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UFA Forward Johnson Signs 1 Year Deal


The Penguins have announced Nick Johnson, who was on schedule to become an Unrestricted Free agent on July 1st, has signed a 1 year, two way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

Well one down, a bunch more to go.  The Penguins now have 9 NHL caliber forwards on the roster for next year.  That definition honestly has to be stretched wide to cover Johnson who played only 4 games at the NHL level last season before having it ended by concussion.  The figure of $550,000 at the NHL level will add to the Craig Adams negotiations.  It has been widely speculated that Adams is looking for a raise and Johnson just signed for more than what Adams made last year.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM

13K in 17 Minutes


The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the soon to be home of the NHL’s Winnipeg franchise, seats 15,015 people when configured as a hockey venue.  When season tickets went on sale after 15 years of a city desperately waiting for NHL hockey’s return, it took 17 minutes to sell 13,000 of them.  True North Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of what was the Atlanta Thrashers, spent less than 72 hours on their season ticket campaign, met their goal, and guaranteed that 86.5% of tickets for next year are already sold.

To put that in perspective the Thrashers were 28th in attendance in 2010/11 with an average false amended inflated attendance of 13,469 or 72.6%.  Without a puck being dropped, Winnipeg has already topped Atlanta’s numbers season on season.  I won’t even get into how much I absolutely doubt the accuracy of that attendance figure for Atlanta.  Let’s just say the organization was buying its own tickets to make itself look better.  People who went to games there  said they usually saw less than 5,000 people in seats.  The television camera generally agreed with them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

NHL 12 Development Team Has A Brain Afterall


The very first encouraging piece of news regarding the changes being made to goalies came to my attention today.  One of the touted new features for NHL 12 is the ability for goalies to fight.  As soon as I read this in the original features release it sent off alarms bells.  Anyone who has played NHL 11/10/09 Online Team Play (OTP) mode knows that the ice sheet if full of immature idiot griefers hiding behind their internet gaming anonymiity to cause strife.  I was deathly afraid that every OTP game next year would turn into how quickly can two human goalies get to center ice to drop em?  Apparently the team at EA indeed has a brain despite not listening to many of our other concerns over the past three years regarding the need for fixes to the title.

Fresh off of a community event Jason aka TNA Equalizer has some good information on goalie play.  Two things in a very good post really stood out.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Posted in Hockey, NHL, Video Games

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Text From Pens Only Dumps Fuel on the Fire


The Penguins have a magnificent text message notification system for their fans, truly.  If you haven’t signed up for it you should.  Apart from being texted every final score you also get trade and signing notifications as well as other pertinent updates.  However receiving a update today meant one of a very few things was going on.  Either there was a signing or something was up within the organization.  There was no draft to update and free agency doesn’t begin for another 28 days.    This is what bliped up on my phone a short time ago:

PENS ALERT: Sidney Crosby met with Dr. Collins and is set to start his summer off-ice workout program. Read more:http://bit.ly/mdQMV6  Stop 2end Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Campbell Stepping Down as Discipline Czar


Somewhere Joe Hallenbeck is dancing a jig.  The butt of every joke and the focus of every hockey fan’s ire with the total lack of consistency in NHL discipline is stepping down.  I caught it via Twitter moments ago that NHL VP Colin Campbell is relinquishing his role as Wheel of Morality spinner to Brendan Shanahan.  Campbell is not relinquishing his position as VP of Hockey Operations, just the role of lack of justice dealer.

The NHL seriously just put a bullseye on its back next year regarding discipline.  Will Shanny bring in a clear and understandable standard for discipline?  If he doesn’t his reputation will quickly go right down into the same cesspool where Campbell’s current is with the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

June 1, 2011 at 11:40 AM

NHL 12 Release Date and More Thoughts


NHL 12 will hit store shelves on 9.13.11  According to EA’s Features’s Whiteboard you can expect the following:

Full Contact Physics Engine
– Shatter the glass with bone-crushing hits along the boards
– Knock rivals over the boards and into the bench
– Significantly impact the play of the goalie with screens and collisions

Be a Pro Revamped
-nothing revealing in their teaser paragraph apart from you will earn every shift, if you play BaP that way

Presentation
– Play in the Winter Classic – The NHL package jumps to life with the addition of the NHL Winter Classic, the league’s premier outdoor hockey event on New Year’s Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration by cheering you on while donning Winter Classic gear. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 31, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Adams Wants a BIG Raise – Negotiations on Hold


My #1 priority for the Penguins this offseason was to resign Craig Adams followed by Mike Rupp.  I was taken back a little last week when I learned negotiations had not started with the Adams camp.  Now we might know the reason.  According to the PPG, Adams is looking for a raise a, big one.

According to Shelly Anderson discussions with Adams are on hold, but not broken off.  Adams made $550k last season, barely above the league minimum and was arguably the linchpin for the NHL’s best PK unit.  I’d be asking for more money too.    The pay increase is something the Penguins simply cannot commit to right now because they are already up against the existing cap of $59.4 million.  That ceiling is supposed to rise, but by how much and when it will be made official is the question. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM

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