Found March 06, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Arace of he Columbus Dispatch, Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review connected the dots and came up with some quality speculation. The Penguins are looking for backline help. Defenseman Simon Despres, 21, a former first-round pick, is said to be available in trade and might be enough bait to get Jack Johnson. Johnson might pair nicely with Kris Letang — and also serve as an insurance policy in case Letang is traded before his contract expires next year. The cherry on top is that Johnson and Sidney Crosby are pals. Rossi merely pieced together how this puzzle might fit. The thing is, this was one of the first juicy rumors to hit the web this year. The trade deadline is April 3, but for hockey fans, spring arrived as soon as the Jackets brain trust was spotted in Pittsburgh. Kekalainen was asked about the rumor last night before the Jackets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in a shootout at Nationwide Arena. He was clear that he is not keen on comment...

Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 Trade Deadline Rumors

We will keep updating this until the trade deadline:  April 3rd, 2013 Was it luck or did Ray Shero see this coming and create the Perfect Storm? Here we go again, It’s trade season and the trade rumors are swirling all around the Pittsburgh Penguins.  This year could be a doozy.  The Penguins GM Ray Shero has amassed $8 million in available Salary Cap space. With the Salary...

Lawmakers seek pardon for Johnson

US lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, renewed their efforts on Tuesday. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain joined congressmen Peter King and William ''Mo'' Cowan to reintroduce a resolution urging President Barack Obama...

Glen Miller: Game Day: Jackets Getting Healthier in Advance of Matchup With Oil

As the Columbus Blue Jackets prepare to host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Nationwide Arena, the club got some good news on the injury front. Jack Johnson who has missed the last week plus with what was believed to be a shoulder ailment skated this morning with the club and is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Aaron Portzline tweeted this morning that when asked about the injury...

Penguins Hold Annual “Skates and Plates” Charity Gala

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Four-goal rally lifts Penguins

Chris Kunitz scored his second goal just 18 seconds into the third period to cap a four-goal rally and lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Pascal Dupuis, James Neal and Tyler Kennedy also scored goals for the Atlantic Division-leading Penguins, who won their third straight game. Jakub Voracek had two power-play goals, Zac...

Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 3, SO

Sergei Bobrovsky, replacing an ineffective Steve Mason, made two spectacular short-handed saves in overtime and stopped both shots he faced in the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Vinny Prospal had a goal and an assist, and Derek MacKenzie and Jack Johnson also scored in regulation. Artem Anisimov and Mark Letestu scored in...

Column: 'It is now time to recast his legacy.'

For all the things President Obama says he can't do because of the political gridlock in Washington, he can right a century-old wrong simply by picking up a pen. Tomorrow wouldn't be too soon. Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, was arrested in October 1912, railroaded by an all-white jury the following June and eventually served a year in prison...

Matthew Barry: Deadline Deal: What Do The Kings Need?

Last season the Kings traded Jack Johnson for Jeff Carter. Weeks later, Carter was lifting the Stanley Cup over his head. The team is basically a mirror image of the team last season, so what can the Kings actually do to improve? Defense? Muzzin is still mistake prone, Drewiske is still a solid 7th D-man. Ellerby hasn't been bad since being acquired. Will Mitchell and Greene...

John Toperzer: Game Night: Pens-Flyers, Round III Thursday night in Philly

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