Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What would you do?

You're a hockey fan, and you love your team. The dedication and passion you keep for 'your guys' is limitless. You're not just a hockey fan, you have a love affair with one specific team.

Granted, everyone has 'their' team, but some people (yours truly) have only one team they will ever show their allegience to. So it should be. Hockey fans typically seem to be about the most loyal of any sport, mostly because the NHL is not up there in popularity as is the NFL, MLB, and NBA, and I think that makes hockey fans go the extra mile to show their devotion.

All this brings me to quite an interesting bit of thinking. The premise for this post is not all together original. Yes, my favorite XM radio program "The War Room" is back on NHL Home Ice with the season just days away, and one of my fav hosts, Mick Kern brought up a very thought provoking question today.

Would you.. for whatever reason... get so fed up with your team that you'd say, enough! and leave them for another, or just say the heck with it and just not follow hockey at all? Worse yet, would you be so livid that you'd become a traitor and switch sides to the enemy divisional team?

For me it seems like an alien concept, turn my back on my Penguins? NEVER! That said, there have been a few times in the pre lockout years (and hey who am I kidding, even a few in the AC era.. that's After Crosby) where Pittsburgh, thru the fault of nameless many, have left us the fans with little to no hope of winning, yet somehow us diehards are still standing. And as such, this past year we reaped the rewards of our dedication.

Sure.. but still. Could I do it, honestly? Hmmm... the only thing I think the management team of the Penguins could do to royally piss me off would be to trade someone the caliber of Crosby or Malkin to the Flyers. And even then, sure I'd be livid, but there is still the rest of the team to think about. Seriously though, any dealing with the Flyers would put a huge dent in my heart, but the love would still be there for my Pens.

Even with the possibility of the Pens being moved to Kansas City a couple years ago, I lamented about what I would do. Would I still follow them? Would I switch conferences and make Columbus my new team? It's hard to say, and I'm quite happy I didn't have to find that out.

First and foremost I am a Penguins fan. Very close at number two I am a hockey fan. Hopefully I shall never have to suffer this crisis of faith over my beloved Pens, and whoever you cheer for and follow I wish that for you as well.

Penguins Receive Championship Rings - Pittsburgh Penguins - News##

Penguins Receive Championship Rings - Pittsburgh Penguins - News##: "Penguins Receive Championship RingsTuesday, 09.29.2009 / 8:17 PM / News Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins players, coaches, hockey staff and executives received their 2009 Stanley Cup championship rings at a private ceremony Tuesday night.

Manufactured by Intergold, the rings were designed in consultation with Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma.

“The ring is a lasting symbol of the championship effort of our players, coaches, staff and organization,” the Penguins said in a statement. “We want to thank Intergold for an exceptional effort in helping us commemorate the team’s achievement.”"

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.

“Intergold is proud to have crafted the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship rings,” said Miran Armutlu, president and CEO of Intergold. “This ring was one of the most complex rings we have produced to date, requiring 23 separate dies to achieve our end result. It is truly symbolic of one of sport’s ultimate achievements.”

Monday, September 28, 2009

PENS ALERT: Pens fall to Detroit 4-1. GOAL: P.DUPUIS. Season Opener Fri vs NYR.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Crosby does Kayne?

This article is quite interesting, especially considering it's from a Detroit newspaper.

The handshake incident gone funny: As Penguins snicker at Red Wings, Crosby invokes Kanye West
By George Malik
September 23, 2009, 11:34PM

The Detroit Red Wings' players have no desire to "get past" their belief that Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby snubbed Nicklas Lidstrom (among others) during the Penguins' post-Cup win handshake line, which is just fine if it serves as a motivating factor...But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Kevin Gorman asked Crosby to address the issue last week, and if anything has held true throughout his commentary, Crosby's answer--and Gorman's editorializing--certainly provoke some much-needed laughter:

September 18, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "I think if you look at Serena Williams, she'll take full responsibility for what she did. She probably did something she regrets. Kanye West ... did something he regrets," Crosby said. "When you're talking about the handshake, I did absolutely nothing wrong there."

