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I have had a few folks email me asking about Adam Hall and what his plans were for the upcoming season.
Well, Empty Netters points out he is in the Penguins camp.
Not interested in Hall, still head over to EN for some NHL bits…
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
He’s also aware of the grind of an NHL season after playing in 78 regular-season games, five playoff games, plus nine more games for the bronze-medal Russian squad at the world championships in May—far more games than he had been used to.
That perhaps begs the question of what a more relaxed and confident Malkin can do for an encore in 2007-08 after collecting 33 goals and 85 points to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year last season.
“I feel much stronger this season compared to last year. I think I’m in good shape,” said Malkin, 21, who was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft.
From Eric Duhatchek at the Globe & Mail,
This time around, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Buffalo Sabres and that too represents an intriguing match-up - although with a 1 p.m. Eastern starting time, it is hard to imagine them fitting in what could be a great legends game beforehand, what with Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey available on the Penguins’ side and a reunited French Connection leading the way for Buffalo. Nor can anyone underestimate the value of getting Sidney Crosby involved in the project, along with the rest of his exciting, emerging Penguins’ team. Even if the event doesn’t strike a chord, the presence of Sid The Kid will
more… (*the date of the game is Jan 1, 2008)
Empty Netters asked Pens fans to submit their opinions of the new Penguins sweater…
“As a female hockey fan, I applaud any company that finally makes a jersey that comes in a size small so female fans can show their team spirit - in the team colors (not a ridiculous pink version) in a size that does not overwhelm us.
If the players like the new uniforms and they represent the image of the team well, there shouldn’t be any whining by the non-players. I think the minor changes to the striping and the sleeves jazz it up a bit. They don’t make that much of a change, nor are they completely out of place. We have our trusty skating penguin logo and our black and gold. What more could you want?...”
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Of course, Shero will also be watching his young stars such as Staal, Malkin, Whitney and Fleury—if, for no other reason, to see how they respond to raised expectations.
“These guys are still young players,” Shero said. “Look at Crosby last year. He took his summer to get better, improve a few things, and he did.
“There are areas where these younger players need to improve upon to get better ... but it is not a one-year window here.”
Unlike this time last season, though, the Penguins’ window of opportunity is definitely open.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.
“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.
And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
As a show of their appreciation for tremendous fan support, Pittsburgh Penguins players hand-delivered season tickets to 24 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Sidney Crosby poses for a picture in the kitchen of one Penguins season ticket-holder.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Whitney, Colby Armstrong and Maxime Talbot made the deliveries to the fans, who were selected at random.
“It was nice. It was nice to see the reaction on people’s faces,” Crosby said. “Everyone appreciated it; it was fun for me and for the rest of the guys to go and interact with people who support us so much. Some of the people have been season ticket-holders for 30 years. So, this was nice for us to do and to say thanks personally.”
continued with video…
Image from Pittsburgh Penguins team website:
The Pens will be releasing their new look late this afternoon. Is this it?
more at Offside Sports…
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
For the past four years, including his first two NHL seasons, Crosby has used Sher-Wood brand sticks under an endorsement contract that the Pittsburgh Penguins star signed with the Quebec-based company when he was 16 years old.
But that deal, which pays Crosby a reported $150,000 (Canadian) per year, will expire on Saturday,and Crosby is set to sign on to use RbK sticks, according to sources close to the talks.
This new deal would be an extension of an existing endorsement contract between RbK and Crosby, signed in 2005 and paying him a reported $500,000 (U.S.) per year. It was to be a head-to-toe arrangement making Crosby RbK’s signature athlete by wearing RbK skates, gloves, helmets and protective equipment. But thanks to the pre-existing Sher-Wood deal, the RbK-Crosby arrangement could not include sticks — a key performance tool for hockey players, and the hottest equipment category in the sport in years, according to manufacturers and retailers.
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