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                  THE PENS AREN’T MIGHTIER
	          At	least	it’s	over.		The	Hawks	defi-        he’s	going	to	make	a	Mike	Richards-like	case	       toothy	Marc-Andre	Fleury	hasn’t	been	bailing	
nitely	caught	a	case	of	Bus-Is-Running-Itis	           at	contract	time	(and	bet	your	ass	he	will)	he’d	   them	out.		In	his	last	10	games	Mr.	Ed	has	a	
in	Nashville	on	Tuesday	night.		We’ve	been	a	          better	play	in	all	situations	as	Richards	does.		   Save	%	of	.884.		Backup	Mathieu	Garon	hasn’t	
little	rose-colored	when	it	comes	to	Hawks	            They Were The NHL’s Number One                      been	any	better.		
subpar	performances,	but	there	wasn’t	any	                                                                 	         Obviously,	the	Pens	are	a	front-load-
excuse	for	that	bilge	that	washed	up	in	Music	
                                                       Son, They’ve Treated It Like #2                     ed	squad.		Only	Scum	and	San	Jose	can	match	
                                                       	         Tonight,	the	Clown	College-On-Fire	
City.		Yes,	it	was	the	third	game	in	four	nights,	                                                         a	top-two	forwards	of	Crosby	and	Malkin.		But	
                                                       that	is	the	Pittsburgh	Penguins	come	a	callin’.		
and	at	the	end	of	a	silly	12	road	games	in	14.		                                                           when	they	play	together,	there’s	no	second	
                                                       There’s	been	so	much	going	wrong	along	the	
It’s	almost	a	sure	thing	they	were	eyeing	the	                                                             line	scoring.		Jordan	Staal	has	been	just	this	
                                                       three	rivers	it’s	hard	to	know	where	to	start.		
home	stretch	coming	up,	where	they’ll	barely	                                                              side	of	awful.		When	split	up,	Crosby	has	no	
                                                       Suspect	off-season	moves,	injuries,	dodgy	
be	out	of	the	Central	timezone	for	the	rest	of	                                                            support	and	becomes	isolated,	as	there	are	no	
                                                       goaltending,	abstract	defending,	quitting	on	a	
the	season.		But	that	was	a	pretty	inexcus-                                                                wingers	who	can	keep	up	with	him.		All	of	this	
                                                       coach,	firing	said	coach,	the	list	goes	on	and	
able	effort	on	Tuesday.		Laziness,	silliness,	                                                             adds	up	to	a	team	in	serious,	serious	trouble.
                                                       on.		
stupidness,	and	any	other	-ness	you	can	think	                                                             Desperate Pens Call For Desperate
                                                       	         Things	started	to	go	pear-shaped	on	
of	were	on	display,	leading	us	to	have	to	hear	
the	fucking	Predators	goal	song	far	too	many	
                                                       the	Pens	when	trying	to	replace	Hossa,	Ma-          Measures
                                                       lone,	and	Recchi	with	Miroslav	Satan,	Ruslan	       	          It’s	hard	to	fathom	that	the	Hawks	
times	--	one	of	the	two	goal	songs	worse	than	
                                                       Fedotenko,	and	Matt	Cooke.		It	was	always	          will	face	a	more	desperate	team	than	Pitts-
the	United	Center’s	(the	Kings	“I	Love	LA”	is	
                                                       kind	of	a	ridiculous	notion.		Things	didn’t	        burgh.		They	sit	outside	the	playoff	picture,	
probably	worse	than	The	Fratellis,	though	at	
                                                       get	much	better	with	Sergei	Gonchar	and	            and	missing	them	would	have	financial	conse-
least	Randy	Newman	has	a	hilarious	appear-
                                                       Ryan	Whitney	getting	hurt.		Even	with	them,	        quences	for	a	franchise	that	always	seems	to	
ance	on	Family	Guy	to	his	name).		Whatever,	
                                                       Pittsburgh’s	play	on	the	blue	line	has	been	hi-     be	teetering	on	the	edge.		Not	only	that,	but	
it’s	over	now,	and	there’s	probably	no	point	in	
                                                       larious	for	all	to	see	--	unless	you	wear	black	    this	was	a	squad	touted	as	Cup-challenger	
dwelling	on	it.		
                                                       and	gold.		There’s	not	much	defending,	and	         status,	and	a	playoff-miss	would	be	a	huge	
Special Teams A Go-Go                                  there’s	hardly	any	transition	game	to	speak	        embarrassment.		
	          One	area	of	concern	is	the	play	of	         of.		That	leaves	it	all	up	to	the	forward	to	do	    	          In	the	past	week,	Pittsburgh	has	
both	special	teams.		We’ll	start	with	the	power		      it,	and	outside	of	Malkin,	Crosby,	and	Sykora,	     struggled	to	a	split	with	the	Isles	(which	we	
play.		Specifically,	a	hard	eye	must	be	focused	       their	forwards	haven’t	been	up	to	the	task.		       though	only	possible	if	it	was	a	bar	bet),	been	
on	the	second	unit.		It	has	produced	exactly	          This	is	clearly	something	they	tried	to	address	    bitch-slapped	by	the	Caps,	and	beat	Philly	in	
one	goal	in	the	last	12	games.		Versteeg,	for	         with	the	trade	for	Chris	Kunitz	for	Whit-           Philly.		Clearly,	they’re	a	schizo	bunch.		Their	
whatever	reason,	has	fallen	off.		Not	only	is	         ney	yesterday.		Kunitz	may	be	in	the	lineup	        best	effort	tonight	could	make	things	tricky,	
Albatross	the	name	of	a	kick-ass	Corrosion	of	         tonight.		The	Pens	are	dead	last	in	shots	per	      but	who	knows	if	we’ll	see	it,	especially	if	
Conformity	song,	but	it	aptly	describes	Dustin	        game,	which	lets	you	know	how	much	trouble	         Crosby	doesn’t	play	(he’s	questionable).
Byfuglien.		He	can’t,	or	won’t,	get	in	front	of	       they’ve	had	creating	offense.                                                   -Draft	Stormy	Daniels
the	net	enough,	doesn’t	retrieve	the	puck	with	        	         Not	helping	matters	is	that	the	very	
any	sort	of	effort,	and	his	movement	is	akin	
to	that	of	an	old	wino,	slow	and	unfocused.		                  People Who Are Still Living In the Basement In Their Mid 20’s
It	might	be	time	to	change	things	up.		Dave	
Bolland,	while	not	as	flashy	as	VerStud	can	
be,	is	a	better	passer	and	probably	has	better	
feel.		Andrew	Ladd	couldn’t	help	but	be	better	
in	front	of	the	net	than	Buff,	and	we	know	his	
effort	will	be.		The	D.	Ladd	Soul	line	(Bolland,	
Ladd,	and	Havlat)	has	obvious,	destructive	
chemistry	at	even-strength,	it	stands	to	rea-
son	it	would	with	the	man-advantage.		
	          Much	more	worrisome,	though,	is	
the	penalty	kill.		It	has	fallen	from	a	Top	5	Unit	
to	the	bottom	half	of	the	league.		It	has	been	a	
sieve.		Frankly,	it’s	time	to	put	Captain	Marvel	
out	there,	if	for	no	other	reason	than	to	win	a	
face-off.		Just	that	alone	would	kill	an	addi-
tional	20-30	seconds,	at	least.		Toews	would	
provide	the	same	threat	that	Versteeg	does	
--which	is	the	only	reason	we	can	conceive	
that	Q	puts	him	out	there	a	man	down.		Be-
cause,	honestly,	Versteeg	just	isn’t	that	good	
on	the	kill.		Toews	was	effective	on	the	unit	
last	season,	no	reason	he	wouldn’t	be	now.		If	                Computer Dorks                      Perverts                   Sidney Crosby
                                    PENGUINS HIRE LOUGANIS
                                                                   need to do it when the ref is looking, and you need to really
Forklift, along with CT, are owners and operators of HOC-
                                                                   sell it.”
KEENIGHT.COM, which is at least the third or fourth most
popular Blackhawks-related site. They boast staff writers
                                                                            Lemieux continued. “I always saved my best dives
Slats Radke and Pierre Duguay, and are home to the inimi-
                                                                   for the postseason. But this is the time of year you work
table HOCKEENIGHT PUCKCAST.
                                                                                    on technique. You get the dives right, and
                                                                                    you’ll start seeing those games where you
        In an effort to increase the num-
                                                                                    can get into double digits on power plays.
ber of power play opportunities they have
                                                                                    Then, once the playoffs start, you want to
been receiving, the Pittsburgh Penguins
                                                                                    make sure even strangth play is a rarity.
announced today they were hiring Olympic
                                                                                    I scored a lot at even strength, but on the
gold medalist Greg Louganis as their diving
                                                                                    power play, we were unstoppable.”
coach.
                                                                                         When asked why the Penguins had to
	       “We	made	it	to	the	finals	last	year,	
                                                          Fork Lift               go outside their organization to hire a div-
but something wasn’t quite right,” Co-owner
                                                                                  ing coach, Lemiuex explained. “I’d love to
and Chairman Mario Lemieux told the
                                                                                  show Sid and (Evegni) Malkin all my tricks
assembled media. “When we won our two Cups in the 90s,
                                                               for getting the referee’s arm up, but I’m to busy teaching
Jaromir (Jagr) and I were always on the Power Play. I see a
                                                               them when to spear and elbow when nobody’s looking. That
lot of my style of play in Sidney (Crosby), where he can do as
                                                               takes up all my time now.”
much laying on the ice as he can do on his skates.”

