Paul "Biz Nasty" Bissonnette was been picked up off of waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Pens also added to their line-up, claiming former Washington Capital Chris Bourque.
Chris is the son of Ray Bourque.
"I'm excited to get a chance with Pittsburgh. They won the Stanley Cup last year and they'll be raising the banner Friday night. That will be fun. Hopefully, I can stick with the big club the whole season"
-- Chris Bourque
Bissonnette will likely get a chance to play in the desert, something he couldn't get in Pittsburgh.
You'd have to think their line-up is slightly easier to crack.
The Western Conference is like that homo who is in your unofficial parking spot at work on random days. We would look back at our Western Conference preview last year and see how we did, but we didn't even do one. Most of our knowledge for this preview revolves around watching NHL Network's preview show and, you know, sort of being immersed in everything NHL for 8 months out of the year.
Pens championship rings.
They got them last night in some ceremony.
[Courtesy of Penguins.com]
[penzer in cblog]
Also, Rick mentioned the Pens signed former wild dman Martin Skoula to a contract earlier on Tuesday.
Minnesota blogger [Deuce by Definition] gave us his thoughts.
For the masses who don't know of Martin Skoula, aside from the "puck poise" jokes, he was terrific for us (the Minnesota Wild) last year, and has become a real solid, defensive defenseman. He's also a guy who can step into a top 4 role in a pinch and not look out of place, and the more minutes he gets the better he is. He's not Bobby Orr, but he'll chip in occasionally on offense. Real strong on his skates, and very durable. Dude is a rock, he just doesn't get hurt.
Exactly the kind of guy you need on your blueline, because injuries/illness/etc. is bound to happen.
We have to agree. A vintage Shero move. We like it even more because it means that Bayda dude probably ain't making the team now even though Shero signed him. He probably did it on the behest of Letang to pay Bayda back for that throat shot in the ECF.
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There was a time, in the middle of the summer, when a wire story about a Maple Leaf prospect and a fake trade rumor were the only hockey stories you could read in a day.
Those days are over.
You can tell the NHL season is around the corner because there is now something to read in the "Hockey" sections of most major websites.
It's no longer all about Dany Heatley, Jim Balsillie and the mismanagement of the Chicago Blackhawks.
No, now people are actually talking about what is going to happen on the ice.
After the jump we'll give you a few things to read.
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Next Tuesday someone will be pissed off because the Pens are 1-1. The Tuesday after that, someone will overturn their computer desk because Pascal Dupuis missed an open net.
Its time to rock and roll.
P.S. the Pens signed Ryan Bayda.
We'd have the link but the Pens website is still loading. Defy your sac.
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The 2009/2010 NHL season is just around the corner.
And someone had better alert NBC because the big screen in front of Mellon Arena is coming back.
[Foley's Bar up in NYC]
We occasionally get emails asking about the best bars to watch Pens games all across the world.
Truth? We don't usually leave our houses let alone the state for games. But the thing we have come to realize is that their are Pens fans everywhere.
We were going to have everyone email us bars and shit. But that would require us doing work.
So, we'll leave it up to cblog. We'll put this post up in the title bar, and in cblog list some of your favorite places.
That way we don't do any work, and some info gets out there.
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Joe Louis Arena
Weren't we just here?
Penguins and Red Wings.
There really isn't much else to say at this point.
The last time these two teams walked into this arena for a game against one another, the Stanley Cup was in attendance.
Tonight will be different.
Tonight's game will not match the intensity of game seven in the Stanley Cup Final.
It would be pretty hard to match that, especially in the preseason.
Bing will likely be a game time decision.