I will be down at Mellon Arena this morning taking in the team’s 11:00 am practice, so hopefully that will yield some good news regarding Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin. Dan Bylsma was cautious in discussing their injuries/sicknesses on Sunday, but mentioned that Wednesday could be a possibility for both. We shall see…
In the meantime, (one of my favorite Helmet tunes) here is today’s Around the Net — your morning skate around the league.
First off, this goes out to all of those folks that are constantly calling for Jordan Staal to be traded. Dave Molinari takes a look at the amazing season that Staal has put together and the fact that he is on his way to becoming a contender for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.
Here is a look at the amazing new video screens that the Penguins will be using next season in the Consol Energy Center. Our friend Chris DeVivo is prominently featured for his expertise on the matter. (Don’t forget to read his Backteching Blog for all the up to date news on the Consol’s bells and whistles…find it in the blogroll)
Here is an update on the Phoenix Coyotes situation. Ice Edge Holdings is still working towards closing on the purchase of the team, while Bill Daly issued a statement saying that the league doesn’t have an agreement in place to move the team if suitable owners cannot be found.
Speaking of Phoenix, Paul Bissonnette has truly found a home there. Bissonnette, who was grabbed on waivers by Phoenix earlier this season, has just signed a two year contract extension to stay with the ‘Yotes. Congrats Paul!
Brian Elliott of the Ottawa Senators was named the Number One Star of the Week after posting a perfect 4-0 record. Elliott has been a great story this season for the Senators and has been a huge reason for their success.
Wilkes Barre-Scranton goaltender Brad Thiessen, late of Northeastern University, was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 28, 2010 after three great performances in net for the Penguins.
The Rocket Richard Trophy race is now one with three horses and it seems as if it is going to go down to the wire. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos are neck and neck and neck for the honor. Who will step up and take the honor?