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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.
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.
from Dave Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Yes, Metallurg Magnitogorsk WAS offering Evgeni Malkin $11 million U.S., but he told them to forget it ... In a wide-ranging interview with the Russian Sovetskii Sport publication, Malkin said he told Metallurg he had a new, valid contract with the penguins, and “I’m not Radulov.”..
Asked about the assistant captain logo he now sports, he smiled: “Coach Therrien came up and said I should be wearing it ... I said I wasn’t sure about my English, and he told me you have to start one day, might as well do it now.”
from Empty Netters,
But when you get e-mails like these, you realize why the league’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic is necessary:
“It’s amazing that they crossed halfway across the world for a couple of games. It was a lifetime experience and I really enjoyed being able to watch my Pens live.”
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
Since I didn’t swipe the identification plate of one Miroslav Satan (it’s pronounced Shertan, disappointingly) all I will bring home from Sweden are memories. And while it is neither my natural disposition, nor indeed my job, to look on the bright side, I am honour bound to say this: the National Hockey League’s second excursion into Europe has been a peach.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Minnesota Wild don’t want to give winger Marian Gaborik more than Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin ($8.7 million a year) in a seven- or eight-year extension, they could always consider trading a star for a star.
Here’s one wildcat trade possibility: Gaborik to Pittsburgh for Malkin because the Penguins are very weak on the wing.
That would be akin to Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa, pretty rare stuff in this league where quality usually gets dealt for quantity.
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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Coyotes fans will wonder if Olli Jokinen can get their team over the hump while Chicago fans are hopeful Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has finally gotten their team on the right track.
Will Joe Sakic lead the Avalanche back to another Stanley Cup title?
Can Alex Ovechkin hit 60 goals again? What about 70?
Will the Patrick Marleau and the Sharks ever get to a Cup final?
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
“Pittsburgh was smart to pick up Miro Satan because he’s a more complete player than Marian Hossa,” Adler says. “Hossa is a scorer, but so is Satan, except Satan knows even how to backcheck, AND he’ll know how to get Crosby into scoring positions and get the puck to him.
“Satan slowed down at the Island last season (just 16 goals in 80 games), but that doesn’t mean he he hasn’t got it any longer ... The Islanders stunk last season, that’s all.”
So two veteran hockey observers think Satan can do it. I’m not so sure, and I’ll get into that in a moment. It’s worth noting now, though, that Satan has defied negative expectations in the past.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
At an age when most of his contemporaries are trying to crack their first NHL lineups, Crosby needs only six points to crack the 300-point plateau.
Perhaps the best way to underline what he’s accomplished so far is to compare him to fellow star centers Vincent Lecavalier and Joe Thornton, both in the prime of Hall of Fame careers. And both, like Crosby, were 18-year-old rookies with huge expectations after being taken first overall in the draft. Thornton put up seven points in his rookie year, albeit in limited ice time; Lecavalier had 28. But Crosby was the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Overall, Thornton put up 108 points in his first three seasons; Lecavalier 146. Crosby carries 294 into his fourth season.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Neither Sid the Kid nor Super Mario is the biggest names in town. Last night, I was at an establishment enjoying a diet cola when none other than Adrian Grenier showed up with, well, his real-life entourage. The star of HBO’s “Entourage” was polite when our group asked him if he was going to this weekend’s Senators-Penguins game, saying he thought he’d be gone by then and that he’d never seen a hockey game before. C’mon, Adrian—you grew up in New York!
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