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Do The Montreal Canadiens Need Quebecers On The Team?

 

Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada.  To be honest, only the last statement is true.

Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish.  I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques. 

So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...

Know Thy Neighbors

[Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh (#Pgh) Penguins, by www.UprootedPhotographer.com]

I hail from the rolling hills and Three Rivers of Western Pennsylvania. My athletic allegiances are easy to spot given that black and gold(*) are the only two colors I need to represent three pro franchises and their 14 world championships, spanning from 1909 and baseball’s Pirates winning the World Series(**), to the NFL’s Steelers and NHL’s Penguins both hoisting their respective trophies in 2009. I cheer for Pittsburgh.

(*) – Yes, I’m well aware that the Penguins’ current “Vegas gold” is no longer an easy match to the good ol...

Penguins Free Agency, Uneventful but very effective.

 

While many thought that the Pittsburgh Penguins, including myself, were going to make a move for another top 6 winger, Ray Shero had a different plan in mind.  This free agency period for the Penguins was simple; they resigned Tyler Kennedy and signed veteran right winger Steve Sullivan.

 Sullivan is a smaller forward known for his great speed and great hands, but Sullivan is 35 years old and has a big history of injuries. In a recent interview with Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, Sullivan stated that he was “healthy” and that the injuries he sustained over the past two seasons were nothing that would linger, but a back surgery three years ago can...

Penguins free agency update.

 

With just a few days left until the big free agency blowout, the Pittsburgh Penguins are getting their ducks in line. After hearing plenty of discussion about whether or not who will and will not return, I have come to a closer understanding of what the Penguins plan on doing in free agency.

With a large portion of the Pittsburgh Penguin forwards UFA’s or RFA’s, the Pens are expected to have a very busy week.  While Craig Adams and Nick Johnson are signed, the rest of the bunch are still unsigned.

 At least one player has already made up his mind in Max Talbot who will be testing free agency this season.  Max was given a three year offer...

Draft Report; Who the Penguins should be looking at for the first round of the NHL Draft.

With the draft less than a week away, there have been many speculating what is going to happen and how the pieces will fall. In this piece I will examine the needs of the Pittsburgh Penguins and choose a few select players that they will most likely be looking at come Friday. Joel Armia – Right Winger - This is the least likely candidate for the Penguins as Armia has been predicted to fall anywhere from 11 to 28. If he is on the board when the Penguins make their selection it would be wise for them to take him. Armia stands tall at 6’3 with a lanky frame. He only weighs in at about 190, but in comparison, he is about the same size Evgeni Malkin. He plays a fast game, very offens...

Penguins Quietly Solidifying Their Organization

While most teams this off season have been talking to free agents and making headlines, one of the more media popular teams has slipped from the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a considerable amount of work this offseason, however I bet only a few of you know how much they have done. First off, they have managed to sign some of their future stars. Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, and Ryan Craig have all been resigned. This is a small thing to some, but to the pens this is huge. They signed forward Nick Johnson, who I have described as a Parise like player, to a one year extension. He will most likely be seeing plenty of time on the right wing with either Staal or Malkin, at ...

Penguins Free Agents. What I believe should, could, and might actually happen.

With a season shortened by injury and playoff upset, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to the offseason with discontent. While there are a lot of expectations for this club, there are also a lot of free agents. The problem is that all of the penguins free agents are at the forward spot and some of these guys are Pittsburgh heroes, but in the cap era sometimes even heroes must move on. The cap is expected to rise to almost $62 million, but I will be a little more conservative and place the cap amount around $60.5 million. First off, these are the players currently under contract for next season. Forwards - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Matt C...

Without So Much as a Whimper

It was less than two years ago that a young team, led by two superstars and a few savvy vets, had beat the winningest franchise of the past two decades. That team was the Pittsburgh Penguins and the team they beat was obviously the Detroit Red Wings. Since that Stanley Cup winning year, the Penguins have had two 100+ point seasons, but no success. Last year, the Penguins struggled to beat the Ottawa Senators before falling to the giant killer Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs. This season, the Penguins would lose in the first round, without a whimper, without so much as a bang. They lost their final game by a score of 1-0, after having a 3-1 advantage in the seri...

Pens vs Bolts; Game one was no fluke.

In a series where many believed the Penguins must keep up with the Lightning offensively, the pens decided to continue with their MO and play a tight checking defense. When the Lightning took the ice last night they had a clear advantage at forward. With three superstars on their roster and Pittsburgh missing its two superstars, the Lightning had all the offense Pittsburgh had lacked. Even at that, most people knew it was going to be a tight series and game one was just that. Early in the first the Lightning came out screaming. They torched Marc-Andre Fleury with shot after shot having an 8 to 1 shot advantage at one point in the first. Pittsburgh came in strong, but with a lack of sh...

First round of the unexpected!

In round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. I would first like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lighting on making the playoffs and having such a successful season. It is a great accomplishment for them to have made the playoffs and have joined us for our finaly of the regular season. Good luck to Tampa and have alot of fun, now on to the breakdown… Goaltending – The Goaltenders in this battle are assumed to be Marc-Andre Fleury and Dwayne Roloson. While both have been to a Stanley Cup, only one has won the honor. But if Roloson was healthy he might have also won the honor. The biggest question lies within the athleticis...