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Now, I'm not upset that Russia didn't medal in hockey, but it is upsetting to know that Geno is so upset. Hopefully he can do something constructive with that anger tomorrow in Montreal.

Penguins star Malkin angry after Russia's flameout at Olympics
By Rob Rossi
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, 9:57 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin tried to leave the Olympics behind a week ago.

Instead of staying for the closing ceremony in Sochi, Russia, Malkin caught a flight to Moscow, where he owns an apartment, the morning after Team Russia was eliminated from the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

He returned to Pittsburgh on Monday and practiced with the Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday. His demeanor was unmistakable to longtime teammates.

“Angry,” James Neal said of his regular center with the Penguins.

“He hasn't said much,” goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “He's just mad, I think.”

For Malkin, an expected professional high point — the Winter Olympics staged in his hockey-mad homeland — provided one of the more bitter experiences.

It lingered Tuesday.

Malkin declined comment, though he planned to speak publicly Wednesday. Teammates and close friends said they doubted Malkin would reveal many of the details that contributed to ruining his Olympics experience.

Dismayed, still, by Russia's flameout at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Malkin had looked upon the Sochi Games as a shot at redemption and an opportunity to make history by helping his country to its first gold medal.

Instead of playing a pivotal role on a gold medal squad, Malkin felt marginalized by his Olympic coaches, lacking an opportunity to truly spark a medal run. He produced only a goal and two assists, and he didn't score a point in the final four games.

Uncustomary poor offensive production — he is a two-time NHL scoring champion and had scored five goals and 12 points in 11 previous Olympic games — did not sour Malkin in Sochi. Rather, his frustrations stemmed from factors that evoked memories of his near decade-long distrust of Russian hockey authority:

• Malkin, second among NHL players at 1.23 points per game, did not play regularly on the top power-play unit. (I can't be the only one that was scratching their heads on this decision)

• Malkin believed coaches catered to players who were members of his country's Kontinental Hockey League. He sensed a point was being made at the expense of star Russians — specifically, he and Washington's Alex Ovechkin — who have chosen to remain in the NHL.

• Malkin felt the system was geared toward protecting the defense, which consisted mostly of KHL players, instead of playing to what he perceived the squad's strength: skilled forwards.

• Malkin sensed coaches were dismissive of players' feedback. He and Ovechkin, a winger on his line, repeatedly pushed to be split because of their limited experience playing together and their respective preferences to carry the puck. Malkin and Ovechkin felt playing on the same lines made the team an easier matchup for opponents.

Until a few weeks before the Olympics, Malkin thought he was set to play on a line with Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin, a fellow native of Magnitogorsk, Russia. They had played together for their hometown KHL club during the NHL lockout in 2012, with Malkin producing 65 points in 37 games.

(Kulemin produced 38 points in 36 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk during the lockout. He did not score at the Olympics.)

In late December, Malkin learned he would play on a line with Ovechkin. Neither player favored that decision by Russian coaches, though not because of their on-again/off-again rivalry.

Ovechkin and Malkin, who have combined for three scoring titles and four MVPs since they were the first Russians to go 1-2 in the NHL Entry Draft (2004), privately feared their styles would not mesh fast enough in a short tournament such as the Olympics.

Malkin and Ovechkin also confided to associates' fears that Russia's NHL and KHL Olympians would not always be on the same page. Both players had hoped defenseman Sergei Gonchar, a respected veteran of four previous Olympics with NHL players, would make the squad to help captain Pavel Datsyuk bring players from hockey's two most prominent leagues together.

Gonchar, now playing for Dallas, was not chosen by the Russian Federation — a decision that equally frustrated and confounded Ovechkin and Malkin.

Tired of public relations demands that dated to last summer, Malkin struck Penguins teammates as more resigned than joyous in the final weeks leading up to Sochi. Once at the Games, Malkin was scarcely heard from or seen by Penguins Olympians.

He tried early to soak up his third Olympics, but after the preliminary round Malkin told family and friends that a combination of pressure and dissatisfaction were weighing on him.

Though he played in Russia during the lockout and spends offseasons in Moscow, Malkin's history with his country is complicated when it comes to hockey.

He prefers the smaller rinks of North America and competition provided by the NHL. Also, his messy split with Metallurg prior to joining the Penguins eight years ago left scars that have not completely healed.

Malkin has said he can deeply love his country without being one of its faces of hockey for the Russian Federation.

“He was in a tough spot,” Neal said Tuesday. “He wanted to do so well for the people of his country, be the best he could. He wasn't really given that chance.

“It's a different situation for Geno here in Pittsburgh. For one, he's comfortable.”


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As to injury and trade deadline stuff...

Ray Shero is in a bad spot.

