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HometownGal
04-11-2010, 07:43 PM
Dan Onorato is running for Governor?

WHHHHHAAAAAT!?!?!

EFFFF that.

So what's wrong with that? I'm a GOP'er and am voting for Onorato - he's the best choice out of the cheats and liars running.

HometownGal
04-11-2010, 07:45 PM
WOW - what a kick ass effort by Sid to put that rubber in the net! :applaudit: I'd rather have him share the Rocket with Stamkos than to have had the Ugmeister win it. :thumbsup:

Going to OT.

LETS GO PENS!

WH
04-11-2010, 07:46 PM
100 point season. yay!

WH
04-11-2010, 07:47 PM
So what's wrong with that? I'm a GOP'er and am voting for Onorato - he's the best choice out of the cheats and liars running.

Who else is running?

steelerdude15
04-11-2010, 07:48 PM
I can't believe that the Islanders scored like that.

HometownGal
04-11-2010, 07:50 PM
Who else is running?

Gubernatorial candidates are listed below. After this, we really should stop hijacking this thread. :chuckle:

Next Gubernatorial Election in 2010:

GOVERNOR:
[ Ed Rendell (D)* - Term-Limited in 2010. ]
Joe Hoeffel (D) - Montgomery County Commissioner, Ex-Congressman & '04 US Senate Nominee
Dan Onorato (D) - Allegheny County Executive, Ex-Allegheny County Controller & Ex-Pittsburgh City Councilman
Jack Wagner (D) - State Auditor General, Ex-State Sen., Ex-Pittsburgh Council President & USMC Veteran
Anthony Williams (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Non-Profit Group Founder
Tom Corbett (R) - Attorney General & Ex-US Attorney
Sam Rohrer (R) - State Rep. & Businessman
John Krupe (Constitution)
Rich Gordon (Independent) - Truck Driver, Ex-Businessman & Retired Port Authority Worker
Robert Allen Mansfield (Independent) - Businessman, National Guard Veteran & Ex-Republican

http://www.politics1.com/pa.htm

steelerdude15
04-11-2010, 07:53 PM
YES!!! :tt03::tt03::tt03::tt03::tt03:

HometownGal
04-11-2010, 07:54 PM
Jordan Leopold puts it in the net to give the Pens a 6-5 win! WOO HOOOO!! :banana: :applaudit:

He's definitely a keeper!

On to the playoffs! :banana: :thumbsup:

HometownGal
04-11-2010, 08:02 PM
87 > 8

:fingers::point: :toofunny:


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ecXzac-ljd4/SgtFN2Y8TzI/AAAAAAAACcQ/XO4UU1cT5Dw/s400/ovechkin.jpg

X-Terminator
04-11-2010, 08:17 PM
87 > 8

:fingers::point: :toofunny:


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ecXzac-ljd4/SgtFN2Y8TzI/AAAAAAAACcQ/XO4UU1cT5Dw/s400/ovechkin.jpg

Beautiful! :applaudit: :thumbsup: :toofunny:

Hell of a season by Sid, and Stamkos too. Too bad Sid couldn't win the Rocket outright, but I have no problem with him sharing it with Stamkos, and Capt. Ug gets shut out!

I'm not going to bitch about the defensive performance - they were playing not to get hurt, while the Isles were playing for pride. Leopold with another GWG - he is turning out to be a better pickup than Ponikarovsky at this point (yeah, I know he's not been able to play much with Malkin). I hope the Pens find a way to keep him around.

Really liked what I saw out of Eric Tangradi - you can see he has the tools necessary to make it at this level. With the way the Pens' cap structure is, I expect him to be with the team full-time next season. And I'm really hoping he turns out to be the top-6 scoring winger the Pens have lacked for so long.

Well, that's all folks. Another 100-point season in the hopper for the Pens, their 3rd in the last 4 seasons. It was up and down, but still, overall a successful season. Now, the defense of the Cup begins.

SteelCityMan786
04-11-2010, 10:18 PM
87 > 8

:fingers::point: :toofunny:


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ecXzac-ljd4/SgtFN2Y8TzI/AAAAAAAACcQ/XO4UU1cT5Dw/s400/ovechkin.jpg

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/e/e1/Guiness-Brilliant!.jpg

Shea
04-11-2010, 10:23 PM
Sid's a Rocket man! :banana:

I kinda wish they'd take out the empty netters when deciding the winner of the reward. Sid had the least and yet still managed to tie and win - but barely.

Onto the playoffs and the Sens. Best thing in all of sports is playoff hockey. Can't wait! :tt03:

Shea
04-11-2010, 10:31 PM
And guys it's time to put the razors away. Get those playoff beards going!

X-Terminator
04-11-2010, 10:47 PM
Two Questions: Does NHLN blackout playoff games? Any regular season game that was on NHLN here in Lancaster was blacked out. Just wondering in case there are any on there if not on NBC or VS. Can't get FSNP here because too close to silly Philly..

2nd Q: Any guys on here support the Pen's in Playoffs and not shave either?

I don't think they do. If the game is on NHL Net, you should be able to watch it.

2nd question - I grew a beard 2 years ago and they lost in the Final. I didn't grow one last year and they won the Cup. So no beard for me this year!

BTW, here's the schedule for those who haven't seen it yet:

Wednesday, April 14 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. TBA
Friday, April 16 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. TBA
Sunday, April 18 at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. TBA
Tuesday, April 20 at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m. TBA
*Thursday, April 22 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. TBA
*Saturday, April 24 at Ottawa, 7:00 p.m. TBA
*Tuesday, April 27 at Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m. TBA

SteelCityMan786
04-11-2010, 11:04 PM
Two Questions: Does NHLN blackout playoff games? Any regular season game that was on NHLN here in Lancaster was blacked out. Just wondering in case there are any on there if not on NBC or VS. Can't get FSNP here because too close to silly Philly..

2nd Q: Any guys on here support the Pen's in Playoffs and not shave either?

I don't know how the NHL Network Works, but you should be able to see all games if you have VS. or NBC. Anyone who has FSN will get games on FSN that are scheduled to be on FSN because First and select 2nd Round Games can be placed on the networks of the member teams. All games in Round 3 and 4 are on NBC or VS.

Shea
04-11-2010, 11:09 PM
I know this is a day old but did you all catch this?

WXhviiSvUh0

Three short-handed goals in 64 seconds. :jawdrop: Amazing!

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 01:02 AM
Great season for the Pens. Remember during the early-middle of the season when they had injuries out the end and lost to the Kings and Sharks and weren't looking good and they struggle on defense most of the season and still are a 100 point team-pretty impressive.

Congrats to Sid for the Rocket. Sharing is fine with me because Caveman get's nothing out of it and I like the odds of a President's Trophy team not having the best of luck in the playoffs. Time to prepare for the Sens and let's hope 100% healthy and Kovi out makes a big difference!

GO PENS!

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 11:42 AM
Great news! Big Screen is back in action and two whiteouts for the first round are scheduled! GO PENS!

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=525073&cmpid=pit-fb-pghpenguins


Penguins Announce Outdoor Activities and In-Arena Promotions for Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Big Screen, Tailgate on the Terrace & Whiteouts Planned
Monday, 04.12.2010 / 11:28 AM / News
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today the return of several fan favorite promotions and activities planned for the first round of the 2010 Penguins playoff series, presented by Trib Total Media – the big screen, “Tailgate on the Terrace,” and whiteouts.

The outdoor TV screen that became a post-season icon over the past two years will show all home and away playoff games. All games will be televised locally by FSN Pittsburgh.

The 12x16 LED screen, courtesy of Consol Energy and Trib Total Media, will be set up in front of the Gate 3 entrance at Mellon Arena. Fans without tickets are encouraged to watch the games on the big screen with other spectators. For safety reasons, grills and alcohol will be prohibited.

Also, all fans with tickets to home playoff games are invited to visit the “Tailgate on the Terrace” presented by Trib Total Media. Admission to the open-air concession area located above Gate 3 is free, however, patrons must have tickets to that evening’s game to enter. Aramark will sell a variety of food and beverages and free entertainment will be provided.

Fans can have their tickets scanned and enter the terrace beginning at 5:00 pm. The entrance will be located near the Will Call windows at Gate 1. The tailgate is scheduled to conclude when the game begins at 7:00 pm. Fans may enter Mellon Arena from the terrace beginning at 6:00 pm when gates open to the general public. In the event of inclement weather, the tailgate area will be closed.

In addition, the Penguins are calling for “whiteouts” for the first two home playoff games. Each fan attending the first home playoff game will receive a white t-shirt courtesy of Bowser and a white rally towel compliments of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin. Fans attending the second home playoff game will receive a white t-shirt courtesy of StarKist and a white rally towel compliments of Bowser.

Click here to view the Penguins vs Senators Round 1 Playoff Schedule.

supa_fly_steeler
04-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Senators in 6

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 11:48 AM
Senators in 6

Well your presence back is already well known...aren't we discussing this in a different thread? :doh:

SteelCityMom
04-12-2010, 12:01 PM
Senators in 6

I bet the Nucks win in 5. Pens in 5 as well.

supa_fly_steeler
04-12-2010, 12:05 PM
The Sens will suprise the Penguins

Almost losing a 5-2 lead to the Islanders is disgraceful.

The Penguins will have an unfortunate swift exit to the competition.

Well your presence back is already well known...aren't we discussing this in a different thread?

Who are you again? I'm putting it in here because I want to. Otherwise feel free to cry.

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 12:10 PM
The Sens will suprise the Penguins

Almost losing a 5-2 lead to the Islanders is disgraceful.

The Penguins will have an unfortunate swift exit to the competition.



Who are you again? I'm putting it in here because I want to. Otherwise feel free to cry.

You have stated these facts in the other thread as well so why don't you finish it up in there instead of posting it all over the forum, and im not the one who got banned so feel free to get the boot again.

supa_fly_steeler
04-12-2010, 12:11 PM
You have stated these facts in the other thread as well so why don't you finish it up in there instead of posting it all over the forum, and im not the one who got banned so feel free to get the boot again.

Lol ok i posted there happy? want me to fetch some diapers for you, maybe tissues come next friday.

Thanks for the advice, i will take it abroad.

Like the Kings. GO SIMMONDS

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 12:16 PM
Lol ok i posted there happy? want me to fetch some diapers for you, maybe tissues come next friday.

Thanks for the advice, i will take it abroad.

Like the Kings. GO SIMMONDS

Na just have some respect around here, something I guess you didn't learn over your ban.

supa_fly_steeler
04-12-2010, 12:39 PM
Na just have some respect around here, something I guess you didn't learn over your ban.

Oh i respect many people around here.

But i also dont respect alot of people around here.

You must be penguins high commanding officer in protecting negativity from them.

I mean face it, your whale bait in the playoffs lmao.

I say good luck to your team, but never will a whale bait fan say good luck to the Kings.

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 12:44 PM
Oh i respect many people around here.

But i also dont respect alot of people around here.

You must be penguins high commanding officer in protecting negativity from them.

I mean face it, your whale bait in the playoffs lmao.

I say good luck to your team, but never will a whale bait fan say good luck to the Kings.

No I don't sit here and say the Pens will win the cup or get destroyed in the PA's. I just go out cheer for them and hope they do there best and win, and believe me more than not people truly dis respect you around here.

WH
04-12-2010, 12:59 PM
:ak47::m16:

stlrtruck
04-12-2010, 03:44 PM
Seems like the Pens were just puttering to the end of the regular season. Of the last dozen games that I've been privlieged to watch, they just seem to have been going through the motions.

Now the playoffs are here, and they need to turn up the intensity a few notches. A lot of teams have been playing aggressive against them, causing a disruption in their flow. They definitely need to forget this last month and focus on the task at home, bring one more cup back to the Igloo.

GO PENS!

SteelCityMan786
04-12-2010, 05:09 PM
FSNP will air all games that are not nationally televised..

That only applies in Round 2-4(If you're in the local Pittsburgh Market) to the best of my knowledge. All First Round Games are on FSNP if Versus has national coverage along with select games in Round 2. Although don't be surprised if that is different for NBC.

WH
04-12-2010, 05:23 PM
I wonder if Fox Sports Network is going to F up the feed from Mellon Arena this year too.

supa_fly_steeler
04-12-2010, 05:58 PM
No I don't sit here and say the Pens will win the cup or get destroyed in the PA's. I just go out cheer for them and hope they do there best and win, and believe me more than not people truly dis respect you around here.

lol i already said i dont give a crap about them...

btw disrespect is one word.

steelpride12
04-12-2010, 07:34 PM
lol i already said i dont give a crap about them...

btw disrespect is one word.

Alright well once again at-least have some respect and thanks Mr. perfect.

steelpride12
04-13-2010, 09:15 AM
Happy 36th Birthday Sarge!

SteelMember
04-13-2010, 02:27 PM
If you guys could put down the artillery for one minute, I have a tidbit. :chuckle:

Penguins sign goalie Johnson to 2-year extension (http://postgazette.com/pg/10103/1050056-100.stm)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have signed backup goalie Brent Johnson to a two-year contract extension worth $1.2 million.

Johnson, who joined the team as a free agent last summer, will earn $600,000 in each of the next two seasons.

He appeared in 23 games this season, putting up a 10-6-1 record, 2.76 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Penguins Sign Goaltender Brent Johnson to Two-Year Contract Extension (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=525241&navid=DL|PIT|home)

SteelCityMom
04-13-2010, 05:38 PM
Cool...good news to me! I think he's a good backup and fits in well with the team. Glad to see he's sticking around.

supa_fly_steeler
04-13-2010, 05:40 PM
Bad news. I dont think he's good.

Should of signed Weekes last summer

steelpride12
04-13-2010, 05:43 PM
Very good news for the Pens. He is one of out more legit back-ups we have had in a few seasons!

supa_fly_steeler
04-13-2010, 05:56 PM
what happened to sabourin

i liked his mask get him back

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Omjs6nisBpuptM:http://pcpsports.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/dany-sabourin1.jpg

http://pcpsports.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/dany-sabourin1.jpg

well at leasnt Johnson didnt have a mask like this

http://pcpsports.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/palin1.jpg

steelpride12
04-13-2010, 06:07 PM
Sabo was just plain bad.

SteelCityMom
04-13-2010, 06:33 PM
Yeah, Sabo was a pure nightmare. The only backup the Pens have had that I would possibly take over Johnson is Conklin.

Johnson's mask owns all anyway.

http://images.askmen.com/top_10/sports/1256058377_top-10-cool-goalie-masks_8.jpg


And saw this while I was looking at pics of Johnson's mask. I used to love when Wregget would wear this one. One of the best goalie masks ever IMO.

http://images.askmen.com/top_10/sports/1256308316_top-10-cool-goalie-masks_6.jpg

supa_fly_steeler
04-13-2010, 06:41 PM
I don't like Johnsons new one

for me its like death, it looks like negativity, it looks like a dark unhappy image.

---
but easily the best mask

in league right now

http://humor.gunaxin.com/wp-content/gallery/goalie_masks/henrik-lundqvist.jpg

X-Terminator
04-13-2010, 06:43 PM
Bad news. I dont think he's good.

Should of signed Weekes last summer

Obviously nobody else thought Weekes was worth taking a chance on considering he's been working for NHL Network for the past year.

SteelCityMom
04-13-2010, 06:54 PM
I don't like Johnsons new one

for me its like death, it looks like negativity, it looks like a dark unhappy image.

