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The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule, but what is more interesting is the fact that they have made last year’s Winter Classic dark blues the official third jersey. That won’t sit well with many fans who were a bit disappointed with the jerseys upon their unveiling last fall.
Personally, the more I saw the jersey last season, the more that it grew on me. In fact, I would say that by the end of the season I actually liked it quite a bit.
Those of you who have read my blogs over the years know that I have always been very complimentary of how the Pittsburgh Penguins treat their fans… at least most of the time anyway.
They have always done a number of things to make the fans feel involved such as having town hall meetings to keep them posted on the rebuild that went on a few years back, generous giveaways such as the popular “Shirts off their Backs” promotion that sees every Penguins’ player give away his game used jersey to a fan during a post-game ceremony following the final home game of the regular season and much more.
Many in the hockey world are still reeling from the events of Wednesday morning that saw a plane crash take the lives of all but one member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL team that was en route to the first game of its season in Minsk. Watching the pain and suffering of all involved as been tough for all of us, but no one has felt it worse that the many Russian born NHL players that have intimate ties to many of the teams in the KHL and specifically Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
As the Penguins headed into the free agent frenzy this summer all of the talk focused on the fact that they might re-sign a former player. A guy who was drafted by the team back in the early 90’s, but hadn’t skated in the Burgh in a decade. Though the courtship was rocky and dragged on for several months, they finally got their man – Richard Park.
Who did you think I was talking about?? Jagr?
As we all know, Sidney Crosby meets the press this afternoon at 12:30pm. There isn’t a ton of insight into what will be discussed during the presser, but he is slated to give an update on his health after meeting with experts in both Michigan and Georgia following a reoccurance of concussion symptoms in August.
Though there is an update forthcoming, sources have told the Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi that there isn’t expected to be a major announcement regarding change in status. I will be live at the presser, but you can watch the feed below.
Over the next few days we will really be ramping up coverage here at FTPT, but in the interim I thought I would post the Penguins’ promotional schedule that just arrived in my inbox. There are a number of interesting items this year along with some old favorites such as “Schedule Mouse Pad” and “Team Calender.” The team will also finish their home schedule off with the very popular “Fan Appreciation Night,” in which the players give away the “shirts off of their backs.”
For those of you who have been wondering what the Penguins’ national TV broadcast schedule would look like, your prayers have been answered. The Penguins will appear on nation TV the maximum 12 times starting with their season opening game against the Vancouver Canucks. Counting the game in Vancouver, the Penguins have been selected to appear on Versus six times. The Penguins have also had six games selected by NBC for possible flex scheduling on Sunday afternoons.
The details of the broadcast schedule are broken down below in the release from the team.
Though I try to avoid posting a lot of the same things that you might have already seen on the Penguins official site, I did receive the embed codes to the videos from today’s pressers from my predecessor, Tony Ferrante, so I figured that I would post them for you all. He was good enough to send them… I will post them!
I already wrote about Shero’s presser and shared pertinent quotes, but there is no harm in seeing the entire interviews… at this point, the most interesting commentary contained there in is likely to be Bylsma’s thoughts on some other injured players like Dustin Jeffrey and recent signee Jason Williams. However, it is worth hearing the optimism that I mentioned in Shero’s voice for yourselves…
Though Ray Shero issued a couple of statements last night via phone call or text to a couple of the newspapers in Pittsburgh, he officially met with the media this afternoon to shed some light on the Sidney Crosby situation.
Not that Shero has ever struck me as a worry wart to begin with, but his demeanor wasn’t that of a general manager who felt that he might be going into the season without his best and brightest star. If anything he came across as optimistic.
“I think he has progressed really well this summer,” Shero said. “He’s happy with his progress. Training camp is a month away, so there’s no expectation for me that he won’t be ready or will be ready. He’s doing his usual routine. He’ll probably be in a week before camp starts, and we’ll evaluate him then to see how he’s doing.
Rob Rossi has tweeted a comment from Pens’ GM Ray Shero: Shero on #Crosby: “There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything.”
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Many folks have speculated about Sidney Crosby’s health since his concussion initially occurred back in January. That group contains many mainstream media members, bloggers, radio personalities etc, but all of the hardcore info on the situation has come from the above mentioned entities.
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