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All Eyes On Crosby

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So far, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s season hasn’t gone as planned — verbal jabs from opponents, public denouncements from the media and criticism from fans.

Plus, his club, two victories shy of the Stanley Cup last year, is currently fighting for a playoff spot.

Perhaps those are the reasons Crosby, the player often called “the Face of the NHL,” has smiled a lot less this season.

“It’s probably always something you deal with when a team is not doing as well,” Crosby said of the vitriol aimed at him in recent months. “They look at leadership.”

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Early Success

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

What has quickly become the NHL’s spiciest rivalry continues Sunday afternoon in Washington, assuming that Sidney Crosby’s sore groin is ready to go.

Alexander Ovechkin won Round One, capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2006. Crosby won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2007 to claim Round Two. But Ovechkin trumped that last season with an unprecedented sweep of the Ross, Hart and Richard trophies.

These two are such great talents and still so young. So the question just dangles – how good could they be over time?

The answer to this question is in career projections. This exercise is much like trying to forecast the weather over the long term – accuracy is very challenging. But the exercise is awfully interesting.

continued with charts comparing the two to some of the greats of the game…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Guerin to the Penguins

According to TSN, Bill Guerin has now been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Details and links to follow.

Update 2:01pm ET: TSN provides a link, but doesn’t yet include details of the other side of this trade.

Update 2:16pm ET: Guerin was traded for a conditional draft pick.  Details on the conditions available here.

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Craig Adams to Pittsburgh

Craig Adams was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins. From Empty Netters:

TSN just reported the Penguins claimed forward Craig Adams off waivers from the Blackhawks. No mention of Miroslav Satan’s status which means he has presumably cleared waivers.

EN Says: Adams is your prototypical fourth-line grinder who can help in the penalty kill. He’s physical, plays defense and bring energy. Don’t expect goals out of this guy. He brings some playoff experience as well having made two runs to the Cup final with the Hurricanes and winning a ring in 2006.

 

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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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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.”

read on

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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