When I think of Soldier Field, I think of the Bears-Eagles Fog Bowl playoff game, played Dec. 31, 1988. Something else memorable happened the same day that Penguins fans might remember. Mario Lemieux scored five goals five different ways against the New Jersey Devils.
Speaking of Lemieux, I posted a screen shot from Thursday’s Penguins game (see below). It would be interesting to hear what his Pee-Wee teammates, JJ Daigneault and/or Marc Bergevin had to say about his team-leading penalty minutes.
I can’t say Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler was ever on my personal wish list, but it’s interesting that Pens GM Ray Shero was thought to be considering a Kesler for Brandon Sutter and Derrick Pouliot deal (prior to Kris Letang’s stroke).
First, I thought the Pens were set on keeping Pouliot and potentially trading some of the team’s other defensive assets. I’m not saying that’s what I would do, but I believed that to be the position of the organization.
Second, if the team was going to move Pouliot, couldn’t he bring a better return (along with Sutter) than Kesler? Not to sound too much like a partisan Pittsburgh opinion here, but if Pouliot is the Pens’ No. 1 rated prospect and that’s all his return is, he must really have some difficult defensive shortcomings.
My trade targets would include San Jose’s Tommy Wingels and forward prospect, Dan O’Regan, for a trade framework including one of Pittsburgh’s defensive prospects and another San Jose need. Click here for Hockey Future’s view on O’Regan.
To get you ready for Saturday’s outdoor tilt, I’ll leave you with a few pics my dad snapped during the 2011 Winter Classic practice day.