Baptism By Fire and the Pittsburgh Penguins

Jonathan Willis
August 09 2009 05:00AM

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The 2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins were a miserable team – the worst in the NHL in fact. They went 23-47-8-4, and were led in scoring by defenseman Dick Tarnstrom (52 points) and had ten different players who recorded a -20 rating or worse. The team also featured 17 players aged 25 or younger, including many high draft picks.

Five years later, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup – showing that the baptism-by-fire method helped develop those young players into champions, right?  Wrong.

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Fleury doesn't care what you think about his comeback bid

Jean Lefebvre
August 08 2009 10:08AM

Here's what Theoren Fleury said to the Calgary Herald's George Johnson on Friday night about the expected public reaction to Fleury's attempted NHL comeback:

“I honestly don’t give a shit what people think of me. I don’t. People say I should get a life? Hey, worry about your own lives.

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Hansen Re-signs, but will he play in Vancouver?

Cam Davie
August 06 2009 03:12PM

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Jannik Hansen re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks to a 1-year, two-way contract.

It was NOT what Hansen wanted.

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Y'all wouldn't understand

Ryan Lambert
August 06 2009 01:22PM

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The retirement of Jeremy Roenick probably means very little to you Canadians, except that the odd-looking loudmouth guy is finally gone.

But I can honestly say that, as far as American hockey goes, there might not have been a more important player in the last two decades.

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Best of The Rest: Free Agent Goaltenders

Jonathan Willis
August 05 2009 01:11PM

It’s early August, and the NHL is about as far off of the radar as it could possibly be. Free agency has cooled down, the draft is far in the rear-view mirror and the fact of the matter is that there aren’t a lot of stories to cover (side point: how stupid is it that the draft and free agency both get jammed together at the end of June/very start of July?).

However - there remain teams with holes (most of them) and players capable of filling those holes. We’ll start by considering free agent goaltenders.

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