Wednesday, September 30, 2009
PARTY at the Igloo on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here are the 52 names allowed by the league that have been inscribed on the Stanley Cup which includes ownership, executive staff, coaches, players and hockey operations staff:
2009 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF (27)
Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle, Bill Kassling, Tom Grealish, Tony Liberati, Ken Sawyer, David Morehouse, Ray Shero, Chuck Fletcher, Ed Johnston, Jason Botterill, Dan Bylsma, Mike Yeo, Tom Fitzgerald, Gilles Meloche, Mike Kadar, Travis Ramsay, Chris Stewart, Scott Adams, Mark Mortland, Dana Heinze, Paul DeFazio, Danny Kroll, Frank Buonomo, Tom McMillan, Dan MacKinnon, Jay Heinbuck
Sidney Crosby (Capt.), Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin, Craig Adams, Philippe Boucher, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Mark Eaton, Ruslan Fedotenko, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mathieu Garon, Hal Gill, Eric Godard, Alex Goligoski, Bill Guerin, Tyler Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, Kristopher Letang, Brooks Orpik, Miroslav Satan, Robert Scuderi, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Maxime Talbot, Mike Zigomanis
HOW AWESOME IS THAT??!!!!
Each 14 karat white and yellow gold ring contains 167 diamonds, totaling approximately 4.50 carats of diamonds and averaging approximately 100 grams of gold. The top of the ring is crowned with a custom-cut black onyx imbedded with a 1.3 carat pear-shaped diamond to create the Penguins logo. The logo is placed on an image of the Stanley Cup, which is sitting on a bed of round diamonds replicating the arena and ice surface.
The ring is further adorned with 12 princess-cut diamonds on each side of the shanks. The title “Stanley Cup Champions” is written along the ring’s left and right outer rim/bezel. The left side of the ring features the player’s name and number as well as a list of the team four playoff series victories. The right side of the ring has the year 2009 split with three Stanley Cups, adorned in diamonds. The two outer Stanley Cups are inscribed on top with 91 and 92, paying homage to the Penguins’ two previous championships.
"I feel better," Crosby said. "I’m not where I want to be but it’s progressing and hopefully by Friday (home opener) it’s something I won’t have to worry about. There was no point where I thought I had to get off or felt like it was getting worse, so that’s good."
They placed Ryan Bayda (F), Paul Bissonnette (F), Chris Conner (F), Deryk Engelland (D), and Nate Guenin (D) on waivers with the intention of assigning them to Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton while Max Talbot (F), Mark Letestu (F), and Ben Lovejoy (D) are on the injured reserve (IR) list.
All NHL teams must submit their 23-man active rosters to the league by 3:00 PM today.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Skoula comes from the Colorado Avalanche who drafted him in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Skoula adds nine years of NHL experience, including a Stanley Cup championship in 2001 with Colorado, to the Penguins’ roster. He has played in 724 career games and 79 playoff contests during stints in Colorado, Anaheim, Dallas and Minnesota.I just read that the Penguins signed him just hours after the Columbus Blue Jackets released him (he tried out for and was released by the Florida Panthers in addition to Columbus). Their loss is obviously our gain seeing as how Shero works!!!
Bayda was placed on waivers today and if he clears, he'll be sent to Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton.
The Penguins announced yesterday that they signed forward Ryan Bayda to a one-year / two-way contract.
Bayda played for the Carolina Hurricanes for five years after being drafted in the third round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (80th overall) and played three years at the University of North Dakota prior to that.
He attended this season's training camp on a professional tryout.
INTERESTING SIDENOTE: During the finals on May 22, 2009, Bayda was fined $2,500 as a result of a match penalty he was assessed for cross-checking Kris Letang in the chin at the end of game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Mellon Arena will open doors at 6:00 PM instead of the usual 6:30 PM and ask that fans be in their seats by 7:25 PM.
“This will be another great night for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the greatest fans in hockey,” said team president David Morehouse. “The big screen is one of our special playoff features, but we wanted to bring it back for this very special opening night.”In honor of this special occasion, the big screen will begin showing playoff game highlights and the Stanley Cup Championship DVD this coming Wednesday.
