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GRAMMYS "Grammycam" offers a new point of view

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Let's just hope none of the winners takes their GRAMMY award into the bathroom.

This year's GRAMMY event on CBS (Monday night) features a new twist on the notion that pointing a live video camera at something must always be a good thing. We'll see.

Because winners of the Recording Academy's biggest tribute don't take home the actual gramophone-shaped statuettes at the end of the night (the real, gold-plated zinc ones are engraved and sent to them later), CBS was allowed to embed disassembled GoPro cameras in the base of the stand-in awards.

According to Fast Company, the tiny, battery-powered cameras will provide streaming video that can be incorporated in the network's multiplatform GRAMMY Live coverage.

"Witness Greatness" is the theme of this year's awards broadcast. Hmmmm. Given the unpredictable combination of recording artists and live video, we have a feeling viewers will be witnessing a lot more than that.

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Malkin to miss more games - 02-10-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Center Evgeni Malkin's (above) "lower-body" injury will keep him sidelined the next three games.

-Center Sidney Crosby has scored a few goals as of late.

-The Penguins unveiled their 50th anniversary logo:

-“I guess he can say whatever he wants. But, no, I don’t have any comment on that.” - Crosby on claims by Rangers coach Alain Vigneault that he gets preferential treatment when it comes to supplemental discipline. 

-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:

-How did Wilkes-Barre/Scranton become the cradle of NHL coaches?

-An overtime goal by right winger Carter Rowney gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win against the Utica Comets. Center Derek Army scored two goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while center Jean-Sebastien Dea recorded two assists. Goaltender Matt Murray made 34 saves in the victory.

-Highlights (courtesy of SendtoNews):

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins left winger Eric Tangradi. Acquired midway through the 2008-09 season along with left winger Chris Kunitz in a deal which sent defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ducks, Tangradi spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. After appearing in one game and failing to score a point in 2009-10, Tangradi played in 15 games in 2010-11 and scored three points. In the 2011 postseason, he saw action in one game and failed to score. During 2011-12, Tangradi appeared in 24 games and recorded two assists. In the spring of 2012, he played in two postseason games and recorded one assist. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Tangradi went five games with no points before he was traded to the Jets for a draft pick. In 45 career regular season games with the Penguins, he had five points. In three postseason games, he has one assist. He is currently a member of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Peter Popovic. Acquired in the 1999 offseason in a deal that sent defenseman Kevin Hatcher to the Rangers, Popovic played one season with the Penguins. In 54 games in 1999-2000, he recorded six points. Popovic left the team in the 2000 offseason as a free agent.

-After the Jump: Dion Phaneuf is traded in a blockerbuster deal.

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Brewed On Grant: Bull Connor

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The tragic incident that led to the death of Bruce Kelley, Jr. and police dog Aren is very troubling. It has left the community with more questions than answers. Why are we still using police dogs to attack people? Yes, the suspect had a knife and was violent and defiant but why did they need to shoot him 12 times? Why aren't police being trained to de-escalate violent situations without using deadly force?

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The cradle of NHL coaching - 02-09-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Generally speaking, the primary role of a farm team is to develop major league players.

While they have sent their fair share of players to the NHL, the Wilkes-Barres/Scranton Penguins have developed a unique distinction for springboarding coaches to the NHL. 

Five of the NHL's 30 head coaching positions (16.7 percent) are currently held by former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coaches or assistant coaches.

Four of the five - Buffalo's Dan Bylsma, New Jersey's John Hynes, Montreal's Michel Therrien and Mike Sullivan of the Penguins - served as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's head coach. Minnesota's Mike Yeo was an assistant under Therrien in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Those totals don't include former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Todd Richards who was fired by the Blue Jackets earlier this season. Additionally, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coaches Joe Mullen and Todd Reirden are currently assistant coaches with the Flyers and Capitals respectively. 

So why has Luzerne County become the cradle of NHL coaches? Throughout the season, the five current NHL coaches who came through Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered that question.

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Dan Bylsma, Sabres - “I'd say it was the water but the water running through the old [pipes] probably didn't help us. I think it says there's a development and growth in the Penguins organization over the last 20 years has been from top to bottom. That's the way it's been for the players, that's the way it's been for the management, that's the way it's been for the coaches. That's what I think it says about the number of coaches and the people that have coached in Wilkes-Barre. You see [Michel] Therrien and Mike Yeo and myself and Todd Richards and Todd Reirden and John Hynes now and [Devils assistant coach] Alain Nasreddine, it's a pretty significant coaching tree that's come through this organization through Wilkes-Barre."

John Hynes, Devils - “You'd think [it's not a coincidence]. I think if you look at the environment the organization has created in Wilkes-Barre I think has been instrumental in that. [Chief executive officer] Jeff Barrett and [Penguins associate general manager] Jason Botterill [have] had a huge impact in Wilkes-Barre and the care they put into it. It's a combination of the environment they've created [and] the players they get. Anytime coaches can move on or coaches have success, they have to have good players to be able to do that. So I think that's a big part of it. It seems like there's been some good guys and some good coaches that have gone through there over the years."

Mike Sullivan, Penguins - “I think that track record [of coaches reaching the NHL] is well documented. I think Wilkes-Barre is a great opportunity for, not just coaches, but players, video coaches, anybody involved. It's a great place to work. I can't say enough about my experience there. Jeff Barrett and and [chief financial officer] Greg Petoruk do a terrific job as far as managing that team and how that team operates. I can't say enough about that experience. I think from a career standpoint, as an individual, it's a nice place to work. They've facilitated careers in a lot of different aspects of the business."

Michel Therrien, Canadiens - “That's pretty unique. A lot of credit first of all to the Penguins organization about [surrounding] coaches in Wilkes-Barre [with] a good pro program. In Wilkes-Barre, they have such great people to work with. People like Jeff Barrett and all the staff. I don't think it's a coincidence you've got five guys [who] spent some time there and ended coaching in the NHL. I don't think it's a coincidence. It's a great place not only for players but for coaches to try to get to the NHL.”

Mike Yeo, Wild - “It's a great environment. First off, the organization provided us with great players and gave us a chance to win a lot of hockey games. The people in Wilkes-Barre from Jeff Barrett to everybody else that's with the team, they give you every opportunity, every resource as a coach to succeed. It's been a successful place. I think that certainly [Michel] Therrien going in there was a huge part of that. I know for myself, he was a huge part of my development. Just helped to create a culture, a winning culture there. Obviously, [former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach] Glenn Patrick did that. But it's a team that's won and when teams win, people are going to win.”

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Gaga, Leo, Sly, Brie, Rooney, Matt, others at Oscar luncheon

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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The slight calm before the Oscar storm was Monday when nominees were invited to a luncheon Monday in Beverly Hills. It was a chance for odd couplings in photos and the sort of class photo common in elementary schools.

Among the guests:  Lady Gaga and The Weeknd; Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone; Brie Larson and Deniz Gamze Erguven; Rooney Mara and Jacqueline West; a slice of the group with Charlotte Rampling and Josh Singer behind Matthew Heinemann, Matt Damon, Bernhard Heinrich and Cameron Waldbauer; and the group shot where everyone is having a bit of fun by Image Group LA.

 

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Other photos by Richard Harbaugh, Phil McCarten, and Todd Wawrychuk, copyright A.M.P.A.S. 

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