Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has come under fire, receiving a rash of criticism over his support of the team taking part in a visit to the White House.
Criticism from fans. From players. From media.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan defended his player and defended the Pens’ decision to still make the trip to meet President Donald Trump.
“The fact that people seem to think Sid needs to bear this burden of responsibility is unfair,” Sullivan said, according to Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“The guy does nothing but come to the rink, help the Penguins win championships, and be a good person every day. That’s how we see it.”
Despite Crosby’s comments, Sullivan says that the team hasn’t really taken a stance on the issues at hand.
“I think that there appears to be a perception out there that because our organization has made a decision to accept the invitation to the White House that we have taken a stance on the issue when the reality is it’s just the opposite. We haven’t taken any stance,” Sullivan said.
“There appears to be a perception we have. It’s wrong.”
Penguins Sign Oula Palve
Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.
Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.
Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs
The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.
Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.
Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.
Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman
Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.
Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.
Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
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