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Old 08-03-2006, 07:15 AM   #101
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NOTES -- The Penguins signed winger Libor Pivko, acquired from Nashville in a trade last month, to a one-year contract. General manager Ray Shero has said he expects Pivko, 26, to earn a spot on the NHL roster or return to the Czech Republic. They also signed defenseman Alain Nasreddine to a one-year contract. Primarily a career minor-leaguer, Nasreddine, 31, played in six NHL games last season and has appeared in 24 in his career. Both signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $450,000 if they stick in the NHL.
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:57 AM   #102
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Who knows - maybe he'll be the new....



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D-7. He has some adorable kids and his friends are totally cool.

I don't understand Steve Latin's firing myself. I'm sure these guys have a comfort level with him and have complete confidence in his expertise as an equipment manager. Why fix what's really not broken?

Agreed....this reeks of making a change just for the sake of making a change...granted...this isnt earth shattering stuff...but man...Latin's been doing this soo long....*shakes head*
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Penguins' GM hires minor-league coach
Friday, August 04, 2006

From local and wire reports

Todd Richards, an assistant coach with the American Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals the past four seasons, was named head coach of the Penguins' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton yesterday.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero worked with Richards as assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators.

Richards, 39, was a defenseman for the University of Minnesota and with several pro organizations, mostly in the minor leagues. He played in eight NHL games.

He replaces Joe Mullen, who coached the Baby Penguins for the second half of the 2005-06 season after Michel Therrien was promoted to take the Penguins coaching job.

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And so Shero dips into the Nashville organization's bank again although I thought for sure they would hire Kyle Schultz. Eitherway Richards is a young (but very experienced) coach with a great track record who is considered a defensive specialist.

Good hire for the most part. Then again, as long as his name is not Glenn Patrick or a former Penguin I'm content.
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I don't mind that he's plucking guys from the Nashville organization - they've been pretty successful both at the NHL and AHL level. The Admirals beat the Baby Pens 2 years ago for the Calder Cup, as a matter of fact. Shero clearly is trying to change the attitude and the atmosphere by bringing in guys from winning backgrounds - you can never have too many of them, because they know what it takes.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:51 AM   #106
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Shero hires new director of scouting, adds 4 scouts
General manager also fills several spots, including trainer

Friday, August 25, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins general manager Ray Shero has been busy hiring people, perhaps most notably the man who will spearhead the team's draft preparation.

Jay Heinbuck yesterday was named director of amateur scouting.

"I've known Jay for 20 years, and the thing to me is he's a very passionate hockey guy," Shero said yesterday. "He's got really good training -- he was a real good player and has an understanding of the coaching role -- and I think he's at the right stage of his career to take on this role."

Heinbuck, whose duties will encompass North America and Europe, essentially replaces Greg Malone, the head scout who left to take a job with Phoenix.

Heinbuck spent the past four years as United States head amateur scout for the New York Islanders. He also scouted in Canada and Europe.

He spent 10 years as an assistant coach and primary recruiter at St. Lawrence University, which in that time won two ECAC championships and made three NCAA tournament appearances.

Heinbuck began his coaching career at his alma mater, Northeastern, where he holds the single-season records for points (70) and assists (40) from 1985-86.

In addition to hiring Heinbuck, Shero added four scouts and hired or reassigned people in other parts of the organization.

The announcements came about a month after six people were fired or left.

The other hires in the scouting ranks are European scout Patrik Allvin, who held a similar job with Montreal the past four seasons; pro scout Dan MacKinnon, formerly a pro scout and scouting coordinator with the Nashville Predators; pro scout Bill O'Flaherty, who had been director of player personnel for the Los Angeles Kings since 1997 and previously was athletic director and coach at Clarkson University; and amateur scout Jim Madigan, who spent the past 13 years with the New York Islanders and will be responsible for covering New England.

Pro scout Kevin Stevens and amateur scouts Chuck Grillo and Matt Recchi were retained.

Three new members of the hockey department have ties to Johnstown, something Shero called a coincidence.

Chris Stewart, a native of Johnstown who was the associate athletic trainer for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, is the Penguins' new head trainer. Stewart, a graduate of IUP, was a trainer for the minor-league Johnstown Chiefs before joining the Hurricanes' Lowell, Mass., minor-league team two years ago.

Stewart's assistant is Scott Adams, who was head trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs for one season and for the Windsor Spitfires for one season.

The Penguins' new equipment manager, Dana Heinze, is a Johnstown native who was Tampa Bay's assistant equipment manager the past six years.

Among his previous stops were two stints as head trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs and one season as equipment manager for the New Jersey Devils.

Paul DeFazio remains as assistant equipment manager.

