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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
No Russian born player has ever won the Art Ross Trophy. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeny Malkin are poised to change that with the pair continuing to battle for the league lead in points.
However, the buzz around the NHL as the regular season winds down targets another major award; the Hart Memorial Trophy.
From John Buccigross at ESPN,
The Penguins have to at least consider and discuss trading Evgeni Malkin this summer if he is looking for an Alexander Ovechkin-type contract ($9-10 million per season. Term doesn’t matter. You always will be able to trade a great player if he is healthy), and the team concludes that paying a combined $17 million for two players on their roster will greatly affect their Stanley Cup plans.
NHL teams will have to look at things as NFL teams do. You won’t be able to fall in love with players, and you can’t talk about being a contender for 10 seasons. You have to look through smaller windows. Otherwise, you could have a very good season, then be mediocre for the next five. You have to keep looking forward, keep building.
more... odds and ends on Bucci’s mind
TSN has learned that Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will miss at least the next three games with soreness in his right ankle.
The Gatorade “League of Clutch” ad featuring Sidney Crosby will run nationally in prime time and syndication beginning today.
Update 12:30pm ET: (alanah) Because of some problems with the embedded video clip we were using, I’ve converted it over to Youtube. This should work better.
Georges Laraque has been suspended 3 games for his elbow on Buffalo’s Nathan Paetsch.
More to follow.
added 7:07, from TSN (same link as above),
The incident occured during the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins’ and the Sabres. Laraque appeared to deliver an elbow to Paetsch’s face as he skated past the Buffalo defencemen. Laraque was given a five-minute major for elbowing and was ejected from the game.
from Empty Netters,
One year ago today…
Pens fans will sure remember...
Update 12:08pm ET— via WTAE-TV:
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby says he won’t play against the Buffalo Sabres because the ankle he injured in January is sore. Crosby said he’s sitting out just as a precaution when Buffalo plays the Penguins in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
from the National Post,
Jason Botterill didn’t want to make a commitment to Marian Hossa just yet. In fact, during an interview last week, whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins director of hockey operations was asked about Hossa’s future with the team, he changed the subject.
“I just think it’s exciting that in the playoffs, we’ll get to watch a team with as much skill and speed as this one has,” Botterill said after being asked a second time about re-signing Hossa.
Botterill, a 32-year-old former Winnipeger who was part of the three world junior championship teams, had his playing career cut short by post-concussion syndrome. But the MBA he picked up at Michigan, where he also won an NCAA championship, helped him become the man in charge of the Penguins’ salary cap.
New York/Prague—The dream of bringing NHL hockey to Prague, Czech Republic, became a reality today as Prague Mayor Pavel Bem hosted representatives from the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the National Hockey League at the city’s Old Town City Hall. The group officially announced that as part of “NHL Premiere 2008” the Rangers and Lightning will open the 2008-09 NHL regular season with two games against each other Oct. 4th and 5th at the newly-named O2 Arena in Prague.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators will also open the 2008-09 regular season Oct. 4th and 5th in Europe, with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.
A little late, but Empty Netters has invaded Washington D.C. and is live blogging from the game…
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