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

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

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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.
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Sunday, 09.19.2010 / 2:12 PM / Features
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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.

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“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.”
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Wow, Mom. You and Shea seem to be holding down this thread nicely.

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.

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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.”

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Michalek Strong At Both Ends Of The Ice
Sunday, 09.26.2010 / 2:30 PM / Features
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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.”

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Pens Reduce Roster by 11 Players
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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.

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Seems Tangradi 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...
he's still really young though.
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Penguins' Staal not sure when he'll return
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."
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