lemieux vs. Wayne Gretzky being a prime example. I find few Pittsburghers that care to make an argument for Gretzky in that discussion, even though his numbers clearly suggest he is the greatest offensive player in NHL history. My guess is that Pittsburghers think Lemieux is the greatest offensive player in NHL history, but more because he played for the Penguins than based off any evidence to that belief. (And, no, I will not sit on the fence with that debate. So, here is my relatively meaningless take on that subject: Lemieux is the most talented hockey player to ever skate in the NHL, and its most dangerous goal-scoring threat, if not its greatest goal-scorer. Gretzky, though, is the best player of all-time. Make any argument you wish. This is just my opinion.)

3. Finally, I have no loyalty to either Crosby or Malkin on this subject. I am not particularly tight with either player, for various reasons. I feel the need to emphasize this because I do not want anybody reading this to think I might "like" Crosby better, for any reason. I do not. This is not to say I dislike either player on a personal level. But the audience should know that my thoughts on Crosby vs. Malkin have nothing to do with how either player acts toward or around me during my daily dealings with them.

OK. With those disclaimers now known...

The hockey people in Pittsburgh are not blind. They are also not just following the hype.

Dave writes that Crosby is praised by the "media people." True. In fact, I find that praise, especially on the local level, to be occasionally distasteful. I would even agree that some "media people" around Pittsburgh do "ignore his mistakes." Keep in mind though that he simply does not make many mistakes to ignore. He is not a flawless player, to be sure. But appreciate that there are many great players in the NHL that would pay well to have Crosby's flaws.

Dave writes that Crosby is "not the entire team." Well, he never claimed to be the entire team. In fact, I cannot imagine a clear-cut superstar that is more understanding of the need to fit into the team dynamic. It is my strong belief is that Crosby does not want to be treated as the entire team. I actually blame "media people," especially on the local level, for any general view that Crosby is separate from the team. He is not. He does not act in such a manner. I know from talking to his teammates that he is very much one of the guys, so to speak.

Dave writes that Crosby is "not a goal-scorer." He has scored 39 and 36 goals in his first two seasons, respectively. He is 20-years-old. I would be that Crosby posts a few 50-plus goal seasons before his career is over. In fact, I would be surprised if he does not end up scoring more goals over his career than Alexander Ovechkin. Crosby is a talent so rare that he will eventually be able to pick and choose when he posts huge goal-scoring numbers. Roberto Clemente nearly tripled his home-run totals in 1966 because he was challenged to do so, and because he could. One year, before too long, Crosby will make like Clemente and lead the league in goals, perhaps because he will have been challenged to do so, but mostly because he is just good enough.

Dave writes that Crosby will "never be Lemieux or Gretzky." Well, gee, that is not exactly a crime. However, I will defer to what Lemieux told me the night before Crosby's first regular-season game at Mellon Arena. I joking asked him if Crosby would challenge his scoring marks. Lemieux grinned and matter-of-factly said, "He might do better." My prediction is that Crosby will own every Penguins scoring record by the time he is 30. And by then we all will know if he has a legit chance to challenge Gretzky's crazy point totals.

Dave says that "Malkin will surpass Crosby."

No, he will not. And here is why: Crosby has something that separates him from even great players. He is special in so many ways, but in my view none more that he absolutely gets the most out of every bit of his talent. His skill is rare. But there have been players before him, and maybe there are even some players currently in the NHL, that could match Crosby's skill. Nobody, though, can match his competitive desire. I have never once heard Crosby so much as hint that he was satisfied with his performance. Not once. He could find something to improve upon after a 10-point game. Really. His thirst to compete is almost pathological. In fact, it is such that I cannot truly understand it. But I understand this: Crosby's competitiveness is what separates him from every player currently in the NHL. He is the best player in hockey for one reason in my mind -- he has to be.

For this reason and this reason alone I am confident that Crosby will spend the next two decades achieving whatever he wants. If he wants a 70-goal season, he will score 70 goals. If he wants 216 points in a year, he will score 216 points. I really believe as much. If he wants to win the Stanley Cup... well, for that he is going to need help. Malkin proving Dave right (and me wrong) would go a long way toward giving Crosby what he really wants, which is be a champion, many times over.

