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Can Hornqvist, Ehrhoff, Greiss, Spaling, Downie, and Comeau help the Pens to a Cup this year?

Rob Ullman

This week in Penguin's history with illustrator Rob Ullman. Check out his store under SHOP for hockey, comics, and pinups.

Hang Out With The Pros

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Bring Back the Fun by @Nick422

The pieces are in place, aside from a tinker here and there, and we finally have an idea of what our 2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins will look like.  They'll be deeper, younger, and lacking some very familiar faces.  The main goal, as always, for the new group may remain win the Cup but there's a secondary goal for this squad of Penguins:

Bring back the fun.


The Reality of Pascal Dupuis' Return From Injury by @ChicksDigHockey


When the 2014-15 hockey season opens, a lot of things will be different about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Familiar faces are gone and in their places will be those we only know as opponents. One of the returning favorites will be Pascal Dupuis who hasn't played since he injured his knee in December when Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, which propelled Crosby into Dupuis. His knee bent awkwardly and it was later determined he tore his ACL.


I was surprised at the number of people who were judgmental of Pascal Dupuis’ knee injury, subsequent surgery and rehab. Seems everyone feels comfortable critiquing something like an ACL tear because, let’s face it, most people know someone who has had one. The reality is, the entire approach to the ACL is different for a professional athlete than it is for a car salesman who plays dek hockey on the weekends. 

When Dupuis wasn’t rushed to the OR after his injury some were critical calling it the strangest ACL recovery ever. In reality it was smart. Most surgeons prefer not to rush an injury to the operating room. First off, you never want to operate on swollen (edematous) tissue unless you have to. Swelling distorts the tissue and makes it hard to actuate the extent of the injury. Sewing distorted tissue is riskier than putting two clean ends together and healing is adversely effected.

Upcoming Milestones by @LCJS

Close your eyes.

No, on second thought, don't close them.  It's impossible to read that way.

Figuratively close you eyes and think back to 2005.  That was the year Sidney Crosby got drafted.  I'm sure you remember the excitement of that moment and dreaming about all the promise that the future would hold.


Well, Crosby has played in 550 games since then and is about to hit a few milestones.  If Crosby plays in 11 games this season, hopefully an easily achievable goal, he'll pass Martin Straka (560) for 10th all time in games played for the Penguins.  If he plays in 23 games and he'll pass Bob Errey (572).  If he plays in 24 games and he'll pass Dave Burrows (573).  Playing in 70 games will have him pass Ron Schock (619) and 72 games will push him past Ron Stackhouse (621).  Realistically, he'll move into 6th place on the Penguins games played list... right behind Brooks Orpik's 703.

Crosby also needs 26 goals to reach 300 as well as only 5 assists to hit 500 for his career.  Achieving 800 career points will also likely happen this season, as he currently sits at 769.

Other players will hit some milestones this season as well.  Evgeni Malkin needs only 8 assists to reach 400 and 68 points to reach 700 for his career.

Marc-Andre Fleury needs 12 wins to reach 300 for his career.  He also needs 2 shutouts to get to 30.

Kris Letang needs 24 assists to reach 200, something he should achieve if he remains healthy.

When it comes to career milestones not necessarily all achieved with the Pens, there are a few.  Chris Kunitz needs 29 points to hit 500 for his career.  Craig Adams needs just 1 assist and Blake Comeau needs 8 to reach 100 for their careers.

Pascal Dupuis needs 18 goals to reach 200 and only 6 points to reach 400.  Rob Scuderi needs 10 points to reach 100 for his career.

Hopefully players stay healthy enough so that we can enjoy seeing these players hit all of their milestones this year.

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Lee can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LCJS  

Pens Initiative Exclusive: Steve Downie Training Video

We sneaks at Pens Initiative are at it again.  This time we've obtained exclusive video of new Penguin Steve Downie training for this coming season.  Click below!


The #IceBucketChallenge Replies

Twice last week we took up the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness and the replies from the challenged have come pouring in (get it?!).



Downie and Neal at Hockey Night in Barrie! by @VeryBarrieColts #HNIB


Last night in Barrie, Ontario Steve Downie and James Neal took part in an annual event that raises money for the RVH which is a local hospital. The event, which also featured Steven Stamkos, Aaron Ekblad, Tanner Pearson and many more current and former NHL players topped its highest total raised at one event this year bringing in $251,000. In the 7 years the event has been held the total raised is over $1.4 million dollars. For pictures and more coverage of the event, check out my post I did for my A Very Barrie Colts Blog here. 

Though this is hardly "breaking news" worthy, we figured it would be fun to point out not only that Downie was rocking the coolest hair cut I have ever seen (no picture I got did it justice, I think the style could only be referred to as a "rat cut"), but that he was wearing Pittsburgh Penguins hockey pants. The entire event he was joking around with Stamkos, Neal and the rest of the players. He seemed to be a guy that the other guys enjoyed to be around.

JAWPA's Golden Ticket: Win Penguin, Steeler & Pirate Season Tickets!




Face it, this is a great time to be a sports fan in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. The Penguins, obviously, have some of the biggest names in the NHL. The Pirates are finally relevant late in the MLB season. Steelers football is right around the corner. Add Pitt, Penn State, Duquesne to the mix. Don't forget the Pittsburgh Power. The Junior Achievement of Western PA (JAWPA) Golden Ticket gives you a chance to win SEASON TICKETS to just about every team in town for only $50.

