Penguins will put Dupuis to work during final year of contract

Pascal Dupuis’ playing days are over, but he remains a valued member of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Forced off the ice while undergoing treatment for blood clots, Dupuis remained with the club through to the end of the season and was able to participate in the team’s Stanley Cup celebration.

With one year left on his contract, Dupuis will continue to work for the club in some capacity, according to general manager Jim Rutherford.

“He’s going to do some scouting out of (Quebec) and possibly a little bit of development work,” Rutherford said, according to Bill West of TribLive. “I think it’s one of those things where he’s still under his player’s contract, and he’ll just kind of feel his way a little bit.”

For his part, Dupuis is happy to spend more time with his family, and says he’ll always remain loyal to the Penguins, especially if he chooses to keep working in the game.

“If I do something with a team in the NHL, it’s 100 percent going to be with the Penguins,” he said. “I was treated right, and I feel like if I’m on the other side as part of management or staff, I would want to treat people the same way I was treated. Their philosophy is something that I really respect.”

For now, both sides are taking things one day at a time.

“There’s no pressure (on Dupuis to work),” said assistant GM Bill Guerin. “We’re on his time. … Whether it’s this year or 10 years from now, he’s always going to be one of those guys that wants to give back.

“We’re lucky to still have him around.”

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Unveils World Cup Helmet

By Andrew Forbes

He hasn’t played a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but already Frederik Andersen is paying homage to his new club. On Sunday, the 26-year-old’s World Cup of Hockey mask was revealed – another work of art by artist David Gunnarsson.

Another look at #MapleLeafs‘ G Frederik #Andersen‘s #WCH2016 goalie mask he’ll wear for Team #Europe. #TMLTalk pic.twitter.com/p6xIiMiHkX

— CoastToCoastHockey (@coastocoasthky) August 28, 2016

Andersen – who will be playing for Team Europe – will be representing his home country of Denmark. His mask also incorporates his country’s emblem with his number 31 located on the chin of the mask. Finally, on the other side of his mask is a Lego Batman donning the Danish flag.

Andersen will be joined by Slovakia’s Jaroslav Halak and Germany’s Thomas Greiss as the European goaltenders. While there’s no guarantee at this point, both Halak and Andersen have a chance to start when the World Cup starts in September.

While Andersen is only 26, he’s had a good start to his young career. In 125 career regular season games, he’s posted a 77-26-12 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .918 save percentage with six shutouts.

On top of that he’s had some success in the playoffs with 17 wins in 28 games. His 2.34 goals against and .916 save percentage also show that he can compete at the highest level and on the big stage.

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Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Vancouver Canucks

By Yahoo Sports Staff

[Ed. Note: Some lists chronicle the best in hockey. Others the worst. Others the most memorable or greatest or essential. What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Moments that defy prediction or, in some cases, logical explanation. Welcome to WEIRD NHL.]

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Where do we even begin?

John Tortorella was hired by the Canucks when Alain Vigneault was relieved of his duties after being swept by the San Jose Sharks in 2013. The thought was with Tortorella and some tweaks to the lineup, which included trading Cory Schneider for a draft pick instead of immediate help, the Canucks would trend back up towards their dominant ways of two years prior.

It had the complete opposite effect.

The in your face tactics of John Tortorella always appeared to be clash with the veteran Canucks roster, and one incident sticks out. After the Ottawa Senators scored, Jannik Hansen returned to the bench and got an earful from his head coach.

Torts was right, Hansen should’ve been back-checking harder, but the tuning out that Jannik Hansen does is so apparent … and that was in October.

After the season there were tidbits of information that came out that made fans and media raise their eyebrows.

During an interview, Alexandre Burrows mentioned that Tortorella and himself didn’t have a conversation until Christmas and it was also reported that Tortorella was suggesting that the Canucks buyout Burrows. The lack of communication didn’t stop there, as Gary Mason from the Globe and Mail mentioned in an interview on TSN 1040 in Vancouver, that Tortorella didn’t speak to Utica Comets – the team’s AHL affiliate at the time – head coach Travis Green the entire season.

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The King of Pittsburgh Sports

By Greg Thornberry

Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Ben Roethlisberger. Andrew McCutchen.

