Penguins Notebook: NHL holding lottery for Winter Classic tickets
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin on potentially moving from center to wing: "I like just playing hockey. It doesn't matter what position I play."
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Registration for the lottery to buy Winter Classic tickets has begun at www.nhl.com/winterclassictickets and will run through 11:59 a.m. Oct. 11.
This is the only general-public sale for the Jan. 1 game, which will feature the Penguins and the Washington Capitals on an outdoor rink at Heinz Field.
The NHL said only that there are "a limited number" of tickets available. Most of the seats have been distributed to the Penguins, Capitals, NHL and Steelers.
Those randomly chosen will be notified Oct. 26 and can purchase two seats.
At least a couple of Penguins found a new discipline to add to their offseason workout routine: yoga.
Wingers Tyler Kennedy and Eric Godard gave it a try and found that it increased their flexibility.
"Not too many guys stretch over the summer, but doing [yoga] and stretching out makes me feel better now," said Kennedy, who might continue it during the season, especially when his girlfriend is in town because she is an aficionado.
Kennedy got his own mat and followed a DVD some, but he and Godard also took classes.
Godard said initially there were women his senior who easily moved through yoga postures and positions while he struggled. Kennedy knows the feeling.
"It was kind of weird -- a lot of girls, old ladies -- but it was a good experience," Kennedy said.
"It was tough. Some of the stuff looks really weird, but it was neat."
Center Evgeni Malkin's summer was fairly typical other than spending two days with coach Dan Bylsma in Moscow. Malkin worked out in his Russian hometown of Magnitogorsk and went on vacation to Italy and Spain.
The big difference comes now. Gone is the mentor from his first four seasons in Pittsburgh as Russian defenseman Sergei Gonchar left to sign with Ottawa. This is the first time Malkin is the only Russian-speaking player with the Penguins.
"Maybe I'll do more English and talk to the media more," Malkin cracked.
The Penguins might well ask Malkin to switch from center to wing this season, especially after Jordan Staal returns from a foot infection, and that's OK with him.
"I like just playing hockey," Malkin said. "It doesn't matter what position I play."
If Ben Lovejoy is able to secure the sixth defenseman spot as many project he will, it will not be the only significant event in his life this year. Lovejoy, 26, married Avery Eyre July 17. The two met as sophomores at Dartmouth. ... Team captain Sidney Crosby on the city's decision to demolish Mellon/Civic Arena: "It's mixed feelings. There are a lot of great memories there, but obviously it's something that needs to be done. I enjoyed my time there as so many guys have that have played there." ... The team's marketing campaign for this season is, "Destiny has a new home."
First Published September 18, 2010 12:00 am