A Pittsburgh Penguins blog written by a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Moving

Greetings yinz,

I just wanted to let anyone know who may still read this blog, that I will be writing for faceoff factor from now on and will only post occasional updates on this blog.

http://www.faceoff-factor.com/

Thanks,
Nick

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This site will be revived soon.

Hello all!

Sorry for the long delay, way too long if you ask me, but I have been unbelievably busy in the past few months, planning a wedding in 5 months and now moving to enemy territory. Once I settle in and find some permanent employment, the blog will be back up and running at full speed, hopefully.

I might be looking for another writer interested in getting their opinions out there regarding the Penguins.

Thanks and Lets go Pens!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Jordan Staal out 6+ weeks with broken bone in hand

Word has it that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal, who was set to return on Wednesday against the Dallas Stars has another setback, but this time with his hand. Staal left practice 45 minutes early today and it has been speculated that its a hand injury and preliminary reports put him out 6-plus weeks.

Pictures from First Win at the CEC vs. the Isles

Our end of the ice prior to warm-ups.

Pens vs. Isles, October 15, 2010

Dipietro during warm-ups (Also, the last time he was seen standing for the entire game)


Former Penguin Mark Eaton

Black and Gold Men in the CEC

Good to go from IceBurgh

Tonight's Officials


Anthem

Opening Faceoff






Big Dog's first career goal.

Aftermath of Letang's LEGAL hit on Comeau




OT

Overtime Faceoff

GOGO WINS IT IN OT!!!














Sunday, October 31, 2010

Where are they now? Former Penguins in Europe and Russia


Here is a list of players who have at one time been part of the Pittsburgh Penguins organizations in some way or another. I doubt that this list is 100% complete or updated, as some of the information is a little sparse involving some teams, so feel free to comment and let me know if I missed anyone and I'll definitely update. Future posts will include statistics and updates for those playing in the KHL and other notable former Penguins.

Enjoy!

Kontinental Hockey League:

Jaromir Jagr - Avangard Omsk
Martin Skoula - Avangard Omsk
Michal Sersen - Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
Aleksey Morozov - Ak Bars Kazan
Janne Pesonen - Ak Bars Kazan
Chris Bourque - Atlant Moscow*
Konstantin Koltsov -
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Sebastian Caron - Traktor Chelyabinsk
Martin Strbak - Dynamo Moscow
Sergei Zubov - SKA St. Petersburg
Tomas Surovy - Dinamo Riga
Richard Lintner - Dinamo Minsk
Ville Nieminen - Novosibirsk Siber

Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL):

Conner James - Augsburger Panther
TJ Kemp Augsburger Panther
Michel Ouellet - Hamburg Freezers
Sven Butenschon - Adler Mannheim
Rene Corbet - Adler Mannheim
Patrick Ehelechner - Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Ross Lupaschuk - Cologne Sharks (recently cut)
Karl Stewart - Straubing Tigers
JS Aubin - DEG Metro Stars
Matt Hussey - Ingolstadt ERC
Eric Meloche - Straubing Tigers

Elitserien:

Dick Tarnstrom - AIK IF
Nils Ekman - Djurgardens IF Hockey
Kris Beech - HV71
Josef Melichar - Linkopings HC
Hans Jonsson - Modo Hockey
Matt Murley - Linköping HC (recently released)

SM Liga:

Jani Rita - Jokerit

Swiss National League A:

Chris Bourque - HC Lugano
Rico Fata - EHC Biel
Shawn Heins - Fribourg Gotteron
Richard Park - Geneve-Servette HC
Micki Dupont - Kloten Flyers
Joel Kwiatkowski - Bern
Niklas Nordgren - Rapperswil Jona
Jeff Toms - Geneve Servette
Alexandre Daigle - No longer playing in NLA

Czech Extraliga:


Petr Nedved - HC Bili Tygri Liberac
Milan Kraft - HC Plzen
Martin Straka - HC Plzen
John Slaney - HC Plzen
Petr Sykora - HC Plzen
Guillaume Lefebvre - Trinec Ocelari HC

Slovak Extraliga:

Ziggy Palffy - HK 36 Skalica

Miro Satan - HC Slovan Bratislava

Norwegian GET-liga:

Dan Lacouture - Lorenskog
Drew Fata - Sparta Warriors

Italian Serie A

Shane Endicott -
SG Pontebba

Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria)

Ramzi Abid - Salzburg
Jonathan Filewich - Zagreb Medvescak
Andy Chiodo - Klagenfurter AC

Polish 1st League
Roman Simicek - GKS Tychy

Recently Retired:
Jiri Slegr
Robert Dome
Jan Hrdina
Michal Sivek
Vladimir Vujtek Jr.
Josef Beranek
Alain Nasreddine (now Assistant Coach with WBS)

Winners and Loser for the Penguins through 10


Winners:

Brent Johnson - What more can be said about Brent Johnson's performance 10 games into the season? Outside of Tim Thomas, Johnson is currently the most dominant goaltender in the league through 10 games, and it couldn't have come at a better time, with the less than stellar performance by starting goaltender, Marc Andre Fleury.

Pascal Dupuis -
Talk about underrated role players on the Penguins, especially those who do more than just play their roles. Dupuis has already racked up a few goals on the season and consistently works hard. To me, he has definitely earned a spot on the first line this season so far and hopefully continues to produce alongside Sidney Crosby. I'm not saying Pascal Dupuis is a long term solution to the lack of scoring on Sid's wing, but in the meantime, he definitely seems like the best option. Love the stache, too.

Alex Goligoski - A
nother hot start for Gogo. Until he got injured in the earlier part of last season, Gogo was playing lights out, but was underwhelming in his return later in the season. Well this year, he has definitely regained his form so far, including time spent on the top powerplay unit.

Deryk Engelland -
Eric Godard who? I'm sorry, I like Eric Godard, he's a great fighter, he's supposed to be a good teammate, he's a hard worker, but he has no use on this team with Deryk Engelland picking up the slack. Engelland has gone toe to toe with heavyweights Colton Orr and Jody Shelley and has done more than just hang in there, he's won. In addition to this fighting prowess, he's also played solid defense.

Mark Letestu - 2nd in rookie scoring and has been playing great so far. He wins faceoffs, he's works in the corners, he has great vision, and a quick surprising shot. I'd say he earned his spot on the team for now.

Losers:

Marc Andre Fleury -
Anyone who knows me knows I support Marc Andre Fleury, he is the starter on the team and will be for years to come. He hasn't got off to the great start we all hoped, and Brent Johnson's performances haven't helped his cause either. Fleury has to pick up his play, but also needs help from the rest of the team.

Mike Comrie -
Probably the one player I'm most disappointed in so far this season. Unfortunate turn of events for the one player I was most excited about during the pre-season. He has 5 assists through 9 games played and has been about as underwhelming as it gets. He hasn't shown his speed or scoring touch and has looked terrible defensively. He better hopes he improves or he could be fighting for a spot when Jordan Staal returns.

Tyler Kennedy -
He holds on to the puck too long, shoots the puck into the chest of the goalie and hasn't scored since opening night. He's another one on the bubble right now when Staal returns.

Dan Bylsma -
Another person that has been upsetting me through 10 games is HCDB. He doesn't seem to be able to adjust well on the fly to certain systems, especially the trap. Not to mention the dismal powerplay the pens have had so far.

The Powerplay -
Yuck.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Looking into the future



Here's whats coming up in the next week and some:

Today: Penguins winners/losers after 10 games.
Fri: 1st KHL overview, including updates about former Penguins
Sat/Sun: Pics from First Win in the CEC
Next week: Report from trip to Glendale