But as for Crosby vs. Malkin... well, I ask this: Who cares? They both play in Pittsburgh. Enjoy this potentially dynamic duo while it lasts, which will not be forever.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_527520.html

83-Steelers-43
10-30-2007, 11:01 AM
or just following the hype?

I wonder where all that "hype" comes from? Let's see........

Pens franchise record for assists in a season by a rookie.

Pens franchise record for points in a season by a rookie.

First rookie to record 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a season.

Youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season.

Youngest player in NHL history to record 200 career points.

Youngest player in NHL history to have 2 consecutive 100 point seasons.

Youngest player to be voted to the NHL All-Star Game.

Youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy.

Youngest player in NHL history to win the Lester B. Pearson Award.

Youngest player in NHL history to be named to the First All-Star Team.

Youngest player in NHL history to be named a full team captain.

Has already been awarded......

Art Ross Trophy.

Lester B. Pearson Award.

Hart Memorial Trophy.

NHL First All-Star Team.

NHL All-Rookie Team.

Rookie of the Month.

All-Star Game.

Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Yeah, all that "hype" huh? Accomplishing all of that while at the age of 20. And the maturity, attitude, work ethic and personality to go along with his awards and accomplishments.

What are the majority of hockey fans thinking when it comes to Sidney Crosby and blindly following all that "hype"?

83-Steelers-43
10-30-2007, 07:30 PM
WTF is up with the sound on Versus? lol. It's not my tv, it's not my surround sound. I've checked other channels. That station is a mess. The NHL needs to make a move when it comes to TV. Dial up ESPN and get on your knees. This is a joke. A sad one at that.

Last season was proof enough in my book. Oh, 2-1 Pens after two. Malkin with two goals, Crosby assisted on both. Sabourin standing tall. No rebounds. The one he did let up was on the PP.

But as for Crosby vs. Malkin... well, I ask this: Who cares? They both play in Pittsburgh. Enjoy this potentially dynamic duo while it lasts, which will not be forever.

AMEN and of course you would and should. Unless your a bandwagon moron who has only witnessed frozen ice on your roads and driveways.

83-Steelers-43
10-30-2007, 08:23 PM
Crosby with 4 points. A goal and three assists....all that hype...lol. 4-2 Pens win. Wonder who Therrien will start in net next game? lol.

Anyways, came out slow in the first period.......thankfully a hockey game is three periods long.

steelpride12
11-01-2007, 02:25 PM
Ha great game against the wild Pens and lets go get them avalanches who are 5-0 at home this year lets ruin that in a big way!

Go Pens

83-Steelers-43
11-01-2007, 02:37 PM
Ha great game against the wild Pens and lets go get them avalanches who are 5-0 at home this year lets ruin that in a big way!

Go Pens

Amen. We play the way we did the other night we will beat that team.

Therrien when asked about Fleury......

"I only talk about the goalie who is starting."......lol, straight and to the point. I like it.

83-Steelers-43
11-01-2007, 03:12 PM
Great to see. Guy deserves it. Next defenseman in there, Larry Murphy.

Paul Coffey to be inducted into Penguins' Hall of Fame
Thursday, November 01, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Paul Coffey, a lightning-quick offensive defenseman who helped the Penguins become Stanley Cup champions, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame before a Nov. 15 home game against the New York Islanders. Locker room assistant Frank Sciulli, who worked for the club from its inception in 1967 until he died last summer, will be inducted in the builder's category. Coffey, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, had 108 goals and 440 points in 331 games with the team between 1987-92 and is the only Penguins defenseman to rank in the top 10 in points all-time. He also had 26 points in 22 Penguins playoff games. He is the only defenseman in club history to top 100 points, something he did twice. He holds the Penguins' season records for defenseman in goals (30), assists (83), points (113), shots (342), power-play assists (53) and power-play points (64). The other players in the team's Hall are Mario Lemieux, Rick Kehoe, Jean Pronovost, Syl Apps, Dave Burrows, Joe Mullen, Les Binkley and Ulf Samuelsson. Sciulli, who also worked for the Steelers, joins owner Edward J. DeBartolo, broadcaster Mike Lange, organist Vince Lascheid, long-time locker room assistant A.T. Caggiano and long-time executive assistant Elaine Heufelder in the builder's category. Additional off-ice personnel in the Hall are general managers Craig Patrick and Jack Riley and coach Bob Johnson.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07305/830381-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
11-01-2007, 08:41 PM
Yeah....ummmmmmmm.........Sidney Crosby..........2 GOALS so far tonight. 2-0 Penguins in period one.

