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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mad Monday with @MadChad412 (Kris Letang's Injury, Ilya Bryzgalov Rumors)

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Last week we debuted my new format "Mad Monday" with me, Mad Chad. Basically it's a format where I can rant about Pittsburgh Penguin related topics in a somewhat formal matter. Today's topics include Kris Letang's injury, Ilya Bryzgalov rumors, and Deryk Engelland sucking.

So here's what I'm mad about this week:

Injuries before the season even starts: 

In a shocking development, apparently Kris Letang is will miss "Undetermined" amount of time with what's being called a lower-body injury. ESPN first reported that Letang had an upper-body injury, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is now reporting that it's most likely some sort of knee or lower-body injury.
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Dear God: Please Smile Down on Evgeni Malkin by @ChicksDigHockey

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Dear God: 
 It’s me, Hockey Chick. I know we don’t talk as much as we should but hockey season starts this week and if you could give me a few minutes of your time, I promise to not covet my neighbor’s house, his ass, his manservant nor anything that belongs to my neighbor. 

You see, it’s about the Penguins. Not the cute ones who waddle around in the arctic cold but the mighty ones who skate around in the CEC. Despite having assembled a team rife with talent our Pens ended last season on an embarrassing note. We turned our eyes toward heaven many times during the Boston series and cried out, “WHY??” We accused you of forsaking us when Fleury faltered in net. We demanded that you damn it when our pucks were stopped by Rask in the same fashion your son walked on water. We may have been a bit harsh.
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Morning Drive: The League's Atlantic Division Preview

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This past Friday on the Radio: PI Podcast Network presentation of The League, Brian and TJ previewed the all-new Atlantic Division. A lot has changed in the Atlantic, and to supplement their preview, here are their predictions for the regular season final division standings:

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Scouting Report: 9/29 - 10/5

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Each week, Pens Initiative will look at the upcoming week's schedule for the Pittsburgh Penguins and tell you what to look for in these games. We'll cover trends, player performances and everything else that may impact the games ahead.
Game 1: New Jersey Devils
Thursday October 3, 2013, 7:00 PM at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA 
2012-2013 Record vs NJD: 1-3-0

    The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins open the season after seeing many changes occur over the summer. The two teams finished on opposite ends of the Atlantic Division last year. That was before losing prolific scorer Ilya Kovalchuk in an unexpected departure from the NHL. It was also before new ownership arrived in Newark. Before Matt Cooke and the Penguins' "rent-a-players" bid adieu to Pittsburgh.
May Start Thursday
    After re-signing mainstay LW Patrik Elias to a 3 year deal, the Devils did what they could to replace Kovalchuk's flash with size in their forward corps. Forwards Jaromir Jagr (Boston), Michael Ryder (Montreal), Rostislav Olesz (Chicago) and Ryan Clowe (NY Rangers) each signed with the team in the off-season. Days ago, former Red Wing Damien Brunner also signed a 2-year, $5 million contract, giving the Devils strength up the middle they've not enjoyed for many years.
   The Devils' strength, however, may remain where it always seems to be: in their own end. New Jersey made the splash of Draft Day by dealing their 2013 1st round pick to Vancouver for goaltender Cory Schneider. This move ensured the team would have one of the, if not the, top goaltending tandem in the NHL for the upcoming season given both Schneider and future HoFer, Martin Brodeur.

Keys to the Game:

Power Play Responsibility - The Devils have an opportunistic PK, leading the NHL last season with 11 shorthanded goals, compared to Pittsburgh's 2. NJ's penalty killing, as a whole, was middle of the road (81%) but teams with the ability to convert short-handed become especially dangerous in close games.
Offensive Zone Possession - New Jersey is a more physical team than Pittsburgh. To counter this, the Pens will need to hold the puck longer in the NJ offensive zone, forcing the Devils to their heels and putting many shots on net.
Net "minding" - It's no secret that Marc Andre Fleury is a question mark right now. He will need all the defensive support he can get during the early stages of the season to rebuild his confidence. This is especially true when facing either of the league's two elite goaltenders in Brodeur and Schneider.

Game 2: Buffalo Sabres    
Saturday October 5, 2013, 7:00 PM at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA
2012-2013 Record vs BUF:  1-2-0

    As new head coach, Mike Rolston, takes over the Sabres, many questions remain for the team. They have two bonafide superstars in Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. Given the general direction of the team over the past several years, however, they seem as likely to be trade bait leading up to the deadline this season as they are to remain with the team.
Tyler Ennis: Still Developing
    Many of the teams problems have come from the ability to consistently string together victories and arguably led to the departure of Captain Jason Pominville who ended up in Minnesota. But the organization did make moves to bring in Steve Ott and Mike Weber, an infusion of leadership that may have been missing from the locker room. In the meantime, Tyler Ennis should continue to develop into a Top 6 mainstay for the team this season. 

