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alkemical 03-20-2007 10:30 AM

I'm ready for the playoffs. I still don't see my pens going beyond the 2nd round. Missing a good scoring winger or two, and a really really solid D.

Shero did a good job of getting enough talent to fill out the 3/4 lines for the year with Jarko, Petrovicky, Eckman. Eaton is our most "solid" Dman. Brooks has been playing well latley but he's at most a more physical Eaton, with less control. His presence is needed though for a team that doesn't a ton of physical guys. (Jarko, Laraque & Roberts are the only other "tough" guys).

I think the youth of the team is what gives them the legs to make the playoff push, but i don't think they have enough yet to compete as a "whole" team to take the cup.

I like the direction of the team, but they are missing a few players yet.

That being said - on a good night - i think they can take any team in the east. (Exception Tampa Bay - they own the pens).

alkemical 03-20-2007 10:31 AM

Oh yeah...

F jagr

chadta 04-15-2007 09:51 PM

ok in light of the way you guys have played the first 3 games i propose a new logo for the front of your jerseys

and im joking here guys, i saw the pic thought it was funny and had to share it

BroncoFanatic 04-16-2007 10:54 AM

It's good to see the Pens in the playoffs instead of being the bottom feeders like in recent seasons. But DAMN that game was ugly yesterday.

A couple of missing pieces before they are a true cup contender, I agree. I do hope they have the young guns locked up for the long term...

alkemical 04-16-2007 11:05 AM

Malkin went back to russia i think

BroncoFanatic 04-16-2007 11:51 AM


Originally Posted by claviculasolomonis (Post 1552331)
Malkin went back to russia i think

In the last couple of days? Yikes! Yikes!

He had an assist in game 2

alkemical 04-16-2007 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by BroncoFanatic (Post 1552378)
In the last couple of days? Yikes! Yikes!

He had an assist in game 2

He's been invisible IMO.

BroncoFanatic 04-16-2007 01:13 PM


Originally Posted by claviculasolomonis (Post 1552412)
He's been invisible IMO.

Gotcha, they need him to step up and produce more. Crosby has been a BEAST, but he can't do it alone

alkemical 04-16-2007 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by BroncoFanatic (Post 1552481)
Gotcha, they need him to step up and produce more. Crosby has been a BEAST, but he can't do it alone

That's the point i'm getting at more/less. really - the kid can play - he's got major talent - but he just vanishes for stretches at a time.

BroncoFanatic 04-18-2007 04:30 PM

It looks like we only need worry about it for one more game... :flush:

alkemical 04-18-2007 04:57 PM

blah i know

SoCalBronco 04-19-2007 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by claviculasolomonis (Post 1552482)
That's the point i'm getting at more/less. really - the kid can play - he's got major talent - but he just vanishes for stretches at a time.

Would I have liked to have seen a little more out of Geno in this series? Sure. But I wont blame him too much. He did have like 4 or 5 points in the series, albeit all of them being assists. He got really tired and worn down about 2.5 weeks before the end of the regular season and never really got his legs back. He also had several root canals recently...I don't know if that has an effect on his game, but its not a good thing. I'll give the kid a pass. He accomplished a hell of alot this season without being able to even communicate properly and should win the ROY, which he deserves.

I think the real goats in this series were Gonch, Whitney, Orpik, Melichar, Scuderi...the entire D-corps is a joke....even Eaton was not his usual solid self. Gonch was especially bad. The wingers were complete crap, Christensen completely disappeared. The 4th line that everyone was pimping didnt do **** in this series.

I thought Flower did a pretty good job despite getting no help at all, Sid ofcourse did well, Staal the Gronk did well, Roberts, I liked Army's intensity and passion.

Shero has work to do. Get us 2 REAL more Malone, Recchi, Oullet or any of that crap, REAL NHL caliber wingers for Sid and Geno. And we need some tough, shutdown tired of seeing 20 second cycles in our own end repeatedly.

