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