Well to start off, being the defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Pens already have a mark on their backs so I’m thinking that teams will step up their game when playing against them at least in the beginning. The other difference this year is that they won’t have to prove anything to anyone with a Stanley Cup under their belt.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Here is the line combinations for the game:
This one should be interesting. The game will be broadcast on 105.9 "the X" instead of the Penguins new HD radio station streaming on the webpage.
The Penguins webpage reports that there wasn't a morning skate, so line combinations aren't known (and even though Croby skated this morning, it isn't known whether or not he'll be in the lineup due to his sore groin that everyone has been hearing so much about!). Here is the roster:
Sidney Crosby (TBD)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Bissonnette-Rupp-Godard / Bayda
Again, the game will be broadcast on the Penguins new HD radio station. If you're hoping to watch the action, try ATDHE.net right before the game is set to start (7:00 PM).
PT-R did report that "Lovejoy remains a candidate to win the job," but that he did not practice yesterday at Southpointe.
"And today and through these gifts, we're ensuring that the culture in this city travels home to countries all around the world," said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.You can bet that Ravenstahl received one of these gift packs - just because (he's probably received several of these types of gift packs over his tenure as Pittsburgh's mayor!)!!
PRETTY SWEET, HUH?!!
Bob Errey and Jay Caufield preview the upcoming season and provide analysis of the defending Stanley Cup champions. What will Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin do for an encore? What will be the impact of newcomers Jay McKee, Mike Rupp and Brent Johnson? What will new assistant coach Tony Granato bring to Dan
Bylsma’s staff? Packed with interviews, highlights, commentary and more.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"We will see (about Johnson's status)," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It was more precautionary than anything."Last season, Johnson had hip surgery, which kept him out for the rest of the season for the Washington Capitals.
FORWARDS - Wade Brookbank, Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Konstantin Pushkarev, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale, Tim Wallace; DEFENSEMEN - Robert Bortuzzo, Jonathan D’Aversa, Chris Lee; and GOALTENDER - Brad Thiessen.
Penguins first-round draft pick Simon Depres has be re-assigned to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
They have until September 30th to reduce the roster before the regular season.
THE KID IS HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!
"When the defending Stanley Cup Champions raise the banner on October 2 on FSN it will be a historic night. Not only will we celebrate the franchise's third Cup, but the game will launch the first season during which FSN Pittsburgh will deliver all 70 of the Penguins games in HD,” said FSN Senior Vice President & General Manager Ted Black.In addition to televising the games, they plan to continue broadcasting special Penguins programming including the return of "Penguins Instant Replay" and "Penguins Rewind." Other programs will include:
- Spotlight: Penguins Preview 09’ (debuts Monday, September 28th at 7:00 PM) followed by
- The Raw Tapes: Pens Summer Celebration '09 (at 7:30 PM)
- In My Own Words: Sidney Crosby, Season IV
- The Raw Tapes: Pens Summer Celebration ’91
- The Raw Tapes: Pens Summer Celebration ’92
Interestingly, the Penguins only dressed "five players who appeared in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals" - but that's pre-season hockey.
NEXT GAME - Thursday, September 24th @ 7:00 PM (Columbus Blue Jackets)
I hope I get out of this "funk" I'm in -- normally, I would be listening to every second of a pre-season game whether it sucked or not -- I'm seriously thinking I do have my own case of a Stanley Cup hangover (it's OK only if I get over it by October 2nd which I'm thinking I will especially since I'LL BE THERE TO WATCH THEM RAISE THE BANNER - that should do the trick!!)!!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The game will be broadcast on the Penguins' new HD radio channel at 105.9 HD2 and streamed live on www.pittsburghpenguins.com. Steve Mears, host of the "Penguins Live" show on the HD channel, will handle the play-by-play with Phil Bourque providing color.The NHL Network will also be broadcasting the game on television (the station is picking up the TSN feed from Canada).
A few readers had said that sometimes the NHL Network has free live streams online, so check that if you don't have the NHL Network.
Well, I really can't say too much about this game since I didn't get to listen to it, so I don't have an opinion. For WHATEVER REASON, I just can't seem to get myself into the pre-season (even though it's hockey!) -- maybe I'm having a Stanley Cup hangover!!! Even at the game I was at last Friday, it was different and I just couldn't get into it.
