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Wednesday links: Pens win preseason opener, Crosby has a new stick, can Penguins repeat?

  • The Pens took down the first game of the preseason with a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Sid and Kunitz had two goal apiece while highly touted prospect Eric Tangradi picked up two helpers and dinged one off the post in the first.  No worries.  The posts are slimmer in Toronto.  [One post down]
  • The Pens are waiting on their Stanley Cup rings.  No picture yet but I'll keep my eyes open.  Until then you can read a description of the rings, which is kinda like listening to your friend tell you about some exotic island they went to without you.  [Trib-Review]
  • Sid put close to seven shots on net last night.  This is all, according to some speculation, because of a new stick he's working with.  [Post-Gaz]
  • Get to know Ben Lovejoy.  There's no guarantee but he may just wind up playing on Pittsburgh's blue line at some point this season.  [Faceoff Factor]
  • The big question working its way through hockey circles is whether or not the Penguins can make a repeat run.  Two straight seasons of Stanley Cup Finals is tough, but a young team has a better chance at doing it then say, oh I don't know, the Red Wings.  [CBS Sports]
  • For all you lucky folks who went out yesterday and picked up NHL 10, former hockey player and long-time Vancouver Canuck Trevor Linden says the fighting mechanism is good practice.  So keep at it.  There may be an enforcer role waiting for you yet.  [THN]
  • After heavy rumors suggesting Nik Zherdev was mulling over a signing with the Atlanta Thrashers, word is he has signed with Atlant.  No, that's not a typo.  Atlant.  Not Atlanta.  Atlant is apparantly a team in the KHL.  Buh byes Zherdev.  Have fun.  [Blueshirt Banter]