A brand new Stanley Cup champions banner will be raised to the very old Mellon Arena rafters during the Penguins' Oct. 2 season opener against the New York Rangers.
Since the NHL released the regular-season schedule Wednesday, the planning has begun for the Penguins' opening-night ceremonies. Team vice president of communications Tom McMillan said other than the date, no other details have been finalized.
It could be a night filled with mixed emotions as the Penguins and their fans celebrate their third Stanley Cup victory and cherish the final season-opener at Mellon Arena.
The conference and division championship banners also will be on display along with a scoring title banner, which will include center Evgeni Malkin's accomplishment from this past season.
They'll hang from the 48-year-old building until at least April 8, when the Penguins will play their last regular-season game -- against the New York Islanders -- at Mellon Arena.
Does anyone else find the division championship banner confusing?
Maybe it's just the summer and we're tired.
Someone please explain.
We're in the process of updating some shit.
One thing we want to get squared away is all of our terms and shit. Stuff used in cblog, by us, and Pens fans as a whole.
Someone could stumble across the site and honestly have no clue what half of our shit even means. Which, is whatev, but still. Part of us still actually does care sometimes.
So we started making a list [Thanks BNG66], but we need your help.
We clearly missed some stuff so take a look and if you can think of anything write it in CBLOG.
We haven't been around much, but the Dany Heatley situation that is sabotaging Oiler and Senator fans enjoyable summer is crazy.
We found these somewhere on the Internet.
We'd say NSFW, but we hope you lose your job anyway.
Anything that makes fun of Dany Heatley, we'll never be far behind.
Here are a few good ones:
And we will throw this one in too.
What a joke.
Very few people actually thought Petr Sykora would return to the Penguins next year, but hearing it come directly from him is a little disconcerting.
"My agent talked to the management, and I won’t be back [in Pittsburgh]" Sykora told Czech newspaper Aha!
LetsGoPens has the interview translated by Tomas Jandik.
While the fact that Sykora will play elsewhere next season isn't exactly a surprise, his reason for leaving the team may be.
It's available here.
The season starts on October 1st and the Pens play game number one at home on Friday October 2nd against the New York Rangers.
The banner will be raised.
The next day they play in Long Island.
On October 3rd all 30 teams will be in action.
October will see then play in a four game road trip followed by a five game homestand.
The Pens have five 1:00 starts.
Four on Saturday and one on Sunday.
They make their Hockey Night in Canada season debut on October 10th in Toronto.
There's a five game road trip in January where the Pens visit Toronto, Minnesota, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Detroit visits Pittsburgh on January 31st.
Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks come to the Mellon on December 5th.
Hal Gill returns with the Habs on October 28th.
The Pens play Rob Scuderi in LA on November 5th.
The Kings don't visit Pittsburgh.
The Pens visit Ryan Whitney and the Ducks on November 3rd.
The Ducks play in Pittsburgh on November 16th.
Along with the Kings, the Blue Jackets, Sharks, Flames, Oilers and Canucks won't see the Mellon Arena in the regular season.
Ovechkin doesn't step into the Igloo until January 21st, and the Flyers first play in Pittsburgh on December 15th.
They go on another five game road trip in March.
Carolina, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, New Jersey and Boston.
The Pens have a huge six game homestand towards the end of the schedule.
Philadelphia, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Washington, Islanders.
They end the season on the road against Atlanta and the Islanders.
The Olympic break takes place at the end of February.
The Pens are off between their February 14th game against Nashville and their March 2nd game against Buffalo.