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Empty Netter Assists - Rutherford turning to youth - 05-25-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-“We feel we have some younger players who have developed pretty well. Hopefully, we can plug in some younger players instead of going the free-agent route.” - Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford (above) on how he'll address the Penguins' roster this offseason.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward and picnic jug enthusiast (below) Pat Graham. A sixth-round pick in 1980, Graham spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1981-82, he appeared in 42 games and recorded 14 points. The following season, he was limited to 20 games and six points. In the 1983 offseason, he was traded to the Maple Leafs along with Nick Ricci in exchange for Rocky Saganiuk and Vincent Tremblay.

-After the Jump: The Lightning has the Rangers on the brink of elimination.

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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins looking for a first-rounder - 05-24-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is looking for a first-round pick in next month's draft.

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Zach Sill. A free agent signing in 2011, Sill spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2013-14 by appearing in 20 games and failed to score a point. This past season, he played in 42 games and scored three points before being traded to the Maple Leafs along with draft picks in a deal which brought forward Daniel Winnik to Pittsburgh. In 62 games with the Penguins, Sill scored three points.

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Alain Lemieux. A free agent signing midway through the 1986-87 season, Lemieux appeared in one game for the Penguins that season and did not score a point. He was released the following offseason. Combined with his younger brother Mario's 1,723 points, the Lemieuxs hold the franchise record for points by a brother tandem with 1,723. Alain also played for the Pittsburgh Phantoms of the Roller Hockey International league during the franchise's only season in 1994.

-After the Jump: The Blackhawks beat the Ducks in a wild Game 4.

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Tomorrowland is No. 1

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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A win is still a win, and that’s what “Tomorrowland” starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson (above) can claim this Memorial Day holiday. It’s been a weekend marked by ideal weather in some parts of the country and drenching storms elsewhere, neither driving moviegoers to the theaters. 
 
Rentrak will update these numbers on Monday but here are the top 10 estimates just for the weekend: 
 
PitchPerfectTwo41. “Tomorrowland” — $32,159,000.
2. “Pitch Perfect 2” — $30,349,000, bringing its total to $117,835,595.
3. “Mad Max: Fury Road” — $23,885,000, for $87,315,279 to date. 
4. “Poltergeist” — $23,000,000.
5. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — $20,895,000, for $404,065,479 since release. 
6. “Hot Pursuit” — $3,475,000, or $28,920,240 so far. 
7. “Far From the Madding Crowd” — $2,280,000, for $5,442,605. 
8. “Furious 7” — $2,124,105, bumping its North American gross to $347,013,290.
9. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” — $1,755,000, for $65,572,709.
10. “Home” — $1,680,000, or $167,994,929 since release. 
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst, predicts that “Tomorrowland” could top $40 million in North America by the end of Memorial Day. It picked up another $26.7 million in its opening weekend of overseas release representing a little more than half of the international marketplace. 
 
“As Memorial [Day] weekends go, this was not one for the record books, but still there were some bright spots,” Dergarabedian said. Among them is “Pitch Perfect 2,” expected to bring in roughly $37.9 million for the four days.  
 
“Internationally, ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ has surpassed the lifetime box office of the ‘Pitch Perfect’ ($50.3 million) in only 16 days in 37 territories with estimated grosses reaching $61.7 million for a total worldwide box office estimate of $187.1 million through the weekend.” 
 

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Empty Netter Assists - Despres a hit in Anaheim - 05-23-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-“I’m growing as a player. Every year in Pittsburgh, I got better and better. I learned a lot in Pittsburgh. I’ll never forget my years in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t be the same player today if I didn’t go through Pittsburgh and all the lessons I learned over there." - Ducks defenseman Simon Despres (above) on his time with the Penguins.

-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins forward Bryan Hextall, Jr. (right) Acquired in the 1969 offseason in a trade which sent Paul Andrea, John Arbour and Andy Bathgate to Vancouver of the WHL, Hextall, a member of one of hockey's great families, spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. His first full season in Pittsburgh saw him help the Penguins reach the postseason for the first time in franchise history as he appeared in 66 games and recorded 31 points. During those playoffs, he appeared in 10 games and recorded one assist. In 1970-71, Hextall's saw action in 76 games and recorded 48 points. Hextall appeared in 78 games during 1971-72 and contributed 20 goals and 44 points while leading the team with five game-winning goals. He appeared in four postseason games that spring and recorded two assists. During 1972-73, Hextall played in 78 games and scored a career-high 54 points. After 37 games and nine points in 1973-74, Hextall was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Flames. The son of Rangers hall-of-Famer Bryan Hextall, Sr. and father of a future Penguins rival, Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall, Bryan Hextall, Jr. appeared in 335 games for the Penguins and scored 186 points, 41st-most in franchise history. In 14 postseason games, Hextall recorded three assists.

-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Gary Roberts. Acquired at the 2007 trade deadline in a deal which sent Noah Welch to the Panthers, Roberts spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. After scoring 13 points in 19 regular season games to finish the 2006-07 season, Roberts recorded four points in five postseason games. In 2007-08, Roberts appeared in only 38 games and scored 15 points due to various injuries. He recovered in time to appear in 11 postseason games and recorded four points as the Penguins advanced to the Stanely Cup final for the first time in 16 years. In the 2008 offseason, the rights to Roberts and Ryan Malone were traded to the Lightning in exchange for a draft pick. One of the most popular players in recent team history, Roberts appeared in 57 games for the Penguins and recorded 28 points. In 16 postseason games, Roberts recorded eight points.

-After the Jump: Rick Nash leads the Rangers to a win in Game 4.

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Setting the SEEN: Dream Cream Kicks Off the Summer!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

What better way to kick of the summer season (and Memorial Day weekend!) than with ice cream that can make dreams come true? Enjoy this week's edition of Setting the SEEN, where we chat with Thomisan Jamison, creator and "head cone" of Dream Cream on Liberty Ave. in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Learn about more fun things to do with friends and loved ones all summer long!

And until next time...we'll be seeing you! 

Keep up with #wheresNataliePG on Twitter @NBSeen and on Instagram @NatalieBenci

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