As you know, launching a website is always a work in progress. There are things that you like, things that you don’t like and things that evolve along the way. The “Morning Pens Links” are one of those things that have evolved a bit… you will still be getting them, however they will now be coming in the form of a daily “Around the Net” column.
We will still focus on a number of links that bring you the 411 on YOUR Pittsburgh Penguins, but will also feature some other items from around the league. Also, if you stumble across something that you feel would be of interest to other hockey fans during your daily surf, please do send it along to me here!
Let’s get right to it…your first edition of “Around the Net.”
As usual following a game, here is Dave Molinari’s game recap from the Post Gazette. This piece also contains a great quote from Max Talbot… “It was a good battle. They’re a good team, and we’re a good team. This shows, I think, that we hate each other.”
Here is Rob Rossi’s take on the game. He focuses on the frustration of the team in losing these games to the Caps…also the comments that I shared earlier from Brooks Orpik.
Here is a look at last night’s game from the other side of the wall. Tarik El-Bashir gives us the take from the Capitals room…Mike Knuble had never been in the situation that Bruce Boudreau put him in last night…he had never netted a shoot out goal before and was blown away that his coach chose him with the game on the line.
The Penguins and Detroit have met in the past two Stanley Cup Finals, with each team winning one. Some folks around the league speculate that this could be the year that they meet in the “rubber match”…which is precisely why a regular season game between the two is always a big deal. This past Monday’s game netted the Versus Network its highest viewership ever…
Jose Theodore is a former NHL MVP, but he hasn’t looked like much of an MVP over the past few seasons. That all changed this year… he has been unbelievable for the Capitals and used an injury to Semyon Varlamov to lock down the Caps starting job. He is also making a strong case to be the Caps playoff starter… here is NHL.com’s Dan Rosen on Theo.
Here is a look at some local folks who are trying to stop the demolition of the Mellon Arena. Not sure it is feasible to keep it standing once the Consol Energy Center opens, but if they can find a way, why not keep the old barn?
KDKA news is reporting that the NHL has again broached the subject of holding the 2011 Winter Classic at either Heinz Field or PNC Park. Though I would love to see the game played here in Pittsburgh, I am not sure it is fair to put the Penguins back in the game so soon…
Former Penguins’ defenseman, Andre Ference has been signed to a three year contract extension by the Boston Bruins.
The San Jose Sharks have done a nice job of finding undrafted college talent to stock their organization with. Their philosophy is that there are diamonds in the rough if you are willing to do your due diligence…it is a second draft to them.
Former Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon was just named to the same post for the Slovakian National team.
The Nashville Predators have announced that they have reached their critical attendance mark of 14,000 per game, which has them in position to receive a $10,000,000 dollar revenue sharing payment from the National Hockey League.
Last but not least, I recently did an email interview with Patrick Hoffman of Kukla’s Korner. Patrick and I worked together at Hockey Buzz and he was gracious enough to want to do this sit down… some of the information you might already know about me, but there is definitely some new stuff on my history in hockey blogging etc. Thanks Patrick!