Talbot gives the Penguins flexibility


Talbot to make season debut against Ottawa While defenseman Jay McKee (out 2-4 weeks) is the newest member to go down with an injury, Pittsburgh is slowly getting healthier. Forward Max Talbot (shoulder surgery) will make his season debut against Ottawa and defenseman Sergei Gonchar will return to the lineup after missing 12 games with a broken wrist. Talbot’s last game in a Penguins uniform was a memorable one, scoring the game winning goal in the Penguins game 7 clinching Stanley Cup win. Talbot’s return to the lineup Thursday night will give the Penguins some much needed flexibility. Talbot has earned the right to get a shot as a top two line winger but his versatility is the most important asset of his game. Talbot will play on a line with Matt Cooke and Criag Adams against Ottawa and when the Penguins get closer to full health, Talbot gives theRead More »

Talbot coming off of injured reserve as early as Wednesday


The Pittsburgh Penguins re-assigned forward Mark Letestu today in the wake of Max Talbot returning to the lineup. Talbot is expected to receive clearance to return to game action Wednesday morning from team doctors. Once cleared by team doctors, Talbot will be coming off of injured reserve and that could come as early as Wednesday. Talbot’s status for Thursday’s game against Ottawa will be a coaches decision. The Penguins did not practice today. With Talbot coming off of injured reserve, Pittsburgh is going to be up against the cap One option being discussed to give short-term relief is

Talbot’s connection with his teammates is rivaled only by his connection to the fans


Penguin fans got it right Friday night. At the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup championship banner raising ceremony, there were a number of spine tingling moments. A video montage of highlights was played on four huge white sheets draped down from the ceiling. The sheets acted as screens for a theatre-in-the-round retrospective of Pittsburgh’s emotional ride to the franchise’s third NHL title. Those in attendance at Mellon Arena ooo-ed and ahhh-ed at all the big plays from that season as if they were watching them for the first time. Here were the top 5 plays in terms of fan reaction in the arena that night: -Marc Andre Fleury’s save to win the Cup -Fleury’s save on Ovechkin in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final -Max Talbot’s two Goals in Game 7 against Detroit -Talbot’s now infamous “SHHHHHH” to the Philadelphia crowd en route to the penalty box in Game 6Read More »

Tuesday Practice Report: Talbot at least 6 weeks away from returning


Tuesday’s Practice Report Winger Max Talbot (shoulder) continues his rehabilitation and is skating for about 30 minutes before his teammates will take the ice. Talbot is working with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. All signs indicate Talbot’s rehab is on schedule but he is at least 6 weeks away (likely more) from returning. Talbot can barely shoot the puck with any velocity and he has a ways to go. Sidney Crosby (groin) will practice this morning. more to come

Day 2 Training Camp: Kennedy opens camp with Malkin & Fedotenko


Day 2 Report The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins went through their first on-ice session this morning at Mellon Arena. The players were split into three groups and each group went through a 60 minute session. *With Max Talbot sidelined for the first 6 weeks of the season, there’s an opening on Evgeni Malkin’s line. It appears Tyler Kennedy will get the first shot at playing with Malkin. Kennedy skated with Ruslan Fedotenko and Evgeni Malkin during the Penguins first session this morning. Kennedy, 23, had a career high 15 goals in 67 games played last season. Entering his third season, Kennedy has become much more patient in the offensive zone and people in know, feel he has the ability to play a top 6 role. Line Combinations, D-Pairings, Practice Notes & More

Latest Penguins Buzz: Tangradi to join Penguins in 2010


Eric Tangradi maybe in a Penguins uniform at some point in the upcoming season but it won’t be in October or November. Tangradi will begin the 2009-2010 season in Wilkes Barre and any talk that Tangradi will be given an opportunity to earn a roster spot out of training camp is not true. In fact, Tangradi will likely be among the first cuts like Luca Caputi was last season. Tangradi is still recovering from hand surgery and Pittsburgh has absolutely no plans to rush his development. The original plan is for Tangradi to spend a full season in Wilkes Barre, but things could change at a later time and he will likely get a call-up to get his feet wet, sometime in 2010. *Max Talbot’s rehabilitation is going very well and it is expected that in 6 weeks he will be able to endure contact. Look for Talbot to returnRead More »

The Latest Penguins Buzz


The dates are set for when the players will have the Stanley Cup. It will start here in the States and then make it’s way over to Europe. There is word that Max Talbot may be sticking around Pittsburgh with the Cup as a close friend tells me it is set in stone that the Cup will be at Nakoma Restaurant on the South Side later this month/early July. Evgeni Malkin will be one of the last players to receive the Cup and will get it on August 17th. Players such as Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby will get the Cup for two days. The Latest Penguins Free Agent Buzz There has been little talk between the Penguins and defenseman Hal Gill to this point. Sources indicate Ray Shero has spoken to Bill Guerin, Rob Scuderi and Ruslan Fedotenko. As we mentioned a few days ago, a Proposal has been madeRead More »

Penguins take the Cup to Club Diesel on the South Side


Celebration Continues for the Stanley Cup Champions The Pittsburgh Penguins took the Stanley Cup to Club Diesel Lounge on the South Side Saturday night as the celebration continues for the Stanley Cup Champions. A numbers of players including Chris Kunitz, Marc Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Mathieu Garon, Philippe Boucher, Petr Sykora, Pascal Dupuis were at Diesel with the Cup. Club Diesel is Pittsburgh’s #1 nightclub and is a common hangout for the players during the season. Click here to view a video from the players celebrating with the Stanley Cup at Diesel Talbot, Dupuis fill up the Cup with Miller Lite Click Read more to view more photos

Inside the Numbers: Pittsburgh looks to defy Odds in Game 7


For most players, tomorrow night is going to be a dream come true playing in a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. “All the street hockey I’ve played, you’re saying that it’s Stanley Cup final, Game 7, Penguins forward Max Talbot said.” It’s every kid’s dream to be part of that game. We’re going to have the chance to be out there and play that game for real.” As the Penguins have just arrived in Detroit, Sidney Crosby is going to be at the center of attention leading up to game 7. Crosby has been held pointless for the past two games and only has 3 points in the series. With the series shifting back to Detroit, Crosby has his toughest task ahead of him, trying to get the best of Henrik Zetterberg, Friday night. Thus far Crosby hasn’t had much success in Detroit, although the chances have beenRead More »