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alkemical 12-22-2006 01:39 PM

Pens' Eaton has cast removed, return still uncertain
 
Pens' Eaton has cast removed, return still uncertain

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton has had the cast removed from his surgically repaired left wrist.

But it may be another six weeks before he returns to the ice.

Eaton says he needs that time to regain the range of motion and his strength.

Eaton was injured during the Nov. 4 game at San Jose when he was boarded by Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo in the first minute of a 3-2 loss.

At the time, Eaton was leading the team with 36 blocked shots in 11 games.

Eaton is looking at possibly returning to the lineup for the Feb. 1 home game against Montreal.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

SoCalBronco 01-02-2007 10:47 PM

What a play by Sid. That was sweet.

3-0, Pens in the third.

2 goals and an assist so far by Sid.

Cam Ward is actually playing really well for Carolina despite the score.

EDIT: 3-0 Final...the Flower with a nice shutout.

alkemical 01-02-2007 11:18 PM

Whoo hoo

alkemical 01-03-2007 06:27 PM

http://www.post-gazette.com/penguins/

Lemieux meeting today with K.C. officials
Pens' owners also set to discuss 'Plan B' with city, Pa. leaders
Wednesday, January 03, 2007

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kansas City officials, eager to find an anchor tenant for a new arena, will get their first opportunity to lure the Penguins there today.


Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, who lead the franchise's ownership group, and other members of the team's front office accepted an invitation to travel to Kansas City and meet with representatives of the city and the Sprint Center, a $276 million multipurpose venue scheduled to open this fall.

The Penguins' lease at Mellon Arena expires in June, and they have attracted expressions of interest from cities across North America that are in the market for a National Hockey League franchise. This will be the first meeting between Penguins executives and people from one of those cities.

It is not known if the team has been contacted by representatives of anyplace except Kansas City, but when Mr. Lemieux announced last month that the franchise no longer was for sale, he made it clear that ownership was prepared to entertain arena proposals from any city seeking an NHL club.

That sentiment was reinforced in a letter he and Mr. Burkle sent to Gov. Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl last week.

In that letter, they agreed to meet with those elected officials tomorrow to discuss what is popularly known as "Plan B," a proposal the public officials are formulating to finance construction of an arena here. But they reiterated that "we are in the process of exploring all of our options."

Although no formal deadline for determining where the Penguins will be based next season has been established, the Penguins' letter conveyed the importance of having the matter resolved in the relatively near future.

The urgency is based, in part, on the NHL needing to know where the team will play so that work can begin on its schedule for the 2007-08 season. Also, the Penguins would need considerable time before next season to handle business-related issues such as selling tickets and arranging corporate sponsorships, particularly if they are operating in a new market.

"We appreciate the positive tone of your recent public comments and look forward to seeing what has been described as a plan that is significantly better than the original 'Plan B,' " the letter said.

"It is essential for the future of this franchise that we negotiate an arena deal that makes economic sense for the long term. Please be advised that time is of the essence. We must have something in place well in advance of the March 31 deadline mentioned in your letter [proposing Thursday's meeting]."

Neither Mr. Lemieux nor Kansas City officials could be reached for comment last night.

While groups in cities like Houston and Las Vegas are purported to be shopping for an NHL team, Kansas City has been at the forefront of those hoping to attract one.

All 72 luxury suites at the Sprint Center have been sold, and California venture capitalist William "Boots" Del Biaggio III, who nearly purchased the Penguins in 2005, has an agreement in place to base a franchise there if he is able to acquire one.

Clockwork Orange 01-03-2007 07:57 PM

According to this, the Penguins were, in fact, offered Jack Johnson straight up for the #2 overall pick in this summer's draft and Shero declined.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmhCBiMbWkc

It's all water under the bridge now, but do you Pens fans wish he'd have taken that deal?

alkemical 01-04-2007 12:53 AM

no, i'm fine with staal

SoCalBronco 01-04-2007 01:12 AM

I would have preferred Johnson. Unfortunately, Shero got extremely greedy and it blew up in his face. Jordan is a bull and will be a great defensive forward, but like Geno Malkin, he will want to run his own ship someday. He'll want to go back to center and be a No. 1 center.

