- No word if any of the WBS Penguins got hurt watching this game or hurt tripping over the border. Wouldn't surprise me. #InjuryBugGoAway 18 hours ago
- But then again, I'll know what it's like being a fan of one of the other 29 NHL teams. 18 hours ago
- The Olympics are going to suck for me, cheering against Sidney Crosby and Team Canada. 18 hours ago
- 3 on 3 hockey? What is this, the SPHL? 18 hours ago
- Terrible call from the referees on Long Island all night. But then again, Francis Charron is one of them, so I'm not surprised. 18 hours ago
- Crosby learned that move from Tom Kostopoulos. 19 hours ago
- Can we go back to trivia, or? RT @penguins: #Isles get another. It's 2-0 New York. Kyle Okposo credited with both goals 20 hours ago
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September 23, 2013Posted by on
Three things to get to this afternoon.
First, the Edmonton Oilers claimed Steve MacIntyre off of waivers. Since MacIntyre was once employed by the Oil Country, one assumed that they regret ever letting the Baddest Man in Hockey™* go. There have also been fisticuffs involving the Oilers preseason games I really haven’t been paying attention to, so the waiver claim makes sense.
Second, the Pens signed Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers to a PTO today. Yup, more nostalgia. You’ll recall Deslauriers in WIlkes-Barre during the split affiliation year with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07. More recently, Deslauriers was an Anaheim Ducks prospect. He’s put up pretty stale numbers in the past few years. Sub 90 save percentage and a goals against average in the 3.00 neighborhood or higher. Granted, some of the teams he played for weren’t anything to write home about.
I don’t know what it is with all of this nostalgia going on at Coal Street. Hell, if Peter Mannino is not ready for the start of the season and Pittsburgh doesn’t think Eric Hartzell is quite ready for AHL work, the goaltending tandem on October 5 up in Bridgeport will be Andy Chiodo and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, likely captained by Tom Kostopoulos with Chris Conner running the power play.
To drive the nostalgia speculation even further, John Curry must have all calls from the 570 area code blocked on his phone or something. Last I checked Curry was still unsigned. I’ll tell you this, and this is just my un-hockey-educated opinion speaking, but I’d feel a lot more comfortable with having John Curry in town then I would anything representing a goaltender in Wilkes-Barre right now.
I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter on my different social media platforms about Brad Thiessen and the Pens, “letting him go.” I disagree with this. Hockey is a business. Thiessen fulfilled his contract with the Pittsburgh organization and looked elsewhere for employment. That destination was Finland. Thiessen, had he stuck around for another year and re-signed, would have been #4 on the organizational depth chart again behind Fleury-Vokoun-Zatkoff. Hindsight being what it is, don’t kick yourselves or others for Thiessen doing what’s best for himself and his family by seeking the best opportunity possible at the time.
Oh, finally, Bobby Farnham was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre today.
Feel free to disagree / agree with my thoughts above and drive the discussion a bit in the comments section below.
* – trademark pending (not really)
July 6, 2013Posted by on
If you were waiting to see who else the Penguins would add to the roster you waited.
If you were waiting to see where unrestricted free agents Brad Thiessen or Warren Peters would sign, you waited.
Outside of the Washington Capitals signing David Kolomatis, a right handed defenseman slated to see top pair work in Hershey in the Fall, Saturday was a pretty dull day, signings wise for the AHL’s East Division teams.
Patrick McNeill, who played six season for the Hershey Bears, has found a new home with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So to fill in a few more paragraphs before I turn in this story, as I did earlier in the day while smoking a cigar in the backyard, let’s speculate as to where Brad Thiessen can land.
Look no further than the two closest geographical rivals, the Binghamton Senators and the Hershey Bears. Both have untested rookies backing up Philipp Grubauer in Hershey and Nathan Lawson in Binghamton.
I’m speculating. But Robin Lehner’s contract runs out next year in Ottawa. Sign Thiessen to a two-year deal. Let him split time with Lawson and be ready if Craig Anderson, who is 32 years old and made only 24 appearances last season due to injury, goes down again. Or, if Lehner wants to test free agency next season, have Thiessen graduate next year. Makes sense, right?
Or, Thiessen could just re-sign with Pittsburgh, and all will be right in this bloggers world.
I’ll keep at the “live blog” thing for at least a few more days. It’ll be up again Sunday morning. You can always add the Twitter list here though.
Hopefully Sunday brings more things to write about.
