Posted January 25, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Sidney Crosby fed his inner Canadian by walking to his team's pre-game skate.
''I just wanted to get outside and experience a Canadian winter again,'' said Crosby, whose Pittsburgh Penguins play the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. ''Believe it or not you miss it a little bit. You miss seeing the snow.''
Winnipeg delivered on the snow with a side helping of temperatures of minus 9.
''It's hockey weather, so it's nice to get out. ... I definitely forgot how cold it was but it's nice to be here,'' Crosby said.
He said he was well dressed and it wasn't that long a walk, ''but if it was any longer, it might have been a little tougher, that's for sure.''
Crosby didn't play with the team when the Penguins visited Winnipeg last season. But he has played at the MTS Centre before as a member of Canada's world junior team.
''It's exciting,'' he said, referring to his NHL debut at MTS. ''Any time you play at a newer venue or somewhere you haven't played in a while, I think you always get excited for that.''
He also said it would be nice to see hockey return to another Canadian venue where real winter is no stranger. There are no franchise shifts on the horizon, but Quebec City would be a leading contender for a relocated team now that Winnipeg has rejoined the NHL.
Crosby played for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and remembers crowds of 15,000 in the Colisee in Quebec City for junior games.
''It would be amazing. They love hockey there and I think, as far as the economics, if that works, it would be a great place,'' he said. ''We all know about the rivalry with Montreal, how big that is. It could be great for hockey, but we'll have to see how that will kind of fit in.''
A new arena is one piece of the puzzle needed to lure a team back to Quebec City. The Colisee Pepsi as it is now known seats about the same number of fans as the MTS Centre but it was built in 1949 and lacks the money-generating features new NHL arenas require.
Crosby says he's still working on his timing since the lockout ended. But he insists he isn't changing the way he plays to avoid injury despite the months he has spent away from hockey.
''I like to think I'm pretty aware out there on the ice,'' he said. ''But it's part of the game - if you get caught you get caught. Sometimes when you hesitate that's when you set yourself up to get really hit, so I just try to play the same way.''
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
from Chris Johnston now of Sportsnet,
What stands out most during a few days around the Penguins in the early stages of the 48-game season is how significantly Crosby's narrative has changed. No longer is he asked endlessly about the well-documented concussion and neck injuries that cost him most of the last two seasons.
Even the frustration stemming from a lockout took...
Eric Tangradi has had his chances to be a top six forward, but those days appear to have come and gone. After a turnover led directly to Toronto's first goal in last night's loss, head coach Dan Bylsma took Tangradi off of the second line, replacing him with Tyler Kennedy.Tangradi would finish the game with 4:27 of ice time.Today, it was announced that the 23 year old Philadelphia...
For the past couple of seasons I’ve watched with increasing alarm as the Penguins have downsized (and defanged) in order to better fit Dan Bylsma’s “damn-the-torpedoes, full-steam-ahead” system.
It’s no secret that Bylsma’s approach is predicated on wearing the other team down with a relentless attack. While speed certainly is an asset in today’s up-tempo NHL, it can’t...
In a bit of a surprising move, the Rangers have traded forward Chad Kolarik to the Penguins for forward Benn Ferriero. The move struck everyone as a bit of a surprise, considering Kolarik’s strong play with the Whale in the AHL. Whale expert Laurie Carr (Beyond The Blueshirts) noted on Twitter that Kolarik may have requested the trade, especially after not receiving a training...
The Maple Leafs’ Colton Orr and Pittsbugh’s Deryk Engelland renewed their pugilistic rivalry last night with one of the better fights in the history of this relationship. You might remember back in 2010 when Engelland knocked out Orr with a single punch to Orr’s face that left the fighter with concussion issues.
Last night it was Orr’s turn to work on Engelland’s face...
In lieu of a poll asking which Penguins player had the worst overall effort Wednesday, Iâd like to get your thoughts on who should play on Evgeni Malkinâs line.
poll by twiigs.com
Question: Should the Penguins trade for disgruntled Islanders' forward Nino Niederreiter?
Nearly half of pollsters (48 percent) believe that the acquisition...
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that heâs hearing ârumblingsâ of the Penguins looking for a winger. He also states that Simon Despres can be had for the right price.
Which brings us to our poll today â¦
poll by twiigs.com
Which player(s) should skate on Pittsburgh's No. 2 line with Evgeni Malkin ...
From the Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a conditional draft pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Carl Sneep, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Colton Orr and Derek Engelland have a rivalry that dates all the way back to 2000, when they first dropped the gloves as youngsters in the Western Hockey League (WHL), and then later in the AHL and NHL. As you can see from the video above, that rivalry still burns pretty good to this day. Engelland has a history of getting the better of Orr (see here and here) but this latest bout...
If Penguins fans forgot how their team, comprised of several elite players, lost in six games to the Philadelphia Flyers last April, this game served as a reminder. After going up 2-0 in the first period, the Penguins allowed four straight goals, including three in the second period, as the Winnipeg Jets skated away with a 4-2 victory. The game reflected the same issues the Penguins...
After their offense keyed consecutive victories to open the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins' poor defense has led to back-to-back defeats.
The Penguins likely have to tighten things up Sunday night when they visit the Ottawa Senators, one of the highest-scoring teams in the Eastern Conference through the first week.
Playing on the road for the fourth time in its first five...
The shortened season that the NHL has so “graciously” provided us, is going to provide for a quick, fast paced season, and one in which you had better have some star power providing some punch, or this season will fly right on by without you even getting a chance to gain some momentum. Usually a team at this point in a non-shortened season, is learning itself and figuring out...
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) @ Winnipeg Jets (1-1-1)
ROOT, TSN, 8:00 pm/et
MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's cold there. It's also in Canada. We all know that. Apparently, some Winnipeg fans thought that those two things were enough to make the Atlanta Thrashers a competitive hockey team. So did team management.
A lot of people spent...
As the Pittsburgh Penguins look to bounce back from their first defeat, the Winnipeg Jets hope to build on their initial victory.
Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and the Penguins hope to continue their success in this series and on the road this season while extending the Jets' struggles at home Friday night.
Pittsburgh (2-1-0) outscored Philadelphia and the New York Rangers 9...