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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 4, 2016 – PPG today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins to immediately assume naming rights for Pittsburgh’s multipurpose arena. Previously known as “CONSOL Energy Center,” the facility now will be named “PPG PAINTS Arena.” PPG also becomes the official paint supplier of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Financial terms for the 20-year agreement were not disclosed.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Elite scorers such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin remain elite scorers once they reach the NHL. But for some of their teammates, they had to change. And the transition wasn’t always seamless.
Many started out with hopes and dreams of scoring 50 goals in pro hockey’s best league. Those vanished, though, as the competition grew stiffer.
That meant players such as Eric Fehr, Tom Sestito, Tom Kuhnhackl, Kevin Porter and Trevor Daley had to expand their games and become more than one-trick ponies. While Sestito relied on his fists, the other four learned how to play defense and, to varying degrees, do the dirty work the NHL’s premier players aren’t required to do, such as hurling your body in front of a slapshot.
“Everyone wants to come in here and be a goal-scoring forward and score that big, game-winning goal,” Porter said. “That’s not always the case. Mentally you have to tell yourself, maybe you’re not skilled enough to be one of the goal-scorers. It’s hard to score 20-30 goals in this league, and to be a skilled forward, that’s what you need to do.
“It’s tough, but I think you just have to be honest with yourself. If you want to play in the NHL, you have to find a way. Sometimes that’s blocking shots and doing the little things.”
from Jim Rutherford at the Players' Tribune,
I was standing at the blue line with our coaching staff in San Jose on June 12 when the gentlemen in the white gloves brought out the Stanley Cup. This was a moment I had been chasing for 10 years, since I first won the Cup as the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Our captain, Sidney Crosby, lifted the Cup over his head, and I felt great for him, knowing all the hard work he put in to lead us to this point. But I felt even better for the guy Sid handed the Cup to next.
Trevor Daley had hobbled out onto the ice for the celebration with a broken ankle. He had changed into his uniform and was still sporting a full playoff beard. Sid skated right over to him, said a few words and handed him the Stanley Cup.
It was one of the more emotional moments I’ve had in my 30-plus years as a general manager.
A lot of people probably thought Trevor was the captain’s choice because he was a 32-year-old veteran who had sacrificed his body for the team and had just won his first Stanley Cup.
But there was a much more important reason. Trevor’s mother, Trudy, was watching on TV from her hospital bed in Toronto, where she was battling cancer.
Trevor’s mother had made him a promise, and he was holding up his end of the deal.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will miss the next three to six weeks with a broken hand, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Murray suffered the injury on September 19 while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
“Honestly, Phil is a fun-loving guy. He likes to keep it loose. My job is to keep him on task,” Roberts said. “Is training a challenge for him? Yeah, it’s a challenge.”
To say it’s a challenge doesn’t mean Kessel isn’t absurdly good at it. When it comes to moving barbells and sleds and other heavy implements over short distances, Roberts said Kessel is a gifted marvel.
“Oh, buddy — his power and strength. I would put him up against my No. 1 guy, which is Stamkos,” Roberts said. “We did sled pulls one day. (Kessel) was in a group with McDavid and Stamkos. The first five sled pulls he beat everybody because he has so much power over 40 yards. But then the last five sled pulls, he was last.”
So, Kessel’s power is peerless. And his endurance?
“I say to him, ‘Phil, you’ve just got to put a little more time on the aerobic side,’ ” Roberts said. “That said, the fear is if you do too much of that, then you lose your power. It’s tough to be a really powerful guy and have a lot of endurance. It’s a tough balance. But my point is, if you want to play the rest of your contract (and Kessel has six seasons remaining on a deal that pays him about $8 million (U.S.) annually), then you’ve got to change some things in order to do that.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
It's been called “The House Sid Got Built.” And it's true that Consol Energy Center might not exist, let alone stand as the center of the hockey universe Wednesday night, were it not for a pingpong ball delivering Sidney Crosby to the Penguins.
But even before that fortuitous bounce almost a dozen years ago, somebody else preserved our city as an NHL town. It happened when Sid was still “The Next One” and Mario Lemieux was skating on “the last one” (as in healthy hips).
Just so happens, too, that this somebody still won't own up to all he did to keep “Pittsburgh” in front of the Penguins.
I'm talking about Gary Bettman.
from Sidney Crosby at Sports Illustrated,
I can’t say there weren’t some doubts starting to creep in.
When you’re in your late 20s with 10 NHL seasons on your legs, and suddenly you’re not scoring and your team isn’t winning, the little voice inside your head can tell you things you don’t want to hear. That was the voice that started talking to me in December.
And my lack of production on the ice made it feel like the voice had a point.
Almost a quarter of the way through the 2015–16 season, I only had a handful of points and wherever I was on the list of NHL scoring leaders, it wasn’t high. I wasn’t playing up to my expectations, but even worse, my failures meant that the team wasn’t winning. Nothing we did seemed to work. Offensively we struggled and with each frustrating loss, we fell further and further behind the competition.
Forget being in the conversation as Stanley Cup favorites, we weren’t even in position to qualify for the postseason. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one with doubts, either.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Matt Cullen to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal has an average annual value of $1 million.
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