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Old 02-03-2010, 10:27 PM   #10211
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Sid made the cover for the next, SI.

Here's the link to the article if anyone is interested, it's pretty good.....

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...60/1/index.htm

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:34 AM   #10212
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The Caps and Pens game is on SB Sunday.

I wonder what the schedule makers were thinking on this one.

They're missing out on a golden opportunity to promote the game with the two biggest stars going against each other, but who will care??

Everybody will be in SB mode and probably at the grocery store stocking up on munchies and beer for their parties when this game is being played.

Marketing for the NHL sucks.

No wonder that some obscure channel that most people probably can't find on their televisions or for us others who no longer have access to, has the rights to NHL games, including the playoffs.

Who are these clowns behind promoting this game?

(I need to vent, and as SP pointed out recently, I'm probably just talking to myself )

Seriously though, if the proper marketing was put towards this game it would expose hockey to so many people who otherwise wouldn't have given it a second thought.

I get how the NFL is tops as far as sports go, but I honest to God don't see how baseball and basketball beat out hockey.

Something sucks here .......
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:06 AM   #10213
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The Caps and Pens game is on SB Sunday.

I wonder what the schedule makers were thinking on this one.

They're missing out on a golden opportunity to promote the game with the two biggest stars going against each other, but who will care??

Everybody will be in SB mode and probably at the grocery store stocking up on munchies and beer for their parties when this game is being played.

Marketing for the NHL sucks.

No wonder that some obscure channel that most people probably can't find on their televisions or for us others who no longer have access to, has the rights to NHL games, including the playoffs.

Who are these clowns behind promoting this game?

(I need to vent, and as SP pointed out recently, I'm probably just talking to myself )

Seriously though, if the proper marketing was put towards this game it would expose hockey to so many people who otherwise wouldn't have given it a second thought.

I get how the NFL is tops as far as sports go, but I honest to God don't see how baseball and basketball beat out hockey.

Something sucks here .......
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I live in VA and have been trying to get a hold of a couple of tickets but so far, no luck. Funny how all of a sudden now that the Caps are good all the 'Caps Fans' are no longer so willing to give away there tickets, use to have no problems getting tickets from people i know.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:54 AM   #10214
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Winger Kunitz champs at bit to return to action
Thursday, February 04, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Granato has no formal medical training.

He has been examined and treated by plenty of doctors over the years, but rarely, if ever, is mistaken for one.

Doesn't matter.

Granato, one of the Penguins' assistant coaches, didn't have to study a chart or consult with a specialist to conclude that left winger Chris Kunitz is just about ready to return to the lineup.

Not when Granato has seen most of the vital signs while watching Kunitz skate with his teammates during the past week or so.

"He's got great jump in practice, is shooting the puck really well," Granato said. "You can see in his face that he's healthy again."

Kunitz, who had surgery Jan. 6 to repair a torn abdominal muscle, could be back in uniform as early as Saturday, when the Penguins visit Montreal at 2:08 p.m.

That's far from guaranteed at this point, however. For while Kunitz said he has gotten all the necessary clearances from his surgeon, William C. Meyers, there still are a few hurdles to get over: like not experiencing any problems in the wake of participating in Wednesday's workout at Mellon Arena, where Kunitz was reunited with his usual linemates, Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin.

"If I feel good [today], I think it would be [possible to play against the Canadiens]," Kunitz said. "I've just got to wait until [today], see how I feel. Go to the gym and fatigue it a little more, and see how it responds."

He was quick to attach a couple of other asterisks, too -- most notably that playing in the game in Montreal, followed by one in Washington at 12:08 Sunday afternoon, might be a bit much.

"I don't know if with the back-to-back [games] and the short [turnaround] that [returning this weekend] is even possible," he said.

Even that somewhat murky assessment is more encouraging than the one facing forward Max Talbot, who has what is believed to be a groin injury and adjourned to the locker room just 15 minutes into Wednesday's workout.

"Obviously, not a good sign in terms of him progressing," coach Dan Bylsma said.

If the setback Wednesday was severe enough -- team officials offered no insight on that -- it's conceivable that Talbot will be told to shut down until after the Olympic break later this month. That would keep him off skates until a practice Feb. 24.


Ten days ago, general manager Ray Shero suggested the Penguins might do that with Kunitz, just to be safe. Kunitz, though, said he doesn't want to wait if there is no clear medical reason for it.

"If I'm healthy and ready to go, I might as well play," he said.

There is reason to believe that, once he overcomes conditioning and timing issues, Kunitz could be more effective than he was before having his surgery. He had six goals and 14 assists in 30 games before the operation, and had been bothered by his injury for most of the season.

