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Empty Netter Assists - 12-12-14

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-Welcome back Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist (above) .. maybe tonight?

-Forget his goals. Where have Sidney Crosby's goals gone?

-The Penguins have taken steps to prevent their players from getting the mumps.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Letang speaks:

-Hornqvist speaks:

-How serious are Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Bobby Farnham's chances of being called up to the NHL?

-Today would've been the 63rd birthday of former Penguins defenseman Steve Durbano. Acquired midway through the 1973-74 season along with Ab DeMarco Jr. and Bob Kelly in a deal which sent Bryan Watson, Greg Polis and a draft pick to the Blues, "Mental Case" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1973-74 by appearing in 33 games for the Penguins and scoring 18 points while accumulating 138 penalty minutes. In 1974-75, Durbano was limited to one game, one assist and 10 penalty minutes due to a wrist injury. After 32 games, eight assists and a team-leading 161 penalty minutes, Durbano was traded to the Kansas City Scouts along with Chuck Arnason and a draft pick for for Simon Nolet, Ed Gilbert and a draft pick. In 66 regular season games with the Penguins, Durbano scored 27 points and recorded 309 penalty minutes. Durbano died Nov. 16, 2002 at the age of 50.

-After the Jump: Bobby Ryan scores a goal of the year candidate.

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Report: Chryst "poised" to take Wisconsin job

Written by Sam Werner on .

Just one day after Gary Andersen's departure for Oregon State, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Pitt coach Paul Chryst is "poised" to take the Wisconsin head coaching job.

This obviously would not come as a huge surprise, as Chryst's name has been thrown around as a candidate for this job since it came open Wednesday evening.

Chryst has not returned phone calls seeking comment, and the only information out of Pitt is the following statement, released by a team spokesman:

"It is our practice not to comment on the personnel searches of other institutions. Paul Chryst is the University of Pittsburgh's head coach, has been recruiting all week on behalf of the program, and will begin preparations for Pitt's bowl game this weekend."

That statement doesn't say a whole lot, and we'll keep a close eye on this situation as it develops.

 

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Bell the best by a mile

Written by Dan Gigler on .

 

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That sentiment is according to the folks at Numberfire who write: 
 
No running back has been more productive in 2014 than Le'Veon Bell, and quite frankly, it's not even close. Using our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, we can evaluate how Bell stacks up to other top backs and see that he blows away the competition in every measurable we offer.
 
NameAttRush NEPSR%RecRec NEPRec SR%Total NEP
Le'Veon Bell 242 22.05 48.35% 71 53.04 76.06% 75.09
Jamaal Charles 171 24.91 49.71% 32 19.05 53.13% 43.96
Matt Forte 214 8.43 46.26% 84 33.82 63.10% 42.25
C.J. Anderson 119 17.18 48.74% 22 22.05 77.27% 39.22
Justin Forsett 192 29.41 45.31% 37 8.24 59.46% 37.65
Arian Foster 204 15.11 40.69% 33 22.45 63.64% 37.56
 
For a deeper dive and historical comparisons, take a look at here

 

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Tortured Liberty

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Dick Cheney was on Fox News this week decrying the CIA report on torture. He's not upset because the post-9/11 torture we've been engaging in goes against our moral compass and our ideas of liberty and freedom. No, he's upset because the report claims the Bush administration's torture techniques yielded no actionable information. 

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Reader Deer Photos

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Steve Vamossy of South Park shot this nice 8-point Dec. 1, opening day of the statewide rifle deer season, while hunting near Tidioute, Warren County. As his son helped drag the deer out of the woods, a 6-point ran straight towards them and his son shot it.

 

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Caleb Norman, 14, of New Brighton took this 8-point whitetail near Clarion on Dec. 6, 2014.

 

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At 10:45 a.m. on the opening day of firearm deer season, Eric Clark of West Deer was high in a tree stand in Warren County.

“I hear noise to my right, I look and two bucks are running right at me about 40 yards out,” he said. “I took my shot at about 15 yards. I wasn’t losing this one, so I took two more shots and he went down right away.”
The fine 11-point, his first deer, was taken with a Savage .30-06 bolt action and Remington 165-grain Core-lokt shells.

 

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Justin Vasil, 17, of Allison Park, shot his first buck, an 8-point, Dec. 1 near Tionesta, Forest County. It was his first deer in three years of hunting.

 

 

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Cousins Jackson Wetzel (left) of Seven Fields, and Nicholas Wetzel (right) of Greensburg, both 10 years old, each bagged their second bucks with one shot on the first morning of the 2014 deer season. They hunted with Grandpa Merle Wetzel, their fathers Matt Wetzel and Bradley Wetzel, and cousins Denny, Dan, Doug and Logan Wetzel on the family's property near Parker, Pa.

 

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Naythan Krutules, 11, killed his first deer during the Oct. 23 youth hunt. He had hunted in the mentored youth program for three years.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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