Keys to the Game:

Play Defensive Hockey - Last season, the Pens gave up 11 goals in 3 games to the Sabres, losing 2 of those contests. If Marc Andre Fleury starts this season shaky, a refreshed Buffalo team could easily force the Pens into playing from behind in this contest.
Draw Penalties - The Pens went 3 for 11 on the Power Play last season against Buffalo. Gaining the man advantage early in this game could test the composure of this pseudo-rebuilding team.
Pepper the Net - For all the flak he receives, Ryan Miller is still on the cusp of being considered an elite goaltender. He beat the Pens twice in three attempts last season, giving up only two goals per game to the league's highest scoring team. Hit the net. Hit it often.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Fantasy Blueline: Five Underrated Dmen to Target in 2013-14 by @PITmounD

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Ryan McDonagh could be a trendy Norris pick in 2013-14 ...

Defensemen are typically some of the hardest skaters to properly draft in fantasy hockey. Their value, on the whole, fluctuates so wildly from one season to the next that it is very difficult to properly determine where to select certain blueliners on draft day. Given the unreliability of the position, and Yahoo's notorious failure in accurately valuing NHL players for its fantasy game, we are left with some (often) high-value players going largely undrafted in Yahoo fantasy hockey leagues. Below I will discuss 5 Dmen ranked outside the top-200 according to Yahoo's "O-Rank" so we can discover some hidden value that might help you in your drafts and throughout the season. I hope you enjoy the analysis:
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Questions, Questions by @LCJS

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Is Zatkoff the future at goaltender?

Questions, questions, I have so many questions. Heading into this upcoming season, which begins October 3rd against the New Jersey Devils, I'm left with big questions about how the team is going to handle some of the major issues they have.

First and foremost, I have to wonder about the goaltending situation. Tomas Vokoun’s blood clot, which has been surgically repaired, will keep him on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time. This leaves former Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury. How will he perform? His stats last season were very good, registering a 1.93 GAA and a .920 SV% in 42 games for the Baby Pens. This, however, is not the AHL. Will he stand tall when new division rival Ovechkin is bearing down on him or will he wilt like a flower? 

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Tomas Vokoun "Could Have Died, Might Retire"

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Tomas Vokoun just can't catch a break. For the second time in his career, Vokoun will miss significant time due to a ailment that causes him to have severe blood clots. Vokoun was already declared out indefinitely by the Penguins last week due to his blood clot but now there are reports coming from a Czech interview that Vokoun's career might be over.

In a Czech interview, Vokoun told Karel Knap of that he could have died this past weekend from his blood clot and that he might be forced to retire because of this. The quotes have been translated from Google translation per Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Morning Drive: Radio:PI 9/25

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Last night on the return of Radio:PI, Nick Case and Evil Shero discussed the Penguins heading into the regular season, the Penguins goalie situation, and Ian Altenbaugh talked training camp and the Pens heading forward.  

New Hockey Internet Radio with Radio PI on BlogTalkRadio
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

NHL trying Nickname Jerseys? by @evil_shero

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So the NBA is taking their half-sport/half-circus image even further by having the Heat and Nets don "nickname" jerseys for a few games for this upcoming season.

The Ray Allen of the Miami Heat says, ""It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what's going on around us."

You can read the rest of the article here: NBA Planning Nickname Jerseys

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Penguins/Red Wings Recap, Highlights by @pghgirl15222

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The Pittsburgh Penguins showed why they are Eastern Conference favorites last night en route to defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1. To be fair to the Red Wings many of their starters did not dress but after what Bylsma considered a mediocre performance against the Blackhawks the other night, it might sooth irritated Pittsburgh fans (See: Pittsburgh Steelers record) to see their team meeting expectations. Detroit player Johan Franzen summed it up best, stating “It kind of looks like boys against men out there.''
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Morning Drive: 412 Sports Talk Podcast

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Last night on the debut of 412 Sports Talk with Mad Chad, Chad and Mike Asti discussed the sad Steelers with Steel Dad of, talked to the host of 93.7 The Fan's "Bucco Talk" Stacy Kauffman about your playoff bound Pittsburgh Pirates, and much more.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Extra Side of Jussi Please by @pghgirl15222

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If you look back at April 2013 for the Pittsburgh Penguins, General Manager Ray Shero had what you might call a good month. He literally #Shero’d the NHL as the Penguins went out and traded for basically every available captain on the market. With huge names like Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow making headlines, Shero pulled off another trade that that went widely under the radar; Jussi Jokinen.

