A number of you have written to us in recent weeks asking us to correct a situation on the Penguins page on the Post-Gazette's Web site.
Basically, you were sick of looking at Jeff Taffe's face.
Well thanks to your efforts, Taffe's mug doesn't greet you every morning when you log on to the page. And somewhere in Minnesota, Jeff Taffe's mom weeps.
Actually, EN friend Chris Adamski wrote a fine piece on Fox Chapel native Bill Thomas being signed by the Penguins and that story kind of "bumped" Taffe's face into some sort of server purgatory here in the PG's lair.
One way or another, this will be the last time Jeff Taffe's dark, hollow eyes stare holes into your souls.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
EN Reader Jay Knarr from Ebensburg, Pa. wrote us a fairly brief but comprehensive note filling us in on some of new Islanders coach Scott Gordon's ties to Johnstown:
"The new Isles coach has ties to West-Central Pennsylvania hockey. In 1988-89, Scott Gordon played 31 games of 'old time hockey' for the Johnstown Chiefs, and finished the year with the Halifax Citadels of the AHL. The next season, 1989-90, be became the first ECHL player to play for an NHL team, suiting up for the Quebec Nordiques. He played 23 games in the NHL over two seasons. Gordon played on the 1992 United States Olympic team before retiring as a player in 1994. His picture is still prominently displayed with other Chiefs alumnus on the wall of the Cambria County War Memorial."
EN-This is why we love doing Empty Netters. It's Aug. 14 and sharp folks like Jay are writing to us about the Johntown Chiefs' 1988-89 season.
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-Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider isn't planning on hanging out in Anaheim for too much longer.
-If you ever wondered what a hockey game inside a glacier looked like, here you go.