       Louganis was asked what the Penguins needed to
work	on.	“They	need	to	increase	their	degree	of	difficulty,”	he	
  said.	“Just	flopping	to	the	ice	won’t	get	the	job	done.	You	
                                               NHL STANDINGS                                                      *late game not included


         Eastern Conference                                                   Western Conference
                    W    L    OTL PTS GF     GA    HOME AWAY                            W     L    OTL    PTS    GF    GA     HOME AWAY
1    Boston         42   12    8    92   212 138   21-4-4    21-8-4    1   San Jose     42     9     9     93    203 145      26-2-3        16-7-6
2    Washington     39   18    5    83   207 179   25-6-1    14-12-4   2   Puke         40    13     8     88    232 178      23-4-3        17-9-5
3    New Jersey     39   19    3    81   186 151   20-10-1   19-9-2    3   Calgary      36    18     6     78    191 174      21-7-4        15-11-2
4    Philadelphia   33   17    9    75   195 171   18-8-3    15-9-6    4   HAWKS        34    17     8     76    197 148      15-5-5        19-12-3
5    Montreal       32   22    7    71   187 184   19-6-4    13-16-3   5   Vancouver    30    22     8     68    181 173 14-11-4 16-11-4
6    Florida        31   22    8    70   169 166   17-8-5    14-14-3   6   Columbus*    30    25     6     66    166 173 19-10-2 11-15-4
7    NY Rangers     31   24    8    70   153 174   18-10-4   13-14-4   7   Minnesota    30    24     5     65    152 137 18-11-5 12-13-0
8    Buffalo        31   24    7    69   182 173   17-12-2   14-12-5   8   Edmonton*    30    25     5     65    170 185 14-11-4 16-14-1
 9   Carolina       32   26    5    69   166 181   17-13-1   15-13-4   9   Dallas       29    24     7     65    175 183 17-10-4 12-14-3
10   Pittsburgh     30   26    6    66   186 191   17-12-2   13-14-4   10 Anaheim       30    28     5     65    176 185 15-13-3 15-15-2
11   Toronto        24   26   12    60   187 224   11-11-8   13-15-4   11 Nashville     30    28     4     64    151 172 18-11-2 12-17-2
12   Ottawa         23   28    9    55   149 172   13-11-5   10-17-4   12 St. Louis     27    26     8     62    170 180 16-11-5 11-15-3
13   Tampa Bay      20   29   12    52   155 196   11-12-8   9-17-4    13 Los Angeles   26    25     9     61    157 173 13-13-8 13-12-1
14   Atlanta        22   34    6    50   183 218   10-17-2   12-17-4   14 Phoenix       27    30     5     59    158 190 17-12-2 10-18-3
15   NY Islanders 18     36    7    43   148 204   12-13-5   6-23-2    15 Colorado      28    33     1     57    168 194 17-14-0 11-19-1




                                   TOP 10 LIST                                                           PUCK DROP
                                                                                                                  Petr Sykora, Right
     Top 10 Requirements To Be A Pittsburgh Resident                                                              Wing, Pittsburgh: Re-
10. You must own at least three Steelers jerseys. One home, one                                                   member when the Hawks
away, and one throwback                                                                                           shipped Ed Belfour off to
9. You cannot, under any cirumstances, be any good at baseball                                                    San Jose, and you heard
                                                                                                                  we got Sykora in return?
8. You have to be able to spell “pierogi” on your first attempt                                                   Then, to your horror,
7. You have to be able to name all three rivers that form the Conflu-                                             realized it was his totally
ence (Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio)                                                                           useless brother, Michal
6. You cannot say Monongahela and laugh uncontrollably                                                            (we don’t know what
5. You can’t for one second believe that Mario was a big, diving                             Michal Sykora is up to these days, but we bet
                                                                                             it involves a squeegee)? Petr’s consistency is
pansy                                                                                        something to behold. The last time he failed
4. Neither is Sid                                                                            to crack 20 goals was 1998, and he’s spent a
3. Malkin didn’t choke in the Finals last year, he was just tired                            great	majority	of	his	career	on	defense-first	
2. You must wear a Steelers construction helmet. At your wedding                             squads New Jersey and Anaheim. He’s been
1. You must think putting your fries directly on your cheeseburger is                        just	as	good	this	year,	and	may	take	a	run	at	his	
                                                                                             career high of 35 goals. Without him, it’s hard
a good idea (which, truthfully, it is)                                                       to imagine where the Pens might be.
              Chicago Blackhawks 34-17-8
                      Perhaps it is time to call an end to the Versteeg at center experiment. VerStud only has four points
                      in his last eight, his shot totals are dropping, and he just hasn’t been all that noticeable. Problem is,




                                                                                                                                                                                                best PK’er.
                                                                                                                                                                                                3rd on the team in Behind the Net ratings, 4th in Corsi, and the team’s 2nd
                                                                                                                                                                                                We’ve mentioned Burish’s surprising play before, but it bares repeating. He’s
                      there isn’t anyone else to put there. Whether Versteeg has just hit a wall or this is water seeking its
                      own level, we’ll just have to see.
 #        Pos      Player                    Ht      WT       AGE        GP     G        A       P     +/-        PIM          PP     SH       GW       S         S%         Salary (Cap Hit)
 88       R        Patrick Kane             5'10"    187          20     57     20      34       54        2         36         10        0      3     176        11.4         $3,725,000
 24       R        The Perfect Beard        6'2"     217          27     59     20      32       52     20           20          5        0      3     177        11.3         $6,000,000
 19       C        Captain Marvel           6'2"     209          20     59     22      27       49     14           41          6        0      6     147        15           $2,800,000
 32       L        VerStud                  5'10"    180          22     56     16      28       44     16           47          4        4      2      92        17.4          $491,667
 51       D        51 Phantom               6'0"     188          29     59     7       34       41        9         16          4        0      1      78         9           $7,142,875
 10       L        The Sharp-Shooter        6'1"     197          27     54     23      15       38        2         39          8        0      4     163        14.1         $3,900,000
 36       C        Dave Bolland             6'0"     188          22     59     13      23       36     20           32          0        2      4      80        16.3          $845,833
 16       L        Nails                    6'2"     198          23     59     10      24       34     23           22          0        0      1     139        7.2          $1,550,000
 2        D        Duncan Keith             6'1"     194          25     55     7       25       32     31           36          2        1      1     113        6.2          $1,475,000
 25       D        Cam Barker               6'3"     213          22     46     4       23       27     -1           47          4        0      1      57         7           $2,768,587
 33       R        Dustin Byfuglien         6'3"     247          23     54     10      12       22        0         66          3        0      2     145        6.9          $3,000,000
 22       R        Troy Brouwer             6'2"     213          23     50     8       14       22     13           46          3        1      0      95        8.4           $675,000
 7        D        Brent Seabrook           6'3"     220          23     59     5       11       16     19           47          2        1      0      95        5.3          $3,500,000
 46       C        Colin Fraser             6'1"     188          23     59     5       10       15        7         46          0        0      0      44        11.4          $500,000
 55       L        Ben Eager                6'2"     220          24     55     10       4       14        9      116            0        0      0      60        16.7          $568,000
 43       D        James Wisniewski         6'0"     207          24     28     2       10       12        7         12          1        0      0      63        3.2           $900,000
 8        D        Matt Walker              6'3"     214          28     47     1        9       10     16           60          0        0      0      60        1.7           $600,000
 37       R        Adam Burish              6'1"     189          26     43     5        3       8         7         69          0        0      2      64        7.8           $712,500
 23       D        Aaron Johnson            6'1"     211          25     28     3        5       8      18           24          0        0      1      20        15            $600,000
 28       R        Craig Adams              6'0"     197          31     36     2        4       6      -3           22          1        0      0      38        5.3           $600,000
 5        D        Brent Sopel              6'1"     211          32     23     1        1       2      -4            8          0        0      1      15        6.7          $2,333,333
                   Totals/Averages          6'1"    203.75    24.38            195      348             47        861           53        9            1936   10.07%           $44,119,795
                Though Huet has been more than solid, he’s done nothing to disprove the theory he can’t handle a major workload. His
                supbar performance in Detroit on 12/1 was his 4th straight start, Tampa was his 3rd, and last time out in Nashville his
  *injured
                7th. More than three starts in a row with Cris, things get dodgy.
  #      Goalie                      HT    WT       AGE      GPI       Min     GAA       W       L     OT        SO       SA         GA        Sv%      G     A     PIM           Salary
  39     Nikolai Khabibulin         6'1"    209     36       29        1673    2.37      17       5    5         1        870        66        0.924    0     2          6      $6,750,000
  38     Cristobal Huet             6'1"    205     33       33        1884    2.32      17      12    3         3        863        73        0.915    0     0          2      $5,625,000
  31     Antii Niemi                6’2”    204     25       29*       1580*   2.59*     13*     12*   2*        2*       722*       65*      0.917*    0     0          0       $488,000
         Totals/Averages            6'1"    207     34                 3557    2.35      34      17    8         4        1733       139       0.919    0     2          8      $12,375,000
      * in Rockford                                                                                                                              TOTAL CAP NUMBER:               $57,283,000
                                                                                                                                                 CAP SPACE:                      $274,000*
                   Probable Lines                                              Probable Pairings                                          *space	also	affected	by	buyouts	and	injured	players
  Left Wing                    Center               Right Wing                        2		Keith                 7		Seabrook
  22		Brouwer                 19		Toews               88		Kane                  51		Campbell                    8		Walker                                     Injury List
                                                                                                                                              Brent	Sopel-	Out	(Talent)
      16		Ladd               36		Bolland             24		Havlat                43		Wisniewski                  25		Barker
                                                                                                                                              Patrick	Sharp-	Out	(Knee)
 33		Byfuglien               32		Versteeg            28		Adams                                                                                Nikolai	Khabibulin-Questionable	(groin?)
      37		Burish              46		Fraser              55		Eager



