I have been working as a staff member on ThePensNation.com, so this blog has grown a bit neglected. I encourage you to go check out my work on there as well as the rest of the amazing staff!

I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll continue to have my own separate blog, so once I make a decision I’l let everyone know. Thanks for stopping by and reading my rants and musings on Hockey!

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We’re Back!

bubble wrap turns 50-310788299.grid-6x2Unfortunately there was a major hardware failure on the box that hosts my websites. After over a week of waiting for a restored backup, assistance form Dreamhost, and hard work from myself the website has been restored. Thanks for your patience, and I hope to get back into the groove of writing soon!

In the meantime, It seems that we need to make an industrial order of Bubble Wrap for our favorite team.

Beau Bennett - Broken Wrist (Had Surgery Monday), Expected out 8-10 weeks
Tanner Glass - Broken Hand, Expected to be out 3-4 Weeks
Paul Martin – Fractured Tibia, Expected to be out 4-6 Weeks
Chuck Kobasew - Lower Body Injury (has been skating alone), Return Unknown
Rob Scuderi - Broken Ankle, Possible return the end of December
Tomas Vokoun - Blood Clot, No updated till sometime in December

The Penguins have also made some necessary roster moves, bringing up Despres, Megna, and Connor. They also sent down Gibbons and placed D’Agostini on waivers. Hopefully we’ll hear some good news soon, and not see any more names added to the IR list.



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The New Age

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It’s time to look past the end of last year’s post-season. We’ve said goodbye to some players, welcomed back an essential ‘piece’, and brought in some new faces. New rules, re-organized divisions, and a fresh group of players are beginning to fight veterans for lineup spots.  Now after a short off-season, it’s time to start all over again.

I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust

I’m breathing in the chemicals

The Pittsburgh Penguins opened on October third against the New Jersey Devils, and the atmosphere in the arena was electric. During the opening introductions the crowd was loud and boisterous; welcoming back their favorite players and giving a heartfelt cheer for the injured Vokoun. As the puck dropped, the Penguins went straight to work, controlling the puck, making significant plays, and forcing turnovers in the neutral zone. The goals of the night were scored by Kobasew, Crosby, and Adams.

The defense looked strong thanks to the likes of Paul Martin (The Rock), a solid playing Matt Niskanen, and the addition of “the piece” Rob Scudari. We also got our first look at Olli Maatta in an actual NHL game and his performance and hockey IQ was impressive. And you can’t forget about goal-tending, Marc-André Fleury had a spectacular evening. His positioning was perfect, he was aggressive when needed, and looked confident between the pipes. Then there was the save, which should make it on his career highlight reel. Beyond two bad penalties taken by Malkin (high stick) and Glass (boarding) the Penguins over-all were fantastic.

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse

Game two verses the Buffalo Sabres was a Déjà Vu experience. With goals from Crosby, Kobasew, Adams (Empty Net), and a penalty shot by Kunitz the pens were able to snuff out the Sabres in a 4-1 victory. Fleury had another strong evening, and the entire defense (and offense) played smart. The only weak point in the game seemed to be the power-play unit, however when you remember that James Neal and Kris Letang are out currently you can forgive the odd power-play line combinations. Besides that, All cylinders seemed to be firing and there was nothing bad to note.

After a strong start you can tell this team is focused, disciplined, and looking to the future. The modified system seems to be working well, allowing the Penguins to force more turnovers and create more breakaway attempts. It’s still too early in the season to judge how things will go, but so far the Penguins look like they are ready off to a strong start. But remember that the 2013-114 season is a long and treacherous road. Wins, losses, epic saves, injuries, fights, records, and heartbreak will all appear on the winidng road we call hockey. So buckle up baby and hit the gas, it’s time to bring on the new age of Penguins Hockey.

I’m waking up I feel it in my bones / Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age / Welcome to the new age,  to the new age
I’m radioactive, radioactive / I’m radioactive, radioactive

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Pens Roster Updates

Injured Reserve:
- Kris Letang was places on IR with a lower body injury, can be avaialbe as soon as October 8th- Matt D’Agostini is on Long-Term Injured Reserve, Lower Body Injury
- Tomas Vokoun is on Long-Term Injured reserve and will be out 3-6 months pending his treatment for blood clots

-James Neal has been listed as “day-to-day” with an upper body injury.


- Chuck Kobasew has been signed to a 1 year deal for $550,000 after his PTO with the Penguins.

- Beau Bennett was temporarily moved to the ECHL affiliate the Wheeling Nailers, but he was recalled this morning. This was a paper move for the Penguins to become cap Compliant
- Simon Despres, Chris Conner, and Harrison Ruopp was moved back to WBS

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Vokoun out Indefinitely

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 4.34.06 PMThe Penguins secondary goaltender Tomas Vokoun is out indefinitely after being treated for a blood clot in his leg. According to the official Pittsburgh Penguins website, on Saturday September 21 Tomas Vokoun was experiencing leg pain during practice. When he got off the ice the trainers noticed swelling in his leg and quickly called for the team doctor. Vokoun was then transported to a local emergency room where he then had a procedure (most likely an angioplasty) to remove the blockage from his pelvis. According to GM Ray Shero’s press conference, Vokoun is resting after the successful procedure and there is no timetable yet for his return.

Vokoun has a prior history with blood clots back in 2006 when he played for the Nashville Predators. At that time he was diagnosed with Pelvic Thrombophlebitis, a rare condition that can create a multitude of blood clots. As of yesterday they have not confirmed if the issue is a recurrence of his previous condition. The frightening part is that if this blood clott went unnoticed, Vokoun was at a high risk for stroke, pulmonary embolism, or a heart attack. Thankfully due to the quick action of the trainers, team doctor, and hospital employees his condition was caught and treated early.

The team should learn how long Vokoun will be out over the next few days, but for now Marc-Andre Fleury will be paired with Jeff Zatkoff. Zatkoff played a phenomenal season in WBS last year with five shutouts, had a .920 save percentage,  a 1.93 GAA, and was voted the team’s MVP. He is expected to make his NHL debut in one of the two of the remaining preseason starts.

We all wish “Vokouna Matata” a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in the black & vegas gold soon.

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