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from Empty Netters,
We know complaining about Don Cherry being a bigoted rube is like complaining about water being wet. It’s just one of those things that’s never going to change. That’s why we don’t take Cherry seriously and you shouldn’t either.
We actually like Cherry. He’s an entertainer. He’s an act. A very good one at that. But nothing more. How can you take a guy who wears daisy-printed suits seriously?
But this jab against Malkin is pretty pathetic. Labeling him as a puck hog is clearly incorrect.
Update 5:00pm ET: More on Malkin from Darren Eliot at SI,
Malkin seems at ease wherever he plays, either at his natural center ice position, shifting to the wing, or manning the point as he has done this season with injuries to point men Ryan Whitney and, particularly, Sergei Gonchar. Malkin is growing as the powerplay quarterback in Gonchar’s absence. It is yet another sign of his development that was accelerated last year when Crosby went out of the lineup with an ankle injury.
When I asked Crosby if he was surprised by Malkin’s calm demeanor while handling the puck at the blueline, he chuckled, noting that, “Gino is calm in everything he does. There could be ten guys out there and he wouldn’t rush.”
via Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury practiced with his teammates for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15.
Fleury had been taking shots in pre-practice sessions with the Penguins for the past week but participated in a full team practice, splitting time with John Curry, for the first time since the injury.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers sure played with Pittsburgh. There wasn’t a player who turned away from the opportunity to get a piece of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, with Colton Orr, Marc Staal, Blair Betts, Paul Mara and Ryan Callahan most notable. Crosby whined on the ice after Orr caught him legally in the first, then whined in the locker room.
“I don’t know if that’s what [Orr] needed to do to prove his toughness - to come after me,” Crosby said expressing a thought so preposterous that he might face suspension by the NHL language police.
Uh, no, Orr did not need to prove his toughness, but the Rangers believed that they needed to prove their worth against an elite opponent.
more on the Rangers win over the Penguins last night.
from Krista Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,
Mike Ilitch has the most brand power of any owner in professional sports….
That’s according to the 2008 Turnkey Team Brand Index, a survey released Monday that uses scientific polling to pinpoint how teams and owners are perceived by local fans.
As the Red Wings’ owner, Ilitch came in at No. 1 among 122 professional sports owners, and his Wings ranked No. 4 among teams.
SportsBusiness Journal lists the Top 20 and Bottom 5 Teams. Hockey teams in the top 20 are the Wings, Penguins, Canadiens and Hurricanes. One NHL team is in the bottom 5, the NY Islanders.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Hall of Fame center Ron Francis is fond of telling about the time he asked Mario Lemieux how he prepared for training camp, and Lemieux responded that, about a month beforehand, he stopped ordering french fries with his club sandwich.
But such attitudes and actions are no more a part of the NHL today than bench-clearing brawls and the Oakland Seals. Conditioning coaches are a staple of every team’s staff, and they have more than a passing interest in what players consume.
“I’m always preaching nutrition and trying to get the right things in you,” said Mike Kadar, who fills that role for the Penguins.
He does not, however, have a comprehensive list of foods that bears his stamp of approval. And, if he did, there’s not much chance that winger Eric Godard’s meal of choice would show up there.
Kadar, you see, is one of those folks who simply doesn’t recognize the nutritional merits of an occasional fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich.
from Mke Knoble of Thrashers Blog,
Erik Christensen knows Pittsburgh. Here’s his analysis of tonight’s game between the Thrashers and his former team, the Penguins.
“Army [Colby Armstrong] and me, we just know their breakouts and everything that Michel Therrien did. We both played for him for three-plus, four-plus years, everything forwards and backwards that he likes to do. Anytime during a game, when we see something they’re doing, we can make an adjustment. We know where they’re going to be on the ice. We just have to figure out how to get around them….”
For a preview of the game tonight, check out Empty Netters which includes a Ty Conklin fight video…
Minnesota and Pittsburgh face each other tonight and that can mean only one thing- another Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard fight?
Empty Netters has highlights of their previous bouts.
“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I have a lot of roots there, and we love Dallas. It is just dream come true to be able to put that jersey back on. I think the reason why (I was not re-signed by the Stars) was a cap issue. That’s the way it is; it’s the way the system works. There are no hard feelings. I’ve very excited to be back.”
from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,
Boucher was notified of the trade on Sunday morning. He shared the news with his son Matthew, 10, and daughter Vanessa, 5. When they were told their father was traded to Pittsburgh, Vanessa responded:
“Daddy’s going to play with Sidney Crosby!”...
For now, Boucher becomes the newest Penguin and he’s excited about putting on the Penguins uniform.
“Who wouldn’t be?” Boucher said. “I have experience. I’ve played in almost every situation. I’m not sure of my role but I’m excited to join the team. I can’t wait to find out.”
According to RDS, the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins have swapped veteran defencemen with the Stars dealing Philippe Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Darryl Sydor.
In the final year of a contract that pays him $2.5-million this season, Boucher is a 35-year-old who has three points and a minus-4 rating in 16 games with the Stars this season. He has 91 goals and 294 points in 723 career games.
from Empty Netters,
What in the world happened to Detroit’s vaunted defense. It totally collapsed in the third period?
Hmmm, I have the same question & many more. I was at the game and the 3rd period was not good, unless you are a Pens fan. More on the game tonight.
added 11/12/08, Video highlights of the game below…
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