In other off-ice support staff changes, Mark Mortland, the Penguins' head trainer the past 11 seasons, has become the team's physical therapist; Frank Buonomo is the new director of team services; and Buffalo, N.Y., native Travis Ramsey, son of Tampa Bay associate coach Craig Ramsey, was named video coordinator.

Buonomo has worked as a communications assistant with the New York Rangers, as media relations manager and director of team services for the Nashville Predators, director of communications for the St. Louis Blues and general manager of the minor-league Missouri River Otters.

The Penguins also named Dan Bylsma, 35, as an assistant coach for their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farm team. Bylsma, a former right winger who played in 429 NHL games with Los Angeles and Anaheim, was an assistant with the minor-league Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2004-05 and with the New York Islanders last season.

Shero also called it a coincidence that he has brought in several former Islanders staffers. That club has had some turmoil and turnover at the general manager position, and several of the team's employees' contracts expired earlier this summer.


NOTES -- Shero had no update on Russian prospect Evgeni Malkin, who is working out in Los Angeles. ... Shero seems content with his roster for now. "It's been real quiet," he said. "This coming week, I'll make a few calls, but probably we'll wait and see how things go in training camp."

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I like the fact that Shero is putting together "his team"...when you make a change at the GM level...the new GM should be given the lattitude to create his own organization...

The only change I really didnt get was the trainer...but oh well, I'm sure he hired someone who is very qualified to keep the guys on the ice...
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Of course Shero has no update on Malkin...the two weeks aren't up yet. After that, I expect Malkin to be signed rather quickly and in time for the start of rookie camp. But there's no question that he is putting his staple on the organization, which is just fine with me - they needed a major overhaul from top to bottom in order to get to where they want to be.
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And we thought the Malkin situation was screwed up and confusing? This is all one big mess.

Is Penguins suitor looking for cash?
Could jeopardize developer's bid for hockey team

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Sticking points, including financing problems, appear to be jeopardizing Sam Fingold's attempt to buy the Penguins, and his letter of intent might expire in the next several days, sources close to the sales process said yesterday.

Mr. Fingold, a Toronto native and Hartford, Conn., real estate developer, entered into the agreement July 28 for exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase agreement with the team. His offer is believed to be $175 million.

One source said the two sides disagree about fundamental business points but would not elaborate.

Although no timetable was announced, it's believed there was a soft deadline of 30 days and that talks could continue beyond that if both sides felt there was progress. The 30-day period ended over the weekend, and it appears the Penguins are the ones ready to pull out of negotiations.

It's unclear what the Penguins' next move would be if Mr. Fingold's letter of intent lapses.

The club, which is owned in part by Hall of Fame player Mario Lemieux, had hoped to have a deal in place by the start of the season, but that is now about five weeks away. Once there is a purchase agreement, a prospective owner needs NHL approval before the sale can be completed.

The team could revisit offers from three other finalists from the bidding process.

They are:

Lawrence Gottesdiener, another Hartford real estate developer, whose bid was believed to be closest to Mr. Fingold's;

Andrew Murstein, a New York businessman whose partners include Mark Cuban, Dan Marino and others with local ties and whose bid was believed to be about $170 million;

Jim Renacci, a Ringgold High School graduate and Ohio businessman who apparently offered something closer to $150 million.

Precedent suggests Mr. Fingold -- who is partnered with his brother, Michael, father, David, and world-famous concert promoter Michael Cohl, all of Toronto -- could regroup even if this effort fails.

Dave Checketts entered into a letter of intent with the St. Louis Blues last September, but that lapsed without a purchase agreement. Another prospective buyer, Allen Appleby, signed a letter of intent in January but also couldn't strike a deal.

Mr. Checketts eventually resurfaced and bought the Blues, along with their lease at Savvis Center, for $150 million in a deal that closed earlier this summer.

If Mr. Fingold can't reach a purchase agreement, it would be the second time since the team was put up for sale early this year that the Penguins will have been close to having a buyer. A secretive group from Canada was on the verge of signing a letter of intent in mid-July but backed out after realizing it could have a difficult time moving the club.

Although he has ties with a group hoping to bring an NHL team to Kansas City, Mr. Fingold said when he signed the letter of intent the he would try to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The team needs a new arena to be viable. There are two proposed plans for a new arena, one connected directly to a slots machine license and another proposed alternative funding plan that requires contributions the team and other entities.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06242/717429-61.stm
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And they were in such a big hurry to sell the club to them too. I personally am glad it's blowing up in their faces - I never liked or trusted Fingold from the beginning. Gottesdiener will probably be next in line, and I don't know much about him other than he's tied to Hartford and could move the team there if they don't get an arena here. Problem with that, though, is that the mayor of Hartford isn't keen on building a new arena there, so he'd be between a rock and a hard place.
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