Johnson loves Crosby, he's not going to split and we need defensive studs more than offensive ones anyway, especially another natural center. I know he's having a crappy tourney but Johnson's still a beast.

alkemical 01-04-2007 10:43 AM

See i don't think there is a #1 centre anymore. If you have two bona-fide blue chip centre's that's not a bad thing to have.

Bronx33 01-04-2007 08:06 PM

Lemieux: Local meeting 'very positive'
 
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_487121.html

Emerging from his Downtown meeting this afternoon with state and local leaders, Penguins owner Mario Lemieux said he heard "very positive" comments from Gov. Ed Rendell, county Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. But Lemieux didn't rule out moving the Penguins to Kansas City, Mo.

Lemieux said he hopes "to move forward (on a decision) in the next week or so."

"We had two great meetings today, one in Kansas City and one here tonight," he said.

Lemiuex and other Penguins officials are considering a rent-free deal to move the Penguins to the new Sprint Center arena in Kansas City. Rendell, Onorato and Ravenstahl are pitching the governor's so-called Plan B to build a replacement for the aging Mellon Arena in Uptown.

Clockwork Orange 01-05-2007 03:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by claviculasolomonis (Post 1429654)
If you have two bona-fide blue chip centre's that's not a bad thing to have.

http://images.art.com/images/product...0/10097156.jpg

:thumbs:

alkemical 01-05-2007 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clockwork Orange (Post 1430503)



I was thinking more along the lines of Ronnie Francis & Mario :yayaya:

SoCalBronco 01-07-2007 10:13 PM

Amazing goal by Sid, basically diving at the ice to get the puck off a Recchi pass and flicking it into the net with 3 seconds to go in the 2nd period.

PIT 1
TAM 1

SoCalBronco 01-07-2007 11:04 PM

Thats a ****ing horse**** call, ref!

HORSE****ING ****

Edit: thankfully it was changed on review.

2-2.

SoCalBronco 01-07-2007 11:09 PM

Going to OT, Im glad to get a point against this team, we have been totally snakebitten against TB for the last few years.

Clockwork Orange 01-08-2007 12:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoCalBronco (Post 1434359)
Amazing goal by Sid, basically diving at the ice to get the puck off a Recchi pass and flicking it into the net with 3 seconds to go in the 2nd period.

PIT 1
TAM 1

We'll be seeing that one on the highlight reels for quite some time.

SoCalBronco 01-13-2007 04:51 PM

Im glad the guys on our bench told Forsberg to keep his head up after all the **** he has done, I hope Ruutu makes his SUFFER in the third. Take his ass OUT and make it PAINFUL!!!

Bronx33 01-13-2007 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoCalBronco (Post 1441841)
Im glad the guys on our bench told Forsberg to keep his head up after all the **** he has done, I hope Ruutu makes his SUFFER in the third. Take his ass OUT and make it PAINFUL!!!


Colby armstrong got a little taste of forsbergs shoulder.. :thumbsup:

SoCalBronco 01-16-2007 10:44 PM

Very disappointing to see no one go after Jason Blake in the last few seconds there. I was hoping Orpik would launch himself at Blake's head or something, or maybe elbow him in the face...come on guys, step it up, you have to protect Sid.

alkemical 01-17-2007 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SoCalBronco (Post 1446864)
Very disappointing to see no one go after Jason Blake in the last few seconds there. I was hoping Orpik would launch himself at Blake's head or something, or maybe elbow him in the face...come on guys, step it up, you have to protect Sid.



Oh i know SoCal....

alkemical 01-17-2007 11:24 AM

Arena talks may resume soon
 
Arena talks may resume soon

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Another round of talks between the Penguins and state and local officials over funding for a new arena could be days away.

Gov. Ed Rendell is expected to meet with Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle late tomorrow or Friday during a visit to Pittsburgh to discuss progress on Plan B, the funding formula he put together for a new arena. Also expected to attend are Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato.

The parties were still attempting to establish a firm time and day for the meeting yesterday.

The meeting would be the first since Jan. 4, when state and local officials met with Mr. Lemieux and Mr. Burkle at the State Office Building, Downtown.

The meeting, described as very positive, began the effort of cobbling together an agreement under Plan B to build a new arena and keep the team in Pittsburgh. The Penguins also are considering an offer from Kansas City to move into the new $276 million Sprint Center next season.