An injury like his can affect a player's skating, shooting and ability to battle for loose pucks. All are key elements in Kunitz's game, and he suggested that he might have altered his style to compensate.

"Maybe [I was] ... doing different things that I don't normally do in my game," he said.

His teammates figured something was amiss, even if they didn't know what.

"You can tell when a guy is 100 percent and when he's not," Guerin said. "Especially with something like that, it's impossible to feel good, impossible to do what you're used to doing.

"[Kunitz] would never complain, never say anything, but you just know."

Even though Kunitz's problem was serious enough that it required surgery, he doesn't know exactly when or why it happened.

"I lot of guys think they feel a pop or something, but I never did," he said. "I just noticed gradually that it was tough to get out of bed, tough to get over the boards, things like that."

Things that, by Wednesday, largely had been reduced to bad memories. And while Kunitz is wary of predicting that he will be playing again by this weekend, no one seems to doubt that he will be back soon.

"He's smiling, and having fun out there," Granato said. "He knows he's getting close to returning."


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NOTES -- Bylsma said he likes what he has seen of Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin as linemates, but declined to predict how long they will remain together because "no one is going to write anything in stone right now." ... Defenseman Jay McKee, who missed the Penguins' 5-4 victory Monday against Buffalo with an undisclosed injury, practiced Wednesday. ... The Penguins will have today off.
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The Caps and Pens game is on SB Sunday.

I wonder what the schedule makers were thinking on this one.

They're missing out on a golden opportunity to promote the game with the two biggest stars going against each other, but who will care??

Everybody will be in SB mode and probably at the grocery store stocking up on munchies and beer for their parties when this game is being played.

Marketing for the NHL sucks.

No wonder that some obscure channel that most people probably can't find on their televisions or for us others who no longer have access to, has the rights to NHL games, including the playoffs.

Who are these clowns behind promoting this game?

(I need to vent, and as SP pointed out recently, I'm probably just talking to myself )

Seriously though, if the proper marketing was put towards this game it would expose hockey to so many people who otherwise wouldn't have given it a second thought.

I get how the NFL is tops as far as sports go, but I honest to God don't see how baseball and basketball beat out hockey.

Something sucks here .......
Two words...

GARY BETTMAN.

The man doesn't have a freaking clue as to how to market the sport. Who the hell is going to care about this game outside of Pittsburgh and Washington, excluding their fans in other cities? Nobody, that's who. It's not like they didn't know when the Super Bowl was going to be played when they made up their schedule. It's just another in a long line of boneheaded moves by Der Kommissar II. The only man who has done more to ruin his sport is Bud "Steroid Boy" Selig.
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Winger Kunitz champs at bit to return to action
Thursday, February 04, 2010
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tony Granato has no formal medical training.

He has been examined and treated by plenty of doctors over the years, but rarely, if ever, is mistaken for one.

Doesn't matter.

Granato, one of the Penguins' assistant coaches, didn't have to study a chart or consult with a specialist to conclude that left winger Chris Kunitz is just about ready to return to the lineup.

Not when Granato has seen most of the vital signs while watching Kunitz skate with his teammates during the past week or so.

"He's got great jump in practice, is shooting the puck really well," Granato said. "You can see in his face that he's healthy again."

Kunitz, who had surgery Jan. 6 to repair a torn abdominal muscle, could be back in uniform as early as Saturday, when the Penguins visit Montreal at 2:08 p.m.

That's far from guaranteed at this point, however. For while Kunitz said he has gotten all the necessary clearances from his surgeon, William C. Meyers, there still are a few hurdles to get over: like not experiencing any problems in the wake of participating in Wednesday's workout at Mellon Arena, where Kunitz was reunited with his usual linemates, Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin.

"If I feel good [today], I think it would be [possible to play against the Canadiens]," Kunitz said. "I've just got to wait until [today], see how I feel. Go to the gym and fatigue it a little more, and see how it responds."

He was quick to attach a couple of other asterisks, too -- most notably that playing in the game in Montreal, followed by one in Washington at 12:08 Sunday afternoon, might be a bit much.

"I don't know if with the back-to-back [games] and the short [turnaround] that [returning this weekend] is even possible," he said.

Even that somewhat murky assessment is more encouraging than the one facing forward Max Talbot, who has what is believed to be a groin injury and adjourned to the locker room just 15 minutes into Wednesday's workout.

"Obviously, not a good sign in terms of him progressing," coach Dan Bylsma said.

If the setback Wednesday was severe enough -- team officials offered no insight on that -- it's conceivable that Talbot will be told to shut down until after the Olympic break later this month. That would keep him off skates until a practice Feb. 24.