X-Terminator
11-01-2007, 10:37 PM
Nice job blowing the lead and a chance to pass the Flyers for first place. And a great, SOFT goal allowed by Sabourin that ended up being the game-winner. Don't know what the hell he was doing there - those pucks on wraparounds should NEVER end up in the net unless deflected or the goalie is out of position, which he obviously was not.

*sighs* Just ONCE I'd like to see this team get on a real roll here. This was a game that was theirs for the taking, and they let it slip through their fingers.

steelpride12
11-03-2007, 09:28 AM
Nice job blowing the lead and a chance to pass the Flyers for first place. And a great, SOFT goal allowed by Sabourin that ended up being the game-winner. Don't know what the hell he was doing there - those pucks on wraparounds should NEVER end up in the net unless deflected or the goalie is out of position, which he obviously was not.

*sighs* Just ONCE I'd like to see this team get on a real roll here. This was a game that was theirs for the taking, and they let it slip through their fingers.

Agreed they have so much talent and need to start winning 2-3 games in a row to take this division, but its still good news were 5th overall in the eastern confernce!

That blown lead games proved the young immatureness of the Pens and seems almost like their still to young to go all the way.

I believe! Lets take out them Islanders tonight Go Pens!

pittsburghp8baller
11-03-2007, 02:37 PM
even though we loss i think that was the best game ive ever seen crosby play. he had the two goals yes but ive seen play so hard, he was a one man show. too bad no one else showed up (sabourin played good except for that 4 minute span where he gave up those goals)

steelpride12
11-03-2007, 06:54 PM
Kinda of sloppy first period without Whitney, but can't complane with now 13 straights games with a powerplay goal nice shot Malone 1-0 start of second period coming up!

Go Pens!

pittsburghp8baller
11-03-2007, 07:28 PM
congrats on kennedy for his first nhl goal

steelpride12
11-03-2007, 07:50 PM
congrats on kennedy for his first nhl goal

Yes the score after 2 periods is 2-1 And like you said congrats to Tyler Kennedy for his first carrer NHL goal, and i plan to see alot out of him in the future.
Pens look better in second half and need to play strong defense in the 3rd and just need one goal to finish them off!

Go Pens!

steelpride12
11-03-2007, 08:40 PM
We did it again good job! Blow a freaking 2-0 lead god dammit!

I cant believe we let that away.

2 problems i see 1)too immature and young, and you cant wins games when only your first line is the only ones to score god dam! :(

X-Terminator
11-03-2007, 08:49 PM
Another game, another blown 2-0 lead, and 4 losses in their last 5 games. Absolutely ridiculous.

This team has no consistency anywhere in the lineup other than Crosby's line, and have no idea how to play with a lead. This is unacceptable - good teams do not let games like this slip away.

I don't want to hear "it's early." They had better get their asses in gear and they'd better do it quick, because giving away games and points now will come back to haunt them at the end of the season.

SteelCityMan786
11-03-2007, 11:14 PM
Another game, another blown 2-0 lead, and 4 losses in their last 5 games. Absolutely ridiculous.

This team has no consistency anywhere in the lineup other than Crosby's line, and have no idea how to play with a lead. This is unacceptable - good teams do not let games like this slip away.

I don't want to hear "it's early." They had better get their asses in gear and they'd better do it quick, because giving away games and points now will come back to haunt them at the end of the season.

