25 July 2006

I'm off

Hey pens fans,
Well, I am leaving for vacation soon and as far as I know, I won't have access to the internet, but I am working on that. If I dono't get it this is my last post until I get back, but I am going to try to find a way to update, if not I will post a full recap when I get back.

It's Official

Hey pens fans,
The Penguinns have offically announced that Mark Recchi has been signed and will return to Pittsburgh for the upcoming season.

24 July 2006

Petrovicky/Recchi

Hey pens fans,
The Pens have signed free agent right wing Ronald Petrovicky, who spent last season with Atlanta. TSN is reporting that Recchi has signed a deal with the Penguins. I have also heard this from other credible sources, but the PEns have not officially announced it.

Busy Pens

Hey pens fans,
Well, the Pens have signed free agent defenseman Matt Carkner to a one-year deal. He spent last season with Cleveland of the AHL. Avoiding arbitration, the Pens have re-signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a two-year contract. Rumor- Recchi is coming back to Pittsburgh. On a side note sorry my posts are a bit delayed. I was having some technical problems, which I think are all fixed now.

22 July 2006

Wade Skolney

Hey pens fans,
The Penguins have signed defenseman Wade Skolney, who played for the Philly Phantoms of the AHL last season.

Colby Armstrong

Hey pens fans,
The Pens resigned Armstrong.

21 July 2006

trade/signing

Hey pens fans,
ThePenguins have acquired left wing Nils Ekman and goaltender prospect Patrick Ehelechner from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2007 second round draft choice. The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed center Joe Jensen, their eighth-round draft pick in 2003.

20 July 2006

Trade

Hey pens fans,
Sorry, I didn't see this coming at all. the Pens acquired Dominic Moore and Libor Pivko from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday for a third-round pick in next year's draft.

19 July 2006

What the $%#@!

Hey pens fans,
Well, at tleast that is what I though when I heard the news. Sorry, no huge Pens scoop, but what is going on with the Islanders? This is confusing me to no end. Most of you have probably heard about the abrupt firing of their GM Neil Smith, after only being on the job or about 6 weeks. Then in the same day, how at thee time goalie, Garth Snow retired to take the GM job. I am not sure about many things, regarding this.
1. Why was Smith fired? He was barley their long enough to impact anything. I know is has been said that the problems involved him feeling like he didn't have control, but is is bizarre.
2. Why Garth Snow? This is even more puzzling. He has no GM experience. Up until a few days ago he was slated o be the back up goalie. Why would they take him, when there are moree than a few qualified guys out there for the job, including former Penguin GM Craig Patrick and possibly even Pat Quinn.
This is just strange...

17 July 2006

I'm back/New Assistant GM

Hey pens fans,
Well, I have returned from my trip to Toronto. It was great. The Hocey Hall of Fame is somelace every fan should go at some point. It has a lot of great stuff about the game annd from great players. It could also make for a fun day, because it is just a good place to meet a geat group of hockey fans. All day I heard parents telling their kids about the greats of the past. It was really special. I also had the opportunity to go to Niagra Falls, whish was really amazing to see. Believe me the pictures do not do it justice. I also had the accomplish ment of eating in 2 Hard Rock Cafe's in one day. that was unique.
Well, on to the Pens new assistant GM, Chuck Fletcher. He was previously with both Florida and Aneheim over te past 13 years, serving as Assistant General Manager, Director of Hockey Operations and Interim General Manager during that time. Eddie Johnston, who was the Penguins Assistant GM will remain with the team as the Senior Advisor/Hockey Operations.

13 July 2006

not much/bon voyage

Hey pens fans,
Well, not much is going on with the Pens. Did you hear that Onorato now says he a plan to get the Pens an arena? Well, if that isn't convieniant. I do not have any details on his plan other than he claims to have one. I know he does not favor the Isle of Capri plan. Also, the mayor of Las Vegas said he would like to have the team move to Vegas. I do not see this happening, at least not under the current circumstances, but if things change...

On a more pleasant note, I am finally doing what all hockey fans should do once in their lifetime. I am going to Toronto this weekend on my "Pilgrimage" to the Hall of Fame. I will be gone over the weekend, so if anything happens please post it as a comment to keep people up to date. this is probably my last post until I get back, unless something breaks in the next 24 hours.

09 July 2006

Response to a comment

Hey pens fans,
Yes, I have heard that Mark Recchi is looking to come backc to Pittsburgh. Mark, though not that young, is a fan favorite. He doesn not play at the caliber he once did, but compared to a lot of guys is still good. As, much as I like Recchi and remember all the great moments with him from the past, I think it may not be in the Pens best interest to bring him back, whe we are building for the future and his time is the NHL is numbered. I like Mark alot, I'm just not sure he fits into the overall plan for the Pens. If he comes back the fans will love it from a nostalgic standpoint, but don't look for him to carry the team to the cup or anything.