The one thing I can point out (the obvious) is that this is the second time the team has given up a lead - no big deal really since this is pre-season and the lines / combinations are constantly changing and are not the ones that they'll be playing with come October 2nd.
"It was OK," ... "We haven't got a lot of chances to practise it. We've still got some kinks to work out, like timing. As we go on we have to improve, no doubt. but it's good to have everybody together" - Sidney CrosbyIf anyone else had a chance to see / listen to the game and has any thoughts, please feel free to comment!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Penguins released the lineup for tonight's pre-season game against the Canadiens.
The game will be broadcast on the Penguins' new HD radio channel at 105.9 HD2 and streamed live on www.pittsburghpenguins.com. Steve Mears, host of the "Penguins Live" show on the HD channel, will handle the play-by-play with Phil Bourque providing color.Let's hope they practiced their penalty killing a bit seeing as how all four of the Maple Leafs goals came on powerplay opportunities.
Anyway, tonight's game will be on RDS, TSN2, the NHL Network (US) and on
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The following ten players have been assigned to Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: forwards Aaron Boogaard, Zack Sill, Joey Haddad, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Nick Petersen and Keven Veilleux; defensemen Lane Caffaro, Brian Strait and Alex Grant; and goaltender Jordan Parise.
The Penguins have re-assigned forward Nathan Moon to the OHL Kingston Frontenacs and released defenseman Jamie Hunt.
This leaves Pittsburgh with 26 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goaltenders remaining in training camp.
Pittsburgh will have to reduce the roster once again by September 30th to 23 players prior to the start of the regular season.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
OK -- this is like the second time I posted a date given by Malkin which turned out to be incorrect. The first time was with the team's visit to the White House (which was only a day off) and now it's the month for when they'll be receiving their championship rings (which is about a month off!)!!
According to Rob Rossi, the Penguins will be receiving their rings sometime prior to the beginning of the regular season which is pretty soon (Malkin said that it would be in November)!
Rossi also gives some interesting tidbits about the ring:
- although the rings are "silver colored," the material is more expensive than sterling silver (platinum, maybe?)
- although the rings will be "larger than any in the history of Stanley Cup-winning teams," they do not compare in size to the rings which the 2008-2009 Steelers received for winning Super Bowl XLIII (SO GLAD - I really do think those are awfully gaudy-looking!)
- inscribed on the rings: results of each playoff series and surnames of club personnel
- Crosby had input into the design, but the only person to have seen the final product is HC Bylsma
Turns out, a tryout simply means the player is unsigned and must travel to the prospective team on his own dime. The likelihood of Sykora not making the Wild is about that of Derek Boogaard scoring 20 goals this season.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The game will be broadcast tonight on "The X" 105.9 featuring Mike Lange and the "Ol' 2-9er," Phil Bourque.
The Penguins webpage have released the following lineup for tonight's pre-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Kunitz-Crosby-Tangradi (<-- this will be interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing him on Crosby's line)
I'm guessing that a few of the big-name players (Malkin, Orpik, Kennedy, Guerin, etc.), are absent from the lineup in order for the coaching staff to get a feel of all the players they haven't seen on the ice up to this point (and perhaps for the "veteran" players to get a little more rest before the regular season starts).
I'm very anxious for this and seeing all the new faces and how they fit in. I'm hoping that the game will at least be broadcast over the radio.
Speaking of radio, the webpage has a link to the Penguins Live Podcast (the full lineup won't debut until October 1st, but there will be special limited broadcasts during training camp).
As I had posted before, the NHL Network plans to broadcast a few pre-season games (Penguins being three of them), but not tonight's game and it doesn't look like anything will be broadcast (at this point) according to the Penguins schedule. If anyone finds a live stream, please be sure to pass along the information - THANKS!!
I'm not aware of any at the present time, but if I find any live streams of the game tonight, I'll be sure to post it here; otherwise, they'll probably broadcast in on "The X" 105.9 (but I'm not certain about that either).
Check back here for any updates through the day!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Today was the first day everyone was back on the ice as a team, so we can now officially start talking about hockey (YESSSSSS!)!!
Since alot of the focus has been on the Stanley Cup and the players / Penguins organization celebrating throughout the summer, there hasn't been alot of thought / talk about Max Talbot and the fact that he will be missing a few months (and who his replacement could be).
