Leave it to a picture of an outdated garbage can to inspire an EN reader to share something unique with us:
"After you said you've been meaning to take a picture of that garbage can in the press box, I thought about this picture that I've wanted to share with people who would appreciate it.
During the season opener in Sweden, when the Pens opened the arena to fans wanting to watch on the JumboTron, there were arena tours offered during period breaks. The tour took you all around the parts of the arena a normal fan would see, and then you got to go into the locker rooms, the luxury areas, and finally the Zamboni areas.
In the Zamboni area I found this sign and I simply had to take a picture. Hope you find it as amusing as I did."
EN-While it's completely insufficient for any major professional sports team in more ways we could possible get into detail here, we are going to miss Mellon Arena. The tight seats, narrow concourses, aisles marked in chalk on the floor, stained ceilings, sporadic limited view seating. There are all kinds of unique little "treasures" such as the above photo tucked away in the old barn. The warts and pimples are what make it a special place. A new arena is sorely needed but it will be tough to replace Mellon Arena.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. Miroslav Satan thought his team got too comfortable last night.
-If you didn't see Matt Cooke getting beat up by Edmonton's Theo Peckham last night, here you go:
-Here's Eric Godard's fight with Steve MacIntyre:
-Should the Penguins make their third jersey their full-time jersey?
-Mondesi's House broke down a Penguins' program from 1989.
-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are ready to come home.
-Remember when Gary Roberts socked Detroit's Johan Franzen in the head during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final?
That might be the reason the NHL went to a non-disclosure policy with injuries this season.
-Chris Drury's hat trick helped the Rangers claim a 5-2 win against the Lightning.
-Rangers forward Aaron Voros pulled a "Reggie Dunlop" last night and made Lightning goaltender Mike Smith pull out his inner "Hanrahan."
-Tom Renney, the Rangers' coach, wants Smith suspended for his actions.
-Voros did have a pretty good tilt with former Penguins forward Ryan Malone:
-The Rangers want a compensatory draft selection due to the death of prospect Alexei Cherepanov.
-Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen thinks adding free agent forward Brendan Shanahan to the roster will help his club.
-Former Penguins' forward John LeClair and some members of the Flyers are organizing efforts to ship gift boxes to U.S. troops in Iraq.
-Islanders 2008 first-round pick Josh Bailey could make his debut Saturday against the Penguins.
-Blake Wheeler's first career hat trick lifted the Bruins to a 5-2 defeat of the Maple Leafs.
-Here's Wheeler's hat trick:
-The Senators demoted Lawrence Nycholat to Manitoba of the AHL for conditioning purposes.
-Senators forward Nick Foligno has tumbled down the Senators' depth chart.
-Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.
-Canadiens forward Sergei Kostitsyn is having a sophomore slump.
-The Sabres have too many healthy players.
-Alexander Semin scored two goals, including the game-winner with 10.9 second left in regulation, and led the Capitals to a 3-2 win against the Hurricanes.
-The Capitals are using an all-Russian line of Semin, Sergei Fedorov (right) and Alex Ovechkin.
-Japer's Rink points out this trio worked well in the World Championships last summer.
-Fedorov ("lower body") and Shaone Morrisonn (groin) suffered injuries last night.
-The Thrashers got two goals from Slava Kozlov and edged the Islanders, 4-3.
-With defenseman Mathieu Schneider dealing with a hip injury, Atlanta recalled defenseman Boris Valabik from Chicago of the AHL.
-The Lightning "suspended" defenseman Janne Niskala. It's basically a formality that will allow him to play in Europe this season and give Tampa Bay some salary cap relief.
-Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton called out his struggling team.
-Icethetics has a look at the Lightning's new third jersey.
-Red Wings forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa (right) had to learn to love defense.
-Blues forward Paul Kariya is dealing with a "lower-body" injury. Additionally, St. Louis demoted goaltender Chris Holt to Peoria of the AHL.
-The Blue Jackets put forward Alexandre Picard on waivers.
-Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists for the Flames in a crazy 7-6 win against the Predators. Stop us if this sounds familiar. The Flames had a 5-0 lead in this game at one point.
-Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for the Canucks in a 1-0 shutout of the Coyotes.
-Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves for the Wild in a 3-1 win at Coloroado. The Avalanche has lost five consecutive games.
-Wild defenseman Nick Schultz claims Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker threatened his knees.
-Colorado recalled forward T.J. Hensick and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from Lake Erie of the AHL. Forward David Jones was demoted to Lake Erie.
-Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe denied reports he is shopping any of his goaltenders.
-Shootout goals by Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe helped the Sharks beat the Blues in a fantastic game, 5-4. Clowe also had two goals in regulation. San Jose is now 8-0-0 at home this season.
-Here's the entire shootout:
-Clowe has modeled his game after Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom.
-Two assists from Drew Doughty helped the Kings edge the Panthers, 3-2. Florida has lost five consecutive games.
-The Kings needed this win.
-Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky is comparing his current team to his Oilers teams of the 1980s.
-The June trade that sent forward Olli Jokinen to the Coyotes and defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton to the Panthers has benefitted both teams.
-Even if they have gone 8-0-1 in their last night games, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thinks his team can improve.
-Ducks forwards Brad May and George Parros are on the mend.
-The Sharks have balanced scoring.
-Russia's World Junior A team wasn't exactly all that graceful in a recent defeat to Canada.
-Canadians are made about losing their Olympic jersey.
(Photos: Fedorov-Greg Fiume/Getty Images; Hossa-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)