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Insider Only Pens Tidbits: Malkin named to All-Star game; Shero talks Crosby; McDonald, MacIntyre to WBS

Afternoon Pens Tidbits

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will be the Penguins lone representative in the 2012 NHL All-Star game. Malkin who has re-emerged himself as one of the premier players, is 8th in the league with 45 points. He is averaging 1.29 points per game, the second best mark in the league behind Claude Giroux who is averaging 1.30 points per game.
GM Ray Shero had some great remarks about Malkin today. “The best story of the year so far is Evgeni Malkin,” Shero told the Penguins official site. “He’s re-established himself, he’s a leader on the hockey team, playing fantastic hockey, a top player in the league, a go to guy on the ice. He really enjoys that. He puts pressure on himself and he cares, he wants to win. Him leading the way bodes well for our future.”
That’s a great quote from Shero as Malkin’s performance this season coming off knee surgery seems to be going under the radar from a media perspective.
James Neal and Marc Andre Fleury, the two other Penguins who were expected to get strong consideration, were not named to the team.
A good argument could have been made for Neal.  The 24-year right wingers ranks 6th in the NHL with 21 goals and 30th in points with 36. His 10 power play goals rank 1st in NHL.
Fleury is tied for 5th in wins with 19, 10th in the NHL in Goals against average (2.29) among goalies who have appeared in 15 games or more. Fleury though ranks 37th in the NHL with a .912 save percentage.

FORWARDS NAMED TO TEAM

Jamie Benn LW – DALLAS
Logan Couture C – SAN JOSE
Pavel Datsyuk C – DETROIT
Marian Gaborik RW – NY RANGERS
Claude Giroux C – PHILADELPHIA
Marian Hossa – RW – CHICAGO
Jarome Iginla – RW – CALGARY
Patrick Kane RW – CHICAGO
Phil Kessel RW – TORONTO
Mikko Koivu C – MINNESOTA
Joffrey Lupul RW – TORONTO
Evgeni Malkin C – PITTSBURGH
Alex Ovechkin LW – WASHINGTON
Corey Perry RW – ANAHEIM
Jason Pominville RW – BUFFALO
Daniel Sedin – LW – VANCOUVER
Henrik Sedin – C – VANCOUVER
Tyler Seguin C – BOSTON
Steven Stamkos C – TAMPA BAY
John Tavares C – NY ISLANDERS
Jonathan Toews C – CHICAGO

DEFENSEMEN

Dustin Byfuglien D – WINNIPEG
Brian Campbell D – FLORIDA
Zdeno Chara D – BOSTON
Alexander Edler D – VANCOUVER
Dan Girardi D – NY RANGERS
Ryan Suter D – NASHVILLE
Kimmo Timonen D – PHILADELPHIA
Shea Weber D – NASHVILLE
Dennis Wideman D – WASHINGTON
Keith Yandle D – PHOENIX

GOALTENDERS

Brian Elliott G – ST. LOUIS
Jimmy Howard G – DETROIT
Henrik Lundqvist G – NY RANGERS
Carey Price G – MONTREAL

First Six Players Previously Named to Team

Daniel Alfredsson RW – Ottawa
Jason Spezza C – Ottawa
Milan Michalek LW – Ottawa
Erik Karlsson D – Ottawa
Dion Phaneuf D – Toronto
Tim Thomas G – Boston

SHERO TALKS CROSBY

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will skate at the end of the Penguins morning skate tomorrow at the Bank Atlantic Center and speak afterwards, the team said today.
GM Ray Shero had a few comments on Crosby to the team’s official site today:
““Sidney Crosby is a hockey player, ” Shero said. “He wants to be on the ice,” Shero said. “He’s frustrated. As captain you want to help your team in best of times, let alone a tough streak. He feels that responsibility. When he’s cleared to play he’ll play. We can’t wait to have him back.”

McDonald, MacIntyre heading to Wilkes Barre

Forward Colin McDonald who appeared in two games with the Penguins has been sent down to Wilkes Barre. Also joining McDonald in the coming days is enforcer Steve MacIntyre who cleared waivers today in a shocking move.
The moves will put the Penguins active roster at 13 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby, Simon Despres and Jordan Staal are all on injured reserve.

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