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Old 10-06-2010, 12:31 PM   #11411
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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 teamís 23-man roster: 13 forwards; seven defensemen; and three goaltenders.

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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.

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I guess it had more to do with Asham... but it still doesn't explain the Killeen move.

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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
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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.

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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.

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Hope there's nothing wrong with Fluery or Johnson that isn't being talked about yet.
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Just saw this...thought it was pretty neat. I wonder what he'll make out of Sid.

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



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Malkin: "I Want To Score 50."
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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.



http://www.thepensblog.com/pensblog-...score-50q.html


Direct link to interview....http://kdka.com/video/?id=%20%3Cscri...0%3C/script%3E

Just search Evgeni Malkin, the link takes you to KDKA Video page. It was posted yesterday.
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Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 11:42 PM / Features
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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 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 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 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 and Paul Martin, 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, 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.”

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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 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 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.”

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