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Friday, July 26, 2013

USHHoF Bill Guerin: The Intangible Difference by @ChicksDigHockey

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The Pittsburgh Penguins entered 2009 with some issues in their organization. The 2008 Eastern Conference Champions never really approached conference dominance that next season. Saturday, February 14 of ‘09 typified their short comings of the season. The Pens went up 2-0 in Toronto and looked like they were going to win with relative ease. Instead, they folded like a cheap umbrella in a storm, allowing six unanswered goals in a 6-2 loss to the Leafs. The next day,  head coach Michel Therrien paid for the lack luster season with his job. The Pens knew they couldn’t get back to the playoffs if they didn’t turn things around. Dan Bylsma, who had been coaching the Pens' AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre took over as head coach.

That wasn’t the only move the Penguins would make that winter. Looking for a veteran presence for their locker room and some experience on the Ice, the Penguins acquired Bill Guerin from the Islanders on March 4, 2009. At 38 years old Guerin, the popular Isles captain, agreed to waive his no-trade clause to join the Pens and hopefully be that intangible they were looking for to make a difference.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Guerin Inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pens, Bortuzzo Reach Two Year Deal

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Not content to sit around idle until his projected August 1st arbitration date, the Penguins and defender Robert Bortuzzo have reached a deal that seems to make everyone happy.

Bortuzzo and Dupuis Celebrate
(Peter Diana/Post Gazette)

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Martin, Orpik, Bennett Invited to USA Hockey Camp

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Despite word that US Olympic development camp rosters would be officially announced tomorrow at 10am Eastern, USA Hockey pulled a fast one and released the rosters.  Three Penguins have been invited to attend camp.  You probably didn't expect one of them.

Brooks Orpik defends Sidney Crosby in 2010

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Team Canada, Team Russia Name Olympic Invites

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In preparation for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi both Canada and Russia have named its list of invitees to participate for a chance to be named to Team Canada.  Five of those are Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sidney Crosby with Team Canada
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The Metropolitan Division....Seriously? by @ChicksDigHockey

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The 2013 – 2014 season opens with a league-wide realignment. It had to happen. The last straw was when the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and became the Jets. The travel became brutal and inequitable for the Canadian team prompting a shuffling of the divisions. So, why not rename the divisions when you redraw the lines?

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Penguins Schedule Released

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The NHL has, finally, released the 2013-2014 NHL season schedule.  With that the Penguins know who they'll be playing and when.  Click for schedule, click below for highlights.




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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Penguins Re-Sign Dustin Jeffrey

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The Penguins announce that they have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a one year deal worth $625,000.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Missing Piece: Rob Scuderi by @KyleFourOneTwo

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The Missing Piece: Rob Scuderi



During the first day of free agency, fans of the Penguins rode quite the emotional rollercoaster. Some usual names, some players we have come to know better than some of our family members waved goodbye and sailed steadily into the loving (or not so) arms of another team.

We bid adieu to Matt Cooke, who most likely received two minutes in the sin bin at some point during the signing process with Minnesota, where he will fall under a familiar face in Mike Yeo, former Assistant Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Oh yeah, did I mention perennial third liner Tyler Kennedy was traded to San Jose for a second round pick (yeah, seriously). We wish him all the best, and may there be plenty of space wide of the net to send all of his poorly timed shots.


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Drawing in the Sky by @RobUllman

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A couple weeks back, my wife had to travel to San Francisco on business... and having made several trips out the Bay Area separately but never together, we decided I'd buy my own plane ticket, crash in the nice hotel room and play Betty Draper for a few days.

We did a few touristy things, and had some amazing meals... but with my wife often busy with lectures and other programming at the conference she was there to attend, I found myself with a lot of two- to three-hour blocks of down-time. It was a really nice change of pace to have options when finding things to keep myself busy.

One evening, as she attended the conference's opening keynote, I considered seeing a movie...maybe Iron Man 3 or Man of Steel... at the theater right next door. However, I'd picked up a few new supplies at the Utrecht Art Store a few blocks from the hotel, and was itching to try them out. So, I skipped the movie and set out to find a place to sit and draw.

It was at that precise moment, riding the elevator, that I noticed a sign for The View Lounge, the bar atop our hotel on the 39th floor. I went on up, ordered a local IPA, and sat down to draw. The view was as advertised, simply amazing, even on a cloudy evening.

