27 February 2007

Pens Fall to Devils

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Devils at the Mellon Arena. The Pens were shutout and the Devils win it 1-0. Fleury was in goal stopping 24 o 25 shots. The Pens recorded 31 shots and won the faceoffs 23-20. It was a tough game and Brodeur was solid in net and the PEns could not get anything past him. He was the deciding factor in that game.

Last Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
Sorry, that this took so long to post. I found out shortly after my last post and the promptly lost the internet for a while. The Pens also picked up Nolan Schaeffer from San Jose for a 2007 7th round pick. Schaeffer is a minor league goalie.

Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
Sorry this tookso long to put up. I had word all the trades were done being processed and ran out for some necessities. I got a text inforing me while I was out. The Pens acquired Joel Kwiatkowski from Florida for a 2007 4th round pick.

deadline has passes

Hey pens fans,
The deadline has passed, but we could still get news of trades going in the last few minutes.

Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
The pick the Pens got for Moore is 3rd round 2007.

Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
Dominic Moore traded to Wild for a pick.

Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
Georges Laraque has been acquired by the Pens. Phoenix gets Dan Carcillo and a 2007 8th round pick.

Rumor

Hey pens fans,
Laraque has waived his ntc. Rumor is that he is coming to Pittsburgh.

Deadline Day Deal

Hey pens fans,
The confusing and much rumored and non-rumored trade has finally taken place. The Pens have acquired Gary Roberts from Florida for Noah Welch. Roberts is 6-2, weighs 215, and is in his 19th season.

Sleepless night in rumorland

Hey pens fans,
Well, I wish I had more to report, but I had been holding out on more Roberts news until I figured out what was actually going on. First, he was waiving his otc and was becoming a Pen, then he wasn't, then he was a leaf, and it goes on and on. Here is what has happened so far. He said he would only waive for Toronto or Ottawa. The deal was worked out with the Pens. He did not waive his NTC. That is what I know for now. Need Coffee...

Rumor - Roberts

Hey pens fans,
Rumor - Roberts will waive no trade clause to go to Pens

No word on what the possible deal is....

26 February 2007

Silence

Hey pens fans,
That is what I am hearing. Silence. There is next to no new rumors out there, right now and the Pens have nothing that I have found out. I will tracking everything I can find throughout the night and not sleeping until after the deadline tomorrow. So, keep it here for the latest. Don't look for Shero to make a blockbuster deal, but I believe he will strengthen the team before the deadline. Time to make more coffee...

Rumors

Hey pens fans,
All is quite with the dealine just over 24 hours away. Laroque and Smolinski may still become Penguins. It looks like Ruutu will stay in Pittsburgh, as of now. Ryan Malone is a big ?. It seems lie his play, as of late, wold warrant his stay, but he is a player that could be pakaged in either of these possible trades. No word on what the Pens are offering definetly.

25 February 2007

Pens Lose and Ouch!

Hey pens fans,
Ouch, we lost 5-1. The only goal was on the powerplay by Gonchar assisted by Malkin and Crosby. Thibault was in goal stopping 12 of 15 and Fleury took over and stopped 7 of 9.

24 February 2007

Rumor Time

Hey pens fans,
Well, the erumor is that the Pens are after Laraque and thhat Malone may be in the package to get him or at least has ben an option on the table. More as I hear it...

23 February 2007

Rumor Time

Hey pens fans,
Well, here are the latest rumors involving the Pens.

Georges Laraque of the Coyotes could very likely become a Penguin. This deal could be done fairly soon, if all continues well.

Anson Carter is still a possibility, though I haven't heard much more on it besides that they are still talking about it.

Okay, here's a blast from the Penguins past. Do you remember Bryan Smolinski? He played for the Penguins in the 1995-1996 season. Rumor has it that he may also become a Penguin again and this is from a very good source.