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The Suck Rule by @Nick422

Morning Drive: The League's Central Division Preview

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As they did last week with the Pacific Division, Brian and TJ break down the NHL's new version of the Central Division. Listen to the podcast by visiting the podcast's homepage at BlogTalkRadio.
In the meantime, here are Brian and TJ's projected finishes for the Division. Don't agree? Hit up the comment section below or let us know on twitter (@ToonsBrian or @ToonsJack).

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Pens Fans Should Be Happy for the Pirates by @chrisrbarron

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For the last few years, there are no two franchises occupying the same city that seemed to be any different than the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey franchise and the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball franchise.  The franchises were like opposite sides of the same karmic coin - everything that could go right for the Penguins seemed like it did, and everything that could go wrong for the Pirates seemed like it did.

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Fighting the Good Fight by @PandaPSU

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Sep 22, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) fight during the third period at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Buffalo 5-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-142068 ORIG FILE ID:  20130922_mbr_ss9_133.JPG
Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier square off in a fight Sunday night (John E. Sokolowski - USA Today Sports)

     While most of Pittsburgh watched the Steelers fall to a disappointing 0-3 Sunday night, mayhem was ensuing farther north in Toronto.  The game was chippy throughout, but after a fight between the Maple Leafs' Jamie Devane and the Sabres' Corey Tropp, things turned ugly.  At the first face-off following the fight, Sabres' winger, John Scott, went after Leafs' center, Phil Kessel.  For some background, John Scott is 6'8" 270 lbs and spent much of his career in the AHL or as a healthy reserve.  Phil Kessel is 6'0" 202 lbs, a perennial all-star, and one of the game's finest forwards.  So when Scott went after Kessel, Kessel’s natural response was to hit him with two-handed slashes.  A line brawl ensued, culminating in a goalie fight between Sabre Ryan Miller and Leaf Jonathan Bernier.  Oh, by the way, the Leafs ended up winning the PRESEASON GAME 5-3.

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Pens/Blackhawks Recap by @pghgirl15222

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Penguin’s defenseman Kris Letang attended the Steelers game Sunday and saw how Pittsburgh fans react to losing. He obviously did not want to be included in a bad weekend with Chicago teams and ensured it did not happen by scoring two regulation goals in route to defeating the Chicago Blackhawks. The first period proved to be a game of back and forth with little action occurring. If you live in Pittsburgh, or were able to catch the Pirates game, I am sure you were partaking in a game of “back and forth” with the remote.
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Life Without Vokoun by @ExcitedBobErrey

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Marc-Andre Fleury had struggled some in the playoffs since helping lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009, but it was his performance in 2012, when he posted a 4.63 GAA and a 0.834 save percentage, that forced Ray Shero into action.  He quietly dealt Washington a 7th round draft pick prior to the start of free agency for the negotiating rights to Tomas Vokoun then quickly signed him to a 2 year, $4 million deal.  Vokoun had been arguably one of the best goalies in the league since the first lockout and definitely the most underrated, having played on horrible teams in Nashville and Florida before signing with Washington.  It was those years of losing and the desire to win a championship that led Vokoun to sign another cheap deal with a contender, giving the Penguins a starting-caliber goalie at a very reasonable cap hit.  Shero wanted to bring in a goalie who could help take some of the burden off Fleury's shoulders during the regular season and be trusted to take the team deep in the playoffs if Fleury faltered again, and he certainly found that in Vokoun.

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Morning Drive: Case and Point Podcast

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mad Monday with @MadChad412

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I'd like to introduce a new format for my Monday column here at Pens Initiative called "Mad Monday with Mad Chad". In short, it's basically going to be me ranting about the Pittsburgh Penguins for the good and the bad. So here we go.

What I'm mad about:
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I Love It When They Muck It Up and Grind It Out by @ChicksDigHockey

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Muckers and grinders. I love them. The role players. Nothing excites the fans faster than a big hit that results in a quick goal. Everybody has a role in hockey, as we all do in life. When it comes to hockey, there are guys, usually third and fourth liners, who specialize in going to rough areas. I’m talking about guys with skills who finish their checks, take a hit and pop back up. They can score a greasy goal and drop the gloves in the same shift. 

