From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their 2011 pre-season schedule Wednesday, Sept. 21 against the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center. Game time is 7 p.m.
It will be the first of three straight pre-season home games – also including Thursday, Sept. 22 against Chicago (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 24 against Minnesota (3 p.m.)
The Sept. 21 and 22 games will be part of season ticket packages, with individual game tickets also going on sale to the general public.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Ryan Craig to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal is for the 2011-12 season and is a two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
Craig, 29, recently completed his first season with the Pittsburgh organization, splitting time between the Penguins and their top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Craig appeared in six games for Pittsburgh, accumulating 22 penalty minutes.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Craig Adams to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The contract has an average annual value of $675,000, and runs through the 2012-13 season.
Adams, 34, played the last two-plus seasons with Pittsburgh and was a key contributor to the team’s Stanley Cup championship season in 2009. Adams, who was originally claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh March 4, 2009, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but chose instead to re-sign with the Penguins.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former player and Stanley Cup champion Bill Guerin as player development coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
In his new role, Guerin, 40, will be responsible for working with young prospects throughout the Penguins’ organization – assisting in the development of players in the minor leagues as well as junior and college hockey.
Guerin played 18 NHL seasons for eight teams, recording 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points and winning two Stanley Cups.
From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Michelle Crechiolo:
Ever heard that saying “The future’s so bright, I need shades?”
Well, Penguins fans may want to get their sunglasses ready following the news that the organization has signed Pittsburgh assistant coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden, Gilles Meloche and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and his assistant, Alain Nasreddine, all to multi-year contracts.
“Now we can grow as a group and learn from the good and bad from each year,” Hynes said. “We can continue to progress as a staff, and ultimately with both Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh, take it to a different level.”
From ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun:
Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson released a statement Saturday night firmly rebuking [Mario] Tremblay.
“It is very disturbing and disappointing to me when someone from the media and especially an ex-player brings such baseless comments toward the medical status of player. Unless a report comes from the medical staff and or an official voice for the player it’s of no merit whatsoever,’’ Brisson said in a statement he sent ESPN.com and other media outlets.
From Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov:
According to Evgeni Malkin’s father (what a source), who spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport, Malkin flew to Moscow on May 10 and started on-ice workouts immediately.
“Evgeni is seriously focused. I am not even sure he will vacation somewhere this summer. He wants to approach the start of the NHL season in top form,” Malkin Sr. told Lysenkov.
It is good news for the Penguins that Malkin’s recovery is seemingly going well and he is well enough to take to the ice. The news of Malkin’s recovery may be even more important for the Penguins considering a report out of Canada that Sidney Crosby’s(notes) career may be “compromised.”
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Nick Johnson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Johnson, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, opted to re-sign with the Penguins to a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level that runs through the 2011-12 season. Johnson, 25, appeared in four games for Pittsburgh this past season, posting three points (1G-2A) before suffering a concussion that sidelined him for the remaining 23 games of the regular season and playoffs. Johnson (6-foot-2, 196 pounds) spent the majority of the year with Pittsburgh’s top-minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. He posted 20 goals, 39 points, 10 power-play goals and a plus-12 rating in 48 games with WBS. Johnson, Pittsburgh’s third-round pick (67th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has played 10 games with Pittsburgh in his career, notching two goals and five points. He’s played three-plus seasons with WBS after turning pro in 2007-08. He’s totaled 50 goals, 94 points and a plus-46 rating in 169 career games with WBS, adding 15 postseason points (8G-7A) in 26 contests. The Calgary, Alberta native played four seasons at Dartmouth from 2004-07. He finished his college career with 125 points (57G-68A) in 133 games. Johnson was named First-Team All-ECAC and First-Team All-Ivy League as a senior after scoring 35 points (10G-25A) in 32 games.
From PittsburghPenguins.com’s Sam Kasan:
Penguins center Sidney Crosby met with Dr. Michael Collins of UPMC Tuesday and is starting his summer program of off-ice workouts. He will be joined by his long-time personal trainer for the next 2-3 weeks as he works back into his routine in Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, according to Penguins general manager Ray Shero.
“I met with Sid Wednesday before he left for home and talked to Dr. Collins,” Shero said. “(Crosby) will resume his workouts and get back into his program in Cole Harbor.”
From the Kansas City Star’s Randy Covitz:
On the day the National Hockey League announced that the Atlanta Thrashers would move to Winnipeg, Manitoba, the league awarded Kansas City an exhibition game.
The Los Angeles Kings announced Tuesday that the team would meet the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Sprint Center.
The Kings are owned by AEG, which operates the Sprint Center, and the team will be playing its third exhibition game in Kansas City in four years. The last two games, in 2008 and 2009, were not especially successful as the teams left many star players at home, and in the case of a 2008 game against St. Louis, the Kings played a split-squad game because they had another game in Los Angeles the same night.
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