-"Everyone was pretty optimistic a week and a half ago, or whatever it was, and nothing really came from it." - Sidney Crosby (right).
-Evgeni Malkin recorded two assists for Metallurg Magnitogorsk which defeated Dinamo Minsk, 7-2, in Russia's KHL.
-Malkin was named the KHL's "Best Attacker" last week. (PG+)
-Former Penguins forward Matt Bradley has joined TuTo of Finland's Mestis.
-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Ron Lalonde. A fourth-round pick in 1972, Lalonde spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1972-73, Lalone appeared in nine games and failed to record a point. He followed that up in 1973-74 by playing in 73 games and scoring 27 points. After 24 games and three points in 1974-75, Lalonde was traded to the Capitals in exchange for Lew Morrison. In 106 games with the Penguins, Lalonde scored 30 points.
-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Brad Aitken. A third-round pick in 1986, Aitken spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1987-88, Aitken appeared in five games and scored two points. After spending all of 1988-89 and 1989-90 with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the Penguins' IHL affiliate, Aitken appeared in six games and recorded one assist for the Penguins in 1990-91. At the 1991 trade deadline, he was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Kim Issel. In 11 games for the Penguins, Aitken scored three points.
-Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, a black man currently playing for Liberec of the Czech Extraliga, was subject of racist taughts in a recent game.
-Professional goaltender Brad Fritsch will be sponsored by the Ottawa Senators during the 2013 PGA season.
-Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (right) has joined BIK Karlskoga of Sweden's Allsvenskan for the duration of the lockout.
-"It’s hard to figure out, because it just doesn’t seem like there’s a care for the game. There is from us (players) and from our fans. But on the other side, it doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with it. That’s difficult for us but probably a reality." - Hurricane's forward/captain Eric Staal.
-Eleven months after being struck in the head with a slap shot, Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves still suffers from headaches.
-The Winter Classic could be axed on Friday.
-Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has joined Tappara of Finland's SM-liiga for the duration of the lockout.
-"If they want to save it, you'd think they would be more pro-active and start negotiating. We're willing to talk about everything and they're willing to talk about one thing and one thing only. There are many aspects of their proposal we don't like and it's not just the money. Both sides need to get back with no pre-conditions." - Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider (right) on negotiations with the NHL and the potential cancellation of the Winter Classic.
-"You're shocked by the extreme beauty of the country." - Former Hurricanes/Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice on coaching in Russia. He is currently behind the bench of the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogork franchise.
-Former Sabres/Blue Jackets/Thrashers/Capitals defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre has joined EV Duisburg of Germany's Oberliga.
-Non-Hockey Note of the Day: Please stay dry.
(Photos: Crosby-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Johansson-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Schneider-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)