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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in action tonight, with a home contest against the Lightning at 7:30. Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar are both officially listed as day-to-day with their respective ailments. Win or lose, Kris Letang is treating everyone to ice cream after the game. []

Jamie Dixon has already privately passed on the Oregon job, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports. But after yesterday, I'm not proclaiming anything official in the field of Dixon rumors. []

Kris Letang's new contract could very likely affect the status of UFA Sergei Gonchar and several other pending free agents.

The team had a projected $15,791,667 in cap space prior to the Letang deal, with only 14 players under contract for '10-11. Other Penguin UFAs include four forwards (Bill Guerin, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke) four defensemen (Gonchar, Mark Eaton, Jordan Leopold, Jay McKee) and one goalie (Brent Johnson). [Puck Daddy, CapGeek]

Dejan Kovacevic talked yesterday with Vinnie and Cook and painted a very bleak picture of the 2010 Pirates. What, you were expecting something different? [93.7 The Fan, with audio]

Bob Smizik takes a look at Neal Huntington's scorecard in the wake of the Brandon Moss exit and once again, it's not a pretty picture. [Bob Smizik Blog]

Amalia Tabata Pereira, 43-year-old wife of Pirate Jose Tabata, remains in a Manatee County jail awaiting a trial a year after kidnapping a two-month-old and telling her husband that the child belonged to them. []

The Funny Bone comedy club is moving from Station Square, its home for the last 22 years. It will now be located at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, opening on April 9 with a seating capacity of 180. [WPXI]

Donald Wolfe of Brookville was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after he tried to revive a long-dead possum along Route 36 in Oliver Township, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. []

And Norris "Big Dog" Daniels of Pricedale was sentenced to up to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for barking at Ivo, the Monessen City Police dog. []

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HomeRunFromBehindTheMeatballs said...

smizik never paints a pretty picture... at least we got something for bay, who was a year away from being out of our price range. (And rightfully so too. I am glad we didn't end up paying jay bay the kind of money that he received in his post-bucco career!) Sure, that 'something' didn't pan out, but paying Bay would've been worse for the organization than moss and laroche not panning out was. It would still be 17 yrs and counting either way. The Pirates took a chance, and it didn't work out. It wasn't the first time and it hopefully won't be the last.

Broke But Still Drinking said...

Let me get this straight, a man is sentenced for up to a year in jail for barking like a dog?

I recommend bars in this officer's town never play "Who let the dogs out" or the jails will be filled to capacity.

Steve said...

"Sure, that 'something' didn't pan out..."

Ahhh, the typical glass is half full mantra of every delusional Pirates fan, along with these classics: "Sure we suck but...", "Let's not crucify Huntington just yet" and "I still go because I love baseball".

Guerin, Ponikarovsky, Fedotenko and Cooke most likely won't be back, so with Letang's new contract that leaves between $12 and $13 million to sign at least 3 new forwards (Probably 1 WBS player will be moving up) and 3 new or returning defensemen (Lovejoy will probably get the final D spot). That's 6 salaries at an average of around $2 million each. Doesn't look good for Gonchar staying even if he would sign for $3 - $3.5 million unless Shero get's incredibly creative and lucky to boot.