The news came across the wire on Friday
that Gary Roberts will be hanging up the skates.
We would have gotten a stirring retirement ceremony together.
But it's Friday night.
What did the Pens do wrong in this game? Not too much.
Except Sykora was obviously drunk.
If you're getting scoring chances while minimizing
the decent chances the other team gets, you played a good game.
The Pens didn't make any glaring errors in this one.
And they haven't done so in a while.
The Pens have won 5 in a row. 7 of 8.
This is happening exactly when the Pens needed this to happen.
You can call it peaking at the right time if you want to.
Sunday's game in Washington is the game for many reasons. Bring it.
Sid's playing tonight.
Kunitz and Guerin played with him in practice.
Gonchar had sex with his wife after the Stanley Cup Finals
and is paying the price for it now.
Goligoski got called up.
If anyone knows the line combinations circling around for tonight,
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There is a scene in the movie Gladiator where a broken-down Maximus
screams to the crowd after dispatching another joke,
"Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?"
That is Ray Shero.
No matter what he does, there will always be some fanboy that needs more.
And that sucks. If you're upset with Shero's moves at the deadline, get real.
Think back to three weeks ago when the Penguins were eating their own poop halfway down the steps to the basement of the Eastern Conference. A lot of Penguin fans were writing off the Pens as a playoff team. The same people are now wondering why Shero didn't make some blockbuster trade to make the Penguins a prime Cup contender. That's just not realistic. It wouldn't be worth it.
We'll get lazy now, and instead of capping this off with our own conclusion,
we'll just quote what Greg at PUCK DADDY said about Shero's moves on Wednesday:
Shero has now added Chris Kunitz, Craig Adams and Bill Guerin to this team. Give the man credit: He realized his decisions last summer neutered this locker room, and has reinserted a spine into this franchise. If that puts the Penguins back in the mindset of last season's team, then Pittsburgh's dangerous.
Does any team in the East seriously want to play a 7th- or 8th-seeded Pittsburgh team? THE CONFLUENCE echoes that sentiment. Lots more on Guerin and everything else after the jump.
It's no coincidence our site was jobbed on one of the two biggest traffic days of the year.
This wasn't Bloguin's fault in the least. Bloguin is the network of blogs. A host is where we put all of our pictures. The layman's explanation is that we were seeing more traffic than the host expected, and they were like wtf and shut us down.
We've been told to keep posts "light" in the next couple days. We think that stupid flash with all the logos swirling around was a deal-breaker in addition to all the traffic we received.
In a way, we can be jumping for joy that so many people are coming to the site. But when we jump, we hit our heads on the ceiling in the room that our host keeps us in. The problem is easily remedied: upgrade city.
We're exploring all options so this doesn't happen if the Pens get into the tournament thing
We'll have a post coming later.
Hopefully our host doesn't make us put in morse code.
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With 45 minutes left until the deadline the Bloguin server is not happy.
For what it's worth, I think the Guerin trade was very good. The Penguins gave up hardly anything. I was worried they would have to give more, but a 3rd rounder is pretty good.
The Penguins sent a conditional pick to the Islander for Guerin.
It will be a 5th round pick if the Pens miss the playoffs, a 4th round pick if they make them and a 3rd round pick if they win a playoff round.
TSN: Bill Guerin to Pittsburgh is done.
TSN reports Petr Forsberg is in Denver and he will announce his retirement tonight.
TSN also speculates that Gary Roberts will retire.
Cory Woron of TSN says the Leafs have denied that Dominic Moore has been sent to Chicago.
I have to say, I'm not a fan of the rumours of Guerin or Ruutu coming to Pittsburgh. I don't think the Pens need Ruutu, and his salary, any longer. He's also signed for two more years, something Ray Shero was hesitant to do during the offseason.
Bill Guerin would benefit young a team that needs some veteran direction heading into the playoffs. I don't think the Pens need
Tampa sends Mark Recchi and a 2010 2nd round pick to Boston for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.
