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Popemobile

Written by Rob Rogers on .

In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis warned of climate change and the criticized the politics and economics of pollution. If only congress were so bold and visionary! 

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Penguins shut out from awards - 06-24-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins were shut out from the NHL's award voting this season.

Their only finalist, defenseman Kris Letang, lost out to Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey."

Letang garnered consideration for the award due in part to his ability to rebound from suffering a stroke as well as various injuries during the 2013-2014.

The voting totals from the Professional Hockey Writers Association were not released by the NHL.

The lone honor the Penguins received was for center Sidney Crosby who was named to the year-end All-Star second team:

-The voting totals by position from the PHWA:

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In other awards, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP. The voting from the PHWA:

Price also claimed the Ted Lindsay Memorial Trophy which goes to the NHL's most outstanding. It is selected by voting by the NHL's Players Association. Voting totals were not released by the NHLPA.

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Price additionally won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender. The voting totals from the NHL's general managers:

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Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the second time in his career. The voting totals from the PHWA:

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward for the third time. The voting totals from the PHWA:

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Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the top overall pick in last year's draft, won the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year. The voting totals from the PHWA:

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Flames center Jiri Hudler won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." The voting totals from the PHWA:

 

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Flames coach Bob Hartley won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach. The voting totals from the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association:

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-The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was named the General Manager of the Year. The voting totals from the league's general managers:

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-The NHL's all-rookie team, as selected by the PHWA, was announced:

-Voting totals for the rookie team were not revealed.

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-Additionally, Red Wings left winger Henrik Zetterberg won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is awarded for humanitarian efforts while Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was given the NHL Foundation Player Award for charitable contributions.

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-Awards based on statistics were formally presented:

Stars center Jamie Benn - Art Ross Trophy (Top overall scorer).

Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin - Rocket Richard Trophy (Top goal scorer)

Price and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford - William M. Jennings Trophy (Fewest goals allowed).

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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Pitt's 2016 recruiting class picking up steam

Written by Sam Werner on .

Pat Narduzzi's first full recruiting class as Pitt's head coach started picking up steam this week as the Panthers landed three new verbal commitments. Here's a quick rundown of the newest members of Pitt's 2016 class:

Bricen Garner
Safety, Central Catholic HS (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Rivals: 2*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 80 S
Offers: Army, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, UMass, Miami (OH), Navy, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo
HIGHLIGHTS

Chawntez Moss
Running Back, Bedford HS (Bedford, Ohio)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 56 RB
Offers: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Old Dominion, Toledo, Western Michigan
HIGHLIGHTS

Chase Pine
Linebacker, Lafayette HS (Williamsburg, Va.)
Rivals: 3*, NR
Scout: 3*, No. 86 OLB
Offers: Buffalo, California, Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia, Marshall, North Carolina, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Toledo, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia
HIGHLIGHTS

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Empty Netter Assists - Penguins pursuing Plotnikov 06-24-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-According to Russian news agency Tass, the Penguins are trying to sign Russian forward Sergei Plotnikov (right).

-The NHL established a salary cap ceiling of $71.4 million for next season. The floor will be $52.8 million.

-The NHL general manager voted to adopt a three-on-three format for regular season overtime next season. The four-on-four overtime will be scrapped. The plan still needs approval from the NHL's Board of Governors but that is considered a formality. Shootouts will still exist.

-EN Says: Three-on-three overtime should be low calorie fun but like the shootout and outdoor games, it serves as fancy window dressing to distract you from realizing you're watching a 2-1 snoozefest. There are much larger issues with the state of the NHL's game which need addressed.

-Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is a nominee for the Masterton Trophy at tonight's NHL awards show.

-The Penguins are still open to re-signing goaltender Thomas Greiss.

-Letang speaks:

-Penguins captain/forward Sidney Crosby and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown do Pilates together or something:

-“When I come down here it gives me chills because I’m excited to be a part of it and I can’t wait to get going. I wish training camp started tomorrow.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on joining the team.

-Former Penguins forward Andrew Ebbett has joined SC Bern of Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 47th birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Daniels. A sixth-round pick in 1986, Daniels spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie, Daniels appeared in 11 games for the Penguins and recorded two assists in 1990-91. The following season, he only played in two games and failed to score a point. Daniels finally found full-time work with the NHL team in 1992-93 as he appeared in 58 games and netted nine points. That spring, he he added five points in 12 postseason games. After playing 63 games and recording eight points in 1993-94, Daniels was traded to the Panthers at the trade deadline in exchange for Greg Hawgood. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 19 points.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-The Capitals unveiled a "new" third jersey:

-EN Says: This is essentially their old and original road jersey. It's a classic.

Atlantic Division

-The Red Wings named Tony Granato, Pat Ferschweiler, Chris Chelios and Dave Noel-Bernier as assistant coaches under new head coach Jeff Blashill. Granato is a former Penguins assistant coach.

-The Maple Leafs re-signed minor-league defencemen Petter Granberg and Tim Erixon to one-year deals. Granberg's contract is a two-way deal while Erixon's contract has a salary cap hit of $600,000. The Maple Leafs also signed forward prospect Zach Hyman, acquired in a trade from the Panthers last week, to a two-year entry-level contract.

-Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop slugged four home runs during batting practice with the Tampa Rays Tuesday.

Central Division

-“Nothing’s really changed between us. I want to be there. [Wild general manager Fletcher] wants me to be there, and we’re going to work as hard as we can to get something done. … There’s no hard feelings or anything.” - Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk on contract negotiations. Dubnyk is a pending unrestricted free agent.

-The Jets are in talks with the agent of former forward Alex Burmistrov (right) about returning to the team. Burmistrov, a first-round pick in 2010, has spent the past two seasons playing with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia's KHL.

-The Predators are on the verge of signing pending unrestricted free agent forward Mike Fisher to a two-year contract extension.

-"In a lot of stretches (when he wasn't) up to his 'A' game in the past two years, mostly because of injuries, we don't make the playoffs. He's on his 'A' game and we make the playoffs. I think you could connect the dots, pretty much." - Predators general manager David Poile on the importance of goaltender Pekka Rinne. Rinne is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

-“He can’t apprentice anymore. He put in a good year last year. Now is his time. He’s done the work necessary to compete for [the starting] job.” - Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on the future of goaltender Jake Allen.

Pacific Division

-Ducks general manager Bob Murray has apparently ruled out re-signing pending unrestricted free agent forward Matt Beleskey after Beleskey rejected the teams latest contract offer.

-The Coyotes are approximately $18.6 million below the salary cap floor for next season.

Smythe Division

-Former Flyers defneseman Oskar Bartulis has joined Admiral Vladivostok of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images and Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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Brewed On Grant: Three Sisters

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Mayor Peduto and Rich Fitzgerald are asking for your help with a little painting project. They are polling the public on what color they should paint the Clemente, Warhol and Carson bridges. You can vote for your choice HERE. I vote they find a better use for our time. 

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