so richtig überzeugt mich das noch nicht. er ist ja schon ne ganze zeit gm und wie lange brauchen die pengs mal ein paar baumlange, kräftige verteidiger, die dem torhüter die möglichkeit geben, harte schüsse einfach mal abzuwehren und zu wissen, die defense haut den puck raus?? denn wie viele tore fangen die pengs durch nennen wir es dritte chancen??sehr (zu) viele... ist nämlich für den goalie was anderes wenn man weiss ich muss den puck fangen oder ich muss "nur" versuchen den puck nicht ins gehäuse zu lassen. wie viele defender wurde dieses jahr gedarftet?? - 2 - und solche punkte sind definitiv kritikpunkte und werden nicht besser wenn man bouchard dann - auch wenns finanzielle gründe sind - gehen lässt, weil dann fliegt halt ein gleichbezahlter forward, oder? was bekommen wir für straka?? wird der fleury direkt in der nhl eingesetzt?? von wo sind die ganzen cartoons aus einem anderen thread??
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Problem ist in pit anscheinend erkannt und gelöst wurden denn die baby-pengs haben einen neuen coach. vielleicht entwickeln sich ja die jungen nun schlagartig oder man muss erkennen, dass der patrick lahme krücken ohne potential geangelt hat.. ------------------------------ GOD is busy .. can I help you ?!
Attention numbers crunchers and conspiracy theorists: Pittsburgh was minus-66 last season in goals scored vs. goals allowed. What number does Mario Lemieux wear? The Penguins hope to improve on those numbers, but how much depends on how No. 66 performs.
By Rob Parent Special to ESPN.com
It's probably nothing but a numerical coincidence that shows up in the adjoining statistical box spelling out another (literally) poor Pittsburgh hockey season. Those fans forced to follow the Penguins, however, might see it as a sign.
The differential between goals-scored and goals-allowed by the Penguins last season? A big minus-66. Imagine what that differential count would be without No. 66 in the lineup.
Despite all the denials by Mario Lemieux The CEO, it could go that way this season for Mario Lemieux The Player, who wears that uniform number that's already been retired once.
There were all those rumors of whispered discussions with people in New York and/or Philadelphia about Lemieux's preference to pull a Michael Jordan act and let go of his executive (and financial) stake with the Penguins in order to expedite a trade of Mario the still-superstar player.
Media hogwash, Lemieux would say. Intentionally planted rumors, some of the saner pundits would say in response. More truth to it than mere dare, others believe.
Maybe it's a little of all that.
Wary of the snail's pace of negotiations with the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Sports and Exposition Authority, Lemieux was said to have initially ignored the leaving talk in an effort to exert some public pressure on the politicians wrestling with the Penguins' demands for a commitment on a new arena.
They finally won that in late June, not too long after Lemieux finally squelched the trade talk. But first the fans had to hear this when he was asked if he thought a trade was possible: "Anything's possible. Jordan did it."
Yeah, Jordan retired, then got a stake in another team and arranged a switch of rights to Washington. Played a couple of years to boost team popularity and unsuccessfully tried to lead the Wizards into the playoffs. Then he retired again ... then, Washington majority owner Abe Polin told him to get lost.
Now that wouldn't happen to Mario, even though in one respect he's just like Mike -- neither are wizards any longer. But Lemieux is still trying.
Despite the usual nagging back woes and a revolving cast of nobodies and not-yets around him, Lemieux played 67 games last season, enough time for him to place eighth in the league with 91 points (27 of them goals).
That seems remarkable since injuries limited him to 24 games in 2001-02, which everyone thought was a clear indication of a short-lived second comeback.
Perhaps Lemieux is still putting himself through the paces just because there's nothing else for Penguins fans to pay to see. Like a post-bankruptcy parade of lost souls in search of paychecks, money players like Jaromir Jagr, Darius Kasparaitis, Robert Lang, Jan Hrdina and Alexei Kovalev have all exited the Igloo over the past three seasons ofselloff.
Martin Straka would have joined them already if he didn't keep getting hurt. Maybe this year his lucky number will come up, which would essentially leave Lemieux -- and maybe Alexei Morozov, but only when he plays with Lemieux -- as the lone offensive threat on the roster.
Yes, the Penguins are a must-see team. Disasters are always fun. But the question remains, how long will Lemieux want to keep his front-row seat?
Looking ahead It's not that the Penguins haven't made changes – they've reshuffled a large part of the circle around general manager Craig Patrick. Gone is "Team Lemieux" president Tom Rooney. Gone is Penguins head coach Rick Kehoe, along with AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre head coach Glenn Patrick -- the office boss' brother.
It seems clear that Lemieux, who also let the team's public relations director go, is still calling all the shots.
As for the players, forward Mikael Samuelsson had to be traded away in the move up to take junior goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with the first-overall pick in the June draft.
Defenseman Joel Bouchard signed a free agent contract with Buffalo. Center Kent Manderville, a very valuable penalty killer, will eventually be allowed to sign elsewhere, too, and long-ago stud Alexandre Daigle's comeback experiment withthe team is over.
