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Empty Netter Assists - Arbitration season - 07-06-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Greg Crozier. A third-round pick in 1994, Crozier didn't make his NHL debut until he appeared in his only NHL game in the 2000-01 season. He signed with the Bruins in the 2001 offseason.

-Happy 71st birthday to former Penguins coach Pierre Creamer. Hired in the 1987 offseason, Creamer coached the Penguins for one season. In 1987-88, he led the club to a 36-35-9 record and 81 points, one short of qualifying for the postseason. In the 1988 offseason, he was replaced by Gene Ubriaco.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (right). A free agent signing last offseason, Ehrhoff appeared in 49 games last season and scored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists). He is currently a free agent. 

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Sullivan. A free agent signing in the 2011 offseason, Sullivan appeared in 79 games for the Penguins during 2011-12 and scored 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists). He saw action in six postseason games in 2012 and scored six points. Following the season, he joined the Coyotes as a free agent. He is currently a development coach with the Coyotes.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Ron Duguay. An all-star with the Rangers, Duguay came to the Penguins at the 1986 trade deadline when he was acquired from the Red Wings in exchange for Doug Shedden. He finished the 1985-86 season by appearing in 13 games and scoring 13 points for the Penguins. In 1986-87, Duguay played in 40 games and scored 18 points for the Penguins before he was traded to the Rangers in exchange for Chris Kontos midway through the season. In 53 games with the Penguins, Duguay scored 31 points. He currently works as a broadcaster for MSG Network.

Atlantic Division

-The Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent forward Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract worth $4.1 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $2.9 million, Kadri, 24, appeared in 73 game last season and scored 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists).

-EN Says: This is a prove-it contract for Kadri to prove he deserves a longer term deal. At the same time, it allows the re-building Maple Leafs to trade him. Kadri has a world of skill but hasn't always been able to put everything together. He was even suspended for three games by the team after arriving to a meeting late. Kadri needs a big 2015-16 season if he wishes to stay in Toronto.

-Former Predators forward Rich Clune has joined the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate.

-The Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year, two-way contract.

-Former Kings/Islanders/Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning.

Adams Division

-Twenty-three players have filed for salary arbitration:

Avalanche - Andrew Agozzino, LW; Mat Clark, D
Blues - Magnus Paajarvi, LW
Capitals - Braden Holtby (right), G; Marcus Johansson, LW
Coyotes - Mikkel Boedker, LW; Philip Samuelsson, D; Brendan Shinnimin, C
Devils - Eric Gelinas, D; Adam Larsson, D
Flames - Lance Bouma, C; Paul Byron, C; Josh Jooris, C
Flyers - Michael Del Zotto, D
Predators - Taylor Beck, LW; Craig Smith, C; Colin Wilson, LW
Red Wings - Gustav Nyquist, RW
Sabres - Philip Varone, C
Senators - Alex Chiasson, RW; Mike Hoffman, LW
Wild - Erik Haula, C

-Former Islanders/Lightning/Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais has joined Eisbären Berlin of Germany's DEL.

-Former Senators/Coyotes defenseman Alexander Nikulin has joined Lada Togliatti of Russia's KHL.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

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Perry on Politics: Trumping the field

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Donald Trump -- yes, the legendary The Donald -- is tied for second in polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire in his much-derided bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He's also running second to Jeb Bush nationally in a CNN-ORC poll.

"I am a person of faith," declared the wily campaign strategist Paul Begala, "and...

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Jurassic State

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf vetoed a plan to privatize liquor. He says the LCB can make "modifications" that would be better than privatization. Unless I can go to every mini-mart, drug store and grocery and buy wine, beer and alcohol, then it isn't modern enough! 

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Empty Netter Assists - Rutherford happy with offseason - 07-04-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-So far, so good for general manager Jim Rutherford this offseason.

-“A lot of people are asking me if I know any of the guys. I played against them so much over the years it seems like I do, even though we haven’t met yet.” - New Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Steve Oleksy. Oleksy previously played for the rival Hershey Bears.

