Engelland Re-Signs, IIHF Insults Crosby, Etc.

 
Nothing major going on today that we feel like talking about.
 
The Flyers' back-to-back shut outs against the Habs have made us feel incredibly strange.
Cheering for Philadelphia seems terribly wrong, but we can't bring ourselves to root for Montreal.
So instead we're not watching.
It's kind of nice to catch up on the rest of life.
 
The Pens signed Deryk Engelland to a one-year contract extension which means we have at least another year to figure out how to spell his name correctly without looking it up.
It's a two-way contract that will pay $500,000 at the NHL level.
 
Decent signing.
Engelland played well in his brief call up during the season.
 
That leaves the Pens free agent list looking like this:
Bill Guerin
Ruslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke
Alexei Ponikarovsky
Ryan Bayda
Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton
Jay McKee
Jordan Leopold
Ben Lovejoy
Chris Lee
 
We'll have a free agency preview closer to July 1st.
 
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Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and the Russian team play against Canada tomorrow in the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
 
Petri Vehanen of Finland made a pretty good stop on Evgeni Malkin:
 
 
That will probably hurt Malkin's value on the fictional, ridiculous trade market.
Speaking of which, today's ridiculous trade is Malkin to Calgary for Jarome Iginla.
We think some radio station suggested that one.
 
Back to the IIHF, their communications director Szymon Szemberg posted this on the IIHF homepage:

"Why is a 22-year-old Sidney Crosby tired when a 34-year-old Ryan Smyth is answering the bell for his country despite having represented Canada at the Worlds already on eight occasions?"

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Scott Salmond of Team Canada responded with this:

"Sidney Crosby's the guy they singled out — he's played in two finals (in 2008 and 2009), he's played in the second round of the playoffs (this year), he's played in the Olympics for us," said Salmond. "I don't think it's fair to single him out. We respect where he is and we respect what he's done for us and I think what he'll do for us in the future."

Someone upset with something Sidney Crosby did?
Consider us SHOCKED.
 
Why is a 22-year-old Sidney Crosby an incredible success at every level when a 34-year-old Ryan Smyth is only known for his play at the world championships and crying in an Edmonton airport?
 
After hearing Sid booed in Ottawa and Montreal, and watching Habs fans step on his jersey and burn photos of him, we can't blame Sid for not wanting to represent Canada in this tournament.
 
Whatev.
 
Go Pens.
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