Hard as it may be to believe, it's been two years since the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres played in the first January 1 "Winter Classic" outdoor game at Ralph Wilson stadium.
Since then, the Penguin roster has gone through a lot of changes. This is hardly breaking news that hockey teams have a high turnover rate, but take a look at where we were on that day, and what the Penguins lineup looked like on December 29, 2009 against those same Sabres.
|Goaltenders||Ty Conklin||Marc-Andre Fleury|
|Dany Sabourin||Brent Johnson|
|Defense||Sergei Gonchar||Sergei Gonchar|
|Brooks Orpik||Brooks Orpik|
|Kris Letang||Kris Letang|
|Rob Scuderi||Jay McKee|
|Ryan Whitney||Alex Goligoski|
|Darryl Sydor||Mark Eaton|
|Forwards||Sidney Crosby||Sidney Crosby|
|Evgeni Malkin||Evgeni Malkin|
|Jordan Staal||Jordan Staal|
|Tyler Kennedy||Tyler Kennedy|
|Ryan Malone||Bill Guerin|
|Colby Armstrong||Pascal Dupuis|
|Petr Sykora||Chris Kunitz|
|Erik Christensen||Mike Rupp|
|Adam Hall||Maxime Talbot|
|Georges Laraque||Eric Godard|
|Jarkko Ruutu||Matt Cooke|
|Jeff Taffe||Craig Adams|
Only seven players dressed for both the outdoor game and the regular matchup the other night in Buffalo. Three players missed the game back then with injury (Fleury, Eaton and Talbot), but the rest is all the result of the roster turnover.
With that in mind, best wishes from Pensburgh for a safe and fun new year's celebration to all!