 16 years ago, David Stern sent me
to ruin the NHL. I have done every-
thing I can think of to drive the core                                                                                                I am so close to completing the task
 fan away, strip hockey of all that’s                                                                                                      Stern charged me with....
great about it, and eliminate any at-
tention by the mainstream media...
                                                                                                         Pierogi-Ville Penguins 30-26-6
Kunitz immediately becomes the team’s runaway leader in terms of Corsi, by 16. This is a product




                                                                                                    #    Pos      Player                    Ht         WT        AGE             GP      G       A     P     +/-     PIM        PP     SH     GW       S          S%            Salary (Cap Hit)
                                                                                                    71   C        Evgeni Malkin            6' 3"       195          22           62      27      61    88    18          62        9    2      2       219        12.3             $3,483,000
of playing with Getzlaf and Perry. He’ll get the same quality center in Pitt, but not the wing.




                                                                                                    87   C        Sidney Crosby            5' 11"      200          21           60      23      56    79        3       65        3    0      2       180        12.8             $8,700,000
                                                                                                    17   R        Petr Sykora              6' 0"       190          32           59      23      20    43        4       26     13      0      8       143        16.1             $2,500,000
                                                                                                    ?    R        Chris Kunitz*            6’ 0”       193          29           62      16      19    35        9       55        3    0      2       139        11.5              $921,000
                                                                                                    81   R        Miroslav Satan           6' 3"       191          34           62      15      18    33        1       32        6    0      2       113        13.3             $3,500,000
                                                                                                    11   C        Jordan Staal             6' 4"       220          20           62      15      17    32    -11         29        2    1      2       116        12.9             $2,200,000
                                                                                                    26   L        Ruslan Fedotenko         6' 2"       195          30           45      13      13    26    10          34        1    0      3       77         16.9             $2,250,000
                                                                                                    24   L        Matt Cooke               5' 11"      205          30           56      8       13    21     -9         69        0    0      1       54         14.8             $1,174,000
                                                                                                    48   C        Tyler Kennedy            5' 11"      183          22           47      9       11    20        2       17        0    0      2       116            7.8           $536,000
                                                                                                    58   D        Kris Letang              6' 0"       201          21           54      5       14    19     -6         16        2    0      1       97             5.2           $835,000
                                                                                                    9    R        Pascal Dupuis            6' 1"       205          29           51      9       10    19     -6         22        0    0      1       106            8.5          $1,400,000
                                                                                                    44   D        Brooks Orpik             6' 2"       219          28           59      2       13    15     -1         51        1    0      0       29             6.9          $3,750,000
                                                                                                    25   C        Maxime Talbot            5' 11"      190          25           56      8        7    15    -13         43        0    1      0       70         11.4              $675,000
                                                                                                    4    D        Rob Scuderi              6' 0"       218          30           61      1       11    12        7       12        0    0      0       42             2.4           $713,000
                                                                                                    43   D        Philippe Boucher**       6' 3"       218          35           39      2        5    7         2       35        0    0      0       59             3.4          $1,989,000
                                                                                                    15   C        Michael Zigomanis**      6' 0"       200          28           22      2        4    6      -2         27        0    0      0       23             8.7           $650,000
                                                                                                    7    D        Mark Eaton               6' 2"       204          31           49      2        4    6         4       26        0    0      0       22             9.1          $2,000,000
                                                                                                    2    D        Hal Gill                 6' 7"       250          33           43      1        5    6         0       35        0    0      0       22             4.5          $2,075,000
                                                                                                    55   D        Sergei Gonchar           6' 2"       211          34           6       2        3    5         1       2         1    0      1       19         10.5             $5,000,000
                                                                                                    37   R        Bill Thomas              6' 1"       185          25           16      2        1    3      -4         2         0    1      0       17         11.8              $274,000
                                                                                                    14   L        Chris Minard             6' 1"       190          27           20      1        2    3         0       4         0    0      1       33             3             $269,000
                                                                                                    28   R        Eric Godard              6' 4"       214          28           56      1        1    2      -4     147           0    0      0       15             6.7           $750,000
                                                                                                    20   L        Janne Pesonen            5' 11"      180          26           7       0        0    0      -3         0         0    0      0        3             0             $278,000
                                                                                                                  Team Totals/Averages     6’ 1”      202.91        27.7                182      321             1   823        43      5            1725        7.71%             $45,001,000
                                                                                                                                     We’ve been hearing a few Staal-for-Seabrook rumors, and they make us queasy.
                                                                                                                                     Staal is on a two-year decline, and this year is worse than last.
                                                                                                    #    Goalie                    HT       WT        AGE      GPI         Min         GAA       W     L     OT      SO       SA       GA      Sv%          G     A         PIM     Salary
                                                                                                    29   Marc-Andre Fleury         6' 2"    180       24       44          2542        2.88      22    16    4       3        1327     122     0.908        0     0         6       $5,000,000
                                                                                                    32   Mathieu Garon             6' 2"    192       31       17          901         3.2       6     9     0       0        448      48      0.893        0     0         0       $500,000
                                                                                                         Team Totals/Averages      6' 2"    186       27                   3593        2.82      30    26    4       3        1844     176     0.904        0     0         6       $5,500,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             TOTAL CAP NUMBER:                    $56,704,000
                                                                                                    ** injured                     The Pens went from 10th to 24th in goals-against.
                                                                                                    *stats with Anaheim                                                                                                                      CAP SPACE:                           $3,473,000*
                                                                                                                                                                                  Probable Pairings                                    *space	also	affected	by	buyouts	and	injured	players
                                                                                                                  Probable Lines
                                                                                                    Left Wing                 Center                Right Wing                        44		Orpik             55		Gonchar                                         Injury List
                                                                                                    26		Kunitz               87		Crosby              81		Satan                         2		Gill               4		Scuderi                       Sidney	Crosby-	Questionable	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Groin)
                                                                                                   26		Fedotenko             71		Malkin              17		Sykora                       7		Eaton              58		Letang                        Phillipe	Boucher-	Out	(Foot)
                                                                                                    24		Cooke                 11		Staal              9		Dupuis                                                                                Michael	Zigomanis-	Out	(Shoulder)

                                                                                                    14		Minard               48		Kennedy            37		Thomas




                                                                                                                                                    ...IS THIS THE YEAR?
                               Geno & Ovie....
We all heard how Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin ended their feud at the All-
    Star Game. But we wondered what they might get up to in the future...

  Will they take on the entire Bolivian army?             Will	they	become	just	drinking	buddies?




      Start The World’s Greatest Band?                           Fight crime in Gotham?




                                                and....

                 Will Sidney “Humperdinck” Crosby be able to live with the
                                       jealousy?
                                           The
                                          Fight
                                          Card
                                          HAWKS vs. PENGUINS
                                           Fight Stats provided by Hockeyfights.com



    GAME           FIGHT          TIME       Bloody       Black     Bruised       Just                      Analysis
                                              Nose         Eye       Ego         Dancing


                                                           √ √
    1-13-06      Barnaby vs.      2nd.                                                        A solid bout between two veteran pugi-
                  Odelein         15:08                                                       lists. Can we take a second to ponder
                                                                                               how Odelein sneaked on to the 1996
                                                                                                    Canadian World Cup squad?




 What To Watch For: There’s only one guy to watch, and that’s Eric Godard. He has 17 bouts to his name this season, no
one else on the Pens has more than two. Much more likely Crosby will have his period all over the refs’ skates, but if Bolland
 puts	him	in	his	pocket	the	way	he	has	done	with	other	top	centers	this	season,	maybe	Sid	will	jump	him	out	of	frustration	in	
    that	oh-so-adorable	way	he	did	to	Florida’s	David	Booth	earlier	this	season.		Don’t	count	on	much	fireworks	tonight.		


