This off-season is like a summer day in Siberia. Seems like it will never end. Training camp starts in a couple weeks, people. Almost there. Almost.
We know what our top two lines can do - wreak havoc on ice. Our bottom 6 is another story. Pens Labyrinth takes a look at the third and fourth line this week. They argue that the third line will be critical to Pens' success this-coming season, and it's hard to disagree with that.
Who is going to center the fourth line? Their money is on Joe Vitale. I like Joey V, but other than face-off skill and energetic skating, he doesn't really bring too much to the table. It will be very interesting to see if Nick Drazenovic, Andrew Ebbett, or someone else can emerge from the depth chart.
Thanks to Bradley James McEachern for giving me this idea. In every Pens Points entry we'll take one look back at our history. We start with Jim Paek, the first Korean-born player to lace 'em up in the NHL. He was drafted by the Penguins in the 9th round in 1985. His career with the Penguins was short but memorable. He ended up with the assist on the Stanley Cup-winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. Let's go back down the memory lane for that Game 4.
Now for some news around the NHL. Sixers owner Josh Harris bought the New Jersey Devils. That was fast. Lou Lamoriello will continue to be in charge as team president and GM. Since acquiring the Sixers, Harris has done smart and prudent things here, and I think this is a good thing for the Devils.
Who knew golf was a dangerous sport? Claude Giroux sustained an injury to his hand while golfing, apparently serious enough to require immediate surgery. He'll be out 5-6 weeks. It's a good thing he wasn't surfing or cave diving or anything.
Colorado Avalanche have extended their captain Gabriel Landeskog. A month after signing Matt Duchene to a 5-year, $30 million extension, Colorado locks up their 20-year-old captain with a 7-year, $39 million deal. I don't know what that means for the future of Ryan O'Reilly. That's a lot of $5-6M players. But anyhow, Landeskog is awesome and good for him and the team. Love the kid.
What's your next jersey going to be? I have my sights set on Duper and Kuni. My son is asking for a James Neal kiddie version. And my husband has announced every intent to acquire this. Can't really argue too much.
And last, we all heard about the brouhaha caused by Sid's cutting the line at the DMV. Down Goes Brown looks at other ways NHL stars have received preferential treatment. This will give you all a good laugh. Happy Friday, everyone!