The Penguins webpage is posting news about training camp already and even have a camp blog up and today the big talk is that Tyler Kennedy has been skating on the second line with Malkin and Fedotenko. THIS line is quite interesting and one I would LOVE to see stick!! Although any line you put Kennedy on will always be interesting / fun to watch as far as I'm concerned, but stick Malkin in the mix and that makes things a whole lot more interesting!!
And so am I!!!"I'm just taking it day by day," Kennedy said. "I'm not asking questions. I'm just going out there and playing the game. When I'm on their line then I'm on their line. When I'm not, I'm not.""(Kennedy) is a hard working guy that drives to the net hard," Fedotenko said. "He brings intensity. It's up to the coaches but I'm sure he will have his shot on the line. It's up to the coaches but I feel like Kennedy is a great player. We're excited."
Saturday, September 12, 2009
In case you haven't noticed, the Pen unveiled their newly remodeled webpage the other day. The site has been upgraded to feature "a bold new design, including a new-look homepage, video upgrades, increased multimedia offerings, enhanced photo galleries and more social networking features to supplement the same comprehensive coverage of Penguins hockey that fans have come to expect."
PensTV has also been redesigned for the better as well.
Also launching October 1st (which I'm REALLY excited about as I'm sure most Pens fans are) is the new Penguins HD radio channel which is dedicated to the team and NHL news and programming which will be streamed directly on the Penguins webpage (http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/). The Pens are the FIRST in the league to offer such a HD radio channel and is a continuing partnership with the team's "flagship" radio station, "The X," 105.9 which currently broadcasts all Pens games including pre- and post-game programs. The station's main program will be "Penguins Live" that runs from 9:30 AM - 12 noon each day.
In addition to “Penguins Live,” the new HD channel also carry “NHL Live” from New York each weekday from 12 noon-2 p.m. Pittsburgh radio sports personality Mark Madden will then do one hour of exclusive Penguins and NHL-themed content from 2-3 p.m.The station is planning to debut a "preview edition" for the Pens first preseason game on September 15th from 10 AM - 12 noon.
The daily programming will begin with the “Daily Players’ Playlist,” from 9-9:30 a.m., featuring Penguins’ players favorite songs.
The six-hour block (9 a.m-3 p.m.) will then be repeated during the day and evening.
“Pretty awful” were the words that Kris Letang used to describe his golf skills.
“I’m not golfing,” Letang said. “I’m just going to enjoy it and chat with the guys.”
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST!!
The September 18th home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be broadcast on the Leafs' Online Network - Leafs TV while three others will be featured on the NHL Network - leaving only two games that will not be aired (those against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 15th & 24th):
SEPTEMBER 15TH vs Columbus - will not be broadcast
SEPTEMBER 18TH vs Toronto - Leafs TV
SEPTEMBER 21ST @ Montreal - RDS, TSN2, NHL Network (US)
SEPTEMBER 22ND @ Toronto - TSN, NHL Network (US)
SEPTEMBER 24TH @ Columbus - will not be broadcast
SEPTEMBER 27TH @ Detroit - NHL Network (US)
SIDENOTE: "akus" also pointed out that [2009 #1 draft pick] John Tavares' first NHL game will be on Monday, September 14th against the Vancouver Canucks which will be broadcast on the NHL Network (US and CA), VAN.com, and SNET-P.
Friday, September 11, 2009
And Penguins talk to the media after the White House ceremony (is it me or does Orpik look particularly happy?!).
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Yesterday, Sid and Geno delievered tickets to season ticket holders yesterday (which has become a clear indicator that hockey season is close in over the past few seasons)!!
For one lucky fan it was the second time she had her season tickets delivered by Sidney Crosby, but this time he brought his friend Stanley with him!!! The reason for a second visit with the Cup? She predicted that the Pens would win during the 2008-2009 season!!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
And yesterday, Penguins President David Morehouse showed off the Cup to his childhood buddies at a playground in Beechview.
"I felt very fortunate to be in the position I was, in center ice with the Stanley Cup," Morehouse said, "and one of the first things I thought about was to bring this back to where I shaped my life."
