Tuesday, June 30, 2009
As you all have probably already heard, the Penguins signed both Guerin and Adams yesterday. They were both to be free agents come tomorrow, July 1st. Guerin will return for one more season with the Pens signing a contract for $2 million and Adams agreed to a 2-year / $1.10 million.
"With Craig and Billy, these were deals we wanted to get done because we thought we were close," Shero said. "We've had conversations with the other players' agents, and we'll continue talking through (Wednesday), but right now it's not there — and that's what I said to those agents.According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, by signing those two wingers yesterday, it will make it more difficult to keep other key players like Fedotenko, Scuderi, and Gill.
"Some changes are always somewhat good. That doesn't mean we don't want them back, but it's a balancing act."It is very likely that Fedotenko will be testing free agency as it is almost certain Scuderi and Gill will as well.
More later, so check back!!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Penguins also expect to offer Fedotenko a deal on Monday as well. Fedotenko as well as Scuderi are both looking for a multi-year deal; however, Shero is expecting Scuderi to test free agency.
Although things haven't been looking good for Sykora being signed they "have not ruled out re-signing" him.
Guerin, Fedotenko and Sykora are believed to be seeking no-movement clauses, which would prevent them from being traded without consent and negate the possibility of minor-league assignments.
With almost $49 million committed against the $56.8 million cap for next season, the Penguins are counting on veterans to accept less money and term to return and again chase the Cup.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Cathy Burgess, general manager of Cole Harbour Place, has been in touch with the Crosby family in order for the mural to be auctioned off when Sidney brings the Cup to Cole Harbour and has requested that he sign the mural as well. The mural will become the prized-possession of the highest bidder of a silent auction during Cole Harbour's celebration of the Penguins Championship win (the date of which is still yet to be determined) and the money raised will be put towards the expansion of Cole Harbour Place.
Bidding is now open and will be closed on the night of the upcoming Cup celebration in the hopes to raise as much as $2,000 - $3,000 (quite honestly, I'm betting on their getting a whole lot more money raised than that especially if Sidney signs it!).
“I have decided to have my work do something for someone else,” he [Matyas] said. “And you have to have a vision and make it mean something. I want Cole Harbour Place to make a lot of money.”
The Penguins selected Konstantin Koltsov (18th), Matt Murley (51st), Sebastien Caron (86st), Ryan Malone (115th) and Tom Kostopoulos (204th) in the NHL Entry Draft.
The Penguins selected Stefan Bergkvist (26th), Domenic Pittis (52nd), Dave Roche (62nd), Patrick Lalime (156th) and Hans Jonsson (286th) in the NHL Amateur Draft.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
But this one IS A MUST (courtesy of the Pensblog and their official artist, Stephen S.):
- The Penguins are to have met with representatives for Satan yesterday. Despite KHL's interest in him, Satan wants to play in the NHL for the 2009 - 2010 season.
I think this is unlikely; as much as Satan improved throughout the playoffs after being called back up from the AHL, I don't think the Penguins are any more interested in signing him than the day they placed him on waivers, but I could be wrong about that.
- Zigomanis is said to be a priority for the Penguins and a deal could be made prior to July 1st (for a 1- to 2-year contract); he's interested in staying with Pittsburgh.
This would be a good move. Even though he only played for the Penguins for a short time before suffering a shoulder injury, Zigomanis' skill with face-offs made a big difference for the team; he was a top face-off winner with a 60%+ wins.
The St. Louis Blues are also interested in hosting the 2011 game if the Phoenix's relocation comes about and other organizations interested in bidding for the 2013 game are Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets as well as the St. Louis Blues.
The Penguins haven't hosted an All-Star game since 1990.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
TNA's 2009 Slammiversary was this past Sunday, June 21st in Detroit, MI at the Joe and of course Angle took the opportunity to antagonize the Detroit fans by coming out in a Sidney Crosby jersey.
From the Philadelphia Examiner:
Angle comes out in a Pittsburgh Penguins Sydney Crosby jersey... Great stuff,,, crowd boos it... Angle looks cool with beard and hair... Borash makes official announcements after all guys get in ring... Foley wearing tweak and tweet pants from Borash.. Lots of boos for Angle.... Cheers for Foley.... Joe puts on a Red Wings jersey and attacks Angle..
Mario Lemieux's investment group is confirmed as the new owners of the Penguins.
Jaromir Jagr wins the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award becoming only the second Penguin to win these honors.
Penguins visit the White House to meet President George Bush (they are the first NHL team to ever visit the White House).
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Having spoken with Guerin about his time in Pittsburgh, I can tell you that he was absolutely blown away by the way he was received in Pittsburgh. He is also quick to point out that playing with Sidney Crosby and the rest of this group has reinvigorated him and helped him have fun playing the game again.Metzer believes that from what he's heard that Guerin will be offered somewhere in the range of $2 million / 2 years.
I've also read that Mark Madden was reporting the Penguins offered Fedotenko a 3-year deal worth around $2.4 million.
There's a few of them, so I'm only embedding one here and posting links to the rest.
If any of you were there and have any stories / photos you don't mind sharing, please feel free to post a comment or e-mail me!!
NHL.com just released it's latest edition of IMPACT! online magazine.
It's full of Pens articles and the entire magazine is dedicated to the playoffs and Final.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Dupuis is showing off his newest tattoo and it's a pretty SWEET tribute to his playing on the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship team.
I WANT ONE!!
If anyone saw him "show it off" or if you can take claim to the picture, be sure to post a comment or e-mail TSCSF!!