It is death...better known as the grim reaper image from Led Zeppelin's Zoso album art. He's a huge Zeppelin fan...every one of his masks have been Zeppelin themed. The site I actually found it on ranks his mask as number 8/10 of greatest goalie masks.

http://ca.askmen.com/top_10/sports/top-10-cool-goalie-masks_8.html

THIS is a dark unhappy goalie mask! And pure awesome too I might add.

http://images.askmen.com/top_10/sports/1256058377_top-10-cool-goalie-masks_3.jpg
---
but easily the best mask

in league right now

http://humor.gunaxin.com/wp-content/gallery/goalie_masks/henrik-lundqvist.jpg

Can't say I like it. Just a little boring for my tastes. Plus I hate the Rags.

WH
04-13-2010, 07:31 PM
Henrik sucks, his countrymen say the same.

steelpride12
04-18-2010, 05:28 PM
One hour till game time! GO PENS!

Indo
04-19-2010, 01:28 PM
An interesting history of the goalie mask

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=504406

I was trying to find a photo of my all-time favorite mask
I think Barasso wore it

It was shaped like a penguin, beak and all
Can't seem to find a photo of it...all the pics I find have the helmet-cage combination, like this one

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g217/svenjayne/Masks/TomBarrasso-PittsburghPenguins.jpg

SteelMember
04-19-2010, 01:47 PM
Like this?

http://pics.classicauctions.net/classicauctions/auctions/26/066.jpg

Indo
04-19-2010, 02:04 PM
Here are all the "current" (08'-09') masks

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0810/nhl.goalie.masks/content.48.html

Indo
04-19-2010, 02:06 PM
Like this?

http://pics.classicauctions.net/classicauctions/auctions/26/066.jpg

Sort of---I remember that mask that Dion wore
But I distinctly remember Barrasso wearing a more detailed "penguin-shaped" mask

But I can't find it anywhere

Maybe I was really drunk at the time...

Here's another mask archive...

http://www.goaliesarchive.com/masks.html

4xSBChamps
04-19-2010, 02:20 PM
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Indo
04-19-2010, 02:25 PM
I'd taken a few art classes in the school (1970's), purely for my-own pleasure, but never pursued art as a career, although I had several offers & people encouraging me to do-so ~ after losing the tip of my index finger in '79, I was afraid to draw, for-fear that I'd 'lost it'

about 1983, I decided I'd try to draw a picture, to see if my ability was intact or gone, and chose a picture of Dion, playing net, in those Yellow sweaters, wearing that mask, kicking a puck away from the goal:
it turned-out good (VERY good), then I framed it & set it aside, content knowing that I still 'had-it'

In 2001, I was dating a woman who has a brother-in-law that worked daily in the Penguin dressing-room ~ when I was introduced to him, we hit it off instantly, and I gave him that framed drawing, which he said would be delivered to the Civic Arena locker-room, and hung with other memorabilia:
the relationship with that woman fizzled, so I haven't seen him in many years, yet I wonder if the picture ever made it to the locker-room, if it is still-there, or if it will be moving to the new arena.

That remains the last drawing I ever attempted


Cool story...

steelpride12
04-19-2010, 03:58 PM
I don't know I love Hedberg's. Seeing the Moose never gets old!

SteelCityMan786
05-12-2010, 11:05 PM
2010 Free Agents
Alexei Ponikarovski
Bill Guerin
Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke
Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton
Jay McKee
Jordan Leopold
Max Talbot
Tyler Kennedy
Nick Johnson
Chris Connor

X-Terminator
05-12-2010, 11:20 PM
Alexei Ponikarovski - Gone. Just did not produce the way we all hoped. Still upset they traded Luca Caputi for him, because that kid's going to be a good one.
Bill Guerin - Gone - retirement.
Ruslan Fedotenko - Gone. Major, major disappointment even for his $1.8 million salary
Matt Cooke - Kept at the right price. May have priced himself off the Pens due to his playoff performance.
Sergei Gonchar - HAS to be kept. The PP is nothing without him back there, and he's a rock in the locker room.
Mark Eaton - Gone in favor of Leopold
Jay McKee - Won't rule him out of coming back
Jordan Leopold - Kept
Max Talbot - Kept (RFA)
Tyler Kennedy - Kept (RFA)
Nick Johnson - Kept (RFA)
Chris Connor - Gone

NEPAsteeler
05-12-2010, 11:20 PM
2010 Free Agents
Alexei Ponikarovski
Bill Guerin
Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke
Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton
Jay McKee
Jordan Leopold
Max Talbot
Tyler Kennedy
Nick Johnson
Chris Connor

Some big names on that list.

One guy that I'd like to see back is Chris Conner just because he was a beast when he was playing out here for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Too bad that may not help him.

steelpride12
05-13-2010, 12:19 AM
This is going to be one crazy off season because we have MANY contract's up after the season and were going to have to dig deep. The biggest obviously im looking for is that the Pens must sign Gonch. Without him our defense suffers even worse and the PP goes to the bottom of the league!

OneForTheToe
05-13-2010, 03:32 AM
Alexei Ponikarovski - Gone. Just did not produce the way we all hoped. Still upset they traded Luca Caputi for him, because that kid's going to be a good one.
Bill Guerin - Gone - retirement.
Ruslan Fedotenko - Gone. Major, major disappointment even for his $1.8 million salary
Matt Cooke - Kept at the right price. May have priced himself off the Pens due to his playoff performance.
Sergei Gonchar - I agree, but I believe he will be gone.
Mark Eaton - I want them to keep Eaton and leopold
Jay McKee - Won't rule him out of coming back
Jordan Leopold - Kept
Max Talbot - Kept (RFA)
Tyler Kennedy - Kept (RFA)
Nick Johnson - Kept (RFA)
Chris Connor - Gone


The Pens need look to their defense in the off-season. Yes, their offense sputtered in this series, but you have to believe Sid and Geno are going to score more in most playoff series. I though we had pretty good secondary scoring in the playoffs.

Of course, if Gonchar leaves the power play must be addressed.

stlrtruck
05-13-2010, 08:34 AM
With the defense playing the way it did in both series this year, I would say that has to be the #1 off-season priority.

Sloppy passes, lazy attempts, etc. Gonchar being on the fence (not necessarily by his own choice), this team needs to bring in some fresh young blood that wants to hit people and make them pay for handling the puck in our defensive zone.

X-Terminator
05-13-2010, 08:42 AM
The Pens need look to their defense in the off-season. Yes, their offense sputtered in this series, but you have to believe Sid and Geno are going to score more in most playoff series. I though we had pretty good secondary scoring in the playoffs.

Of course, if Gonchar leaves the power play must be addressed.

Shoring up their D should be priority #1 in the offseason. They need another guy who is not only good defensively but will take your head off with a check or if you dare stand in front of the net. Volchenkov will be out of their price range, but a guy like Andy Sutton would be a great pickup. They also need to find someone - ANYONE - at wing who can score consistently enough to warrant top 6 minutes. Guerin really showed his age this season, Fedotenko and Ponikarovsky were major disappointments and as much as I like Dupuis, he is NOT a top 6 forward. Problem is, that pesky salary cap and having so much of it tied up in The Core (Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Fleury and Orpik) makes it tough to find a legit scoring threat at wing because the money simply isn't there. Eric Tangradi will get his chance to show what he's got and if he's ready for top 6 minutes, but after him, the cupboard is bare in the minors.

And if Gonchar leaves, you can blame Shero giving Kris Letang that ridiculous contract for the reason why. His playoff performance aside, Letang simply is NOT worth $3.5 million, and if Gonchar goes, I'll be riding his ass all season long if the PP suffers as a result. I don't care what they have to do, they MUST keep Gonchar in a Penguins uniform. Period.

HometownGal
05-13-2010, 08:43 AM
The biggest obviously im looking for is that the Pens must sign Gonch. Without him our defense suffers even worse and the PP goes to the bottom of the league!

Absolutely. Serg is the glue that holds that D together and I'm not going to throw him under the bus because he gave up one puck last night. :banging: Amazing how people want to scapegoat both him and Fleury for last night's loss when it was the entire team not looking like the Pens we know and love, along with some phenomenal goaltending from the youngin' Halak and some blood, guts and grit shown by the Canadiens. Serg is also a quiet locker room leader. It was he, in last year's SCF against the Wings, who told his teammates in the locker room after Game #6 - "it aint over yet". :thumbsup:

I'm all in favor of getting rid of Eaton. I just haven't been that impressed with him since he got here and I'm still not, though we do see some flashes of brilliant play from him once in a blue moon. We definitely should keep Leopold and my jury is still out on Letang and his outrageous contract based on "potential". I also wasn't all that impressed with GoGo and McKee is as good as gone imho.

P.S. XT - I know you don't want to hear this, but I believe Cookie is a must keep for a whole variety of reasons. He's more than earned his roster spot and I thought he had a pretty good playoff stint. :thumbsup:

X-Terminator
05-13-2010, 08:56 AM
P.S. XT - I know you don't want to hear this, but I believe Cookie is a must keep for a whole variety of reasons. He's more than earned his roster spot and I thought he had a pretty good playoff stint. :thumbsup:

If the Pens keep Cooke, I guess I have no choice but to accept it. But he's going to HAVE to cut out the douchebaggery he is known for. No more deliberate attempts to injure, no more starting crap and then running away, no more turtling when it comes time to answer the bell (which I admit he was better at this season). If he does that, then I'd be fine with him staying.

SteelCityMan786
05-13-2010, 05:35 PM
Alexei Ponikarovski-Good Bye. He is not the 2nd Liner that Malkin needs.
Bill Guerin-Sign him to a 1 year deal if he wants to stay. He has had great
Ruslan Fedotenko-Let him go
Matt Cooke-Sign
Sergei Gonchar-Sign for the right price. They need him on the Power Play
Mark Eaton-Sign Him
Jay McKee-Bring Him Back
Jordan Leopold-Showed signs he could be useful in the future
Max Talbot-Keep Him
Tyler Kennedy-Keep Him
Nick Johnson-Let Him Go
Chris Connor-Keep Him

WH
05-13-2010, 06:11 PM
Cut'em all, and trade Staal for Colby.

zulater
05-13-2010, 08:52 PM
I'd like to see them give Alexei Ponikarovski another chance next season. Let him be here right from the start and I think he might prove to be ok. Plus we gave up a pretty good young player to get him.

zulater
05-13-2010, 09:45 PM
http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/PIT/1993.html

Remember what it was like having wingers?:joy:

X-Terminator
05-13-2010, 09:59 PM
http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/PIT/1993.html

Remember what it was like having wingers?:joy:

Yeah, and that team ended up doing exactly what this team did - lost in the 2nd round to an inferior opponent, except the 1993 team won the President's Trophy and was easily the best Penguins team ever, making their upset an order of magnitude worse than the Pens' upset this year. There were also 7 fewer teams in the league then, meaning more available quality talent, no salary cap and salaries in general were a fraction of what they were today.

In other words, it ain't that easy to put together that type of team nowadays with a salary cap in place, and you can't just snap your fingers and bring in a Rick Tocchet or Kevin Stevens or Joe Mullen without breaking the bank. That doesn't mean the Pens can't still bring in a couple of serviceable wingers who will produce better than Fedotenko or Ponikarovsky.

HometownGal
05-14-2010, 06:36 PM
I'd like to see them give Alexei Ponikarovski another chance next season. Let him be here right from the start and I think he might prove to be ok. Plus we gave up a pretty good young player to get him.

I'd like to see Poni be given another year to prove himself, as well. :drink: I believe he and Geno can make some magic on that line if they have the opportunity to play together outside of playoff hockey. Poni wasn't here all that long before the post-season and Geno was out with an injury so they really never got a proper chance to gel.

KeiselPower99
05-14-2010, 08:01 PM
I would like to see both Leopold and Poni come back.

zulater
05-16-2010, 10:47 AM
It really aggravates me seeing the 7th and 8th seed face off in the Eastern conference finals.:banging:

I guess more than anything else what bothers me about this years playoffs is the sense of a missed opportunity. Going into the playoffs I had doubts about whether we were good enough to beat either the Capitals or Devils. I honestly thought we would beat them, but I thought there was a great deal of uncertainty based on what we saw during the regular season. But when the Divils and Caps went down in the first round I started to think the road was paved straight to the Cup finals. Oh well show's what i know? :noidea:

Still my sense is the better team lost. For whatever reason with very few execptions the Pens as a team just didn't show up for game 7. Outside of Jordon Staal I can't think of anyone I would say had a good enough game. And you can't say they choked, the team is too well acomplished to be accused of that. It's just that collectively they came out tight, dug too huge a hole and could never get themselves out of it. We can do a woulda, coulda, shoulda all day long and it doesn't cahnge anything. We're still home to watch two inferior teams play for the right to represent the Eastern conference in the finals.

It really does suck, and we can just hope that it serves as proper motivation next year. .

steelpride12
05-16-2010, 12:16 PM
It really aggravates me seeing the 7th and 8th seed face off in the Eastern conference finals.:banging:

I guess more than anything else what bothers me about this years playoffs is the sense of a missed opportunity. Going into the playoffs I had doubts about whether we were good enough to beat either the Capitals or Devils. I honestly thought we would beat them, but I thought there was a great deal of uncertainty based on what we saw during the regular season. But when the Divils and Caps went down in the first round I started to think the road was paved straight to the Cup finals. Oh well show's what i know? :noidea:

Still my sense is the better team lost. For whatever reason with very few execptions the Pens as a team just didn't show up for game 7. Outside of Jordon Staal I can't think of anyone I would say had a good enough game. And you can't say they choked, the team is too well acomplished to be accused of that. It's just that collectively they came out tight, dug too huge a hole and could never get themselves out of it. We can do a woulda, coulda, shoulda all day long and it doesn't cahnge anything. We're still home to watch two inferior teams play for the right to represent the Eastern conference in the finals.

It really does suck, and we can just hope that it serves as proper motivation next year. .

Yupp a big sense of one missed opportunity. Anything can and obviously does happen look at the 7th and 8th seed left in the ECF, but dang watching the Craps and the Debil's get knocked out made all of us Pen's fan lick our chops for another Cup in the 'Burgh.

You know it just came down that the Hab's were just the better team out their and no one is to blame at all for our losses because when you face a goalie like Halak playing like he was and a stout defensive minded team who shut down Sid like I have never saw before it's hard to overcome. Game 7 was the same and the Pen's just didn't get the upperhand early and they paid.

Oh well that just means we bring it harder next season and use it to our advantage! :thumbsup:

Shea
05-17-2010, 11:50 PM
I miss watching Pens' hockey already.

Without football - and basketball and baseball not cutting it - I'm a little bit sad. :crying02:

I guess it's time to dive into that pile of books that have been stacking up .....

steelerdude15
05-18-2010, 12:29 AM
I miss watching Pens' hockey already.

Without football - and basketball and baseball not cutting it - I'm a little bit sad. :crying02:
Yeah, I feel ya. No Pens, Steelers, or Pitt Panthers... O wait, there's the Pirates. :mad:

steelpride12
05-18-2010, 01:14 PM
Yeah, I feel ya. No Pens, Steelers, or Pitt Panthers... O wait, there's the Pirates. :mad:

If they were worth watching when June comes around.

HometownGal
05-18-2010, 08:36 PM
I miss watching Pens' hockey already.

Without football - and basketball and baseball not cutting it - I'm a little bit sad. :crying02:

I guess it's time to dive into that pile of books that have been stacking up .....

There's always NASCAR! :banana: :thumbsup:

Shea
05-18-2010, 11:11 PM
There's always NASCAR! :banana: :thumbsup:

I've never really watched or given Nascar a chance.

To me it's just a bunch of cars going in endless circles, which is boring. But there's obviously a lot more to it, otherwise it wouldn't be as popular as it is.

Maybe I'll give it a shot and start watching.

steelpride12
05-18-2010, 11:13 PM
I've never really watched or given Nascar a chance.

To me it's just a bunch of cars going in endless circles, which is boring. But there's obviously a lot more to it, otherwise it wouldn't be as popular as it is.