Ten days ago, general manager Ray Shero suggested the Penguins might do that with Kunitz, just to be safe. Kunitz, though, said he doesn't want to wait if there is no clear medical reason for it.

"If I'm healthy and ready to go, I might as well play," he said.

There is reason to believe that, once he overcomes conditioning and timing issues, Kunitz could be more effective than he was before having his surgery. He had six goals and 14 assists in 30 games before the operation, and had been bothered by his injury for most of the season.

An injury like his can affect a player's skating, shooting and ability to battle for loose pucks. All are key elements in Kunitz's game, and he suggested that he might have altered his style to compensate.

"Maybe [I was] ... doing different things that I don't normally do in my game," he said.

His teammates figured something was amiss, even if they didn't know what.

"You can tell when a guy is 100 percent and when he's not," Guerin said. "Especially with something like that, it's impossible to feel good, impossible to do what you're used to doing.

"[Kunitz] would never complain, never say anything, but you just know."

Even though Kunitz's problem was serious enough that it required surgery, he doesn't know exactly when or why it happened.

"I lot of guys think they feel a pop or something, but I never did," he said. "I just noticed gradually that it was tough to get out of bed, tough to get over the boards, things like that."

Things that, by Wednesday, largely had been reduced to bad memories. And while Kunitz is wary of predicting that he will be playing again by this weekend, no one seems to doubt that he will be back soon.

"He's smiling, and having fun out there," Granato said. "He knows he's getting close to returning."


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NOTES -- Bylsma said he likes what he has seen of Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin as linemates, but declined to predict how long they will remain together because "no one is going to write anything in stone right now." ... Defenseman Jay McKee, who missed the Penguins' 5-4 victory Monday against Buffalo with an undisclosed injury, practiced Wednesday. ... The Penguins will have today off.
Great to hear Kunitz is moving along just fine with his post surgery, Im really surprised that he is going to be back so soon, most everyone was expecting AFTER the Olympic break, great news!

But Talbot's new not so good. It didn't even seem he got injured that bad, but leaving 15 minutes into practice shows he is in some serious pain and is going to need time to rest(im not surprised we never have everyone healthy.)
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Bad news for us Pens fans - the Devils have traded for Ilya Kovalchuk:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=515802

This will more than likely be enough for them to take the division title - even with the Pens being only a point behind, unless they go on a Capitals-like streak, I can't see them overtaking the Devils, which they'd have to do since they lose the tiebreaker. It certainly makes them a legitimate Cup contender, if they already weren't before.

EDIT: The rumored deal is D Johnny Oduya, RW Nicklas Bergfors, a 1st round pick and a prospect (believed to be one of Nick Palmieri, Mattias Tedenby or Patrice Cormier, who was recently suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs by the QMJHL).
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Bad news for us Pens fans - the Devils have traded for Ilya Kovalchuk:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=515802

This will more than likely be enough for them to take the division title - even with the Pens being only a point behind, unless they go on a Capitals-like streak, I can't see them overtaking the Devils, which they'd have to do since they lose the tiebreaker. It certainly makes them a legitimate Cup contender, if they already weren't before.

EDIT: The rumored deal is D Johnny Oduya, RW Nicklas Bergfors, a 1st round pick and a prospect (believed to be one of Nick Palmieri, Mattias Tedenby or Patrice Cormier, who was recently suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs by the QMJHL).
That may be good for them this season, but I think it will hurt them in the long run. I honestly didn't think any team would shell out the kind of money and players Atlanta was asking for Kovalchuk. I can't remember where I read it, but I remember hearing that he was basically looking for a deal that would give him 20% of a teams salary cap. That's just ridiculous.
 
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That may be good for them this season, but I think it will hurt them in the long run. I honestly didn't think any team would shell out the kind of money and players Atlanta was asking for Kovalchuk. I can't remember where I read it, but I remember hearing that he was basically looking for a deal that would give him 20% of a teams salary cap. That's just ridiculous.
He rejected 7 year, $70 million and 12 year, $101 million deals before the trade went down - the latter would have been the richest contract ever given to a pending UFA. So either he agrees to take a long-term deal that pays him a huge salary but lessens the cap hit, or he heads back home to Russia. No team is going to give him $11 million per season in guaranteed money, certainly not the Devils.

The deal, BTW, is official - it's Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier and a 1st to Atlanta for Kovalchuk and D Anssi Salmela, who was originally traded by the Devils to Atlanta. That is an awful lot to give up for a rental.
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I wanna get into hockey to watch, but I never see it on TV here in Ohio. Any channels that direct tv carries that won't cost extra that show them? Also what is a good team to watch? Bluejackets must be horrible if they arent on tv around here.
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