From deep inside players side: "We were ready to play again. But Don came in (Wed.) and told us we could get more and to hold out"
"The Penguins are aware of the fact that coach Dan Bylsma has been forced to yank Fleury from at least one game in four of the team's past five series."
The fans anger at Bettman regarding the previous lockouts, and the threat of another, is legitimate. After all, he’s the commissioner, the face of the NHL in CBA talks, so he deserves his fair share of blame for the work stoppages.
However, those who claim he’s "destroying the NHL" with his hardline stance in labor negotiations must understand he’s acting on behalf of the team owners, and negotiates on their behalf. If his escalating salary (up to nearly $8 million in 2011, compared to $3.77 million in 2004) is anything to go by, most of those owners must be pleased with his efforts.
Evgeni Malkin felt so strongly about the direction and training he received from Pittsburgh Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar last summer in Moscow that soon after the season ended he told reporters the two would be back at it this summer.
The problem is, Malkin forgot to ask Kadar first.
"He walked into my office and said, 'Kadarov,' which is what he calls me, 'you come to Russia to help me this summer?'" Kadar told NHL.com, laughing as he started the story. "I said, 'Do you want me to?' He goes, 'I already tell media you go.' I was like, 'Well, I guess I'm going, Geno.'"
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Eric Tangradi and defensemen Simon Despres and Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
All three players appeared in Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against Philadelphia – with Despres and Strait making their NHL postseason debuts.
The trio will join WBS for Game 3 of its best-of-five series against Hershey on Wednesday night. WBS currently holds a 2-0 series following back-to-back home wins in Games 1 and 2 over the weekend
PIT will be without Craig Adams in game four. His instigator in last 5 minutes stands. Auto 1 game suspension. $10K fine for Dan Bylsma
Sidney Crosby cleared for contact today. No timetable for return.
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The Pens started practice a little early. It's an optional skate so a few players didn't hit the ice. Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Sullivan, Park & Martin are not on the ice.