At times during the last decade, each of these men has been considered to be “Yinzer” royalty for their feats in their respective sports. We are fast approaching the season when each major sports team in Pittsburgh will be in the news, so now is a good time to figure out who currently reigns supreme in the City of Champions.

There are many sports figures beyond the obvious that could be in the conversation for king. Antonio Brown, Kris Letang, Gregory Polanco, even Mike Sullivan are prestigious names that deserve consideration. Marc-Andre Fleury, Gerrit Cole, and Le’Veon Bell could have gained the title in the past, but squandered their opportunity, at least for now. So let’s focus on the most obvious; the faces of their respective franchises.

Sidney Crosby

Let’s talk about Crosby first (this is a hockey website after all). It seems like a lifetime ago that a ping-pong ball brought number 87 to Pittsburgh, and likely saved the franchise’s existence in western Pennsylvania. Two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, and a giant pile of other awards later, Crosby has earned himself one of the most distinguished sports careers in history.

Sidney Crosby Named Captain of Team Canada at World Cup https://t.co/NMBd5Zil2y #THW

— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) August 25, 2016

However, when you are the face of a sport, it is bound to earn you some criticism. He has been called a whiner by fans and representatives of other teams (each of whom would love to have him on their team, by the way). His post-concussion(s) play has had it’s slumps, and as recently as last season there were concerns regarding the degrading of Crosby’s abilities. But a championship, and a playoff MVP later, he is back on top.

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The King of Pittsburgh Sports

By Greg Thornberry

Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Ben Roethlisberger. Andrew McCutchen.

At times during the last decade, each of these men has been considered to be “Yinzer” royalty for their feats in their respective sports. We are fast approaching the season when each major sports team in Pittsburgh will be in the news, so now is a good time to figure out who currently reigns supreme in the City of Champions.

There are many sports figures beyond the obvious that could be in the conversation for king. Antonio Brown, Kris Letang, Gregory Polanco, even Mike Sullivan are prestigious names that deserve consideration. Marc-Andre Fleury, Gerrit Cole, and Le’Veon Bell could have gained the title in the past, but squandered their opportunity, at least for now. So let’s focus on the most obvious; the faces of their respective franchises.

Sidney Crosby

Let’s talk about Crosby first (this is a hockey website after all). It seems like a lifetime ago that a ping-pong ball brought number 87 to Pittsburgh, and likely saved the franchise’s existence in western Pennsylvania. Two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, and a giant pile of other awards later, Crosby has earned himself one of the most distinguished sports careers in history.

Sidney Crosby Named Captain of Team Canada at World Cup https://t.co/NMBd5Zil2y #THW

— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) August 25, 2016

However, when you are the face of a sport, it is bound to earn you some criticism. He has been called a whiner by fans and representatives of other teams (each of whom would love to have him on their team, by the way). His post-concussion(s) play has had it’s slumps, and as recently as last season there were concerns regarding the degrading of Crosby’s abilities. But a championship, and a playoff MVP later, he is back on top.

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Galchenyuk tabs Weber as toughest to play against

Alex Galchenyuk is glad his days of playing against Shea Weber are over.

The 22-year-old played only six games against the Nashville Predators before his Montreal Canadiens acquired Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban, but one in particular certainly left an impression.

“I remember last year (Weber) hit me close to the boards and I couldn’t feel my legs for like three days,” Galchenyuk said Saturday, per Sean Farrell of NHL.com. “And when he’s teeing up for a slap shot, you don’t want to be in that lane to block a shot.

“If you really think about it, who’s one of the toughest guys to play against, he’d definitely be first on my list,” Galchenyuk added. “To be able to play with him on the same team, you just can’t wait. And he also has that offensive upside. He scored 20 goals last year, and to see a defenseman that can put up those numbers, it also helps.”

Galchenyuk recorded the first 30-goal season of his career in 2015-16, while tying a career high in assists with 26. With a player of Weber’s ilk now in the mix, he’s excited to get back on the ice and prove the Canadiens are still a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.

“You want to win, you want to win for the fans, and to be honest personally I’ve never been this excited before a year,” he said. “I’m super excited, as is everyone on the team. It’s always exciting to come back and know that there’s something to prove, and you know everybody’s been training and we have a lot of things to prove and prove people wrong.”

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