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  • What’s goin on in Pittsburgh?

    It seems everyday since the Penguins won the draft lottery that they are in the headlines.

    When I think of The Pittsburgh Penguins, I think one of two things,
    Outstanding offensive competitive team, cup hungry and entertaining to watch.

    Or on the other hand, terrible defensive, ok terrible OVER ALL team. A team that draws no fans, a team that finished dead last in the East last season, a team that was/is in danger of moving, a team with the oldest arena in the NHL.

    Well it seems like things are looking better in Pittsburgh these days. After drafting Sidney Crosby, excitement is off the wall.
    What has happend since then?
    The Pens have gone on a signing spree, Mark Recchi already locked up, the Penguins out of nowhere add:

    • Sergei Gonchar, arguably one of the best defenseman in the league.
    • Zigmund Palffy, top tier forward.
    • Crosby himself, who even in his first year is expected to make an impact.
    • Andre Roy, the Pens went for a tough guy right away to protect their latest draft pick.
    • Russian Sniper Evgeni Malkin expected to sign, look for him and Crosby to flourish together.

    Let’s not forget Mario, should he stay healthy he still is an offensive threat and a potential league leader in powerplay points.
    All of a sudden the Penguins aren’t a team to be walked over anymore.

    Now there is speculation is Curtis Joseph has an interest in joining the Pens in goal, which may address that remaining question mark.

    Why did this happen? What made the Penguins go from dead last to a potentially good playoff contender?
    Were these players so in love with the idea of playing with Sidney Crosby that they all decided to sign in Pittsburgh? A kid who hasn’t played an NHL game yet?

    Whatever the reason, it seems like the Penguins are on the right track to getting back to their glory days.
    Mario’s boys are making a strong run for it before he hangs up his skates.

  • Wayne Gretzky Head Coach

    Wayne Greztky embarks down a new path as he is expected to announce his new job as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.

    The All time leading scorer and best hockey player of all time has been very hands on in the Canadian national program since retiring from the game.

    What issues does this raise? Are we to assume because he is who he is that he can translate what he’s done on the ice to what he can do behind the bench? Could this possibly tarnish The Great One’s legacy?

    Wayne is a winner, and probably the most passionate hockey fan there is, I expect him to do good things in Phoenix. What could be more motivating for a young player then having The Great One guiding you behind the bench?

    This will be another interesting development to watch in this new wild NHL season.