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Penguins say “no” to personal seat licenses in new arena

The Penguins continue to keep its fanbase content by announcing that they would not sell personal seat licenses at the new Consol Energy Center when it opens in time for the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season.

Only two NHL franchises, Columbus and Toronto, charge PSL’s anyway, but in light of today’s economy, keeping the costs down for its season ticket holders is obviously one of the biggest priorities.

Penguins president David Morehouse said it plainly, “Mario (Lemieux) and Ron (Burkle) just decided they didn’t want to do it. They just said no,” Mr. Morehouse said.

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Crosby’s OT goal gives Penguins much-needed 4-3 win over Sabres

What would hockey bloggers today do without Sidney Crosby to kick around ??  You name it, from HCMT misquotes (“It’s Sidney’s team” when he really said “We’ll see next game”) to NHL double standards on his recent bruhaa vs. Atlanta, one thing’s for sure;  You draft an article discussing anything Crosby-related, you’re gonna get a lot of website hits, and you’re gonna get a lot of opinions.

Well, tonight’s game vs. the Sabres at HSBC will undoubtedly give the Crosby-haters (and you know who you are) another reason to spew their hatred.

Crosby’s controversial deflection goal of an Evgeni Malkin knuckleball one-timer in overtime gave the Penguins a much-needed 4-3 win over the Sabres.  Crosby’s bunt-like deflection was periously close to the crossbar height, but after replay the officals said the puck was not deflected with a high stick, and the Penguins got the win.

What did I think of the call ??  You’ll have to click below to find out.

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Picking a player to build around

From Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News:

Going into the holiday season, it’s always good to have some conversational ammunition whence going into office parties, family gatherings, drinks with friends, etc. Hockey always comes up with me (could be the occupation, I suppose), so I thought it would be prudent to pose a question and try to answer it quick and dirty: If you could have one forward to build a team around right now, who would you take?

Here were my categories: points, hits, blocked shots and a special plus-minus based on giveaways (bad) and takeaways (good). My logic was such: If I’m building my team around someone, I naturally want offense, but I also want commitment to physical play (hence the shot-blocking and hits) and responsibility with the puck, which is why giveaways and takeaways were important.

So who is my guy, statistically speaking?

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Penguins/Sabres preview - 12/22

Penguins at Sabres, 7 PM ET, HSBC Arena

Season records: 

Penguins, 17-11-4, 38 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Sabres, 16-13-4, 36 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference

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Leafs down Penguins 7-3 in Pens’ worst effort of the season

Can’t say it any clearer than that.  No need to sugarcoat it.  The Penguins were flat-out horrible in every aspect of tonight’s game vs. the Leafs.

A very shaky effort by Marc-Andre Fleury, several fatal turnovers by Evgeni Malkin and lack of any sustained effort doomed the Penguins from the start.

Conversely, the Leafs came out with all the intensity and all the hustle, and it paid off with three first period goals to give them a lead they wouldn’t come close to relinquish.

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Fleury overtakes Price for Eastern Conference All-Star goalie

Marc-Andre Fleury has now passed Carey Price for the starting goalie spot for the All-Star Game.

At the current time Fleury leads Price 758,682 votes to 758,661.

If the leaderboard holds true, the Penguins will have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Fleury on the starting squad.

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Two years ago today, Penguins’ “Plan B” went into action

Tip of the hat and props to my buds over at The Pensblog for jogging my rapidly aging memory.

It seems so “business as usual’ now, as we watch the Penguins’ new arena, the Consol Energy Center, prepare for its first steel girders this week on the Pens’ webcam.

But two years ago today, there was a whole lotta uncertainty going on in Penguinsland.

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Leafs/Penguins preview - 12/20

Leafs at Penguins, 7 PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Leafs, 12-13-6, 30 pts, 11th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 17-10-4, 38 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference

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Ryan Whitney sent to WB/S for conditioning assignment

It won’t be long now.

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From the Pittsburgh PG:

In another move, the team assigned defenseman Ryan Whitney to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment. Whitney, who practiced at Mellon Arena before traveling, has not played this season because of foot surgery. He is expected to play just one game for the Baby Penguins, tomorrow night, and is likely to be recalled and in the lineup for the Penguins Monday at Buffalo or Tuesday at home against Tampa Bay.

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Talbot inks two-year contract extension:  Filewich traded to Blues

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Maxime Talbot to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

The 5-11, 185-pound forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 18 penalty minutes in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh.  Talbot has a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1% this season and is currently tied for fourth on the team with 44 hits.

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Welcome to The Confluence, a Pittsburgh Penguins blog since 2006.

Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

I am blogger- credentialed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  My posts are regularly linked by hockey websites such as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy, and I’ve done numerous guest blogger spots on such websites asthe New YorkTimes.  I am a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer.

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