Happy 4th of July!
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And now, without further ado...
The release of the Stanley Cup Champions DVD is on Tuesday, July 7th.
Kris Letang and Tyler Kennedy will be christening the release.
The price will be $25.00, give or take.
Kris Letang will be Donaldsons Crossroads' Giant Eagle.
4007 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317
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Signing will take place from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tyler Kennedy will be at Dick's Sporting Goods at the Mall At Robinson.
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Signing will take place from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Note: You HAVE TO buy a DVD to get an autograph.
And you should thank Kennedy for that huge goal in Game 6.
Pens won the Cup.
The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year contract through the 2009-2010 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Fedotenko, 30, scored 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) and ranked second on the team with a plus-18 rating in 65 games with the Penguins this season. It marked the seventh time that he recorded 30-plus points in a single season. He appeared in 24 games for Pittsburgh during the post-season, recording seven goals and 14 points.
Another great job by Shero, and another unselfish move by a veteran player.
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Farewell, Rob Scuderi, and we thank you.
After the jump, a look back at Scuderi's years in Pittsburgh.
Oh, and remember last off-season when everyone said the Pens lost too many key players.
for example, Ryan Malone, Marian Hossa, and Jarkko Ruutu?
The Pens had no chance to win the Cup, said everyone near and far.
We saw how that turned out.
The Penguins have so far lost Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi.
They were both beasts.
But we're not talking about a couple of Bobby Orr's here.
Some people are complaining about Ray Shero.
Remember, when Shero walks to work every morning, he'll look up and see an Atlantic Division banner, two Eastern Conference Champion Banners, and a Stanley Cup banner.
Most people go to work, look up, and see asbestos.
EDIT: From Rob Rossi on Twitter:
Rob Scuderi has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings, he confirms via text.
From the P-G:
The Penguins have lost free-agent defenseman Rob Scuderi.
He accepted a contract with Los Angeles today. Terms of the agreement were not announced, but is it believed to be a four-year deal with an annual salary-cap hit of $3.4 million.
The Penguins continue to try to re-sign winger Ruslan Fedotenko, and to have discussions about bringing back winger Petr Sykora.
They also are in the market for a backup goaltender, although restricted free agent John Curry is a candidate to fill that role.
Rob Rossi reports that Los Angeles has offered Scuderi a long-term contract worth over $3 million a season.
The word is that Fedotenko is down to three teams: Pittsburgh, Minnesota and an unknown third team.
In other news, Nik Antropov signed a four-year, $16 million deal with Atlanta.
Mark Recchi is returning to Boston.
He signed a one year deal worth $1 million.
The USS Hal Gill left port on Wednesday, ne'er to return.
He is headed to Montreal.
At the 2008 trade deadline, Ray Shero made a subtle move before trading for Hossa.
The Pens didn't really have a big-body presence on the blue line.
He called up Toronto and wanted Hal Gill.
The love affair ensued.
A nickname, The USS Hal Gill, was christened.
Stoosh and his crew forever coined the nickname.
During the 2008 playoff run, Hal Gill showed why Shero wanted him here.
He was a machine every day of the week...during the playoffs, that is.
It's been our contention that Hal Gill will look like mud over an 82-game season.
But once the second season starts, his presence night in and night out frustrates other teams.
This year against Detroit, he picked up on the Wings' obstruction and did some of his own.
But, alas, it is Hal Gill's time to go.
There's a reason why we said we were "living every shift with Hal Gill" during the SCF.
If Scuderi wasn't his defensive partner, it could have been bad news bears.
In closing, we wanted to bring up the things that pop into our head when we think of Hal Gill's time here.
How unreal was the "Snuggie game."
He reportly had a Snuggie on in the locker room before game against Calagry. And scored an unreal goal.
We'd show it, but youtube is broke right now.
Farewell, Hal Gill. And we thank you.
Don't listen to the Francoturds up in Montreal.
Garon left, as well, signing with Columbus. Hey, he has a ring.
Speaking of which, he's anxious to get back to Joe Louis Arena.
He left his mop bucket there.
The Pens signed Mike Rupp for 2 years, like $800,000 per.
He's a jobber/fighter who has a Stanley Cup winning goal under his belt.
Whispers of Dupuis and/or Godard being dealt are sweeping the plains.
No word on Scuds, either.
The Chicago Blackhawks snatched up Marian Hossa.
$62 million, 12 years, something like that.
A cap hit of $5.2 per season.
Detroit fans thinking they're taking the high road on this one, wishing Hossa well, unlike those vile Penguin fans.
Let's wait and see if Hossa says that the Blackhawks have a better shot to win the Cup than the Wings.
Then watch the jobbing ensue.
Instead the Red Wings fans face something like this: imagine last season if the Pens had upwards of $15 million tied up in two over-the-hill defensemen fading into the twilight of their careers, as well as having a good truckload of cash allocated to a couple of forwards...
And then Hossa signed with Philadelphia for about $1 million more per season.
What would be your feelings on that one?
Face it. Hossa's gonna get booed in Detroit.
As a quick side note, the Blackhawks also picked John Madden from the Devils.
A shutdown center who would routinely job Crosby six to eight times a season is now in the West.
Oh, and Brian Gionta is headed to Montreal.
New Jersey and the Islanders are gonna be the best of friends.
Not 48 hours ago, the Rangers looked like they were getting smart,
ridding themselves of the elephant-in-the-room Scott Gomez contract.
They have signed Marian Gaborik to 5 years, $7.5mill per.
Crosby and Malkin both make $8.7mill per season.
Marian Gaborik now makes $7.5mill per season.
Now Gaborik just has to stay healthy.
Maybe the Eastern Conference presents greener pastures for injury-ridden players.
Montreal is busier than balls.
They acquired Scott Gomez earlier in the week.
Now they have added Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Hal Gill, and Jaroslav Spacek.
And they're still in Kovalev limbo.
Looking at the East as a whole, no team made themselves as good as the Penguins. So whatev.
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Welcome to July 1st and the start of Free Agency in the NHL.
This post will be updated with all of latest free agent signings and information as we hear them.
First, a couple of things:
The Pierre McGuire Photoshop Expo will be posted this weekend.
Email us your contributions.
Put the words "Pierre McGuire" in the subject of your email so that we notice it.
Stephen S. has been working hard adding new items to Storeblog.
Here's our write-up of what has happened so far
Marian Hossa turned down a ten-year contract with the Red Wings.
The live blog is going on hold now.
If anything big breaks we'll have it later.
To Recap Pens-related news:
- The Pens have signed Mike Rupp to a two-year, $1.65 million contract.
- Hal Gill has signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens
So, this is it.
July 1st is where the 2008-2009 season ends with rosters being flipped.
And the groundwork for the 2009-2010 season is placed.
Some shit is already going down.