Penguins Report: Closing Time 2014
Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 9:20 AM ET / Penguins Report
- Get Away Day photos
- Player quotes
- PensTV interviews
- UFA's talk the future
- Thank you
- End of the road
- "Every new beginning starts from some other beginning's end..."
END OF THE ROAD
That'll do it for the 2013-14 season. I hope everyone enjoys their summer. We'll see you next season.
That's a wrap.
Before our final sign off, every year I like to take a minute to thank all the people who’ve had a hand in helping the Pens website to be the best in the NHL.
As always we start with the team – players and coaches. It’s not always the easiest or most pleasant thing to deal with the media (especially after tough losses and bad games), but every player and coach in that locker room takes the time to answer our questions. Without them there is no Pens website. They’re always patient and willing to speak with the media, and their cooperation is very much appreciated.
A huge thanks to our staff for their tireless hours and endless work ethic (working every weekend, working every holiday and pulling a few all-nighters). People may not realize how much time and work goes into their jobs. So thank you to the writers (Michelle Crechiolo, David Uhrmacher, Addison Smith), PensTV video shooters/producers/graphics (Mark Cottington, Meghan McManimon, Mike Davenport, Leo McCafferty, Jon Otte, Bruce Meyers, Tara Kavanaugh, Mike Maraden, Max Glider, Alex Coon, Matt Beno, Shannon Chavez, Casey Brownyard, Ryan Allen, Ashley Wilson, Corey Pelligreno, David Destilli), social media (Melissa Marchionna, Drew Hancherick, Andi Perelman), PensTV talent (Katie O’Malley, Beth Swanson, Rich Walsh) and mostly the PR staff (Jen Bullano, Jason Seidling, Ali Doyle).
But as always, the biggest thank you belongs to all of you readers. You are the reason we are here. It’s an absolute blessing to cover the Pittsburgh Penguins. A dream come true for myself and many of our staff. But we are only here because of you. I hope you’ve enjoyed the stories, videos, blogs, photos, blurbs and other relative nonsense that we put forth every day. We are beyond grateful for your loyalty to the Pens (as well as to our website).
Glass packing up his jersey
Neal's sticks and bag are ready
Jerseys hang for the players at their locker stalls
Dupuis says his goodbyes to media and friends
Recording of Dupuis
Malkin packs his sticks for the World Championship
Stempniak with all his stuff
"What you got there Engo?"
Engelland doing his final media interview
And then there were 3
Kunitz wearing his Pirates hat
Sutter wants to stay in the 412
But it's time to go home for the summer
Bortuzzo all cleaned up
Jokinen signing parting autographs
Communications Sr. Director Jen Bullano says bye to Maatta
Bennett will be soaking in the Cali sun soon
Goc is a man on the go
Fleury and Trib Total Media's Rob Rossi with some quality time
Maatta answering a few of Michelle's questions
Fleury was quite popular with the media today
Will this jersey hang in this locker room next season?
Jokinen's sticks and bag
Letang packs his stuff for departure
--Sam Kasan & Addison Smith
--Sam Kasan, Michelle Crechiolo & Addison Smith
We got a couple of injury updates as well from wingers Beau Bennett and Pascal Dupuis...
--Michelle Crechiolo and Addison Smith
UFA's TALK THE FUTURE
There are 14 players on the Penguins roster up for unrestricted free agency, including Jussi Jokinen, Tanner Glass, Deryk Engelland, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Marcel Goc, Lee Stempniak, and Tomas Vokoun. Brandon Sutter will be a restricted free agent. We talked to a few of those guys about what their futures hold...
--Michelle Crechiolo and Addison Smith
--Michelle Crechiolo, Sam Kasan and Addison Smith
START ME UP
The 2013-14 season is officially over.
The Pens players will gather for the final time at CONSOL Energy Center for locker clean out, or "Get Away Day." The players will undergo physicals and exit meetings with the coaches, as well as packing up their equipment and personal belongings to take with them for the summer.
It's also the final time this particular group of players will be together. There are a lot of players on the roster who will be free agents this summer (Jussi Jokinen, Tanner Glass, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Tomas Vokoun, etc.). The makeup of next season's roster will no doubt be different. So this morning in the last chance for guys to say goodbyes before an uncertain summer.
Today is also the final Pens Report of the season. So we start off our finale the way we always do, with Semisonic's "Closing Time."