While the prize is a sports-lover's dream, this is really about helping the JAWPA with their mission.
Junior Achievement is a program that focuses on teaching our youth skills equally important to basic math and literacy, yet often ignored for all but a semester during high school. The key for our youth to succeed in the immediate and long-term future reside as much in their ability to exercise sound economic decisions as much as their ability to read and write.

JAWPA services nearly 68,000 children of school age in Western PA, preparing them for their future by teaching them about things like Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and simply being prepared for the workplace. That's a major task for the organization which rely on some 3,000 hardworking volunteers.

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The Pens Initiative #IceBucketChallenge Part 2

It seems everyone wants a piece of the ol' PI boys (and girls) these days.  One trip through wasn't enough, we had to make this a TWO PART SERIES!  This is the Ice Bucket Challenge Part 2, all to raise awareness for ALS.


Sidney Crosby is Playing For His Legacy by @ChicksDigHockey




This season marks a new chapter in the Sidney Crosby era of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The reign of Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma, which included a Stanley Cup, has ended. The locker room, rumored to have been plagued by a negative attitude, will have to find a new conscience. The star power is mostly intact but the coaching staff – as well as management – are all new.

If it's hard for you to wrap your brain around all the changes facing the 2014-15 Penguins, imagine being Sidney Crosby. No matter what has transpired in the offseason, he is expected to be the leader of the team, both as captain and as the most skilled player on the ice.  While a place in the HHOF surely awaits him, in this next chapter Crosby plays for his legacy. 

Pens Initiative Takes the #IceBucketChallenge

We've spent the better part of the last few weeks watching the Penguins take on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Awareness.  We've had a good laugh and wondered who was next.  Turns out it's us!  Yesterday our friends at YaJagoff challenged the Pens Initiative crew to the popular Ice Bucket Challenge.  We weren't going to let it pass without tackling it.



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7 BETH MYNCIN
Beth Myncin
@pghgirl15222 SCHEDULER/WRITER 7/1 PITTSBURGH, PA
20 BRANDON MARINACCI
Brandon Marinacci
@brandon20m TWITTER MANAGER 12/30 PITTSBURGH, PA
17 BRIAN BLYSTONE
Brian Blystone
@toonsbrian PODCAST/WEBMASTER/WRITER 12/2 GIRTY, PA
8 CHAD DIETZ
Chad Dietz
@pgh_hockey_dad TWITTER 4/8 PITTSBURGH, PA
69 CHAD NOLAN
"Mad Chad" Nolan - 412SportsTalk.com
@madchad412 PODCAST/FEATURED WRITER 11/7 MUNHALL, PA
48 CHRISTOPHER BARRON
Christopher Barron
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24 DAMIAN ROMANO
Damian Romano
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12 EXCITED BOB ERREY
"Excited" Bob Errey
@brianK_pi FEATURED WRITER 1/23
1/23, kid
PITTSBURGH, PA
44 IAN INSECT
Ian Insect - construxnunchux.com
@construxnunchux CONSULTANT/PROOFREADER 10/25 PITTSBURGH, PA
86 JIM MEINECKE
Jim Meinecke
@pandapsu FEATURED WRITER 8/6 JOHNSTOWN, PA
64 KYLE FRITZ
Kyle Fritz
@luigilemieux FEATURED WRITER 3/27 FT LAUDERDALE, FL
79 LEE CJ SOBOTKA
Lee CJ Sobotka
@lcjs FEATURED WRITER 10/11 GIBSONIA, PA
87 LIZ
Liz
@chicksdighockey FACEBOOK/FEATURED WRITER 5/3 PITTSBURGH, PA
14 MICHAEL TRAEGER @DXTraeger FEATURED WRITER 10/10 PITTSBURGH, PA
11 MIKE "BUZZSAW" ASTI
Mike "Buzzsaw" Asti - ChampsSportsNetwork.com
@mikeasti11 PODCAST 1/26 PITTSBURGH, PA
22 NICK CASE
Nick Case - CaseAndPointSports.com
@nick422 PODCAST MANAGER/WRITER 4/22 CARNEGIE, PA
5 NICOLE TRACEY
Nicole Tracey
@hockeynicole FACEBOOK MANAGER 11/15 PITTSBURGH, PA
21 PAUL CLEMENTE
Paul Clemente - ConstruxNunchux.com
@evil_shero FOUNDER/MANAGER/WRITER 5/26 PITTSBURGH, PA
10 ROBERT ULLMAN
Robert Ullman - AtomBombBikini.net
@robullman ILLUSTRATOR/WRITER 11/23 WARREN, OH
18 RYAN NOBLE
Ryan Noble - ConstruxNunchux.com
@ryannoble66 SCHEDULING MANAGER/WRITER 9/8 TORONTO, ON
3 RYAN VALDISERRI
Ryan Valdiserri - TheClassyYinzer.com
@theclassyyinzer MERCHANDISE 9/14 MT LEBANON, PA
27 SEAN GRIFFIN
Sean Griffin
@griffthw FEATURED WRITER 5/5 RICHMOND, VA
29 TIM CURRAN
Tim "TJ" Curran
@toonsjack PODCAST 11/1 ST. LOUIS, MO