-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Alexandre Picard. A free agent signing last summer, Picard appeared in 17 NHL games last season and recorded four assists. After not being re-signed by the Penguins, he joined HC Lev Praha of Russia's KHL. Picard is currently a member of Gottéron in Switzerland's NLA.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins forward John LeClair (right). An all-star with the rival Flyers, LeClair joined the Penguins as a free agent following the 2004-05 lockout. He appeared in 73 games in 2005-06 and recorded a respectable 51 points. After 21 games and seven points in 2006-07, LeClair was released in December. In 94 games with the Penguins, he scored 58 points.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Restricted free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto has filed for arbitration with the Flyers.

-The Capitals signed former Panthers goaltender Dan Ellis to a one-year, two-way contract.

-The Hurricanes hired former Panthers assistant coach Mark Morris as head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Central Division

-The Predators signed forward Cody Bass, formerly of the Blue Jackets organization, to a one-year, two-way contract.

Pacific Division

-Flames forward Jiri Hudler helped recruit unrestricted free agent forward Michael Frolik, a fellow Czech, into signing with Calgary

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Battling slugs organically

Written by Doug Oster on .

 

blog vertical 6 slugA slug climbs over a garden tomato. Photo by Doug Oster

By Doug Oster/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A long brownish-orange slug slowly slides across a cabbage leaf, pausing occasionally to feed on the tender foliage in my garden. Usually they attack under a shroud of darkness, causing gardeners to wonder what’s causing the holes in their plants’ foliage.
“During the day, they are underneath debris or mulch. Then at night they come out and feed,” says Matthew Quenaudon, integrated pest management specialist at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
“A slime trail is also a good indicator.”
This is the third wet summer in a row and has the potential for being the worst we’ve seen for slugs in as many years.
The conservatory doesn’t have a serious slug problem since most of its rooms are changed out regularly for seasonal flower shows. That doesn’t give the slug population a chance to grow. When the pests do attack, Mr. Quenaudon’s reaches for an organic bait called Sluggo whose active ingredient is iron phosphate,
“That’s safe for people and pets,” he says.
Once slugs have ingested the bait, they stop feeding almost immediately and die within several days.
Mr. Quenaudon discourages gardeners from reaching for chemical slug pellets. “You might be hurting other things in soil, including toads and frogs.”
There are lots of predators that eat slugs and chemicals can negatively affect them, too. Slugs are a food source for everything from ground beetles to small mammals.
Mr. Quenaudon’s best tip to keep slug damage to a minimum is to keep the garden free of debris and weeds, two things slugs love. Cultivating under and around the plants will also help, he says.
Slugs are soft-bodied snails without a shell. Mr. Quenaudon has some fun facts about the slimy garden raiders.
“They have two sets of antennae. One set is for seeing the other is for smelling.” If one of the antennae is lost, it can regenerate. Slugs are also hermaphroditic and will reproduce prolifically in wet conditions.
If the rains ever stops, water in the morning, he says. The foliage and soil will have time to dry out during the day, making it a little harder on the slugs.
Handpicking is also an option but always use gloves -- slugs emit a sticky slime as a defense mechanism that is hard to wash off. Mr. Quenaudon recommends heading out into the garden for 20 minutes at night when slugs are most active with flashlight in hand.
When the ground does dry out, he says gardeners can use diatomaceous earth to keep the slugs at bay. It’s sharp on the microscopic level and punctures the slugs as they crawl over it. During rainy weather, the powder would need to be applied after each soaking.
Another technique is trapping the pests with beer. Place a grapefruit rind or a bowl in a hole at soil level. Fill the trap with stale beer. Slugs attracted to the yeast will crawl in and drown at the bottom of the trap. It's a disgusting chore to clean out the dead slugs each morning, but it does make quite a dent in the population.
Darcy Kennedy, manager of Penn Hills Lawn and Garden, is carrying a brand-new organic product called Slug Gone. It’s 100 percent natural and made of wool pellets which are applied under and around plants. When the pellets get wet, they swell to form a barrier. Slugs don’t like the texture and won’t crawl on it. The mat also acts as mulch for the plants.
Ms. Kennedy said one customer who bought some in May came back to report success.
“She used it first around her hostas and then decided to use it in her containers” with petunias and other annuals.” The barrier stopped slugs and weeds, she said.
A 1-liter bag of Slug Gone costs $7.99 and a 3.5-liter bag is $17.99 at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden.

 

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