With the Blues obligated to pay him US$2.67 million because of their decision to walk away from the final year of his four-year, $16-million deal, [Jay] McKee simply was looking for an opportunity to join an organization with a legitimate shot to win hockey's top prize.
"It's no secret I'm still getting paid by St. Louis. My main objective was to find a winning team," McKee, 31, said.
"But unless that team is interested in what you bring, it can't happen. But Pittsburgh called and they were trying real hard to get me there. They lost a couple of defensive guys with similar attributes (Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi), so it worked out kind of perfect. I just hope to fill their needs."
McKee, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Penguins, also hopes to win the first Stanley Cup of his career.
That's from an article in the Kingston Whig Standard.
This is from an article in the Ottawa Citizen:
Twice bitten, thrice shy? Apparently not for the Oilers, who, despite being continually rebuffed by disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley, haven't given up on the idea of bringing him to Edmonton.
According to the Edmonton Journal, an Oilers representative has delivered a highlight package of tapes to Heatley at his summer home in Kelowna, B.C., hoping the gesture somehow convinces him to change his mind and accept a trade to the Alberta capital.
That's what the Stanley Cup does.
And not just in McKee's case.
We've seen Bill Guerin and Craig Adams and Ruslan Fedotenko take pay cuts to remain with the Penguins.
That's what winning the Stanley Cup does for a team.
PensTV has a summer update online:
They talk about the draft, free agency and the upcoming schedule.
It's pretty good stuff.
Phillip Samuelsson isn't at the Pens prospect thing because he is overseas.
But shit. We know he can play:
Big thanks to [Kent] for the footage.
A pens paintball video after the jump.
Hint: Alyonka in pig tails
Coffeytalk went to the Penguins Prospect Conditioning Camp and came back with these photos.
You can view all of her photos here on Flickr.
A few quotes from camp after the jump.
Sir Buries It.
We've never been a big fan of lists, but whatev it is summer. We want every Wednesday to be a top five list. But with a slight twist. We're asking for reader submissions. It can be a top five list about anything you want. Just email us your list, with youtube links and pics. We'll pick the best one for the week and post it. If no one does it, really we could care less.
During the playoffs the great blog "The Big Lead," had this [post] about the top five WWF entrances of all time.
We wanted to make this post, but we were to busy watching the world champs.
But now that it is summer, we have the time to sit down and compile our list of the top five finishing moves in the history of the WWF (we refuse to call it the WWE.)
It goes without saying that WWF references are our bread and butter. In any given recap, you'll see one.
We firmly believe that in some strange way, the WWF is somehow responsible for a lot of sports bloggers.
See, back in the mid-90's we had no internet or message boards to read/react about some big time match. When Monday Night Raw went off the air at 11:01 pm on USA, you we're always left wanting more. The same thing with all the pay-per-views.
So in some ways are quest to update shit and get things out is from a place inside that remembers when there was nothing of the sort.
The following is our top five, plus some honorable mentions of all time finishing moves in the history of the WWF.
[Image from our Parade Flickr Group]
According to Petr Sykora's agent, Allan Walsh, this interview never happened.
"Everybody regards 'Blesk' [and its sister paper 'Aha!' where the interview was published] as a publication that makes up about 90 percent of its stories," said Walsh in a story that appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Petr said he saw the story and laughed. He couldn't believe it was being talked about on all these web sites back in the states."
However, that doesn't mean that Sykora will be returning to the Penguins next season. The Pittsburgh Penguins do not have very much salary cap space to work with.
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