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    Default Pens lose Gonchar, add Michalek, Martin on blue line

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    Nobody is going to replace Sergei Gonchar. Sergei is an extremely talented offensive player, good for 50, 60 points," Shero said. "What we'll get in Paul Martin is a really smooth skating defenseman, great stick, good defensively. His offensive production might be a little bit better than what he's had in the past. He's a real solid all-around player. He can play lots of minutes, an effortless skater."

    Michalek was considered one of the pieces the Coyotes could not afford to lose because he was the anchor in front of Vezina Trophy-finalist Ilya Bryzgalov. TSN reported before noon Thursday that Phoenix was trying to work out a deal to keep Michalek, but apparently couldn't get it done in time.

    "I really enjoyed my time in Phoenix but at the end of the day it didn't work out and I have a chance to play with Pittsburgh now," Michalek told the Penguins' Web site. "I am coming to a really great organization with a lot of talent. They compete for the Stanley Cup every season so that is something I was looking for because I am a competitive guy and I want to win. I see a really good chance to do that in Pittsburgh."

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    Default Re: Pens lose Gonchar, add Michalek, Martin on blue line

    Thanks for what you brought us, but bye bye, Gonch! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.....in fact, keep it. We're getting a knew one anyway!

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    Default Re: Pens lose Gonchar, add Michalek, Martin on blue line

    Sarge quit in the playoffs
    we'll miss him during the season but I never thought he was a quitter till he did

    good luck Sarge

    Sens suck

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    Default Re: Pens lose Gonchar, add Michalek, Martin on blue line

    Well, dear readers, as far as the Penguins are concerned the first-day frenzy has pretty much passed.

    Sorry I've been out of touch. Just a crazy-busy day for me, what with working the blog, Twitter, an NHL chat over at the Versus site and trying to chase down dozens of untrue rumors while getting what was true confirmed. (I'll share with you, at some point, the agony about confirming the PAUL MARTIN signing. It's a bit raw, though, right now. I'll say this: I knew for about two hours starting at 1 p.m. the Pens were going hard, really hard, after him, and when the time came to confirm it I just couldn't find a second independent party -- and I always want second independent party for such confirmations. The story of me seeking that second party was pretty entertaining, though. Something to look forward to, I guess.)

    Anyway, my trust No. 2 on the Trib Total Media Pens beat, JOSH YOHE, had this to share as excerpts from his chats with Martin and ZBENYK MICHALEK. Enjoy. Also, enjoy a video that JUSTIN LABAR is putting together for the web site at triblive.com, and a hearty thanks to many of you that have chimed in with Day 1 comments. I'm so glad you are reading. Anyway, Yohe's leftovers...

    MICHALEK

    = "I had a chance to play for Wayne Gretzky as my coach and now Mario Lemieux is my owner. How many people really get to say that? It's a great thrill getting to play for Mario. It's just one more thing that makes Pittsburgh so appealing to me."

    = "I like the challenge of playing on the power play. It doesn't come as naturally to me as other parts of the game, but I feel like I've gotten better in that area and that I can help out of the team."

    = (He is in Czech Republic for the summer.) "I'm relaxing now. Probably I'll go to Pittsburgh in the middle of August, get a feel for the city and decide where to live. I'm so excited about playing in the new arena. I know it's a great hockey city. I can't wait."

    MARTIN

    = "I've talked with Mike Rupp this summer. He really loves it in Pittsburgh. He told me about how happy he was there, what a great organization it is to play for. He had nothing but great things to say about it. That definitely helped."

    = "I think that stuff about New Jersey not trying to score goals got a little overblown. I know this: If you want to win a championship, you have to have lots of good defense and play good team defense. I learned that in New Jersey. But still, playing with Crosby and Malkin, maybe that will help my numbers a little bit. I sure hope it does."

    ="I have a lot of respect for Gonchar. I'm not coming in there to replace him and the things he could do. I'm just trying to fit in and be a part of a good defense."

    Hat tip to Yohe.

    --ROSSI (who is spent)

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