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The Cup Lands In Pittsburgh

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ten reasons why his Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup:

10. The father’s son: Shero learned the game from his Stanley Cup-winning father, Fred, whose coaching style was two parts tactics and three parts motivation. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion,” the late Fred Shero used to say. “You must first set yourself on fire.” He believed that winning was about heart as much as talent, and he could watch a youngster take two shifts and know whether he had the passion necessary to be a NHL player.

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Next NHL Stop- Prague

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The NHL is planning to start its 2008-09 season with a short series, likely two games, in Prague, Czech Republic. The series likely would involve the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Penguins had no comment, but multiple league sources said they were being considered for participation in the league’s next oversees series. Those sources said that many details still must be worked out before an official announcement, but that the Penguins and Lightning were the league’s preferred participants for a regular-season series in Prague.

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How Good Can Crosby Be?

from Scott Morrison at MACLEANS,

As a result of both his and the team’s success this past season, the dynamic has changed. Crosby has shown what his hard work, determination, feistiness and immense skill can do.The team also climbed to another level, thus the expectations for both grow, knowing the expectations for the team can’t be fulfilled without The Kid meeting his.

“It doesn’t really feel a whole lot different,” he says of the pressure. “I think I put so much pressure on myself every year to perform that whether I had a good year or bad year last year I’ve learned to erase that season no matter how it went.We want to win, obviously. It’s a lot easier said than done, but like I said, just because we made the playoffs doesn’t mean it’s a gimme this year….”

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Penguins Depend On Eaton

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“If I can chip one in every once in a while, that’s great, but that’s not my role” said Eaton, who has 16 goals in 348 regular-season and 23 playoff games with Philadelphia, Nashville and the Penguins.

“There’s no mystery what my role is. I’ve got to be solid defensively, good in my own end, block shots.”

That, and not any offensive prowess, on the power play or otherwise, is why the Penguins signed him as a free agent in July 2006.

It’s what the Penguins got from him last season, just not enough of it.

more and Empty Netters shows just how valuable Eaton is…

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Crosby Has Sore Groin

from the CP via TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins star forward Sidney Crosby left practice Monday with a sore groin.

“I felt it a bit,” Crosby said. “It was just gradual as the practice wore on. I did not have as much jump as I thought I should have had.”

Crosby said his groin injury is “not near” the severity of the one that caused him to miss three games last November. Pittsburgh lost all three games when he was out.

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Pens Head To West Point

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Still, though there will be plenty of bonding time, this will be a working vacation. Last year 1st Sgt. J.B. Spisso, a Greensburg native, put the players through rigorous boot camp-like drills, including dragging a wounded soldier and carrying someone like a firefighter does when taking an unconscious person out of a burning building.

“We do some things that are very unique and very fun ... but you’ve got to go there with the right attitude and that’s the great things about the guys is that they have the right attitude,” Penguins forward Mark Recchi said. “I’ve been on teams where they haven’t got the right attitude and they didn’t get anything out of it, but the guys are excited about it and we’re looking forward to it.”

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All Wet

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins agree, pretty much to a man, that the high-tech sweaters they will be wearing this season are lighter and more comfortable than the ones they replaced.

They also concur that the new sweaters are extremely effective at repelling moisture, exactly as planned.

Trouble is, quite a few have concluded that is not necessarily a good thing….

“[The sweaters] don’t soak anything in, which I guess is what they wanted,” Recchi said. “But the problem is, it goes through all of your equipment. It goes into your gloves, goes into your skates.”

And eventually saturates the leather in both, leaving the players feeling as if their hands and feet are immersed in liquid. Perhaps because, at least in some cases, they are.

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A Shot Back

Empty Netters takes a shot at Chelios…

The Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime in Detroit last night. Granted, a number of talented players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play in this game, but when a 92-year-old man like Chris Chelios is the only player to score a goal, things are wrong, preseason or not.

My question is… Shouldn’t you be pointing the finger to the Penguins for allowing Chelios to score?

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Penguins Sign a Lease

From the AP via TSN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed a lease Thursday, committing the NHL team to its yet-to-be built US$290 million arena until 2040.
The lease terms were in accordance with a March memorandum between the team and government officials, Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday.

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Pens Look At Crosby For PK

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Though just 20, he has been hockey’s top ambassador for some time. He was the NHL’s scoring champion and MVP last season and was named the Penguins’ team captain in the offseason.

Now he could add the final facet to his on-ice role. Already the Penguins’ top-line center, quarterback of the power play and top-three shootout participant, Crosby will be given a chance earn a spot killing penalties.

“We need to try to add more people,” Therrien said. “There’s [Jarkko] Ruutu, who has a little bit of experience with the way we play. And we’re talking about a Crosby. We’re talking about [an Evgeni] Malkin. We’re talking about [an Erik] Christensen.”

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