I don't want to hear the its early crack either. If you don't establish a good run early, you may be eliminated from playoff contention by December. And the races don't even Start until March usually.

83-Steelers-43
11-04-2007, 08:48 AM
They still need that stay at home defenseman that can move bodies and a legitimate right-handed scoring winger. While line #1 is doing fine, line #'s 2,3 and 4 are not getting it done. Talbot started strong and has died down. Staal has been very quiet. Recchi is well, what I expected. Roberts has been quiet.

Add that to the fact that they are still a very young team. That tends to put a dent in your plans before your team truly pans out. I think alot of teams last season looked past us and ended up paying the price. Not so this season. At least not up to this point. Wonder how much longer until the yinzers start calling for Therrien's head?

83-Steelers-43
11-06-2007, 09:33 AM
Wasn't able to watch the game last night because I was at the Steelers game, but I hear we put a whooping on some Devils last night? 5-0. Buddy was telling me we were hitting everything that moved from the drop of the puck until the third period horn.

Sounds as if Therrien had a nice long talk with them after our last game. Good to see. Looks like Sabourin will be starting next game.

steelpride12
11-06-2007, 03:01 PM
Great game against the Devils wow and im proud that 3 out of the 4 lines had a goal good game!

Go Pens!

SteelCityMan786
11-08-2007, 06:21 PM
Awful start tonight. Need goals.

HometownGal
11-08-2007, 07:20 PM
3-1 Rangers midway through the 2nd period. Ughhhhh. :dang: Pens goal scored by Gonchar. :thumbsup: Pens have had a PP 3x thus far and haven't scored - just got another chance. They've got to score here.

X-Terminator
11-09-2007, 07:17 AM
Doesn't look like it's going to be a repeat of last season, boys and girls...

83-Steelers-43
11-09-2007, 10:42 AM
Awful start tonight. Need goals.

They decided to play one period of hockey last night. I thought Fleury played pretty good. Defense looks like shit. There were three Rangers parked in front of Fleury all night long. Nobody on that defense plays a physical game. They don't even attempt to move guys and then they let teams pass down low (Gonchar last night on second goal against us). Bob E. even called him out.

Not only is this team still very young, but they still need more pieces.

83-Steelers-43
11-09-2007, 10:47 AM
"But Mark Recchi is not any different than Evgeni Malkin, he's not any different than Colby Armstrong, he's not any different than Maxime Talbot. Eventually, a decision will have to be [made] if the result is not there."

UPDATE:

Up to this point........

Christensen: Benched already.

Armstrong: Benched already.

Kennedy: Benched already.

Recchi: Still showing me what I already knew at the end of last season.

Yeah, that's fair. Let's not hurt his feelings.

83-Steelers-43
11-12-2007, 03:18 PM
And for tonights game.......drum roll please................

the Penguins second line will be Staal-Malkin-Recchi. Armstrong will be benched again. Recchi is no different than Colby Armstrong though. I have to remember that. :rolleyes:*sigh*

Also, Therrien is benching Fleury again and playing Sabourin. That should be interesting simply because our defense has been playing pathetic hockey. Fleury has his faults, but I felt he has played pretty solid since coming off his last benching. I guess I'm not watching the same defense as Therrien? Good luck to any goaltender in this league if they have to play behind that defense.

I also have one more request, can somebody tell Laraque that he is not a hockey player. Somebody remind him the only reason why he is on this team is to protect Sidney Crosby. When you have Malkin coming to the aid of Crosby during that Ranger game you know you problems.

I like Therrien, but I'm starting to scratch my head with some of these personnel decisions.

SteelCityMan786
11-12-2007, 08:30 PM
2-1 Devils in the 3rd.


Where is the offense, we need a goal.

X-Terminator
11-12-2007, 09:16 PM
Another game, another loss.

Welcome to last place, Pens fans.

Things definitely aren't looking good, and I'm afraid it isn't going to get any better any time soon. The season may be over by the end of December if they keep playing like this.