22 February 2007

Pens win in OT

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Florida Panthers on the road. The final score was 2-1, after the OT. In the first period, Jordan Staal scored a power play goal and was assisted by Malkin and Crosby, to make it 1-0. Florida tied it in the second period, to amke it 1-1. Then in the overtime, Colby Armstrong scored to win the game, assisted by Talbot and Whitney. The final score was 2-1. Thibault was in goal stopping 32 of 33 shots. the Pens had 41 shots on goal tonight against Belfour.

21 February 2007

Count Down

Hey pens fans,
Nothing much going on on the rumor front. I did have some news. I don't know if you noticed there is now a feature to this site. At the top of the page, is the new "Count down to the NHL Trade Deadline." I was hoping to get it up sooner, but this week has been a bit crazy. Well, now we will know exactly when the dealine ends.

Thornburn sent down/rumor

Hey pens fans,
Chris Thorbrun has been sent to the WBS Pens of the AHL.

As for rumors, Anson Carter becoming a Penguin is still a good possibility.

Curtis Joseph becoming a Penguin is seeming unlikely.

One of the Pens, who is drawing the most trade attention, is Jarkko Ruutu, but as of now I have heard no offer that the Penguins are considering. With the way he fits into this team, I do not think a trade is likely, unless Shero gets one hell of a deal in return.

19 February 2007

Pens Fall to Islanders

Hey pens fans,
In this President's Day matchup, the Islanders came out on top. The final score was 6-5. The game was tied with under 30 seconds left when the Isles scored to win the game. Crosby was fighting hard and the Pens put a good rsh against Dipietro, but the Isles came back and put one past Fleury to win it.
The Pens Goals are as follows...
1st period
Ryan Malone (10), from Mark Recchi and Sidney Crosby at 0:45
Mark Recchi (21), from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin at 19:11
2nd period
Ryan Malone 2 (11), from Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi at 0:49
Mark Recchi (21), from Jordan Staal and Sergei Gonchar at 18:01
3rd period
Ryan Malone 3 (12), from Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi at 0:48

Ryan Malone had a hat-trick. Crosby had 4 assists. Recchi had 2 goals and 3 assists.

18 February 2007

Pens Capitalize and Defeat Washington

Hey pens fans,
Okay, I know that my title is a bad pun, but hey it works. This afternoon, the Pens defeated the Washington Capitals at the Mellon Arena. The final score was 3-2. The Pens opened up the scoring with Recchi's power play goal assisted by Gonchar and Crosby, to make it 1-0. Then, Washington tied it up to make it 1-1 to end the first period. In the second, Malkin made it 2-1 assisted by Gonchar and Ouellet. In the third, Talbot scored to make it 3-1 and he was assisted by Armstong and Christensen. With under a minute to go Washington scored again to make it 3-2. Thibault was in goal stopping 29 of 31 shots and was he ever lucky on some of those. Our defense worked themselves hard to keep the pucks away from him today. They will be tired after this one. No rest for the wweary, however, the Pens head out tonight to face the Islanders tomorrow at 1 pm.

Rumor Time

Hey pens fans,
Well, I am still hearing the Curtis Joseph rumor, but from fewer people. I don't think it is very likely. As for Bertuzzi, I am saying that based on what I know, it is not happening, unless something drastic happens. Add to your rumor lists Anson Carter. Many of you will recall the Pens quest for him in the past. I could be a good possibility, but I canot find out what the Pens offer in return or what Columbus wants for him. That's it for the rumors, unless something breaks before then, I will update after the Washington Game.

16 February 2007

Pens top Devils

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens were in New Jersey facing the Devils. The Pens won the game, by a score of 5-4. The Pens were up 3-0 and almost lost the lead, but managed to make it out on top. Here is how it all happened. In the first period, Ruutu got the first goal, from Melichar and Recchi, to make it 1-0. Scuderi, scored from Melichar and Crosby, to bring the score to 2-0. Jordan Staal netted the Pens third goal from Ouellet and Malkin to make it 3-0 and ends the first period. In the second period, New Jersey's Rafalski scored to make it 3-1. Then on the power play, Crosby scored from Gonchar to make it 4-1. Then Elias scored the Devils' second goal to make it 4-2. Ruutu got his second of the game from Moore and Petrovicky to make it 5-2. In the third period, New Jersey added 2 more goals and made it 5-4 Pens, which was the final score. Fleury was in goal and stopped 27 of 31 shots. The Pens had 24 shots on the night.

