Or the Pens changed it and didn't tell him. I was surfing the the Penguins site this morning and came across this sweet new background with Flower's number being listed as #28.
The Penguins have been moving at full speed since Sunday morning to apologize and make up to the fans for what has been a long and almost unnecessary process to finalize a deal to end the lockout.
After issuing an apology to all fans the other day the Pens went back on the attack today issuing a statement that during the first 4 games they are going to offer free selected concessions and half off all merchandise at CEC. According to the Pens site all fans will receive vouchers to receive three of the following items for free: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, salads and good ole fashion soda pop.
They are also holding a week long promotion with the following items:
- A pair of tickets to every home game during the 2013 regular season
- A road trip for two to see the Penguins play the Rangers in New York City (airfare, accommodations, tickets)
- Three autographed jerseys – one each from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury
- Four seats in the first row at the home opener, including dinner in the Lexus Club and limo service to and from the game
- Two five-game mini-plans
- Six lower bowl tickets to any regular season game
- $700 of merchandise at PensGear
So what do you think are the Penguins doing enough to make you forget about the past 4 months. We seem to think so.
The Penguins released an apology to their fans yesterday about the lockout. I wonder how many other organizations did this yesterday as well. I'm not banking on Boston as being one of them.
To our Penguins Fans and Community:
We offer our apology. There is nothing we can say to explain or excuse what has happened over the past four months.
However, now that the NHL is back, we want to assure you that the Pittsburgh Penguins will do everything we can to regain your trust and show how much we value your amazing support.
The sounds of skates churning across the ice and pucks banging against the glass are returning to CONSOL Energy Center. That means a healthy Sidney Crosby is about to rejoin NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin, first-team All-Star James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and others as we begin our quest to bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh.
We want to thank you for your patience and your loyalty to the Penguins. We hope to repay it many times over. Our commitment to winning the Stanley Cup and our commitment to you has not changed.
We look forward to seeing you at CONSOL Energy Center.
Fleury was all jokes today jabbing Kris Letang on his quick trip across the pond to play a whopping 0 games in the KHL. This would have been better had Tim Benz not been heard in the video but what can you do that dude seems to be everywhere.
If you haven't already come across these somewhere else here are a few details of the new CBA.
The 2012-13 season will be a transition year — the upper level is set at $60 million with teams allowed to spend up to $70.2 million. In year two, the cap will move to $64.3 million (the NHL met the NHLPA’s request on that figure, as the league wanted it at $60 million.)
Should be noted the salary floor for both 2012-13 and 2013-14 is $44 million.
Term limit is set at seven years, eight if a player is resigning with his own team. Maximum salary variance is 35 percent and the final year cannot vary more than 50 per cent from the highest year.
All 14 non-playoff teams will get a shot a the first overall selection. Under the NHL’s previous format, only the bottom four teams (26th through 30th place) were eligible to receive the No. 1 pick, and teams were only able move up a maximum of four spots and down a maximum of one spot.
The new format is in line with the NBA Draft Lottery, which can lead to some wild results, like in 1993 — that year, the Orlando Magic won the No. 1 pick in the draft despite finishing the 1992 season with a 41-41 record and holding just a 1.52 percent chance of winning the lottery.
Decisions will still be handled by Brendan Shanahan, but there’s a new wrinkle to the appeal process. Appeals will first go through NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and, for suspensions of six games or more, a neutral third party will get involved.
– The start of free agency will remain on July 1. The NHL had hoped to push it to July 10, but capitulated to the players’ desire to keep it at the start of the month.
– Revenue sharing among clubs will increase to $200 million. There’s also a NHLPA-initiated growth fund of $60 million.
– Olympic participation will be dealt with outside of the new agreement, and a joint league-player committee (possibly the NHL-NHLPA International Committee) will likely handle the decision-making.
– Teams will reportedly receive two amnesty-style buyouts that can be used over the next two offseasons.
– Minimum player salaries will begin at 2011-12′s rate of $525K and they’ll top off at $750K in the seasons nine and 10