83-Steelers-43
11-13-2007, 08:11 AM
Fleury should be in the net, not the hallway
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The only thing the Penguins need more than a win these days is for goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to find his game. It's pretty hard to believe he's going to stumble upon it where he was for the 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils last night.

Sitting on a folding chair in the runway leading to the Penguins' dressing room.

Wearing a ballcap -- backward, of course -- instead of his mask.

Watching Dany Sabourin give up a horrible first goal to a Devils' team that has the same rotten smell that's wafting from the Penguins.

This was the fifth time in eight games that Fleury -- the Penguins' franchise netminder -- has been benched in favor of Sabourin, a journeyman.

That's absurd.

It's not because Sabourin let in that soft one to the Devils' Travis Zajac fewer than five minutes in. He squared up to Zajac, saw the puck the whole way and somehow let it sneak through his legs, a score that not only breathed life into the Devils, who had lost three out of four games coming in and were playing without star goaltender Martin Brodeur, but also deflated the Penguins and the Mellon Arena crowd.

After that, Sabourin played pretty well. It's hard to blame him for Patrik Elias' winning goal on a three-on-two with fewer than six minutes to go. Sabourin would have been rewarded with a win if somebody -- anybody -- other than Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin actually could score a goal for the Penguins. As it was, despite playing against little-used backup goaltender Kevin Weekes, who was making his first start in more than three weeks, your favorite hockey club was beaten again, for the fourth game in a row and the sixth time in seven. Don't look now, but it's 7-10-1 and closer to last place in the Eastern Conference than it is to a playoff spot as the season creeps toward the quarter-pole.

But that's not the point this morning.

The point is the Penguins need to get Fleury going.

They will go only as far as he carries them, not just this season, but next season and, if things go according to the franchise's master plan, for many seasons to come.

The problem is coach Michel Therrien doesn't appear to have a clue how to help Fleury. Sitting him five times this early in the season is bad enough. What's worse is that Therrien publicly called Fleury "fragile" after he played poorly in the Penguins' 5-2 loss at Philadelphia Saturday night, and did so again last night. It's one thing to say the kid isn't playing well. That's obvious. But fragile? There can't be many worse ways to describe a hockey player. Fleury doesn't need that. Not now. Not when he's fighting to get his career back on track.

"It's a fine line," Therrien said, seemingly acknowledging that the Fleury issue is driving him nuts. "It's like his confidence isn't quite there. He's not happy about the way he's performing."

All of this seems so strange from Therrien, who goes back a long way with Fleury -- to their days at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton -- and did a marvelous job of pushing his buttons last season. Alternating kicks in the fanny with pats on the back, Therrien was able to coax 40 wins out of Fleury, a huge factor in the Penguins' 47-point improvement and first playoff appearance in six years.

What the team would give for Therrien to regain that magic touch.

You know, like maybe today.

It's tough because Fleury's inconsistency is frustrating. He's still young, still won't turn 23 until Nov. 28, still is the NHL's youngest starting goaltender. But this is his third full season in the league. He's not a newbie anymore. He should be well beyond the point of making the same mistakes time and again, going down too quickly and leaving so many tantalizing rebounds.

No question, it's up to Fleury to get his act together. He's the one with the most responsibility here.

But it's also Therrien's job to get the most out of Fleury. At the moment, the coach is failing miserably.

Sitting Fleury in that runway is not the answer.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07317/833408-87.stm

83-Steelers-43
11-13-2007, 08:13 AM
At the moment, the coach is failing miserably.

Sitting Fleury in that runway is not the answer.

And neither is sitting Colby Armstrong.

83-Steelers-43
11-13-2007, 08:15 AM
NO SHIT?!?!?!?!

Pens need to be more physical around net
By Guy Junker
FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

There are many reasons for the Penguins' disappointing start, not the least of which is their lack of willingness to go anywhere near the net at either end of the ice. This team plays too soft right now and does a poor job of cleaning up defensively in front of its goaltender. The team needs to get more physical there.