Melichar and Scuderi should never..ever...ever...ever be allowed in the NHL again. Ever.

alkemical 04-20-2007 12:27 AM

rack 'em

Al Wilson 04-20-2007 01:09 AM

Good series Penguins fans. Give Ottawa credit though, they really played great defense. You have a good young team.

SoCalBronco 04-20-2007 01:55 AM


Originally Posted by Al Wilson (Post 1557896)
Good series Penguins fans. Give Ottawa credit though, they really played great defense. You have a good young team.

Congrats...I think this may be the year Ottawa really capitalizes on all their talent.

alkemical 06-29-2007 11:52 AM

Pa. House OKs key arena fund
Friday, June 29, 2007

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG -- The state House took a big step yesterday toward helping to fund a new arena in Pittsburgh for the Penguins and other tenants.

Legislators voted 121-77 to authorize a new $1.6 billion fund for capital projects, called the Pennsylvania Gaming, Economic Development and Tourism Fund. It will supply $7.5 million a year for up to 30 years to pay for the construction of the arena.

The money would be generated from a 5 percent tax on slot machine revenue and would form a key part of the financing for the proposed $300 million structure.

House Bill 1631, which still lacks Senate approval, authorizes an additional $500,000 per year for up to 30 years for a "community development fund for infrastructure, construction and redevelopment projects" near the proposed arena.

That money could go for development in the lower Hill District, adjacent to the new arena. Hill officials, including state Rep. Jake Wheatley, have insisted on being involved in the overall development of the lower Hill, including the land where Mellon Arena is. It likely will be razed once the new arena is completed.

The total gaming fund authorization for the arena and related redevelopment is thus $8 million a year for up to 30 years, or a total of $240 million.

The new gaming development fund is tied to Act 71 of 2004, the law legalizing slots casinos, which says that 5 percent of the gross gaming revenue will go into the fund. Once all 14 slots parlors are up and running, estimates are that $150 million a year will pour into the development fund.

The first two projects to receive money will be the new multipurpose arena for the Penguins and a major expansion of the convention center in Philadelphia, which is slated to get $880 million over 30 years.

Other Pittsburgh projects that could ultimately be funded include new buildings or debt reduction at Pittsburgh International Airport, a hotel at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and paying off the debt of the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The complete list of county projects can be viewed by calling up HB1631 at

So far the fund has received only $20.4 million from slots revenue, with another $54.5 million expected by June 2008. But eventually the funding should be $150 million per year.

Gov. Ed Rendell wants action on the bill completed before the Legislature recesses for the summer.


(Bureau Chief Tom Barnes can be reached at or 1-717-787-4254. )

alkemical 06-29-2007 11:54 AM

Penguins set ticket record
Franchise halts sales for season packages
Friday, June 29, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The success and popularity of the Penguins' young team has taken the organization to new heights in ticket sales.

Because of demand that is about to reach the equivalent of a club-record 13,500 full-season ticket packages, the Penguins have stopped taking deposits for full- and half-season plans and have begun a wait list for those plans.

The previous team record was 12,250 full-season ticket equivalents in 1992-93, the season after the Penguins won their second consecutive -- and most recent -- Stanley Cup.

Last season, the team finished with 105 points and made the playoffs for the first time since 2001, aided by players such as center Sidney Crosby, winner of the Art Ross and Hart trophies, Calder Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin and All-Rookie team member Jordan Staal, as well as coach Michel Therrien, a Jack Adams Trophy finalist.

Starting July 9, fans can join the wait list with a $200 deposit per seat. Six- and 12-game miniplans will go on sale on or about Aug. 8.

alkemical 06-29-2007 11:56 AM

Penguins Rookie Minicamp: Letang hopes to stick on Penguins' defense
Friday, June 29, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Matt Freed, Post-Gazette
Penguins prospect Kris Letang participates in a rookie camp yesterday at Southpointe. Letang hopes to make the team as a defenseman.
Click photo for larger image.

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It was only seven games, but any experience in the NHL makes a player in junior hockey a magnet for questions from teammates.

