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Petr
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Journalists shouldn't sound like message board people

So I peeked at a couple of Pittsburgh newspapers to read about Petr's signing, and... both of them have the same misconception about Petr, that he's a defensive liability. Now, I realise that it's the stereotype: flashy European goal-scorer who doesn't care about defense. But that's not Petr. Like he's soft, but that's a different thing from being poor defensively. He's actually above average in defensive awareness for a forward. The guy played something like 10 years for New Jersey and Anaheim. He's played the point on the power play. He can skate backwards and not get beaten 1-on-1. :P

From Penguins add 2 vital pieces:
Sykora, meanwhile, will be counted mostly on to generate goals, although it remains to be seen whether his center will be Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, his teammate in Russia during the NHL lockout.

"He's got a great release, a great shot," Shero said. "I really think he'll be a good fit on our top two lines."

Sykora's defensive work is the major flaw in his game, but Shero tried to downplay concerns about that.

"He's a diligent defensive player, I believe," he said. "I think he's aware. He cares, defensively. Is he [four-time Selke Trophy winner] Bob Gainey? I don't think so."

From Penguins perk up with Stanley Cup vets:
"My phone rang at 12:01 (Sunday) and Petr's agent was the first call I got saying Petr's first choice was Pittsburgh," Shero said. "He just loved playing here, he loved the atmosphere ... and seeing the dynamics of the team and where it is this year and some of the kids."
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"I think he'll be a very good fit in our top two lines," Shero said. "I'm not sure where he'll play but he gives us another element on the wings. ... He was always a very good player in the playoffs."

I think I've lost an article. It wasn't interesting though, I think? So tired. :(

In RL news, I'll be in Dallas for work in about 3 weeks time! I'm going to be staying at least 2 weeks, might be as long as a month, we'll see. fetisha, want to meet up? :)

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OMG OMG OMG!!! Petr is a daddy now, eee!!! Remind me to show you the pictures later. You can't really see it in this icon but his kid is looking at him like he's really freakish! :)

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