While talks between the Penguins and state and local officials over Plan B have gone well, it's unlikely that the meeting this week will produce a final agreement.

The Penguins declined comment yesterday. Mr. Onorato said he was not aware of a meeting being set up. While the governor's office confirmed that Mr. Rendell will be in Pittsburgh later this week, it said there was no meeting with the Penguins on his schedule as of yesterday.

alkemical 01-18-2007 04:38 PM

Rendell to meet today with Penguins on arena
 
Rendell to meet today with Penguins on arena

Thursday, January 18, 2007

By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette




Gov. Ed Rendell is expected to meet with representatives of the Penguins this evening to try to close in on a deal to fund a new arena and keep the team in Pittsburgh under a long-term lease.

Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl likely will join Mr. Rendell at the session. It's uncertain whether Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle will be among those representing the team.

The meeting comes amid a growing sense of optimism among state and local officials that an agreement to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh is moving closer to completion.

No one is predicting, however, that a final accord will be announced as part of this evening's gathering.

"I think they're getting closer to a deal," said state Sen. Wayne Fontana, a board member of the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority, which has been involved in the talks. "I'm confident that progress is being made."

Mr. Fontana is not expecting tonight's meeting to produce a final agreement.

"I suspect there's going to have to be some conversation with the [sports authority] even after they come to some conclusion," he said. "I don't expect it to conclude [today], but on the other hand I'm anticipating they will get closer to the end."

The Penguins have repeatedly declined comment on the talks.

The two sides are trying to work out a deal under Plan B, Mr. Rendell's funding formula for a new arena. It originally called for $14.5 million a year in contributions from slot machine gambling in Pennsylvania, plus $4 million a year from the Penguins, including $1.16 million annually in naming rights.

The Penguins annual contribution is expected to end up closer to $2.9 million, however, and a proposed $8.5 million upfront payment likely will be covered by the sale of the team-owned St. Francis Central Hospital to the Sports & Exhibition Authority, which needs it as part of the new arena site.

"What I sense is a positive tone" out of Mr. Onorato, Mr. Ravenstahl and Mr. Rendell, County Council President Rich Fitzgerald said. "They feel optimistic that it's got a good chance."

He said he has been told that no tax dollars will be part of any funding plan.

The Penguins want to decide by the end of the month whether to stay in Pittsburgh under a new arena deal or move to Kansas City, where the $276 million rent-free Sprint Center will be ready next fall.

The team's Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of June.

In Pittsburgh, a new arena won't be ready until 2009 at the earliest. As a result, the Penguins are hoping to secure an interim agreement that would give them a greater share of Mellon Arena revenues.

The team has available to it a proposed lease extension that would allow it to play rent free at Mellon Arena next year and control most building revenues. It would require an upfront payment of $5 million to SMG, which currently manages the facility.

Today's session will be the first since Jan. 4, when Mr. Lemieux emerged from a "very positive" meeting with the three elected leaders, optimistic about the prospects for keeping the team here.

Bronx33 01-20-2007 01:45 PM

Penguins souring on Plan B
 
Governor calls deal hard to beat, but team balks at splitting development rights, parking

Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday said the arena deal being offered the Penguins is better than others struck recently in the National Hockey League, but the team has balked at a proposal to share development rights and parking revenues with Pittsburgh casino backer Don Barden.

Another issue that has come up in the talks is $10 million the Penguins may owe Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., which lost to Mr. Barden in the bidding for the city's casino license.

According to Mr. Rendell, the Penguins agreed to pay that amount if Isle of Capri failed to win the casino license but the team still secured a new arena in Pittsburgh.

During an interview yesterday, Mr. Rendell, coming off a late-night round of negotiations with the team Thursday, said the Penguins' share of the arena financing would be a "fraction" of what Pennsylvania's other professional sports franchises -- the Steelers, Pirates, Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies -- contributed toward their new homes.

"I believe the offer we put before the Penguins is the best of any offer that's been made to any NHL team for a new [arena] in recent times and it's also by far the best of any offer made to any Pennsylvania professional sports team for a new stadium," he said.

Mr. Rendell added that the Penguins' share under a sweetened Plan B funding formula would be "significantly below" the 18 percent the Pirates paid toward the construction of the $260 million PNC Park.