                      Power Play                                                                  Penalty Kill
Team    Opp     PPG     PP%      Team OPP        PPG      PP%            Team         TS    PPGA PK%         Team      TS    PPGA PK%
 DET     273     76     27.8     OTT      246     46       18.7           MIN         214    26     87.8      CBJ      254     48      81.1
 SJS     268     64     23.9     CGY      265     48       18.1          NYR          248    32     87.1     CHI       251     48      80.9
WSH      252     60     23.8     MTL      280     50       17.9          CGY          262    36     86.3      PIT      251     49      80.5
 PHI     226     52      23       NYI     239     42       17.6          NSH          273    44     83.9     ANA       304     60      80.3
 BOS     237     53     22.4     EDM      276     47        17            SJS         233    38     83.7     TBL       301     60      80.1
ANA      236     52      22       TBL     264     44       16.7           BOS         223    37     83.4     WSH       300     60      80
 BUF     274     58     21.2     COL      252     42       16.7           PHI         298    50     83.2     DAL       228     47      79.4
 STL     258     54     20.9     DAL      253     42       16.6           BUF         242    41     83.1     CAR       232     48      79.3
 CHI     257     53     20.6      PIT     267     43       16.1           FLA         242    42     82.6     COL       236     49      79.2
 MIN     243     50     20.6     CAR      282     45        16            STL         265    46     82.6     VAN       276     58      79
 ATL     247     49     19.8      FLA     230     35       15.2          MTL          274    48     82.5     PHX       225     49      78.2
LAK      274     54     19.7     NYR      257     36        14            OTT         253    45     82.2     DET       256     57      77.7
 NJD     219     43     19.6     PHX      258     36        14            NYI         258    46     82.2     EDM       258     58      77.5
 TOR     250     49     19.6     NSH      247     34       13.8          LAK          264    48     81.8     ATL       259     65      74.9
VAN      261     49     18.8      CBJ     259     33       12.7           NJD         239    44     81.6     TOR       231     60      74
                                        Spotlight

                       Sidney Crosby




	          Cue	any	Pittsburgh	fan	showing	up	at	our	offices	with	torches	and	pitchforks.		But	unless	you’re	from	Western	PA,	chances	are	you’re	sick	
of	Sidney’s	constant	bitching	at	refs	(a	rep	Captain	Marvel	is	gaining	is	some	circles,	too)	and	even	more	constant	presence	on	your	TV	screen.		Bett-
man	seemingly	won’t	stop	pushing	this	guy	on	us,	and	frankly,	he’s	not	worth	it.		He’s	on	every	ad,	Versus	televises	the	Pens	at	least	twice	a	month,	and	
it	even	reaches	down	to	Pittsburgh	being	your	HI-Def	game	on	the	Center	Ice	package	at	least	twice	a	week!			You	can	make	an	argument	that	he’s	not	
even the most exciting player on his own team. The coup-de-gras was his complaint about Alex Ovechkin after their match-up last Sunday. The differ-
ence	between	the	two	could	not	have	been	clearer,	and	the	reasons	Ovie	should	be	the	face	of	the	NHL	could	not	have	been	more	obvious.		The	next	time	
Sid	the	Kid	says	anything	interesting	in	an	interview	will	be	the	first.		He	has	mastered	the	Michael	Jordan	art	of	saying	nothing	to	the	press.		However,	
Jordan	on	the	court	was	a	cutthroat	stone	bitch,	known	as	being	the	biggest	trash-talker	in	the	league.		Crosby	soils	himself	because	Ovie	has	the	audac-
ity	to	do	the	same.		Yeah,	well,	American	fans	love	that	shit.		We	want	brash,	outgoing,	emotional.		Crosby	is	none	of	these	things.		If	Bettman	thinks	that	
fans	can’t	handle	a	Russian	as	the	centerpiece	of	the	league,	then	he	needs	to	open	a	newspaper	sometime.		In	the	NBA,	Dirk	Nowitzki	has	an	MVP	to	his	
name,	and	Tony	Parker	and	Manu	Ginobli	are	household	names.		All	of	them	are	not	from	these	shores.		Is	there	a	bigger	star	in	baseball	than	David	Or-
tiz?		Manny	Ramirez?		As	hockey	fans,	we’ve	seen	Europeans	in	our	league	for	20	years	now.		We	can	handle	it.		Ovechkin	is	the	better	player,	the	more	
dynamic	performer,	the	bigger	personality.		Is	Sid	a	wonderful	player?		You	bet	your	ass	he	is.		Top	5	in	the	league?		Almost	assuredly.		The	best?		Nope.		
So	stop	putting	him	front	and	center	and	cede	the	spotlight	to	someone	who	can	fill	it.		We	don’t	want	to	be	fed	milktoast	when	we	can	have	a	full	meal.		



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com). A more wretched hive of scum and villainy you will not
find, and we love it. Simply a must-read for any hockey fan, and
                                                                       Other than Hossa, Crosby has rarely found a
tonight they help us out by informing us about the Pens.               winger who’s comfortable playing with him. Why
                                                                       do you think that is?
Obviously, this season hasn’t gone anywhere near                       It is the age old question that has effected so many
what you hoped. What happened?                                         great players. People said the same things about Ma-
 It is a combo of so much. We heard about the curse                    rio back in the day. It takes a special kind of player to
of Stanley Cup runner-ups, and we laughed in the face                  play with a superstar, and other than Hossa no one has
of it. Not so much anymore. We thought for sure the                    been able to match it. But it is still early in his career
Penguins had all the tools to overcome that, but not so                will that player could arrive.
much.		Injuries	have	been	a	factor,	but	excuses	are	for	
Flyers fans.                                                           Will Jordan Staal ever approach the 29 goals from
                                                                       his rookie year again?
We heard all the rumors that the players quit on                       No, he’ll be a 20 goal scorer, 25 assist man who is
Therrien, and it sure looked that way by the Pens                      a constant plus every year. No clue how he had 29
play. Is that so? Why? And what has Bylsma                             goals.
done different?
It	is	not	that	they	quit,	he	just	lost	them,	if	that	makes	            Right, bottom line: Do you make the playoffs this
sense. He was a great coach who was able to develop                    year?
them,	but	he	just	was	not	the	coach	to	lead	them	for	                  Yep, seven seed, and they’ll beat Washington in seven
years to come.                                                         games. Print it.

Marc-Andre Fleury has been a bit dodgy recently?
Will he get it together or are Pens fans wondering
if this is the guy for the future?
We agree Fleury has been shakier than Micheal J.
Fox, but he is still in the fold. He proved himself in
the playoffs as a big game goalie. You have to respect
that.



                 Hawks-PENS: the Last 4
  Feb. 14th, 2007: Hawks 4, Pens 5 (SO)                                          Jan. 13th, 2006: Pens 1, Hawks 4
  Hawks battle back from 3-1 defecit on goals by                             Sid’s	first	visit	to	the	United	Center,	and	Andy	
Sharp, St. Pierre, and Ruutu to take lead, but Mal-                         Hilbert scores twice in the 1st period to pace the
kin ties it with 6 minutes to go. Hawks predictably                        Hawks,	which	lets	you	know	just	how	woeful	both	
             bite it in Skills Competition.                                            these teams were at the time.



     Dec. 29th, 2003: Hawks 0, Pens 1                                            May 26th, 1992: Hawks 4, Pens 5
 Hawks are shutout by Sebastien Caron, who prob-                           The period that haunts all Hawks fans. Hawks blow
ably	just	sold	you	that	beer	you’re	drinking.		Steve	                       4-1 lead on some of the dumbest defending you’re
Passmore only gives up one. God, Steve Passmore.                           likely to see, never recover, and get swept. Haven’t
             How far we’ve come, eh?                                        been back since, and we haven’t been sober since.
                                           Hockey Sabermetrics
                                                                    CHICAGO
Every game, we provide you with the Behind The Net numbers. These are at even strength, 5-on-5. Key: QUALCOMP- A measure of the quality of competition each player
faces on the ice. Calculated by averaging +/-/60 for opponents on the ice against player. QUALTEAM- A measure of the quality of teammates each player plays with. Calcu-
lated by averaging +/-/60 for teammates on ice with player. TOI/60- Time on ice, per 60 minutes, that player spends on ice at full-strength. GFON/60,	GAON/60-	Goals for
and against team per 60 min. player is on ice +/-ON/60- Team’s Plus/minus, per 60 minutes, while player is on ice. +/-OFF/60- Plus/minus of team while player is off ice, per
60 minutes. RATING- +/-ON/60 subtracted by +/-OFF/60.
            NAME            QUALCOMP           QUALTEAM         TOI/60    GFON/60    GAON/60        +-ON/60      GFOFF/60            GAOFF/60      +-OFF/60       RATING
       Aaron Johnson            -0.03            -0.07           11.78       4          1.27         2.73            2.17              1.78           0.4            2.33
       Andrew Ladd               0.09             0.1            12.73      3.58        1.95         1.63             2.5              1.93           0.57           1.06
       Adam Burish              -0.08            0.12             7.16      2.99         1.2          1.8             2.8              1.97           0.83           0.96
       Matt Walker              -0.04            -0.07           13.79      3.03        1.51         1.51            2.57              1.88           0.69           0.82
       Ben Eager                -0.11            0.01             8.05      2.76        1.24         1.52            2.88              1.99           0.89           0.63
       Duncan Keith              0.08            -0.03           18.41      3.2         1.87         1.33            2.79              2.09           0.7            0.63
       Dave Bolland              0.11             0.2            12.45      3.41        2.16         1.25            2.57              1.85           0.72           0.53
       Martin Havlat             0.05            0.09            13.43      3.39        2.16         1.23            2.55              1.84           0.71           0.52
       Colin Fraser             -0.11            0.04             7.75      2.67        1.47          1.2            2.83              2.03           0.8            0.41
       Troy Brouwer              0.01            -0.16            11.5      2.56        1.38         1.17            2.86              1.97           0.89           0.28
       James Wisniewski         -0.02              0             14.59      2.44        1.37         1.07            2.95              1.94           1.01           0.06
       Jonathan Toews            0.03            -0.16           13.16      2.99         2.2         0.79            2.73              1.83           0.9            -0.11
       Kris Versteeg             0.05            -0.19            12.4      2.82        2.11          0.7            2.85              1.95           0.89           -0.19
       Brian Campbell           -0.02            -0.02           17.58      2.88        2.24         0.65            2.75              1.75              1           -0.36
       Brent Seabrook            0.09            0.19            16.67      2.48        1.86         0.62            2.99              1.98           1.01           -0.39
       Patrick Kane              0.04            -0.12           13.97      2.68         2.3         0.38            2.68              1.83           0.85           -0.46
       Patrick Sharp            -0.02            -0.02           13.25      2.52        2.26         0.25             2.9              1.83           1.07           -0.82
       Dustin Byfuglien         -0.01            0.01            12.05      1.97        1.69         0.28            3.22              2.09           1.13           -0.85
       Cam Barker               -0.03            -0.04           13.41      2.39        2.49          -0.1           2.92              1.56           1.36           -1.46
       Craig Adams              -0.15            0.12             8.05      1.28         1.7         -0.43           3.15              1.98           1.17           -1.6
       Brent Sopel              -0.08            0.07            10.89      2.16        3.11         -0.96           3.22              2.25           0.97           -1.93


