Category: Pittsburgh Penguins
From the National Post’s Bruce Arthur:
It has been eight weeks now. Eight weeks since Victor Hedman smashed Sidney Crosby’s head into the glass in Tampa Bay, which was four days after David Steckel ran his shoulder into Crosby’s temple in Pittsburgh. Which means that it has been eight weeks since Sidney Crosby played an NHL game.
And that should make anybody who cares about hockey nauseous. It should give them a headache. It should cause sleepless nights. In other words, it should make them feel like they have suffered a concussion.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Ryan Craig and defenseman Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Craig has appeared in six games this season for Pittsburgh. Strait made his NHL debut Monday vs. Washington, logging 13:02 minutes of ice time.
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From NBC Sports:
NBCSports.com will be streaming Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. Penguins-Blackhawks game free of charge on NBCSports.com.
The specific URL where the game will be shown will be available on NBCSports.com on Sunday.
The stream will be HD quality, feature an online-only camera angle and in-game highlights.
From the Penguins’ Sam Kasan:
Today, Feb. 15, marks the two-year anniversary of the hiring of Dan Bylsma as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In just two seasons, he is one of the most successful coaches in team history.
Bylsma began the 2008-09 campaign with his first-ever head coaching job, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, and ended it by hoisting the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh. Bylsma led WBS to a 35-16-1-2 record before Penguins GM Ray Shero brought him to Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2009. “I got a call from Ray and he wanted to talk on my office phone,” Bylsma said. “That five minutes was a whirlwind.”
Bylsma was introduced to the team at their hotel and he was behind the bench for his first-ever NHL game as head coach the following afternoon. The rest, as they say, is history. But that history is still being written. Here is a look back at some of Bylsma’s monumental achievements so far:
From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi:
Q: Does your team have an image problem?
A: No. Not at all. You’ve written that. You wrote it (Sunday). I don’t think it’s an issue.
I want to be a blue-collar, hard-working hockey team. We’re not a dirty team. OK, Matt Cooke - everybody is saying, “How can you say this and have Matt Cooke?” He gets fined, suspended. In the (Columbus defenseman Fedor) Tyutin case, (Cooke) was talked to by me and the coach. I talked to him after the Savard hit.
Hard-working and aggressive (play) go into the same thing. From our hockey team’s standpoint, I think we play with honor. I really do. Matt Cooke wasn’t about Friday night. Friday night was something different.
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled four players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. The four players recalled are forwards Ryan Craig, Nick Johnson, Brett Sterling and Joe Vitale.
Johnson, 25, leads WBS with 20 goals while placing second (tied) with 39 points in 48 games. He also has a team-high 10 power-play goals. Sterling, 26, is also tied for second in scoring on WBS with 39 points through 46 contests. He’s posted 18 goals, 21 assists, six power-play goals and a plus-12 rating. Craig, 29, ranks fourth on WBS with 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists in 49 games. Vitale, 25, has appeared in 50 games this season for WBS, recording eight goals, 27 points, a plus-12 rating and two shorthanded tallies.
From the Penguins:
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL and torn MCL in his right knee, the team announced today.
Malkin’s rehabilitation period will take six months, and he will be ready for the start of training camp in September, general manager Ray Shero said.
Malkin, 24, the 2009 NHL scoring champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the playoffs, suffered the injury during Friday’s game against Buffalo at CONSOL Energy Center.
He had 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 43 games this season.
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