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« Reply #20 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 16:18 »

Somebody posted this, interesting story of a guy who drove to the game, http://961kiss.com/pages/morningfreakshow.html?an=Stanley-Cup-Game-7-Bobs-Epic-Journey
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 16:20 »

Seriously...how cool is it to be from Pittsburgh...man, just thrilled.
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 18:31 »

Seriously...how cool is it to be from Pittsburgh...man, just thrilled.

Simply awesome.  Went out and got my Penguin gear this afternoon and the parade is on Monday.
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« Reply #23 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 21:15 »

Here you go Brinker, from letsgopens.com. Pretty nice spreadsheet here with the roster, salaries, and contract lengths. Definitely some decisions to be made.

http://www.letsgopens.com/pens_roster.php




Jordan Staal signed an extension, so he's locked up for 5 more years, I think.

Scuderi is the biggie...perhaps Fedentenko.

Still feel that we need a solid multi-year FA signing on Sid's line for a little more Offense.  I think all the other lines are fine. 
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« Reply #24 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 21:18 »

Wow! I just can't believe it.  It took a day to set in that the Pens actually won the cup!!!!

Winning it at Detroit was great.  I think they are one of the most arrogant teams in sports.  I thought the boo-ing was classless too... but watching Sid parade the cup around the rink...in front of them all, was very satisfying.

LOL... at watching Hossa after the end of the game.  I read a story somewhere that Lidstrom and others were whining that Sid was late to the handshake line.  Babcock was whining about injuries.
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« Reply #25 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 23:27 »

Here you go Brinker, from letsgopens.com. Pretty nice spreadsheet here with the roster, salaries, and contract lengths. Definitely some decisions to be made.

http://www.letsgopens.com/pens_roster.php




Jordan Staal signed an extension, so he's locked up for 5 more years, I think.

Scuderi is the biggie...perhaps Fedentenko.

Still feel that we need a solid multi-year FA signing on Sid's line for a little more Offense.  I think all the other lines are fine.


http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=PIT

hockeybuzz.com cap central is a little more up to date and it shows minor league players salaries as well. There are a lot of UFA's on that list but no one un-replaceable. I'd like to see Fedotenko and Guerin back. It would be nice to retain Scuderi but at the Pens price, not an over-inflated market value. As solid as he's been, I still think he can be replaced. Don't see Gill or Boucher being brought back. Goligoski has to be ready to put in a full season with the big club and maybe even Ben Lovejoy. Both Adams and Zigomanis are UFA's so Id like to see one if not both resigned. It would be nice to see one or two Baby Pens step up in training camp and take a roster spot made vacant by Sykora and Satan.

As far as the Detroit fans go, I honestly think they were booing Gary Bettman as soon as the saw him coming out of the corridor. To my surprise, there were many Wings fans cheering when Malkin picked up the Calder and for the passing of the cup.
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 13, 2009 at 23:47 »

Wow! I just can't believe it.  It took a day to set in that the Pens actually won the cup!!!!

Winning it at Detroit was great.  I think they are one of the most arrogant teams in sports.  I thought the boo-ing was classless too... but watching Sid parade the cup around the rink...in front of them all, was very satisfying.

LOL... at watching Hossa after the end of the game.  I read a story somewhere that Lidstrom and others were whining that Sid was late to the handshake line.  Babcock was whining about injuries.

Yeah, some were blaming the booing on Bettman, but they were cheering when Crosby was hurt (own media called them out for that) and they were booing before and after Bettman came out.

So once again..........FUCK THEM.  Hockeytown my ass, they couldn't even sell out the playoffs or finals.  Stop using the economy as an excuse.  What? You couldn't pack 20,000 in there?  Great excuse.   :rolleyes:
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« Reply #27 on: Jun 14, 2009 at 07:53 »

That was awesome, loved it when Guerin hoisted the Stanley Cup.  He was a good mofo in Dallas.


Good read by Cook in the PPG this morning on Guerin...

Ah! Sweet victory of life
Sunday, June 14, 2009
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There was only one bit of suspense left late Friday night after Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury swatted away a desperate, last-second shot by Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom to secure the 2-1 Game 7 win and third Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. It came after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman presented the cherished chalice to Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for the traditional skate around Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. To what teammate would Crosby give the Cup? It's one of the sport's great honors to be the second guy to hoist it, to caress it, to kiss it, to gaze lovingly at it and think, "Man, my name's going to be engraved on there forever!"