Maybe I'll give it a shot and start watching.

I have the same thought on the sport and agree it's loved all over the country and is a lot more than driving in circles. Never could get into it though.

steelpride12
05-19-2010, 11:20 AM
Woo Good News!:thumbsup:

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=529597&cmpid=pit-fb-pghpenguins


Penguins Sign Defenseman Deryk Engelland to One-Year Contract Extension
Wednesday, 05.19.2010 / 11:00 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2010-11 season. The deal is a two-way contract and will pay Engelland $500,000 at the NHL level.

Engelland, 28, made his NHL debut this season with Pittsburgh recording two assists and 17 penalty minutes in nine games during a November call up. He played his first career NHL game at Boston on Nov 10. Engelland posted his first career point (assist) Nov. 16 against Anaheim. He also had a plus-3 rating against the Ducks.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound defenseman played the majority of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, putting up 11 points (5G-6A), a plus-10 rating and 121 penalty minutes in 71 contests. He added an assist in four postseason games.

Engelland posted 42 points (10G-32A), 405 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating in 231 games in his career with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He added six points (1G-6A) and 27 penalty minutes in 39 playoff games and helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton earn a berth in the Calder Cup Final in 2008.

Engelland has been a steady presence on the blue line for WBS, appearing in all of the club’s 160 regular-season and 35 postseason contests in his first two seasons after signing with the team in July, 2007. His streak was broken this year when he missed nine games while playing in the NHL with Pittsburgh.

The six-year pro has paid his dues with stints in Las Vegas, South Carolina and Reading of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and Lowell, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

The Edmonton, Alberta native played five seasons of junior hockey with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League.

Shea
05-21-2010, 12:44 AM
Keep running into articles critizicing Sid for not going to Germany to play in the IIHF when reading up on the Pens the last few days.

Poor guy, seems like he can never win with a lot of people no matter what he does. :doh:

WH
05-21-2010, 12:51 AM
Him getting that Gold at the Olympics wasn't good enough?

Shea
05-21-2010, 01:27 AM
Him getting that Gold at the Olympics wasn't good enough?

Obviously not .... :noidea:

It's kind of sad the way Sid is treated. He's an amazing player - probably the best in the league - and yet people seem to constantly critizice him. What's more amazing is the person he is off the ice.

Take away hockey and Sid's star would still shine bright.

WH
05-21-2010, 02:19 AM
They must not have considered that he was mentally and physically exhausted from giving it his all for 3 seasons straight. Unlike some other people, he didn't mail it in at the end there.

HometownGal
05-21-2010, 07:13 AM
Obviously not .... :noidea:

It's kind of sad the way Sid is treated. He's an amazing player - probably the best in the league - and yet people seem to constantly critizice him. What's more amazing is the person he is off the ice.

Take away hockey and Sid's star would still shine bright.

He is revered here in Pittsburgh just as Mario is. :thumbsup: :hatsoff:

Sid's critics are consumed by envy so let the green flea keep biting 'em I say!

WH
05-21-2010, 07:38 AM
He is revered here in Pittsburgh just as Mario is. :thumbsup: :hatsoff:

Sid's critics are consumed by envy so let the green flea keep biting 'em I say!
Imagine down the road after sid's done and he comes back to be head coach, hopefully for Pittsburgh. Whoever is playing for Pittsburgh then best think of themselves to be damn lucky.

X-Terminator
05-21-2010, 08:27 AM
They must not have considered that he was mentally and physically exhausted from giving it his all for 3 seasons straight. Unlike some other people, he didn't mail it in at the end there.

They don't care. Sid is not allowed to take a break and get away from hockey for any reason. It's amazing how he manages to keep his composure with all of these demands and the criticism he takes over petty shit like this. I'd have snapped out a long time ago.

Shea
05-22-2010, 02:44 AM
They don't care. Sid is not allowed to take a break and get away from hockey for any reason. It's amazing how he manages to keep his composure with all of these demands and the criticism he takes over petty shit like this. I'd have snapped out a long time ago.

You and me both.

I read a book by an author that followed him throughout his entire rookie season and one of the passages in the book that came of it resonates with me and is a great insight into Sid.

The author often marveled at Sidney's ability to handle the media, to not only handle it but to do it with constant patience and constant class.

As she was watching from a far, she couldn't help but feel for him from what the masses in the media were saying and asking him, yet he was never rude in his responses and never showed his aggravation thru facial expressions or what he gave back in responses. (Not meaning to drag Ben into this, but for comparision I've seen many interviews with Ben where he and his demeanor couldn't hold a candle to Sid).

What stood out was what she observed with Sid's bare feet and how his toes were intensely curled and literally digging into the carpet unconsciously to those around him and probably him himself when in a media scrum. He gets it, and he isn't immune to it, yet he won't stoop to the level so many other athletes have.

He's amazing, and this is when he was just eighteen years old.

Pisses me off that, outside of Pittsburgh, he isn't given the due he is deserving for conducting himself in such an honorable fashion as the prominent player in his sport.

Sid's been nothing but someone worth celebrating, and it's been long due that someone came along such as himself to show how it should be done.

Just a shame that not everyone can see that.

WH
05-22-2010, 07:21 AM
Sid is the living embodiement of the term ''Leave it on the Ice''

WH
05-23-2010, 09:32 PM
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=529948&navid=DL|NHL|home

holy crap.

Shea
05-24-2010, 12:17 AM
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=529948&navid=DL|NHL|home

holy crap.

Holy crap is right, but it's not uncommon for this to happen to hockey players.

I saw this when watching the game, and wondered if he had a mouth piece, and also wondered if he did if it would even had mattered - obviously not.

I doubt there has ever been a hockey player that hasn't spent many an hour in a dentist's chair.

WH
05-24-2010, 04:24 AM
i know it happens all the time, but 7 teeth?

Shea
05-26-2010, 01:09 AM
i know it happens all the time, but 7 teeth?

Yep seven. And I get it - gives you the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it doesn't it?

But I've seen it happen before, and will unfortunately see it happen again.

If I had it my way, every hockey player in the NHL would wear the full protective helmets and masks as you see in the women's league, but that will never fly.

And because of it, like all those that have come before them, hockey player's will be on a first name basis with their dentists.

Hell their dentist probably gets an annual Birthday AND Christmas card. :chuckle:

SteelCityMom
08-25-2010, 02:05 PM
New-look Penguins ready to start in new home
Wednesday, 08.25.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30 By Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

For the past few seasons, that sentiment has more so been the story of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After watching the Detroit Red Wings celebrate with the Stanley Cup at Mellon Arena in 2008 (the "they were out" part), the Penguins responded the following season in the grandest of fashions, by engaging in a similar celebration after defeating that very team at Joe Louis Arena (the "they pulled themselves back in" part).

But last season, the defending champs -- picked by many to repeat in the chase for the Cup, especially when the Eastern Conference seemingly was there for the taking after Washington's first-round elimination -- were ousted in what turned out to be the final game at Mellon Arena when the No. 8-seeded Montreal Canadiens defeated Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.

Take Oct. 7, 2010, for instance. That date marks the first game at the new Consol Energy Center, located across the street from the old barn. Joining the festivities will be none other than the archrival Philadelphia Flyers. In the city of Pittsburgh, there's no better way for the Penguins to break in their new home.

The home arena won't be the only new thing with the Penguins. Equally as new will be the product on the ice thanks to a summer of roster changes.

Management, coaches, players and fans will hope that all the new will breed a continued familiar pattern.

It was a summer of goodbyes for the Penguins this offseason.

Defenseman and top power-play quarterback Sergei Gonchar, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, elected to sign with the Ottawa Senators. Gonchar had spent the last five seasons with the Penguins and performed like a top defenseman year in and year out. During his time with the Penguins, Gonchar registered 259 points in 322 games.

Almost as important as Gonchar's on-ice production was his off-ice leadership. The Russian always was seen as a calming influence in the dressing room, and nowhere was it more evident than in his relationship with countryman Evgeni Malkin. When Malkin arrived in Pittsburgh, Gonchar moved Malkin into his house and eased him into life in the United States and the NHL.

Gonchar wasn't the only blueliner moving on. Mark Eaton, a solid defensive defenseman, signed with the New York Islanders. A shot-blocking machine, Eaton regularly sacrificed his body in front of shots and provided the Penguins' defense with championship toughness during his four seasons.

Jay McKee, brought in last season for blue-line depth, also is a free agent unlikely to return.

Ruslan Fedotenko, another UFA who clung to the reputation of being able to produce in the playoffs, also appears to have spent his final days in a Penguins sweater. Fedotenko had a disappointing regular season, and despite the belief that he'd produce when it mattered, had an equally disappointing postseason. He scored just 11 goals in 80 regular-season games and was pointless in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Alexei Ponikarovsky, brought in at the trade deadline to add a top-six forward scoring presence to the lineup, underachieved as a member of the Penguins, scoring just twice in 16 games following his acquisition from the Maple Leafs, and he scored just once in 11 playoff games.

With Gonchar and Eaton moving on, GM Ray Shero re-worked his defense.

On July 1, the first day of free agency, free agents Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek opted to sign five-year deals with the Penguins.

Martin, formerly of the New Jersey Devils, adds a strong, structured and experienced defensive game to a team looking for those very elements. In addition, his ability to move the puck up ice will bode well for a team with explosive up-front talent.

Michalek is a solid defensive player. A right-handed shot, he brings a different look to the Penguins. Mostly, though, he will be relied upon for his impressive two-way game and his physicality.

Many have labeled the Penguins the winners of this year's free agency period and Martin and Michalek are the primary reasons. A secondary reason is a secondary player. Veteran tough-guy Aaron Asham, specifically. Asham signed a one-year deal with the Penguins and brings a recent Stanley Cup Finals appearance to the table.

Shero's philosophy has long been that you can't have too many of those on a team. Moreover, though, Asham has the ability to score some goals. He could be a surprise candidate on a line with either Crosby, Malkin or Staal.

Despite nearly winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the second round of the playoffs, the Penguins had an inconsistent and disappointing season.

Criticized for an up-and-down campaign, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will need to bounce back if the Penguins want to be Cup contenders. Fleury was one of the more important -- if not the most important -- pieces on the team that reached the Cup Final in consecutive seasons.

The acquisitions of Martin, Michalek, along with holdovers Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski, should go a long way in helping the Penguins keep pucks from getting behind Fleury.

On offense, it's hard not to pinpoint Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal as vital pieces. The "Big Three" will be relied upon heavily to produce goals and points, especially since the highest-scoring non-center returning from last season's team is Pascal Dupuis, who had just 38 points.

One option available for coach Dan Bylsma is to shift Staal onto the wing on Malkin's line. That combination has been used before and has worked quite effectively. Other choices include relying on the emergence of prospects. Erik Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Chris Conner and Mark Letestu are among the candidates to take over the one or two available top-six forward positions.

Training camp next month figures to be especially competitive, which only will help the Penguins in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup in the inaugural season of the Consol Energy Center.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536208

SteelCityMom
08-25-2010, 02:06 PM
UP-AND-COMING: 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Tyler Kennedy, RW -- Considered an integral part of "the best third line in hockey," Kennedy provided the Penguins with great energy last season, but not as much production. The gritty, speedy forward has the tools to post 15-20 goals a season, and with questionable depth on the wings, Kennedy has an opportunity to showcase his talents in an increased role.

Alex Goligoski, D -- With his first full season in the NHL under his belt, Goligoski will look to be more consistent after an up-and-down season. He started red-hot, with 12 points and a plus-12 rating in 14 October games, but had just 12 points over his next 30 games. Another year of experience should help the gifted offensive-minded defenseman.

Ben Lovejoy, D -- Lovejoy has received nothing but praise in his few NHL appearances. Having spent most of last season in the AHL, Lovejoy will be relied upon to battle for a spot on the defense come opening night. He figures to be a sixth defenseman, but it will be up to him to show otherwise.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536208

SteelCityMom
08-25-2010, 02:08 PM
Penguins Add Feisty Asham to Lineup
Friday, 08.20.2010 / 9:03 PM / Features
By Sam Kasan
The Takeaway:
> Penguins sign forward Arron Asham to a one-year contract
> Asham played with Philadelphia the past two seasons, and helped the Flyers win the Eastern Conference title last season
> Asham is a tough, physical forward that plays with an edge
> Asham chose to sign with the Penguins because of the team’s championship prospects

Arron Asham knows all about the heated rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. The gritty forward has been a part of the rivalry for the past two seasons, wearing black and orange, and suffered a first-round playoff loss to the Penguins in the 2008-09 postseason – as Pittsburgh went on to win its third Stanley Cup.

But the next time Asham suits up in the rivalry he’ll be wearing black and gold after signing a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Penguins (click here for media release).

“My time in Philly was great but it’s in the past now,” Asham said. “It is a great rivalry and fun to be a part of. I’m just switching sides. I’m still going out there and playing my hardest. I’m doing what it takes to win and playing good hockey. All friendships are put on hold until the game is over. It’s a great rivalry and I’m looking forward to it.”

Asham played 150 games with the Flyers the past two years, amassing 18 goals, 44 points and 281 penalty minutes. He’s chipped in nine points (5G-4A) in 29 postseason with Philadelphia.

During the Flyers’ 2010 Eastern Conference title run, Asham set career postseason highs with four goals and seven points in 23 games. He scored a key goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in an eventual series-clinching 4-2 victory.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound forward enjoyed the run, even if it did end with a bitter defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.

“It was great. It was definitely a great learning experience,” Asham said. “It’s definitely disappointing to get that far and not win. We battled back from Boston, down 3-0, and win that series. And to lose to Chicago the way we did. It’s disappointing but I gained lot of experience. I just want to work hard on a new chapter of my career.“

In the new chapter of his career, the Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native journeys to the Steel City where he’ll bring a feisty, energetic and edgy style of play to the Penguins lineup. He loves to play a physical brand of hockey and will drop the gloves when necessary.

“I know my role on the team and know what I can do,” Asham said. “It’s just go and play as hard as you can. It’s up to the coaches but I hope to crack the top three lines.

“I’m hoping to play a regular shift. That’s all I ask. I’m capable of playing a regular shift but it’s up to the coaches.”

Asham chose to sign with the Penguins, because he felt Pittsburgh gave him the best chance at realizing his life-long goal.

“Basically I want to get back to the Final and have chance to win the Cup,” he said. “Pittsburgh over the last three, four years has always been there. They won it two years ago. I thought my best chance was with the Pittsburgh Penguins. I’m excited to come here and continue my quest for the Cup.”

In closing, he added:

“I’m happy to be a Penguin.”

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=536232&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
08-26-2010, 04:54 PM
Report: Staal has setback with foot
Thursday, 08.26.2010 / 3:41 PM / 2010 Offseason News
NHL.com

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According to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report, center Jordan Staal has experienced some difficulty with his right foot and will be re-evaluated next week to see if he will be ready to participate in training camp.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said the tendon on the top of Staal's foot that was cut April 30 is strong, but that there are other issues hindering Staal.

"This is a matter of whether he will be ready for training camp and then, if not, when can he go hard," Shero told the paper

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536484

Hope it gets better for him soon...I'd hate to see him miss any training/game time. I don't think he will though, considering he only missed one playoff game after having a tendon in his foot sliced through with a skate. I know he'll work as hard as he can to get back to top form ASAP.

SteelCityMom
08-26-2010, 04:57 PM
Report: Pens won't re-sign Guerin
Thursday, 08.26.2010 / 11:48 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010
NHL.com

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the Pittsburgh Penguins have told veteran forward Bill Guerin he will not be re-signed.