Defenseman Kris Letang was in that situation last season. He made the Penguins' roster out of training camp and picked up his first two NHL goals before being returned to Val d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Players there and with Team Canada's entry in the 2007 World Junior Championships wanted to hear about Letang's NHL experience, one aspect in particular.

"The questions all were about the money," Letang said yesterday after joining the Penguins' rookie conditioning camp.

Well, maybe a few other things.

"They said, 'What's the difference between juniors and the NHL?' " Letang said. "I said, 'The guys are fast, quick. The game is faster than junior.' "

Letang, who missed the start of the conditioning camp because he was in Calgary with his Team Canada teammates getting their championship rings, could find himself in the same kind of spotlight this week. He is the only one in the camp who has played in the NHL.

He also is the one who is most likely to make the Penguins' roster coming out of training camp.

There is widespread expectation within and outside the organization that Letang will, or at least has a strong chance to, become one of the team's regular six defensemen in 2007-08.

That is based on his performance at training camp last summer that led the Penguins to include him on their roster to open the season, on what he did after being returned to juniors and the simple fact that it is reasonable to presume he will be one year better.

He had 14 goals, 52 points in 40 games and a plus-minus rating of plus-19 with the Foreurs, was named a QMJHL all-star and won the league's Bouchard Trophy as the top defenseman. At the world juniors, he had six points, all assists, and was named one of Canada's top three players and one of the tournament's top players.

After the junior playoffs, he joined the Penguins' minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but was only with the Baby Penguins one game before they got bounced from the American Hockey League playoffs.

"Last year, I was here for one month. I think I learned a lot of things," said Letang, 20, a right-handed shot who was selected by the Penguins in the third round of the 2005 draft. "Right now, I'm training hard to make my place again. Hopefully, it will be to stay here all season."

He pointed to his defensive play, particularly positioning in the defensive zone, as the area in which he needs to improve the most from last year.

"I think I'm very patient with the puck. I can skate very well," Letang said. "That's my game."

While forward Jordan Staal convinced the Penguins to keep him around all season instead of being sent back to juniors, Letang said he quickly got over his diminished playing time and subsequent demotion.

"Maybe when you're not playing too much, 10 minutes a game or something, you lose a little of your confidence," he said. "When I got back [to Val d'Or], I told myself to keep going and work hard and get ready for next year.

"I think I'm more confident. I learned a lot from [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin, [Sergei] Gonchar, [Mark] Recchi, all these guys.

"I don't put any pressure on me, but I told myself to be ready and be the best I can be for camp. The only thing I want is to make the team and stay here."

alkemical 08-31-2007 01:36 PM

Penguins unveil arena design drawings

Penguins unveil arena design drawings

Hill ministers seek separate meeting on side investments
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
By Ann Belser and Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins last night unveiled preliminary design drawings for the new arena to be built between Centre and Fifth avenues, Uptown, to replace Mellon Arena.

The drawings were shown at a public meeting attended by about 150 people, including Hill District residents and others interested in the design.

The new building, which is being designed by HOK Sport of Kansas City, Mo., will have its main entrance on Centre Avenue near Washington Place, with other entrances on the east side of the building off Centre Avenue and at Fifth Avenue and Washington Place.

Patrick Lempka, lead architect for the project, said the building will be 80 feet tall along Centre Avenue and about 130 feet high at Fifth Avenue.

People on Fifth Avenue won't necessarily see the arena looming above them because the facade along Fifth Avenue will be brick and cast stone storefronts that will be about 55 feet high, with the arena set back on a plaza from the top of that base.

The new building will have a corridor around the main level that will run from Centre Avenue to the plaza behind the Fifth Avenue facade. That circular corridor will be faced with glass while the top of the arena will have some sort of metal or painted metal skin, Mr. Lempka said.

Mr. Lempka said the architects are working with the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority to incorporate features that would make it a green building.

In a related development, nine Hill District ministers want to meet with public officials and the Penguins to discuss neighborhood reinvestment that will result from the new arena, including a proposal for $10 million in development funding, even as a separate group gets ready to negotiate its own agreement for residents.

