Penguins Notebook: Adams enters 700 career games club
December 14, 2011 10:00 AM
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Craig Adams celebrates a goal against Washington earlier this month.
By Shelly Anderson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
became the second Penguins player this season to reach 700 career NHL games when he played Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings at Consol Energy Center.
"I'm proud to have played that long," he said. "I don't think they're going to have any ceremonies or anything, but it's a good one."
reached 700 games earlier this season, and forward
is one game behind Adams in making that 700 club.
Adams, 34, is with his third NHL club. He was claimed off of waivers by the Penguins in March 2009 and has won Stanley Cup titles with them and with Carolina.
"When you look back over a pretty long career, there are a lot of ups and downs, times when things don't look too good," he said. "You don't know how much longer you're going to keep playing. So to still be going, to feel like I have a role here is a good feeling."
Adams, a Harvard graduate, grew up in Calgary, Alberta, but was born in Brunei. He figures if nothing else, he has the market cornered on guys born in that Southeast Asian sultanate who have won two Cup titles.
"I don't think anyone else from Brunei even has one," he cracked.
Detroit's injury list going into the game had two names.
The Penguins had nine --
. And that didn't include center
, who missed the morning skate, although he and Staal were in the lineup. And it didn't address
, who was recalled Tuesday from the American Hockey League.
Red Wings coach
wasn't taking any delight in what might have been tilted scales.
"I'd like Sid to be playing, Malkin, Staal -- all the best players. Letang," he said. "Those are really high-end players. [
"They've got a real good team here. But what they've done, too, in my opinion, is [general manager]
[has] done a good job. He adds more."
Babcock said the Penguins acquisition of
in February is a prime example.
"If you keep adding to your team, you have a chance to stay on top," he said.
Which, Babcock figures, puts a team ahead of the pack.
"The way it works is, if you take your turn, you win the Stanley Cup every 30 years. Most of us are too greedy for that," said Babcock, who led Detroit past the Penguins for the 2008 Stanley Cup before the tables were turned the following year.
had his best season in 2010-11 with the Penguins. He had seven goals, 16 points in 60 games, by far the most he has played in the NHL.
Returning after his contract expired in July didn't work out, but Conner found probably the next-best thing -- this native of Livonia, Mich., near Detroit signed with the Red Wings.
"Growing up, I was definitely a Red Wings fan," he said. "I used to go to games there once or twice a year with my dad.
"I was excited to have the opportunity to sign with them. They're a great organization. I'm really happy with the situation I'm in right now."
Conner, 27, began the season with Grand Rapids of the AHL but got recalled at the start of this month and Tuesday played in his sixth game in a row. He had a goal and an assist over his first five games.
Although he is again out because of concussion symptoms, Crosby is third in a close race at the top of the All-Star Game fan balloting for forwards. Crosby (404,429 votes) is second, behind Toronto's
(464,714) and ahead of Ottawa's
Also among forwards for the Penguins, Malkin is 10th, Neal 13th and Staal 18th.
Fleury is third in a tight race among goaltenders. He is third with 290,840 votes, behind Toronto's
(308,025) and Boston's
Letang is third at his position with 335,142 votes.
The game is Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.