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Old 08-29-2008, 09:00 AM   #6391
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I can't handle the beginning of two seasons so close together. I mean I've got to teach my daughter the importance of football and then hockey kicks off right behind it. It may be too much for her.
And it starts even earlier this year since they're playing 2 games in Sweden on October 4-5. Oh well, I'm sure your daughter is a quick learner - go slow, watch a game here and there during football season, and I'm sure she'll pick up on it in no time!

Is it wrong to be more excited about hockey season starting than football season? I'm now a slightly bigger hockey fan than football fan - before now, they were neck and neck. I think enduring the hell that was last season, from the Pats* cheating ways uncovered then swept under the rug by Good Deal, to dealing with the seeming unending negativity concerning the Steelers pushed hockey to the top of the list for me.
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Is it wrong to be more excited about hockey season starting than football season? I'm now a slightly bigger hockey fan than football fan - before now, they were neck and neck. I think enduring the hell that was last season, from the Pats* cheating ways uncovered then swept under the rug by Good Deal, to dealing with the seeming unending negativity concerning the Steelers pushed hockey to the top of the list for me.
ive always been a bigger hockey fan than a football fan, so ur not alone. last season i missed more than half of that monday night game against the ravens because i was watching the Penguins beat down the Devils 5-0.
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I don't think it's wrong and there is a part of me that thinks hockey is still more of a pure game (although it's quickly becoming like the NFL and MLB).
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:39 AM   #6394
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I don't think it's wrong and there is a part of me that thinks hockey is still more of a pure game (although it's quickly becoming like the NFL and MLB).
unfortunetly it might not be that far off, with the salary cap jumping so much from year to year. players are getting way overpaid because owners know that the cap will keep jumping so they can jus throw the money in future years, thats why u are seeing so many 7-8+ year deals (Rick Dipietro got a 15 year deal, some1 on the senators i think jason spezza got 10+)
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The money that was thrown around this summer was absolutely ridiculous. Take a look at some of these FA whoppers:

Brian Campbell (Hawks) - 8 years, $56.8 million (almost as much per season as Nicklas Lidstrom, who is only a 4-time Cup winner and 6-time Norris winner)
Wade Redden (Rangers) - 6 years, $39 million (for what, exactly? Leave it to the Rangers to blow the salary curve)
Ryan Malone (Bolts) - 7 years, $31.5 million (he should personally thank Evgeni Malkin for this joke of a contract)
Jeff Finger (Leafs) - 4 years, $14 million (yeah, I don't know who he is either)
Ron Hainsey (Thrashers) - 5 years, $22.5 million (not bad for a guy who just 3 years ago was riding the waiver wire)
Mike Commodore (Jackets) - 6 years, $18.75 million (he's tough and physical, but is a sloth and not particularly good defensively)
Michael Ryder (Bruins) - 4 years, $16 million (talk about cashing in on past reputation - he scored just 40 points last year for the Habs)
Brooks Orpik (Pens) - 6 years, $22.5 million (I love Brooksie, but he ain't worth $3.75 million per year. Not by a long shot.)
Cristobal Huet (Hawks) - 4 years, $22.5 million (yes, he will be making more money than Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 9 years younger, has far, far more upside and has taken his team to within 2 wins of the Stanley Cup. Not to mention it's an awful deal because the Hawks are scheduled to pay Nikolai Khabibulin more than $6 million next season. Nice job! )
Michal Roszival (Rangers) - 4 years, $20 million (yes, the same guy who while with the Pens was not only always injured, but absolutely stunk when he wasn't. Has never scored more than 40 points in his career, but is going to make just $500,000 less than Sergei Gonchar next season? Again, leave it to the Rangers to blow the salary curve)

If these guys can get this kind of money, what kind of scratch will a guy like Marian Gaborik get next season as a UFA? In 2 years, getting Crosby and Malkin for a combined $18 million per season is going to seem like chump change.
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If these guys can get this kind of money, what kind of scratch will a guy like Marian Gaborik get next season as a UFA? In 2 years, getting Crosby and Malkin for a combined $18 million per season is going to seem like chump change.

