I figured since the pre-season has kicked off, it's time to start the new regular season thread...
Console Energy Center (Igloo 2?) opened tonight. What a monumental occassion for me. I'm going to be very sad to see the Civic Arena go. I'm already planning to buy a chair or two, if they go for sale. They're talking about putting some of the stainless steel dome parts into the ceiling of the new building as decoration.
The Penguins looked sharp... err, well they sounded sharp anyway as it wasn't televised tonight. a 5-1 win over Detroit. Osgood looked like **** though too.
The Penguins are stacked and will have some interesting cuts to make. Jordan Staal's going to miss the opener because of a nagging issue from last year's playoff loss to Montreal. Hopefully he'll be back soon because he's a monster of a player, and fast becoming one of my favorites. Crosby left the game early with a minor hip flexure, nothing serious, but didn't want him playing with it for no purpose.
I'd like to get to one game this year at the new arena. That's my goal... Well, that and Winter Classic tickets. Not counting on the latter though.
Fantastic work at the new arena though. I guess the boards are a little lively though, but they're just settling in and finding the little nuances of it out right now. The goalies are saying the boards are similar to Detroit's in some ways.
Bill Guerrin is on a try-out-basis with Philly. I'm bummed about that because he's a great guy, and got involved in charity and stuff here locally immediately, and wanted very badly to stay because his family loved it here. I'm just bummed he's not been brought back.
Anyway, hockey is here! Yay.
Oh, and one of the funny kinks they have to work out at the arena is the horn was pumped directly into the mic, so when a period came to a close this booming loud horn would go off full tilt. Mike Lange and Phil Bourque were cracking up about it and I guess Lange took over and was turnign the volume down.