The ministers sent an e-mail to Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority last week seeking to "reconvene conversations regarding the Hill District community in relation to the lower Hill District site and the new arena."

"As faith leaders, we are clear about what must happen in order to ensure that the Hill District has holistic representation that protects the residents of this community and their interests," the e-mail said. "At this time, we have resolved that our collective leadership is required in order to bring sobering clarity and progress to this complex matter."

They said the discussion would be a follow-up to meetings held in April. Then, they and some Hill business leaders presented a term sheet to Mr. Ravenstahl and Mr. Onorato that included requests for the $10 million in upfront development funding, plus an unspecified annual contribution for 30 years, to be directed to the "greater Hill District community's development interest"; at least 30 percent of arena jobs for "minorities of color"; and a percentage of revenues from the new arena and future redevelopment of the Mellon Arena site for Hill reinvestment.

Their e-mail arrived as a separate group, the One Hill Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, announced that it had formed a nine-member negotiating team to start discussions with city and county leaders and the Penguins on a community benefits agreement for the neighborhood.

The coalition team was scheduled to sit down with Mr. Onorato, Mr. Ravenstahl and the Penguins yesterday for an introductory meeting.

Carl Redwood, the One Hill chairman and spokesman, said the coalition represented more than 100 Hill District groups. He said more than 1,000 Hill residents participated in numerous meetings over five months to determine what benefits it wanted in negotiations with the city, county and Penguins.

Mr. Redwood said yesterday he did not know why the ministers, some of whom he described as members of the One Hill coalition, are seeking their own meeting with government leaders and the team.

"They don't represent the Hill and to claim otherwise is divisive," he said.

City Councilwoman Tonya Payne, who represents the Hill District, said the One Hill coalition was created so there "would be one voice that represented the entire Hill District." She said it was wrong for the ministers to be seeking their own meeting.

"The community has voted on who they wanted to negotiate a community benefits agreement. They selected negotiators. I think it's terribly unfair that [the ministers] would be that presumptuous that they would come out and say they would be better negotiators than the ones chosen by the community," she said.

In an interview Friday, the Rev. Glenn Grayson, senior pastor of Wesley Center African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and one of the nine ministers seeking a meeting, said the group was "just continuing our dialogue" with local politicians and the Penguins.

He noted a community benefits agreement was just one of the nine requests ministers and other Hill representatives made of the Penguins and the city and county during the initial meetings in April.

"We set up another date to meet with public officials to get an update on our request for the total community," he said.

Mr. Redwood has said that among the benefits the One Hill coalition is seeking as a result of the community meetings are the first shot at jobs created by the arena and support for community programming, including help in landing a grocery store which residents have coveted for years.

The list does not, however, include the $10 million in development funding. Mr. Redwood has said that was not one of the benefits "the community came up with" during meetings.

First published at PG NOW on August 28, 2007 at 11:31 pm

SoCalBronco 09-14-2007 10:09 PM

Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for

Camp 2007, September 14
September 14, 2007
We'll start today's report with the scrimmage.


Black Team:


Sabourin was in net for the 1st half; Conklin got the 2nd.

Bissonette, Goligoski, Jensen, James, and McLean did not play.

White Team:


Fleury was in net for the 1st half; Curry got the 2nd.

Brown, D'Aversa, Lovejoy, Rank, and Boogard did not play.

Scoring and Penalties

1st Half:

Black Goal (Black led 1-0) Crosby (Sykora, Recchi) - Christensen didn't see a breakout pass coming up the right side and Recchi picked it off and passed to Sykora, who slid a cross ice pass to an open Crosby, who had an easy one timer past Fleury. The same group had almost scored moments earlier, but Malkin made a beautiful diving play to break up the centering pass.

White Goal (Tied at 1) Laraque (Ruutu) - Laraque spun away from a defender and let a shot go towards Sabourin, and it beat him high glove. It may have hit something on the way in; I'm not sure.