14 February 2007

Pens defeat Blackhawks in the "Battle of the Ruutus'"

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens defeated Chicago 5-4 at the Mellon Arena. The Pens' Jarkko Ruutu faced off against his brother Tuomo Ruutu of the Blackhawks. In the battle of the brothers, Jarkko wins the braggins rights this year. In the first period, Petrovicky scored the first goal to tie it upup 1-1. Moore and Ruutu had the assists. In the second, Talbot scored short-handed to make it 2-1. Ouellet scored, assisted by Christensen to make the score 3-2. In the third period, Chicago came back to score 2 goals and tie it at 4-3 all. Then the Pens' Evgeni Malkin scored assisted by Crosby and Scuderi to tie it at 4. The ovetime ended scoreless and forced, yet another shootout. In the shootout, Christensen and Malkin bot scored, to win it. The final score was 5-4. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping 24 of 28 shots and allowing no goals in the shootout.

13 February 2007

Rumors

Hey pens fans,
Well, with the trade deadline looming, there is a lot of speculation going around. From what I am hearing, the Pens still have an interest in Tom Poti. No word on if a deal is in the works, but there is interest. Also, the Pens are being said to be looking at Curtis Jospeh. This rumor has surfaced every deadline and off season for the past few years. I do not know why people think the Pens want Cujo. I am not sure how much stock to put in this one based on its history, but I am hearing from some good sources. He would make a good back-up to Fleury, but who will want Thibault? There has also been talk of us shopping Rutuu, but as of now it seems to be likely he will stay here, but if the right deal comes along that could change. After a few days off, the Pens are back in action tomorrow, at home, against Chicago.

11 February 2007

Pens win in OT

Hey pens fans,
Last night, thte Pens took on the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The final score was 6-5. In the first period, Jordan Staal opened up the scoring with a goal assisted by Ouellet and Malkin, to make it 1-0. In the second, Staal scored again from Malkin and Nasreddine, to make it 2-0. Then on the power play Malkin got one, from Crosby and Gonchar, to make it 3-0. Toronto came back to score 3 goals to tie it at 3-3 to end the second period. In the third, Toronto scored to make it 4-3. Ryan Malone scored, assisted by Recchi and Gonchar to make it 4-4. Toronto scored again to make it 5-4. Then, Talbot netted one, assisted by Whitney to male it 5-5 and force the OT. In the overtime, Jordan Staal, got the hat trick to win the game, assisted by Malkin. This was Staal's frist NHL Hat trick. The final score was 6-5. Fleury was in goal stopping 23 of 28 shots. The Pens recorded 28 shots on the night, as well.

08 February 2007

Pens defeat Flyers again!

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens were in Philly taking on the Flyers. After the shootout, the final score was 5-4 Pens. The Flyers havig been a lot tougher, as of late, but the Pens still got the win. In the first period, Jordan Staal scored, assisted by hristense and Ouellet to make it 1-0. The Flyers came back to score 2 power play goals to makeit 2-1 at the end of the first. In the second period, Ouellet scored on the power play, assisted by Whitney and Fleury, to make it 2-2 at the end of the second. In the third, Recchi scored to make it 3-2 from Whitney and Gonchar. Then Christensen scored assisted by Armstrong and Talbot to make it 4-2. Then the Flyers came back and scored 2 more goals, to force the overtime. In the shootout, Crosby scored the only goal to give the Pens the win. Fleury was in goal stopping 30 of 34 shots. Crosby seemed to be struggling at bit, for him, early on, but came through in the clutch yet again to et the win. It was a good game and a great one for the rivalry.

