Sid the Kid grows up and moves out of Mario Lemieux's house


sidandmario.jpgIt looks like the NHLs biggest superstar is finally all grown up. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has decided to leave the nest of Pens owner/legend Mario Lemieux and scored a pad of his own to live in. From the moment he joined the Penguins organization, Crosby has called Lemieux’s home his home as well, basically living on 66’s couch. Winning a Stanley Cup and a league MVP award, however, can get you motivated to finally get out on your own, something Sid is happy to do now.

“There wasn’t a moment where I thought, ‘I need to move out,’ ” explained Crosby, in a lengthy interview before the start of NHL training camps this weekend. “You wait for the right situation and the right place. Obviously, for me, privacy is important – and the area where I wanted to be. I didn’t want to rush into buying a place just to buy a place. I wanted to make sure it was the right place.

“Luckily for me, I’m in a good situation. Typically, people have to move out really quick and rush, but I’m not in that scenario. I don’t want to be half living in it and not have it really be livable yet. I want to make sure I’m comfortable in there.”

Often, as players move into their primes, they say that the years move by quickly, and that they become something of a blur. With Crosby’s schedule and the Gretzky-like demands placed on his time, he says that is exactly how the first half-decade of his career has gone by – in a flash.

“I look at the last two or three years, it almost feels like a couple of those years were like one year put together – everything was so constant, with the Olympics, and everything else that was going on,” he said. “I find myself looking back, thinking ‘that was last year’ and then realizing, ‘No, it was two, three years ago.’ That’s the way it is. That’s why you have to enjoy things as much as you can – because it does go by so fast.”

It’s pretty incredible to already be a highly-talented future star and get to move in with a legendary superstar in his own right in Mario Lemieux. For Crosby, however, we often forget that he’s still really young and that sometimes just having the means to get out on your own doesn’t always make it the best move when you’re 20 or 21 years-old.

On the upside (or the downside depending on your point of view) this effectively eliminates a host of poorly-conceived taunts to be hurled Crosby’s way. After all, picking on him about sleeping on Mario’s sofa can really only go so far. Back to the drawing board for new material, I guess.

Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.