Offensively. the Penguins need for some players to camp out and run some traffic interference in front of the other goaltender. They play on the perimeter too much, making for easy work for opposing goalies.

The Penguins produced a lot of offense last season because they have several of the most offensively gifted players in the league. And they are still here. But the rest need to remember what made them successful last year and that was a lot more hard work, sweat and physical play than what we've seen so far. Too much cruisin', not enough bruisin'.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_537621.html

pittsburghp8baller
11-13-2007, 01:09 PM
i dont think that we are playing that bad its jus we arent getting the luck to go our way. we def need a more physical defenseman for around the net. once we start clicking we will see the real pens. its too early to count us out. all we need is a spark- a big fight, big goal, a big comeback-- something that will get us goin in the right direction

SteelCityMan786
11-13-2007, 01:15 PM
i dont think that we are playing that bad its jus we arent getting the luck to go our way. we def need a more physical defenseman for around the net. once we start clicking we will see the real pens. its too early to count us out. all we need is a spark- a big fight, big goal, a big comeback-- something that will get us goin in the right direction

Amen to that. Don't be a doubter.

SteelCityMan786
11-13-2007, 01:16 PM
NO SHIT?!?!?!?!

Pens need to be more physical around net
By Guy Junker
FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

There are many reasons for the Penguins' disappointing start, not the least of which is their lack of willingness to go anywhere near the net at either end of the ice. This team plays too soft right now and does a poor job of cleaning up defensively in front of its goaltender. The team needs to get more physical there.

Offensively. the Penguins need for some players to camp out and run some traffic interference in front of the other goaltender. They play on the perimeter too much, making for easy work for opposing goalies.

The Penguins produced a lot of offense last season because they have several of the most offensively gifted players in the league. And they are still here. But the rest need to remember what made them successful last year and that was a lot more hard work, sweat and physical play than what we've seen so far. Too much cruisin', not enough bruisin'.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_537621.html

That's enough from the peanut gallery. We already knew that.

pittsburghp8baller
11-13-2007, 01:18 PM
That's enough from the peanut gallery. We already knew that.

yea how long as every1 here been saying that?

83-Steelers-43
11-13-2007, 08:41 PM
Penguins recall defenseman Letang
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In their first notable roster move of the season, the Penguins today recalled defenseman Kris Letang from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton minor-league team.

Letang, 20, is an offensive defenseman who was drafted in the third round in 2005.

He made the Penguins' roster at the start of last season, getting two goals in seven games, before being returned to his junior team, Val d'Or, where, as team captain, he had 38 points in 52 games and a plus-minus rating of plus-19 in 40 games. He also captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

Despite high expectations, Letang began this season with the Baby Penguins, getting a goal and six assists in 10 games.

The Penguins send little-used defenseman Alain Nasreddine and forward Tyler Kennedy to Wilkes-Barre.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07317/833551-100.stm

SteelCityMan786
11-13-2007, 09:01 PM
Penguins recall defenseman Letang
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In their first notable roster move of the season, the Penguins today recalled defenseman Kris Letang from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton minor-league team.

Letang, 20, is an offensive defenseman who was drafted in the third round in 2005.

He made the Penguins' roster at the start of last season, getting two goals in seven games, before being returned to his junior team, Val d'Or, where, as team captain, he had 38 points in 52 games and a plus-minus rating of plus-19 in 40 games. He also captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

Despite high expectations, Letang began this season with the Baby Penguins, getting a goal and six assists in 10 games.

The Penguins send little-used defenseman Alain Nasreddine and forward Tyler Kennedy to Wilkes-Barre.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07317/833551-100.stm

I was hoping they'd have done this A LONG time ago.

83-Steelers-43
11-13-2007, 11:26 PM
http://www.murderoncue.com/Images/Applause.gif It's nice to know Joe Starkey has a pair.....

Therrien sending mixed messages
By Joe Starkey
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Apparently, it's OK to play poorly if you're old, but not if you're young.

That's the message coach Michel Therrien is sending so far this season, as the last-place Penguins careen toward the quarter pole on a four-game losing streak.

