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from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
We tend to forget that Sidney Crosby saved hockey.
That was the narrative pinned to him as he was drafted nearly a decade ago. The NHL had just lost the 2004-05 season. People were throwing around words like “beleaguered” and “troubled” in connection with the sport.
Though it didn’t turn out this way, everyone assumed hockey was going to take a post-lockout, baseball-style nosedive in popularity.
n the midst of all that angst and expectation, Crosby floated into our lives. He’s been there 10 years. It feels like 30. Crosby has risen to the highest conceptual plane any pro can reach – he’s become a means by which we measure time in our own lives.
He’s still only 27. But as Crosby begins to take on the lean look of athletic middle age, we’re reminded just how much older we’ve become since he arrived.
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:15 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/New York Rangers game, the referee informed the Situation Room that Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was prevented from doing his job in the crease. According to Rule 78.5 "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty and no goal New York Rangers.
Letang has not returned for the 2nd period.
added 8:08pm, Letang is back on the bench.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal begins with the 2015-16 season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign, and has an average annual value of $5.75 million.
“I believe in Marc-Andre Fleury, as the team does,” said Rutherford, a former goaltender. “He’s won before and he will win again. We’re very pleased to have him signed long term.”
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta underwent successful surgery today to remove a tumor in his thyroid gland.
Team doctors had said it was possible that the tumor was a form of low-grade thyroid cancer. Results of pathology testing to determine whether the tumor was malignant will be available within 7-10 days.
“Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “The surgery went well and Olli is resting comfortably.”
Maatta, 20, is expected to be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.
The surgery was performed by UPMC head and neck surgeon Dr. Robert Ferris.
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”
Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.
“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.
“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”
He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.
An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.
If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.
via a Pittsburgh Penguins release.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.
“Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term.”
Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery.
Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There's been much speculation about the future of Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh, if for no other reason than the goaltender is playing the final year of his contract and wasn’t extended this past summer.
But people shouldn't read into that,Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. He doesn’t believe Fleury is going anywhere.
"As long as I'm GM here, he's my goalie," Rutherford told ESPN.com. "My plan is to re-sign him when the time is right. When that is, I don’t know, if it’s during the year or after the year, but I do want to re-sign him. I believe in him."
continue on for more hockry talk including Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets...
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