[Update] Alexei Ponikarovsky has received the work visa he needed to join the Pittsburgh Penguins and is now able to play for a team based in the United States. As expected, he will not play tonight for the Penguins but will be able to join them for practice tomorrow. He is expected to play on Saturday against Dallas.
Once again, it is insane how professional sports players are able to hurdle these issues this fast. Just the nature of the beast, I suppose. [End update]
Ponikarovsky is Ukrainian and his work
visa is for Canada; he was able to play in the United States only as a
visiting team member. Now that he’s going to be based out Pittsburgh, he
and the team are having to scramble to get his visa adjusted so he can
actually play with the Penguins.
He will miss Thursday’s game and
would hopefully join the team to play Dallas on Saturday.
only imagine the red tape the team is trying to get through right now,
and a process that most likely takes weeks or even months for the
layperson is being compressed into just a few days.
Crosby to celebrate 30th birthday with Stanley Cup in Nova Scotia
“Get ready, the Stanley cup is coming to town!” Crosby confirmed in the tweet sent late Tuesday night. “I will be taking Lord Stanley to the streets Monday August 7th in the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day parade.”
The parade, part of annual events that celebrate Halifax’s birthday, also happens to fall on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s 30th birthday.
Natal Day chairman Greg Hayward said he expects another 25,000 people will be lining the parade route on top of the roughly 40,000 usual attendees.
“It’s extremely exciting to think that we’re going to have Sid and the Cup in our Natal Day parade,” Hayward said Wednesday.
Crosby has shown off the Stanley Cup twice before in his hometown of Cole Harbour, just outside Dartmouth, in 2009 and 2016.
Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on in sweltering heat.
Arbitration hearing looming for Arvidsson, who broke out in big way last year
“We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons,” said GM Doug Armstrong in a release. “He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman.”
Obviously, the Blues paid a little more on this contract, but that’s because they were able to “buy” some of Parayko’s free-agent years.
The 24-year-old just completed his second season with the Blues. He managed to four goals, 35 points and 32 penalty minutes in 81 games.
Parayko also saw his average ice-time increase from his first year to his second year, as he played just over 21 minutes per game in 2016-17.
On top of his two solid seasons in St. Louis, he also opened some eyes at this year’s World Hockey Championship, where he had three goals and seven points in six games for Team Canada. He averaged 24 minutes of ice-time during the tournament, and Canada went on to win silver.