So, Colby Armstrong, 24, sits. Tyler Kennedy, 21, sat before he was demoted. Marc-Andre Fleury, 22, sits.

Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi, a combined 80, never sit.

Odd, isn't it? You'd think the older guys could handle a healthy scratch, given their high character and low output, while you wonder if constantly pulling the younger guys might damage their confidence.

Actually, you don't have to wonder in the case of Armstrong and Fleury.

It's obviously easier for Therrien to punish the Armstrongs and Erik Christensens of the world, rather than risk the ire of a decorated veteran. But isn't he supposed to be a thick-skinned tough guy?

Isn't he the coach who stripped John LeClair of the assistant captaincy?

At the moment, it looks as if the Penguins are in danger of having two John LeClairs, though it's encouraging that defenseman Kris Letang was recalled from the minors Tuesday (and it'll be interesting to see how long his leash is).

What's more, Therrien's incessant lineup tinkering has blurred the roles on this team, sacrificed the chance for continuity and eroded the confidence of certain players.

The common response to that is, "Yeah, but he tinkered all the time last season, and the Penguins improved by 47 points."

Actually, Therrien kept his lineup mostly intact during the season-turning 14-0-2 streak. But it's not realistic to expect another historic run like that, which means the coach might need to stick with sensible combinations through, say, a 4-3-2 stretch.

Or at least for half a period.

The line combos almost made sense in the loss to the Devils on Monday. For one thing, Therrien finally reunited Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin. That game looked like a step in the right direction.

Still, it seems unfair that Armstrong continues to get scratched while Recchi and Roberts skate free of Therrien's clutches.

Armstrong delivered seven hits and drew a penalty against the Rangers on Thursday. He then played poorly, like most of his teammates, against the Flyers and was scratched Monday for the fourth time in six games.

Roberts has committed 10 minutes worth of mostly bad penalties in the past three games, leading to a pair of first-period goals for the opposition, and has one goal in 17 games.

He never sits.

Recchi has four goals in his past 46 professional hockey games (though he played pretty well on the second line Monday).

He never sits.

Hence, the question posed to Therrien after Monday's loss:

"What have Recchi and Roberts given you that Armstrong wouldn't or couldn't?"

Therrien: "(Pause) They're facing tough times, but they are an important part of our team. They're leaders, and we gotta stick with them."

Reporter: "Is it more difficult, because they're leaders and veterans, to scratch either one?"

Therrien: "It's not in my mind (to scratch either)."

It should be.

Armstrong, a key part of this team's future, should be afforded the opportunity to play through adversity. He doesn't deserve to be the scapegoat.

There is precious little tangible evidence that general manager Ray Shero made the right move when he signed Roberts and Recchi to one-year deals worth up to $4.5 million, combined.

Then again, those guys were signed as much for their "intangible" qualities, I suppose, and for the push they can provide in the playoffs.

Problem is, you have to get there.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_537779.html

83-Steelers-43
11-15-2007, 01:10 PM
Penguins recall Tyler Kennedy
Thursday, November 15, 2007
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins today recalled Tyler Kennedy from their Wilkes-Barre Scranton affiliate.

The rookie forward's assignment to the farm club lasted less than 48 hours and gave him a chance to play and record two assists in the Baby Penguins' 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms in a Wednesday matinee.

Coach Michel Therrien said Kennedy, who played in six games with the Penguins between Oct. 27-Nov. 13, will be in the lineup at Mellon Arena tonight against the New York Islanders.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07319/834204-100.stm

83-Steelers-43
11-17-2007, 04:42 PM
Un****ing believable......

PENGUINS VS. NY RANGERS

*Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins

*After being a healthy scratch last game vs. the NY Islanders, Mark Recchi will return to the lineup and play on the Pens 2nd line with Staal and Malkin

*Tyler Kennedy will be a healthy scratch

*For the second game in a row, defenseman Daryl Sydor will be a healthy scratch. He will be replaced by Kris Letang

http://www.pittsburghsportsinsider.com/?p=1650

DUMB.