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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal begins with the 2015-16 season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign, and has an average annual value of $5.75 million.
“I believe in Marc-Andre Fleury, as the team does,” said Rutherford, a former goaltender. “He’s won before and he will win again. We’re very pleased to have him signed long term.”
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful surgery today to remove a tumor in his thyroid gland.
Team doctors had said it was possible that the tumor was a form of low-grade thyroid cancer. Results of pathology testing to determine whether the tumor was malignant will be available within 7-10 days.
“Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “The surgery went well and Olli is resting comfortably.”
Maatta, 20, is expected to be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.
The surgery was performed by UPMC head and neck surgeon Dr. Robert Ferris.
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”
Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.
“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.
“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”
He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.
An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.
If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.
via a Pittsburgh Penguins release.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.
“Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term.”
Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery.
Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.
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."
continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...
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....
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