Friday, May 28, 2010

Pens Acquire Goalie through Trade with Anaheim

The Penguins announced on their webpage earlier this afternoon that they made a trade with the Anaheim Ducks for goalie Mattias Modig in exchange for a 2010 sixth-round draft pick.  Pittsburgh and Modig agreed to the terms of a two-year entry level contract.

Modig played the last four seasons in the Swedish Elite League for his hometown team Lulea HF and was drafted by the Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (121st overall).

With today's trade with Anaheim for Modig, the Penguins have a first-, third-, fourth-, (2) sixth-, and a seventh-round draft picks remaining.

Bettman Press Conference in Chicago: Heinz Field Official, Face-Off of 2010-2011 Season and MORE

As expected at his press conference that just finished up, NHL Commissioner Bettman made the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field official!
Other highlights:
  • June 22nd: 2010-2011 schedules will be released
  • October 7th: opening of the 2010-2011 NHL Season (includes Pens VS Flyers, Blackhawks VS Avalanche, Habs VS Leafs, and Oilers VS Flames)
  • January 1st: Winter Classic @ Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (Pens VS Caps)
  • January 29th: All Star Game @ RBC Center in
  • February 20th: Heritage Classic @ McMahon Stadium in Calgary (Flames VS Habs)
For more information, CLICK HERE TO VISIT

2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field Now a Reality (Almost)

Even though Pittsburgh and Washington news sources have been making the announcement all day yesterday, NHL Commissioner Gary Beckman is expected to make it official later today with the announcement that the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field against the Washington Capitals on New Year's Day.  Bettman will be in Chicago for his annual state of the league address scheduled for 2:00 PM.
"It'll be a winter celebration for the region," Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato said of a New Year's Day outdoor game between the Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field.
Although this will be the fourth Winter Classic, it will be the first played in a football stadium.  Heinz Field seats more than 66,000 and Pittsburgh officials "are optimistic" that a majority of that seating will be available for this event.

Ticket information along with an unveiling of the Pittsburgh's Winter Classic logo are expected sometime in late June during a press conference.

According to (reported in the same article in the Washington Post), it will also be announced that a second outdoor game between the Flames and Canadiens (played in Calgary) tentatively scheduled for February.


On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

Tom Barrasso stops 28 shots in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Florida Panthers (making it his fifth post-season shutout with Pittsburgh)

the Pens were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals by the NJ Devils by a score of 4-1
Scotty Bowman steps down as the Penguins head coach with a record of 95-53-16 (.628 winning percentage)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pens Sign 2009 Draft Pick

The Penguins webpage reported this afternoon that they've signed right-winger Nick Petersen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Penguins drafted Petersen in the fourth round of last year's NHL Entry Draft (121st overall).  He played the 2009-2010 season with the Saint John Sea Dogs after playing two seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes in the QMJHL.

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

the Penguins named their sixth GM, Ed Johnston, who replaced Baz Bastien after he was killed in a car accident on March 15, 1983

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ziggy's Fundraiser Team Rosters for Chiefs Alumni Game

Former Johnstown Chiefs members who have committed to play in the Ziggy’s Fundraiser game at Planet Ice on June 5th (as published in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat yesterday):

Black Team
Rick Boyd, RW (1988-1991, 1995-2001)
Jean Desrochers, C (2004-2008)
Randy Rowe, LW (2005-2009)
Jim Leger, F (2000-2003)
Mike Rodrigues, D (2000-2003)
Scott Rettew, C (1988)
Josh Piro, F (2002-2004)
Steve Emmett, Wings (1978-1979)
Jason Spence, LW (1999-2002, 2005-2009)
Brent Bilodeau, D (1999-2005)
Dave Hanson, Jets D (1974-1977)
Paul MacLean, LW (1994-1995)
Toby O’Brien, GT (1988 - coach/GM, 1996-2005)

White Team
Ryan Petz, RW (1995-1997)
Jeff Zehr, F (2003-2004)
Sam Farace, F (1988)
Kris Mayotte, GT (2008-2010)
Scott Allen, coach (1996-2002)
Ian Manzano, D (2002-2005)
Sean Berkstresser, F (2008-2010)
Dmitri Tarabrin, RW (1998-2008)
Joe Tallari, F (2004-2006)
Ian Herbers, coach (2007-2009)
Bruce Coles, LW (1991-1995/2000)
Gerry Zaccaria, F (1988)
Matt Bertani, scout

Honorary Participants: 
Frank Anzalone, coach (2005-2007)
Don Hall, Jets F (1951-1962)
Reg Kent, Jets F (1966-1974)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

Penguins defeat the Boston Bruins in four games to win the Wales Conference Championship for the second consecutive season.


