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Playing With Sid

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Riding shotgun for Sidney Crosby seems like the easiest duty the NHL has to offer. Sometimes, though, looks can be deceiving.

It takes a player with a special set of skills—and a high dose of confidence—to play on Crosby’s flank. The Penguins are hoping Ruslan Fedotenko, signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders this summer, emerges as that player.

“I think with Sid, you need to be a certain type of player,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “I like the way (Fedotenko) plays. He’s got decent speed, he’s good on the boards, and he has the capability to finish.”

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Penguins Are One Of The ‘Most Wanted’ Teams

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“We’re fortunate to be a part of these things,” Therrien told NHL.com Monday. “The Winter Classic was a great experience for us and we were looking forward to it for a long time. We’re fortunate to be involved in events like these. That’s the way we look at it. We see the positives.”

Penguin General Manager Ray Shero was singing a similar song Monday as his team went through a strenuous practice at the Hovet Arena. Shero has been to Stockholm several times to scout tournaments here and loves the city. He is glad his team can experience such a magical place, especially those players from North America who have never been abroad.

More importantly, he is glad the Penguins have this time to bond and develop team chemistry.

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Decision Time For Gonchar

from the Sporting News Staff,

A Monday meeting will determine whether Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar misses six weeks or six months of the NHL scheduled.

Gonchar, top defenseman and power-play point man for the Penguins, is rehabbing a dislocated left shoulder. The question now is, will surgery be required?

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Personally, I would feel more secure with this report if an actual name was used instead of ‘staff’.

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Pens Prospect Wants To Leave The Organization

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Penguins prospect Ryan Stone told Jonathan Bombulie of the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice he wants to leave the Penguins organization after not making the NHL club out of training camp.

The possibility of that happening isn’t all that far-fetched considering he can be claimed off waivers beginning tomorrow.

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Official Gonchar Update

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20.

“Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,” Shero said. “In the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.”

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Pens Pay For Big Contracts

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The cost of paying so much to so few, as Tampa Bay found out with its now disbanded Big Three, will be instability and yearly turnover with the other 60 per cent of the roster. This summer, the Pens lost unrestricted forwards Gary Roberts, Ryan Malone, Jarkko Ruutu, Marian Hossa, Georges Laraque and Adam Hall, as well as goalie Ty Conklin.

In their place, the club brought in forwards Miro Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Eric Godard and will give some farmhands a chance.

The Penguins can expect similar roster churn next summer, with nine more unrestricted free agents.

Still, many have anointed the Pens as the No.1 team in the Eastern Conference. But Crosby and Co. do have some speed bumps ahead.

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It’s That Time- Prove Your Worth In Exhibition Games

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

While Stamkos, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, is easily the biggest and most intriguing name to watch out for on Tampa Bay’s roster tonight, Koci could provide the most entertainment. He’s a fighter and he’s battling for a roster spot on a team with a ton of NHL-caliber forwards. Plus, he’s the guy who bloodied the knuckles of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara last season with… well… uh… his own blood.

So should Koci cross paths with Godard, a guy who’s not afraid to tangle with anyone, things could get interesting.

more on the game tonight…

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Satan Hopes Penguins Style Of Play Is A Fit

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Hopefully, I can fulfill everybody’s expectations,” Satan said yesterday as the team was finishing up its preseason physicals and medical tests.

Those expectations run fairly high for Satan, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract as a free agent over the summer.

For one thing, Satan is penciled in as the replacement for Marian Hossa, who signed with Detroit. That makes him the top candidate to be the new right winger for captain and top-line center Sidney Crosby. Coach Michel Therrien has said Satan will see time on that line.

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All Ray Shero

from Bob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Q: What did you learn last year about your core players?

A: They’ve very resilient, and I didn’t just learn that. We’ve shown that the past two seasons, especially last season with all the injuries and adversity, including the slow start. These players know how to handle tough spots. I look at our game in Ottawa last season on Thanksgiving: We were three games under .500 and down, 0-2, on the road to a team that had the best record in hockey at the time. We won that game, and it was the start of getting it going on the right track

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How Much Is Jordan Staal Worth

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Which brings us to Jordan Staal who, according to rumors, is related to Eric in some fashion.

He’s a restricted free agent after this season. How does he get his first big pay day?

Does he need to hit the 30 goal/60 point mark? Does he essentially need to be Ryan Malone’s replacement on one of the first two lines? Does he need to ride shotgun on the wing of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin? Does he need continue his sterling defensive play?

If you ask us, the answer is yes to all these questions. This is why we expect a big season out of Staal.

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from Kevn Allen of Mucking & Grinding,

Staal said he understands why Therrien plays him on the third line, “he believes it’s a better fit at center for me and we were winning games.”

  He hasn’t even talked to Therrien about moving up permanently to the wing. “But for my future I believe I’m a top six guy and I want to play up there,” he said. “I want to fit somewhere in that puzzle. Hopefully I can stick around in Pittsburgh and find a good spot.”

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