On a more permanent note, Sebastien Caronwill have every chance to win the Penguins' starting job in goal since he played brilliantly (7-14-2, 2.64 GAA, .916 saves percentage) in an emergency situation last season. That would likely leave much more expensive former starter Johan Hedberg up for a trade, especially with Fleury waiting in the junior wings.
Also coming back, presumably, will be Kris Beech. He was the focal point of the deal that sent Jagr to Washington a couple of years ago, but he was mostly seen playing back in the minors this pastseason.
Meanwhile, Straka will have every chance to stay healthy, since his $4.3 million salary must be excised on the trade market. And promising players like defenseman Dick Tarnstrom and Rico Fata will be asked to be team leaders.
Hmmm. Does Mario really wish to stick this out? Or will another half-season of back pain and head pain caused by non-negotiating between commissioner Gary Bettman and union boss Bob Goodenow change Lemieux's mind?
One more shot at a Cup for a contender come trading deadline time? Only Mario would know for sure.
Rob Parent of the Delaware County (Pa.) Times is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. 2002-03 BY THE NUMBERS Record: 27-44-6-5, 65 pts. (29th overall, 12th East, 5th Atlantic) Goals for/Avg.: 189/2.3 (26th overall) Goals against/Avg.: 255/3.11 (28th overall) Differential: Minus-66 (29th overall) Power play: 18.3 percent (66-360, 7th overall) Penalty kill: 83.5 percent (294-352, T13th overall) 20-goal scorers: Mario Lemieux (28), Alexei Kovalev (27, traded to Rangers) 50-point scorers: Lemieux (91), Kovalev (64, traded to Rangers)
was machen eigentlich die herren in pittsburgh?? cocktails trinken und sich freuen, dass mario noch ne saison das eis bevölkert?? also ich wüsste was man machen könnte.. wenn ich mir nämlich die free agent liste der penguins anschaue - da braucht man ne weile um die durchzulesen - wird mir angst und bange, zumal ich jeden tag die free-agent-signings durchgehe und pittsburgh noch nicht einem den vertrag verlängert hat und erst 1x aufgetaucht ist.. mit dem abgang von bouchard. kommt irgendwann ne sammelnachricht nach dem motto "straka für 2 physios nach florida abgegeben. dem spieler x und spieler y wurde verlängert, leider konnten alle anderen nicht gehalten werden"..??? ------------------------------ GOD is busy .. can I help you ?!
es tut sich was.. zur abwechslung mal ne schlechte kombiniert mit ner guten nachricht. es gibt frohe kunde aus der ´burg und zwar hat man den für penguins-verhältnisse top-verteidiger tarnstrom eine verlängerung des vertrages andrehen könnte. wird wohl jetzt zum selbstkostenpreis spielen; ab und an darf/soll er vorm eingang mit ner sammeldose sein gehalt aufbessern. mit dieser offerte konnte aber der treffunsichere finne nieminen nicht im gold-gelben frack festgetackert werden. er heuert in der windy city an, weil dort mehr einwohner zu verzeichnen sind, und er dadurch bessere chancen beim sammeln sieht..
na ja, man muss es doch wohl mit galgenhumor versuchen, sonst brauch ich bald ne therapie.. ------------------------------ GOD is busy .. can I help you ?!
The Penguins have signed right wing Kelly Buchberger and center Mike Eastwood, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
"Kelly and Mike are established veterans that will provide solid leadership and experience for our younger players in addition to providing depth at the forward position," said Patrick.
Kelly Buchberger. Buchberger, 36, has played 16 NHL seasons with
Edmonton, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Phoenix, serving as team captain with Edmonton (1995-1999) and Atlanta (1999-2000). He has recorded 305 points (104+201) and 2,188 penalty minutes in 1,111 career NHL games. A three- time Stanley Cup winner with the Oilers (1987, 1988, 1990), Buchberger played his first 12 NHL seasons in Edmonton, and is the team's all-time leader in penalty minutes (1,747) and ranks fourth on the club's all-time list in games played (795).
Buchberger was claimed in the 1999 Expansion Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers and served as their team captain during the 1999-00 season, scoring the first goal in Thrashers history on October 2, 1999. He was traded to Los Angeles on March 13, 2000 and finished the season with the Kings. He spent the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons with Los Angeles, playing in 169 games with the Kings during two- plus seasons and recording 36 points (14+22) and 193 penalty minutes.
Buchberger played in 79 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, recording 12 points (3+9) and 109 penalty minutes, ranking fourth on the team in penalty minutes.
The 6-2 and 210 pound native of Langenburg, Saskatchewan was drafted by Edmonton in the ninth round (188th overall) of the 1985 Entry Draft.Eastwood, 36, played in 70 combined games last season with St. Louis and Chicago, recording 16 points (3+13) and 32 penalty minutes. Eastwood began the season with the Blues, recording four points (1+3) and eight penalty minutes in 17 games. He was claimed off waivers by the Blackhawks from St. Louis on December 10th and played in 53 games with Chicago, recording 12 points (2+10) and 24 penalty minutes.