Myron Cope's Message to Lemieux

Hey pens fans,
Here is what Myron Cope has to say about the Penguins and the arena situation. He asks Lemieux to emulate "the Chief," the late Art Rooney. Here is what Cope had to say as it appeared in Wednesday's Post Gazette.


Myron Cope: Mario, do the right thing

Money won't make you happy; emulate The Chief and keep the Pens in Pittsburgh
Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I hope somebody reading this is close enough to Mario Lemieux to call it to his attention.
Myron Cope, the retired Steelers sportscaster, lives in Mt. Lebanon.
Mario, I've known you since your rookie season and have always found you a fine fellow, so I'm going to ask a lot of you. In these cynical times when the bottom line so often rules, it's perhaps silly to ask, but consider emulating The Chief -- the late Art Rooney Sr.
Actually, this is a follow-up to a letter I wrote that the Post-Gazette published a year ago. I wrote that The Chief, saying not a word of it publicly, rejected highly lucrative offers from five cities entreating him to move the Steelers. He loved Pittsburgh and felt the city would be greatly diminished by the loss of a big-league franchise.
I also pointed out that Art Modell suddenly moved his Cleveland Browns to Baltimore after politicians for years did nothing to renovate ancient Cleveland Stadium. I faulted Mr. Modell for not hanging in longer, but I said that the silence coming from then-Mayor Bob O'Connor, County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Gov. Ed Rendell on the matter of a new arena was shaping up as a repeat of Cleveland. I hope I'm wrong. (Mr. Rendell's Plan B, by the way, has seemed to me all along to simply muddy the waters.)
At any rate, Mario, I assume you have a great affection for Pittsburgh, or else you would not have made it your residence. Perhaps unfairly, I'm asking that you disregard bottom-line offers and keep the Pens here, simply because it's the right thing to do. Disregard our political leaders staying on the sidelines for so long. I doubt you'll ever regret doing the right thing. You'll feel good about yourself.
Some people protest the use of taxpayer money to give huge subsidies to club owners. Or they don't care about hockey. Their arguments are understandable. But, folks, the realities are that this has been the way of America for many years now and losing the Pens would be a severe blow to our region in too many respects to enumerate.
Mario, you've got the politicians over a good-sized barrel. Reason one, they sat as silent as stone pillars while you sought an arena agreement for years. Reason two, the state Gaming Control Board, by rejecting a casino bid that would have led to an arena, rendered a decision so stupefying as to cause me to wonder: Had board member Sandy Rivers behaved similarly when he officiated NFL games, might he have led the league in calls overturned by instant replay?
Anyhow, Mario, get the deal done in Pittsburgh.
America still includes many who do the right thing. Do it, Mario, and I'll even forgive the time you stood on a high tee at a par three and saw a runt on the green below standing over a 2-foot birdie putt. You cried out: "Cope! Choke!" As you know, I made birdie.
It's your turn for a Pittsburgh birdie. It's a hard one; more's the reason you'll be proud of it.
The Chief put it this way: "Money has never been my god -- never."
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07038/759881-109.stm

Arena Talks Continue

Hey pens fans,
The Trib is reporting that the Penguins and government officicals met durinig a conference call earlier this week. The Penguins are not commenting and the city is saying that they are making progress and that a deal can be made.

06 February 2007

Pens defeat Nashville

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens defeated the Nashville Predators at the Mellon Arena. The final score was 4-1. In the first period, Nashville opened up the scoring to make it 1-0. That was the last time they scored. In the second, Staal scored from Crosby and Recchi to tie it at 1. Then Malkin scored on the power play from Recchi and Crosby to make it 2-1. In the third period, Recchi scored assisted by Malkin to make it 3-1. Then Ruutu got the empty-netter from Armstrong and Gonchar to make it 4-1. Fleury was in goal stopping 25 of 26 shots.

