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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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Penguins Sign Dman Mike Weaver

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Weaver, 29, spent the 2006-07 season with the Los Angeles Kings scoring nine points (three goals, six assists) in 39 games played.  He scored his first NHL goal on February 6th vs. Tampa Bay.  Weaver also spent the 2005-06 season with Los Angeles recording nine points (nine assists) in 53 games.  Previously, he played parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers registering a total of six points (six assists) in 57 games.

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Crosby Turns 20

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Can superstar center Sidney Crosby still be Sid the Kid at age 20?
“Good question,” general manager Ray Shero said with a slight laugh yesterday.
“I don’t know. It’s a nice handle. And 20 years old is still pretty young.”
As of today, he is no longer a teenage phenom.
Born 8/7/87—begetting his uniform No. 87 and the average salary of $8.7 million on his five-year contract extension that kicks in next year—Crosby wakes up this morning to his 20th birthday.
“It does make me step back a little,” Crosby said. “Just to have the opportunity I’ve had, I feel fortunate.

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Pens Have The So-Important Chemistry

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn’t cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.
Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes—things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc.—it could curdle a team’s chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.
“If you have the right group, you don’t have that problem,” Sydor said. “And from what I hear, you don’t have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys—they make us feel young—and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys.”

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No Shopping For Therien

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It would have been understandable if Therrien had decided to serve out the final year of his contract then, with a couple of exceptional seasons on his resume, auction himself to the highest bidder next summer.
Some people—especially his accountant—would have viewed that as a shrewd decision.
Therrien, though, saw it as more of a non-issue and didn’t balk at signing a contract extension that ties him to the Penguins through the 2008-09 season.
“It never even crossed my mind,” Therrien said. “I’m not a guy who likes to shop around.”

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Pens Give Therrien An Extension

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed head coach Michel Therrien to a contract extension through the 2008-09 season, it was announced Monday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

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Cap Is Working- Just Ask The Pens

from Mike Zappone at KDKA in Pittsburgh,

It’s laughable when I hear people around the league complaining every time a player signs a large contract. The instant knee-jerk response is that the lockout didn’t work. Those naysayers can’t be more wrong. Players will always jump from team to team, and there will always be teams overpaying for players. That’s the nature of free agency. Why don’t the same people complain when the same signings happen in the salary capped NFL?
The NHL’s cap system is actually more foolproof than the NFL’s. Teams can’t play around with bonus money to soften the cap hit or hide dollars like they do in the NFL. The NHL’s system counts every part of the contract towards the cap numbers.

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