No argument here. Instead of capitalizing this summer on the success of its most recognizable star and the youngest captain ever to win the Cup, the NHL's image suffered another black eye. Chicago star Patrick Kane was arrested for assaulting a cab driver. The league's cable carrier, Versus, was taken off DirecTV. The Phoenix Coyotes are in bankruptcy court. And the NHL Players Association fired its executive director amid speculation of another lockout in two years. Yet, we're still hearing about Sid's "shake snub."

Shame, shame...

"Everyone has adversity and has to deal with it," Crosby said. "Because you're held to a higher standard doesn't mean you're never going to face adversity."

The pertinent point? Kris Draper and his teammates can only achieve proper revenge if they wrest the Cup from Crosby's hands, placing him in the, "I never want to be in this picture again" ad all over again.

"I think Kris Draper needs to get a life, honestly," Penguins winger Craig Adams said. "I don't know why he can't understand that it was a mistake and not something intentional. The people who know Sid know he'd never do that intentionally."

Yet, three months later, other Wings are still ripping Crosby. Last month, Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski griped to Sports Illustrated, "Last year, we didn't make them wait." Maybe that's because the Penguins allowed the Red Wings to celebrate their Cup win at Mellon Arena before lining up.

"It doesn't affect the outcome. We still won. We're Cup champs, so it's in one ear, out the other," Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton said. "It's unfortunate that they keep bringing it back up."

The Wings have stated their positions succinctly and have done so very briefly. It's the rest of the media yutzes, and the fans (like me) who see no reason to let Mr. Rogers-style finger wagging prevent a team or its fan base from holding a grudge.
PENS PRESEASON ALERT: Pens fall to Blue Jackets 5-2. GOALS: E.MALKIN, N.GUENIN. Next game SUN at Detroit.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Penguins Trim Training Camp Roster to 29 Players

Penguins Trim Training Camp Roster to 29 Players - Pittsburgh Penguins - News: "Penguins Trim Training Camp Roster to 29 PlayersWednesday, 09.23.2009 / 12:20 PM / News Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have trimmed their training camp roster to 29 players, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Thirteen players have been assigned to the club’s top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). They are forwards Wade Brookbank, Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Konstantin Pushkarev, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale and Tim Wallace, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Jonathan D’Aversa and Chris Lee and goaltender Brad Thiessen.

The Penguins have re-assigned 2009 first-round pick Simon Despres to Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

The moves leave the Penguins with 16 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders remaining in training camp. Click here to view the current roster ()

Pittsburgh has until Sept. 30 to reduce its roster to 23 players before heading into the regular season."

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As a side note... Yeah, Paul Bissonette and Chris Conner are still there... go guys!!!
PENS fall 2 TOR 3-2(SO). GOALS: R.BAYDA C.CONNER. *Pens launch new marketing campaign: DEFY ORDINARY. Watch online video 4chance 2win season tix!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PENS PRESEASON: Pens fall to MTL 4-3. GOALS: S.GONCHAR, E.MALKIN, B.GUERIN. STARS: 3)M.CAMMALLERI 2)S.GOMEZ 1)B.GIONTA. Next game 2morrow @TOR.

Friday, September 18, 2009

PENS PRESEASON: Pens fall to Leafs 4-3. GOALS: M.COOKE(1), E.MALKIN(1), B.ORPIK(1). STARS: 3)I.WHITE 2)M.COOKE 1)J.BLAKE. Next Game Monday @MTL.

Crosby calls for answers on firing of NHLPA director

I have been loosely following this story about Paul Kelly, only I heard a bit more about it today while listening to XM's Home Ice. This story from the Globe and Mail is rather interesting, and it's good to see that Sid has put in his 2 cents.


Allan Maki
Globe and Mail Update Last updated on Friday, Sep. 18, 2009 08:15PM EDT


Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby has joined the call for an explanation into why Paul Kelly was fired as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.