Penguins defeat the Minnesota North Stars in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals by a score of 6-4.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

the Penguins were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Finals by the NJ Devils in Game 5 by a score of 4-2

the Penguins lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the NJ Devils by a score of 4-2 (NJ eliminated Pittsburgh in five games)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Two More Chiefs Confirmed for Ziggy's Fundraiser

In addition to the Chiefs Alumni that were mentioned in a previous post (Jean Desrochers, Joe Tallari, Dmitri Tarabrin, Jason Spence, and John Bradley), they recently announced that two additional players confirmed their participation in the fundraiser game (scheduled Saturday, June 5th at Planet Ice):

Goalie, Kris Mayotte and
Forward, Sean Berkstresser

Deconstructing the Igloo

The Penguins webpage has lots of cool pictures up today of the "arena crew" breaking down the building (I'm not sure whether or not this is something they do at the end of every season or if its special because of the Pens moving into the Consol Energy Center in the fall).  Regardless, its some pretty interesting stuff!!
  • they began by thawing / removing the ice
  • the ice generator was turned off
  • plexiglass was removed from around the rink
  • now on to the protective netting and players benches

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

Evgeni Malkin netted a hat trick for the first time during the playoffs (on goalie Cam Ward which was so infamously called by Mike Lange as "Cam Ward just lost his liquor license!"); it was also Malkin's fifth consecutive multiple-point game in a playoff year having him tie a Penguins team record held by Mario Lemieux, who did it in 1991 and 1992

Kevin Stevens records his first post-season hat trick with the team scoring four goals against Boston's Andy Moog

Thursday, May 20, 2010

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

The Penguins defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals (the Panthers eventually won the series in seven games)

The Penguins opened the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, but lost the next four games in the series

ICEOPLEX at Southpointe opened to the public

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pens Extend Engelland's Contract

The Penguins announced earlier this afternoon that they signed defenseman Deryk Engelland to a one-year contract extension.
The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2010-11 season. The deal is a two-way contract and will pay Engelland $500,000 at the NHL level.

Crosby's 2010 Olympic Stick & Gloves at HHOF

For a limited time, Sid's infamous (and once "missing") 2010 Olympic game-used stick and game-worn gloves are now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame along with gold medal-winning puck and net in the new "Double Gold" exhibit (for both the men's and women's gold medal wins).
"I am happy to see that the stick and gloves are at the Hockey Hall of Fame," said Sidney Crosby. "I am glad hockey fans will get the chance to share the moment by seeing all the artifacts from that overtime up close, including my stick and gloves."
READ the Press Release HERE

In a related note, the 2010 HHOF inductees are set to be selected and announced on June 22nd.  The induction ceremony will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 which will end the 2010 Induction Weekend that runs from Friday, November 5th through Sunday, November 7th, 2010 (ending with the formal ceremony).  Some of the players who are "first-year eligibles" this year are John Leclaire, Eric Lindros, and Matthew Barnaby.  CLICK HERE to for the rest of this list and more information on the 2010 HHOF induction.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ziggy's Fundraiser Featuring Johnstown Chiefs Alumni Game

For years, Dave Zeigler, more commonly known as “Ziggy” has been a mainstay of the hockey community in Johnstown through his equipment business at the War Memorial Arena and more recently across from the arena on Stonycreek Street in downtown Johnstown. Providing everyone with uniforms, equipment and anything else a player or a team needs for a successful season, “Ziggy” was always there for anyone from the local youth and scholastic programs to the Johnstown Chiefs. Last season, his work for the Pittsburgh Penguins earned him a Stanley Cup ring while working with fellow Johnstown native Dana Heinze.

Last month, our friend "Ziggy" was diagnosed with brain cancer. As he was there for all of us at one time or another to keep us on the ice, it is now time for us to come together for him. With the gracious help of Planet Ice, June 5th will be a special night with the Ziggy's Fundraiser to benefit Dave Zeigler and family.
WHAT: Chiefs Alumni hockey game
WHERE:  Planet Ice - Johnstown, PA
WHEN:  Saturday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
BENEFITS:  David "Ziggy" Zeigler and Family
COST: $50 / adult ticket; $20 / child ticket - purchase at Ziggy's pro shop, Planet Ice or Scott's By Dam (or contact OR PH# 262-7465, ext 203)
GOAL:  500 tickets

Chiefs Alumni set to take part include Jean Desrochers, Joe Tallari, Dmitri Tarabrin, Jason Spence, and John Bradley

The fundrasiser will include a silent auction with a number of priceless hockey memoriabilia including Sidney Crosby autographed jersey (among other Pens items), Steven Stamkos autographed jersey, TBL promotional hockey stick signed by Lecavalier.  There will also be a skate with the players following the game.

