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Here’s your Penguins trade:  T.J. Kemp to Montreal for 2010 7th round pick

From the Penguins:

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRADE T.J. KEMP TO MONTREAL IN EXCHANGE FOR CONDITIONAL 2010 DRAFT PICK

        The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman T.J. Kemp to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

        Kemp, 27, has played 22 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season.  He has posted nine points (one goal, eight assists) along with 22 penalty minutes.

        The 5-11, 197-pound defenseman has split the past four seasons between the Peoria Rivermen, Iowa Stars, Milwaukee Admirals, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Manchester Monarchs, Springfield Falcons and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.  Kemp has appeared in 174 career games in the AHL, registering 93 points (14 goals, 79 assists) and 126 penalty minutes.

        The native of Pickering, Ontario signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent on July 8, 2008.

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Update:  Penguins/Rangers preview - 1/5;  Kennedy to top line, Satan to fourth line

Update:  Tyler Kennedy will skate on the first line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis. The second line will have Ruslan Fedotenko, Evgeni Malkin and Petr Sykora.  The third line will have Matt Cooke, Jordan Staal and Maxime Talbot.  Miroslav Satan, Dustin Jeffrey and Eric Godard will skate together on the fourth line

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Penguins at Rangers, 7PM ET, Madison Square Garden

Season records: 

Penguins, 19-16-4, 42 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Rangers, 23-14-3, 49 pts, T-5th in Eastern Conference

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Penguins fall out of playoff slot, buried by Panthers, 6-1

Well, this had better be rock bottom, for the Penguins’ sake.

The Penguins losing streak hit four games and frustration has started to boil over today in a 6-1 pasting by the Florida Panthers in yet another afternoon matinee.

The “highlight”, if you want to call it that, was the second “fight”, if you want to call it that, for Sidney Crosby.  Crosby got in a second period tussle with Brent McLean at 17:01, immediately after Max Talbot and Gregory Campbell duked it out at 16:59.  While McLean was assessed the typical 5 minutes for fighting, Crosby was assessed 5 for fighting, 2 for instigating, 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a 10 minute misconduct.  It appeared that Crosby pulled the jersey over McLean’s head, I imagine that’s what caused the extra penalties, not sure.

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Panthers/Penguins preview - 1/3;  Kennedy/Godard gametime decision

Panthers at Penguins 1PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Panthers, 16-16-5, 37 pts, 10th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 19-15-4, 42 pts, 8th in Eastern Conference

 

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Penguins should pass on Happy Valley possibility

A year has now passed since the inaugural Winter Classic at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium (I almost typed Rich Stadium) between the Penguins and Sabres.  It appeared to be a great experience for all those in attendance;  The huge crowd, the snow (although that didn’t help the on-ice conditions), and of course, the game itself.

Now that Winter Classic II between the Wings and Blackhawks has passed, and it certainly appears to have been a wonderful success as well, the lobbying from around the NHL has already begun for the possibility of a third installment of the New Year’s Day game.

Comcast president Peter Luukko was quoted in today’s Philadelphia Daily News that “We [the Flyers] are very interested in being a part of the Winter Classic,  We have already expressed our interest to the league. It really is a unique event that we would love to be a part of.  We have talked to the league and the Penguins about playing at Penn State or elsewhere.”

Well, that’s fine and dandy, it’s not exactly new news that the Happy Valley matchup is being explored.  But let me just opine that if I had any input on it for the Penguins, and of course I don’t, I’d say “thanks but no thanks”.

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So much for meetings:  Bruins down Penguins again, 4-2

So what’s next boys, Rob Scuderi on Sid’s wing ??

Despite the Penguins’ best effort in several weeks, they couldn’t muster up the mojo to defeat the Bruins again, this time in Boston, in a 4-2 loss.

The loss was the Pens’ third straight, and they are now periously close to dropping out of a playoff spot.

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Penguins/Bruins preview - 1/1;  Kennedy, Letang practice

Penguins at Bruins, 7PM ET, TD Banknorth Garden

Season records: 

Penguins, 19-14-4, 42 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Bruins, 28-5-4, 60 pts, 1st in Eastern Conference

 

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Road Trip Report, the Bruins, and oh those Penguins

Aaah, home sweet home.  Nothing like driving the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 during the holidays, I always say.

Except for the bummer of the outcome, always great re-visiting the Igloo, this time for last night’s Bruins/Penguins tilt.  Gonna be sad when they tear down the ‘ol barn.

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Crosby among All-Time NHL scorers at 250-game mark tonight;  Pens/Bruins preview

From the Penguins:

Sidney Crosby to Play 250th Game Tonight

Penguins center ranks among top all-time NHL scorers at 250-game mark            

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play his 250th career NHL regular season game tonight when the Penguins take on the Boston Bruins at Mellon Arena.

The 21-year-old Crosby ranks among the top scorers in NHL history at this juncture of his career, with 343 points through 249 games. If he scores two points tonight, he will tie New York Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy for the fifth-highest total in NHL history after 250 games.

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Greetings from the Great Green North…. Pens/Habs notes

Greetings from a balmy NW Pennsylvania.

So much for any snow, had a record-high of 61 degrees here yesterday.  And I forgot the sunscreen.

I took care of my Timmy’s fix first thing this morning.  Tim Horton’s opened it’s first store here in Meadville in September with another store due to open in the spring.  The coffee is just addictive I tell ya, gotta bring some back home with me.  It didn’t help that a severe thunderstorm rolled through as I was there and flipped my dozen donuts over, but miraculously, they all stayed in the box.

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