        Corsi Rating                                     Penalties Drawn                                                              Face-offs
Shots attempted for a team vs. how many are
attempted against while a given player is on                vs. Taken                                                       Player            Face-Offs Taken        FO%
            the ice, per 60 min.                  Pretty self-explanatory. A measure of penalties                  Jonathan Toews                  917               53.3
                                                            drawn vs. taken, per 60 min.
         NAME              CORSI                                                                                   Colin Fraser                    608               46.9
                                                         NAME            PDRAW/60    PTAKE/60
    James Wisniewski          23.5                                                                                 Patrick Sharp                   556               46.0
                                                  Kris Versteeg             1.6           0.7
    Jonathan Toews            14.6                                                                                 Dave Bolland                    856               43.6
                                                  Colin Fraser              1.5           0.5
    Martin Havlat              14                                                                                  Kris Versteeg                   187               42.8
                                                  Patrick Kane              1.5           1.1
    Adam Burish               12.6                                                                                 Total                        Rank: 28th           46.8
                                                  Adam Burish               1.4            1
    Troy Brouwer              12.1
                                                  Patrick Sharp             1.4           0.9                 Power Play Ratings                     Penalty Kill Ratings
    Brian Campbell            11.9                                                                        This is a measure of a team’s           This measures how many goals a
                                                  Dave Bolland              1.3           0.5                                                     team gives up per 60 minutes the
    Patrick Sharp             11.9                                                                     goals-for per 60 minutes of player
                                                  Craig Adams               1.3           0.9          being on the ice on the power play.          player is on the ice on the PK.
    Andrew Ladd               11.3
                                                  Andrew Ladd               1.2           0.7
    Kris Versteeg             11.1                                                                               Player           GFON/60                Player              GA/60
                                                  Ben Eager                 1.2           2.6                 Cam Barker              10.23
    Brent Seabrook            10.9                                                                                                                   Andrew Ladd              4.33
                                                  Martin Havlat             1.2           0.6                 Patrick Sharp           8.61
    Duncan Keith              10.7                                                                                                                   Adam Burish              4.62
                                                  Troy Brouwer              1.2            1             Dustin Byfuglien             7.83
    Patrick Kane              10.6                                                                                                                  Brent Seabrook            5.29
                                                  Jonathan Toews            0.9           0.7                 Patrick Kane            7.49
    Dustin Byfuglien          10.4                                                                                                                   Duncan Keith             5.69
                                                  Dustin Byfuglien          0.9           1.4                Brian Campbell            7.2
    Cam Barker                10.3                                                                                                                    Colin Fraser            6.76
                                                  James Wisniewski          0.6           0.6                Jonathan Toews            7.1
    Aaron Johnson             8.9                                                                                                                     Matt Walker             7.17
                                                  Brian Campbell            0.5           0.4                Duncan Keith             6.45
    Dave Bolland              8.9                                                                                                                  James Wisniewski           7.26
                                                  Brent Sopel               0.5            1                 Martin Havlat            6.45
    Ben Eager                 7.7                                                                                                                    Kris Versteeg            7.75
                                                  Aaron Johnson             0.4            2                  Kris Versteeg           6.37
    Matt Walker               6.5                                                                                                                    Dave Bolland             7.75
                                                  Matt Walker               0.4           0.6                Troy Brouwer             6.24
    Colin Fraser              4.5                                                                                                                     Cam Barker              9.99
                                                  Duncan Keith              0.2           0.8                Brent Seabrook           6.11
                                             Hockey Sabermetrics
                                                                 PITTSBURGH
Every game, we provide you with the Behind The Net numbers. These are at even strength, 5-on-5. Key: QUALCOMP- A measure of the quality of competition each player
faces on the ice. Calculated by averaging +/-/60 for opponents on the ice against player. QUALTEAM- A measure of the quality of teammates each player plays with. Calcu-
lated by averaging +/-/60 for teammates on ice with player. TOI/60- Time on ice, per 60 minutes, that player spends on ice at full-strength. GFON/60,	GAON/60-	Goals for
and against team per 60 min. player is on ice +/-ON/60- Team’s Plus/minus, per 60 minutes, while player is on ice. +/-OFF/60- Plus/minus of team while player is off ice,
per 60 minutes. RATING- +/-ON/60 subtracted by +/-OFF/60.
               NAME           QUALCOMP             QUALTEAM          TOI/60   GFON/60     GAON/60      +-ON/60        GFOFF/60        GAOFF/60       +-OFF/60       RATING
        Evgeni Malkin               0.06              0.09           15.11      3.84         2.28           1.56           2.03          2.55           -0.52         2.09
        Ruslan Fedotenko            0.03              0.28           11.99      2.96         1.71           1.25           2.29          2.63           -0.33         1.58
        Petr Sykora                 0.02              0.31           12.37      3.26         2.26            1             2.51          2.6            -0.09         1.1
        Sidney Crosby               0.07              0.05           15.41      3.5          2.84           0.66           2.19          2.4            -0.21         0.87
        Miro Satan                  0.05              -0.05          12.74      2.7          2.08           0.62           2.61          2.61               0         0.62
        Chris Kunitz               -0.03              0.47           14.03      2.71         2.07           0.64           2.29          2.26           0.03          0.61
        Rob Scuderi                 0.08              -0.13          14.72      2.58         2.24           0.34           2.63          2.63               0         0.34
        Mark Eaton                 -0.01              0.01           13.83      1.99         1.63           0.36           2.66          2.54           0.12          0.24
        Tyler Kennedy               0.03              -0.36          12.35      2.43         1.9            0.53           2.76          2.44           0.32          0.21
        Phillipe Boucher           -0.07              0.14           15.23      2.12         1.92           0.2            3.09          2.98           0.11          0.1
        Chris Minard                0.06              -0.22           8.92      2.02         1.68           0.34           3.23          2.98           0.24          0.09
        Kris Letang                 0.06                0             15.8      3.01         2.94           0.07           2.37          2.18           0.19          -0.12
        Hal Gill                    0.05              0.04           14.35      2.24         2.53           -0.29          2.89          2.53           0.36          -0.65
        Pascal Dupuis               0.07              0.17           12.09      2.48         2.78           -0.3           2.67          2.23           0.44          -0.74
        Brooks Orpik                0.07              0.08           16.46      2.64         3.08           -0.44          2.62          2.23              0.4        -0.84
        Jordan Staal                0.05              -0.06          13.38      2.06         2.65           -0.59          2.88          2.38           0.49          -1.08
        M. Zigomanis                0.01              -0.27           7.78      2.8          3.16           -0.35          2.77          2.04           0.73          -1.08
        Matt Cooke                  0.03              -0.12          12.03      2.27         3.17           -0.91          2.74          2.34              0.4        -1.3
        Eric Godard                -0.13              -0.41           4.22      1.03         2.07           -1.03          2.75          2.4            0.34          -1.38
        Max Talbot                  0.03              -0.02           11.1      1.96         3.54           -1.57          2.85          2.3            0.54          -2.12