Crosby issued a statement today backing up what his agents, J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson of CAA Hockey, had said last night; that the players need to know how and why Kelly was ousted during an executive board meeting in Chicago on Aug. 31.

“I would just say that I agree with Pat’s comments and that I definitely want to know how things happened,” Crosby said. “I am part of the union like every other player and I think we all deserve a good explanation.”

Barry and Brisson, who represent such marquee players as Evgeni Malkin, Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson along with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, released their own statement expressing their concern for how Kelly was dismissed after less than two years in office.

According to Barry and Brisson, they have had “numerous discussions with our clients and other players around the League” noting that “some of the things we have learned about the process are very troubling to us.‪

“We are encouraging each of our clients to educate themselves with union matters so they can understand how these types of decisions are reached,” they added. “We believe that a strong and unified voice is necessary. In order for that to happen, the majority of players must be heard.”

Kelly was fired after the 30-member executive board voted 22-5 (three representatives were not in attendance) in favour of removing him. The vote was conducted via a secret ballot at roughly 3 a.m. ET after players were told the results of an internal review and how Kelly had requested the transcripts from a confidential players’ meeting held previously in Las Vegas.
Former Detroit Red Wings’ defenceman Chris Chelios attended the Chicago meetings. He said when he returned to Detroit he was questioned by Red Wings’ players who wanted to know why such an important decision was made without their knowledge or consent.

“They felt they should have been consulted first,” Chelios said. “They felt I should have gotten the information, and brought it back to them then I could have taken their consensus back to the executive board. I couldn’t agree more with my teammates.”

Kelly had secured the transcript of the Las Vegas meeting to see if the players had violated their constitution by awarding a five-year contract to general counsel Ian Penny. Kelly is believed to have acknowledged he read the transcript to point out the players had violated their own constitution by not following the proper protocol.

The players and advisory board also commented on Kelly’s leadership while he was absent from the Las Vegas meeting. There have been reports the players felt Kelly was too close to the NHL and had not done enough planning for negotiations on a new collective agreement.

Boston Bruins’ defenceman Andrew Ference was involved in the review of Kelly and recently told The Globe and Mail, there were issues of trust. Beyond that, he said: “We made the decision to take the high road and not air our dirty laundry. We decided to do things in a professional manner.”

Asked if the PA was worried about a legal backlash from Kelly, Ference replied: “There are obviously legal issues whenever you terminate someone’s contract. We’re fully versed on all the options. It’s something we hand off to the legal department.”

The PA’s constitution was rewritten after Ted Saskin’s firing in 2007 to include higher accountability through an ombudsman and advisory board. The advisory board included former union leader Buzz Hargrove and Halifax lawyer Ron Pink, who was interested in replacing Saskin only to lose out to Kelly.

Saskin was dismissed after allegedly reading player’s private e-mail accounts to gain information.

Preseason: Pens vs. Leafs tonight

Tonight will see the final -ever- home preseaon game in the Mellon arena. The four remaining preseason games will be on the road. You'll be able to listen to it live online at the X, CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE. And if you're not swayed by listening to the other teams announcers, you can WATCH HERE!

The Pens have released the lineup for tonights preseason game with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.

Forwards
Caputi-Malkin-Kennedy
Cooke-Smith-Guerin
Pushkarev-Adams-N.Johnson
Bissonnette-Rupp-Wallace

Defensemen
Goligoski-Guenin
Lee-Letang
Orpik-Lovejoy

Goaltenders
Fleury
B.Johnson

LET'S GO PENS!

Black and Gold intra squad game jerseys





Aren't those uniforms just kickass? I love them, and wish I could score one of the black ones for myself... *hint hint*

Team Black, which consisted of...

