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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pre-Season: Pens Win 3-2 Over Lightning

Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr KENNEDY!


A third period goal by Tyler Kennedy and a 37 save performance by Dany Sabourin and John Curry helped the Penguins defeat the Lightning 3-2 and bring their pre-season record to 1-1.

I could only hear it on Tampa radio but it sounded like Curry had an awesome game.

First their scrubs win a game, and then ours do.

Ryan Malone suited up for the Lightning, but Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Gary Roberts and Adam Hall did not.

The Penguins face the Leafs on Wednesday at Mellon Arena, a game airing on TSN so I will actually be able to watch it. The Leafs defeated the Sabres 7-4 yesterday in Toronto. Continue reading...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ryan Malone, Poor Victim

Malone: 'A deal could have been done a long time ago'

By Rob Rossi, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Monday, September 22, 2008

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Penguins' left wing Ryan Malone, the first Pittsburgh-born player in franchise history, said today he would have taken less than his free-agent market value to stay with the franchise.

"Of course," said Malone, who signed a seven-year contract worth $31.5 million with Tampa Bay after the Penguins traded his and forward Gary Roberts' rights to the Lightning for a 2009 third-round pick on June 28. "I'm sure a deal could have been done a long time ago.

"They weren't really sure what they had or what they thought of (me)... that's what happens."

Malone scored 27 goals, including a team-best six winners, and recorded 51 points for the Penguins last season - a breakout campaign that saw him become a dressing-room leader.

General manager Ray Shero praised Malone's contributions to the Penguins yesterday.

"It was a business decision," Shero said of trading Malone. "I wish him the best, because he really did a great job for us.

"It became apparent to me it was not going to happen with us - whether it was financially or whether he just wanted to get to (the free-agency period) July 1. When the Tampa Bay situation came along, I thought that might be a good situation for him, and I had to do what's best for our team."

Malone is slated to play tonight for Tampa Bay against the Penguins in an exhibition game at St. Pete Times Forum.

Poor, poor Ryan Malone.

Malone left to make more money. That's fine. It's his career. But for him to come back and say "They could have signed me any time, I would have signed for less" is ridiculous.

Fucking Ryan Malone.

Crying at the end of the playoffs because he'd never play for the team again.
Saying months later that a deal could have been done and that he would have taken less.

Ryan, if you were so sad about leaving and you would have taken less money to stay here, why are you now collecting fat pay checks in Tampa?

At least Hossa was honest that he left to win the Cup. Malone left for a big pay day (which I don't begrudge him for) but then whined about how he wanted to stay with his hometown and how would have taken less money to play there.

The choice was yours Ryan, and you took the money. Don't act like it was anything other than that and don't blame the team that couldn't afford your huge salary.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Sky is Falling! 5-4 BOLTS [SO]

Fleury didn't look to be his best, which will only be a concern if it continues for a significant time into the season.

Crosby was awesome, as usual.  The shorthanded goal he scored was a thing of beauty.

Gonchar was hurt, which is the true bad news to come out of this game.  Hopefully it's not serious.  We don't need anymore defenders out.  Speaking of defense, Goligoski seemed to have a good game (I didn't see anything more than the highlights, and I only heard the 3rd period on the Lightning's radio affiliate - "SCOOOOOOOOORE!!!!" God he was annoying.)

Godard stood up for Sarge and battled Koci after the hit.  Good for him.

Many are saying the Pittsburgh South B Team beat the Penguins A team (including Mr. Hyper Active Lightning Announcer) which to an extent is true, but the Pens only fielded about half of their regular team and I doubt the desire to win was there.  Even Sid said it's a big letdown when your last game was in the Stanley Cup finals.

I'm not sure how Pesonen did, but in a post-game interview he sounded like he really wants to win, which is a good sign.

I've almost forgotten about the departed players already, though I would have liked to see Malone or Roberts return to the Igloo yesterday.  Prediction: Malone gets boos, Roberts gets cheers.

I realised how much I truly missed hockey during this game.  It's good to have it back.

I can't wait until the regular season.

Let's Go Pens.

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