The Penguins selected center Nathan Moon (4th round), goalies Alexander Pechurski (fifth round), Patrick Killeen (sixth round) and defenseman Nick D'Agostino (seventh round) in the NHL Amateur Draft.
Ivan Hlinka named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins (16th in the organization's history).
Civic Arena hosts the NHL Entry Draft.
The Penguins selected defenseman Zarley Zalapski (fourth overall), Dave Capuano (25th), Brad Aiken (46th), and Rob Brown (67th) in the NHL Amateur Draft.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Unfortunately, he wasn't in the office during the beginning of the week, but he was surprised when he returned to the office.
THIS IS WHAT HE RETURNED TO:
And he said he'd make good on his bet and will take me to lunch soon (said he didn't want to cheat me so he's putting a generous limit of $2.00 on my selection!)!! Again I have to say that he's been a good sport through it all (as you can see, he kept all of the signs up since I put them there)!!
WAY TO GO PENS!!!
Malkin was nominated for both the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award with Ovechkin taking home both of those. Crosby was nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, but was beat out by Jerome Iginla. However, Malkin's speech after being presented with the Art Ross Trophy was priceless and he was endearing as ever!
How I see it, both of them won the best awards even though they came up short last night. They were both winners of the Stanley Cup and Malkin was the Conn-Smythe Trophy-winner. I think both of those are probably more rewarding than anything else they could've won!!
As a side note, Talbot and Malkin carried in the Stanley Cup (followed by head coach Dan Bylsma) up to the stage at the beginning of the ceremony. I was pretty impressed with how many of the award-winners and presenters congratulated the Penguins on their Stanley Cup win, especially Ovechkin -- classy!!
Also, the speech at the beginning of the ceremony given by Dennis Leary along with a montage about hockey players, the fans, and the sport gave me chills -- it was absolutely amazing and emcompassed the relationship among all three - GREAT STUFF!!
Did any of you happen to catch Ben Roethlisberger's message in between presentations? It was a surprise to see him during the ceremony, but I suppose it's because he's the QB of the NFL Champions.
Craig Adams (F)
Ruslan Fedotenko (F)
Bill Guerin (F)
Miroslav Satan (F)
Petr Sykora (F)
Mike Zigomanis (F)
Philippe Boucher (D)
Hal Gill (D)
Rob Scuderi (D)
Mathieu Garon (G)
Personally, I'd like to see Fedotenko, Guerin, Sykora, Scuderi, and Zigomanis stay; whether or not that will happen is yet to be seen. Sykora will probably be a long-shot since the talks between him and Pittsburgh hit a snag earlier in the season and he was benched for alot of the playoffs (what a difference a year makes, huh?!!).
Last night on "Savran on Sportsbeat," Stan mentioned that there's been talk of the Flyers being interested and actively shopping Hal Gill. I doubt that he'll stay in a Penguins uniform, but who he ends up with will probably depend on the interest and offers.
TIOPS is reporting from sources that Zigomanis is in talks with Pittsburgh since there's mutual interest in his remaining a Penguin and that a one- or two-year contract "will be finalized by the draft." Additionally, Metallurg Magnitogorsk is interested in Sykora as the KHL is interested in Satan (Pittsburgh will not make a deal with Sykora prior to July 1st and are not interested in re-signing Satan which isn't a surprise).
And only one representative from the Pittsburgh Penguins for either team (Malkin).
2008-2009 NHL First All-Star Team
G - Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
D - Mike Green, Washington Capitals
D - Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
C - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW - Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
LW - Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
2008-2009 NHL Second All-Star Team
G - Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets
D - Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
D - Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks
C - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
RW - Marian Hossa, Detroit Red Wings
LW - Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
2008-2009 NHL All-Rookie Team
RW - Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
RW - Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Also, the NHL network is planning on rebroadcasting the seven games of the SCF series between the Red Wings and the Penguins this Saturday beginning at 8 AM (est) - "Saturday with Stanley." For the entire schedule, visit NHL.com.
"I've been in Pittsburgh for 25 years. A bit more than one-half of my life has been spent (away), so to be recognized in Quebec is something very special."The Order of Quebec is an order of merit and is one of the province's most prestigious honors.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
“Alex is a skilled young defenseman and a tremendous skater, and we are pleased to sign him to a multi-year deal as we continue to build our young core,” Shero said. “He gained some valuable experience this season and made contributions to our Stanley Cup run. He is another example of a great future here in Pittsburgh.”
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So please bear with me and check back for some pictures and stories / news!!!!
WAY TO GO PENS!!!!!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I think TK speaks for the entire team and Penguins organization as well as all of us, Pens Nation!!! Watch the latest "Journey to the Cup" to see what I'm talking about!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Last night was the first time Sykora was in the lineup after missing a total of 14 games and it was also unfortunately the last time we'll see him this season. Rob Rossi has reported that Sykora broke his right foot blocking a shot during the 2nd period of last night's Game 6. The team doctors have treated him and have instructed him to use crutches.
It is expected the Satan will return to the lineup for Game 7 on Friday to replace Sykora.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
PS -- Osgood is the polar bear!!
THANKS to my husband, John, for finding this while reading the paper in his favorite spot!!!
In net tonight: Chris Osgood
Red Wings know what's at stake (06/08/2009)
Cup confrontation has become a war of wills (06/08/2009)
Datsyuk's return 'huge' for Wings (06/08/2009)
Osgood, Wings relish challenges (06/08/2009)