A Mucker is known as a physical player who may lack finesse but gets the job done by forechecking, and working the boards. He's not afraid to do the dirty work. Usually the term is used interchangeably or in connection with grinder and a mucker may play the role of enforcer from time to time.  
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Introducing the Radio:PI Podcast Network

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Starting tonight at 10 o'clock we at the Pens Initiative are proud to launch a one-of-a-kind experience in blogging: The Radio:PI Podcast Network.

What began last season as a post game call in show has morphed into a four night experience.  To learn more and to preview each show read on!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Droid Maxx Review by @evil_shero #VZWVOICES #FAN

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Yeah, I sold out. I don't care. This phone is legit though and its the one that boasts 2 day battery life. My last phone was around when Bylsma and Letang jokes were funny so this was a big upgrade.

Here is is:

What's Good

Its a pretty sexy phone with a large screen. Some of the stuff that really sticks out is the active notifications on it. The guy who was going over the phone with us stated that people hit their power/unlock button 70/80 times a day. This phone will let you know in the lock screen what's going on and you can just down swipe to check it out. All you have to do is take it out of your pocket or touch it and the screen comes up for a few seconds and disappears.

This is what an email looks like.

Also what's cool is that all you have to do is twist the camera twice outward and the camera is ready to go. No BS just camera. So when my son is ready to bury a goal I can have my camera ready super fast. It can take burst pics by holding it down and it has a built in focus and flash on the device. The pics look pretty good. 

This was taken at night with no lights on.
There are a lot of other amazing features but I'm going to save them for another post.


Since this is a google phone it wants to sync all of my google+ contacts automatically giving me half completed profiles from over 2000 people I don't know. Who the hell uses google+? I found out you can choose which contacts you want to display but google makes it impossible for anything to work without you syncing all of your accounts.

Also, NO NHL GAMECENTER ... so far. They were kind enough to give us free NFL Mobile which works amazing but its very non-applicable to what I attempt to write about. 

Finally, I can't get my email to give me push notifications without syncing my google+ accounts. I DON'T USE GOOGLE+ NO ONE DOES!

I will probably (and legally obligated) do another blog post soon detailing more of the functions I like on the phone. Most likely in video form so I can show you all live what this phone can do.

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Pens/ Blue Jackets Recap by @pghgirl15222

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The Jussi went loose-y during the Penguins preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, but in the end his natural hat trick was not enough to defeat the newly aligned division rival. 

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Free Wallpapers for your Cellphone by @ryannoble66

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Here are some new wallpapers for your cellphone just in time for the NHL season!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Vokoun Out Indefinitely with Blood Clot

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According to the Penguins back up goaltender and playoff hero Tomas Vokoun will miss an indefinite amount of time recovering from surgery to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis.

Full story below.
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. @evil_shero Scraps: Bortuzzo vs. Brookbank

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Sep 19, 2013 1pd 08:08
2013-2014 Preseason

This fight all started when Kane pickpocketed Bortuzzo and "Borts" hit him hard behind the net. Brookbank, a veteran scrapper, got his number and waited for a chance to throw down with him. 

Brookbank has bounced around teams from Devils, Ducks, and Blackhawks amassing 421 PIM in 304 NHL games his brother Wade spent some time with the WBS Penguins on two separate stints. 

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Friday, September 20, 2013

This Week in Penguins History by @robullman

Getting to know Beau, By @LuigiLemieux

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February 15th 2013. Seems like yesterday right?
The game was against the Winnipeg Jets, and finally it seemed as though Penguins fans were going to get their first taste of the phenom from California that we had been hearing so much about. Standing at a modest 6'2, and looking every bit of 180 lbs, Beau Bennett looked like the kid that you just let cross the street picking your son up from school. It did not take long however, to realize that there was nothing "elementary" about his game. Beau was here to stay. It just took a little bit of time for us to figure out in what capacity he was going to fit in to the vaunted "system" we have grown to both love and shake our heads at. Now, as we move into the waning moments of the preseason, we have a little bit of a clearer idea. Beau is looking like our newest top six winger.

Since he came into the League that February evening, Beau Bennett's strengths became apparent. He is a strong skater that can make tons of room on the ice where little (if any) exists, paired with a quick and strong shot Bennett keeps offensive chances moving. In his first few tastes of NHL action totaling 26 regular season games, Beau posted 3 goals, and 11 assists for 14 points. A +/- of 7 paid tribute to his playmaking abilities and deft real time hockey IQ. something he is going to need playing on a monster line like he is poised to inherit.

