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Penguins Acquire Wozniewski

From Sportsnet.ca, Andy Wozniewski has been acquired by the Penguins in exchange for Danny Richmond of the St. Louis Blues.

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Ryan Whitney A Duck

from TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.

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added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.

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  Tags: chris+kunitz, ryan+whitney

Springtime Without Sidney?

from On Frozen Blog,

In a wildly amusing bit of unintended condemnation, the media Sunday asked Crosby about the “appropriateness” of Alexander Ovechkin’s unbridled joy after scoring goals. (Because, you know, hockey is supposed to be just like golf when it comes to celebrations.) The obviously unspoken undercurrent of this question was “Is there room in hockey for a rock star, Mr. Neil Diamond?” This perhaps is the start of the much-needed, media-led realignment of stars. 

The NHL, however, remains in a horrendously awkward position. It’s confronting the very real possibility of a Crosby-less postseason, while his counterpart in the once barren hockey wasteland of Washington is turning the town on its collective sporting ear. Ovechkin’s Caps, with their Plan B goaltender, may well just play hockey into final four territory, or better. Crosby’s Pens, every reporter who watches them observes, aren’t altogether short on talent—qualifying for the postseason is something they should do in their shower sandals. What are we to conclude about the mettle of the faux messiah?

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On a siden ote to this, I was listening to late night radio last night and heard a national sports radio show mention the Crosby/Ovechkin feud was staged by the NHL to attract viewers.  Staged, ha, I think not.

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Pens/Caps Ratings

from Puck The Media,

According to Sports Business Journal,  NBC’s telecast of the Penguins/Capitals game on Sunday drew a 1.1/3 overnight rating.  It ties Rangers/Penguins (1/18/08) and Red Wings/Penguins (2/8/08) for the highest indoor rating NBC’s drawn this season.  The only comparable game from last year is the March 2nd Rangers/Flyers broadcast, which also drew a 1.1 rating.

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  Tags: nbc

War Of Words

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

After the game, Crosby was asked about the words thrown in his direction from the Caps; “that’s always the case,” he said. “You know, it doesn’t change from team to team.”

Crosby was also asked about his second-period shoving match with Ovechkin; “I don’t know, I was skating to the bench and he pushed me from behind so I just gave him a shot back,” Crosby said. “That’s hockey, and he likes to run around these days, so that was it.”

“It was not a cheap shot,” Ovechkin said. “It was a game moment. If he don’t like it, it’s his problem.”

more and check out Empty Netters for video, more words, etc…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Penguins Have To Believe They Can Win

from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,

General manager Ray Shero tapped Bylsma to take over the Penguins, who are five points behind the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, and lead the club to a postseason berth.

“That’s our goal,” Shero said. “It’s been uphill battle. This is a resilient group. I’m looking for Dan to come in with the coaches here to rally the troops. We’re looking to make some progress here and make a push. “

“To have an opportunity to coach a team with this much talent and this much possibility is a great chance for me,” Bylsma said. “I look at the players and the roster and I look at a group that can win games right now. We need to do that starting (Monday) on the Island. We can do this but the players have to believe that we can do this. That’s the approach that we’ll take.”

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added 8:24am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

They have the 20th-ranked penalty-killing unit and are 21st in the NHL in goals against per game after being one of the top teams in the East defensively last season.

So Therrien was an easy mark.

He didn’t have enough chips in the bank. He wasn’t GM Ray Shero’s guy, having preceded Shero in Pittsburgh by half a season.

He was gruff and combustible and sometimes hard on people around him.

And you know what? He may have also saved this franchise.

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added 8:29am, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

That is why the finger of blame can swing toward Lemieux, the minority owner who has a huge say in running the team thanks to his status in Pittsburgh as a minor deity.

Almost one year ago, the Penguins were the most improved team in the NHL. But they had a couple of shortcomings that were making the ascension to champions less than a sure thing.

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Therrien Fired

Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Michel Therrien, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He will coach his first game with the Penguins Monday at 2 p.m. against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Therrien was relieved of his duties this evening, and assistant coach Andre Savard was reassigned within the organization.

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  Tags: dan+bylsma, michel+therrien

The Marty St. Louis To Pittsburgh Talk

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Marty St. Louis’ name has popped up in relation to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s not the first time St. Louis and the Penguins have been linked as Pittsburgh is trying to find somebody consistent to play on a line with Sidney Crosby. Marty would probably be a good fit with Crosby because he works hard every shift, can chase down pucks and works well in the corners. The name mentioned as coming back is defenseman Ryan Whitney. But here’s the thing, if the Lightning think Whitney is the No. 1 defenseman they need, it’s just not the case.

Now, if the deal was Whitney and Jordan Staal, maybe you think about it from the Lightning’s perspective. Otherwise, you don’t trade the heart and soul of this team

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Sergei Gonchar Cleared to Play

From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar today received medical clearance to return to the [Penguins} lineup.

Gonchar, the team’s top defenseman and quarterback of the power play, will not play tonight against San Jose. He said he will continue to practice and judge himself day to day to determine when he believes he is ready to return.

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Malkin Talking

from Puck Daddy,

...We caught up with Malkin after Sunday’s game to discuss his growth as a player and a leader; the Pittsburgh Penguins’ playoff hopes; his $1,000 bounty for a victory; the brutality of Flyers fans; his reconciliation and all-star prop comedy with Alex Ovechkin; and, perhaps most interestingly, why he doesn’t understand why teammate Sidney Crosby is labeled as “some kind of ‘mama’s boy.’”

PD: We’re doing this interview in Russian, which must be a nice change from your English-language interviews after games that some fans find amusing. How is your English coming along, and do you feel any pressure to learn it quickly?

MALKIN: To be honest with you, I don’t feel any pressure. And the team is trying to help me out and try not to schedule too many [English language] interviews with me. I myself try to be on the sidelines and try to give interviews without being stressed and just trying to be comfortable. And once again, thanks to the team, they are helping me a lot. And it’s not like there are 100 TV cameras in the locker room after the game surrounding me. I am taking it slow, but there is still visible progress.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

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