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From the CP via TSN,
But it’s not all bad news. Hossa considered himself fortunate to have avoided anything more disastrous than the mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament he did suffer.
With the Penguins in Ottawa to face the Senators on Saturday, Hossa, wearing a brace, was able to work out off the ice to rehab his knee while his teammates ran through a practice at Scotiabank Place on Friday afternoon.
‘‘It’s bad news, but it’s also good news because I didn’t know what to expect and it’s a first-degree MCL and it should be better within hopefully a week,’’ he said.
From the Boston Bruins,
“You know, re-breaking your nose—I broke it again back in Florida—the last thing you want to do is get in a fight with a broken nose,” said Lucic, laughing at the incredulity of the action. “It’s probably the most fragile thing, even when it’s healthy.
In fact, earlier on the night, Lucic begged off an encounter with Pittsburgh’s noted heavyweight, and Sidney Crosby’s bodyguard, Georges Laraque.
“He felt I was running around,” said Lucic, in reference to his noticeable physical play throughout the evening. “I said, ‘No thanks. I’ve got a broken nose and I need to stay away from this one.’”
But he didn’t stay away from the next one. Milan Lucic and Jarkko Ruutu go for it—video from the Bruins below…
My understanding he took a knee to knee hit from Glen Murray.
Will be re-evaluated tomorrow according to FSN Pittsburgh.
added 9:59pm, via TSN,
Marian Hossa’s first game as a Pittsburgh Penguin ended pre-maturely as the Slovakian sniper left after suffering a grade 1 strain of his MCL.
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
(Marian) Hossa said he heard whispers about landing in Boston, where he would have been reunited with fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara, former Atlanta teammates Marc Savard and Glen Metropolit, and ex-Senators Peter Schaefer and Shane Hnidy.
“I heard news about Boston too, but it never happened,” said Hossa. “I always enjoy playing with Big Z. Maybe one day again. We’ll see.”
from Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
OUR TAKE: We don’t like this deal at all on many levels.
1.) Hossa is a noted playoff underachiever. He’s produced only 35 points in 55 postseason games. After racking up 100 points during the regular season last year, he disappeared in Atlanta’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers producing only one assist.
2.) This flies directly in the face of the philosophy the Penguins supposedly have as far not giving up too much of the future for the present.
added 4:37pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For Pittsburgh, meanwhile, there is a considerable long-term risk attached to the move. Given that Crosby’s contract extension kicks in next year (for $8.7 million per season) and they will ultimately have to pony up big to retain Evgeni Malkin the year after that, it is unclear how general manager Ray Shero might also find the $8 million or so required to sign Hossa beyond July 1.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Hal Gill to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second-round and fifth round pick.
Gill, 32, signed a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the Maple Leafs in 2006.
Looks as if the Zam is bleeding some hydraulic fluid. Then driver realized something was wrong, stopped, went in reverse back to the Zamboni door and left a trail of red fluid.
The game was scheduled to start around 3:07pm ET between the Sharks and Penguins and they have yet to start.
FSN now saying game shoud start around 3:25pm.
Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from his conditioning assignment in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Fleury started five games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since being assigned for conditioning on February 10th. He posted a 3-2-0 record with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals-against-average, allowing just seven goals in the five contests. Both of his losses came in 1-0 games. Dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season, Fleury holds a 13-2-2 record in his last 17 AHL starts
From Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
Four years later, Laraque credits yoga for sharpening his competitive edge against the younger, bigger foes trying to make a heavyweight name for themselves in the NHL.
“Most guys that fight use the weights, weights, and weights, and they’re so big in their bodies that the muscle doesn’t matter,” Laraque said. “Yoga helps your core strength and that is way better than weights. I’m not the strongest guy weight-wise with enforcers in the NHL, but I’m strong, but not because I bench press six plates. If you do yoga, you don’t need to do weights that much because it’s like a weight exercise, but instead of using weights, you’re using your body.”
from the Citizens Voice,
...That’s because his trademark school bus yellow pads are gone, replaced by nondescript white ones.
“I got a letter from an eye doctor and he told me yellow was the color you pick up the quickest with your eyes. So I thought I would try the white ones,” Fleury said. “Then the players on the team said it makes me look a little bigger. So I thought if it gives me a little advantage, I’ll take it.”
It’s not the pads, though, that are the focus of Fleury’s trip back to the AHL. It’s what lies beneath.
more on Fleury
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