Guerin, 39, an unrestricted free agent, scored 21 goals and 24 assists last season in 78 games and added 4 goals and 5 assists in 11 playoff games.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536467

Definitely gonna miss Billy G. He was a huge locker room figure for Sid and many others and brought a lot to the team. I saw this coming though when they signed Asham. Best of luck to him though wherever he goes. :drink:

SteelCityMom
08-26-2010, 04:58 PM
NHL unveils 2010-11 national television schedule
League partners building on three years of ratings, viewership growth

Read more here...http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536384

pete74
08-27-2010, 09:12 AM
Its very tough for a team to do as well as us for so long but I think were going to be holding the cup again this season. We had some nice pickups to help our defense and barring injury I belive we will have the best team in the NHL this year.

Shea
08-28-2010, 12:44 AM
I'm sad Billy G is gone and don't care if Staal misses training camp as long as he gets healthy.

I'm just worried that his injury will follow him into the regular season. We really need him on D and PK.

And those SHG's. One of my favorite hockey moments!

Shea
08-30-2010, 11:53 PM
Since Mom and I seem to be temporarily the only Pens fanatics around here ....

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/geno2.jpg


Not usually one to think of Geno as cutie, other than his personality, but he's looking pretty good in that one. :naughty:

Shea
08-31-2010, 12:03 AM
http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/gg362/nona_024/16499.jpg?t=1282253094

http://chel.kp.ru/upimg/3dbcf1e95a9df2bc3cfa526f880f3a43063654af/325563.jpg

Geno also looks to be quite the artist. A painting for an auction to benefit libraries in his hometown in Russia.

(BTW - I'm really bored. I hope my boredom posts won't be a problem here.)

SteelCityMom
08-31-2010, 12:43 AM
Lol...no no problem! That picture is really cute!

Where are you getting these photos?

Shea
08-31-2010, 12:57 AM
I'd tell you but then I'd never be able to show my face around here again. :nervous:

SteelCityMom
08-31-2010, 01:05 AM
TELLS MEEE!!!

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 12:15 PM
Its very tough for a team to do as well as us for so long but I think were going to be holding the cup again this season. We had some nice pickups to help our defense and barring injury I belive we will have the best team in the NHL this year.
now if we could have gotten a winger for Sid then i would be happy with the team.

Since Mom and I seem to be temporarily the only Pens fanatics around here ....

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/geno2.jpg


Not usually one to think of Geno as cutie, other than his personality, but he's looking pretty good in that one. :naughty:
i am like you, damn he looks good there..lol.. not as good as Sid but close

I'd tell you but then I'd never be able to show my face around here again. :nervous:

its one of those.. i could tell ya, but i would have to kill you type information..lol

SteelCityMom
08-31-2010, 01:21 PM
now if we could have gotten a winger for Sid then i would be happy with the team.

I understand your desire for it, but it wasn't a pressing need like was for defense. The Pens were top 5 in scoring this past season with less than stellar wingers for both Geno and Sid...I think Shero did an excellent job spending the money where it was really needed, on defense.

Asham was a good, cheap pick up as well, and there has been talk of Staal moving up to 2nd line center with Malkin as his wing. That would be beast. And Sid doesn't need a high priced winger playing with him, he has a way of making cheap guys look really good. It would have been wasted money IMO.

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 01:25 PM
i get that, and i wouldnt go get some high priced winger for Sid, but at least a decent one. Sid cant do it all himself.

SteelCityMom
08-31-2010, 01:57 PM
i get that, and i wouldnt go get some high priced winger for Sid, but at least a decent one. Sid cant do it all himself.

Most likely it will be Kunitz and Dupuis...with a slight chance of Letestu or Tangradi (depending on how they do in preseason).

Nothing to be worried about...like I said, they were top 5 in scoring last year and none of the wingers ever got past 25 goals I don't think.

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 02:29 PM
i am not worried. wingers were just something i wish he had gotten.

Shea
08-31-2010, 02:45 PM
A week from today will be then the month to the day of the opener on October 7th.

:nervous:

I know .... I need to get a life.

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 02:51 PM
A week from today will be then the month to the day of the opener on October 7th.

:nervous:

I know .... I need to get a life.
no you dont. i feel the same way.. i was having withdrawals right after we lost in the playoffs.

Shea
08-31-2010, 02:59 PM
no you dont. i feel the same way.. i was having withdrawals right after we lost in the playoffs.


Well, it will be great to see another Pens nut around here. :drink:

Although, your sports allegiance seems to be all over the place judging from your sig.

Hockey is my favorite sport, but Steelers football ain't far behind. :tt02:

So which is it .... Titans or Steelers?

Your answer will determind whether or not I will ever be able to talk to you again. :chuckle:

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 03:07 PM
Well, it will be great to see another Pens nut around here. :drink:

Although, your sports allegiance seems to be all over the place judging from your sig.

Hockey is my favorite sport, but Steelers football ain't far behind. :tt02:

So which is it .... Titans or Steelers?

Your answer will determind whether or not I will ever be able to talk to you again. :chuckle:
no, my signature is all the teams my brother rooted for. he passed away in march

Shea
08-31-2010, 03:12 PM
no, my signature is all the teams my brother rooted for. he passed away in march

I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:

TackleMeBen
08-31-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm sorry for your loss. :hug:
thanks. i am a steeler football fan not a titans fan.. my brother rooted for the titans b/c he was an oilers fan so he stuck with them ... he didnt like hockey..lol

Shea
09-01-2010, 12:08 AM
A week from today will be then the month to the day of the opener on October 7th.

:nervous:

I know .... I need to get a life.

Hours and hours later and the same situation applies. :banging:

Feels like hockey season will never get here.

TackleMeBen
09-01-2010, 08:33 AM
Hours and hours later and the same situation applies. :banging:

Feels like hockey season will never get here.
you must be patience.. it will be here soon.... :thumbsup:

SteelCityMom
09-01-2010, 11:48 AM
Hours and hours later and the same situation applies. :banging:

Feels like hockey season will never get here.

Hulu baby, HULU! It's like the methadone for your hockey addiction lol. Not as good as the real thing, but at least it gets you through the night. :chuckle:

Shea
09-01-2010, 03:31 PM
Hulu baby, HULU! It's like the methadone for your hockey addiction lol. Not as good as the real thing, but at least it gets you through the night. :chuckle:

I bookmarked that site back when you posted it on SU and completely forgot about it. :doh:

Shea
09-03-2010, 02:57 AM
Five days from today will be the day to the month of the season opener on October 7th.

I think I'm gonna do this everyday just to drive Mom nutters.

SteelCityMom
09-03-2010, 03:07 AM
Five days from today will be the day to the month of the season opener on October 7th.

I think I'm gonna do this everyday just to drive Mom nutters.

Ahh...but I think you will drive yourself more nutters in the end.

My evil scheme is working. :evil:

Shea
09-03-2010, 03:17 AM
Ahh...but I think you will drive yourself more nutters in the end.

My evil scheme is working. :evil:

I'm pathetically transparent aren't I?

BTW, it's now past midnight here.

Four days from today will be the day to the month of the season opener on October 7th.

Shea
09-03-2010, 02:52 PM
Penguins Sign Forward Mike Comrie

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 11:10 AM / News Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Mike Comrie to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The contract is for the 2010-11 season and is worth $500,000.

Comrie, 29, has played nine NHL seasons with Edmonton, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and the NY Islanders. In 568 career games, he has posted 167 goals, 192 assists, 359 points and 48 power-play goals. Comrie has appeared in 32 postseason contests, totaling 10 points (4G-6A).

Comrie (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) has scored 20 or more goals five times in his career, and twice hit the 30-goal mark. The Edmonton, Alberta native, who broke into the NHL in 2000 with his hometown Oilers after the club drafted him in the third round (91st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, set career highs with 33 goals and 60 points (tied) in 2001-02.

Comrie, whose uncle Fred Comrie was drafted by the Penguins in 1973 (eighth round, 119th overall) but never suited up for Pittsburgh, has represented Canada in three World Championships (2002, ’03 and ’06). He helped his country earn a gold medal in the 2003 tournament.

Comrie starred in two seasons with the University of Michigan. He totaled 43 goals, 60 assists and 103 points in just 82 collegiate games. In his second and final season as a Wolverine, Comrie led the team in goals (24), assists (35) and points (59). His 59 points ranked fifth (tied) in the NCAA, and he was named as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the best college hockey player.

Comrie helped Michigan win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship as a freshman. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, CCHA First All-Star Team and CCHA Rookie of the Year after posting 44 points (19G-25A).


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=536836&navid=DL|PIT|home

Clicking around and it seems people are thinking he will be playing on Sid's line.

Shea
09-03-2010, 02:57 PM
A finalist for the Selke Trophy last season as the NHL's top defensive forward, Staal acknowledged he has been unable to train consistently during the offseason. He has only skated once — about a week after a second surgery in June — and then only briefly.

He described his foot after that session as "big and red and pretty swollen." He required weeks in a walking boot and on crutches.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_697663.html?source=rss&feed=8

I'm starting to get a bit worried about Jordan. Someone tell me it will be fine and that I'm just being paranoid. :nervous:

Fire Haley
09-03-2010, 05:41 PM
Comrie is porking Hilary Duff?


Little risk for Pens with Comrie

Good thing Mike Comrie married well. Then again his family owned a major national furniture chain in Canada which means he wasn’t really hurting financially before he hitched up with singer/actress Hilary Duff this summer.

Besides, Comrie has had a few multi-million contracts during his nine year NHL career, which began with much promise back home in Edmonton as a member of the Oilers, so money isn’t necessarily an issue to the 29-year-old forward. And that’s a good thing since he really had little choice other than taking a minimum wage deal in order to continue his NHL career.

Comrie signed a one-year, $500,000 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, cheap insurance for a team that has Stanley Cup aspirations and Jordan Staal’s recovery from a foot injury going slower than expected. Comrie should be able to handle Staal’s third-line center role if necessary to start the season, and could grow in to an even bigger role by being around the talents of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and others in the Penguins lineup.

Truth is Comrie should be in the prime of his career right now. He has shown flashes of big offense at times with two 30 goal seasons and three more with at least 20, but Comrie’s numbers having been heading south in recent years. Enough so that the Oilers, who brought him back last season after Comrie spent time in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Ottawa and Long Island and have plenty of cap space, decided that he wasn’t worth the $1.25 million they paid him last year.

But the Oilers weren’t very good last season, and neither were most of the last few teams Comrie played for, and he often seemed to be playing down to their levels. He’ll have to keep up in Pittsburgh and if he does, he could turn out to be a steal for the Pens. At the very least, he is a worthwhile gamble for them.

http://wes-goldstein.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6269241/24311701

SteelCityMom
09-04-2010, 04:10 PM
Lemieux receives Order of Canada
Saturday, 09.04.2010 / 2:55 PM / News NHL.com

Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux was among 53 people honored in Order of Canada ceremonies.

Lemieux, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to two Stanley Cups and is among the greatest players in NHL history, was invested as an officer in a ceremony held Friday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, home of Canada's Governor General.

Among the others honored were Montreal Canadiens President Pierre Boivin, Paralympic champion Chantal Petitclerc, and former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, as well as Ivan Reitman, who directed "Ghostbusters," rock musician Burton Cummings, former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, former Nova Scotia premier John Hamm, operatic tenor Ben Heppner and actress Tantoo Cardinal.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=536891

I like that he gets to share this honor with Ivan Reitman. That's hot.

SteelCityMom
09-05-2010, 04:27 PM
32 more days Shea...

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:4UxgJywdtyUbUM:http://posted.post-gazette.com/images/100081/photos/2008/05/10/gallery/170853.jpg&t=1

Shea
09-05-2010, 04:32 PM
:chuckle:

I don't think I'll make it ....

BUT on Thursday night football starts - that will help.

I'm really looking forward to it. Great match-up to open up the season.

steveironcity
09-05-2010, 08:43 PM
Comrie is porking Hilary Duff?

I hope so.... They are married

SteelCityMom
09-06-2010, 11:25 PM
30 days, 7 hours and 35 minutes Shea!!!

Shea
09-06-2010, 11:28 PM
I hear ya Mom.

We're almost there - thank God!

Shea
09-07-2010, 12:15 AM
Awww, Colby has a new baby. I envy them.

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q71/Tinkas82/cab.jpg

Someone in my inner circle needs to get pregnant. I'm itchin' to snuggle up to a baby.

Shea
09-08-2010, 11:38 PM
Sid hit a dinger at PNC today.

Yahoo did a news blip on it. :chuckle:

I guess slow news days in this world are a good thing though.

SteelCityMom
09-09-2010, 12:46 AM
Yeah I saw that too, they have the video of it on nhl.com.

Almost posted it, but forgot. Vids up on youtube already though.

dhcSowCkoFM

Pirates need to pay that man! :sofunny:

TackleMeBen
09-11-2010, 05:36 PM
multi talented athlete... that is also hot... how lucky are pens fans..lol..

Shea
09-12-2010, 12:49 AM
I'm sad.

They have the vids up of players delivering tickets to the fans but I see no Geno.

His were always the best. :sofunny:

TackleMeBen
09-13-2010, 10:50 AM
geno is probably still in russia...lol..

is it friday yet????? :banging:

SteelCityMom
09-14-2010, 06:56 PM
Guerin to attend Flyers camp
Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 9:30 AM / 2010 Offseason News NHL.com

Bill Guerin, the only player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals with seven different teams, will try to make the Philadelphia Flyers No. 8.

The 39-year-old right wing has signed a tryout contract with the Flyers and will try to make the team out of training camp. If he makes the Flyers, they would be his ninth team in 19 NHL seasons.

"Bill has been a very good player for a long time in our League," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "We are happy to have him in camp."

Guerin has been skating with Flyers players at informal workouts for the last two weeks at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J.

"I really thought this would be a good fit for me," Guerin told CSNPhilly.com. "Besides the logistics for my family and personal things, this is a good fit for me hockey-wise and probably the best out there with a chance to win. I'm in the twilight of my career and I want to win."

Guerin had 21 goals and 45 points in 78 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, moving his career totals to 429 goals and 865 points in 1,263 games with the Devils, Oilers, Bruins, Stars, Blues, Sharks, Islanders and Pens. He's won a pair of Stanley Cups, with the 1995 Devils and 2009 Penguins.

With the departure of Arron Asham, the Flyers lack veteran depth at right wing. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux played there last season, but both are natural centers.

The Flyers hope Guerin can accomplish what Blair Betts did a year ago, when he came to training camp on a tryout contract, made the team as a fourth-line center, and earned a two-year contract this summer.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=537391

Probably the last place I wanted to see him go. Now I feel kind of dirty wishing him luck. :chuckle:

Shea
09-16-2010, 05:28 PM
http://thatschurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Screen-shot-2010-09-15-at-1.18.35-PM.png

Is it over the top to want this toaster and start everyday off with Pens toast? :nervous:

(Be kind in your responses because I already ordered it.)(again ----> :nervous:)

SteelCityMom
09-16-2010, 05:35 PM
That is freaking awesome. I wants one...where do I get one!

6 more days until preseason!! :danceshout: :bouncy: :hyper: :bunnydance: :downspin: :getdown:

TackleMeBen
09-17-2010, 03:18 PM
http://thatschurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Screen-shot-2010-09-15-at-1.18.35-PM.png

Is it over the top to want this toaster and start everyday off with Pens toast? :nervous:

(Be kind in your responses because I already ordered it.)(again ----> :nervous:)
that is sweet. i need one for my son who is a redwings fan..lol

SteelCityMom
09-17-2010, 06:38 PM
Players Blown Away By CONSOL Energy Center
Friday, 09.17.2010 / 5:00 PM / Features
By Tony Jovenitti
By this point, plenty of people have seen CONSOL Energy Center – from construction workers, to season ticket holders to Lady Gaga fans. They all saw the various aspects of what make CONSOL Energy Center so unique, but one thing was missing: the players.

