The Arena Naming rights became offical today when CONSOL Energy Inc and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today a 21-year deal for naming rights to the new Pittsburgh multi-purpose arena. Practice Report The Penguins held a optional practice today. Forwards Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis , Tim Wallace, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Godard skated. Defensemen Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, and Ryan Whitney also skated A lot of the other players were in the facility working out. Ryan Whitney is slowing improving every day. His skating is still not 100% but he is close. Marc Andre Fleury was wearing new Reebok goalie pads Petr Sykora named second star of the week: Sykora¬†recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in four games. Bruins forward Phil Kessel (three goals, five assists) and extended his point streak to 15 games as the Bruins went 3-1-0 was named the NHL’s first star of the week.
The Philadelphia Flyers may have the most depth at the forward position in the National Hockey League. They don’t have a Malkin or Crosby but top to bottom they are much deeper than the Penguins. Sources tell me the Rangers are inching closer to signing Mats Sundin. Rangers GM Glen Sather is aggressively trying to move Petr Prucha who has a cap hit of $1.6 million. Sundin is open to signing for $3.5 – $4 million per season. Vancouver is Sundin’s fall back option. According to a source, now that Penguins General Manager Ray Shero got a decent look at the top WBS players, he is developing a plan to make some personnel moves/trades. There is some concern in the organization
The Pittsburgh Penguins have called up forward Connor James from Wilkes Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. James will be available to play today when the Penguins face off against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. James has 4 goals in his last 6 games and has recorded 17 points in 26 games for the WBS Penguins. Forward Max Talbot has been ruled out for Saturday‚Äôs game. Following practice on Friday, Mike Zigomanis was hopeful he would be able to play against the Flyers. Zigomanis has been sidelined with an arm injury and did practice on Friday.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Maxime Talbot did not practice Friday and will not play in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. Talbot left Thursday’s game with a injury in the third period. Forward Mike Zigomanis is hopeful that he will be able to play against Philadelphia. Zigomanis is expected to center Jeff Taffe and Eric Godard who has been a healthy scratch for the past two games
Following this mornings practice the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned goaltender John Curry and forward Chris Minard to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury will be active for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Petr Sykora scored a hat trick for the first time in his career, ending the longest streak in NHL history without a hat trick by a player who had at least two goals in a game and Pascal Dupuis also netted a hat trick as the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 9-2 Thursday night at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh 8-2 in its last ten games against the New York Islanders, halted a three game losing straight as they head into a divisional showdown Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. Evgeni Malkin, Philippe Boucher, and Miroslav Satan also scored for the Penguins. Malkin the NHL‚Äôs leading scorer with 48 points had a goal and an assist. Sidney Crosby had three assists. Goaltender John Curry recorded his second win of the season and second of his career. Read more for The Latest Penguins Buzz
Sources continue to indicate that Mats Sundin’s top choice remains the New York Rangers. I’ve been told Glen Sather has told J.P. Barry the agent for Mats Sundin that he needs until Christmas to move enough salary to sign Sundin. Sundin appears to be willing to wait according to reports. As I reported yesterday in the BOG Article, it is really a two team race between the Rangers and Canucks, with the Canucks the second option if the Rangers are unable to move enough salary. There’s a crazy rumor that the Rangers could move Michael Rozival to Dallas for Sean Avery and then the Rangers would send Avery to the minors. Sather continues to work the phones to move forward Petr Prucha who makes $1.6 million. Columbus, Edmonton and Florida are showing mild interest. Rumors coming out of Philly that the Flyers are picking up their pursuit of Panthers defensemanRead More »
VANCOUVER, BC December 2008 ‚Äì The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope (CFFH) has announced today that it will support the National Hockey Players Association‚Äôs (NHLPA) efforts in raising funds for the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund by donating 100 percent of donations received to the CFFH up until March 15, 2009. The Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund will be officially launched in 2009. All proceeds will support scholarships and various youth-related initiatives in honour of Luc Bourdon. ‚ÄúLuc was a very good teammate and friend, with such a promising future ahead of him,‚Äù said Matt Cooke, Vice President of the CFFH and Pittsburgh Penguins forward. ‚ÄúIt is very encouraging to see the strong support from the NHLPA members and the entire hockey community as so many people have come together to uphold Luc‚Äôs legacy.‚Äù The CFFH was launched in 2007 by Pittsburgh Penguin forward (then Vancouver Canuck forward), Matt Cooke and hisRead More »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Ben Lovejoy to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Lovejoy, 24, played two games with Pittsburgh, including his NHL debut on Dec. 8 versus Buffalo. Sources tell me Phillipe Boucher has received clearance to play. Boucher has been suffering from concussion symptoms