The Penguins general manager announced Tuesday that injuries bombarding his team are worse than expected, that the team's salary-cap inflexibility will make swinging a deal before the March 5 trade deadline difficult and that few teams are interested in dealing desired veterans because of the logjam in the standings.

With the Olympics in the rearview mirror for the man who served as Team USA's assistant general manager, augmenting a talented but incomplete Penguins roster appears to be a difficult task.

Shero said he doesn't intend on adding to a defense core that has been decimated by the losses of Kris Letang (stroke) and Paul Martin (broken hand).

“With Paulie and Kris out, it goes back to where we were before,” Shero said. “We'll give these young guys opportunities. We'll see what happens over the next week or so. Hopefully there won't be any more injuries. Adding a defenseman for any team is going to be difficult.”

The injury report provided by Shero and coach Dan Bylsma was grim:

• Right wing Pascal Dupuis' knee injury wasn't just to his ACL but also to his MCL. He was forced to strengthen other portions of his knee before finally having surgery seven weeks following his injury. Dupuis will miss six to eight months, making his availability at the beginning of next season uncertain.

• Right wing Beau Bennett, dealing with a broken wrist, suffered a setback that will keep him out of the lineup for at least three to four more weeks. Bylsma called the setback “more of a bump in the road than a wall,” but Bennett figures to see little game action before the postseason.

• The Penguins remain unsure whether Letang will play again this season.

• Martin will miss at least four weeks with a broken hand and could miss closer to six weeks.

• Neither Bylsma nor Shero confirmed that goalie Tomas Vokoun, out since September with a blood clot, will play this season.

Letang's immediate future should play a role in how aggressive Shero is at the trade deadline. The general manager said he would leave room for Letang to play, should he be medically cleared to return before the playoffs. Shero would have more salary-cap flexibility to make a move if the team moved Letang to the long-term injured reserve list, which would free $3.5 million of prorated salary.

Shero said the team will attempt to make “an educated guess” regarding Letang's status, then act accordingly at the trade deadline.

Unlike last season, when he orchestrated a number of trades, Shero is predicting a quieter trade deadline day.

Only four teams — Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo and Florida — are more than 10 points out of a playoff spot, which means few players are being sold off.

“We'll have a good idea come March 5,” Shero said. “In terms of attaining a top winger, I think that's a bit far-fetched.”


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So not the greatest 1st game back for the Pens last night against the Habs. I won't even bother going through the list of goal scorers...it was 5-5 at the end of regulation. Pens lost in the shootout, AGAIN (wtf is up with that?).

Fleury just wasn't having a good night at all, letting in 5 goals on 29 shots.

Can't put the full blame on him though. None of the Pens scored in the SO, and the last goal was a PP goal off of a completely bunk 5min major penalty on Tanner Glass. Pens were up 5-4 at that point, and they're actually lucky they didn't lose the game in regulation on that major penalty.

Anyway, it's done, and they got a point. On to Chicago and the final Stadium Series game at Soldier Field tomorrow night. Should be a great game and a lot of fun. Can't wait!
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Default Re: 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Penguins Regular Season Thread

I was worried an outdoor game in Chicago on March 1st might be impacted by some early spring weather and higher temperatures - not this winter

Game time temp of 20 degrees (6 degrees windchill) and snow showers

http://www.weather.com/weather/hourb...tbeginIndex=24

Should be some good visuals
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Yeah, that looked like the first Winter Classic game (between the Pens and Sabres in '07) for a while. Looks like the snow has slowed down some now though.

Maybe the Pens will actually, you know, create some offense now. Hawks were able to do it well enough with the snow and got a goal for their efforts.
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Pens are down 2-0 now, and another failure of a PP. My faith is zapped right now.
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Ugh. Just Ugh.

In other news. Yes please! I wasn't sure about what Shero was going to do with anything, but I would love this.

Sounds like Letang is indeed going to go to LTIR though. It's the only way something like this is possible.



Penguins interested in Canucks' Kesler: report


The Pittsburgh Penguins are aggressively pursuing Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday night.

Rob Rossi, citing multiple sources, reported that a proposed trade would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks (likely a first-round and third-round), and the Canucks' choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin.

Rossi said general manager Ray Shero has been pursuing Kesler since January and would like to make a deal before the NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. Wednesday, though the Penguins would try again during the offseason.

Kesler is a solid two-way center who can win faceoffs consistently and has scored as many as 41 goals in a season. He's 29 years old and has two more years remaining on his contract, with a $5 million salary-cap charge. Kesler leads the Canucks this season with 21 goals.

Shero has a history of making moves before the deadline; he's done so in six of seven previous seasons. In 2013, he acquired forwards Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Jussi Jokinen and defenseman Douglas Murray; Jokinen is the only one still with the team.


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