Training Camp Opens
The Penguins returned to Pittsburgh and, for the first time, were all together in the new arena for the start of training camp Friday morning for fitness and medical testing. And while the players’ main focus is getting ready for the upcoming season to compete for another Stanley Cup championship, they couldn’t help but be amazed by their new home.

“It's just unbelievable. I am really excited to be here,” Tyler Kennedy said. “You will see a lot more guys spending a lot more time here that is for sure.”

“It's absolutely gorgeous in here,” seven-year NHL veteran Eric Godard said. “I've been touring around and checking it out. It's the best place I've ever been.”

Matt Cooke has also been touring the arena. He said that on his four different tours, he found something new and interesting each time. But, according to him, nothing beats the team’s locker room.

“Being an oval there’s no bad stalls and no corners,” Matt Cooke said. “That’s a huge thing when you’re a part of a team. Everybody can see everybody and that’s a good thing.”

“The dressing room is awesome,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “The weight room is fantastic and it screams ‘get in here and work out.’”

“Anyone walking into this building must be a little wide-eyed,” Ben Lovejoy said.

Lovejoy is one of the defensemen who looks to battle for two spots on the Penguins’ defensive corps. He played 12 games with the Penguins last year while spending most of the season with the Penguins’ top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

He said that the arena is “obviously a palace,” but he doesn’t need any extra motivation to make the lineup when the Penguins host Philadelphia on opening night, Oct. 7.

“I’d play in someone’s backyard if they let me.” Lovejoy joked. “The NHL is the NHL no matter what building you’re playing in.”

For some of the Penguins’ newest acquisitions, the arena was a welcomed bonus for playing on a team with Stanley Cup hopes.

“The excitement of the arena is something that the players take pride in,” said Mike Comrie, who signed with the Penguins as a free agent on Sept 3. “When you have something like this you want to represent it and take a lot of pride in it.”

Sidney Crosby is one of the few people to skate on the arena’s ice. He and Mario Lemieux christened CONSOL Energy Center by skating on the ice in July, the height of summer.

“It was pretty good considering it was the summer and I don’t think the ice had been in that long,” Crosby said. “Considering everything it was really good.”

So after two years of construction and anticipation, all that’s left now is to pack the stands and continue the Penguins’ tradition.

“We just want to go out and make this our home and make it a home-ice advantage,” he said. “I can’t wait to see this building full and energized and make it difficult for opponents to come into.”

Max Talbot is looking forward to that, too.

“The atmosphere is going to be amazing,” he said.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=537831

SteelCityMom
09-18-2010, 12:18 PM
» Injured center Jordan Staal and defenseman Brooks Orpik lead the short list of contenders to replace departed defenseman Sergei Gonchar as an alternate captain. Captain Sidney Crosby and alternate Evgeni Malkin will retain their titles, leaving a full-time alternate spot open. Several players will wear an "A" during the Penguins' six exhibition games in a bid to fill the role vacated by Gonchar, who signed with Ottawa on July 1.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_700109.html?source=rss&feed=8

SteelCityMom
09-19-2010, 07:54 PM
Happy Birthday Disco Dan!!!

Happy 40th Birthday To Head Coach Dan Bylsma
Sunday, 09.19.2010 / 2:12 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Lordy, Lordy Dan Bylsma is 40!

Not only did Sunday mark Day 2 of the Penguins’ 2010 training camp, it was also the 40th birthday for the Penguins head coach.

“Yes, today is my 40th birthday,” said Bylsma when asked about the milestone during his media conference. “I don’t feel much different, but I do feel older.”

While the media couldn’t pass up on the chance to remind Bylsma of his birthday, at least he didn’t have to worry about his players knowing he turned the big 4-0 … or did he?

“It has been mentioned a bit around the room today,” Bylsma laughed.

Which shouldn’t come off as much of a surprise considering we are talking about a hockey locker room, and nobody is better at pulling off pranks during situations like this than hockey players.

But luckily for Bylsma, when you become the coach, players think an extra second or two before they actually pull the trigger on any pranks.

“I think if he was a player I’d have some ideas,” noted team prankster Marc-Andre Fleury said. “Since he is a coach, I think there are probably some boundaries. You have to watch out for stuff like that.”

Although, it’s funny that Fleury would say that because the big rumor earlier in the day was that Fleury was petitioning for Penguins director of communications Jen Bullano to rub a pie in Bylsma’s face as soon as he finished his morning media conference.

RELATED ARTICLE: Tangradi-Comrie-Malkin Trio Flourishes During Scrimmage >>

“I would never be behind something like that,” Fleury said sheepishly. “Your source doesn’t sound very credible though. It was all Jen’s idea. I would blame her.”

Ultimately, Fleury decided against punking the coach, but veteran forward Craig Adams wasn’t willing to declare Bylsma was out of the woods just yet.

“We lost a few of the guys who would do that, but I know Cookie (Matt Cooke) would do something juvenile,” Adams said. “It probably wouldn’t be that funny, but he would laugh.”

However, just like Fleury, Cooke was quick to shoot down that idea, instead opting to throw darts in the younger player’s direction.

“I get thrown under the bus,” Cooke laughed. “I get the tracks on my back. I might be involved, but I don’t think I’ll be the one that actually does the prank. I’ll be behind the scenes. I don’t (have anything special planned), but maybe one of the young guys has a shaving cream pie ready for him.”

In the end, nobody was able to get a prank in on Bylsma, which meant the Penguins bench boss had to settle for the gift his son gave him at 6 a.m.

And even if that gift was a bag of socks or a new tie, I’m thinking it beat what Adams said he would have bought his coach.

“I am not really one to talk, but I might get him some kind of hair treatment – so he can keep what he has,” Adams said. “What he has is good, but he is 40 now, so he could start heading in the other direction.”


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538012&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelMember
09-20-2010, 02:49 PM
Wow, Mom. You and Shea seem to be holding down this thread nicely. :hatsoff:

Here's todays tidbit from me...

Penguins sign general manager Shero to 5 more years
Monday, September 20, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have signed general manager Ray Shero to a five-year contract extension.

His original five-year deal was signed in 2006; the new one runs through the 2015-16 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"In addition to his work with our on-ice product, Ray also has created a family atmosphere in our organization, where players know they will be treated very well," said David Morehouse, the team's CEO, in a prepared statement. "He is committed to having our players and coaches involved in the community and our charitable efforts, and helping to make the Penguins a positive asset to the Pittsburgh region."

Shero, 48, joined the Penguins after serving as assistant GM in Nashville for eight years.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10263/1088978-100.stm#ixzz106KrCKQW

SteelCityMom
09-20-2010, 07:36 PM
Crosby, Malkin, Orpik Slated To Dress In Wednesday's Preseason Opener
Monday, 09.20.2010 / 4:33 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Those Penguins fans who will be attending the team’s preseason opener on Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings – the first-ever hockey game at beautiful new CONSOL Energy Center – will be in for quite the treat.

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced on Monday that many of the team’s marquee players, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik, will be among the 20 players that will dress against the Red Wings. Click here to purchase tickets

“That the game on (Wednesday)is the first game in this building definitely played into some of the decision-making about the lineup,” Bylsma said. “I think Sidney Crosby should be in that game, being the first game. And other guys like Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik who have been with the organization for a long time, they are playing in that game because of that reason.”

Orpik, who is the longest-tenured member of the team, was happy to hear that he’ll be suiting up on Wednesday.

“Sometimes going into preseason, you want a couple extra days until you get your first game, but with the new building, I think there were more guys hoping they would be in the lineup than other years,” Orpik said.

What excites Orpik and Bylsma most about christening CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday is observing how the crowd is going to react to the new building.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the building full, and seeing a National Hockey League game in here and seeing the energy and excitement and what it will be like,” Bylsma added. “I just have a feeling that this game will different than a normal preseason game will be.”

Sterling Performance

Monday morning marked the conclusion of the Penguins’ training camp scrimmages at CONSOL Energy Center. With superstars Crosby and Malkin going head-to-head, and Marc-Andre Fleury manning the crease for Team C, there was plenty of star-power on the ice.

But the brightest star turned out to be 5-foot-7 forward Brett Sterling, an offseason free agent signee from the Atlanta Thrashers organization.

Sterling scored twice in the two period, 40-minute scrimmage as Malkin and Team C pulled out a 2-1 decision over Crosby and Team A. Team C scored its only goal in the second period when Simon Despres beat Fleury just under the glove on a penalty shot with 5:31 left to play.

“For me it’s a big deal to get confidence and feel good out there,” Sterling said. “Obviously, it’s a scrimmage, but it’s as close to a game situation as you can get right now. … You want to go out there and you want to impress. And hopefully I was able to do that a little bit today, but there’s a lot more camp to go.”

Sterling, who played the left side on a trio with Dustin Jeffrey and Tyler Kennedy, opened the scoring midway through the first period when he buried a 25-foot wrist shot from the top of the far circle over the blocker of goaltender Brad Thiessen.

“I like to stand in front of the net, and just get a quick stick on it and put the puck in the net,” Sterling described.

Although Sterling isn’t big in stature, his numbers in the American Hockey League the past four seasons have been.

Sterling broke into the AHL in 2006-07 and promptly posted a 55-goal campaign with the Chicago Wolves. Last season he tallied 34 times in just 55 games with Chicago.

Thus far, however, those numbers haven’t been able to translate to the NHL level, where Sterling has produced two goals and four points in 19 career games, all with the Thrashers.

He hopes a change of scenery will give his career the jump-start he believed it needed, particularly playing in the up-tempo, offensive system the Penguins use.

“When you look at the way (the Penguins) have played over the past few years, they want to create offense, they want to skate, they want to move the puck and that’s the type of player I am,” Sterling said. “They like to bring the puck up, they like a fast pace and they like to score. That’s what I’d love to be doing. I think that’s what every forward wants to do.”

At the outset of camp last week, Bylsma included Sterling’s name when he talked about the group of skilled forwards who are candidates to line up next to the Crosby’s and Malkin’s. Those words were music to Sterling’s ears, because he embraces the challenge of competition.

“If you’re going to let competition discourage you, you might as well not come to camp,” Sterling said. “Because that’s all it is. It’s fun and it makes you work hard.”

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538119&cmpid=pit-fb-pghpenguins

SteelCityMom
09-27-2010, 11:25 AM
Michalek Strong At Both Ends Of The Ice
Sunday, 09.26.2010 / 2:30 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
The Takeaway:
> Zbynek Michalek has picked up an assist, recorded seven shots, blocked 13 shots and posted a plus-2 rating in two exhibition games.
> Michalek has started the preseason strong as a shot-blocking and penalty killing specialist.
> Although he is regarded as a defensive defender, Michalek has been asked to contribute offensively by the Penguins’ coaching staff.
> Michalek’s hard shot and ability to get open at the point should help his offensive game.
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Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek might not be a household name in Pittsburgh just yet, but that figures to change quickly based upon his first two performances in a Penguins sweater.

When fellow defenseman Brooks Orpik, who has spent several training camp practices lining up next to Michalek, heard about the move, he knew the Penguins were getting a good player. However, until practicing alongside Michalek during camp, Orpik didn’t appreciate how solid Michalek is.

“To be honest, before we signed him I didn’t know him that much, although I knew he was pretty good,” Orpik said. “He played in Phoenix and we only play them once a year so you didn’t really appreciate how good he is.”

Through two exhibition games, Michalek has done plenty to show why they should appreciate what he is going to add to the lineup.

Against the Detroit Red Wings last Wednesday, Michalek was a defensive beast, registering two hits, blocking six shots and posting a plus-2 rating in 22:48 minutes. Michalek was also a factor on the penalty kill – his specialty – helping to hold the Wings to an 0-for-4 showing while logging a team-best 4:45 shorthanded minutes.

He followed that performance up on Saturday night against Columbus by blocking five more shots and playing all-around tough defense in 21:34 minutes. The Blue Jackets, who brought their top offensive guns – Rich Nash, Derick Brassard, Jakub Voracek – to Pittsburgh, finished 0-for-7 on the man-advantage, thanks in no small part to the 5:47 shorthanded minutes Michalek saw.

“The penalty kill is a big part of my game,” Michalek said. “It’s something that I take a lot of pride in. Special teams are such a huge factor in today’s game. They really win and lose games for you, so we want to be very strong in both areas.”


Zbynek Michalek's penalty killing skills have allowed the Penguins to kill off all 11 opposition power plays during his two games. Credit - Getty Images


Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been a standout in his own right during the preseason. He credits much of his success to the way the defensemen have played in front of him, particularly Michalek, who has impressed Fleury with his willingness and desire to step in front of pucks so Fleury doesn’t have to.

“He is definitely not scared to get down and block shots,” Fleury said. “He’ll go down, but it’s not for no reason. He is very smart not to take himself out of the play. He’s just been a great guy to have in front of me thus far.”

As well as Michalek plays in a shutdown role, it would be a discredit to his underrated and perhaps a bit untapped offensive skill set to label him strictly a defensive defenseman.

While his offensive totals last season in Phoenix – three goals and 17 total points – don’t jump out at you, nor do they tell Michalek’s whole story.

Last season under head coach Dave Tippett, the Coyotes employed a defensive-minded system behind a strong defense featuring Michalek, Keith Yandle and Ed Jovanovski, with superstar goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov behind them manning the crease.

With such a strong defensive corps, Phoenix didn’t have to ask Michalek to chip in offensively, but that will change a bit here in Pittsburgh.

“That’s something that I have talked about with the coaches,” Michalek said. “I believe that I can chip in offensively more than I did in past years. We have such a great group of guys that if you can get open, they will pass the puck to you.”

(Zbynek) is definitely not scared to get down and block shots. He’ll go down, but it’s not for no reason. He is very smart not to take himself out of the play. He’s just been a great guy to have in front of me thus far. - Marc-Andre Fleury If Michalek’s first two exhibition contests and the team’s training camp scrimmages are any indication, he is going to have plenty of chances to chip in offensively in 2010-11.

Michalek has shown a knack for being able to find those open areas at the blue line, which has allowed the Penguins’ skilled forwards to find him for quality scoring chances. When Michalek does get his scoring chances, he is a threat to bury them thanks to an overpowering slap shot.

“Throughout the years I have had a lot of people tell me that I have a hard shot,” said Michalek, whose career high for goals is nine set back in 2005-06 with Phoenix. “This year I am going to try to take something off a bit and focus on hitting the net because sometimes even the soft shots can create rebounds or get through screens in the front of the net. I think my main focus should just be to get the puck on net.”

If Michalek is successful getting more shots through to the net, Orpik predicts he will easily surpass his total from last season. According to Orpik, with guys like Michalek and Paul Martin, another offseason addition on defense, just the transition to a more offensive-minded system in Pittsburgh will help their offensive statistics as well.

“He’s known as a defensive guy that blocks a lot of shots, but just from practice, I’m amazed that he only had three goals with the shot that he has,” Orpik said. “I think we saw that a couple of times on Saturday.

“A lot of times guys see their numbers stay down a bit from what they can produce because of the system they play in. Sometimes if you play with a more offensive partner you get pushed into more of a defensive role.”

While Michalek figures to make good on Orpik’s prediction and become more of an offensive factor, he insists it won’t come at the expense of his bread and butter.

“I’m going to try to play offensively, but at the same time I still have to play my game and be sound defensively,” Michalek said. “That is my main job.”

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538682&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
09-29-2010, 05:55 PM
Pens Reduce Roster by 11 Players
Wednesday, 09.29.2010 / 11:10 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins reduced their training camp roster by 11 players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Forwards Chris Conner, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling, Joe Vitale and Tim Wallace, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Corey Potter, Brian Strait and Steve Wagner and goaltenders John Curry and Brad Thiessen were assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Conner, Curry, Potter, Sterling, Wagner and Wallace will have to clear waivers by Thursday at noon before joining WBS.

