After the jump, check out some random numbers and thoughts passing through my mind in the middle of summer....Like:
81 -- Number of giveaways that Hal Gill (45) and Rob Scuderi (36) combined for in the 2008-09 regular season
21 -- Number of giveaways (in 69 games) that Jay McKee was charged with in St. Louis last season
It's assorted stats that are probably meaningless, but they're all true!
1 -- game in his three pro seasons that Jordan Staal has missed
39 -- Age of the retiring Jeremy Roenick
5th -- NHL season Crosby is entering in his career
199 -- points Mario Lemieux scored in his fifth season (85 goals, 114 assists)
6 -- Penguins invited to summer Olympic camps Crosby, Staal, Fleury [Team Canada], Orpik [USA], Malkin, Gonchar [Russia]
34 -- games Penguins goalie Brent Johnson won as a St. Louis Blue in the 2001-02 season
7 -- notable roster players that are set to be unrestricted free agents after this season (Guerin, Fedotenko, Cooke, Gonchar, Eaton, McKee, Johnson)
9 -- complete seasons those seven UFA's have spent with the Pens, a pretty low figure
309 -- hits Brooks Orpik recorded in the 2008-09 regular season
277 -- the combined season total of hits the other five expected members of the Penguins defense on opening night 2009 had.
4 -- consecutive seasons that the Penguins cumulative PIMs total has dropped (somewhere Eric Godard cries)