-Former Penguins general manager Ray Shero (above) heads to New Jersey.
-What could Shero's hiring by the Devils mean to the Penguins this offseason?
-“I'm sure people will ask that based upon our working together in the past and having some success or winning the Cup together. That's nothing that I have any preconceived notion on at all. I believe Dan is a really good coach. He'll be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but I've got to do what's best for the Devils and Dan's got to do what's best for him and if that leads us a certain way, so be it.” - Shero on potentially hiring former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as the Devils' next coach.
-The Penguins will participate in a prospect tournament at London, Ont. in September.
-The Penguins and Blue Jackets are trying to sort out territorial television rights in Eastern Ohio.
-“He’s a little bit of a heavy player. When the physicality picks up, he can affect a team with his physicality. You add a player like that, and his goal-scoring ability, it’s a good mix.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on Scott Wilson (right).
-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defensemen Harrison Ruopp, Clark Seymour and goaltender Eric Hartzell from the Wheeling Nailers and signed forward Sahir Gill to a professional tryout contract.
-Former Penguins goaltender Andy Chiodo has joined HC Innsbruck of Austria's EBEL.
-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg. Acquired at the 2001 trade deadline along with Bobby Dollas in exchange for Jeff Norton, "The Moose" spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. After finishing the 2000-01 season with a 7-1-1 record, 2.64 goals against average and .905 save percentage in nine games, Hedberg emerged as a suprise playoff starter for the Penguins. In 18 postseason games that spring, Hedberg was 9-9 with a 2.30 goals against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts. In 2001-02, Hedberg appeared in 66 games and had a 25-34-7 record with a 2.75 goals against average, a .904 save percentage and six shutouts. His loss total led the NHL and remains a franchise record. During 2002-03, he saw action in 41 games and went 14-22-4 with a 3.14 goals against average .895 save percentage and one shutout. The following offseason, Hedberg was traded to the Canucks for a draft pick. In 116 games with the Penguins, Hedberg went 46-57-12 with a 2.88 goals against average, .901 save percentage and seven shutouts.
-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Mike Stapleton. A free agent signing in the 1992 offseason, Stapleton spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 78 games in the 1992-93 campaign, Stapleton recorded 13 points and helped the Penguins win their first Presidents' Trophy. He appeared in four postseason game that spring and did not record a point. The following seasons saw him appear in 58 games and record 11 points. Midway through that season, he was claimed off waivers by the Oilers. In 136 games with the Penguins, Stapleton recorded 24 points. He is currently a scout with the Ducks.
-Happy 50th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Grant Jennings (right). The least celebrated player acquired in the Penguins' legendary 1991 trade deadline deal which brought him to Pittsburgh along with Ron Francis and Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski, Jennings spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. Hardly an offensive dynamo, Jennings recorded four points in 13 games for the Penguins down the stretch of the 1990-91 season and recorded two points in 13 postseason games that spring as the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup title. Jennings' first full season in Pittsburgh was 1991-92 and he appeared in 53 games while scoring nine points. He appeared in 10 postseason games that spring and failed to record a point but helped the team defend successfully defend the Cup. In 1992-93, Jennings saw action in 58 games and recorded five assists. He played in 12 postseason games that spring and did not record a point. During 1993-94, Jennings played in 61 games and scored six points. He was limited to three postseason games that season and failed to record a point. After 25 games and four assists in 1994-95, Jennings was dealt to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Drake Berehowsky at the trade deadline. In 210 regular season games with the Penguins, Jennings recorded 28 points. In 38 postseason games, he scored two points.
-Happy 64th birthday to former Penguins forward Willy Lindstrom. Claimed off waivers from the Oilers prior to the start of the 1985-86 season, "The Wisp" spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins and was the first player in NHL history to play with both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. His first season in Pittsburgh saw him play in 71 games and record 31 points. He spent one more campaign in the NHL with the Penguins and recorded 23 points in 60 games. After leaving the sport for one season entirely, Lindstrom joined Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden for the 1988-89 season. In 131 regular season games with the Penguins, Lindstrom scored 54 points.
Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Zigmund Palffy. A free agent signing in the 2005 offseason, Palffy spent part of one season with the Penguins and recorded 42 points in 42 games in 2005-06. Midway through that campaign, Palffy announced his retirement and left the NHL. His biggest claim to fame with the Penguins was that he scored the 10,000th goal in franchise history in the second period of a 6-3 home loss to the Flyers, Nov. 19.
