A beautiful Monday morning, with a slight tinge of cooler weather in the air. It makes me want to go back to school. Here are the Pens news and highlights for the beginning of the week.
We start with Geno, because he owns summer fun. I only hope there's some training and gym work interspersed in between all the gallivanting. (Geno "The Bass" Malkin)
Meanwhile Sid's spending his time killing the dunes at the Maritimes. He's training in Nova Scotia rather than LA this summer (Sid in Halifax for the summer). Last week saw him in the company of Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Sam Gagner and a couple other guys. He's working under the guidance of his summer conditioning coach Gaetan Tremblay and long-time fitness trainer Andy O'Brien. Conclusion: Sid's kinda boring. All things considered, I'd much rather hang with Geno.
Not too many Pens news in the headlines this week. A nice article on the team page about a few forwards that can be expected to make some impact this fall (Pens Coaches Expect Three Forwards to Make Impact in 2013-14). Adam Payerl, Jason Megna, and Tom Kuhnhackl were the talk of the Pens annual development camp as the forwards who could make their Pittsburgh debuts this season. Given that our bottom 6 is not stellar offensively, I'd like to see some of these guys make that step forward.
Ryan Wilson at HockeyBuzz wrote a 4-part piece titled Why It's Great to be a Penguins Fan. In absence of other things to link to in the dead of summer, here it is. We are lucky. (Why It's Great to Be a Penguins Fan)
In a poll of contributing writers, The Hockey Writers overwhelmingly name Mike Babcock as the best coach in the NHL. Dan Bylsma didn't get a single vote. (Mike Babcock: The Best Coach in the NHL)
Another Devils forward is off to the KHL. Alexei Ponikarovsky signed a 2-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, joining Ilya Kovalchuk. Blink and you've missed him, The Poni Express played 16 games with the Pens in 2009/10. (Ponikarovsky Signs with SKA St. Petersburg)
Former Pens and team USA coach Herb Brooks would have been 76 today. Herbie passed away 10 years ago this week.
Last but not least, watch this video because it's the most hilarious thing ever. (What Might Happen If A Football Coach Coached Soccer)