DONATIONS can be made at any First National Banks under the Ziggys Fundraiser account or can be mailed to First National Bank, 550 Central Avenue, Johnstown PA, 15902 (please make checks payable to Ziggys Fundraiser).  You can also make donations online through PayPal HERE!!

For more information, visit the fundraiser webpage and / or Facebook page.

Penguins Karaoke Their Playoff Blues Away

Last Friday, the Penguins players blew off a little steam at Excuses Bar & Grill in Southside ... it turned out to be an amazing night for everyone lucky enough to be at the bar.

Excuses Bar & Grill "Sometimes, I go to work. And, I have a person crab at me because I have the audacity to put a lemon. In their lemonade. And. Sometimes, I go to work and get to see Sidney Crosby sing Karaoke and not need his bodyguard, because we let him be a kid. A very polite and cool kid, at that. Or Jordan Staal, Brook Orpik,... Chris Kunitz, Max Talbot and Billy "Freakin'" Guerin. Okay...the whole team."
Pittsburgh Frank "Craig Adams was singing lead & Sid did back up on 'Don't Stop Believing'. Mike Rupp sang 'The Gambler'. And it may have been Adams again on 'Sweet Caroline'. Can't quite remember. But, I do remember the crowd chanting 'Let's Go Pens' during the Bah Bah Baah part of the chorus. Bless the Pens effort on the mike but they should stick with thier day jobs."

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

2008The Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-0, and won the Eastern Conference Championship in five games. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 21 shots for his third career playoff shutout.

1996The Penguins dropped Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Florida Panthers, 5-1, and eventually lost the series in seven games.

1995Pittsburgh goalie Ken Wregget stopped 33 shots to shut out the Wasington Capitals, 3-0, to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I was watching the Blackhawks / Sharks game during which Mike Emerick announced that Ray Shero's mother had passed away today, so I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Shero family.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Follow / Friend Me on Twitter and FB!!

I could really use more fellow Pens fans as friends on Facebook and following me on Twitter (I miss Penguins hockey already and would really enjoy talking hockey with all of you!!)!!!

So if you haven't already done so,

FRIEND ME on Facebook!!
(please mention "Pens" in the request)

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

The first Stanley Cup Final game was played at the Civic Arena; the Pens lost to the Minnesota North Star by a score of 5-4.

Penguins rookie Michel Briere was involved in an automobile accident tha would leave him in a coma for nearly a year before he died (April 13, 1971).

Friday, May 14, 2010

"Gonchar, Malkin on their way" to the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship

This is the recent headline on the IIHF webpage announcing that 13 teams have announced additions including Malkin and Gonchar for Russia (also see RHF link below).
The Russian Hockey Federation confirmed that Pittsburgh Penguins players Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin are on their way to Cologne to join the Russian national team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.

Penguins Officially End 2010 Season (Along with the Igloo's Time as Their Home)

The Penguins webpage is reporting on today being the last day for the Penguins orgnaization and that the playersare there to clean out their lockers and meet with the coaching staff for the last time this season (and the last time in the Mellon Arena - sad to think!)!!  It makes me think of school ending for the summer when you move on to the next grade and leave your friends to enjoy your summer with family (not so regimented of a schedule).  However, unlike leaving school for the summer, I think its always bittersweet for the team as well as the fans, especially this season since we'll be leaving one home and moving into another next season ...
The day is also the final goodbye for the team. It is the last time that this group will be together ever. With free agency and other dynamics, next year's team will not resemble this year's squad. So this group that battled side by side for eight months will shake hands and part ways.

World Hockey Championships - Crosby OUT, Malkin & Gonchar IN

According to a few news sources, a few hours after the Penguins' season ended with a loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday evening, Crosby was invited to be a replacement for Team Canada in the world hockey championships being held in Germany.

Crosby was to replace Ryan Smyth who suffered an ankle injury, but declined the invitation.

It's also been reported that both Malkin and Gonchar will participate for Russia in the world hockey championships, but nothing confirming this has officially been released (at this point, it's still a rumor).

Another Reason We Stick By the Pens ...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Team to Be PROUD Of!!!

When you fall down on the journey up the mountain, the disappointment of not making it to the top makes it difficult to appreciate just how far you have gotten.
Penguins Webpage (05/12/2010)

THANKS for a great season, boys, and for all the Mellon memories!!  We'll get 'em next year!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Get PUMPED for Tonight's Game, People!!!

