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A Tangradi poll, Sid talks hockey & some funny Penguins commercials

November 21, 2012, 12:41 PM ET [63 Comments]
John Toperzer
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Eric Tangradi has seen his shares of ups and downs since coming over from Anaheim with Chris Kunitz for Ryan Whitney several seasons ago. He's scored one goal in 40 games with the Penguins, but he’s played well for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He has a team-leading nine goals and one assist in 15 games thus far in 2012-13. Here’s his Baby Penguins' stats page.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejan Kovacevic interviewed Sidney Crosby Tuesday here. The Crosby interview starts about 10 minutes into the show. Here are some excerpts.

New changes Sid would like to see coming after the work stoppage:

I wouldn’t mind seeing three-on-three. Maybe having three or four minutes-four-on-four, three or four minutes 3-on-3. You kind of keep that team element and there’s a ton of ice.

If you block a shot you block it but to deliberately go down and slide to block a shot being called a minor penalty:

A team like the Rangers, they collapse they got everybody blocking shots. They add stuff to their gloves to block shots. That would open things up (instituting a minor penalty). It would take away from guys who look at that as part of their jobs…I wouldn’t be against it. I don’t block shots.

Sid killing penalties:

Something I’d definitely be interested in. Last year Philly was pretty hot short-handed, you see their forwards getting chances against and that’s not fun. When you’re trying to make good passes and one gets picked off and it’s going back the other way. You’re on your heels a little bit … I think you are always looking for challenges as a player.

Player not with current team that best understood Crosby’s game:

Army had a pretty good feel for how I played…I would say Army, he liked to play a 2-on-1 game, give and go, right-handed shot too it was easier for him to make plays off the wall.

Breakout Penguins player on current team:

Um, trying to think. I think Nisky, toward the end of last season he was getting confident with the puck. He was shooting it. His defensive game has just gotten better and better since coming to us. He’s got some skills. He played great for us, can remember him being on the power play with some great shots, great looks.

Place deserving an NHL franchise:

Quebec City, easily, without a doubt.

Favorite retired players, “can’t say Mario”:

Peter Forsberg, first skilled guy to play with an edge, went looking for it more than most skilled guys did. He was a guy that could dominate. Steve Yzerman, I always just enjoyed watching him, he was my favorite player growing up. That goal against St. Louis never gets old. That was pretty awesome.

What new hockey advanced statistic would you create for hockey?

Touches. The more you have the puck you’re doing something right. It can be fluky but over the course of the year, means you’re doing something right…When guys are successful they’re touching the puck a lot.


A year ago today, Sidney Crosby returned. Gameday: The Ferrari returns Monday night.


Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks to a hockey supply store owner and others about how the lockout affects their businesses.


Deadspin discusses Evgeni Malkin being named as the most eligible bachelor in Russia by OK! Magazine here.

Perhaps additional commercial endorsements could come Geno’s way after the announcement, though Penguins fans surely will remember this cameo.

Can’t show that commercial without this Max Talbot gem or the spoof followup.


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