With hockey on my mind, thanks to Chicago's Game 5 victory the night before, I chose to work on a drawing commissioned by my friend Patrick of former Penguins forward and current radio team member Phil Bourque, the Ol' Two-Niner. Originally meant as a sketch card, I started over from scratch on a larger 6x6" sheet of Bristol and completed the entire drawing, pencils to inks to color, in that beautiful spot as night fell over San Francisco. While it may not be the best drawing I've ever created, it's without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and memorable times I've ever had participating in the act of drawing!



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Monday, July 8, 2013

Tyler Seguin, Please Shut Up by @ChicksDigHockey

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Twitter is a relatively new but vastly popular social medium. Combine that with being a young athlete with confidence and cash and you have a potentially explosive situation. It's a 24/7 world that provides a "no holds barred" social microscope.  For every true blue fan that follows an athlete on Twitter there are just as many waiting and watching for him to mess up so they can pounce on it.

Sports franchises pay big money to market their brand and protect its integrity. It only takes one careless tweet to destroy a brand very quickly. Many careless tweets by athletes have resulted in fines, suspensions and discussions about team social media bans as well as league-wide bans of Twitter.  Sports figures are even hiring social-media experts to keep them out of trouble.

Case in point: Young Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) tweeted Saturday “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.” (He has, famously been traded to Dallas recently from Boston) This, after he previously tweeted a homophobically perceived tweet in April of this year. 

Seguin, who appeared in a video with Boston rapper Slaine, sent out a tweet April 23 about it saying, “Just listened to the song in my bed. Gave me goosebumps no homo…” That time Seguin apparently realized he’d done something dumb almost immediately and deleted the tweet and apologized within minutes of sending it. The April apology read:
“Last night I made an insensitive comment which I sincerely regret. It was my mistake and I want to apologize to those who were offended. I think with myself, it was kind of late at night, just talking with my buddies, sometimes I forget that I’m on Twitter in front of a quarter-million people and not just talking to my friends. It’s just another learning experience.”


 The April incident came on the heels of the NHL becoming the first professional sports league to partner with the gay rights organization You Can Play. At the time, Patrick Burke, who is a leader in the social activism campaign had to talk to Seguin. The Bruins made a non-comment statement and You Can Play made a statement about how Tyler made a mistake but he’ll learn from it.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Penguins Bring Back Craig Adams

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Today the Penguins have re-signed forward Craig Adams.

The two year deal is for $700k per year.  Drafted in 1996 by the Hartford Whalers, the 36 year old Adams has been an important part of the Pens 4th line and PK since March 4th, 2009, when he was claimed off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

This move fills a void that the Pens have on their 4th line this off-season at a reasonable price.



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kris Letang Contract Demands by @ExcitedBobErrey

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Word leaked before the draft Sunday that Kris Letang had agreed to an 8 year, $58 million dollar extension to remain in Pittsburgh.  However, it wasn't until yesterday afternoon that the Penguins finally announced the deal, while the delay was attributed to minor issues that needed to be resolved.  Our inside source in the Penguins organization, a high ranking member of the front office who has knowledge of the negotiations and possibly really exists, told us that the hold up was due to some conditions Letang wanted the Penguins to take care of before he'd agree to the new deal.  We give you a small peek inside the Kris Letang negotiation with a list of some of Kris Letang's contract demands.


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Monday, July 1, 2013

Who is Tristan Jarry? by @ChicksDigHockey

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“Jarry played in 14 games last season as he served as backup to Laurent Brossoit. Will likely continue to do so this season. A hybrid athletic/positional type goaltender that scouts are looking for. Still very raw but emerging as a solid backstop.” – Dan Lizee, The Scouting Report

Tristan Jarry was born April 29 1995 in Vancouver BC. He’s spent the last two years as the number two goalie with the Oil Kings in the WHL. Jarry is ranked #3 among North American goalies by NHL Central Scouting. He has been compared to Carey Price and Marty Turco.  According to scouting reports:

Jarry plays a very athletic, butterfly style. His technique is good and he gets in and out of the butterfly very quickly and does not leave large gaps between his legs or between his arms and body. Jarry has quick legs throwing out his pads to take away the bottom of the net. His glove hand is excellent and takes away the top corners. He moves around the crease well, with good puck tracking and the ability to go post to post with ease. His backwards skating is also solid which should allow him to challenge shooters off the rush. While having solid technique, Jarry is also very instinctive and more than just a "puck blocker" as he has great reflexes and can make the odd diving save that wouldn't expect him to be able to get to.
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