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Alex Ponikarovsky Signs With Los Angeles Kings

July 27th, 2010 No Comments

The Los Angeles Kings have announced that long-time Toronto Maple Leaf turned Pittsburgh Penguins rental player at last years trade deadline, Alex Ponikarovsky, has signed a one-year contract worth a reported $3 million. Ponikarovsky, who was originally drafted in the fourth round (87th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, stands 6’4” and weighs in at 220 pounds. Through parts of eight seasons with the Leafs and 16 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the tail end of the 2009-10 season, Ponikarovsky amassed a total of 116 goals and 266 points in 493 career NHL games. Last season Ponikarovsky scored a total of 21 goals and registered 50 points through 77 games split with the Leafs and Penguins. Ponikarovsky has been a consistent 20 goal player for five seasons now, scoring 21 in 2005-06, 21 in 2006-07, 18 in 2007-08,


12 NHL Goalies That Must Step It Up For The 2010-11 Season

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 NHL season saw a lot of otherwise unknown goaltenders establish themselves as the go-to netminders for their respective teams. Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Michael Leighton in Philadelphia and Jimmy Howard in Detroit all had excellent seasons, followed by more than respectable playoff runs. With the 2010-11 season just a few months away, many NHL netminders will be looking to duplicate or surpass their 2009 success, with others trying to re-establish themselves as the number one crease beast. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 12 NHL goalies that must step up their play in order to have a successful 2010-11 season. Michael Leighton: Philadelphia Flyers Picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 2009-10 season; Michael Leighton had a very successful run with the Flyers, including a run to the Stanley Cup


Chris Conner and Brett Sterling: Good Things Come in Small Packages for Penguins

July 15th, 2010 No Comments

On Monday, Pittsburgh Penguins restricted free agent Chris Conner agreed to terms with the team by signing his qualifying offer for a one year deal. Prior to that, the Penguins signed free agent winger Brett Sterling, who had been in the Atlanta Thrashers organization since coming out of college in 2006. What do Brett Sterling and Chris Conner have in common, aside from the fact that they are both scoring wingers? They are both under six feet tall, and despite their smaller frames, they have had relatively successful professional hockey careers. Let’s take a look at Conner. Conner comes in at 5’8” and 175 pounds. Before coming to the Penguins in 2009, he played in the Dallas Stars organization. He played parts of three seasons with the team from 2006-2009, scoring 24 points in 71 games. In a tough year


NHL Free Agents: 10 Teams That Would Still Love to Sign Ilya Kovalchuk

July 13th, 2010 3 Comments

The Ilya Kovalchuk saga is starting to look like a two team race with the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils emerging as prohibitive favorites. Needless to say, there are plenty of NHL teams out there that would love to add Kovalchuk to the fold. With that in mind, let’s take a look at ten NHL teams that would love to sign Ilya Kovalchuk… Boston Bruins: The Boston Bruins were the NHL’s lowest scoring regular season team in 2009-10. As such, they would love to add a player who scored 230 goals over the last six NHL seasons, a player like Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk, a pure sniper, would benefit greatly from re-uniting with Bruins set-up man, Marc Savard, a player he once shared the ice with in Atlanta. Trouble is, like many NHL clubs, the Bruins do not


Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Girls? Really?

July 11th, 2010 1 Comment

This past week, I found out that the Pittsburgh Penguins would be holding auditions for an ice crew. It seemed harmless enough, until I read about the audition requirements. The squad is supposed to be co-ed. But from what I read on the Pens website, it seems that the guys will be an afterthought and the focus here is on the females, thus making me believe that the Penguins were going an ice girl route. The girls are required to come to auditions wearing a crop top (or other midriff bearing shirt), yoga pants (which are usually tight fitting), and have appropriate hair and makeup styles. There are even certain requirements for manicures, and the application asks if applicants have had modeling experience. The Pens claim they are not trying to do go this route and will let the ice crew


Players To Watch at Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp

July 8th, 2010 No Comments

The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect development camp will kick off this coming Monday, July 12 and run until July 17. The development camp is a chance for Penguins coaching staff and management to get a good look at the prospects who they just drafted and those currently in the minor league system. Players’ performances could determine how they will rank in the prospect depth system, or if they’re far enough along, roster spots on the minor league teams or the NHL. Here are some of the players that will be worth keeping an eye on at the upcoming development camp. *Please note this is not an exhaustive list of everyone that will be attending.  Forwards  Eric Tangradi-Left Wing  Tangradi is one of the strongest prospects in the Penguins system. He completed his first professional season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey

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