During his first foray into postseason hockey, Bennett showed us a penchant for the dramatic providing the Penguins with the Game-winner in his first ever playoff game on his first ever playoff goal. Call me crazy, but great sports stories start with something that makes your jaw drop, and that night standing outside the Consol Energy Center watching a giant television loaded on the bed of a Mack Truck, not a chin was left unsullied by the dusty gravel lot.

It looks as if now, after a few run-arounds with the top six, Beau is finding his chemistry creating plays with likely future line-mates Evgeni Malkin, and James Neal. Bennett is passing with precision and generally helping his star studded comrades look every bit as dominating as we know they can be. Granted, everything is not perfect. Transitions like this one take time to meld into the picture perfect line we know has all the ability in the world to take over opposing squads with little regard. Like with most lessons, only time will tell how Beau Bennett pans out in his first full on trial by fire, supporting what many regard as the best top six in the NHL.

I predict a huge season for Beau. Before you stick me in the corner and accuse me of "homerism" and rallying the troops for an optimistic start to the regular season, know this: I do not think our Penguins will come out of the gate hot. I think it will take a little time to settle down. However, as I look into the Crystal Ball and try to find a bright spot in the sea of unsure preseason perspectives, I keep coming back to a young eager California kid taking the ice in the Black and Vegas Gold, wearing number Nineteen. Beau Bennett will breakout and show the world why the Penguins days of searching for a stop-gap winger to feed the Two-headed Monster is over.

Let's Go Pens!

Now drop the puck already.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Tale of Two Franchise Players by @Nick422

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He was drafted in the early part of the draft, in the first round, by a floundering but proud team from Pennsylvania.  Despite success not seen by many at his position in his time with his team, which he helped lead back to the top and back to relevance, he never quite got the praise he deserved from the fan base for which he worked so hard to succeed for.

They chided him with claims that he couldn't come through in the clutch, that he didn't care enough about the game, that he was replaceable.  No matter who was behind him in the depth chart, a lot of people wanted the back up in over him stating that they would do better.

Despite being a franchise player, the respect in the city he played for never seemed to have been earned despite franchise records and stellar play, praise from the pundits and on air talking heads who followed the sport the closest.

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The Straw That Stirs the Drink by @ExcitedBobErrey

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Ray Shero knew that he was getting a steal in the spring of 2011 when he managed to pry James Neal away from the Dallas Stars for just Alex Goligoski.  That much is underscored by Shero somehow bringing back a capable NHL defenseman in Matt Niskanen as well.  And while the logic from Dallas centered around the team desperately needing a puck moving defenseman, the Stars really didn't know what they had in James Neal when they traded him away.  Ray Shero probably didn't fully know what he was getting either, although he certainly saw the trademarks of an elite player.  James Neal went from the 25 goal, 50 point player Joe Nieuwendyk saw his first 3 years in Dallas  to the 40 goal, 80 point powerplay monster Ray Shero envisioned he could be in Pittsburgh.

Craig Patrick knew that he was getting a dynamic future superstar at the NHL Entry Draft in 2004.  The Pittsburgh Penguins had finished with the worst record in the NHL in the 2003-04 season but "lost" the draft lottery and settled for picking Evgeni Malkin with the second overall pick.  "Lost" because even in 2004 Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin were viewed to be head and shoulders above the rest of their draft class.  They were two incredibly talented Russian players projected to be superstars in the league, with some scouts preferring Malkin's game to Ovechkin's.  "Lost" because looking back on the draft now, it's all but impossible to argue that second overall pick prevented Pittsburgh from walking away with the best player.  "Lost" because that second overall pick allowed Pittsburgh to keep all three of its ping pong balls in the league wide 2005 lottery, including the one that had Sidney Crosby's name written all over it.

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More Than Superstars by @brumistheshow

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Being a fan of the Pittsburgh penguins is pretty cool. We boast a line-up of stars that very few fan bases have ever seen. We have one of the best young snipers in James "the real deal" Neal. We have the dreamy, sexy-haired defenseman Kris Letang. The globe trotting, selfie taking, quote machine that is Evgeni "Geno" Malkin. Those 3 alone would make most teams favorites, yet we still boast the best in the world - Sidney Crosby.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Penguins are Getting Defensive by @pghgirl15222

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"Penguins Are Getting Defensive"

Newest Pittsburgh Penguins hire, assistant coach Jacques Martin, may not seem all that important or even go noticed among the fan base, but his presence is one that is much welcomed and will be felt this season. Martin, whose previous coaching resume includes three stops as a head coach, brings a wealth of knowledge to an already strong coaching staff. Martin specializes in defensively sound hockey, something this Penguins team may not see as a strength, especially after last year’s playoff failures. He has seen and coached enough hockey to recognize and develop what should be a strong core of defensive players.

