Pittsburgh has added another veteran presence on the blueline in advance of a second consecutive Stanley Cup. Ron Hainsey, the 35-year-old ‘Canes rearguard, has been acquired in exchange for a second-round pick and AHLer Danny Kristo, per TVA. The Hainsey acquisition comes with the Pens down several key d-men. Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz are sidelined with a hand injury and concussion, while Trevor Daley suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday night. UPDATE: And that makes the trade all the more inportant. Hainsey — who holds the current active record for most regular-season games played (891) without appearing in the playoffs — makes a lot of sense for the Pens. He played under GM Jim Rutherford
A mere 37 years ago — and really it feels like just yesterday — the United States played in a hockey game. It was called: an Olympic semifinal I mean the Miracle On Ice. Oh yeah, the United States of America back when it was really great was able to beat the Soviet Union (or “Russia” in today’s parlance) in a game without broader implications or the transference of anxieties.
Kent Johnson and Shanta Balut, a lovely couple from Moose Lake, Minnesota, were married on the ice at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday ahead of the Minnesota Wild’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The bride wore a white Minnesota Wild sweater with BRIDE on the back. The groom wore a black Blackhawks jersey – which we suppose counts as formal wear in comparison to their other sweaters – with GROOM and the No. 65 on the back, because nothing conveys matrimonial respect and patience more than an Andrew Shaw reference.