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Pens Not Interested In Gaborik

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pay no attention to rampant Internet speculation that the Penguins are interested in trading for Minnesota left wing Marian Gaborik. His injury history is a major concern. His asking price, at least $9 million annually, is a deal-breaker. The Penguins are not sure the salary cap will rise beyond next season, meaning a third high-priced forward on a long-term deal is unlikely.

more hockey notes…

The way the Gaborik talking is going, we will soon see every NHL team saying they are not spending $8-$10M on a guy who has a history of injuries.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

The Face Of The NHL

from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Crosby’s life is full of photo shoots and commercials, slipping through back entrances to avoid crowds, and more news conferences than most political candidates. He has endorsement deals with Reebok and Gatorade, although he is used far more heavily in advertisements in his native Canada.

“We’ve seen television ratings increase in games he has been in, increased attendance where he plays,” said Brian Jennings, who is the league’s executive vice president for licensing and marketing. “He’s a powerful force.”

But the question is whether the N.H.L.’s promotion of Crosby is enough, whether one player in a medium-size market can lift the league.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Those Classy Devils

from Empty Netters,

...a Penguins fan who was hit by a puck during the team’s home opener wrote in to give us an update on his health.

I was the guy that was hit with the puck in A 27 Row B at the 3:28 mark of the first period. Just to be clear, I WAS paying attention. Have you ever sat down that low? You can’t see a damn thing…

After receiving medical attention for my bleeding head, I returned to the game for the second period. In a very classy move by the Devils, one of their trainers handed me a Reebok Devils hat, signed by all of the scratched players that evening.

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Columnist Suggests Pens ‘Rearrange’ Ovechkin Face

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

If Ovechkin won’t respect Malkin’s status as a superstar, the Penguins can’t respect Ovechkin’s status as a superstar. If that means that Eric Godard does Ovechkin a favor by rearranging his face, so be it.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

Ovechkin vs. Malkin

from Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times,

Though the two are cordial and respectful of what the other has accomplished, it’s also clear that the two won’t be going out for vodkas soon. When the Washington Capitals took Ovechkin first overall and the Penguins selected Malkin second, the two were inseparable.

Though they are reluctant to say otherwise, it’s apparent that neither is on each other’s Christmas card list. Only Ovechkin and Malkin really know what happened to their friendship but it’s clearly non-existent now. Either that or Russians have a very funny way of showing it.

more and perhaps there were issues at least a year or so ago…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin

Barnaby Says More Promotion For AO & Crosby

Matthew Barnaby of ESPN believes the NHL needs to promote Ovechkin and Crosby much more than they are now.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Pictures & Videos Tell The Story

I always enjoy the pictures and videos Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters finds.  Today we have a picture of Flyers and Penguins fans drinking together and the goal calls from Mike Lange.

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Trade Staal Now

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

It’s too early to complain, but…

Crosby doesn’t have any quality wingers.

Actually, it’s not too early to complain about that, or to do something about it….

Penguins GM Ray Shero should trade Jordan Staal for some quality help at wing, and do it sooner, not later. Staal, 20, is a major talent with tons of potential. He plays hard two-way hockey and does everything he’s asked. Staal could play for my team any day.

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Not The Time To Be Talking Staal Contract

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

(Jordan) Staal is adamant that he wants to remain with the Penguins. “When you’re winning, there’s no better feeling,” he said. “I want to be on a winning team and I want to be part of this organization, there’s no question about it.”

But economic realities sometimes force clubs and players to make unpleasant decisions.

Shero has no reservations about negotiating during the season and believes that reaching an agreement with Staal won’t require protracted talks. Still, he acknowledged there are no guarantees.

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Sydor At Forward

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Darryl Sydor deflected the question - why did the longest-tenured NHL defenseman on the Penguins’ roster play six minutes and 31 seconds Saturday night as a left wing? - to coach Michel Therrien.

“Ask him,” Sydor said following the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena.

“I’m going to keep to myself, be a professional and work hard.”

Therrien, who essentially shelved the fourth line that Sydor shared with right wing Eric Godard and forward Michael Zigomanis, said Sydor’s role last night was determined by the need to use him at the point on the Penguins’ second power-play unit.

“And we thought (rookie defenseman Alex) Goligoski did a great job his last game, and we’re going to work with him,” Therrien said.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor

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