         Corsi Rating                                         Penalties Drawn                                                          Face-offs
 This measures how many shots are attempted
for a team vs. how many are attempted against                    vs. Taken                                                   Player             Face-Offs Taken       FO%
                                                    Pretty self-explanatory. A measure of penalties drawn             M. Zigomanis                   251               62.9
 while a given player is on the ice, per 60 min.
                                                                     vs. taken, per 60 min.                           Max Talbot                     358               51.1
          NAME                 CORSI
                                                              NAME            PDRAW/60     PTAKE/60                   Sidney Crosby                  1259              50.0
    Chris Kunitz                  17
                                                      Evgeni Malkin             2.1            1.2                    Jordan Staal                   878               48.5
    Tyler Kennedy                 1.1
                                                      Pascal Dupuis             1.7             1                     Evgeni Malkin                  461               41.1
    Sidney Crosby                -0.3
                                                      Ruslan Fedotenko          1.4             1                     Total:                      Rank: 19th           49.7
    Pascal Dupuis                -0.3
                                                      Tyler Kennedy             1.3            0.3
    Kris Letang                  -1.8
                                                      Eric Godard               1.3            3.4
    Ruslan Fedotenko             -3.9
                                                      Chris Kunitz              1.2            0.9
    Hal Gill                     -4.4                                                                               Power Play Ratings                Penalty Kill Ratings
                                                      Sidney Crosby             1.1            0.9            This is a measure of a team’s goals This measures how many goals
    Miro Satan                    -5                                                                          for per 60 minutes of player being a team gives up per 60 minutes
                                                      Jordan Staal              1.1            0.4
    Evgeni Malkin                -6.9                                                                            on the ice on the power play.     the player is on the ice on the
                                                      Matt Cooke                1.1            1.5
    M. Zigomanis                  -7                                                                                Player            GFON/60              Player        GAON/60
                                                      Brooks Orpik              0.9            1.1
    Chris Minard                 -7.4                                                                         Petr Sykora               7.96           Rob Scuderi            5.39
                                                      Max Talbot                0.9            1.2
    Phillipe Boucher             -7.5                                                                         Sidney Crosby             6.97          Brooks Orpik            5.52
                                                      Miro Satan                0.7            0.7
    Jordan Staal                 -7.5                                                                         Phillipe Boucher          6.82          M. Zigomanis            5.71
                                                      Chris Minard              0.7            0.7
    Matt Cooke                   -8.7                                                                         Evgeni Malkin             6.51           Max Talbot             6.79
                                                      M. Zigomanis              0.7            1.1
    Petr Sykora                  -8.9                                                                         Miro Satan                5.41          Evgeni Malkin           6.81
                                                      Petr Sykora               0.6            0.8
    Rob Scuderi                  -10.7                                                                        Jordan Staal              5.27           Jordan Staal           7.15
                                                      Kris Letang               0.6            0.4
    Mark Eaton                   -10.7                                                                        Ruslan Fedotenko          4.97          Pascal Dupuis           7.29
                                                      Hal Gill                  0.3            1.1
    Max Talbot                   -13.4                                                                        Tyler Kennedy             3.09             Hal Gill             7.29
                                                      Mark Eaton                0.1            1.1
    Brooks Orpik                 -13.8                                                                        Kris Letang               2.92           Mark Eaton             8.27
                                                      Phillipe Boucher          0.1            1.3
    Eric Godard                   -23                                                                                                                  Kris Letang            8.4
                                                   Referee Stats For The Hawks
             Referees              1st NHL      Hawks Games     Hawks PP’s       Hawks         Pens/Game   Hawks PP/Game         Hawks PK/        W   L     OTL
                                    Game                                          PK’s                                             Game
    2 Fraser, Kerry                 1980             3              14               17           10.3            4.7               5.7           3   0      0
    3 Leggo, Mike                   1997             3              10               15           8.3             3.3               5.0           2   0      1
    4 McCauley, Wes                 2003             5              11               14           5.0             2.2               2.8           2   2      0
    5 Rooney, Chris                 2000             1              4                1            5.0             4.0               1.0           1   0      0
    6 Marouelli, Dan                1984             3              14               11           8.3             4.7               3.7           1   2      0
    7 McCreary, Bill                1984             4              17               15           8.0             4.3               3.8           2   3      0
    8 Jackson, Dave                 1990             4              16               16           8.0             4.0               4.0           3   1      0
    10 Devorski, Paul               1989             2              9                13           11.0            4.5               6.5           1   1      0
    11 Sutherland, Kelly            2000             1              5                8            13.0            5.0               8.0           0   1      0
    12 Koharski, Don                1981             3              12               16           9.3             4.0               5.3           3   0      0
    13 O’Halloran, Dan              1995             4              22               17           9.8             5.5               4.3           2   1      1
    14 LaRue, Dennis                1991             5              22               22           8.8             4.4               4.4           3   0      1
    15 Auger, Stephane              2000             4              17               13           7.5             4.3               3.3           3   0      1
    16 Shick, Rob                   1986             1              2                2            4.0             2.0               2.0           0   0      1
    18 Kimmerly, Greg               1996             5              26               25           10.2            5.2               5.0           3   2      0
    20 Peel, Tim                    1999             2              13               13           13.0            6.5               6.5           1   1      0
    21 VanMassenhoven, Don          1993             3              10               5            5.0             3.3               1.7           2   0      1
    23 Watson, Brad                 1996             2              7                4            5.5             3.5               2.0           1   0      1
    25 Joannette, Marc              1999             2              13               5            9.0             6.5               2.5           1   0      1
    26 Martell, Rob                 1996             1              3                1            4.0             3.0               1.0           1   0      0
    27 Furlatt, Eric                2001             6              27               26           8.8             4.5               4.3           2   3      1
    28 Lee, Chris                   2001             1              5                4            9.0             5.0               4.0           1   0      0
    29 Walsh, Ian                   2000             1              1                3            4.0             1.0               3.0           0   1      0
    30 Hasenfratz, Mike             2000             3              22               13           11.7            7.3               4.3           0   1      2
    32 Kowal, Tom                   2000             4              13               10           5.8             3.3               2.5           4   0      0
    33 Pollock, Kevin               2000             3              10               12           7.3             3.3               4.0           1   1      1
    34 Meier, Brad                  1999             4              14               20           8.5             3.5               5.0           3   1      0
    35 Warren, Dean                 1999             -                 -             -             -               -                 -            -   -      -
    36 Morton, Dean                 2000             2              16               10           13.0            8.0               5.0           0   1      1
    38 St Laurent, Francois         2006             2              14               15           14.5            7.0               7.5           1   0      1
    39 Dwyer, Gord                  2003             3              16               15           10.3            5.3               5.0           2   0      1
    40 Kozari, Steve                2006             4              26               20           11.5            6.5               5.0           2   2      0
    42 O’Rourke, Dan                1999             2              11               13           12.0            5.5               6.5           1   0      1
    43 Pochmara, Brian              2006             1              4                7            11.0            4.0               7.0           1   0      0
    45 St. Pierre, Justin           2003             6              29               26           9.2             4.8               4.3           3   1      2