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.@evil_shero Scraps: Payerl v. Melart // Vitale vs. Wisniewski

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 9/15/13 Penguins vs. Columbus

3pd 04:51

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From Journeyman to Superman by @pandapsu

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From Journeyman to Superman 

Picture an NHL player who was undrafted and then finally makes it to the NHL. He shows flashes of greatness, but hits a rough patch and shuffles between four different teams in a two-year period. Most of us would probably guess this story would result in the player’s career coming to a quiet end, perhaps meddling in the minor leagues for its majority. This would be the most likely and logical conclusion, but certain players come along that are special and able to buck the trend. In this particular case, the player described above is none other than the beloved Pascal Dupuis.

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Marc-Andre Fleury are you there? by @MadChad412

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I know  the topic that I chose to write about this week has been talked about to do death, so I'm hoping to bring something new to the conversation. Pittsburgh Penguins' starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is approaching the most important year of his career this season with a thousand question marks surrounding his future.

Fleury, 28, is entering the second to last year of his contract, which expires after the 2014-2015 season. Fleury, who was stellar during last year's shortened regular season, lost his starting job during last year's postseason to Tomas Vokoun and never got it back.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Sweet, Sweet Fantasy (Hockey) Baby by@PITmounD

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Brent Burns should be on your fantasy radar in 2013-14 ...
Okay, folks ... it's finally time for the first fantasy hockey article of the season. I'm here to get all you boys and girls ready for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts by providing you with a few gems to keep an eye on and also a few players to approach with caution. Hopefully this list will give you the edge you need to take home the fantasy gold this season. Let's get started, shall we?

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Evgeni Malkin: Head and Shoulders Pics

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Apparently Evgeni Malkin is a new spokesperson for the shampoo "Head and Shoulders" in Russia. 

Here's the source

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Hybrid Icing Heats Up by @ChicksDigHockey

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Hybrid Icing will be tested in the 2013 – 14 NHL preseason. This mixture of touch no-touch icing could be implemented for this regular season if the trial goes well. As for the timing of possible implementation, NHLPA board will vote on hybrid icing toward the end of the 2013 exhibition campaign. If it passes, it then goes to the NHL Board of Governors. If that passes, hybrid icing is in for  2013-14.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Pacific Division Preview by @ToonsJack and @ToonsBrian

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This week on The League, Brian and TJ covered all the major moves that took place in each of the Pacific Division organizations. As a supplement to that particular podcast, the guys present their predictions for the division.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Paper Penguins by @pandapsu

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Paper Penguins

The year was 1992. The Penguins entered the season as back-to-back Stanley Cup champs. They had the best player in the game. With 56 wins and 119 points, they not only ran away with the Patrick Division but won the President's Trophy as well. 17 straight games were won, a record that still stands today. They had two 50-goal scorers and five 30-goal scorers, as well as four players with at least 100 points.

Enter the 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins. For the first time in over two years, the Penguins entered the season with Crosby and Malkin 100% healthy. It was a lockout shortened season, which many thought would play right into the Penguins' hands, as they seemed to get run down in the playoffs over the last few seasons. In March the Penguins strung together 15-straight wins, good enough to tie for second in NHL history. Their roster seemed to be loaded with talent, and then Ray Shero decided to make a few acquisitions. He signed the Dallas Stars captain, Brendan Morrow. Then he proceeded to address the team's defense question mark by bringing in some grit with Douglas Murray. When everyone thought the Penguins were done, Shero struck a deal with Calgary in the final hours of the trade deadline to acquire their team captain in Jarome Iginla.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kris Letang's Insane Offseason Workout: Must Watch

What's next for Fleury? by @pghgirl15222

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Marc-Andre Fleury flops around as the puck glides through his legs slowly. The crowd holds their breath. He then lowers his head, stands up, and skates around looking skyward.  Sadly, this has become the norm for Pens fans. Fleury’s mental game is his biggest flaw and it destroys all of the confidence instilled in the 28 year old goaltender. For a team with very few weaknesses, his issues are as unavoidable as Sidney Crosby’s talent.
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