“We compete against each other hard on the ice, but off the ice we all are part of one big hockey family,” Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. “Many of our players had friends on the Lokomotiv team. All of us in hockey were touched by this tragic loss. We just thought this game was a unique opportunity for our two teams to work together to raise money for the children and families of the players, coaches and staff who lost their lives.”
This is a fucking joke.
Following the Penguins games on Versus, Jeremy Roenick ripped into Sidney Crosby for being Sidney Crosby.
“I love watching Sidney Crosby, but aren't you guys sick of all this by now?” Roenick said. “I'm sick of it. I'm sick and tired of listening to Sidney Crosby saying, 'Nothing is new yet.' ”
As host Bill Patrick and Eddie Olczyk tried to reason with him, Roenick continued.
“Just don't interview him anymore. I know he's the best player in the league, the best player in the world,” Roenick said. “Head shots are very,very difficult. I'm not saying he's not hurt. There's no question. I've been hit very, very hard. I understand what concussions are all about.you have to be very concerned about this. But enough.”
Get on the ice, let's get going. … let's start hitting. Let's get back in,” Roenick said. “I don't wanna hear every day 'How's your head? How's your head? How's your head?' I don't wanna watch Sidney Crosby tell me every single day how there's nothing new to report.
Looking for vid of this idiotic rant. Roenick sucks. Does Roenick know that by talking about this more he is feeding into it?
Eddie Olsucks stuck up for Crosby, so that should tell you how strange this was.
The Washington Times has the whole transcript here.
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Does Jeremy Roenick not have a remote controller?
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Rick is in Vegas all week, so expect some really, really shitty gamedays. Pens come home for the first time this season, although it kind of feels like last season. Malkin and Crosby are both out of the lineup. Should be a pretty awkward opening ceremony.
Player to watch: Jose Theodore. He is 19-4 lifetime against the Pens. No clue how that happened.
Florida: Sean Bergenheim
Pens: Steve Sullivan
Win one for the Candy.
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The Baby Pens brought in another center today, signing Florida's 4th round pick in '07 to a pro try-out.
Matt Rust recently finished his fourth and final year at the University of Michigan.
He also represented Team USA in the World Juniors a season ago:
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Nick L. tipped us off to this link from that Canoe site in Canada. Mike Peluso is a former NHL enforcer. He enforced stuff.
“If all we could do was fight, we wouldn’t be in the league. If I had a choice of being a 30-goal scorer every year or a tough guy, I’d pick tough guy. To ban fighting would be stupid. I liked to fight. I got pissed off getting beat on the scoreboard. If we’re not winning or trying, at least let’s kick the s--- out of them.”
“We never turned our back going to the boards, we always kept our head up. We were taught that from a young age. Lots of injuries are a direct result of not being smart to realize what’s coming.
“Sidney Crosby. You spend $10 million on a first-round draft pick. The Penguins are trying to protect their investment. But do you go outside the rules? You might as well take all hitting out of the game. Keep your damn head up. I was sick of hearing Sidney Crosby, Sidney Crosby."
“We don’t have the captains we had. Today’s captains don’t know about fighting and its value. We had captains like Scott Stevens, Chris Chelios, Doug Wilson — guys who could fight themselves, who made you feel appreciated. The moment you don’t feel appreciated in your role, you get down on yourself. It’s the lack of appreciation that causes depression."
In relation to this story, we asked the T. Rex from Jurassic Park about his being a dinosaur, as well.
"It's tough, man. They brought me onto that island to do a job: eat the lawyer, break Jeff Goldblum's leg, and then save the humans in the lobby of that building. Afterward, they acted like I didn't exist. Like I was extinct. They brought in some younger T. Rexes for that second film, and they basically had that Spinosaurus or whatever pee on a T. Rex in the third film. I went through a bout of depression after being snubbed on the second film. I was wandering the streets of my home town, became the mayor of the local tavern, and went home to an empty house and an empty fridge. But I'm a realtor now. Things are looking up."
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