The transaction leaves 30 players on the Penguins’ roster: 18 forwards; 10 defensemen; and two goaltenders.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=538985

SteelMember
09-30-2010, 08:51 AM
Seems Tangradi (http://eric-tangradi.com/2010/09/21/dylsam-calls-tangradi-a-top-six-forward/) is still in the mix. He and Sterling both had pretty good showings, but it looks like he had the upper hand. Althought, there still seemed to be some uncertianty about him needing more seasoning in the minors.

Also, Despres is making the decision more difficult...
Despres may stay with Penguins for start of regular season (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_701711.html)
he's still really young though.

SteelMember
10-01-2010, 08:08 AM
Penguins' Staal not sure when he'll return (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10274/1091673-61.stm)
Friday, October 01, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins have known for a while that Jordan Staal would have to sit out the early part of the regular season.

With training camp entering its final week Staal still has not gone through any off-ice workouts -- let alone put a skate on his injured right foot -- and has no timetable for when he expects to be able to skate or play.

"There have been a lot of ups and downs with this foot," Staal said Thursday. "I can't really put my finger on when I'll be back."

That sentiment was seconded by general manager Ray Shero, who said that, "personally, I don't have a timetable for him to come back."

Staal has been fighting a stubborn infection in his right foot, the top of which was cut by the skate of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in May.

He underwent a series of procedures once the infection was detected in the offseason, but only recently did the effects of his condition begin to fade. Now, he says, his foot is pain-free, which suggests the infection is under control, if not eradicated.

Even so, he has not been able to do even off-ice workouts -- "[The doctor] says, just kick up my foot," Staal said.

"It's been a lot of relaxing and not doing a whole lot, which is really frustrating"-- although he hopes to start those in a few days.

"I'm not really close to [skating] yet," Staal said. "I'm hopefully going to start working out next week and get my leg back into shape. It's kind of withered away a little bit.

"It's a long process, and, obviously, we have a long way to go, considering I didn't really work out a whole lot this summer and have to get myself into shape and be ready to play NHL hockey."

When the Penguins issued their most recent medical update on Staal two weeks ago, their projection was that he might be able to resume playing in five or six weeks.

Given the multi-step challenge before him -- building a conditioning base, getting back on the ice, working his way into playing shape, etc. -- that seems optimistic at this point.

Still, even though all concerned were adamant about not setting a timetable for Staal to rejoin the lineup, coach Dan Bylsma suggested the absence might not last quite as long as some outsiders suspect.

"He may get 75 [games], he may get 70 games, he may get 68," Bylsma said. "This will be a blip in his season, not as big of a deal as it looks right now for him."

Whenever Staal's season begins, he likely will be in a different role than the one he filled during most of his first four pro seasons.

After centering what developed into one of the NHL's finest No. 3 lines, Staal is penciled in to play alongside Evgeni Malkin on the second line.

The new job description likely will not be as big a shock to him as simply spending some game nights in street clothes.

Staal sat out just two games of the Montreal series after Subban's skate sliced a tendon on the top of his foot, and he has missed just one regular-season game in four NHL seasons. His string of 302 consecutive games-played is the second longest in franchise history.

"It's the first bump in my career," Staal said. "I'm sure everyone goes through it. I'll get through it."

Staal has kept a low profile in training camp -- "I've been hiding out pretty good, just kind of sitting home and relaxing," he said -- and acknowledged that "there are a lot of long nights when I can't sleep" while fretting about the infection.

Nonetheless, he flatly denied having any concerns that the infection, and the problems it caused, could have an impact on his performance once he returns to work. Something along those lines happened a year ago to teammate Max Talbot, who never got his game in sync after undergoing shoulder surgery that forced him to sit out the first quarter of the season.

"His surgery was pretty major, and, from what I can tell, the way I'm heading right now, it doesn't seem as major as [Talbot's problem]," Staal said. "I feel pretty comfortable that once I get into good shape, I should be fine throughout the season."

Perhaps, and he is confident he is moving in that direction, even if he does not know how soon he will arrive.

"I'm obviously on the right path now, hopefully," Staal said. "It seems like everything is going in the right direction."

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 11:05 AM
Malkin Leads Penguins Past Red Wings


Sunday, 10.03.2010 / 11:12 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
DETROIT – The Penguins closed the books on a solid preseason campaign Sunday night by beating one of their archrivals, the Detroit Red Wings, 5-2, at Joe Louis Arena.

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Penguins 5, Red Wings 2

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1282273108441_183624.jpgComrie's Strong Preseason Continues With Two Goals Versus Wings (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539421)
http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1282273108441_183624.jpgPenguins-Wings In-Game Blog (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539400)
http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1282273108441_183624.jpgReirden Breaks Out Skill Drills To Help Improve Fundamentals (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539366)
http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1282273142649_134310.jpg Pens-Wings Photo Gallery (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/gallerylanding.htm?id=16970)


Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) led the way for the Penguins, scoring a goal in the third period and adding three helpers for a four-point night.

Malkin wasn’t the only Penguin flying high in the exhibition-finale as Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) (2G), Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) (2A), Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) (1G-1A) and Chris Kunitz (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470543) (1G-1A) also posted multiple-point nights.

Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Modano scored for Detroit.

Pittsburgh scored on each of their first two shots and jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes en route to victory.

Comrie opening the scoring for the Penguins, who were playing without the services of the injured Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675), Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) and Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), when a Michalek shot from the top of the near circle deflected off his shoulder and into the net behind Detroit netminder Chris Osgood just 4:19 into the game.

Kunitz increased that lead to 2-0 3:21 later when he finished off a nifty setup from Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) by one-timing a shot into an empty cage behind a prone Osgood off the rush.

Datsyuk got Detroit within one when he converted a Henrik Zetterberg miss off the end boards behind Marc-Andre Fleury (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594) at 10:24 of the opening frame.

That would be one of just two pucks that eluded Fleury, as the Penguins goaltender turned in yet another quality effort with 22 saves.

RELATED ARTICLE: Comrie's Strong Preseason Continues With Two Goals Versus Wings (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539421) >>

Fleury finished the exhibition season with a perfect 3-0 record, stopping 88 of the 94 shots he faced for a .936 save percentage.

Comrie regained Pittsburgh’s two-goal advantage when he poked home a Goligoski rebound at 19:46 of the first period for a power-player marker that gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead.

The Penguins tacked on a fourth goal in the second period when Goligoski took a Michalek pass at the left point and ripped a laser past Osgood, who never saw the shot thanks to the presence of 6-foot-4 Eric Tangradi (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474025) in his grill providing a screen.

Malkin finished off a spectacular preseason which saw him tie Letestu and Goligoski for the team-scoring lead with six points (3G-3A) when he picked up the Penguins’ final goal 2:43 into the final frame.

Malkin was all over the ice against Detroit, and he was rewarded for his efforts when he stole the puck off the Wings Jonathan Ericsson below the near faceoff dot, walked in and beat Osgood on a play that was very similar to the opening goal Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) scored in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final.

Modano rounded out the scoring summary by slamming home a loose puck less than a minute after Malkin’s tally.

With the 5-1 preseason record under their belts, the Penguins must now spend the next four days getting their walking wounded back healthy as they prepare to open the 2010-11 regular season on Thursday night in the first-ever home opener at CONSOL Energy Center against the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539420

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 04:31 PM
Fedotenko signs with Rangers


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 1:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010 (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffreeagents%2F2010&view=headline)
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Left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8468172), who had been with the New York Rangers (http://rangers.nhl.com/) on a tryout contract, has signed with the team for the 2010-11 season. Terms of the deal were not released, but according to Newsday, it's a one-year, $1 million contract.

Fedotenko led the Rangers in preseason scoring with 7 points in five games. He also had a plus-5 rating.

Fedotenko is coming off the worst season of his NHL career in 2009-10, when he had just 11 goals, 30 points and a minus-17 rating in 80 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins (http://penguins.nhl.com/).

In nine NHL seasons, Fedotenko has 150 goals and 308 points in 677 games with the Flyers, Lightning, Islanders and Penguins. He's a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won in 2004 with the Lightning and 2009 with the Penguins. He had 12 goals in 22 playoff games for Tampa Bay, including both goals in the 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames (http://flames.nhl.com/) in Game 7 of the Cup Final.


http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539468

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 04:32 PM
Guerin released by Flyers


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 12:26 PM / News (http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fnews&view=headline)
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The Philadelphia Flyers (http://flyers.nhl.com/) have released veteran forward Bill Guerin (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8456464) from his tryout contract.

Guerin, 39, had been skating with the Flyers in hopes of extending his career to 19 seasons.

In five preseason games, Guerin had 1 goal, seven shots and a minus-2 rating. He also had missed time with an elbow injury.

In 78 games last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins (http://penguins.nhl.com/), he had 21 goals and 45 points.

Guerin is the only player in NHL history to score at least 20 goals with seven different teams. In 1,263 NHL games with the Devils, Oilers, Bruins, Stars, Blues, Sharks, Islanders and Penguins, he has 429 goals and 856 points.

The Flyers also sent seven players to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms -- goalie Johan Backlund (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475080); defensemen Erik Gustafsson (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475640) and Marc-Andre Bourdon (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474631); and forwards Mike Testwuide (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475614), Ben Holmstrom (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8475603), Jon Kalinski (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8474177) and David Laliberte (http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8471336).

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539459


I hope he finds another team to play with...but thankfully we don't have to see him in prison orange!

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 04:34 PM
Crosby, Orpik Practice; Expect to Play in Thursday's Opener


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 12:40 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Sam Kasan
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498), both of whom have missed some practices and preseason games with injuries, were back at practice Monday at CONSOL Energy Center, and both expect to be in the lineup when Pittsburgh opens the regular season Thursday against Philadelphia in the first official game in the new arena. "I feel better; those couple of days (off) were good," said Crosby, who has been dealing with a hip injury. "I was glad to go through a full practice.

"I'm optimistic (of playing Thursday). Hopefully, I won't have to deal with it anymore."
"I felt better as the practice went on," said Orpik, who suffered a groin strain. "Thursday won't be a problem at all. It definitely needed a few days off to get back to this point. Hopefully, there are no more setbacks."

"We’ve managed their aches and pains and hoped that they would be able to get back on the ice," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "I haven’t talked to a trainer about how they did on the ice, but it looked like they were skating well."

Crosby and Orpik missed the Penguins' last two preseason game.

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Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) (left) and Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (right)

The status of Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), who suffered an upper-body injury at Chicago Oct. 1, is still not known for the opener against his former team, the Flyers.

"Arron is seeing our doctors in Pittsburgh (Monday), so he’s being re-evaluated on his status," Bylsma said. "We know he wants to play against Philly."

Updated: 1:23 PM

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539465

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 04:34 PM
Penguins Assign F Jeffrey to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 11:17 AM / News (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fnews)
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned forward Dustin Jeffrey (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474138) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The transaction leaves 29 players on the Penguins’ roster: 17 forwards; 10 defensemen; and two goaltenders

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539446

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 04:36 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 10/4/10


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 9:26 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan
MONDAY’S WRAP:


Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (12:40 PM) and Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) (12:33 PM) both practiced Monday and each expects to play (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539465) Thursday in the season opener against Philadelphia.
Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025) (1:26 PM) is being re-evaluated Monday; while Ryan Craig (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470065) skated (9:30 AM) for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury Sept. 25.
Dustin Jeffrey was sent to WBS (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539446) (11:31 AM).
Practice pics (11:47 AM).
The lines and D are starting to come together as the season draws near (11:34 AM).
Dan Bylsma discussed cuts, the power play and faceoff strategies (1:46 PM).
PensTV also chatted with Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) and Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) (2:21 PM).
Some interesting stats from the preseason (2:03 PM).
The Penguins ran an awesome drill Monday (12:06 PM).
CONSOL Energy Center is gearing up for the home opener and official unveiling (10:49 AM).


Details, pics and videos here...http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539442

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 08:07 PM
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Squad Captures Championship


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 4:30 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Team, a local travel squad comprised of the top amateur players from Pittsburgh at the 1996 birth year, recently opened up its season by capturing the title in the first of five ’96 Super Series held throughout the season. The tournament was hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sept. 24-26.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, a joint venture between the Pittsburgh Hornets and Amateur Penguins, is coached by Penguins Owner & Chairman Mario Lemieux.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite secured the championship in dramatic fashion Sept. 26, defeating the hosting Tampa Bay Lightning squad, 5-4, in overtime on a Davis McNulty goal.

The win gave the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite a 4-1 overall tournament record, and allowed the team to avenge an earlier loss in the tournament to the Lightning.

During the round-robin portion of the tournament, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite posted victories over the Dallas Stars Elite 96 (4-1) and 96 Syracuse Nationals (3-2), while dropping a 7-3 decision to the Lightning.

Pittsburgh Elite advanced to the championship matchup by defeating the Stars Elite a second time, 3-2, in the semifinal round.
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http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539517

SteelCityMom
10-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Martin Adjusts To Penguins Up-Tempo System


Monday, 10.04.2010 / 4:00 PM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
Changing teams is never a seamless transition for players when they do it for the first time like Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542) did this summer.

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But the 29-year-old Minneapolis, Minn. native feels as if exchanging his New Jersey Devils sweater for a Penguins jersey has gone very smoothly during his first month in the black-and-gold.

“It is different than what I am used to, but each game it is becoming more natural with what I am doing as opposed to thinking what I should be doing,” Martin said. “I feel like with each passing game I keep getting better.”

Long regarded as one of the top two-way skating defensemen in the game, Martin joined the Penguins as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 following six seasons playing in the Devils’ defensive-minded system.

After four exhibition games and several weeks of playing in head coach Dan Bylsma’s aggressive, up-tempo system in Pittsburgh, Martin is excited to play a more offensive style of attack, something he believes coincides well with the strengths he brings to the table.

“Some of the things systems-wise are a little bit more aggressive, especially defensively the way we get out of our zone,” Martin said. “Offensively, we have a couple different forechecks where we can create some offense by using the D. I’ve also noticed that we really like to use the D coming up the ice on the breakout, which really plays to our strength because all of the D here can skate very well and move the puck.”

Martin feels as though being allowed to help spearhead the attack on the breakout will allow his game to thrive.

“If you are able to get the puck broke out to the weak side, the D can have some room and get a good look up the ice to make a play,” Martin said. “I think (against Chicago and Detroit) we did that well. We’ll be able to use that breakout more against some teams than others to get out of the zone quicker.”

While nothing has been written in stone yet, especially with the Penguins having to battle the injury bug for a majority of camp, it appears as though Martin will open the season paired with fellow swift-skating, two-way defender Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724).

Martin and assistant coach Todd Reirden, who runs the team’s blueliners cited the emphasis on puck-moving defensemen following the lockout as a reason for the pairing.

“Neither is a strict offensive player,” Reirden said. “Those are the kind of guy we want to have in our organization because we want to defend a certain way – and a lot of that involves using our feet and using our sticks. They are both similar players.”

“In the past, people always thought that you needed to have a big stay-at-home guy along with an offensive guy,” Martin said. “When you pair two guys who can do both of those things, especially when they are comfortable with each other and can read off one another, it creates more opportunities to get out of your zone quicker and be more productive offensively.”

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539507

SteelCityMom
10-05-2010, 02:42 PM
Mario Mosaic Revealed Today (Mario's Birthday!)

Check out the pics here...http://penguins.nhl.com/club/gallerylanding.htm?id=17009&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelCityMom
10-06-2010, 01:30 PM
Penguins Trim Training Camp Roster By 2 Players
Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 8:45 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have trimmed their training camp roster by two players, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Forward Ryan Craig and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson were placed on waivers. Both will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League if they clear waivers by Wednesday at noon.