Talks between Chris Neil and the Senators have broken
Reportedly whatever trade the Islanders had lined up involving Bill Guerin has fallen through.
It sounds like Dominic Moore is heading to Chicago.
Phoenix will also send Calgary a third round pick with Jokinen. The Flames will also need to make another move in order to fit under the cap.
It looks like TSN has built a little cage for Pierre McGuire.
I think he'll need a shock collar though, if you want him to settle down.
He's definitely the most annoying part of their broadcast.
Calgary has definitely improved the most out of the West. It will be interesting to see how teams like Dallas and San Jose react. There are still a number of big names
Also, the Leafs Vesa Toskala will have surgery and he is out for the season. The surgery is the reason for the Gerber pick up.
Boston has traded Petteri Nokelainen to Anaheim for Steve Montador
Ken Holland just spoke to TSN.
Hossa went to hospital for tests. All test were negative.
He has pain in his neck and a bruised knee. He is listed as day-to-day.
He says Detroit doesn't have anything going on in regards to trade and will likely not make any trades today. They're too close to the cap.
He's watching what the league is doing, mostly in the west. He said adding grit and depth at the deadline is always a good idea.
Move waiver news:
The Toronto Maple Leafs have picked up Eric Reitz from New York.
The Dallas Stars have picked up Brendan Morrison from Anaheim.
None of the bigger names have moved. Bouwmeester, Antropov, Recchi, Cole, etc. haven't been traded yet. It's going to be a very busy couple of hours. Hopefully the site holds up.
The Penguins have picked up some depth today so far. Craig Adams and Andy Wozniewski are depth signings. It looks like Shero is planning on trading some assets in a bigger deal. It also looks like he's filling up on depth to gear for the playoffs. Both seem like relatively good deals to me. With Satan's contract now effectively gone they have room to make a decent-sized signing.
Some waiver news:
Miroslav Satan and Gary Roberts have both cleared.
Mikael Tellqvist has been traded from Phoenix to Buffalo for a fourth round pick.
Sportsnet says that the Pens have traded Danny Richmond to St. Louis for Andy
Richmond was brought to Pittsburgh in the summer in exchange for Tim Brent. He has spent his time in WBS.
Shero signing depth here. It looks like another trade is coming up.
Jordan Leopold traded to the Flames for Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and a second round pick.
Check out the TIOPS link up top. Woooooooo
The Calgary Flames reportedly have a deal for Olli Jokinen done. There could be cap space issues with Calgary though. TSN speculates that another team may need to take a player from Calgary to free up space.
Tim Connolly signs a two-year contract with the Sabres that will pay him $4.5 million/season. This keeps him in Buffalo with Ales Kotalik, and means this site is still relevant.
Brian Burke says Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov will be traded today. He says that the asking price for Antropov has gone down from a first round pick to possibly a second round pick and/or a prospect.
TSN manages to slip a Rico Fata reference into the conversation.
Empty Netters has a good screen cap of him invading some personal space.
Non-trade-related news: Marian Hossa is not seriously injured and is listed day-to-day.
TSN's coverage clarifies.
If a team has $1 million in cap space, they can sign someone with a cap hit of $4.5 million for the rest of this season.
Welcome to the ridiculously over-hyped trade deadline coverage!
The Canucks are offering Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond and a number one pick while he Flyers are offering Joffrey Lupul, James vanRiemsdyk and a number one pick.
Reportedly neither of those offers are good enough.
TSN reports that the Anaheim Ducks have taken Chris Pronger off of the market.
A note on trade discussions between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
Before tonight's game the TSN panel mentioned that earlier today Lightning GM Brian Lawton approached Ray Shero and asked him if he would be interested in a trade that would bring Ryan Malone back to Pittsburgh. Shero wasn't interested citing Malone's large contract as the main reason.
Based on the facts, Satan most likely played his last game as a Penguin Tuesday tonight.
And something is about to go down. Buckle up.