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Confluence Shoutout:  For some Pittsburgh spice, check out Clark & Heptner

Thought I’d throw a quick shoutout to a couple of wacky Pittsburgh blog colleagues.

If you want some quality blogging, with some spice thrown in there, I highly recommend you check out Clark & Heptner (The Suburban Rob Rossis).

Now, I have to give those of you who may read this at work, it’s quite NSFW (sorry, boys).

Now it just so happens today that the boys have a wonderful article concerning the Washington/Baltimore sports teams.

Be sure to check them out.

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Another FAIL for the NHL on Trade Deadline Day

Just thought I’d jump on the soapbox real quick.  For as big of a deal that the NHL makes the Trade Deadline out to be you’d think they’d put some more effort into it.

While Canadian networks TSN and Sportsnet were wall-to-wall deadline coverage, what coverage did us scrubs in the US get ??  Frickin’ reruns of On The Fly on the NHL Network until noon, when they started their deadline special of NHL Live.  Thank goodness for TSN’s streaming feed of it’s coverage, which started at 8AM ET Wednesday.  And in all honesty, I was a little surprised TSN had that, there have been times that TSN has blocked streaming from us Yankees.  Anyway, I realize that the first trade didn’t go down until around 10-ish, but to not have anything on, specifically to multicast the TSN feed, like they do for the NHL Entry Draft coverage, is just unsatisfactory.  But unfortunately, it’s not surprising.

Also, while I’m up here, let me also say how disappointed I was in the extreme latency in the NHL Text Alerts during the day.  I understand that they probably waited until the trades were official, but I got some text 2.5, sometimes 3 hours late.

Let’s hope they have a big “lessons learned” meeting at NHL HQ soon.

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Penguins’ Trade Deadline Day review

You may not be enamored with all of GMRS’ deadline moves today, but I believe we can all agree on one thing;

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a much more difficult team to play today than they were one week ago today.

Pens’ GM Ray Shero filled the vast majority of his needs both last week and today, obtaining both scoring wingers and gritty forwards.  The only position Shero really didn’t address, on his Pittsburgh roster anyway, was that of a physical defenseman.

And the best part:  He barely had to give anything up for all of it.

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Pens Stats: Florida trip hasn’t been sunshiny for Penguins

Another huge week for the Penguins.  The fact that it’s the week of the trade deadline just makes it that much more intriging.

The Pens continue their road trip, which has started great with wins at Chicago and Dallas, on Tuesday in Tampa, Thursday in Florida and Sunday in Washington.

While I’m sure the Pens will enjoy the warmer weather, recent history indicates that trips to the Sunshine State have been anything but that for them.

Let’s take a closer look, as well as some other interesting Penguins stats:

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Capitals fans expand the “No Penguins Fans” policy to Ebay

The seemingly neverending saga of the attempts to keep Penguins fans from purchasing tickets to Penguins/Capitals games at the Verizon Center has expanded to a new platform.


This has been going on and off now for at least eight years (could be longer, the earliest I’ve seen is 2001). 

Let’s do a quick history;

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Trade Deadline T minus 4:  The Calm Before the Storm

Well, it hasn’t been completely calm, with GMRS firing the first major trade shot of the deadline season on Thursday, sending one of his “core”, defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ducks for gritty winger Chris Kunitz and power forward prospect Eric Tangradi.

But other than that, there’s an eerie feeling so far this weekend.  Nothing much going on publically, but you just know that the GM’s are burning up their Blackberries.

As I said, nothing earthshattering going on around Penguinsland, especially since the Whitney trade, but here’s what I’ve read recently:

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Faceoff Factor interview with Penguins’ prospect Nathan Moon

For those of you who are really into prospect research, you should get to know Jesse Marshall of Penguins website Faceoff Factor.  Jesse is the best around in researching and reporting of Penguins prospects, bar none.

Check out the link below to read Jesse’s recent interview with one of the Penguins’ highest regarded prospects, center Nathan Moon.

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Whitney trade is a good first start for the Penguins

LOL, and I thought I’d have nothing to talk about today.

You can probably imagine that GMRS wanted to do his dealing this season with more than one minute remaining before the trade deadline ends, like he did last year in the Marian Hossa deal.

Well, he completed the first major deal of the NHL trading season six days early when he dealt disappointing defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for winger Chris Kunitz and budding power forward prospect Eric Tangradi.

On the surface, at least in my mind, I’m pretty satisfied with this deal.  But I can just feel that Shero is far from finished when it comes to fine-tuning the Penguins’ roster as they inch closer to a playoff slot.

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Penguins Trade Deadline: Roundtable discussion #3

We’re back for Roundtable Discussion #3 here at The Confluence.  Roundtable #1 was while I was still at MVN, and Roundtable #2 was done back here on December 15th.  This time around, of course, we’re going to focus on the March 4th trade deadline.  The Penguins are surely among the most intriguing teams leading up to the deadline, especially considering their disappointing season to date, which has now resulted in their frantic attempt to earn a playoff spot.

I’ve shortened the participants and questions this time, the previous Roundtables got a bit too long (sorry to the previous participants, much thanks though !!).  Here’s who will be participating this time around:

- Sean Leahy (SL), Yahoo! Puck Daddy
- Jesse Marshall (JM), Faceoff Factor
- Seth Rorabaugh (SR), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Empty Netters
- Brian Metzer (BM), Hockeybuzz.com Penguins blogger
- Pensblog Staff (PB), The Pensblog
- Yours Truly (TF), The Confluence
- Greg Wyshynski (GW), Yahoo! Puck Daddy

Here we go….

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How long should the Penguins’ Fleury be considered “young” ??

I’d just like to know.  I confuse easily.

It seems as though Marc-Andre Fleury has now been between the Penguins’ pipes since the Carter administration.  Yet, you keep reminding yourself, especially when you see him struggle, like he’s been doing a lot lately, that he’s just 24 years old.

So that begs the question, at what point must the Penguins, the press and the fans toss the “he’s still young” excuse to the side and start holding Fleury accountable for his performance on the ice ?

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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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