As far as important off the ice days, today is about as big as they come. After this ends, nothing will be the same.
There are a lot of great Penguin blogs on the Internet. Over the summer we're asking some of those blogs to guest post over here. It's a great way to discover a new blog you may not be reading and it's easier than having to come up with our own material...
I grew up a poor kid in Southwest PA. I started out sharing a bedroom with my two older sisters in a small two-bedroom place in the Christy Park district on the southern end of McKeesport. A lot of the guys who passed over college to take jobs in the Duquesne Works lived in that area, and my dad was one of 'em. Until the mills shut down.
So as a young sports fan, it was a bit of a struggle to adequately express team support on shirts and such, cos official team gear has never been and never will be considered low-cost. Most of the sports shirts I got then were from World of Values, the Strip District and Gabes.
I started the Great Moments In Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch series in late August 2009 to highlight the highs and lows of these very same generic local sports shirts. I was heading to North Carolina to vacation by hiking the tallest mountain in Eastern North America (say somethin'...) and needed something to autopublish on PSAMP in my absence. The site is pushing 3 and a half years now, and I can count on 2 hands the amount of weekdays without new content, so I wasn't about to leave my readers hangin'. I thought of potential posts, but ended up settling on a huge pile of unlicensed shirts and stuff that were cluttering up my apartment.
Living and working in NYC now (and missing the Burgh with all of my heart), these unlicensed pieces represent a tie to home and my life in PA...and it keeps me grounded. I wanted to use my time here on Pensblog to highlight a few of my favorite generic Pens pieces that've published on PSAMP as well as a sneak peak at one that'll post later today. They're an important part of the local sports fabric for me, and I hope that even the ugliest and most hilarious ones hold some soft spot with you.
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He's banged out beastly Homer-esque comments with a high level of consistency.
We’re 48 hours from the start of NHL free agency and if you’re like me, you’re sitting down looking all of this stuff over and your head is absolutely spinning. Gonchar. Guerin. Cooke. Hamhuis. Eaton & Leopold. Leopold & Eaton. Finkle is Einhorn. Einhorn is FInkle. Einhorn is a man…Einhorn is a MAN?!
Imagine being King Shero through all of this. You come back from the Draft knowing that for the next week and a half your Blackberry won’t go three minutes without ringing. You know that come Thursday afternoon, you’ve got a 12:01 PM phone call coming from some smartass agent telling you that Lee Stempniak isn’t just the answer to your problems at wing, but that he deserves $3.5 million a year to be just that.
The Pens are at a bit of a crossroads. Coming off a lackluster playoff loss to the Habs in which the lack of depth on the wings was horribly exposed and the defense proved to be soffff, Gonchar’s $5-mil-a-year cap hit is off the books. McKee and Fedotenko are gone, Ponikarovsky right behind them. Money is available.
With a solid six-player core of Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Fleury, Orpik and Letang firmly in place, Shero promptly locked up Matt Cooke to a new three-year deal and then complicated matters further by swinging the trade late Friday night with Philthadelphia, obtaining the rights to UFA-to-be defenseman Dan Hamhuis for third-round pick in the 2011 draft. The Pens now have 18 players under contract with about $11.25 million in cap space to play with, according to Capgeek.com.
So what now? As we’re sitting down to have lunch on Thursday afternoon, what can Pens fans reasonably expect to see?
“Well, let me roll up onto the sidewalk and take a look, yes?”
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