Eastwood has played 12 NHL seasons with Toronto, Winnipeg, Phoenix, NY Rangers, St. Louis and Chicago, appearing in 701 career games and recording 217 career points (83+134) with 314 penalty minutes.
Eastwood was a teammate of current Penguins' head coach Eddie Olczyk in Winnipeg during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. The 6-3 and 216 pound native of Ottawa, Ontario was drafted by Toronto in the fifth round (91st overall) of the 1987 Entry Draft.
bestimmt steht greg adams beim patrick ganz oben auf der liste... zwei alte haudegen - die voraussichtlich kein mensch braucht.. ich sah schwarz, nun sehe ich neonschwarz!! ------------------------------ GOD is busy .. can I help you ?!
The Penguins have also agreed to terms with three players - forwards Rico Fata and Toby Petersen and defenseman Rob Scuderi - it was announced today by Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Fata, 23, appeared in 27 games last season with the Penguins after being acquired from the New York Rangers on February 10th. He recorded 13 points (5+8) and 10 penalty minutes with the Penguins. Fata established career highs last season in goals (7), assists (12), points (19) and games played (63) splitting the season with the Penguins and Rangers. The 6-0 and 200 pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was originally drafted by Calgary in the first round (6th overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft. He has played in 100 career games, recording 20 points (7+13) and 26 penalty minutes. Petersen, 24, played in all 80 games for the Penguins AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, leading the team in goals (31) and points (66). His 31 goals set a new club record. Petersen led the team with 12 power-play goals, ranked second in shots (221), tied for second with three game-winning goals and ranked third in assists. The 5-9 and 197 pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota was drafted by the Penguins in the ninth round (244th overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft. Petersen played in 79 games with Pittsburgh in 2001-02, recording 18 points (8+10). Scuderi, 24, played in 74 games last season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 21 points (4+17) and 44 penalty minutes. Scuderi tied for the team lead with a plus-5 rating and was plus or even in 56 of 74 games. The 6-0 and 214 pound native of Syosset, New York was drafted by the Penguins in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft. Scuderi has played in 149 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the last two seasons, recording 44 points (5+39) and 110 penalty minutes.
The immortal Mario Lemieux will lace 'em up for a 16th season. PITTSBURGH (pittsburghpenguins.com) -- Pittsburgh Penguins owner and captain Mario Lemieux announced today that he will return for his 16th season as a player.
Already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lemieux has recorded 682 goals, 1,010 assists and 1,692 points in 879 career games, all with the Penguins. He is a six-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion and three-time winner of the Hart Trophy as league MVP. He also has led the Penguins to two Stanley Cups.
"I feel great, I've been working out and I'm really looking forward to getting back on the ice," Lemieux said. "With some of the guys we have back and some of the young players we have coming up, it should be a very exciting year for us."
Lemieux led an ownership group that bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy in September, 1999. He also serves the franchise as CEO and chairman of the board.
The 6-4, 230-pound centerman finished eighth in the NHL in scoring last season with 28 goals and 63 assists for 91 points in 67 games.
Lemieux is closing in on career milestones of 700 goals and 1,700 points. He needs 18 goals for 700 and just eight points for 1,700.
Rock on, and on, and on...
John LeClair breaks down the left wing all alone, moves into the circle and cranks a wicked slap shot with zero hesitation. The baffled goaltender is left with no answers, just questions as the First Union Center's horn blazes and the crowd booms.
Pittsburgh, 25. August Wie die „Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“ berichtet, könnte der letzte Neuzugang der Penguins, Sebastien Caron, das Ende von Torhüter Johan Hedberg in Pittsburgh bedeuten. Caron, der einen Vier-Jahres-Vertrag unterzeichnet hat, wird aber erst zeigen müssen, ob er den Nummer eins Posten im wahrscheinlich ständig unter Beschuss stehenden Penguins Tor ausfüllen kann. Hedberg, der noch ein Jahr Vertrag in Pittsburgh hat, wird aller Vorrausicht nach zur „Trade Deadline“ im März nächsten Jahres den Verein verlassen. Da er als „unrestricted Free Agent“ im nächsten Sommer „ablösefrei“ wechseln könnte, und somit den Penguins keinen Ersatz oder Ausgleich einbrächte. Der schwedische Torhüter verdient mit 1,2 Millionen Dollar pro Jahr vergleichsweise wenig. Dadurch ist er für eine Vielzahl von Teams, vor allem die Colorado Avalanche und Boston Bruins, sehr interessant. Auch die hervorragende Vorstellung des 30-jährigen in den Playoffs der Saison 2000/2001 steigert seinen Tauschwert. Dort brachten es die Penguins immerhin auf 18 Playoffspiele und Hedberg konnte 91% aller Schüsse auf sein Tor abwehren. Ob Hedberg noch in diesem Jahr, sprich vor der Trade Deadline, den Verein wechselt wird letztlich davon abhängen, ob und wie sich der 23-jährige Caron im Tor behauptet. (TS)