White Goal (White led 2-1) Jeffrey (Taffe, Kennedy) - White was crashing the net and Jefrrey poked one in.

2nd Half:

Black Penalty Shot: Eaton held Filewich. Filewich just skated in and tried a wrister 5 hole, but Curry shut him down.

Black Penalty Shot: Brent tripped Crosby. Crosby moved the puck back and forth, then buried a wrister over Curry's blocker. Game tied at 2.

White Goal (White led 3-2) Hall (Esposito, Talbot) - Hall was in front and spun off Orpik just as the pass was coming to him and scored on a half snapshot from in tight.

Black Goal (Tied at 3) Armstrong (Weaver, Malone) - Weaver threaded a wrist shot on net and Armstrong dove for the rebound, swiping in a backhander.

White Penalty Shot: Esposito was held by Smith. Espo made a quick move to the backhand and roofed it over Conklin's glove. White led 4-3.

Black Penalty Shot: Weaver took a high stick from Laraque. Weaver skated straight in a put a wrister high glove on Curry. Game tied at 4.

White Goal (White led 5-4) Malkin (unassisted) - Malkin picked off a Whitney pass in the high slot and went slapshot on Conklin.

Black Penalty Shot: Letang got his stick up on Malone. Malone was nearly caught by Letang, but not before Malone beat Curry over the blocker with a wrist shot. Game tied at 5.

White Goal (White led 6-5) Hall (Gonchar, Talbot) - Talbot slid a nice cross ice pass to Gonchar, who uncorked a huge slapshot. Hall got a piece of it, tipping it by Cnklin with just 8.7 seconds on the clock.

Scrimmage Notes:
Esposito didn't show any noticeable signs of being hurt. He was flying around all day and his line always seemed to be making something happen. He took a pretty good check from Malone as well.

If today was any indication of how the rest of Hall's camp will go, he's going to earn a contract.

Malkin was more physical today and got into a couple of shoving matches. He was also doing a good job in his end. On one occasion, he came up behind Stone, stripped him of the puck, and stiff-armed him to the ice all in one motion. Later on, he was driving on Orpik and put Orpik on the ice. That prompted a decent shoving match.

In the first half of the game, the Black team had a pronounced edge in puck possession and they were dominating the flow of the game. Fleury kept them in it and was a big reason the ended the half up 2-1.

Other Notes:
I saw a couple members of the training staff wearing t-shirts with "Demand More" on the front and "Keep Climbing" on the back.

Ryan Lannon and Derek Engelland were the first two on the ice for the first practice of the season.

Brooks Orpik's mullet is gone.

Both groups did the same series of drills. First, some light skating that called for them to skate big circles in each of the three zones. They did that twice; once without pucks, then with pucks. Then you had your standard 5 man break they use in warm-ups on game night. 1 on 1 and 2 and 1 breaks were next, followed by 2 on 2s and 3 on 3s down low.

SoCalBronco 09-17-2007 09:59 PM

Listening to the Pens preseason opener at Montreal on Canadiens radio ( ...Crosby just tied the game at 1 late in the second period, banking it in off Komisarek for the goal.

Fleury has made some good saves so far from what the announcers have said. Crosby with good chemistry with Sykora too. Still, just a 1-1 game almost at the second intermission. Lots of penalties.

SoCalBronco 09-17-2007 10:32 PM

Crosby almost with another goal, but went off the post...still 1-1 in the third period.

SoCalBronco 09-17-2007 10:38 PM

Kovalev drop pass to Kosboobiesyn (damn system wont let me type t i t, comes out as boob), 2-1 Canadiens.

SoCalBronco 09-17-2007 10:46 PM

Malone knocks it through from in front of the net, assisted by Recchi and Crosby on the PP.

2-2 late in the 3rd.

SoCalBronco 09-17-2007 11:11 PM

Kovalev wins it with a half minute left in OT after Crosby and Komisarek both went to the box after going at each other a little. Dammit.

3-2, Montreal.

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