Yes, that was the required amount of exclamatory punctuation for this one little tweet from the official Pittsburgh Penguins account:



No, you can’t have any exclamation points! I’m using them all!



  1. CrashJK
    March 14, 2011 10:46 am

    The Clouds part, the Hockey Gods smile and he has returned…Go get’um Bing !!!

    Also, Tangradi skated too…Asham cleared for full practice…nice.

    Let’s Go Pens…

  2. Christina
    March 14, 2011 10:57 am

    Seriously ………….. this makes my day, week, month, spring ……..

    Just repeating because it sounds SO GOOD:

    SID IS BACK ON THE ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dan (Not Onorato)
    March 14, 2011 11:03 am

    Im glad to hear of him back on the ice but I also would have been OK with him shutting down for the season to be safe. Hopefully the goons stay away from him.

  4. Pens Fan
    March 14, 2011 11:05 am

    You should have seen my happy dance after hearing that Sid skated. So freaking happy!!!!!!!

  5. jmarinara
    March 14, 2011 11:11 am

    There is a God.

  6. Ug Lee
    March 14, 2011 11:12 am

    I agree with Dan (Not Onorato). Concussions scare me. In my mind I see a coach like Bruce Boudreau talking to Ovechkin all, “Sweep the leg. You got a problem with that?”

  7. Butcher's Dog
    March 14, 2011 11:14 am

    Breathe, people. “On the ice” is still a long way from “play in a game”. Beats hell out of off-ice workouts, but let’s hope he recovers well and can continue to get better. As far as goons staying away, that’s what Godard is for.

    Asham and Comrie have been skating for a while. Sure will be nice to have the real team (minus Gino) back. Even having Gino’s parents in the stands helps group morale (off-ice edition).

  8. Sooska
    March 14, 2011 11:17 am

    Well it remains to be seen what this test means. He only skated 15 minutes and fooled around with some shots. Like Dan(Not Onorato) I was OK too if he had shut it down this year if his health required it. Hope he is feeling good.

    Maybe he skated to prove he hadn’t died, retired, been diagnosed with a brain tumor, had a broken neck and/or a broken spine; has other cancer or run off with a bottle blond porn star and whatever other ridiculous rumor the Canadians and football-less yinzers have conjured.

  9. Burghbird
    March 14, 2011 11:23 am

    Sooska- You read my mind. I was wondering if his appearance had anything to do with that ridiculous drivel ESPN reported as “news”…..

  10. Dan (Not Onorato)
    March 14, 2011 11:35 am

    Agree with Butchers Dog…being on the ice for 15 minutes is a long way from playing.

    However, it doesnt matter whos on the ice with him Godard, Engelland or Chuck Norris himself, hes going to have a bulls-eye on him…I still say shut him down.

  11. Stephen
    March 14, 2011 11:41 am

    No worries. If anyone touches Sid, it will make that Islanders game look like a preschool scrape.

  12. Christina
    March 14, 2011 11:43 am

    Of course skating 15 minutes does not mean that is back in the game winning us the Stanley Cup tomorrow.

    But it does mean that there is a real progess in his recovery, which is DAMN GOOD NEWS!

    And if we need something in these days lately – then it is good news.

  13. Lindsay
    March 14, 2011 11:46 am

    Ditto Christina. I don’t even care about this for the Pens’ sake. I care about it for SID’S sake.

  14. Cassie
    March 14, 2011 11:55 am


  15. John in the Rocks
    March 14, 2011 12:04 pm

    Let’s hope he’s back in time for the playoffs, but it’s good to see him on skates!

  16. CrashJK
    March 14, 2011 12:17 pm

    Oh the over cautious nannies are here…”shut him down”…WTF people, this is hockey, there are hits and players fall to the ice, those are the chances they take every game. That’s the career choice they’ve made and the big bucks they get paid.

    Does a 15 minute skate mean a hat trick this weekend, hell no…but it’s a start. Face it, Kovy, Neil, Kunitz, Staal and crew are NOT going to bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh without 87 being on the ice. So, let us Pen’s fans have a little something to get excited about, huh ?

