Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-03-15 -Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Martin Straka (above). A first-round pick in 1992, Straka spent parts of 10 seasons over two separate stints with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1992-93, Straka appeared in 42 games and scored 16 points. He saw action in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed three points. Straka took a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 4:39 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:53 pm by Mike White
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Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:51 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 3:47 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
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Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 1:00 am by Seth Rorabaugh
vacation-post-09-02-15-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins forward Glen Sather (right). Acquired from the Bruins during the 1969 offseason through an intra-league draft, Sather spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Sather appeared in all 76 of the team's games and scored 26 points. In 10 playoff games that spring, he contributed two assists. Sather ... Read More and Comment
Published on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 6:05 pm by Barbara Vancheri
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 5:52 pm by Barbara Vancheri
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 1:39 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 1:38 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 1:37 pm by Craig Meyer
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 1:12 am by Seth Rorabaugh
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Published on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
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Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 4:10 pm by Craig Meyer
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Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 2:37 pm by Sam Werner
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Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 2:01 pm by Mike White
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Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 1:11 pm by Barbara Vancheri
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Published on Monday, 31 August 2015 1:02 pm by Sam Werner
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Vacation post - 09-03-15

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-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Martin Straka (above). A first-round pick in 1992, Straka spent parts of 10 seasons over two separate stints with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1992-93, Straka appeared in 42 games and scored 16 points. He saw action in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed three points. Straka took a big step forward in 1993-94 by scoring 30 goals and 64 points while playing in all 84 games. That spring's playoffs saw Straka play in six games and score one goal. After only scoring 16 points in 31 games in 1994-95, Straka was traded to the Senators in exchange for Troy Murray and Norm Maciver. After bouncing between the Senators, Islanders and Panthers, Straka returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 1997 offseason. He appeared in 72 games and scored 42 points. In six postseason games that season, Straka scored two goals. Straka returned to the 30-goal plateau in 1998-99 by netting a career-high 35 goals and 83 points and was also selected to his only all-star game. He stepped it up in the postseason by leading the team with 15 points in 13 games and played a pivotal role in the eighth-seeded Penguins upsetting the first-seeded Devils, 4-3 in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series by scoring 11 points. Injuries limited Straka to 71 games and 59 points in 1999-2000. He rebounded in the postseason by pitching in 12 points in 11 games. Straka's best NHL season came during the club's memorable 2000-01 season. Playing primarily on a line with Alex Kovalev and Robert Lang, Straka played in all 82 games and scored a career-high 95 points, sixth-most in the NHL that season. In the postseason, Straka appeared in 18 games and scored 13 points and two game-winning goals, including a series-clinching score in a 4-3 win against the Capitals in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal (below). Injuries once against hampered Straka in 2001-02 as he was limited to 13 games and nine points. He fought through more ailments in 2002-03 but managed to see action in 60 games and contributed 46 points. After 22 games and 21 points in 2003-04, Straka was traded to the Kings in exchange for Martin Strbak and Sergei Anshakov. One of the most prolific players in franchise history, Straka's name can be found throughout the Penguins' record book. In 560 regular season games for the Penguins, Straka scored 165 goals (ninth-most), 277 assists (12th-most) and 442 points (10th-most). Additionally, his 26 game-winning goals are seventh-most in Penguins history. He also holds the franchise record for earliest game-winning goal as a result of his goal 32 seconds into a 4-0 home win against the Flyers, March 13, 1999. Straka, the only player to wear No. 82 in franchise history, was just as productive in terms of postseason play. In 65 playoff games, Straka scored 19 goals, 27 assists and 46 points. He is currently the general manager of HC Plzen in his native Czech Republic.

-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward James Neal. Acquired midway through the 2010-12 season along with Matt Niskanen in a deal which sent Alex Goligoski to the Stars, Neal spent parts of the past four seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 2010-11 by appearing in 20 regular season games for the Penguins and scored six points. In seven postseason games that spring, he scored two points. In 2010-11 Neal set career-highs in games (80), goals (40), assists (41) and points (81) and led the NHL in power-play goals with 18. In five postseason games that season, he scored six points. During a lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Neal appeared in 40 games and scored 36 points. That spring, Neal played in 13 playoff games and scored 10 points. Last season, injuries and suspensions limited Neal to 59 games and 61 points. He appeared in 13 playoff games and netted four points. During the 2014 offseason, he was traded to the Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. In 199 regular season games with the Penguins, Neal has scored 184 points, 42nd-most in franchise history. In 38 postseason games, he has scored 22 points. He is currently a member of the Predators.

-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Michal Rozsival. A fourth-round pick in 1996, Rozsival spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1999-2000, Rozsival appeared in 75 games and contributed 21 points. He would see action in two postseason games that spring but failed to score a point. Rozsival was limited to 30 games and five points in 2000-01. He rebounded in 2001-02 by playing in 79 games and scoring 29 points, most among the team's defensemen. Injuries limited to 53 games and 10 points in 2002-03. After missing the entire 2003-04 season due to a knee injury, Rozsival joined Trinec in his native Czech Republic. In 237 games with the Penguins, Rozsival scored 65 points. He was a member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship team last season.

-Today would've been the 83rd birthday of former Penguins coach Marc Boileau (right). Replacing Ken Schinkel midway through the 1973-74 season, Boileau coached the Penguins for parts of three seasons. He finished 1973-74 by 14-10-4. The team finished in fifth place in the West Division and missed the postseason. In 1974-75, the Penguins went 37-28-15 and finished in third place in the Norris Division. The 37 wins stood as a franchise record until 1988-89. The team reached the postseason and swept the Blues, 2-0, in a preliminary round series. Despite leading the Islanders 3-0 in a quarterfinal series, the Penguins lost the series, 4-3, and became the second NHL team in history to lose a best-of-seven series after leading it 3-0. The Penguins stumbled to a 15-23-5 record in 1975-76 and Boileau was replaced mid-season by his predecessor, Schinkel. In 151 regular season games with the Penguins, "The Shark" had a 66-61-24 record. He died Dec. 27, 2000 at the age of 68.

