Update: Ponikarovsky to join Pens Friday

[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]

The acquisition of Alexei Ponikarovsky by the the Pittsburgh Penguins is
arguably the best trade at the deadline. It’s at least close.
But he may not be able to even join his new team until Saturday
, at
that’s at the earliest.

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.

I can
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.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.