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Injury Update: Malkin, Staal Heading In Opposite Directions?

The saga surrounding Jordan Staal's injury woes has apparently taken yet another startling turn. According to various reports on Friday evening, X-rays on Staal's broken hand, suffered after being hit by a wayward puck in practice while on the verge of returning from his much talked-about foot injury in last season's playoffs, revealed yet another break to a different bone. Some sources also reported that there wasn’t an injury to a different part of the hand, but in fact the previously broken bone was instead broken again. Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma refuted these claims however, assuring surrounding reporters that there was in fact no setback and that Staal’s recovery was still ...

Bill Guerin Retires as a Pittsburgh Penguin

After a distinguished 18-year NHL career spanning eight different cities, Bill Guerin has decided to hang up the skates. Citing his ultimate wish to retire as a Pittsburgh Penguin, Guerin announced his retirement at a tearful press conference this morning at CONSOL Energy Center. Guerin played in 1,263 games over the course of his NHL career, recording 429 goals and 856 points for the New Jersey Devils (1992-1998), Edmonton Oilers (1998-2000), Boston Bruins (2000-2002), Dallas Stars (2002-2006), St. Louis Blues (2006-2007), San Jose Sharks (2007), New York Islanders (2007-2009) and of course, the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-2010). Of note, Guerin is the only player in National Hockey League...

Sidney Crosby's Viral Stickwork - Fact or Fiction?

Throughout his distinguished hockey career, Sidney Crosby has showcased his ability to single-handedly lead his team to victory with skill, grace and astounding finesse. This week, he has single-handedly sent the blogosphere and internet alike into a frenzy with a series of videos in which he casually performs staggering on-ice "trick shots", the likes of which most would consider impossible (and as some may agree, probably is, and could simply just be a marketing ploy). Nevertheless, it certainly gives you some food for thought. Available to view on Reebok Hockey's YouTube channel, there are two videos in which "Sid the Kid" shows off his seemingly inconceivable strength and accuracy on ...

Jordan Staal Suffers Setback

Jordan Staal's return to the Pittsburgh Penguins will have to wait for the forseeable future, after he was hit with an errant puck at practice this morning, breaking a bone in his hand. After initially severing a tendon in his foot against Montreal in Game 1 of the Conference Semi-Finals last year, Staal was unable to work out during the summer or suit up in any games once the season got underway due to a nagging infection in the same injured foot. After a lengthy rehabilitation, Staal was finally slated to rejoin the lineup on Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars, before the untimely incident at practice. Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma noted Staal was understandably distraught about his s...

Penguins Send Down Tangradi, Hutchinson

In anticipation of Arron Asham's return from a shoulder injury suffered during the pre-season, and with Jordan Staal now skating on his own regularly, the Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that they have assigned forward Eric Tangradi and defenseman Andrew Hutchinson to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. After a strong training camp which earned him a spot on the opening night roster, Tangradi's production dropped once the regular season began, recording only a goal and an assist in 9 games of NHL duty. At the relatively ripe age of 21, he is arguably better served playing top-line minutes in the minors rather than periodic checking shifts in...

Penguins Unveil 2010-11 Roster, Four Freshmen Make the Cut

The Pittsburgh Penguins concluded training camp and revealed their opening night roster for the 2010-11 season on Wednesday, a very respectable crop of players which includes no less than four promising youngsters experiencing full-time NHL duty for the first time in their careers. Left winger Eric Tangradi, centerman Mark Letestu, and defensemen Deryk Engelland and Ben Lovejoy all made the team, giving the Penguins a youth quartet to be reckoned with to go along with their collection of seasoned veterans. While Tangradi and Lovejoy were legitimate pre-season favorites to crack the roster, Letestu and Engelland were rewarded for excellent showings during camp, Letestu’s spot partly than...

Penguins Ink GM Ray Shero to Five-Year Contract Extension

Pittsburgh Penguins co-owners Ron Burkle & Mario Lemieux announced today that the club has re-signed General Manager Ray Shero to a five-year contract extension, lengthening the tenure of the man that brought the franchise its first Stanley Cup title in 17 years in 2009, and continues to retain a competitive roster year in and year out. The new pact will keep Shero in Pittsburgh until 2016, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2010-11 season. Shero took over the GM's reigns in Pittsburgh in May 2006, when Craig Patrick was let go after a season in which the team had finished 15th in the East and 29th overall in the National Hockey League. The Penguins have made the playof...

Jordan Staal to Miss Start of 2010-11 Season

The Pittsburgh Penguins received some disappointing news from their medical staff on Thursday, as it was announced that Jordan Staal's lingering right foot injury will keep him out of action through training camp and at least the first few games of the 2010-11 campaign, marking the very first time in Staal's career that he will sit out of regular season action. The injury, reportedly a torn tendon in his big toe, resulted from an accidental collision with P.K. Subban during Game 1 of Pittsburgh's Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against the Montreal Canadiens. Surgery was performed at the time to repair the tear, causing Staal to miss Game 2 of the series, but he would later return in...

Penguins Sign UFA C Mike Comrie

With the opening of National Hockey League traning camps fast approaching, and Jordan Staal's playing status in limbo due to a tendon injury in his right foot, the Pittsburgh Penguins have solidified their depth at center by signing Mike Comrie to a one-year, $500,000 contract, finding yet another proven talent willing to sacrifice a higher salary for a shot at hockey's ultimate prize. The nine-year NHL veteran and two-time 30-goal scorer, who was married earlier this summer to pop sensation Hilary Duff, has also hit the 60-point plateau twice, and will provide an immediate boost to the Penguins' potent offensive arsenal. At league-minimum salary, Comrie's pact could turn out to be one of...

Pittsburgh Penguins: 2010-11 Season Preview

Just one season removed from their ultimate triumph in 2009 against their newly-crowned nemesis – the Detroit Red Wings – the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves heading into the 2010-11 National Hockey League season refreshed and rejuvenated from an unusually long summer. Rather than playing in the Stanley Cup Final as their rabid fans had become accustomed to over the previous two seasons, Cinderella’s team of choice in the 2010 playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, upset the heavily-favoured Penguins in a gruelling seven-game Eastern Conference Semi-Final series. In the aftermath of that surprising early exit from Lord Stanley’s playoffs, the franchise has been given a noticeable face...