So the airline Jet Blue loses the Stanley Cup, and then makes the Cup’s escort go through the regular line with it when he finally gets it back. Nathan Horton, meanwhile, attends the Cup parade in his hometown without the Cup! In Jet Blue’s defense, the Cup guy arrived at the airport later than he should have.

 

Here’s a nice piece on Beau Bennett and how well he is progressing. However, he is still a good three years away. I’ve lost a lot of faith in the strategy of putting any stock into Pittsburgh forward prospects. If Dustin Jeffrey can’t get a one-way contract and encourage the team to leave a spot open for him on the roster…then nobody can.

 

That being said, here are some very promising words about him from Ray Shero: "In our opinion, he's an NHL hockey player." The Post-Gazette said that the two-way contract does not reflect concerns over Jeffrey's health, nor does it signify some thought that Jeffrey isn't ready to play in the NHL full time. But then I don’t understand the reasoning behind a two-way deal.

 

Those of you looking for a dark horse defenseman, check out this piece on Garrett Haar. He was drafted in the seventh round this summer by the Caps, but is wowing everybody in development camp. He’s still some years away though.

 

Hmmm… EA Sports gives its opinion on attempts to acquire Cody Franson using Brett Lebda (thanks to Nate Rollo for the jpg):

 

Preds

 

Spectos weighs in on the Blackhawks possibly extending Patrick Sharp’s contract. Sharp would be a UFA next summer, but the Hawks tend to re-sign all their key guys.

 

And speaking of Spector’s Hockey, I enjoyed this piece by Lyle on the upcoming demise of Hockey Night in Canada. He makes some good points.

 

The Jets have signed Ben Maxwell to a two-way contract.

 

Doesn’t Ryan Strome look lanky here? Great shootout goal though (thanks to Chris Hartley-Romero for the link)…

 

 

 

Keep firing me YouTube clips!

 


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Austin said:

austeane
On the map You guys are getting noticed by the rest of the hockey world. TSN used the Frozenpool line combo tool in its even strength goal scoring column... Just thought I'd let you know.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=371987

According to them you are good folks.
July 18, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I like this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYhUKh4K_3w
July 18, 2011
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Speaker Damage said:

speakerdamage
... True. It's a money saving move, not a cap saving move.

You still can't fault the Pens for saving a little money. As has been pointed out, he's going to be playing in the NHL all season (barring a rehab stint, which I'm still reading will happen as his return is not likely until November or so... but Dobber could be right), and the Pens had all of the bargaining leverage against him. A smart team will use that leverage every time. It's not like he'll be clamoring to get out when he becomes a UFA because of it.
July 18, 2011
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praba said:

praba
... should have censored the gamertag on the screenshot lol
July 18, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Speaker Damage: Jeffrey having a two-way contract has exactly nothing to do with any cap savings for Pittsburgh. They'll save money, yes, but using the word "cap" there isn't right. They'd save the same amount of cap space even if it was a one-way deal.

For all intents and purposes, Jeffrey is a Penguin from here on out, since he'd get claimed on waivers faster than Roadrunner if he were put there.
July 18, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... ha - I actually had a write-up on Veilleux yesterday saying to put him back on your radar...but then I deleted it. I still don't see the upside offensively.

Jeffrey will be fine for camp. He's ahead of schedule. I don't like the contract, it seems petty on Pittsburgh's part
July 18, 2011
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Speaker Damage said:

speakerdamage
... The Jeffrey contract is two-way simply for the fact that the Penguins can save some cap money at the beginning of the year while he rehabs in Wilkes-Barre. After that, he will come up (assuming everything goes well) and stay, since he would have to clear waivers if he were sent down again. It's a smart cap move for the Pens and it shows nice young leadership in Jeffrey in taking a bit of a financial hit for the team.

Regarding Penguins forward prospects, put Velleiux back on your radar. 6'5" winger with great vision and hands and appears to have put his injury woes behind him (knock on wood). He impressed at rookie camp and will be getting some time in the NHL this season. He added some much needed toughness to his game last season.
July 18, 2011
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