May 14, 2013Posted by on
Just a few notes on the eve of Game 3…
– No idea who is starting in goal for Game 3 Wednesday for the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins. It’s a good problem to have really, when you have two Class A goaltenders to choose from. If I am Coach Hynes, I give the net to Brad Thiessen until Jeff Zatkoff gives me a reason to give it back to him. Providence scored 12 goals on Zatkoff. Say what you want about the situation, but the Penguins played a much calmer and overall better game in front of Thiessen in the second and third period. And oh, by the way, Thiessen didn’t allow a goal in 40 minutes played.
– No suspension for Warren Peters for his hit on Zach Trotman in Game 2.
– Dylan Reese will not be available for Game 3 tomorrow. He skated Tuesday but won’t tomorrow night at seven.
– Boston recalled D Torey Krug today. This leaves Providence with 5 defensemen. The issue that the Penguins have had in the series hasn’t been anything on the Providence blue line. It’s been Chris Bourque and the deadly Providence power play. The P-Bruins could have rolled out an ECHL blueline and still likely would have won Games 1 and 2.
Elsewhere outside of this series…
– The Hartford Wolf Pack are back. I don’t know why they switched from the Connecticut Whale to Wolf Pack midseason a few seasons ago. Seemed silly to me.
– The Vancouver Canucks, who bought the Peoria Rivermen franchise, will not skate a team full of prospects next season. That means that the Canucks prospects will be spread out all over the AHL next year and the league will retract back to 29 teams unless a last second Hail Mary is called.
– The aforementioned Peoria Rivermen are apparently taking the elevator down three levels to a league called the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with a team from the Central Hockey League (CHL) named the Bloomington Blaze. I know minor league team movement doesn’t interest nearly as many people as it does interest me, but there is a lot of movement below the AHL in the ECHL possibly gaining two if not three teams and the SPHL expanding and the CHL drying up completely.
Back to this P-Bruins / Penguins series finally, and an op-ed piece from yours truly. We have come way too far in the last couple of seasons for this to be the end of things for a fourteenth season. The summit is not and should not be second round of playoffs and out year after year after year. I am not going to Game 3 tomorrow expecting to lose. I am not going to Game 4 Friday to attend a funeral. This series has to be won on the road. Flashback to July last year and the boatload of talent signed by Pittsburgh earmarked for Wilkes-Barre in the Fall. This team here in the middle of May is still that same team, only better with additions of Derek Nesbitt and Chad Kolarik. We are not out of this series yet. We can, and I expect to win this series in either six or seven games.
Gameday for Game 3 will be here Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
December 29, 2012Posted by on
Watching the snow fall out my window and took to Twitter and tore into some numbers into the Penguins losing streak. I want to set a benchmark when things get better / get worse, so here’s this offering for you:
In nine games since December 7, the Penguins are 2-6-1-1 and have been outscored 34-18.
Dylan Reese, Zach Sill, Dom Uher, Alex Grant, Steve MacIntyre have appeared in at least one of the last nine games and have no points. Sill, Uher and MacIntyre are not asked to score. Alex Grant floats in and out of the lineup but has been known for his power play abilities.
Simon Despres (1-0-1, 3 GP), Bobby Farnham (1-0-1, 8 GP), Joey Mormina (1-0-1, 4 GP), Robert Bortuzzo (1-0-1, 9 GP) and Philippe Dupuis (0-1-1, 8 GP) all have one point in the nine games. Despres has just come off of an injury.
Brian Dumoulin (1-1-2, 8 GP), Warren Peters (1-1-2, 9 GP) and Jayson Megna (2-0-2, 6 GP) have two points. Philip Samuelsson (1-2-3, 7 GP), Brian Gibbons (0-3-3, 9 GP), Benn Ferriero (1-2-3, 9 GP) have three points in 9 games.
Joe Morrow (0-4-4, 8 GP), Paul Thompson (2-2-4, 8 GP) and Eric Tangradi (1-3-4, 9 GP) have 4 points. Riley Holzapfel (2-3-5, 9 GP), Beau Bennett (0-5-5, 5 GP) and Trevor Smith (3-2-5, 9 GP) have 5 points.
No one has six points.
In the “things that make you go wow” department: Philippe Dupuis and Bobby Farnham have the same amount of points. (Farhnam a goal, Dupuis an assist) – Eric Tangradi only has one goal. Brian Gibbons is cold again (0-3-3) — Beau Bennett has five points and has missed the last four games.