Coach:
Todd Reirden

Forwards:
Kunitz-Crosby-Tangradi
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Conner-Adams-Wallace
Bissonnette-Smith-Godard

Defesemen:
Guenin-Gonchar
Goligoski-Bortuzzo
Lee-Lovejoy

Goaltenders:
B.Johnson
Thiessen

Team Gold was:

Coach:
Mike Yeo

Forwards:
Caputi-Malkin-Fedotenko
Dupuis-Jeffrey-Guerin
Bayda-Rupp-N.Johnson
Haddad-Vitale-Sill/Pushkarev

Defensemen:
Despres-Letang
McKee-D'Aversa
Orpik-Engelland

Goaltenders:
Fleury
Curry



Team Black won the game 3-2, with the three stars being, Goligoski, Caputi, and Crosby.

But dang... those jerseys are slick!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Penguins Reduce Training Camp Roster to 43 Players

Penguins Reduce Training Camp Roster to 43 Players - Pittsburgh Penguins - News: "The Pittsburgh Penguins have reduced their training camp roster to 43 players, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Ten players have been assigned to the club’s top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). They are 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 Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Pittsburgh also released blueliner Jamie Hunt.

The moves leave the Penguins with 26 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goaltenders remaining in training camp. The updated roster is attached.

Pittsburgh has until Sept. 30 to reduce its roster to 23 players before heading into the regular season."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PENS PRESEASON: Pens top CBJ 5-4(OT). GOALS: CROSBY(1,2), CONNER(1), KUNITZ(1,2-OTW). STARS: 3)MAYOROV 2)KUNITZ 1)CROSBY. Next Game FRI vs TOR.

Listen, don't look

I already knew the game wasn't going to be on television anywhere, so I had no hopes of actually 'watching' it. But even XM radio doesn't seem like it's carrying the game tonight against Columbus.

However! CLICK HERE and you can listen online from Pittsburgh radio station the X.

Yay... hockey... even listening to it gives me goose bumps.

LET'S GO PENS!!!

Early preseason game an oddity for Pens - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Early preseason game an oddity for Pens - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Lineup for Pre-Season Game vs. Columbus

Tonights line up for the Pens preseason game with the Columbus Blue Jackets is as follows...

Forwards
Kunitz-Crosby-Tangradi
Dupuis-Staal-Fedotenko
Conner-Jeffrey-Bayda
Sill-Vitale-Godard

Defensemen
Despres-Gonchar
Eaton-Engelland
McKee-Bortuzzo

Goaltenders
Fleury
Thiessen

more from Training Camp

These photos were taken from day one of training camp.

The Consol Energy Center, it's coming along quite nicely. This is the first I've seen it since it wasn't much more than a pile of dirt.

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Marc Andre Fleury sporting his new pads.
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Goalie hopeful Brent Johnson.
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One word... Potash.
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Bossman Shero overseeing the troops.
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"I wanna ride the zamboni...."
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Bill Guerin and Sidney Crosby.
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Captain Kid.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Videos from training camp day 1

As promised, here are a few videos I took from yesterdays first day of training camp.


Sidney going thru one of the many drills.




Marc Andre Fleury trying to hold off seemingly everyone.



Brooks Orpik scoring on Fleury with a wild slap shot. For some reason I got the impression the lady and her daughter behind us had a big crush on Fleury, they talked about/awww'd everything he did, lol.



Tyler Kennedy taking some practice shots, followed up by Eric Goddard. I didn't notice if Kennedy licked his stick prior to practice.



And lastly, another short one of Fleury blocking some shots.



I may post some more thru the week, along with some pictures :)

Go Pens!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Day one of Training camp

I definitely expected more people on hand at todays first day of the Penguin's training camp, than have been there the last two years I went. I'm sure it had something to do with that Stanley Cup thing everyone talks about.

My opinons about front runners, and teenage girls squealing over seeing either Sid or Fluery aside, I'm quite sure there was some folks such as myself that were genuinely there to watch some hockey action again after a 3 month hiatus.

Since I live 2 hours from Pittsburgh, the trip entailed me getting up at 5:30 to be on the road at 6:30. But me and hubby had no problems and were on our way a few minutes early. I was anticipating seeing the new arena under construction, but when we made the turn onto the street to park, the usual crowd at the players parking lot was there, or so I thought. Sure the group that lingers there was there, but included with them was part of the line to get in. Since I can't explain the proximity to where Gate 1 is to where the entry to the players parking lot is, just believe me, the line was LONG.