-Today would've been the 66th birthday of former Penguins forward Brian "Spinner" Spencer (right). Acquired prior to the 1977-78 season in a deal which sent Ron Schock to the Sabres, Spencer spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 79 games and scored 20 points in 1977-78. His final NHL season was 1978-79 and he was limited to seven games and no points. Early in the season, he was loaned to Binghamton of the AHL. In 86 games with the Penguins, Spencer scored 20 points. Spencer, whose father was shot and killed after he threatened a CBC television station in British Columbia at gunpoint for not showing a Maple Leafs game featuring his son, was shot and killed himself following a failed drug deal, Oct. 3, 1988 at the age of 38.

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Vacation post - 09-02-15

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-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins forward Glen Sather (right). Acquired from the Bruins during the 1969 offseason through an intra-league draft, Sather spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Sather appeared in all 76 of the team's games and scored 26 points. In 10 playoff games that spring, he contributed two assists. Sather played in 46 games and scored 11 points in 1970-71 before being traded to the Rangers in exchange for Syl Apps, Jr. and Sheldon Kannegiesser. Ironically, given Sather's former position as the often-maligned general manager of the Rangers, it would turn out to be most lopsided trades in the history of either franchise as Apps became an all-star. "Slats," who won four Stanley Cup titles as the head coach of the Oilers in the 1980s, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. In 122 regular season games with the Penguins, Sather scored 37 points.

-Happy 35th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin (right). A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Sabourin spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins in two seperate stints. In 2005-06, Sabourin only saw action in one game. He gave up four goals in 21 minutes of action and suffered a loss. Prior to the 2006-07 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Canucks and spent that campaign in Vancouver as Roberto Luongo's back-up. The Penguins re-signed him in the 2007 offseason. In 2007-08, Sabourin appeared in 24 games and had a 10-9-1 record with a 2.75 goals against average, .904 save percentage and two shutouts. After 19 games, a 6-8-2 record, 2.85 goals against average and .898 save percentage in 2008-09, Sabourin was traded midway through the season to the Oilers along Ryan Stone and a draft pick in exchange for Mathieu Garon. In 44 games with the Penguins, "Sabu" had a 16-18-3 record with a 2.88 goals against average, .899 save percentage and two shutouts. He is currently a member of Rouen in France's Ligue Magnus.

-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins forward Kevin Miller. Acquired at the 1996 trade deadline in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Miller's Penguins career amounted to 13 games and 11 points for the 1995-96 club. In the postseason, he appeared in 18 games and contributed five points. In the 1996 offseason, he signed as a free agent with the Blackhawks. A member of a the noted Michigan State Miller family, Miller's brother Kip spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins.

-Today's Obligatory Video: The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' rap:

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Vacation post - 09-01-15

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-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Harry Zolnierczyk (above). A free agent signing in 2013, Zolnierczyk's career with the Penguins amounted to 13 games and two goals in 2013-14. In 2014, he joined the Islanders as a free agent. He is currently a member of the AHL's San Diego Gulls.

-Happy 51st birthday to former North Stars/Canadiens/Lightning/Mighty Ducks/Capitals forward Brian Bellows. A three-time all-star who has 1,022 career points on his resume, Bellows' most famous - or more accurately, infamous - moment in the NHL was being the subject of a brutally vulgar heckling session at the hands of Penguins forward Kevin Stevens and Bryan Trottier during the 1991 Stanley Cup final. The video can be viewed through this link. Warning: It's not safe for work. Or any environment really.

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Vacation post - 08-31-15

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-Today's Obligatory video: The tragic "X Generation:"

 

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-Happy 74th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and former Pittsburgh Hornet Lowell MacDonald (right). Claimed from the Kings during the 1970 offseason in an intra-league draft, MacDonald spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins. In 1970-71, knee injuries limited MacDonald to 10 games and one assist. After being sidelined all of 1971-72, MacDonald rebounded in 1972-73 by playing in 78 games and scoring 75 points. Teamed with Syl Apps, Jr. and Jean Pronovost on a unit dubbed "The Century Line," MacDonald was selected to the all-star game and became the first Penguin to win the Masterton Trophy. MacDonald appeared in all 78 of the team's games in 1973-74 and led the team with a career-high 43 goals, a franchise mark at the time, established another career-high with 82 points and was selected to his second all-star game. In 1974-75, MacDonald saw action in 71 games and netted 60 points. He played in nine playoff games that spring and scored six points. MacDonald's last quality season was 1975-76.  He played in 69 games and recorded 73 points. In the postseason, he appeared in three games and netted one goal. MacDonald was limited to three games and two points in 1976-77. He did play in all three of the team's postseason games that season and scored three points. MacDonald's final NHL season was 1977-78. He only saw action in 19 games and recorded 13 points. He was released in February of that season. In 328 games with the Penguins, MacDonald, one of nine Penguins from Nova Scotia (Paul Andrea, Dennis Bonvie, Sidney Crosby, Al MacNeil, Glen Murray, Zach Sill, Jon Sim and Wendell Young are the others), scored 306 points, 22nd-most in franchise history. In 15 postseason games, he scored 10 points.

-Today's Obligatory Video: A commercial for a Penguins jersey giveaway during the 1987-88 season:

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