Here's an in depth look at the Penguins' February schedule:
Feb 3 - At Canadiens: Because you still hang on to your Alex Kovalev jersey wishing he'd come back to Pittsburgh (He is a free agent after next season by the way.)
Feb. 4 - Lightning: Because you never bought a Michel Ouellet jersey and you're not wishing he'd come back to Pittsburgh (He is a free agent after next season by the way.)
(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Feb. 6 - Blue Jackets: Because new Columbus forward R.J. Umberger is from some town in Western Pennsylvania. We think. And he usually tears up the Penguins.
Feb. 8 - Red Wings: Because there are way too many reasons to even list. This might be the most important one though:
(Photo: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Feb. 11 - Sharks: Because Evgeni Nabokov might be the best goaltender in the league.
Feb. 14 - At Maple Leafs: Because 1967 will last one more year.
Feb. 16 - At Islanders: Because a game on Long Island might mean we get to see Christie Brinkley in an Islanders jersey.
(Photo: New York Islanders)
Feb. 19 - Canadiens: Because we're still waiting for Jose Theodore's water bottle to come back to earth.
Feb. 21 - At Flyers: Because Maxime Talbot will probably hope Antero Niittymaki gets the start.
Feb. 22 - At Capitals: Because the Penguins love playing in front of a "home" crowd.
(Photo: Chris Lawrence)
Feb. 25 - Islanders: Because you don't have to see Miroslav Satan do this against the Penguins anymore:
Feb. 27 - At Blackhawks: Because Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are a lighter version of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Tomorrow: "Why you'll watch - March."
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Richards is leaving the Penguins to take an assistant coaching position with the San Jose Sharks.
Mike Lange or Paul Steigerwald? Vote on it here.
-A commenter at The Pensblog found an entire archive with all of Mike Lange's game broadcasts from last season's playoffs.
-"Malsby?" We don't even know what to say about this without using vulgarity.
-The Flyers signed forward Joffrey Lupul to a four-year extension.
-The Rangers re-signed forward Greg Moore.
-The Devils officially signed free agent forward Fedor Fedorov. He's the brother of Capitals forward Sergei Fedorov.
-Flyers forward Steve Downie wants a fresh start and puppies to drown.
-With Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka no longer with the Rangers, some Czech hockey fans might try to get refunds for their tickets to the Rangers' first two games of the season in the Czech Republic.
-Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro likes his pro wrestling.
-The Bruins re-signed defenseman Dennis Wideman to a four-year deal worth $15.75 million.
-Former Bruins coach/blowhard Mike Milbury will be joining CBC.
-The Red Wings hired former player Brad McCrimmon as an assistant coach.
-The Blackhakws re-signed goaltender Corey Crawford.
-The Kings traded forward Lauri Tukonen to the Stars for forward Richard Clune. Tukonen was a first-round pick of the Kings in 2004.
-James Mirtle has an updated look at what free agents are still available.