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Pittsburgh Penguins Introduce ‘Extra Attacker’ Fantasy Hockey

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have introduced a new fantasy hockey game, “Extra Attacker,” on the team’s website , http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com

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The game was developed in partnership with Electric Owl Studios, a locally-based game studio formed by Carnegie Mellon University graduates.

“Extra Attacker is a Penguins-themed game that was created to add another touch-point with fans in Pittsburgh and around the world,” said James Santilli, the team’s’ vice president of marketing. “It will enable fans to utilize their knowledge of the Penguins’ roster and also encourage them to follow the team more closely.”

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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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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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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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Penguins recall Taffe, Stone

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Ryan Stone to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.


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Minard, Curry re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

From the Penguins:

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender John Curry and forward Chris Minard to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.”  Also, defenseman Ben Lovejoy was re-assigned on Thursday.

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This is an indication that Marc-Andre Fleury is ready to go after his undisclosed, but believed to be groin-related, injury.  Also, hopefully Minard’s re-assignment means that Mike Zigomanis is ready to come back, the Penguins’ faceoff percentage could use it.

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Penguins promote Jeff Taffe, Jeff Wallace

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Taffe, 27 began the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins appearing in one game, posting two penalty minutes.  He ranks second on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 24 games this season. 

Wallace has seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 31 penalty minutes in 21 contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  The 24-year old, hard-hitting forward has played 127 games in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) along with 152 penalty minutes.

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Penguins’ Gill out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury;  Pesonen back to WBS

From the Penguins:

“Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Hal Gill will miss two to four weeks with a shoulder injury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.  Gill suffered the injury on December 6 at Ottawa during the third period.”

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Another nagging injury for the Penguins.  However, as I mentioned during last night’s recap of the Pens’ 4-3 loss to Buffalo, I thought Ben Lovejoy played quite admirably in Gill’s absence, looks like he’s going to get an extended look, although Ryan Whitney is close to returning.

Also, Janne Pesonen was reassigned back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Really frustrating watching him with the big boys.  HCMT didn’t him crap for playing time, and the time he got was on the 4th line.

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Crosby and Malkin are dynamic duo with a difference

From SI.com’s Darren Eliot:

Dynamic duos are a rarity to be treasured in the game of hockey. Gretzky to Kurri in Edmonton. Trottier to Bossy on Long Island. Lemieux to Jagr in Pittsburgh. Those tandems shared the centerman-to-winger dynamic that you usually associate with scoring combinations.

What makes the Sidney Crosby - Evgeni Malkin combo so intriguing is that both are centermen. Yet, they find themselves together atop the NHL scoring race due to the flexibility of their respective games. It is a luxury afforded coach Michel Therrien and a bonus he cashes routinely.

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