                                                                       NHL LEADERS
               Goals                                     Points                                    GAA                                        SV%
          Player            Team    G               Player        Team       P                Player       Team        GAA               Player       Team SV%
1      A. Ovechkin          WAS    44      1    Evgeni Malkin     PIT      88    1        Tim Thomas       BOS     2.01      1    Tim Thomas          BOS        .934
2      Zach Parise           NJ    36      2    A. Ovechkin       WAS      80    2        Steve Mason      CBJ     2.19      2    Tomas Vokoun        FLA        .927
3       Jeff Carter         PHI    36      3    Sidney Crosby     PIT      79    3        N. Backstrom     MIN     2.20      3    Craig Anderson      FLA        .927
4       P. Marleau           SJ    34      4    Pavel Datsyuk     DET      75    4        Pekka Rinne      NSH     2.21      4    N. Backstrom        MIN        .926
5        M. Hossa           DET    34      5    Zach Parise       NJ       73    5        M. Fernandez     BOS     2.24      5    N.	Khabibulin       CHI        .924
31 Patrick Sharp            CHI    23      33   Patrick Kane      CHI      54    7        Cristobal	Huet   CHI     2.32
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                                                                                           comeback was, however, immensely successful with the big guy dressing for all but
	           Sunday’s	third	in	a	series	of	five	Chicago	Blackhawk	“Heritage	Nights”	        four games, scoring 19 goals, 21 assists while accumulating 237 penalty minutes, the
at the United Center, spotlighting once-NHL enforcer Bob Probert, was a perfect            most of any Hawk since Bryan Marchment amassed 313 in ’92-93.
example of how a professional sports organization can attempt to present it’s own ver-                 Aside from his comeback ’95-96 season, there really isn’t much to recall
sion of history, while alienating the truth for the sake of a good party.                  about Probert’s Blackhawk career. If it had ended there, it would’ve been one of
            By ignoring the facts and presenting Probert to Blackhawks fans of 2009        professional	sports	most	inspiring	stories.		Instead	the	Hawks	hung	onto	him	as	his	fire	
as something he most certainly wasn’t – a hallmark of Hawks’ teams of the late 90’s        dissipated and ability slid dramatically from year to year.
and early 2000’s, the team -- and more importantly Probert himself -- missed out on an                 Astonishingly, Wirtz and general manager Bob Pulford gave Probert a raise
opportunity to tell what in part is the inspiring truth.                                   when his contract came up for renewal prior to the 1997-98 season. A year later, new
            In an interview with the Blackhawks in-arena game program, Probert             general manager Bob Murray inherited the distinction of being the one to approach
chronicled his version of the path traveled in becoming a Blackhawk:                       Probert	and	request	he	renegotiate	his	deal,	taking	a	near	fifty	percent	pay	cut.		Probert	
                                                                                           responded by mocking Murray and challenging the GM to send him to the minors.
“I talked to a few different teams, but I always loved going to Chicago and playing in     Murray didn’t because Bill Wirtz wasn’t about to shell out nearly two million dollars
the old Stadium when I was with the Detroit…. so when the opportunity arose to play        for a minor leaguer. But in effect he was anyway, as the Hawks were stuck with a
                               in	Chicago,	I	jumped	at	it.”                                player nobody else wanted, and a bad contract on the books for years after Probert had
                                                                                           outskated his usefulness.
            But that’s not how it happened exactly. Blackhawks Magazine as well            		          	            Probert’s	final	days	as	a	Hawks	came	in	the	2001-02	season	that	
ignored	the	specifics	of	Probert’s	tale	and	side-stepped	any	acknowledgement	that	this	    saw	him	score	just	one	goal	and	four	points	in	61	games.		He	would	retire	the	follow-
supposed famed Blackhawk hero came to the organization as a                                                       ing November after it was clear neither the Hawks or any other
scumbag drug user and while he did supposedly stay clean as a                                                     NHL team had a swig of interest in him. Bill Wirtz convinced
Hawk,	throughout	his	tenure	was	a	financial	and	professional	bur-                                                 Probert to stay with the organization as an intermission radio
den. I guess we can add altering history to John McDonough’s                                                      analyst (remember how horrible he was?) but that lasted only a
marketing 101.                                                                                                    few months as Probert quickly fell off the sobriety wagon post-
            Upon completion of the 1993-94 campaign, the Red                                                      retirement and re-enlisted in a substance-abuse program.
Wings dragged their feet about re-signing Probert. Stalled labor                                                                Since then Probert’s name has popped up in the po-
negotiations between owners and the NHLPA which eventually                                                        lice blotter from time to time, signifying a man whose struggles
led to the ’94-95 season being cut in half didn’t give the Wings                                                  with dependency are interminable.
any	reason	to	jump	on	the	case	anyhow.                                                                                          Only three and a half years ago Probert was arrested
            In those days, the free agency period hadn’t quite                                                    for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after Winsdor,
reached the level of insanity it resembles today, where any player                                                Ontario police were called to his home at 9am in July of 2005.
worth	a	damn	is	snatched	up	within	the	first	48	hours.		There	cer-                                                He	was	arrested	after	allegedly	fighting	with	a	police	officer	but	
tainly was interest in the embattled bad-boy from a few different                                                 the charges were mysteriously dropped because the surrounding
sources, but as of mid-July, Probert was a man without a team.                                                    home’ surveillance cameras didn’t pick up the incident.
            Then on July 15, 1994 Probert got all liquored-up,                                                                  Almost a year prior to that altercation, Probert was
snorted some cocaine and smashed his motorcycle into a car in                                                     arrested and tazered multiple times after resisting arrest and
suburban Detroit. For the Red Wings, this symbolized the end
                                                                               Chris Block
                                                                                                                  fighting	multiple	police	officers	in	Del	Ray	Beach,	Florida,	where	
of	the	two	sides’	affiliation.		For	other	teams	sniffing	around	the	                                              Probert	worked	briefly.		Probert	was	so	out	of	it	that	night,	the	ar-
Probert camp, it was a stench no longer worth exploring. As it                                                    resting	officers	never	bothered	to	book	his	mug	shot	because	they	
turned out, the Blackhawks were the only team left standing,                                                      were afraid he would become too combative once again if they
offering a generous four-year, 1.6 million per year contract to a guy who almost-          allowed him out of his cell. A year later he was acquitted of all charges.
certainly was about to be banished from the NHL for an undetermined period of time.                    It sure would’ve been nice had Probert stepped off the self-serving plat-
For comparison, $1.6M in the NHL those days was like $4M is now.                           form John McDonough placed him on for a brief moment at some point last weekend
 1At that moment the facts were coldly harsh; the concerns for Probert’s immediate         and gave thanks to the Blackhawks and the late Bill Wirtz for giving him another
mortality were very real. Before signing with the Hawks, Detroit executives very           opportunity	at	life,	not	just	something	as	frivolous	as	professional	hockey.
publicly stated they were washing their hands of Probert, who had been in and out of                   What would’ve become of Bob Probert, the infamous heavyweight cham-
rehab almost since the day his career began in 1985. The reality was, Detroit felt they    pion of hockey, had Bill Wirtz not stepped up in 1994, offering another chance at life
couldn’t control someone who obviously wasn’t capable of helping himself. This was         and	a	boyhood	dream?		The	odds	are	more	than	likely	–	Probert	would	be	dead,	just	
a guy who already had received a ‘lifetime’ ban; multiple DUI’s and was in and out of      like his contemporary and fellow bad-boy John Kordic who also couldn’t manage the
jail	for	smuggling	cocaine	over	the	Canadian/US	border.                                    extra-curriculars involved in his chosen lifestyle. Probert’s wife Dani, who’s stood by
            But on the 23rd of July, a mere eight days after Probert’s accident in West    him throughout these countless ordeals would be without a husband and his children
Bloomfield	Township,	the	Blackhawks	signed	him	to	the	four-year	contract	worth	$1.6	       without a father.
million dollars annually. That was a 400 percent raise from what he had been earning                   He claimed his most memorable Blackhawks’ moment being the goal he
with the Wings and to boot, Blackhawks’ owner Bill Wirtz would personally fund             scored at Maple Leaf Gardens in February of 1999, the last goal scored in Toronto’s
Probert’s six-month, $150,000 stay at a rehabilitation clinic in Van Nuys, California.     historic arena. How about that contract he signed in July of 1994, the company-spon-
No other team was interested in agreeing to terms anywhere close to those. It would        sored rehab or the gift he received four years later?
be	a	full	year	before	Probert	was	cleared	by	doctors	and	the	NHL	to	officially	join	the	               Probert should be heaving faint praise in this franchise’s direction. Not the
Blackhawks and resume his career.                                                          other way around. To hear him humble himself in acknowledging that fact would’ve
            Bill Wirtz’s intentions though weren’t entirely gratuitous. The internal       given Sunday night, and his celebrated distinction, in my mind anyway, vindication.
expectation was if Probert could get clean, his on-ice performance would regain its
earlier	form.		His	stats	plummeted	in	his	final	year	with	Detroit	and	the	theory	was	                 They say those who cannot accept the past are doomed to repeat it. Good
his troubles off the ice were directly related. The idea he could ‘steal’ Probert from     luck, Probie.
the rival Red Wings, rehabilitate him and possess the undisputed brute of the National
Hockey League played into Wirtz’s game as well.                                            Chris Block is the founder of Third Man In (thethirdmanin.com), the definitive Hawks
            A reasonable hope, but Probert never resembled the player he was on the        blog, and Puck Chatter, an outstanding NHL blog.(www.puckchatter.blogspot.com)
junk	in	Motown,	post-rehab.		In	his	return	to	hockey,	the	1995-96	season,	Probert’s	


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 The Making of The
Chicago Blackhawks
                                                                                info in part provided by hockeyreference.com
  YEAR                     DRAFT                              TRADE                               FREE AGENT
 2008-2009                                                                               Brian Campbell (BUF 6th round 1997
                                                                                         Cristobal Huet (LA 7th round 2001)
                                                                                         Matt Walker (STL 3rd round 1998)
                                                                                         Aaron Johnson (CLB 3rd round 2001)
                                                                                         Antti Niemi (Undrafted FA)
 2007-2008      Patrick Kane (1st round)         Ben Eager (PHO 1st round 2002) from     Brent Sopel (VAN 6th round 1995)
                                                 PHI for Jim Vandermeer (FA PHI 2000)
                                                 Craig Adams (HAR 9th round 1996)
                                                 from CAR for future considerations.
                                                 Andrew Ladd (CAR 1st round 2004)
                                                 from CAR for Tuomo Ruutu (CHI 1st
                                                 round 2001)
 2006-2007      Jonathan Toews (1st round)       Martin Havlat (OTT 1st round 1999)
                                                 from OTT and Bryan Smolinski (BOS
                                                 1st round 1990) for Tom Preissing (FA
                                                 SJ 2003), Josh Hennessy (SJ 2nd round
                                                 2003) and Michael Barinka (CHI 2nd
                                                 round 2003)
                                                 Kris Versteeg (BOS 5th round 2004)
                                                 from BOS for Brandon Bochenski (OTT
                                                 7th round 2001)
 2005-2006      Niklas Hjalmarsson (4th round)   Patrick Sharp (PHI 3rd round 2001)      Nikolai Khabibulin (WIN 9th round
                                                 from PHI for Matt Ellison (CHI 4th      1992)
                                                 round 2002) and CHI 3rd round pick
                                                 2006
 2004-2005      Cam Barker (1st round)
                Dave Bolland (2nd round)
                Troy Brouwer (7th round)
 2003-2004      Brent Seabrook (1st round)       Colin Fraser (PHI 3rd round 2003),
                Dustin Byfuglien (8th round)     Jim Vandermeer (PHI FA 2000) and
                                                 2004 2nd round pick from PHI for Alex
                                                 Zhamnov and 2004 4th round pick (WIN
                                                 4th round 1990)
 2002-2003      Duncan Keith (2nd round)
                James Wisniewski (5th round)
                Adam Burish (9th round)

