I can’t stand early games on the weekend. Sure it frees you up for the rest of the day, but I would much prefer to sloth around the house, drink some coffee and get some work done before heading to a 7:00pm game. Unfortunately these days that are broken up with an early game do not allow that to happen.
So here I sit, ready to leave for Mellon Arena and scrambling to bring you your Morning Pens Links… so without further adieu, let’s hit it…
We start out today with the Post Gazette. Who says that the Penguins have a lack of scoring wingers? Shelly Anderson is here to tell you that the Penguins have done just fine in the winger department since they have returned from the Olympic break. Getting production from the wings is probably more important at this time of the year than any other.
Josh Yohe of the Mckeesport Daily News caught up with Evgeni Malkin and the Russian star may give it a go today. Malkin seems to be as thrilled about the early game today as I am, but he is close to a comeback.
Sticking with Josh Yohe here… he writes about the fact that Matt Cooke has etched his name onto a pretty infamous list. Cooke joins “Battleship” Bob Kelly, Ulf Samuelsson, Darius Kasparaitis, Matthew Barnaby and Jarkko Ruutu on the list of Penguins villains through history.
Allen Muir, from SI.com, gives his take on Pens/Bruins. Alan talks about Cooke doing the right thing in stepping up early to fight Shawn Thornton, but asks the question: “Did the fight build the Bruins emotion…or drain it?”
The Wheeling Nailers have signed Michigan State University product Bobby Jarosz to serve as an emergency back- up goaltender. Michael-Lee Teslak was recalled by Adirondack earlier this week and with the injury to Michael Leighton to Adirondack’s parent club in Philadelphia it appears likely Teslak’s stay in the AHL could be longer than originally expected.
I will be live at Mellon Arena this afternoon for Penguins/Canes… stay tuned for more…