I’m not mathematically advanced enough to give Jeff Zatkoff or Brad Thiessen’s numbers, sorry.
I think the team really misses Beau Bennett. That’s hard for me to say because there is no way in my mind that a rookie could mean so much to his team. I mean, I guess it could (see: Conacher, Cory last year for Norfolk) but in recent memory, a Penguins rookie hasn’t made that much of a difference for a team that they miss him so much.
Regarding tonights game, it is still scheduled for tonight despite the snowfall.
Gameday setup for tonight’s game will be here at 3 p.m.
Let’s Go Pens!
November 18, 2012Posted by on
I hope the local portion of the Chirps from Center Ice reading contingent had the ability to purchase a Citizens’ Voice today. My print story pinch hitting for Jonathan Bombulie was in it. I was selfishly hoping for upper fold of the front of the sports page, but I will settle for Page B4. Here is the story in internet format. Not exactly James Ellery worthy, but you all seemed to enjoy it from what you gave me feed back wise on Twitter and Facebook, and for that I cannot thank you all enough.
Two things that didn’t make it past the editing table I wanted to share from last night:
– Joe Morrow was involved in his first pro fight with heavyweight Matt Clackson.
– Of the eight penalty shots awarded in the AHL this season, Brad Thiessen has been involved in two of them. He stopped Bridgeport’s Nino Niederrieter on October 20 and did not stop Garrett Mitchell last night.
It was an honor sitting on press row with the likes of the great Tim Leone who covers the Bears for The Patriot News and my fellow fan bloggers Sweetest Hockey on Earth. More of an honor pinch hitting for one of the best in this business.
We will return you to regular scheduled fan blogging this Wednesday when the Pens revisit Giant Center vs. the Bears. I’ll try to have something Monday or Tuesday in between here on the blog.
August 28, 2012Posted by on
ALERT: This post has no Penguins news in it.
We are witnessing the decline of a staple of everyday life for most people. It is the newspaper. Nearly everyplace you look you are seeing and hearing about daily newspapers going from a daily publication to three times a week.
It happened today, twice in two AHL East Division markets:
Just shocking to see this. Harrisburg Patriot-News going to print just three days a week, starting in January. bit.ly/NA2X1A—
John Walton (@WaltonCaps) August 28, 2012
Big news regarding the The Post-Standard syracuse.com/news/index.ssf…—
Jim Sarosy (@JimSarosy) August 28, 2012
Tim Leone covers the Hershey Bears for The Patriot News. Lindsay Kramer covers the Syracuse Crunch for The Post-Standard. You can follow both men on Twitter @timleone and @PSCrunchHockey respectively.
Jonathan Bombulie tweeted this form of satire the other day:
My wife and I just used a coupon at Old Country Buffet. Kids, don't major in journalism.—
Jonathan Bombulie (@JBombulie) August 23, 2012
I truly feel a bit of resentment as the untrained, unpaid, “fan blogger” in even continuing and maintaining to blog if by doing so leads to the downfall of print journalism either directly or indirectly.
Let me state unequivocally that it is not this blogs intent to take away from anything the paid professionals, be it in Hershey, Wilkes-Barre, Syracuse, Chicago or beyond put into print. I encourage you to read the actual journalists first because I always do.
That said, the intent of blogging and the downfall of print may be unavoidable in this “I want it now” society. Face it, news happens and breaks in real time in this day and age. The people who truly get their news from a newspaper anymore are few and far between with the dawn of the blog, the smartphone, Twitter, Facebook and beyond. That the newspaper may be extinct in ten years like the tube television is an absolute crying shame.
Buy a newspaper. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Let’s all hope that day never comes.
May 13, 2012Posted by on
I offer the following post with no links. Everyone mentioned here is on Twitter. If you want to know more about a specific person, just mention me on Twitter, leave a comment on the blog or e-mail me.
Sent out a lot of “Thank You’s” on Twitter last night after the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins bowed out of the Calder Cup Playoffs 3-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps. If you don’t tweet you should, and follow me for Penguins banter.
In keeping with last night’s thank you’s the Twitter way, here it goes again:
Thank you to:
- The Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins on a hell of a thirteenth season.
- Brian Coe, Jill Heller, Josh McCorkle and the rest of the WBS Penguins front office employees for putting up with an over the top Penguins fan in me with a Twitter and a blog.