THANKS to Benson and the guys over at Benstonium for this amazing piece of artistic video paying tribute to the 2010 Penguins and Mellon Arena!!

If it doesn't give you chills, YOU'RE NOT A PENS FAN (or you have no emotion at all!)!!!!!




Friday, May 7, 2010

Pens - 2, Habs - 3
Series tied 2-2

Montreal Canadiens webpage
RECAP (05/06/2010)
The Numbers Game - May 6 (05/06/2010)

The Montreal Gazette
Habs rally late to tie series with Penguins (05/06/2010)
Habs battle back to tie series (05/06/2010)
Only thing left for Kostitsyn is road out of town (05/06/2010)
HABS Inside/Out blog
Round 2, Game 4: Canadiens battle back, tie series (05/06/2010)
Sergei seems good as gone now (05/06/2010)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

[UPDATE] Pre-Game Notes (Pittsburgh VS Montreal - GAME 4) - Guerin OUT, Rupp QUESTIONABLE, Staal TBD

according to the latest reports on the Penguins webpage:
  • Guerin will not be in tonight's lineup with a "likely return" for Game 5 on Saturday
  • Staal is a "gametime decision" (which we sorta knew with HC Bylsma's slight "slip" last night to the media)
  • Rupp is questionable for "undisclosed reasons"
both Billy G. and Staalsy participated in this morning's skate, but their status for gametime is unknown (last I heard, Staal was still "day-to-day"); when I read / hear updates, they'll be posted here so check back!!

(from the Pens webpage):
  • Andrei Kostitsyn, who had been working on the fourth line, skated with Scott Gomez and Mike Cammalleri
  • Sergei Kostitsyn wasn't at the morning skate
  • Jaroslav Spacek did skate but his status for the game is still not known
Pens lead series 2-1
In net tonight: Jiroslav Halak (projected)

Montreal Canadiens webpage
PREVIEW (05/05/2010)
On the offensive (05/05/2010)

The Montreal Gazette
Habs fans finding there’s money to be made in playoffs (05/05/2010)
Quick-healing Staal close to returning to Penguins’ lineup (05/05/2010)
Got Habs tickets? (05/05/2010)
HABS Inside/Out blogGill joins scrubs on the ice (05/05/2010)
Penguins' Staal practises in full equipment (05/05/2010)
Habs, Pens – some of them – back on ice (05/05/2010)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

That's So MAF (the musings of a Penguins goalie) -- NEW "History Will Be Made" Commercial

I can't embed the video on my blog right now because I'm at work (and the party-poopers restrict video, etc.!), so I'm posting the link to the Penguins webpage (AND I'll have to wait to watch it until I get home!)!!

Staal Back at It!!!

Unbelievably (to me, anyway), Staal actually participated in practice with the team today!!!  That can only mean GOOD THINGS!!!

The Penguins webpage is reporting that he "appeared strong on his skates" - WOW!!!  It would seem as though they're planning a return soon which is totally amazing to me considering the type of injury to and his having surgery on his foot!!

Bylsma said after the Game 3 skate. "He is progressing. He was on the ice for a short time without his gear on testing out his foot and his skate. He’ll remain day-to-day and doing well."

Pens - 2, Habs - 0
Pittsburgh leads series 2-1

Montreal Canadiens webpage
RECAP (05/04/2010)
Edged in Game 3 (05/04/2010)
So close (05/04/2010)

The Montreal Gazette
Montreal always puts on a good show (05/05/2010)
'Guys were out too long': Martin (05/05/2010)
Malkin the difference for Pens (05/05/2010)
Penguins were ready to be taken (05/05/2010)
Crosby snakebit in Montreal (05/05/2010)
Martin's system paying off (05/05/2010)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[UPDATE] Pre-Game Notes (Pittsburgh VS Montreal - GAME 3) - Bylsma On Staal & the Roster


DB on roster updates:
"Jordan Staal, there were a few chuckles when I said he was day-to-day. But he is day-to-day. He is progressing. He was on the ice for a short time without his gear on testing out his foot and his skate. He’ll remain day-to-day and doing well. Being the playoffs, Bill Guerin is just a maintenance (day) and will be game-time (decision). Mark Letestu was on one of the four lines today. He’s a guy we would insert into the center position if need be."
DB on the risks of playing Staal:
"We would not be risking anything in terms of his health. You’d have to talk to a doctor about the procedure. There is no risk right now. He has to heal from the surgical wound and get back in his boot and be comfortable playing. It’s not a risk in terms of weighing if he should play."
the Penguins webpage reported that Bill Guerin was absent from this morning's skate and the line combinations were "adjusted" as follows:

LINE COMBINATIONS (projected from this morning's skate)
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis ... is this RIGHT - this is the third line (perhaps because HC Bylsma doesn't have the "matchup" choices?)???
  • perhaps these lines are a better fit for the opposing team's match-ups in the previous two games ... I'm not sure the reasoning, but we'll see come gametime (aside from the fact that HC Bylsma has been switching it up after the first few line changes of the game anyway)
the Penguins webpage also reported that Staal skated for about five minutes prior to the morning skate, so I'm thinking he's anxious to get back and as much as we're anxious to have him back in the lineup I'm HOPING that he doesn't push it (and the the Penguins medical staff doesn't allow him to push it either)!

  • Jaroslav Spacek (D) was back on the ice this morning since being out of the lineup since Game 3 against Washington with chest congestion, but his status is still "day-to-day with a virus"
  • And, of course, Andrei Markov (D) is out for the rest of the season with a lower-body injury
Series tied 1-1
In net tonight: Jaroslav Halak (projected)

Montreal Canadiens webpage
PREVIEW (05/03/2010) 
More of the same (05/03/2010)

The Montreal Gazette
HABS Inside/Out blog
Read all about it (05/03/2010)

That's So MAF (the musings of a Penguins goalie)!

Yesterday I posted a few things about the Penguins off-day including the fact that Talbot, Fuerin, and Fleury were made available to the media prior to leaving for Montreal and I received a request for video of Fleury's interview (ASK and ye shall receive!)!!

On this Date in Pittsburgh Penguins History

Marian Hossa scored 7:10 into overtime to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 win to eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.


The Penguins and Flyers played the third longest game in NHL history (five-overtime, 152:01 minutes); the Flyers won, 2-1, on Keith Primeau's goal. Penguins goaltender Ron Tugnutt made a team-high of 70 saves in that game.


The Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-2.

The Penguins surrendered a playoff team high 61 shots on goal in regulation against the Florida Panthers.


Tom Barrasso earned his fourth post-season shutout after he stopped 26 shots to defeat the New York Islanders, 3-0, in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Finals (the Islanders ended up winning the series in seven games).

Monday, May 3, 2010

Off-Day Notes

  • the Penguins had an optional practice today with ten players participating: McKee, Leopold, Fedotenko, Godard, Ponikarovsky, Johnson, TK, Rupp, Cooke and Thiessen
  • they also made a few players available for media interviews before they headed to Montreal for Game 3: Fleury, Talbot, and Guerin

Saturday, May 1, 2010

NEW Crosby Commercial from Gatorade Canada

This commercial comes from Gatorade Canada to congradulate Sid's on his success so far this year (Kent Carter was nice enough to send it to me through email a few days ago) ... GOOD STUFF!!!

Off-Day Notes

  • according to HC Bylsma, Jordan Staal underwent surgery to repair the lacerated tendon in his foot and is listed as "day-to-day"
    • according to TSN, Staal underwent this surgery last night repairing the severed tendon running from the top of his foot to his toe and that it was originally believed that Staal's season was over but it now depends on how his foot heals and he could rejoin his team at the Conference Finals "if" they make it that far
    • Staal had never missed an NHL game due to injury to this point in his career, having played 358 consecutive games
  • since returning to practice Wednesday, Jordan Leopold was able to participate in a regular white practice jersey instead of a gray / blue "no contact" practice jersey; so things are looking positive for his return shortly
  • here's the lines at today's practice in Southpointe:


  • other players were not present to take part in practice at Southpointe today: Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Bill Guerin, Chris Kunitz, Mark Eaton and Sergei Gonchar (Mark Letestu is practicing with the main team today)
  • according to the Montreal Gazette's blog, HABS Inside/Out, Andrei Markov returned to Montreal "immediately after last night's game, if not before the game had ended" to see team orthopedic specialists; ALSO Jaroslav Spacek is ruled out for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon

Update on Staal Injury

The Penguins webpage reported that Jordan Staal had "a procedure to repair a lacerated tendon in his foot" according to HC Bylsma and that there is no time set for his return although he's not being ruled out for the semi-final series.  Staal left last night's game against the Habs suffering the injury and did not return for the remainder of the game.
"As far as a time frame goes we will not put a time frame on it at this point," Bylsma said. "But he has not been ruled out for a return."

Pens - 6, Canadiens - 3
Pens lead series 1-0

Montreal Canadiens webpage
RECAP (04/30/2010)
Extra special (04/30/2010)