               GM HISTORY                                                                     COACHES
Dale Tallon (2005-Present)                                                   Head Coach-Joel Quenneville
Bob Pulford (Too Fucking Long, Too Many Fuck-                                Assistant Coach-John Torchetti
ing Times)                                                                   Assistant Coach-Mike Haviland
Mike Smith (2001-2004)                                                       Assistant Coach- Marc Bergevin
Bob Murray (1999-2000)                                                       Goaltending Coach-Stephane Waite
 The Making of The
Pittsburgh Penguins
   YEAR                     DRAFT                              TRADE                              FREE AGENT
  2008-2009                                      Chris Kunitz (ANA Undrafted FA           Matt Cooke (VAN 6th round 1997)
                                                 2003) and Eric Tangradi (ANA 2nd         Ruslan Fedotenko (PHI Undrafted FA
                                                 round 2007) for Ryan Whitney (PIT 1st    1997)
                                                 round 2003)                              Eric Godard (FLA Undrafted FA
                                                 Michael Zigomanis (CAR 2nd round         1999)
                                                 2001) from PHX for future consider-      Miroslav Satan (EDM 5th round
                                                 ations                                   1993)
                                                 Phiilipe Boucher (BUF 1st round 1991)    Bill Thomas (PHX Undrafted FA
                                                 from DAL for Daryl Sydor (LA 1st         2006)
                                                 round 1990)
                                                 Mathieu Garon (MON 2nd round 1996)
                                                 from EDM for Dany Sabourin (CAL 4th
                                                 round 1998), Ryan Stone (PIT 2nd round
                                                 2003), and 2011 4th round pick
  2007-2008                                      Pascal Dupuis (MIN Undrafted FA        Chris Minard (Undrafted FA)
                                                 2000) and Marian Hossa (OTT 1st round Petr Sykora (NJ 1st round 1995)
                                                 1997) from ATL for Colby Armstrong
                                                 (PIT 1st round 2001), Erik Christensen
                                                 (PIT 3rd round 2002), Angelo Esposito
                                                 (PIT 1st round 2007), and 2008 1st
                                                 round pick
                                                 Hal Gill (BOS 8th round 1993) from
                                                 TOR for 2008 2nd round pick and 2009
                                                 5th round pick
  2006-2007      Jordan Staal (1st round)                                                 Mark Eaton (PHI Undrafted FA 1998)


  2005-2006      Sidney Crosby (1st round)                                                Sergei Gonchar (WSH 1st round
                 Kris Letang (3rd round)                                                  1992)
  2004-2005      Evgeni Malkin (1st round)
                 Tyler Kennedy (4th round)
  2003-2004      Marc-Andre Fleury (1st round)
  2002-2003      Maxime Talbot (8th round)
  2000-2001      Brooks Orpik (1st round)
  1998-1999      Rob Scuderi (5ht round)
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                                                                                              COACHES
               GM HISTORY                                                    Head Coach-Dan Bylsma
2007-Present: Ray Shero                                                      Assistant Coach- Mike Yeo
1991-2007: Craig Patrick                                                     Assistant Coach- Tom Fitzgerald
                                                                             Goaltending Coach- Gilles Meloche
                                                        The Hawks Record When...
 Playing at home............                                      15-5-5    Allowing a short-handed goal.........               2-2-1   Getting obliterated on face-offs.......                    13-10-4
 Playing on road...........                                      19-12-3    Taking 30 or more shots.........                  25-12-6   Are even close on face-offs.....                            21-7-4
 Scoring first..........                                          23-5-3    Taking less than 30 shots.....                      9-5-2   Eddie O tells crew to “stop it right here!”....            29-15-8
 Opponent scores first........                                   11-12-5    Allowing 30 shots or more......                    16-6-5   Eddie O tells us D have the forwards and forwards have the D
 Shoot the puck bimbo scores......                                  4-1-1   Allowing 30 shots or less.........                18-11-3   during 4-on-4........                                      29-15-8
 Shoot the puck bimbo doesn’t score......                         11-3-4    100 Level doesn’t cheer for anthem.                15-3-5   Pat Foley screws up a name......                           32-14-8
 Shoot the puck bimbo blows editors of Commited Indian..... 0-0-0           1st of a back-to-back......                         4-4-3   Ice Crew wear skirts.......                                   6-1-3
 ANYONE blows editors of Committed Indian .................         0-1-0   2nd of a back-to-back.....                          7-4-0   Ice Crew wear pants.......                                    3-1-0
 Playing on a Monday..............                                  2-2-1   Opponent played night before....                    8-3-1   Ice Crew wear shorts....                                      6-3-2
 Playing on a Tuesday................                               5-2-0   Taking more than 5 penalties.....                 16-13-3   Member of Ice Crew hilariously falls on her shapely ass.... 0-1-0
 Playing on a Wednesday...........                                  7-1-2   Taking 5 or less penalties....                     18-4-5   Leading after 2 periods......                               28-2-3
 Playing on a Thursday..............                                2-3-0   Seabrook gets a flat-footed penalty....             8-4-4   Losing after 2 periods......                                2-10-2
 Playing on a Friday................                                4-3-2   Burish takes a penalty.......                       7-5-2   Tied after 2 periods.........                                 4-5-3
 Playing on a Saturday.............                                 7-4-3   Keith takes a penalty.........                     10-3-2   In overtime..........                                           3-3
 Playing on a Sunday................                                7-2-0   Sharp takes a penalty.......                       10-2-2   In shootout.......                                              2-5
 Savard changes lines during game...                                1-2-1   Toews takes a penalty.....                          8-4-2   Cam Barker plays.......                                    27-13-5
 Coach Q keeps lines as they are.....                            33-15-7    Havlat takes a penalty....                          5-3-0   Cam Barker is in Rockford due to GM incompetence.....        5-2-3
 Are out-muscled by opponent....                                 10-13-4    Sopel takes a penalty......                         3-2-1   Lacking a #2 center........                                34-17-8
 Outshoot opponent.......                                        23-10-3    Sopel looks 6 steps slow......                      7-5-5   In 1-goal games.....                                          7-6-8
 Are outshot by opponent....                                      11-7-5    51 Phantom blows a coverage......                 23-14-7   In 2-goal games......                                       11-5-0
 Havlat shies from contact.........                               16-6-6    Toews is trying too hard......                      3-7-2   In 3-goal games.......                                        7-4-0
 Patrick Kane scores...............                               11-4-2    At least 1 fight in 300 Level...                    3-2-3   In 4+ goal games......                                        8-2-0
 Jonathan Toews scores..........                                  11-1-4    No fights in 300 Level.....                        12-3-2   Scoring 3+ goals.....                                       32-4-4
 Martin Havlat scores.............                                12-4-1    Playing Eastern Conference.....                     7-2-2   Scoring less than 3 goals......                             2-12-4
 Patrick Sharp scores............                                 15-3-2    Playing Western Conference.....                   27-15-6   PA plays Ministry.......                                      0-0-0
 Dustin Byfuglien scores.........                                   6-1-1   Playing Central Division......                      4-6-5   PA plays Modern Cock-Rock.....                              15-5-5
 Dustin Byfuglien turns down a hit......                         27-13-6    Playing Northwest Division....                     12-5-0   PA plays Classic Cock-Rock.......                             9-4-5
 Andrew Ladd scores.............                                    9-0-1   Playing Pacific Division                           11-4-1   PA plays P.J. Harvey........                                  0-0-0
 Dave Bolland scores.........                                     10-1-1    Playing Atlantic Division                           1-1-1   Fraser fights......                                           7-2-1
 Adam Burish scores.......            3-2-0, and totally ruins that joke    Playing NASCAR Division                             3-1-0   Burish fights.......                                          5-2-0
 51 Phantom scores.......                                           3-2-1   Playing Northeast Division                          3-0-1   Seabrook fights.....                                          0-0-0
 Duncan Keith scores........                                        4-3-0   Playing in October....                              4-3-3   Barker fights.........                                        0-0-2
 Brent Seabrook scores......                                        4-0-1   Playing in November....                             6-3-3   Buff fights.........                                          1-0-2
 VerStud scores....                                               10-4-1    Playing in December......                          10-1-1   Sharp fights........                                          1-0-0
 Troy Brouwer scores....                                            7-0-0   Playing in January.....                             7-6-1   Eager fights..........                                        9-1-1
 Scoring a Power Play goal.......                                 25-5-7    Playing in February.....                            7-4-0   On Comcast......                                            26-9-5
 Not scoring a Power Play goal...                                 9-11-1    Playing in March......                              0-0-0   On WGN.......                                                 8-5-3
 Allowing a Power Play goal......                                13-14-8    Playing in April......                              0-0-0   On Vs........                                                 0-2-0
 Not Allowing a Power Play goal.......                            21-3-0    UC plays really stupid goal song.....              15-3-5   On NBC....                                                    0-1-0
 Scoring a short-handed goal...........                             6-2-0   Huet’s five-hole open like Lindsay Lohan’s.....     3-9-2   Judd Sirott hates Adam Creighton                           34-17-8




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