  17. bucdaddy
    March 14, 2011 12:18 pm

    I’ve often wondered what the point is of your star playing all 82 game in a sport as tough as hockey, if the rest of your team is probably good enough to make the playoffs anyway. (And all you have to do is crack the top 50% of your conference, this isn’t like the BCS). Wouldn’t the Pens be a better bet in the playoffs with a fresh Sid who played 40 games rather than getting brutalized in 80? Maybe they should build a two-month midseason vacation into his contract. That would also give some third- and fourth-liners playing time/experience.

    And if your concern is ticket sales, Mario, then just play him in all the home games. You’re probably not going to win much on the road anyway.

    Just an idea I developed when Mario was still trying to play. The idea was that he’d sit out the first 60 games or so, play the last 20 to get in game shape and head into the playoffs fresh and dangerous, rather than old and tired.

  18. Moxie Bestos
    March 14, 2011 12:24 pm

    I think this definitely counts as news that deserves some punctuation overpopulation. (As opposed to news from Japan, which is so awful that no amount of punctuation will do the horror any justice.)

    And by the way, Punctuation Overpopulation is my cool band name. I tweeted it on February 8 when it came up in another context. Just being territorial.

  19. bluzdude
    March 14, 2011 1:31 pm

    I agree with Stephen. Anyone that hits Sid “high” is going to have to deal with the entire team picture, from Rupper raining fists into the top of his skull, to Conner biting his kneecaps off.

    Heck, Goddard probably won’t be dressed anyway. Hey, if he got10 games for leaving the bench to fight, how many do you get if he leaves Mario’s suite?

  20. CrashJK
    March 14, 2011 3:07 pm

    Ok, I watched the presser after Sid’s skate…my optimism is now grounded…this will be a long time till he returns to the ice. Sid barked at Tim Benz (hell, most people would) when asked about schedule of returning to the game…so, we hope for what we have now…a really good, aggressive team with an All-Star goalie…Let’s Go Pens.

  21. Sheila
    March 14, 2011 4:20 pm

    If you read the transcript you’ll see this was just a 15 min skate with no indication he would be back tomorrow or that he won’t get symptoms this afternoon. And its not like he’s in any shape to come back soon anyway – figure he’s been off almost the equivalent of an off season without training. We may see him again this season but frankly I agree with others & say I hope not – let him be symptom free for months (not days) and see you in the fall.

  22. Butcher's Dog
    March 14, 2011 7:47 pm

    Regardless of when he comes back, I doubt he’ll have a target on him. For one thing the league effed up big-time for not suspending one of the two clowns who hit him in back to back games back then. They aren’t going to cotton to someone messing with the meal ticket again. Whatever’s left of whoever hits him high/hard after the team’s done with him, it’ll get suspended for maximum time.

  23. Ug Lee
    March 15, 2011 9:56 am

    @Butcher’s Dog: Apparently some NHL execs don’t view Crosby as the meal ticket. I was reading an article in The Hockey News over the weekend and there was a quote by an unnamed NHL exec paraphrased by an NHL agent who essentially said they can market someone else the way they did Crosby and everyone will forget about Crosby. It was an article about concussions/head injuries. I wish I had the issue in front of me to quote directly. I thought it was a pretty shitty thing to say.

  24. Butcher's Dog
    March 15, 2011 12:10 pm

    @Ug Lee: just another reason not to read the Hockey News. Same standards of journalistic truth and accuracy as characterize most metro Canadian newspapers. That is to say, none.

    In response, though, I’d say this: if it’s Ovechkin they’re looking at as the next poster child, hockey will be far less for that switch. Its main appeal off ice is that there are no Terrell Owens or Ochocinco types. The Kracken would change that mix drastically.

  25. Christina
    March 16, 2011 5:37 am

    Sid skated again yesterday. He had no problems after his first little visit on the ice and could do it again right the next day. GOOD NEWS!

    Still … I do not expect him to be back this season and maybe he should not even try. It’s really “safty first”.
    But to hear about his progress makes me happy. It means he actually IS recovering and I had doubts / fears about that from time to time.

    And maybe it’s just me, but it seems that it is motivating for the team as well. They were really great last night.
    BTW … if it was not being happy about Sid, having Kovy around, feeling like a team again and learning how to deal with the situation … then it was totally the lucky charme of my brand new #58 Winter Classics jersey that arrived yesterday ;)