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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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Colby Armstrong Re-Signs With Pens

fromm the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Colby Armstrong to a two-year contract, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
“Colby is another young guy who plays with passion, gives us versatility up front and brings an added physical dimension to our team,” Shero said. “We are confident he’ll continue to grow as a player and benefit from experiences like having played for Team Canada at the World Championships.”

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Crosby Can Thank The Taxpayers

from a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial,

As money is fungible, it is no stretch to say Mr. Crosby’s financial fortune is partly guaranteed by taxpayers. They’ll receive less property-tax “relief” so the teenage hockey phenom can be magnificently paid….
So, sure, we’ll join the chorus and praise the young star for being a team player. He appears to be mature beyond his years for taking less money now in hopes of keeping the nucleus of a hot team together and on the road to another Stanley Cup.
But none of this would be possible without taxpayers. And that remains a sad commentary considering Greater Pittsburgh’s far more pressing needs.

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Still The Same Sid

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mansions? Flashy cars? Gaudy jewelry?
Yeah, right.
Crosby is content being a renter at Mario Lemieux’s house and driving a vehicle that’s good in the snow and gets him to and from work. And the only piece of bling in which he seems interested is one that can’t be bought in a store: A Stanley Cup ring.
That’s why he accepted a deal that’s worth an average of $8.7 million per season, below the maximum allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.

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Crosby Contract Extended

via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have signed center Sidney Crosby to a five-year contract extension. Financial details were not immediately available, but the deal is believed to be worth about $9 million per year.
It will take effect in the 2008-09 season.

added 10:15am, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Pittsburgh Penguins through the 2012-13 season, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Crosby will play the 2007-08 season under the terms of his original NHL entry-level contract. The five-year extension will take effect at the start of the 2008-09 season and run through 2012-13.

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The Ice Bowl Featuring Sidney Crosby

via WGR,

Multiple NHL sources have told WGR that the Sabres are in line for a potential New Year’s Day game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Another source, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins have agreed to be the visiting team for such a contest, with Buffalo and Detroit as possible homes. It’s also reporting that NBC is tentatively calling the event, “The Ice Bowl.”

added 11:05am, via the Hockey News,

An NHL source, who spoke with THN.com Tuesday morning, says an official announcement could be made within the next two weeks.

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Crosby Talks Going In The Right Direction

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There still will be some give-and-take, some offers and counter-proposals—maybe even a few snags—before an agreement is reached, but agent Pat Brisson likes the way Sidney Crosby’s contract negotiations have moved along so far.
“They’re going in the right direction,” Brisson said last evening.
He declined to elaborate on the talks, which will resume today unless Brisson, who is based in Los Angeles, managed to hook up with Penguins general manager Ray Shero last night.

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