Crosby picked one of his linemates, veteran winger Bill Guerin.

Somehow, that seemed right.

"A great guy in the room, a great team player, huge for team morale," Penguins forward Matt Cooke said of Guerin.

"An important piece of the puzzle," general manager Ray Shero said.

And this, the best label of all:

"A champion," the hockey world is calling Guerin this morning for the second time in his career.

For a player, 38, approaching the finish line of a great 16-year NHL ride, that's priceless.

"It's been such a long time," Guerin said, quietly, amid the Penguins' pandemonium on The Joe ice after handing the Cup off to defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who played in 929 regular-season games and 105 playoff matches before finally getting his sweaty hands on hockey's crown jewel.

"I almost forgot what this feels like."

Awesome describes it.

Incredible works, too.

It had been 14 long years since Guerin won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. He was young, such a foolish dreamer at the time. "You think you're going to get a million more cracks at it," he said. "But you don't. You just don't."

Guerin never stopped trying, though. His amazing odyssey took him from Jersey to Edmonton to Boston to Dallas to St. Louis to San Jose to the New York Islanders. A lesser player and weaker man would have given up and called it a wonderful career, especially after the time he spent in hockey purgatory on The Island from 2007-09.

"When the Penguins traded for me [in March], they were in 10th place and I was in 30th," Guerin said. "But we started bonding immediately and started climbing the ladder."

Who knew at the time that the Penguins wouldn't stop until they reached the very top?

I mean, really?

The trade looked like such a can't-lose deal for Shero, even if it didn't seem as if it would put the Penguins over the top. If Guerin didn't have a lot left, so what? All Shero had to give up for him was a conditional draft pick.

"He certainly was not at the top of his game," Shero recalled. "Could he rekindle the magic and enthusiasm for his game? We thought he could still skate."

Guerin's leadership alone with a young, struggling team would be worth that draft pick, right?

You have no idea.

"He's provided that experience for us," Crosby said. "For me personally, he's been a guy I can lean on, bounce things off of."

Guerin helped out on the ice as well. "He's got a great shot. He's a big body out there. He can make smart, simple plays," Crosby said. Skating on Crosby's line with winger Chris Kunitz, another trade acquisition in February, Guerin had five goals and seven assists in 17 games down the regular-season stretch. He popped in seven more goals in the playoffs, the biggest coming in overtime to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2 of the first round.

Along the way, Guerin's four young kids received more television face time than he did. They would come in from Long Island for many of the Penguins' home games and were absolutely adorable holding up their signs, "My dad rocks! No. 13" and "Let's go, Dad!" It's no wonder the NBC and Versus big wheels melted when they saw them.

The Guerin kids were on the ice amidst the postgame chaos after dad got his turn with the Cup. None was born when he won with the Devils.

For this particular father, life just doesn't get any better than hugging the kids and the Cup in the same night.

"That makes it all worthwhile," Guerin said. "It's been such a long year for our family. Living apart ...

"But this is what we all wanted."

Certainly, it's what Guerin wanted.

"Just one more crack at it before my career ended," he said. "All you can ask for is an opportunity. I'm so thankful to the Penguins for giving it to me."

Then Guerin fairly hollered, "Thank God for Max Talbot!"

It was Talbot who scored both of the Penguins' goals Friday night.

It was Fleury, who played lights out on hockey's grandest stage, holding the mighty Red Wings to one goal for the second consecutive game.

And it was Evgeni Malkin, who left Detroit with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP.

Happy heroes, all.

But I'm thinking none was happier than No. 13.

It's a short, quick plane ride from Long Island to Pittsburgh. But for Guerin, it was a trip of a lifetime.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09165/977387-87.stm#ixzz0IPOGhJAp&D
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« Reply #28 on: Jun 15, 2009 at 00:03 »

Two nights later, and I'm still as jacked as jacked can be.  I think I've read every word written about it, and I've just about melted my laptop down with video.

Congratulations, Ray Shero.  You did much of the hard work, and you took most of the criticism when there was still criticism to go around.
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« Reply #29 on: Jun 15, 2009 at 11:07 »

I still can't believe it.

I don't think it will sink in until I put in an order for some championship gear...
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