(Update: both players cleared waivers and were assigned to WBS).

The transaction leaves 27 players on the Penguins’ roster: 16 forwards; nine defensemen; and two goaltenders.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539671


12:30 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma just said that defenseman Simon Despres will be returned to his junior team, Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"He's a great player and we think he can play in the National Hockey League right now," Bylsma said. "For our team and opening night roster, he's not going to be there. We have to decide what's best for his development. ... He's going to return to his junior team."

Despres' assignment leaves the Penguins with 26 players on their roster. Since three will be placed on injured lists, Pittsburgh has parred down to the NHL mandated 23.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539672

SteelCityMom
10-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Penguins Announce 2010-11 Team Captains
Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 12:25 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling

After consulting with general manager Ray Shero and his coaching staff, head coach Dan Bylsma announced following practice on Wednesday that defenseman Brooks Orpik and center Jordan Staal will join captain Sidney Crosby and alternate captain Evgeni Malkin as alternate captains for the 2010-11 season.

Although this is the first time both players have been named alternate captains on a full-time basis, it’s not the first time either has sported an ‘A’ on his jersey.

Orpik, 30, has worn a letter on several occasions the past two seasons when injuries sidelined Malkin and then alternates Sergei Gonchar and Bill Guerin.

Staal, 22, donned an ‘A’ for one month during the 2008-09 campaign when the Penguins rotated the alternate captaincy throughout the lineup when Gonchar missed the first 56 games due to a shoulder injury.

Bylsma believes the timing is right for both players – each core members of the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship squad – to now serve as captains on a permanent basis.

“Brooks is a guy who has been a leader in our room and has worn an ‘A’ for us at different times in the past,” Bylsma said. “With the way he plays and the voice he has in the room, he has been that type of leader for us in the past.

“Jordan is a guy who is emerging in that role. He is still very young. He has played a lot of games and playoff games. He is just starting to get to the point in his career where he demands a lot of respect with the way that he plays. Now he is starting to have a voice. He is a leader in the way that he plays and the way that he acts on and off the ice. That really went a long way towards him joining the other guys as one of the alternate captains.”

Naming Orpik, the longest-tenured member of the team, an alternate captain, allows the Penguins to have a defenseman serving as one of the team’s official leaders. Bylsma said he likes the balance between forwards and blueliners that naming Orpik provides, but he said that most importantly, Orpik received the ‘A’ because he was the most-deserving choice.

“It’s not mandatory to have a defenseman serve as one of the captains for me, but I do take that into consideration,” Bylsma said. “I picked Brooks because he is a respected guy in that room and he will be a good leader for us.”

As far as Staal, joining fellow young phenoms Crosby and Malkin in an official leadership capacity was all about the Thunder Bay, Ontario native taking the next step in his burgeoning career.

“I think we talk often about our core that we have had together and look forward to keeping together well into the future,” Bylsma said. “I think Jordan has always been a part of that. He is starting to emerge as a leader in his own right. I think being named a captain is fitting for where he is at in his career. I think he will continue to grow into this role well.”

Orpik and Staal will rotate wearing the ‘A’ on their jerseys between home and road games, but with Staal sidelined the first couple weeks of the season due to a foot infection, Orpik will wear the ‘A’ on a regular basis until Staal’s return.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539688

SteelMember
10-06-2010, 02:04 PM
12:30 PM:
Head coach Dan Bylsma just said that defenseman Simon Despres will be returned to his junior team, Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"He's a great player and we think he can play in the National Hockey League right now," Bylsma said. "For our team and opening night roster, he's not going to be there. We have to decide what's best for his development. ... He's going to return to his junior team."

Despres' assignment leaves the Penguins with 26 players on their roster. Since three will be placed on injured lists, Pittsburgh has parred down to the NHL mandated 23.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539672

This doesn't surprise me too much. The kid play great, but with all the D we just signed, he probably would not have seen too much time. He needs to be on the ice, and that's what he'll get in juniors. (top pair) A year of seasoning will do him well.

Also, glad to see Tangradi holding on to a spot. His presence in the front of the net is something we desperately needed.

SteelCityMom
10-06-2010, 10:08 PM
This doesn't surprise me too much. The kid play great, but with all the D we just signed, he probably would not have seen too much time. He needs to be on the ice, and that's what he'll get in juniors. (top pair) A year of seasoning will do him well.

Also, glad to see Tangradi holding on to a spot. His presence in the front of the net is something we desperately needed.

Spoke too soon on Tangradi. Not sure why the Pens did this, but he was sent down to Wheeling. Very odd. Hopefully he makes it back up here soon, I think he'd be a good addition to the team.

Penguins Set Regular-Season Roster
Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 6:25 PM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins made the following moves to set their 23-man regular-season roster, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

The Penguins assigned left wing Eric Tangradi to Wheeling of the ECHL and defenseman Simon Despres to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Pittsburgh also placed forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel and defenseman Alex Grant on the injured reserve list and center Jordan Staal on the injured-non roster list.

The Penguins recalled goaltender Patrick Killeen from Wheeling.

The transactions set the team’s 23-man roster: 13 forwards; seven defensemen; and three goaltenders.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539767&navid=DL|PIT|home

SteelMember
10-07-2010, 08:06 AM
Spoke too soon on Tangradi. Not sure why the Pens did this, but he was sent down to Wheeling. Very odd. Hopefully he makes it back up here soon, I think he'd be a good addition to the team.

Ya, I saw that. Somethinig weird going on there. They brought up Patrick Killeen for the spot. Unless there was some specualtion of injury to either Fleury or Johnson, there is absolutely zero need for a third goalie.

Indications are that Tangradi will rejoin the Penguins today.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10280/1093282-61.stm#ixzz11g7GthKg

SteelMember
10-07-2010, 08:12 AM
I guess it had more to do with Asham... but it still doesn't explain the Killeen move.

Asham, considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, might not be available to play for the Penguins tonight against Philadelphia in the first NHL regular-season game at Consol Energy Center.

The unknown nature of his status forced the Penguins to assign Tangradi, their top forward prospect, to Wheeling of the ECHL.

Tangradi, who must travel to Wheeling, can be recalled today and play tonight for the Penguins, who set their 23-man roster by yesterday's 3 p.m. deadline without him. Goalie Patrick Killeen was recalled from Wheeling in another surprise move
.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_703129.html?source=rss&feed=8

SteelCityMom
10-07-2010, 10:21 AM
Well...that sure was weird, but at least he's back on the roster now.

Edit: Just saw an update that says he will be playing tonight, most likely with Geno and Comrie.

Some early news to report. The Penguins have recalled left wing Eric Tangradi from Wheeling of the ECHL. He will be in the lineup tonight, and will likely play with Evgeni Malkin and Mike Comrie.

And that goaltender Patrick Killian was recalled from Wheeling as well and was working with Miloche this morning.

Goaltender Patrick Killeen, who was recalled from Wheeling of the ECHL Wednesday, did some work on the ice with goaltender coach Gilles Meloche and strength coach Mike Kadar before the team's morning skate.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539839

Hope there's nothing wrong with Fluery or Johnson that isn't being talked about yet.

SteelCityMom
10-07-2010, 10:24 AM
Just saw this...thought it was pretty neat. I wonder what he'll make out of Sid.

NHL, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee join on new superheroes project
Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 7:00 AM / News

The National Hockey League and SLG Entertainment LLC, led by Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men among other comics superheroes, announced Thursday their unprecedented partnership to form Guardian Media Entertainment LLC. This partnership creates the platform from which to launch Stan Lee's vision for his latest superhero franchise, The Guardian Project, which will encompass the creation of 30 Guardians (one to represent each NHL team) as a new series of superheroes, with a creative concept that organically and authentically incorporates various NHL elements but is not set in the world of hockey.

"I've always believed that every great plan starts with a great story," Lee said. "In the creation of Guardian Media Entertainment and its unique and unprecedented relationship with the NHL, I truly believe we have the perfect combination from which to launch 30 new superheroes and excite young fans around the globe."

Created and developed by Lee and Tony Chargin, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs at Guardian Media Entertainment, and Jake Shapiro, each Guardian derives from its corresponding hockey team -- complete with special powers representative of each team and city. These 30 Guardians will be unveiled together in a special presentation during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

"To be in business with Stan Lee and to be able to bring his latest superheroes to our fans is incredibly exciting to all of us at the NHL," said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, Marketing, for the National Hockey League. "We are in constant pursuit of new ways to engage our fans and to introduce new fans to hockey, and the business of Guardian Media Entertainment does exactly that."

Gill Champion, Lee's producing partner and President and COO of POW! Entertainment, said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to expand Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment brand into the sports arena."

With an initial plan to reach tween boys, GME hopes to bring a new audience to the NHL, while engaging the existing, established hockey fan base through a compelling tale of good vs. evil.

"The NHL not only brings enormous brand equity to the partnership, but also their built-in audience of more than 70 million fans worldwide and their marketing and distribution channels," said Mark Terry, Chief Operating Officer of Guardian Media Entertainment.

"To have the machine of the NHL, Stan Lee as an equity partner and the combined vision of all is the ultimate power play," added Adam Baratta, GME Chief Creative Officer.

The most cutting-edge, motion-capture technology will be used to bring the project to life by Vicon House of Moves (IRONMAN 2). A special teaser package will be unveiled during the Oct. 8, 2010 panel presentation of The Guardian Project at New York's Comic Con (4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Room 1A08 of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center).

The near-term rollout plan for the Guardian Project will include an online presence, mobile applications, publishing, gaming, in-arena, broadcast, merchandise, promotional and sponsorship activities.

For more information on Guardian Media Entertainment and The Guardian Project, visit www.guardianproject30.com.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539824

SteelMember
10-07-2010, 12:38 PM
Just saw this...thought it was pretty neat. I wonder what he'll make out of Sid.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539824

I'm not sure about the "super powers", but I think these are pretty good as far as comic characterizations.

http://www.yoursportsmemorabilia.com/shop/images/dud53581.jpg

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SteelCityMom
10-07-2010, 05:39 PM
Malkin: "I Want To Score 50."
THURSDAY, 07 OCTOBER 2010 10:06 AM WRITTEN BY TPB STAFF
Great Malkin interview posted on KDKA.com. Have to click the link because you can't embed it. [ KDKA ]

It is like 14 minutes long, so it will help pass the time today.

Some highlights of it:

-Malone gave him the nickname "Geno"

-His dream is to score 50

-He jobs MAF at the end. Very funny.

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http://www.thepensblog.com/pensblog-news/jobber-posts/malkin-qi-want-to-score-50q.html


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Just search Evgeni Malkin, the link takes you to KDKA Video page. It was posted yesterday.

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 09:44 AM
Opener Memorable For Everyone Despite Pens Falling Short


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By Jason Seidling
The final score did not have the Hollywood ending everyone anticipated. Philadelphia held off a spirited third-period comeback attempt by the Penguins to win the first regular-season game at CONSOL Energy Center by a 3-2 count.

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But on a night like Thursday, when the Penguins celebrated the opening of their sparkling, brand-new arena, there were still plenty of great memories for everyone to take home even if the end result didn’t net two points for the team wearing black sweaters.

Sandwiched around a trio of Flyers goals there was a one-of-a-kind grand entrance by the Penguins’ players and coaches to kick-start the day, a spine-chilling pre-game ceremony and Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) lifting the 18,289 paid partisans who made up the 167th consecutive sellout from their seats with the first-ever Penguins goal 44 seconds into the third period.

Thursday’s festivities began with thousands of die-hard Penguins supporters gathering outside the American Eagle Outfitters Gate to greet the team to a red carpet entrance. Cameras were snapping at a frivolous pace as head coach Dan Bylsma, captain Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) and the rest of the team arrived in style via limo escorts.

If that wasn’t enough to get the crowd rocking, Hall of Fame owner Mario Lemieux’s presence at center ice at the conclusion of the team’s introductory video to pour water from the Civic Arena ice melt onto the surface at CONSOL Energy Center definitely helped due the trick.

Those roars then became deafening when this year’s team was introduced just minutes later, especially when superstars Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) were announced.

The Penguins then fed off the energy that oozed from the crowd, dominating the Flyers during the first 20 minutes. Only a couple of hit posts by Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) and Paul Martin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468542), and some spectacular goaltending by Flyers netminder Sergei Bobrovsky prevented the Penguins from striking first.

“(Bobrovsky) played great in the first period and did a great job of keeping them in there,” Kennedy said. “He proved that he’s going to be a good goaltender.”

Bobrovsky’s acrobatics in goal, which included two great saves on quality scoring chances in the slot by Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964), allowed the Flyers to tally twice in the second period on a power-play marker by Danny Briere and an even-strength goal by Blair Betts.

But all was not lost for the home team as Kennedy gave the black-and-gold faithful its first reason to leave its feet in the new building by taking a Martin feed at the bottom of the far circle and burying a wrist shot into the top shelf behind Bobrovsky.

“Martin made a great play throwing it over,” Kennedy said. “I had an open net there and I was just able to throw it into the cage.”

RELATED ARTICLE: Aftermath: Flyers 3, Penguins 2 (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539909) >>
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Unfortunately the Penguins weren’t able to ride the momentum from Kennedy’s goal as Claude Giroux notched the game-winning shorthanded goal 4:11 minutes later. Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274) rounded out the scoring for the Penguins when he tallied on a deflection 19 seconds after Giroux’s goal.

Despite the disappointing final outcome, newcomer Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) said it was good to get the first game behind the Penguins, and that the team will be ready to pick up the first-ever win at CONSOL Energy Center when the Montreal Canadiens visit on Saturday night.

“Obviously we would like to have two points in the bag, but that didn’t happen,” Michalek said. “There are a lot of games left for us to improve. Saturday is another game and another chance at two points.”

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539952

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 09:48 AM
Aftermath: Flyers 3, Penguins 2


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http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/a-starofgame.jpg The Penguins opened their brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, CONSOL Energy Center with much anticipation and excitement. Though Pittsburgh was on the losing end of a 3-2 game to rival Philadelphia, the bigger story of the night was the new arena that saved the Penguins and hockey in Pittsburgh.

On the ice, the Penguins ran into a hot goaltender in 22-year-old Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made his NHL debut. Pittsburgh pressured the goaltender all night, throwing 31 shots on goal. And when the Penguins did get the puck behind Bobrovsky, they couldn’t beat the red metal behind him. Though no official count exists, offhand I recall Pittsburgh hitting at least five posts. The Penguins deserved a better outcome on the ice than occurred.

Despite the disappointing loss, it was still “a great day for hockey” and a grand celebration of the CONSOL Energy Center and the start of the 2010-11 season.

Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311) put on his customary energetic and inspired performance.

He was flying up and down the ice, hustling to loose pucks, fighting for puck possession and a menace with his defensive stick work.

Kennedy was rewarded for his efforts by forever etching his name in the history books as the first Penguin to score at CONSOL Energy Center.

He tallied 44 seconds into the third period. Kennedy also finished with three shots and a plus-1 rating.



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http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/a-recap.jpg The Penguins scored a goal 44 seconds into the third period to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 2-1.

Pittsburgh had all the momentum and was working on a power play just two minutes later. Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) received a perfect pass above the near circle and rifled a shot. The puck unfortunately dinged off the goal post, and 1:31 minutes later the Flyers scored the game-winning shorthanded goal.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Surprise starter Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut, Danny Briere and Blair Betts scored the first two goals, and the Flyers spoiled the Pittsburgh Penguins' debut game in their new arena by winning 3-2 on Thursday night.

