Pittsburgh Penguins Update
With the lockout in full force there is very little Penguins related news, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So what are players up to right now as they await a new CBA deal?
Well Crosby and many other players have be getting together to participate in their own throw together practices, which mostly turn into little 4 on 4 games, but at least they are sticking together and staying close.
Malkin headed over to Russia to play in the KHL last week, and has since put up decent numbers (mostly assists) while over there. I think the big thing for him is staying active and not losing his drive, although playing at a high intense level could wear him down come Playoff time this season.
Letang and Fleury who have taken part in the practices with Sid, will be heading to Quebec to take part in a “Hockey Tour”that has been organized by former Penguin Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais of the Flyers. It seems the festivities will begin Thursday September 27, cost appears to be around $20 a ticket (which will all go to charity) and will showcase many of the locked out players from the NHL such as; Simon Gagne, Colby Armstrong, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brian Gionta, and Kris Letang. The first venue it will take place at is the Centre Multisport in Chateauguay, Quebec. It is not clear how long the Tour will last, so keep your eyes and ears open for dates and venues.
Today Wilkes-barre Scranton signed Eric Tangradi, Robert Bortuzzo, Brian Strait, Brad Thiessen, and Jeff Zatkoff to contracts. This is a huge plus for the organization as Tangradi to be successful in the NHL needs to keep playing mature and gain experience. Its also nice to see Thiessen staying in the system for he will be a HUGE asset down the line.
Remember it’s always A Great Day for Hockey