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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer.
But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere.
"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him."
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from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.
First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.
But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.
Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.
“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”
Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.
The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Overcoming adversity is something we all do, yet when it’s laid out before us on the Zenith in vivid Victory Green, it seems downright noble. What the Stars did to the Penguins was inconceivable, and yet it happened. They grabbed hold of a game that looked like it was going to end 8-0 and they won it 3-2. They ended a six-game losing streak in Pittsburgh and posted their first victory there since 2000. They rallied to score the latest game-winning goal since the team moved to Texas in 1993.
When the Stars scored with 2.9 seconds remaining, the official time of the goal was 19:57 of the third period. Twice, the Stars have scored at 19:55 in Dallas (1995 Guy Carbonneau vs. Boston and 2011 Jamie Benn vs. Phoenix). Once, they scored at 19:59 in Minnesota (1988).
That, in and of itself, makes Thursday’s win special.
What makes it more special is the fact the Stars easily could have let that game slip away, and nobody would have thought anything of it.
more and watch the Tyler Seguin winning goal below...
No upate yet on his condition.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
With the Penguins coming into Toronto to face the Leafs on Saturday, the Sun sat down with Crosby for a one-on-one looking back — and ahead — on his prestigious career. Without further ado, we present the fourth edition of Sidney Crosby: Unplugged.
First off, are we to assume that your healing wrist is fine after your three-point night against Anaheim on Thursday?
“I feel great. Healthy. Ready to go.”
You’ve taken a pretty good pounding in the first nine seasons of your career, including concussions. There actually have been claims that, even as you approach the prime of your career, your body is breaking down. How do you address those allegations?
“I don’t know. It’s not really up to me, I’m going to try to play the same way. I don’t know how you avoid that. I mean, you want to play in the Olympics. You want to play in the playoffs. And everything that goes with it. So, I’d much rather be harder on my body and competing than being on the outside looking in watching in April. If that’s a tradeoff, then I’ll take it.”
You’ve taken a physical beating during the playoffs, a time when opposing teams seem to target you even more than normal. How do you deal with that?
“I don’t think you are going to avoid that. I think that’s just the nature of it. It’s a different game, the playoffs. They don’t seem to call those games the same as they do in the regular season. You just have to deal with it, find ways to get through it and find ways to create. It’s team toughness. It’s picking your spots. It’s sticking together. There’s really no set rule....
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
They came into the league out of the ashes of a soul-sucking lockout that scuttled an entire season and got the kind of fanfare that precedes players maybe once in a generation.
They were asked to do nothing less than restore hope and guide the NHL into a new future, a new golden age of hockey.
So on many levels, it's hard to argue that Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin haven't delivered on those demands in spades, time and time again.
"They're still the face of the league. For sure they are," said one longtime NHL player who has worked at a number of positions with a number of teams around the league.
Between them, Crosby and Ovechkin have collected five Hart Trophies and six Ted Lindsay Awards as the players' MVP in the past eight seasons. And then there's Crosby's Stanley Cup ring and two Olympic gold medals.
"That's not going away," the source said of the two players' accomplishments, regardless of whatever issues assail their respective franchises.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Best case: A team that had started to tune out Bylsma is revived by the roster shakeup and Johnston’s new voice, steamrolls through the Metro, then rides Crosby’s dominance to a Cup win. We all claim we saw it coming all along.
Worst case: Nothing quite clicks, Malkin or Crosby (or both) get hurt again, they struggle to secure a decent playoff seed, and then Fleury melts down again in the playoffs. We all claim we saw it coming all along.
Bold prediction: A slow start leads to an avalanche of mid-November “time to blow up the Penguins” hot takes. Then they win the division by 10 points.
more on the Penguins plus a look at the other six contending teams...
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The injury keeping Evgeni Malkin out this preseason is one the franchise center suffered in the United States — not Russia — according to Penguins coach Mike Johnston.
And with four scheduled practices left before the Penguins' first regular-season game Oct. 9, Malkin doesn't have a lot of time left to prepare....
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the day before the first camp practice, Johnston said he expected Malkin's absence from an undisclosed injury to be “fairly short.”
Johnston said a week later that no additional tests or evaluation had been required; they're simply “waiting it out.”
On Friday, Johnston amended the original timetable, setting it another four to five days.
It has now been five days since that point, and Malkin is showing no signs of a return.
read on plus more on the Penguins...
from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
Hockey will be back in a few weeks, and that's pretty rad. Right now, we get "hockey."
Preseason games mean something to the guys who are playing in them, and the people who work at the arena, and the media that covers day-to-day events of the teams that are involved, and some of the people in the stands. For me — whose job consists in no small part of stuff like this — they mean nothing. I must create my own meaning. Life is what you make of it!
5:55 — On my way to Consol Energy Center for Penguins-Red Wings. However I felt on the ice at Staples Center in June, this is the opposite. I love hockey and I love my job. Just not in late September.
6:15 — Some scalpers a block down Fifth Avenue are yapping because they can't get $30 for their tickets. People will totally pay $20, though. Totally.
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