For the first time in their 44-season history, the Penguins played a home game in a brand-new building as an above-capacity 18,289 jammed into the Consol Energy Arena - a building made certain only after Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)'s arrival in 2005 rejuvenated hockey interest in Pittsburgh.


http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/10-7mario.jpg



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http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/10/a-3stars.jpg • Some quick firsts for the CONSOL Energy Center: goal/power-play goal (Danny Briere, 2:51, first period); Penguin goal (Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311), 0:44, third period); shorthanded goal (Claude Giroux, 4:55, third period); Penguin power-play goal (Alex Goligoski (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471274), 5:14, third period).

• Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia, 31-27. The Penguins put 65 total shots toward the net (with 16 being blocked and 18 missing the goal).

• The Penguins dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 34 of 56 draws (61 percent). Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675) (18 of 29, 62 percent) and Mark Letestu (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473914) (10 of 14, 71 percent) were the workhorses on the night.

• Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498) recorded a game-best five blocked shots, while Zbynek Michalek (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469760) placed a close second with four.

• The Penguins had their first sell out crowd at CONSOL Energy Center (18,289), and the 167th consecutive sell out for the franchise (including postseason), dating back to February 2007.





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#1. Sergei Bobrovsky
Goaltender - 35


29 saves
1st career NHL win




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#2 Claude Giroux
Center- 28


1 SH goal
Plus-1 rating
19:54 MP




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#3 Tyler Kennedy (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471311)
Right Wing - 48


1 goal
Plus-1 rating
3 shots


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539909

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 06:41 PM
Hard Work Earns Rupp Special Teams Duty
Friday, 10.08.2010 / 2:31 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling

Penguins forward Mike Rupp proved his versatility on several occasions during his first season in Pittsburgh last year.

Whether it was centering the fourth line in an energy role or notching a hat trick on Sidney Crosby’s wing against the New York Rangers, Rupp excelled in every situation head coach Dan Bylsma threw his way.

If the early portion of the 2010-11 season is any indication, Rupp figures to be adding even more responsibilities to his list of job descriptions.

Since the beginning of training camp last month, Rupp’s hard work in practice has led to him seeing extra minutes on both the penalty killing and No. 2 power-play units.

“Playing on the fourth line, it provides an opportunity to get some special teams minutes,” Rupp said. “You get a chance to get more involved in the game. In turn, I think that helps me to feel more involved five-on-five because you get more acclimated to the game.”

Drawing net-front presence duties on the power play is nothing new for Rupp – he performed the same role a few times for the Penguins last season, and also did so on numerous occasions during his days with the New Jersey Devils – but taking shifts on the penalty kill is new.

Following practice on Friday, Bylsma talked about how he toyed with the idea of using Rupp on the PK last season, but the Penguins’ depth there kept Rupp from seeing game action. Fast forward one season and a Jordan Staal injury later, and Bylsma believed now was the perfect time to see if Rupp could contribute to the Penguins’ outstanding PK unit.

“Mike is a guy we talked to about killing penalties last season,” Bylsma said. “He spends a lot of time in practice penalty killing, so I have seen him penalty kill quite a bit. I wanted to get him involved in the preseason as another option. Due to the absence of Jordan Staal there are going to be more people killing.”

While Rupp hasn’t killed penalties in several seasons, he does have prior PK experience from the season and a half he split between the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets from 2004-06.

“It’s something that I have done in the past,” Rupp said. “We have a pretty good PK unit, so I guess it was just a matter of earning the trust from the guys. I would love to have responsibilities like that on special teams. I am happy to get that chance.”

Rupp isn’t surprised that he has had success in the preseason and during Thursday night’s opener against Philadelphia as a penalty killer, because as a defensive-minded player, he has the perfect mindset to succeed in such a role.

“I think I am pretty reliable defensively and with my long reach it’ll benefit me,” Rupp said. “You have to pay attention to what the other team’s tendencies are and just be patient. We force when we can force them to make quick, rash decisions with the puck.”

As far as Rupp standing in front of the net providing a screen on the power play, look for that to continue as well, as Bylsma continues to search for the player who best fills that role.

“We are definitely trying to establish a net-front presence,” Bylsma said. “He obviously adds to that. If you ask our goaltenders who the best one is in practice, they will tell you (No.) 17. He’s there because of that reason.”

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 06:46 PM
Penguins Report: Practice 10/8/10


Friday, 10.08.2010 / 10:40 AM / Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Fpenguinsreport)
By Sam Kasan
FRIDAY’S WRAP:


Great tribute video for John Barbero, and fundraiser (1:47 PM).
Dan Bylsma discusses Talbot (for Quebec media), the power play and Thursday’s game (1:29 PM).
Mike Rupp getting more PK and PP time (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540010) (3:05 PM).
Malkin, Fleury and Comrie talkd to PensTV (2:57 PM).
Some chatter from Crosby and Orpik (12:48 PM).
All 22 Penguins players (non-IR) were at practice (11:13 AM).
Practice pics (11:14 AM).
Montreal practice pics (1:33 PM).
Goalie Patrick Killeen (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474737) was sent back to Wheeling (10:40 AM).

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3:04 PM:
Not sure if you noticed, but Mike Rupp is getting a few more minutes of special teams (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=540010) action - both on the power play (as a net-front presence) and on the PK.
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2:57 PM:
Some player videos from PensTV:

EVGENI MALKIN (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215)



MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470594)



MIKE COMRIE (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964)



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1:47 PM:
The Penguins had a touching tribute to long-time PA announcer John Barbero, who passed away this summer.



The blog Mondesi's House is putting together a benefit in the memory and honor of Barbero.

On Sunday, November 7, the Mon Valley YMCA will host a sports and celebrity memorabilia auction from 1-4 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, sponsored by Charleroi Federal Savings Bank.

Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA's Youth and Teen Programs, and a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on behalf of John Barbero to a high school student pursuing education or broadcasting in college.

For more details click here (http://mondesishouse.blogspot.com/2010/09/announcing-ymca-john-barbero-sports-and.html).
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1:33 PM:
The Montreal Canadiens, who will play the Penguins Saturday night, are in town and held their first practice at CONSOL Energy Center. The Habs are coming off a 3-2 loss at Toronto Thursday night.

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Carey Price (right)

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PK Subban (left); Tomas Plekanec (right)
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1:29 PM:Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma....

On generating offense against the Flyers:
The scoring chances in the first period were somewhere around 10-4 (in favor of the Penguins). If you are thinking about creating, and that implies taking a risk, that’s the kind of risk-taking I would like to have. In the offensive zone, Mike Comrie (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467964) had a wraparound and our defenseman had a chance at an empty net. We had another chance at a puck in the crease. That is the type of creating and habits that can lead to good offense for your team. If you are thinking along the lines of trying to create a goal every time you touch the puck, that’s the type of offense we are not trying to instill in our team. Yes, we want to attack. Yes, we want to force teams to play against our speed, but there is also responsibility that comes with managing the puck the right way and executing with the puck so that we can do that. That’s not risk-taking at all. That’s always a balance. That’s a balance for every team being able to manage the puck and do that. If we can do that, get to the offensive zone and be there for 65-70 percent of the time like we were in the first (period), those are the risks we like to take.

On Thursday being a mixed bag in that regard:
The second period was for sure. We got away from that in the second and it led to some momentum going away from our team. I thought we had to play catch-up in the third period.

On Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171):
Max is best described as an energy guy. He is an abrasive guy. He is a battle guy. He thrives on being that. That’s how he has been effective. He can be effective anywhere in your lineup doing that – penalty killing, third line, fourth line, he can play up (on the top lines). He has scored goals and gotten chances to play on top lines because of being able to bring that into a game. That’s where we and he expect him to get back to be a factor like we have seen Max be in the past.

On Malkin playing the left point:
I had a conversation with ‘Geno’ and with other people as well. I asked him which spot he wants to play and that’s the one he wants to play.

On the reason why:
It’s a little different mindset. He should be attacking and on the offensive when he gets the puck and not stationary and left alone over there. I think sometimes he has felt that way in the past when he has played the point on the offside. That is not the case. This is a case where this player in that position should be getting the puck and attacking. He would rather be doing that on that side of the ice than the right side.

On the term ‘point’ applying to how the Penguins are running their power play:
That’s not the term we are using. It’s a day-to-day term. It’s a game-time decision (said laughing).



Assist: Jason Seidling
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12:48 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Sidney Crosby (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471675)

On the importance of the month of October:
It’s just competitive. The teams that you’re battling with sometimes are playing one another and there are often three-point games. It is a long season and it’s a process, and you want to start off right. But there are a lot of games.

On Thursday’s game:
It’s a game of execution. We did some good things, but it’s the first game of the season so there’s going to be mistakes. And there were mistakes on both sides. We hit like three or four posts and we had a great start, but we couldn’t put the puck in the net. But that’s hockey. That’s how it goes sometimes.




Brooks Orpik (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8468498)

On what the team learned from the 3-2 opener loss:
We’re not going to go 82-0. We just played the defending Eastern Conference champion. It’s a good team. We could have been up two or three goals early if we had finished some opportunities, but we didn’t. They were opportunistic on some of our breakdowns and turnovers. We had a couple chances to get back in the game and didn’t do it. We’ll try to learn from it and move on for tomorrow night.

On what the team can improve on:
It was the breakdowns we looked at this morning. It’s the new guys sorting out communications and line rushes. Some of it was just execution. It was some carelessness on our part, and our focus on some areas needs to be a little bit better.

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11:14 AM:

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Head coach Dan Bylsma chats with Evgeni Malkin (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471215) (left)

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Assistant coach Tony Granato with Maxime Talbot (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470171) (left)

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11:13 AM:
All 22 Penguins are on the CONSOL Energy Center ice for practice. Only Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) and Arron Asham (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8465025), both currently on injured lists, are not practicing. Kris Letang (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471724) missed Thursday's morning skate with an illness, but played in the game. He is on the ice.

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10:40 AM:
The Penguins made an early transaction Friday, sending goaltender Patrick Killeen to Wheeling (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539982) of the ECHL.


http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539986

Shea
10-08-2010, 11:05 PM
Mom, you are kicking ass in this thread!

Love all the articles and updates.

Just wish they were playing again tonight. I'm bored.

SteelCityMom
10-08-2010, 11:18 PM
I know...I can't wait for tomorrow.

Greatest thing about hockey though...you never have to wait that long for another game. Montreal tomorrow and NJ on Monday...big week for the Pens. Hope they can get a couple wins out of it to start the season off well!

Shea
10-08-2010, 11:54 PM
Looking at the schedule, I thought it was a bit weird that on Monday they play a day game.

But that actually works out great for me. Can watch the game without missing MNF.
I say yay to that! :tt03:

SteelCityMom
10-09-2010, 12:03 AM
I'm actually probably gonna miss that one, Jon's Dad's birthday is Monday and we're going over to his place for a while. So I probably won't get to see that or MNF. Oh wells.

Shea
10-09-2010, 12:17 AM
I'm actually probably gonna miss that one, Jon's Dad's birthday is Monday and we're going over to his place for a while. So I probably won't get to see that or MNF. Oh wells.

Sorry you're gonna miss both Mom.

I just hope that seeing the Pens on TV again will eventually calm me down to where I'm not humping the TV during commercial breaks like I was last night. :nervous:

I'm that excited about the Pens and the start of the season.

SteelCityMom
10-09-2010, 10:39 AM
Penguins seek some revenge vs. Canadiens
Friday, 10.08.2010 / 9:28 PM Magalie Lafreničre - NHL.com Staff Writer

CANADIENS (0-1-0) at PENGUINS (0-1-0)

TV -- CBC (HD), RDS (HD), FS-Pittsburgh (HD) 7 PM EST

Season series -- This is the first of four games between the two teams. The Penguins won the first three meetings last season, but the Canadiens had the final word, taking the final regular-season game and defeating Pittsburgh in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

Big story -- Both teams dropped their season-openers by losing 3-2 to a close rival -- Montreal to Toronto and Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. This is also the teams' first meeting since the Canadiens eliminated the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ending Pittsburgh's hopes of repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- Pittsburgh's debut at the new Consol Energy Center was spoiled by the Flyers and rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in a 3-2 defeat. In his first NHL game, Bobrovsky made 29 saves and kept the Penguins' big scorers at bay. Tyler Kennedy scored at the beginning of the third period, while Alex Goligoski added a power-play tally. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in his first game since that Game 7 loss to the Canadiens.

"It's a game of execution. We did some good things, but it's the first game of the season so there's going to be mistakes," Sidney Crosby told the Penguins' website. "And there were mistakes on both sides. We hit like three or four posts and we had a great start, but we couldn't put the puck in the net. But that's hockey. That's how it goes sometimes."

Canadiens -- The Habs will be glad to have Mike Cammalleri back in the lineup -- he sat out Thursday's loss at Toronto after being suspended one game for his preseason slash on the Islanders' Nino Niederreiter. The Habs seemed to have trouble solving the Maple Leafs on Thursday without their playoff leading scorer and two of their top two defensemen, Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, who are out with injuries.

Dustin Boyd and Jeff Halpern, newcomers to Montreal this season, scored for the Habs' in their 3-2 loss. Carey Price gave up two goals on the first six shots, but was solid the rest of the way, finishing the night with 24 saves.

"I was glad to chip in with that goal but we need to be better," Halpern told Canadiens.com. "It felt like we were swimming out there at times."

Who's hot -- Boyd had a great debut in a Habs uniform. The forward had a goal and three shots against Toronto. … Mike Comrie led the Pens with 19 shots on goals in four games during the preseason and continued with this pattern on Thursday with another four shots.

Injury report -- Hamrlik is recovering nicely form his knee injury, but won't be ready for Saturday. Markov is expected to return this month from his right ACL surgery, which he injured during the playoff series with the Penguins. … The Penguins are without Jordan Staal (right foot surgery/infection). Staal initially injured his foot in Game 1 of the Habs-Pens playoff series, but returned by series end to have to have the foot become infected over the summer.

Stat pack -- Cammalleri had 7 goals and 1 assist against the Penguins in last year's playoff series.

Puck drop -- "This new building is just unbelievable. Even our visiting dressing room is amazing. There's nothing like this anywhere in the league. We obviously have some pretty awesome memories of Mellon Arena from the playoffs and winning that Game 7 there, but now we'll just have make some new ones starting this weekend." --Tom Pyatt to Canadiens.com on playing at the new Consol Energy Center

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?id=2010020016&navid=sb:preview

Shea
10-10-2010, 12:51 AM
Well that sucked.

Fire Haley
10-10-2010, 09:04 AM
Get rid of this old loser thread now!

Start a new thread already you lazy bitches. This one is tainted with losing from last year.


What a horrible way to lose. The new barn is jinxed, tear it down.

SteelCityMom
10-10-2010, 10:16 AM
Get rid of this old loser thread now!

Start a new thread already you lazy bitches. This one is tainted with losing from last year.


What a horrible way to lose. The new barn is jinxed, tear it down.

I'll smack the taste out of you Killer!!!

****ing Fleury. Close your legs dammit.

Fire Haley
10-10-2010, 12:16 PM
Lock this thread now or the jinx will never end.

The season is in your hands, no pressure.

SteelCityMom
10-10-2010, 02:50 PM
Lol...you're really adamant about this aren't you Killer?

Start the thread and get the proper mojo going, as only someone as suave as you can do. Make it so number 1.

Shea
10-10-2010, 11:55 PM
If they lose again tomorrow, then I'll be blaming you both for not starting a new thread.

And I just might get nasty about it.

SteelCityMom
10-11-2010, 12:12 AM
If they lose again tomorrow, then I'll be blaming you both for not starting a new thread.

And I just might get nasty about it.

I thought Killer would be a good choice to start the new thread (since he wanted it first and has that manly mojo about him), but he hasn't come back yet...so I guess I will.

I officially deem this thread locked. May the curse be broken and may Fleury close his legs.