05 July 2006

Rumor - Yanic Perreault

Hey pens fans,
Rumor has it that the Pens are very much in the hunt for Yanic Perreault. Last I heard, the Pens are one of just a few teams that he has spoken to. Some sources are saying that the Pens may be one of the front runners, but time will tell. That's it for now...

Pens Ink Jarkko Ruutu / player profile

Hey pens fans,
Jarkko Ruutu was signed by the Penguins. He is listed as a winger, but he has also played defense. He will earn 1.15 million dollars this upcoming season. Ruutu is 31 years old anad is from Helsinki, Finland. He is 6'2" and weighs 208 pounds. He asplayed in 267
career regular season NHL games, scoring 23 goals and 28 assists for a total of 51 points. He has also recorded 453 and his plus/minus is -20.

04 July 2006

Ruutu Rumor

Hey pens fans,
I have heard this from a few places, but I am not sure how likely it really is. I am hearing that the Pens are very interested in Jarkko Ruutu and may even be close to a deal. I have heard his name with the Pens from multiple places, but each has a differnt version as to how far along a deal could be or if it is just that one party is interested in the other, but it is a definite possiblility and fairly probable.

Player Profile- Mark Eaton

Hey pens fans,
Here's what's what with the Pens latest Free Agent acquisition Mark Eaton.

Eaton is 29 years old and from Wilmington, DE. He is 6'2" and weighs 212. He is a left-handed shot and is a defenseman. He was a Nashville Predator for the last 5 season and previous to that he was with the Flyers for one. He has played in 313 NHL regular season games, in which he has accumulated 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 points. He has a career plus/minus of +11 and has 138 penelty minutes. Next season, according to the NHLPA website, he is slated to earn 1.6 million dollars.

03 July 2006

Here's the details on Vandenbussche's arrest

Hey pens fans,
Sorry the link didn't work here is the story from the Hamilton Spectator's website.
"NHL player in jail after assaulting cops in southern Ontario
TURKEY POINT, Ont. (CP) - A former Pittsburgh Penguins right-winger was Tasered and pepper-sprayed by police after allegedly assaulting three officers in a late-night brawl in southern Ontario.
Police say Ryan VandenBussche, who is now a free agent, hit one officer near the left eye, smacked another in the left ear, and tried to strike a third early Monday.
Police also allege VandenBussche threatened the life of one officer after the altercation outside a hotel in Turkey Point, Ont., southwest of Hamilton.
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mark Foster says VandenBussche "apparently came to the rescue of a friend" who was being arrested.
VandenBussche, who lives in Norfolk County, south of London, Ont., is charged with three counts of assaulting a peace officer.
The 33-year-old is also charged with obstructing and/or resisting a peace officer, and uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm.
He will be held in custody in a Brantford, Ont., jail until Thursday."
© The Canadian Press, 2006

Pens name Andre Savard Assistant Coach

Hey pens fans,
Savard has numerous years of experience throught the league in coaching, scouting, and team management. Most recently he has been with Montreal as an assistant GM. He will join Mike Yeo on Therrien's coaching staff.

Pens Sign Mark Eaton

Hey pens fans,
The Pens signed Mark Eaton to a 2 year deal. This seems to be a good addition to our lineup. Eaton, who played the last 5 years in Nashville, will be a good guy to hav on the blueline, where th pens where definetly lackin last season. Also, as for the rumor about Ryan VandenBussch and his arrest last night, I still trying to find out more and have not heard it elsewhere yet, but will let you alll know if I find out more...

01 July 2006

Thoughts on the Pens

Hey pens fans,
To reply to a comment on Mike Lange's firing...
I agree with your sentiments entirely. Mike has been a part of hockey in Pittsburgh for such a long time. His trademark phrases made listening to him a part of hockey. Penguins Fans are going to miss him and I know it will never be the same without him. Once, when I was in my early teens, I was fortunate enough to get to meet Mike Lange. He is Penguins hockey and he could not have been a better guy to talk to the fans that that. I hope that he will seriously consider taking the radio position that I have heard he was offered. It would be hard to find, as loyal fans somewhere else. Mike thanks for the memories, but don't leave us yet.

As for the start of the free agency signings, the Pens have been silent. that have not made any offical moves and not only have I not heard a credible rumor, I have not heard a rumor at all involving our pens or any of the players we could loose. I do have to say that I was a bit surprised by the players we did not make qualifying offers to, but after I thought about it for a while it wasn't quite, as much of a shock.

Hopefully, the pens make some moves to build up out roster. I am lloking for us to get a solid defenseman and of course to finally get Malkin out of Russia, but only time will tell.

More as I hear it...
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