Gaborik will bring in a boat load of money next season if a deal isnt made, he could very well be paid the max amount allowed in the cap room. Gaborik is far beyond any1 on that list u jus mentioned, great find by the way. having Crosby and Malkin, two of the top players in the world for only 18 million combined is an absolute bargain.
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cool little photo album recaping the penguins season

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?se...galleryId=7030

my favorite is the one where letang is about to layout that flyer
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Pittsburgh Penguins training camp is right around the corner, but some of the players are being honored already.
Recently, Sidney Crosby was rated first in The Hockey News rankings of the NHL’s top 50 players. Teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar checked in at ninth and 28th, respectively.

Crosby resides atop The Hockey News rankings for a second-straight year, despite suffering a severe high ankle sprain that caused him to miss 29 games last season. When healthy, Crosby was a dominant force. He led the NHL in scoring at the time of his injury and still finished the season with 72 points (24+48) in 53 games. His average of 1.36 points per game was nearly identical to Alexander Ovechkin, who captured the NHL scoring title.

In addition, Crosby tied for the NHL lead in playoff scoring with 27 points (6+21) in 20 games. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg had 27 (13+14) in 22 games. Crosby’s 21 assists led all playoff scorers and he had multiple points in 11 of 20 playoff games as he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final.

The 21-year-old Crosby is nearing some career milestones. He is one goal shy of 100 for his career, five assists shy of 200 and six points away from 300. He enters this season having played in just 213 games.

Malkin took his game to a new level once Crosby was lost with the ankle injury. The gifted young center became a dominating offensive force to lead the Penguins to Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles with 54 points (24+30) in the Penguins’ final 36 regular-season games.

He finished second in the NHL scoring race to Ovechkin, with 106 points (47+59) in 82 games. Malkin led the Penguins in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (17). He tied for third in the NHL in power-play points (40) and fourth in power-play goals. His 15-game point streak (7+15) from Oct. 23-Nov. 22, was the longest ever for a Russian-born NHL player.

In addition, he recorded his first two NHL hat-tricks (Jan. 3 vs. Toronto and Jan. 14 vs. NY Rangers).

Malkin, who finished second in Hart Trophy voting, became the 12th player in Penguins history to record 100 points in a season.

Gonchar continued to be among the NHL’s elite defensemen. He finished second in scoring among league blueliners for the second-straight year with 65 points (12+53) and tied for second among defensemen in the playoffs with 14 points (1+13).

He finished fourth in voting for Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman behind Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf and Zdeno Chara.

Gonchar has scored at least 50 points in eight straight seasons, which is tops among active defensemen.

All three Penguins will hit the ice Sept. 16 as the Penguins open training camp.
if it werent for the ankle injury im sure it would of been hard to argue against crosby winning another scoring title and MVP
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Penguins Prepare For Encore Following Near Miss
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The Pittsburgh Penguins finished second in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final last season. With their sterling roster of talent a year older and a year more experienced, they might not finish second to anyone this season.

How scary is Pittsburgh's talent base? Without Sidney Crosby – the reigning MVP and League scoring champion – for seven weeks due to an ankle injury, the Penguins went 11-6-4 and cruised to the top of the Atlantic Division.

Crosby's absence allowed Evgeni Malkin to shine, and the second-year Russian forward finished second in the League scoring race and the Hart Trophy balloting.

Other players stepped the fore, including goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who returned from his own ankle woes to become the stopper the club hoped for when it made him the first pick of the 2003 Entry Draft.

The hockey renaissance in Pittsburgh continued off the ice, as ground was broken on the team's new home in August.

Goalies

After years of unfulfilled potential, Fleury returned from a nearly three-month absence to reclaim his starting job from Ty Conklin and win 10 of his final 13 starts. His strong play continued in the playoffs as he posted a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage to help the Pens reach the Cup Final.
He was a far more confident player when he came back from his ankle injury, and the hope is the strong play carries over to next season.

Dany Sabourin returns as Fleury's backup. Sabourin lost the No. 2 job to Conklin last season, going 10-9-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .904 save percentage. At best, he'll be able to give Fleury the odd day off.