New Wild GM Chuck Fletcher spent some time with former Penguins forward Petr Sykora, so learning that he's considering making him an offer to play for Minnesota isn't all that surprising.
Prior to being named GM for the Wild this past May, Fletcher was the assistant GM to Ray Shero in Pittsburgh since July 2006. He was also part of the Anaheim organization for four years in various positions such as director of hockey operations, assistant GM, and vice president of amateur scouting and player development. Sykora was part of both organizations during part of Fletcher's time with each of them, so he has become familiar with the kind of player Sykora is.
According to the Minnesota newspaper, StarTribune.com, Fletcher has yet to make an offer because he's debating the following:
1) Sykora's skating is his biggest weakness. In new coach Todd Richards' up-tempo system, Fletcher has been hesitant to add Sykora to a top nine that already has veterans Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan, who aren't the fastest skaters.
2) Fletcher is still convinced that if he waits a little longer, teams with salary cap problems will trim players via trade or waivers. The Wild has between $2.4 million and $3.5 million of salary cap space (depending on who makes the team), so signing Sykora could inhibit Fletcher's ability to do something later.
THANKS to TSCSF commentor, wim, for the following explanation:
This event is for both the Friends of Fort Dupont(FFD) hockey kids and Fort Dupont Hockey Club, two distinct organizations tat play at Fort Dupont. The FFD kids are part of an overall Kids On Ice program of the rink that has 10,000 kids in its free programs. Fort Dupont Hockey Club simply rents ice at adiscounted rate from the rink.
Prior to the White House ceremony next Thursday evening, some of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be having some fun while helping the NHL partner with "United We Serve, "President Obama's call to service challenging all Americans to engage in sustained, meaningful service to meet growing social needs."
Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Bill Guerin, Evgeni Malkin, Brooks Orpik, and Jordan Staal will be participating in a hockey clinic with Pittsburgh's Hockey in the Hood and DC's Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena which is "the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, DC, and the only skating facility in the area that provides free or subsidized skating and hockey programs to children."
Others who will be present / involved in the clinic are the Ambassador of Hockey is for Everyone, Willie O’Ree, and the Friends of Fort Dupont Kids on Ice Program.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena
3779 Ely Place, SE
Washington, DC 20019
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Office of the Press Secretary
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 6:00 PM
Pre-set and final gather times will be announced next week
Media Coverage: Media wishing to cover this event that do not have a White House Hard Pass must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm Wednesday, September 9th. The event is open press, but space is limited. Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins will hold a brief media availability in the West Wing stakeout area following the event.
Friday, September 4, 2009
There have been several news sites (WPXI, KDKA) and who have also made note of the Malkin interview and haven't been able to confirm it either. I've been watching the White House webpage, but nothing yet -- you know I'll have it here once it's confirmed!!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
"I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them," said Boucher. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years. I am going to miss being with the boys."Boucher was one of those players who wasn't fully appreciated. I liked him and felt he deserved more credit for the role he played on the team both on and off the ice. However, he was able to obtain what had eluded him for 17 seasons - the coveted Stanley Cup. Regardless of all that, he did appreciate Pittsburgh (all hockey) fans and said so today as he announced his retirement.
"I would also like to recognize the best fans in all of sports. I never took for granted what a privilege it is to play this game and how important the fans are," added Boucher.I'm guessing this fairs well for Ben Lovejoy who I would love to see up here with the big boys!!
"First of all I'd like to thank my parents, my mom and my dad. They have always believed and supported me. I'd also like to thank my first coach. He also always believed in me, he put his love and soul into training me. Of course I also want to thank Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Kombinat. Thank you very much for this sports complex. Thank you for the 2 best ice rinks in Russia, in my opinion, that have raised a lot of good players, and will raise future stars. It doesn't matter where we play, we always represent Magnitogork and Metallurg, the team I played for and colors I defended. Any trophy won by me or any other player will be brought to this city of Magnitogork.
(Some applause some boos in the crowd)
I would also like to thank all of the fans out there. Thank all of you that came here today. All those that were cheering for our team... (pause, as if he wanted to say Penguins) ...Metallurg. I want to wish Metallurg many many wins and winning gold in the next season. Thank you."
THANKS to Stan Livshin (twitter = usbzoso), we have some awesome videos and pics of Malkin on his day with the Cup!!