Outdoor screen on for Pens' banner raising
A tradition for playoff games the past two seasons, the outdoor video board at Mellon Arena's Game 3 will show the Penguins' pregame ceremonial raising of the Stanley Cup championship banner and FSN's broadcast of the regular-season opening game against the New York Rangers on Friday.
Starting Wednesday, highlights of 2009 playoff games and the official 2008-09 Penguins DVD will also be shown on the outdoor screen.
Winger Ryan Bayda is to these Penguins what forward Adam Hall was to the 2008-09 club. Bayda, who attended training camp on a professional tryout contract, signed a one-year deal with the Penguins on Monday.
His is a two-way contract, meaning he can be assigned to the American Hockey League if the Penguins opt to keep a 13th forward — perhaps winger Paul Bissonnette — on their opening regular-season roster.
Bayda, who played for Carolina last season, impressed during camp, as did Hall two years ago when he arrived on a pro tryout deal. Hall made the team and contributed throughout that season and the playoffs.
Ring it in
A private ceremony will be held tonight at an undisclosed location where members of the Penguins organization will receive championship rings commemorating their Stanley Cup victory. Players have not seen the final rendering of their rings, but captain Sidney Crosby was part of the design process.
Back to work
The Penguins did not practice yesterday after playing four exhibition games last week. They will resume practice today. That session, along with one Wednesday, will take place at Southpointe. After Wednesday's practice, players will attend the annual Face-Off Luncheon sponsored by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
NHL seeks support
The NHL has posted an open letter to fans on its official Web site seeking support for the resolution of an ongoing dispute between Comcast-owned Versus, the league's American cable broadcast partner, and DirecTV, which recently dropped Versus from its channel lineup. Currently, DirecTV subscribers cannot watch regular-season games, which begin Thursday, carried on the Versus network. The league is urging fans to check its site for updates regarding the dispute.