The Steelers paid about 44 percent of the $281 million cost of Heinz Field. Under Plan B, the Penguins initially would have paid about 20.7 percent toward a $290 million arena.

An October Post-Gazette survey found that since 2000, NHL teams have contributed anywhere from nothing to 30 percent of the cost of building new arenas.

While the governor touted the proposed Plan B deal as hard to beat, the Penguins apparently felt otherwise during a 90-minute meeting Thursday that broke off without an agreement.

According to sources, team representatives, including co-owner Ron Burkle, were stunned when state and local officials proposed that the Penguins share development rights and parking revenues with Mr. Barden, who was a surprise visitor to the negotiations.

The team saw the proposal as a worse deal than it would get under an extension available next year at Mellon Arena, one that would allow rent-free use of the building and give the franchise control over all building revenues, including parking.

In addition to sharing parking revenues and development rights, the state, city and county also want the team to pay rent at the new arena, in excess of the roughly $2 million a year it pays SMG at Mellon Arena, sources said.

Team officials saw the latest proposal as a setback after a "very positive" Jan. 4 meeting, they said. They were surprised to see Mr. Barden, who was invited by Mr. Rendell, and the proposals for sharing development rights and parking revenues. They also felt the overall plan represented a retreat from the previous session.

Mr. Barden has committed to providing $7.5 million a year for 30 years toward a new arena under the Rendell-crafted Plan B, which also calls for contributions from the Penguins and a slots-financed state economic development fund.

The casino operator said Thursday night he joined the talks to "observe and see if I can be helpful. I want to do everything I can to see that the Penguins stay in Pittsburgh."

The Penguins declined comment on all aspects of the talks yesterday, saying in a statement that "we'll continue to explore all of our options."

One of those options is Kansas City, where the $276 million Sprint Center will open this fall. The Penguins are being offered a deal that includes free rent and a share of building revenues. It's likely that the team will explore that option more seriously in the wake of Thursday's meeting. The Penguins' Mellon Arena lease expires at the end of June.

Mr. Rendell said the proposal to share development rights is a result of a city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority resolution passed in 2005 offering such rights to any casino operator or private investor who commits to building a new arena.

The rights would extend to authority-owned property that now includes Mellon Arena, which would be demolished if a new facility is built across the street. Since neither Mr. Barden nor the Penguins would fully fund a new arena, the authority is talking to them jointly, Mr. Rendell said.

"The way the revenue streams are, neither one is solely responsible [for funding an arena], so together they would probably qualify under the [authority] recommendations," he said.

Asked about the sharing of parking revenues, Mr. Rendell replied, "Parking is on the table for discussion."

Despite the objections by the Penguins, Mr. Rendell believes Plan B is still better than what Kansas City is offering because the team would have to share building revenues there. In Pittsburgh, they would get virtually all such revenues from hockey and non-hockey events, excluding the parking.

The governor said the $10 million payment to Isle of Capri has come up in the talks as a cost the Penguins would have to bear if they stayed in Pittsburgh as opposed to moving to Kansas City.

Isle of Capri spokeswoman Jill Haynes said the company "does not comment on alleged content of confidential business agreements." The team also said it would not comment "on private business deals."

In the aftermath of Thursday's session, it is clear that whatever optimism preceded it now has dissipated. The governor conceded the results of the meeting were mixed.

"We made progress on some things and went back on others and that's very common in negotiations," he said.

Asked where they had fallen back, he replied, "some of the requests for relief from the Penguins."

While the governor had hoped for more progress, he said he still thought an agreement was possible.

"I'm still hopeful but there's a lot of posturing that goes on. That's true in these types of negotiations. That's true in business negotiations. It's true in labor negotiations."

No new talks have been scheduled, but Mr. Rendell said he hoped for another meeting soon.

SoCalBronco 01-20-2007 09:41 PM

Geno Malkin's really dominating out there tonight. What great skating.

SoCalBronco 01-20-2007 09:46 PM

Sweet pass by Sid, looking the other way to decieve the Toronto PKers and then lasering it to Recchin ball fhe old man's hat trick.

5-1 PIT.

24champ 01-20-2007 09:57 PM

Dear Penguins,

I will trade you Mattias Norstrom or Aaron Miller for Noah Welch and a Pick.


Sincerely,

Dean Lombardi
President of Kings Hockey.


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