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Evening Line

‘‘We’ll stick up (for Malkin), like you would for any teammate.  They’re intense, physical games and as long as that’s the way they stay, that’s safe. But if there’s deliberate intent to hurt someone, you kind of step outside the line a bit, you have to make sure you stick up for your teammate.’‘

-Sidney Crosby speaking about the game tomorrow against the Washington Capitals.  More from the CP via TSN.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Flyers Take On Slumping Penguins

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

It’s a good thing for the Penguins that the Steelers are in the AFC Championship game, keeping the spotlight off of them.

Making matters worse are reports that there is an internal rift between the players and coach Michel Therrien and that the Pittsburgh coach might not be around if it matters get much worse.

Speculation is that former Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette could replace Therrien at a moment’s notice.

It’s not just the coach.

Malkin and Crosby are still scoring points — they are the league’s top two scorers — but they are getting little help from teammates and finding that play has gotten a lot more physical compared to last season.

read on

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Penguins Need To Start Winning

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins (20-19-4, 44 points) probably need to earn at least 60 percent of their remaining available points to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

They’ve earned only 51 percent through 43 games.

“We need to pick it up,” defenseman Ryan Whitney said before losses last week at Nashville and Colorado. “We needed to pick it up a while ago.”

They haven’t, of course, hence their status as one of the NHL’s worst teams for going on about two months.

Some of their putrid statistics from their 8-15-1 stretch dating to Nov. 22:

• 15.5 percent on the power play (16-for-103).

• 76.4 percent on the penalty kill (81-of-106).


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Need A Player- Some Teams Use The Draft Correctly

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the Penguins could stand to acquire a scoring winger to play along side Sidney Crosby. But how does Ray Shero and company go about getting one?...

What about drafting and developing players? While selecting all-world talents like Alex Ovechkin or Ilya Kovalchuk first overall takes the brain power of a piece of toast or even Don Waddell, unearthing gems like Henrik Zetterberg (above) in the seventh round takes a sharp mind like Ken Holland’s.

In that regard, the Penguins have stunk dating back to the Craig Patrick regime….

How inept have the Penguins been in finding scoring wingers through the draft? They’re one of four teams which currently don’t have a winger who scored 20-goals in 2007-08 or are on a pace for 20 goals this season on the roster which was acquired through the draft. The others are the Hurricanes, Islanders and Lightning.

read on and check out the imformative chart…

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Pens Are Losing, Still Exciting

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Yeah, the Pens are too loose defensively right now and it’s a major reason why they’ve lost seven out of eight. But, geez, it just leaves you green with envy when they leave town and you know you have to go back to watching the …zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..Minnesota Wild or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzz….Nashville Predators or the ….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….Columbus Blue Jackets 12 more times this year, or whatever it is.

The West might have the better teams as a conference, but let’s face it, the three most exciting players in the NHL play in the East: Crosby, Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. I just wish we could see them more, instead of Jacques Lemaire and his Ambien brand of hockey.

more observations from Dater…

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Ovechkin vs, Crosby Battle Continues

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Statistically, the gap between the two rivals is modest. At the moment, the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin is second in the NHL scoring race and leads the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby by just two points….

In the 3 1/2 years they’ve been in the league, Crosby and Ovechkin have developed a Magic Johnson-Larry Bird sort of rivalry. Ovechkin won the Calder Memorial Trophy in their rookie seasons, ahead of Crosby, who is 20 months younger but joined the league the same year as a result of the lockout. Crosby won the MVP in Year 2; and Ovechkin took it last year, a season in which Crosby was out of the race early as a result of the 29 games he missed because of a high ankle sprain.

This year, Ovechkin’s advantage stems largely from team success. The Capitals are off to an excellent start, despite massive injuries, while the Penguins waddle along, their herd thinned by free-agent defections and an inability to handle their casualties as well as the Caps.

But half a season does not a year make and a healthy and motivated Crosby may still have something to say about the scoring and MVP races before all is said and done.


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Fedotenko Out With Broken Hand

Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Fedotenko suffered the injury January 6 versus the Atlanta Thrashers and has been placed on injured reserve.

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Another Pens Loss

from Empty Netters,

We’re always slow to call for someone to lose their job in any sort of sporting profession, particularly when they’ve enjoyed recent success, but how does anyone defend Michel Therrien and his staff at this point? We still think Therrien is a viable NHL coach, but he just doesn’t appear to be connecting with this current crop of players. And well, you can’t fire the players.

-If Scotty Bowman can be fired by this franchise, Michel Therrien sure as heck isn’t untouchable.

read on for a recap of the Pens loss to the Predators…

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Penguins Extend Staal

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with center Jordan Staal on a new four-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The new contract goes into effect at the start of the 2009-10 season and will run through 2012-13. Staal, 20, will play the remainder of this season under the terms of his entry-level contract.  He has played 204 games with the Penguins over three NHL seasons, scoring 52 goals and 39 assists for 91 points, along with 98 penalty minutes

added 12:11pm, TSN reporting 4 years, $16M.

added 12:21pm, via Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The team’s salary cap hit will be $4 million per season, with Staal earning $3.5 million each of the first two seasons and $4.5 million each of the ensuing two seasons.

“He’s agood yong player,” general manger Ray Shero said. “We’ve always wanted to re-sign him. His best years are ahead of him.”

added 12:51pm, Empty Netters chimes in,

...this clearly doesn’t bode well for those who would like to get a world-class first-line scoring winger for Sidney Crosby, including potentially Crosby himself. Given the uncertainty of how much the NHL’s salary cap could rise or even fall in subsequent seasons, locking up a talent like Staal to a long-term deal obviously sucks up a significant portion of whatever cap room Shero has to work with.


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Free Falling Penguins

From Craig Simpson at CBC’s hockey blog:

There is some serious concern and all kinds of tough questions coming out of Pittsburgh.

This Penguin team is a shell of the one we watched in June, and despite the legitimate excuse of some key injuries to Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar and the departure of Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts, they have underachieved in a big way.

Pittsburgh still boasts two of the three top scorers in the NHL, but even Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have not been themselves. Malkin, the NHL leading scorer has zero goals in his last right games and has only two points in six. Crosby has done more damage with his fists than his stick lately with just two goals in his last 17 games played, and has been held pointless in eight of those 17.

If the players have tuned out their head coach Michel Therrien and are trying to get him fired, they are doing a good job.

read on

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, michel+therrien, sidney+crosby

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