If I had to guess I'd say there was 3-4,000 people there. We were lucky to get ourselves a nice little place to sit, no not in the igloo seats, or down front, but in one of those little areas with the televisions and phone for you to call the igloo club waitress, but regretably, she wasn't on duty for practice :P But the seating was optimal for my husbands extremely long legs, and we had a view up over the glass.

Practice itself was broken into three sessions.

Team A was first, with the likes of Pens newbie Mike Rupp, Fedotenko, Malkin, Goddard (already working on his mullet as my husband noticed) Kennedy, Eaton, Letang, and Adams being the returning veterans, and the rest of the squad made up of the hopefuls looking for their shot at landing a spot.

Everyone seems to be making note of Tyler Kennedy getting extensive work on Malkin's line, and I think TK has developed considerably since the start of last season, so if he can handle it there, he'd not be a bad addition. With Talbot still going to be out once the season starts, maybe getting regular time at Malkin's side will push Kennedy further to really shine in his new role, if that is indeed where he ends up.

Ruslan Fedotenko smiled alot... somehow I noticed that. Hey, the dude's happy, more power to him!

Team B was next to take the ice. Veterans Cooke, Staal, Dupuis, Orpik, Fleury, and Gonchar made up that team. Marc Andre Fleury was sporting some nifty new pads, still white, but with a Vegas gold color scroll work on them, they looked sharp.

Team C was probably the most anticipated for obvious reasons, as Sidney Crosby was on it, as was fellow returning players, Kunitz, Guerin (not to be confused with prospect Guenin) and a couple of my fav baby Pens, Bissonnette, Caputi, and Jeffrey.

What I would say was my favorite moment of the practice, which I JUST missed with my camera was Crosby and Gologoski getting into a rather seemingly heated pushing and shoving match in front of Fleury's goal (he also came out for practice with team C). What started with Gologoski shoving Sid away from the net, ended with Crosby giving Gogo several hard cross checks to the back, the final one sending him onto the ice. Gosh guys, it's just a drill for crying out loud.

It was strange, though team C's practice was not scheduled to end until 12:15pm, alot of people started to leave around ten minutes to noon. The only thing we could think of either... they're hungry.. or there was football to watch. Who knows, but the Steelers weren't even playing today. So.. what the hey?

Anyhow, I absolutely LOVED it and would do it again for the next three days if it were not for the commute of 2 hours in each direction, and that ignorant construction that came along on the interstate once getting off the PA turnpike... words alone cannot describe the traffic jam we saw going into the 'Burgh on our way home.. on a SUNDAY! Hate to see what that'd be like Monday - Friday. Ugh.

Tomorrow I'll try to get some of my pictures up to share :))))

It's starting!!! Let's Go Pens!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

White House bound

In less than half an hour the Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to meet with the President of the United States at the White House.

Does anyone else see a joke in this somewhere? I try not to censor myself on here too much, but I think this is as good of a time as any to do that, lol.

Let's hope for the team's sake it all goes well :)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The countdown begins

As with all good things, they either come to an end, or the time for their greatness does. Because regretfully, time passes, things change and life as we know it... progresses.

To analyitical for you? Yeah, me too.

The point I'm trying to make here is that summer has faded into back to school sales, and the start of the leaves from my neighbors yard to invade mine. The only up side to all this is that it's less than a month away. What you may ask?

Hockey season of course!!!

Then Penguins have had a glorious summer sharing their Stanley Cup win with family, friends, and fans. But they will start the last season of hockey in the Mellon Arena as the defending Stanley Cup Champions. How great is that?

My own summer was nice, quiet, but I look forward to the sport I've missed 'lo these last 3 and a half months. For the most part I took the summer off from hockey blogging (for obvious reasons) only making sporadic additions with articles I found interesting, and failing to give comment to the couple twits who told me that my team, me, and my blog sucked.

Man, those Detroit fans can be bitter, can't they?