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Pens Twitter Fail:Ask Neal Anything...

24 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

So today via Twitter The Penguins asked fans to submit questions for James Neal.


Hilarity ensues...


Some examples...


Flyers Nation ‏@FlyersNation  3h
James, do you get the biggest thrill out of kneeing someone in the head or cross checking them in the head? #AskNeal


John Forsyth ‏@blackbear93  1h
#askneal if you could go back in time and end the career of any player in NHL history who would you choose?


Steph ‏@myregularface  1h
Is it more rewarding to score a goal or concuss another human? #AskNeal


Greg ‏@GDubs10  2h
. @penguins Hey James, long time fan first time tweeter. What's your favorite hockey play? The Flying V or the Flying Elbow? #askneal


Jeff Mehmel ‏@ThaBKeeper  2h
Have you ever cross checked or kneed your grandma in the head?  Stupid question.  Of course you have, you're James Neal #askneal @penguins


Steph ‏@myregularface  2h
If you could have any super power, how would you use it to hit opponents in the head? #askneal


Mike From Attleboro ‏@MikeFromATown  2h
How does one go about playing as dirty as you do while fighting less than the Swiss? #AskNeal


Steph ‏@myregularface  2h
If Crosby wasn't your teammate, would you try to knee him in the head or use a different body part to contact his head? #askneal

Red Wings sign college FA Colin Campbell

16 March 2014 - 10:29 PM

Red Wings sign college FA Colin Campbell




Colin Campbell, RW
Senior, Lake Superior State University (WCHA)

Despite a lack of prospects on their rosters in recent years, NHL teams have continually kept a close eye on Lake Superior State. At the end of last season, the Lakers saw Kellen Lain and Buddy Robinson sign with the Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators, respectively. This season, one Lake Superior State player that NHL teams are watching closely is Colin Campbell.

After missing much of his junior campaign last season due to injury, Campbell has bounced back and been an impact player this season. The Pickering, ON native ranks second on the team with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 36 games to date. His 14 goals and three game-winners both lead Lake Superior State.

Campbell is a sturdy 6’1”, 203-pound power forward who is especially strong on the puck. One attribute that has gotten the attention of scouts is Campbell’s sheer strength. Simply put, he’s very difficult to move off of the puck. Campbell uses his powerful frame and tenacity advantageously along the walls and in front of the net, and is also very good cycling the puck. Many of Campbell’s goals aren’t of the pretty variety, but instead come as a result of hard work and relentless battles for loose pucks. He also uses his strength effectively in protecting the puck and maintaining possession. His strength, great play in tight areas and physicality allow him to excel in the muck-and-grind game. Source



Nicklas Lidstrom:Greatest Red Wing Ever

05 March 2014 - 04:33 AM



Gordie Howe is “Mr. Hockey,” Steve Yzerman “The Captain.”


Nicklas Lidstrom does not have a definitive nickname.

Half the time, it seems, his last name is mispronounced even by the most ardent Red Wings’ fans as “Lindstrom.”

Or it’s simply, “Nick.”

The latter part is fitting because the brilliance of Nicklas Lidstrom during his two decades along the blue line for the Red Wings was his understated and overwhelmingly effective performance.

To a generation of hockey fans, raised in the 1950s and 1960s, Gordie Howe will always be the greatest Red Wing of all time.

To another generation, those raised beyond the early 1980s, it is overwhelmingly Steve Yzerman.

Yet, with all due respect to Mr. Hockey and The Captain, the greatest Red Wing of all is Lidstrom, whose uniform No.5 will be retired by the organization Thursday night before a game vs. Colorado at Joe Louis Arena.


Continues at length and whether you agree or not it's a good read.

Pat LaFontaine Resigns as Pres of Hockey Op. for Buffalo

01 March 2014 - 06:35 PM



BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 1, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced Pat LaFontaine has resigned his position with the Buffalo Sabres to resume his previous role with the National Hockey League.

“I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization,” said Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. “Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as General Manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a Senior Hockey Advisor.  As has been the case since I bought the team, we’ll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization and keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” said Pat LaFontaine. “I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive.”






Predicting our RFA Contracts

06 February 2014 - 01:40 PM

I feel there is a wide range of opinions on what our RFAs will earn in the upcoming year/s going forward.  Figured it would make for good discussion.


There are 4 guys who have played a role on our team this year with an expiring contract and RFA status. - Dekeyser, Tatar, Sheahan, Glendening.


Give your opinion on the contract value and term involved. Keep in mind when UFA status is for each player.  I will list details for each.




Dekeyser    - Undoubtedly a top 3 defenceman on this team right now.

                   - UFA going into 2017/18 when he is entering the season over 27.

                   - 2 year bridge deal or long-term lockup?


Tatar           - Promising young player who's developing into a top 6-9 scoring forward. 

                   - UFA going into 2017/18 when he will be entering his 8th contract year.

                   - 2 year bridge deal or long-term lockup?


Sheahan     - 1st round pick. High potential to become solid 2-way forward.

                   - UFA going into 2018/19 when he will be entering his 8th contract year.

                   - 1-3 year bridge deal or long-term lockup?


Glendening - Future/current grinder and penalty killer. 4th liner.

                   - UFA going into 2016/17 when he is entering the season over 27.

                   - Year-by-year or multi-year deal?

                   - Qualifying offer(aka minimum) is 605,000.



*Only included RFA players who have earned a role so far with the Wings or played significant time. So no Callahan, Ferraro, Emmerton or Almquist.