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Pens Youngsters Need To Improve

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Of course, Shero will also be watching his young stars such as Staal, Malkin, Whitney and Fleury—if, for no other reason, to see how they respond to raised expectations.

“These guys are still young players,” Shero said. “Look at Crosby last year. He took his summer to get better, improve a few things, and he did.

“There are areas where these younger players need to improve upon to get better ... but it is not a one-year window here.”

Unlike this time last season, though, the Penguins’ window of opportunity is definitely open.

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Good Stock & Good Fortune

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.

“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.

And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.

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Get The Door- It’s Sidney Crosby, Yea Right!

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

As a show of their appreciation for tremendous fan support, Pittsburgh Penguins players hand-delivered season tickets to 24 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Sidney Crosby poses for a picture in the kitchen of one Penguins season ticket-holder.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Whitney, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot made the deliveries to the fans, who were selected at random.
“It was nice. It was nice to see the reaction on people’s faces,” Crosby said. “Everyone appreciated it; it was fun for me and for the rest of the guys to go and interact with people who support us so much. Some of the people have been season ticket-holders for 30 years. So, this was nice for us to do and to say thanks personally.”

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Penguins Get New Tuxedos

Image from Pittsburgh Penguins team website:

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Sneak Peek

The Pens will be releasing their new look late this afternoon.  Is this it?

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more at Offside Sports…

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Crosby Switching To RBK Stick

via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

For the past four years, including his first two NHL seasons, Crosby has used Sher-Wood brand sticks under an endorsement contract that the Pittsburgh Penguins star signed with the Quebec-based company when he was 16 years old.
But that deal, which pays Crosby a reported $150,000 (Canadian) per year, will expire on Saturday,and Crosby is set to sign on to use RbK sticks, according to sources close to the talks.
This new deal would be an extension of an existing endorsement contract between RbK and Crosby, signed in 2005 and paying him a reported $500,000 (U.S.) per year. It was to be a head-to-toe arrangement making Crosby RbK’s signature athlete by wearing RbK skates, gloves, helmets and protective equipment. But thanks to the pre-existing Sher-Wood deal, the RbK-Crosby arrangement could not include sticks — a key performance tool for hockey players, and the hottest equipment category in the sport in years, according to manufacturers and retailers.

 

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The Ice Bowl Commeth

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Several NHL officials said today that the game between the Penguins and Sabres on Jan. 1, 2008 will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Bills. In a made-for-television event—the game will air nationally on NBC—the Penguins and Sabres will skate on an outdoor rink in front of what the NHL hopes will prove the largest audience ever to watch an NHL game in the United States.
Neither the league nor NBC would officially confirm the tentatively titled “Ice Bowl,” which is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.

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WKBW in Buffalo also reported this earlier today…

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Crosby Goes To School

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

More than 150 kids, some from as far away as Montreal, came to the Robert Morris Island Sports Complex on Monday to receive professional instruction at the annual Penguins summer hockey school.
What they didn’t expect was having the reigning Hart Trophy winner on the ice with them.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby made an unannounced visit that shocked some of the players to the extent that some actually fell over trying to get a look at him as he stepped onto the ice.

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Pens Anxious To Get The Cup

from the Cape Breton Post,

“I’ve had the chance to play a lot the last two or three years, so it’s good for me to get that experience and just try to learn every year a little bit more,” said the 22-year-old, visiting his former billet family, Bob and Angela Hawkins of Westmount and their two children, Janelle and Jeffrey. “The team, too, has been improving along the way. Everything will make us a better team.”...
Many analysts believe the Penguins are the team of the future, but Fleury and his teammates are striving to be the team of today.
“I hope so — that’s our goal and that’s what we want,” he said, of winning the Stanley Cup. “But I don’t think the guys on the team want to wait a couple of years. Last year, we improved a lot and if we keep improving the same way this year, I think every year, our chances will get better.”

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Eric and Jordan Staal Offered Plea Deal

From the AP via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at Eric Staal’s bachelor party in Minnesota last month.
Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the prosecutor in Cook County, Minn., offered to settle the case by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanour for disorderly conduct. Charges of obstructing the legal process are to be dropped against both players, Krepelka said.
Ten of the 14 young men charged after complaints of screaming, yelling and loud music appeared in court and accepted the same deal Wednesday, Krepelka said.

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