Rumors

Hey pens fans,
With the trade deadline just around the corner, it is time for one of my favorite things, trade rumors. A lot of fnames have bee thrown around so far and many more will be, as well. I have heard from sources that the Pens are shopping Thibault and Rutuu. As of yet, I have not heard of any particular offer with any team. The Pens are looking to add some grit to the lineup and I am hearing that they are looking at Tom Poti and Todd Bertuzzi. I have also heard Mike Knuble, but not as much. This time of year I can probab;y find a rumor for just about any player in the league. I am telling you the ones that I have actually heard from a reliable source. These rumors are deals that are actually being discussed. I want to just inform everyone, as I do each year near the deadline, these are rumors. If I title it rumors, it is just that a rumor or possibility. If a trade is made, I will announce it, as such.

05 February 2007

Crosby named Dapper Dan

Hey pens fans,
Sidney Crosby has been named to be the winner of the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the year.

04 February 2007

Pens Fall to Montreal in OT

Hey pens fans,
This afternoon, the Pens were in Montreal and were defeated in overtime. The final score was 4-3. The Pens opened up the scorin in the first with powerplay goal by Jordan Staal, assisted by Crosby and Malkin, to make it 1-0. In the second, Montreal came back and tied it. Then, Ryan Whitney socred on the powerplay from Crosby and Gonchar to make it 2-1. In the third period, Montreal came back and tied the game and added another to maje it 3-2. The Pens answered with Powerplay goal by Michel Ouellet assisted by Whitney and Malone, to make it 3-3. Montreal scored in the overtime to end the game, with the final score being 4-3. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping 25 of 29 shots. Crosby took a stick to the face in the game, but played afterwards and appears to be ok.

03 February 2007

Pens win!

Hey pens fans,
This afternoon, the Pens defeated the Washinigton Capitals at the Mellon Arena 2-0. Ronald Petrovicky scored the Pens first goal, unassisted. Then at the end of the game, Jordan Staal got the empty-netter assited by Malkin. Fleury had the shutout. Also, I just want to say that Ryan Malonoe played extremely well today. I hope we can see that more often.

01 February 2007

Pens defeat Montreal 5-4 in shootout

Hey pens fans,
Tonight, the Pens took on the Montreal Canadiens at the Mellon Arena. The final score was 5-4.
In the first period, Evgeni Malkin scored on the power play assited by Gonchar and Crosby, to make it 1-0. In the second period, Sergei Gonchar scored a power play goal, which was assisted by Malkin and Crosby, to make it 2-0. Then, Montreal scored to make it 2-1. The Pens answered with another powerplay goal by Gonchar, assisted by Crosby and Whitney, to make it 3-1. Then, Montreal scored again to end the second period 3-2. In the third period, Christensen scored assisted by Talbot and Armstrong to make it 4-2. Montreal tied the game with 2 goals to make it 4-4 and force the overtime. This ended scoreless. In the shootout, Christensen and Malkin both scored for the win. Final score 5-4. Marc-Andre Fleury was in goal stopping 40 of 44 shots. He also allowed only 1 of 3 in the shootout.

Announcement on Arena Expected to come soon

Hey pens fans,
As we all wait patiently on the fate of the Penguins, some sources are now reporting that the deal is done. Earlier they were saying it was close, but now many are saying it is just the matter of an announcment. The Pittsburgh Trib is reporting that a deal is close, as I reported earlier. Here is a link to their article. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/rss/s_491255.html

Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Malkin Lawsuit

Hey pens fans,
The lawsuite filed by Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League against the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Evgeni Malkin has been dismissed.

Arena Update

Hey pens fans,
Well, all sources are saying a announcemnet will be made in regards to the arena at any time now. Many people are saying it is a deal and they are finishing up the dotting of the i's and crossin of the t's. Others will not cocmment as to if the deal will happen or the team will aounce a move, but they too agree it will be made public soon. These negotiations have been hard to get any leaks from, because there are so few people involved and most of the people the team emmploy's know nothing more than the rest of us. Hopefully, the annnounce will come soon and will keep the team here. I think its time for the entire city to keep its proverbial fingers crossed. Also, if the deal does fall through please sign my petition so it can be sent to the league to try and keep the team. the link is above. Also, the Pens take on Montreal at the Mellon Arena tonight.
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