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Defending Big D May 25, 2015

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Russian is the New Russian

Will the Motherland impose an NHL age ban on its most promising players? Plus, Jim Nill is back from winning the World Championships, and winning the offseason is next. Slava Fetisov is by any measure and in any era a hockey hero, and one of the biggest. Forget for a moment the talent, the records, the Olympic gold and the Stanley Cups earned as both player and coach. His fight to change the Soviet player development system (most recently documented in the art-house hit Red Army) made it possible for him — and for Sergei Zubov and Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin and Vladimir Tarasenko...
PensBurgh May 24, 2015

Season in Review: Chris Kunitz

A member of the Penguins' Old Guard had an...interesting year. Age: 35 Contract Status: Free agent on July 1, 2017 (AAV until then $3.85M) 2014-15 Stats GP TOI/per game Goals Assists Points CF% CF% rel Zone Start % GF% PDO 74 17:53 17 23 40 57.1% +5.1% 59.3% 55.1% 99.6 Most Frequent Linemates CF% GF% 5v5 Ice Time Together Sidney Crosby 58.1% 58.7% 578:24 Blake Comeau 56.1% 63.2% 306:35 David Perron 61% 43.5% 282:19 Evgeni Malkin 58.6% 54.2% 250:17 In one sense, it was business as...
Nucks Misconduct May 17, 2015

2015 IIHF World Championships: Canada vs Russia! Oh and WCF Game 1, as well...

A little late, but better than never. This is the matchup that the world wanted to see in Sochi last year, and while the Canadians may not have the strongest team possible, they do have the strongest one available. Also, Chicago plays Anaheim. There's a lot on the line today as Canada is set to face off against Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and the Russians. There's the gold medal, and a way for Canada to back up it's 2014 Olympic Gold Medal (won on Russian ice), there is (unfortunately) the political overtones, as you know our PM and the CONServatives will try to exploit a victory for...
PensBurgh May 16, 2015

Crosby, Malkin to Face Off in IIHF Title Game Sunday

Canada and Russia are in Sunday's gold medal game at the IIHF World Championships in Prague, where Crosby and Malkin will be opponents for the first time since your last message board trade proposal. Saturday, Team Russia beat the United States by a 4-0 final to earn a spot in the title game, where they'll be awaited by Team Canada. That is to say, Evgeni Malkin and the Russians will be awaited by Sidney Crosby's undefeated Team Canada for a shot at Gold. It's not the Olympics, but in the absence of the Games and still awaiting the NHL's rebranded World Cup of Hockey, the IIHF tournament is...

Empty Netter Assists - Crosby, Malkin, Jagr all get wins - 05-11-15

IIHF World Championship -Penguins captain/forward Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which routed Switzerland, 7-2 in a preliminary round game. -Crosby and Canada forward Jordan Eberle had a chat: -Eberle didn't face much resistance from Switzerland goaltender Reto Berra or defenseman Robin Grossman on this goal: -Canada forward Cody Eakin had a good view of his own goal: -Canada defenseman Aaron Ekblad had a shot teed up: -Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia in a 3-2 overtime win against Slovakia. Malkin had 18:07 of ice time on 27 shifts. -Happy...
Broad Street Hockey May 5, 2015

IIHF World Championships: The Russians are delusional about loss to United States

"It's all the refs fault. Also, wait, we didn't lose!" Before Monday's United States vs. Russia contest at the World Championships, the Russians released a statement saying that their performance in the game would be a response to American sanctions against their country. That went well for them, as an absurdly young, scrappy group of mostly college-aged Americans won the game, 4-2, against a skilled and professional Russian side that features Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Vladimir Tarasenko and Sergei Bobrovsky.(Sound familiar?) After the game, Russia played the blame game, saying that...
PensBurgh Apr 28, 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins rumors: Wingers for Sid and Geno

Another summer, another quest to find skill wingers for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Among the most interesting blurb from Penguins GM Jim Rutherford's press conference was the admission that the free agency class isn't strong and that the team will try to use the trading market in order to provide another skill player for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin . Rutherford also left the door open for Kasperi Kapanen to make the NHL club next season, and admitted that the team botched the development of Beau Bennett by leaving him in the NHL on a 4 th line instead of playing a scoring line role in the...

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