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Penguins scrum: Rings, waivers details and predictions


OPENING FACEOFF: The thing about those rings

Penguins broadcaster Phil Bourque showed me his championship rings from the 1991 and 1992 Penguins’ Stanley Cup teams. They are considerably smaller and more understated than the ones received Tuesday night by 52 members of the organization for the 2009 Stanley Cup victory. Not that the newest rings are gaudy – at least compared to rings won by recent Super Bowl champions New England (2004) and the Steelers (2008) – but it’s safe to say the size of modern championship rings probably won’t be approved by four out of five orthopedic hand specialists.

Anyway, we at Chipped Ice would love to know hear know what the fan base thinks of the new Cup rings, which you can get a better look at here:

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MOVES N’AT: More royalty to Penguins

The Penguins retained four of five players placed on waivers Tuesday, losing gritty LW Paul Bissonnette to the Coyotes. Team officials were not optimistic that Bissonnette would clear waivers, so his claim was not a surprise – though it is a mild disappointment as many within the organization believed he was on track toward becoming an enforcer at the NHL level.

Remaining in the organization and headed toward AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are LW Ryan Bayda, RW Chris Conner and Ds Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland.

The Penguins claimed from the Capitals LW Chris Bourque, son of legendary former Bruins and Avalanche D Ray Bourque.


Age: 23

Height/Weight: 5-foot-8/178 pounds

Shoots: left

Draft position: 33rd overall, 2004

Notables: Scored 83 goals and recorded 232 points in 282 AHL games. … Played in 12 NHL games, scoring one goal. … New England Prep School MVP in 2004. … Hockey East All-Rookie selection in 2005. … 23rdson of Hall-of-Famer player to appear in an NHL game.


For Penguins fans outside the club’s local TV market, a list of games carried in the United States by NHL Network:

October: 2 vs. NYR; 7 vs. PHX; 10 at TOR; 14 at CAR

November: 12 vs. NJ

December: 10 at MTL

January: 7 vs. PHI; 9 at MTL; 21 vs. WSH

February: 10 vs. NYI

March: 18 at BOS; 24 at WSH


— Sports Illustrated’s preview will hit stands this week. The venerable magazine calls for a final between Chicago and Boston, which will be a popular pick among national folks clamoring for an Original Six Showdown.

— experts are making their case here:

Friends of Chipped Ice Pierre LeBrun, Scott “Ambassador to Pittsburgh via Shale’s Café” Burnside and EJ Hradek tab an Eastern champ that will please yinz.

— The kindly Craig Custance of The Sporting News calls for a Final three-peat:

— BY ROB ROSSI (9/30/09)

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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