- Mike O’Brien and Jonathan Bombulie on the media side for letting an insurance adjuster (me) come swim in their pool trying to act like local media.
- Jason Chaimovitch and the braintrust in Springfield at AHL headquarters for the excellent work in keeping me informed so I can pretend like I know what I am talking about and again, act like I am a part of media.
Outside of WBS and the league she plays in, thanks to these people in other markets:
- Tim Leone in Hershey. I try to emulate the wit on Twitter after him. I’ve learned that if you use Hershey as your benchmark, you are learning from the absolute best.
- Michael Fornabaio in Bridgeport who is the inspiration for Chirps from Center Ice. What you read here with links and such was basically stolen from Mr. Fornabaio. He is another whom I try to emulate myself after on Twitter.
- Joy Lindsay in Binghamton. With blogging and tweeting, I’ve yet to find another beat writer who works harder than this woman. She’ll never beat me in tweeting starting goalies, though.
- Scott Stuccio in Hershey, voice of the Bears. Even though he hopped enemy lines and now bleeds Chocolate and White instead of Black and Gold you will never find a classier person at this level.
- Bob Howard in Binghamton who runs the Power Play Post Show who had me on twice this season playing radio.
- Patrick Williams who, despite being “called up” and covering the St. John’s IceCaps parent team, the Winnipeg Jets, was a huge help to a nobody (me) when I was first starting Twitter and the blog. The AHL really doesn’t have a well known observer of the sport anymore. A casual observer, if it were. Patrick Williams was that. I miss his insights on this league on a daily basis.
Good luck to Brendan McCarthy, Mark Andrews, Charlie Dart, Charles Pickett and the St. John’s IceCaps. Pete Michaud, Keith Phillips, Scott, Charlene and Kim and the Norfolk Admirals.
Good luck to Sherry and the Toronto Marlies and Eric Rodgers and the Oklahoma City Barons.
Other thanks has to go to Chris Roy from the Maine Hockey Journal, Darryl Hunt from Worcester, Tim McManus in Adirondack with Bob Rotruck, blog pals the Third Intermission out in Houston, 100 Degree Hockey in Cedar Park, Phil Giubileo, voice of the Sound Tigers, Keith Wozniak and LetsGoAmerks, Tracey Lake in Albany (and I guess Amy, too) my Hershey blog friends Sweetest Hockey run by Kyle and Kathryn, Cam Tucker and Dan Kinvig in Abbotsford, Nathan Mallett in San Antonio, the Admirals Roundtable who is, in my opinion, the number one AHL fan blog out there. Thanks to Mike Lappan and Jenni in Charlotte who runs Chasing Checkers. I miss the Checkers in Wilkes-Barre. More thanks to the biggest WBS fan in Toronto, Lindsey, Shawn Rine in Wheeling who covers the ECHL affiliate of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, Wheeling Nailers, like a snuggie. Brian Ring in Hartford, Dave Eminian and the guy who runs the Rivermen Fan Blog, MJ and Allovimo in Syracuse, the braintrust behind Chairman How’s Glorious Army. Mike Kelly, voice of the Springfield Falcons and Katharine there too. Dave Sottile in the Harrisburg area, Kate Krenzer with the Binghamton Senators, Carmine Vetrano, Stephen Nelson, late of Rockford. Jeff Green in Hamilton, Justin Walden and color commentator of the Bears Randy “Rock” Johnson. Justin Cohn in Fort Wayne, home of the Central League Champion Komets.
This line dedicated to Sue Johnson in Bridgeport, who gave this writer his first ever press credential in Bridgeport this season.
Thanks to my Pittsburgh contingents Oz, who runs Pens News Feed, Eric P from the Wilkes-Blog, Zach Boslett and Jesse Marshall from Faceoff Factor and Eric Majeski who did this before it was cool.
Many thanks also to the Wilkes-Barre contingent of the fan blogosphere, Butch Petit and Brent who runs PensFans4Ever and Tony Androckitis at Highland Park Hockey.
Most importantly, thank you, the fan, for coming here and reading this and interacting with me on Twitter. I maintain that I would still do this even if it were my mother, my cat and some random guy in Nebraska the only people reading this. That I get people coming here and following me on Twitter is a bonus, really.
I will be back and better than ever in 2012-2013, as I am confident the Penguins will be as well. Check back every now and again this summer for updates on offseason moves regarding the Penguins.
Let’s Go Pens!