Defense

With most of the attention focused on the club's offensive firepower, Pittsburgh's impressive defensive abilities were woefully overlooked.

The Pens were No. 10 in the League in goals allowed (2.58 per game) last season, and were even better in the playoffs, finishing second to Detroit with 2.15 goals allowed per game.

While the Pens aren't the most physical team in the League, they did retain a bit of toughness by re-signing Brooks Orpik. Orpik finished second in the League among defensemen with 239 hits, and his 125 blocked shots was third among the team's blueliners.
Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi also bring a strong stay-at-home presence on the blue line, which allows Sergei Gonchar and Kris Letang to jump into the play offensively.

Gonchar had a resurgent season in 2007-08, finishing second among the League's defensemen with 65 points, and his plus-13 rating marked his best defensive performance since the 2002-03 season.

Letang had 17 points in 63 games as a 20-year-old, but wore down in the playoffs and was a healthy scratch for most of the Cup Final. With a season of experience, his offensive upside should be more evident in 2008-09.

Ryan Whitney will start the season on the injured list after August foot surgery, which will open the door for either veteran Darryl Sydor or offensive defenseman Alex Goligoski, a 2004 second-round pick who had two points in three late-season games.

Forwards

Despite losing Marian Hossa and Ryan Malone in the offseason, the Penguins remain loaded up front.

In Crosby and Malkin, Pittsburgh has two of the most dynamic scorers in the League. They have shown they can excel on separate lines, or play together to create an offensive juggernaut.

Despite missing 29 games with a high ankle sprain, Crosby finished with 24 goals and 72 points in 53 games. He was No. 31 in League scoring, but third with 1.36 points per game. Finally healthy in the playoffs, he led all players with 21 assists, and his 27 points tied Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg for the League lead.

Crosby not only is the team's best player, he's their hardest worker. With him buying into coach Michel Therrien's defensive system, the rest of the team has no choice but to follow along.

Malkin followed his Calder Trophy performance of 2006-07 with 47 goals and 106 points last season, and he had 10 goals and 22 points in the postseason. His game continued to grow in his second season in North America. Still just 22 years old, there's little doubt Malkin can continue to ride shotgun with Crosby well into the next decade.

Petr Sykora also will return after his 28-goal, 63-point season. The 31-year-old forward has the added incentive of playing for a new contract; he will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2008-09 season.

To fill the gaps left by Hossa and Malone, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero signed veterans Ruslan Fedotenko and Miroslav Satan away from the New York Islanders. Each had 16 goals for the low-scoring Islanders, but with the potential to flank Crosby or Malkin, those numbers seem sure to go up.

With just 12 goals last season, Jordan Staal was a bit of a disappointment, but he had six goals in the playoffs. As he continues to grow into more of a power forward, he could pick up Malone's ice time in front of the net on the Pens' power play.

With Georges Laraque, Jarkko Ruutu and Gary Roberts leaving over the summer, the Penguins will need Max Talbot and free- agent pickup Matt Cooke to supply missing grit. Talbot struggled with an ankle injury last season and had just 26 points and 53 penalty minutes in 63 games. Cooke had 23 points and 91 penalty minutes last season with Vancouver and Washington.

Three reasons for optimism

* Everybody's healthy. Outside of the rash of ankle injuries that claimed Crosby and Fleury last season, the Penguins are remarkably well-conditioned. Malkin and Staal played all 82 games last season; Staal has missed one game in two seasons, Malkin just four. Sykora played 81 games last year, and Gonchar has missed 11 games in the last three seasons.

* The success arrow seems to be pointing up. Since Crosby's arrival in 2005, the Penguins have gone from No. 29 in the League to No. 10 to No. 4 last season. Their core group gained tremendous experience in playing for the Stanley Cup last spring, and that experience will serve them well when things turn tough this season.

* The team is set for the long-term. Crosby's five-year extension kicks in this season. Malkin, Fleury and Orpik all signed long-term contracts that carry them through the middle of the next decade. The Penguins are set up to be good not just in 2008-09, but for the long haul.
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Good read, I'm pleased with whats going on with the team.
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