IIHF World Championship
-Sidney Crosby had a goal for Canada which beat the Czech Republic, 6-3, in a preliminary round game. Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr had an assist for the Czech Republic.
-Happy times for Crosby and company:
-Czech Republic defenseman Jan Hejda seemed genuinely surprised by the presence of Crosby:
-Jagr and Czech Republic goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had a moment:
-Happy times for the Czech Republic:
-A good look at the lid of Canada goaltender Mike Smith:
-Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia which lost to the United States, 4-2. Malkin had 18:22 of ice time on 24 shifts.
-Malkin roamed the ice:
-Russia forward Vladimir Tarasenko shielded Coyotes defenseman John Moore from this puck:
-United Staes and Devils forward Stefan Matteau will miss the rest of the tournament due to a broken finger.
-Bruins forward Loui Eriksson had a hat trick for Sweden in an 8-1 rout of Latvia.
-Sweden forward Joel Lundqvist and Latvia forward Janis Sprukts were each focused on this faceoff:
-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 20 saves for Finland in a 5-0 shutout of Norway. Panthers forward and former Penguin Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist for Finland.
-Happy times for Finland. Not so much for Norway forward Martin Røymark:
-Rinne kept an eye on this puck:
and Finland forward Joonas Kemppainen battled for this puck:
-Norway goaltender Lars Volden had issues with this puck:
-After the Jump: The Capitals takes a 2-1 series lead on the Rangers.
Rangers - Canadiens
-Goaltender Braden Holtby made 30 saves for the Capitals in a 1-0 shutout of the Rangers in Game 3. Washington leads the series, 2-1.
-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stoned Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin here:
-Fluky Goal of the Night: Capitals forward Jay Beagle scored the game's only goal by banking a puck from behind the net:
-Capitals defenseman and former Penguin Brooks Orpik was shaken up after this unpenalized hit by Rangers forward Rick Nash:
-The Capitals' crease was crowded:
-Happy times for the Capitals. Not so much for Rangers forward Derick Brassard:
-Lundqvist seemed indifferent towards the gentlemen cleaning the near near his crease:
-Holtby was all over this puck:
-Capitals coach Barry Trotz had words with forwards Nicklas Backstrom (left) and Beagle:
-“It’s hard to get a shot. We can’t shoot it through.” - Rangers forward Martin St. Louis on the Capitals' defense.
-The Capitals recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from Hershey of the AHL.
Canadiens - Lightning
-Canadiens forward David Desharnais did not travel with his team to Tampa due to an illness.
-“We understand we’re in a tough position. It’s not a perfect scenario and it’s not what we anticipated. But all season we showed a lot of character, we’ve dealt with a lot of adversity. I like the way [the team has] responded the right way.” - Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on his team being in a 0-2 series deficit.
-Did Canadiens forward Brandon Prust hurt himself and his team by going public with what referee Brad Watson allegedly said to him during Game 2?
-EN Says: The comments from former referee Kerry Fraser about how current officials operate is pretty damning towards the NHL. Basically, Fraser confirms officials carry grudges against certain players and teams. The fact that the NHL's management allows this "zebra mafia" to operate with little oversight is disgusting.
Blackhawks - Wild
-“We’re down 0-2, but we’re down 0-2 because we didn’t play well. We played our game for two periods out of the six.” - Wild forward Thomas Vanek (right).
-“I don’t think we should just assume that because we’re coming back home that all will be right in the world. [Chicago is] a good team, and I’m expecting them to come in with a real strong effort, and I’m expecting a hard game.’’ - Wild coach Mike Yeo on Game 3 at the Xcel Energy Center.
Ducks - Flames
-Presuming he plays in Game 3, Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett will participate in his ninth game of the season and will activate the first season of his entry-level contract.
-“We’re not here to say how good they are. We’re here to beat them. They beat us in the first two games — good for them. Now they’re in our rink. And we’re going to be ready for business.” - Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Ducks.
-The Jets will move their AHL affiliate from St. John's, Newfoundland to their own MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The franchise will be take on its former name, the Manitoba Moose.
-Marta Varlamova, wife of Kings defneseman Slava Voynov, agreed to take part in domestic violence counseling in order to avoid a charge of criminal contempt. Varlamova was offered counseling as after she declined to testify against her husband who is facing domestic violence charges after he allegedly assaulted here in October. Voynov is currently suspended by the NHL.
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