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Pittsburgh Penguins Eric Tangradi the New Number 26

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ final piece from the Ryan Whitney trade, Eric Tangradi has appeared to have finally landed for good.

Here are some hockey adjectives that have been used by people in the hockey world to describe the rookie power forward from of all places Philadelphia:  high hockey IQ, gritty, net front presence, intense, and determined.

In a training camp game this year with the Penguin rookies versus the Chicago Blackhawk rookies, Eric finished the game one assist shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick. I wonder if you would ask Simon Danis-Pepin, a Chicago player, that was pounded by Eric. What kind of adjectives would he use to describe him.

This summer Eric arrived in Pittsburgh a month earlier than most players so he could work on his skating with power skating instructor Marianne Watkins.  Two games into the young season and it looks like those lessons are paying off. Eric has been skating hard and wreaking havoc in front of the net.  He is throwing punishing hits, like the one he threw on that stink bug Mike Cammalleri from Montreal, and best of all he  looks good playing on the same line with Geno.

Here is a favorite clip of mine, it is of Eric playing in the World Junior Championships against Canada.

I’m sure most of you have seen it, but for those who haven’t this is what Ray Shero stole from the Anaheim Ducks. The thought of cheering for a player from Philadelphia and now playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins makes me think of a quote from Dr. Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters. “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together….mass hysteria” Hey, if the kid keeps playing like this it wouldn’t matter to me if he was from the planet Mars and bleeds green, I’m cheering for Eric Tangradi.

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  1. Fabiana's Gravatar Fabiana
    February 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    It soduns like you take your coffee with a better attitude than I am able to muster before at least the second cup most mornings. The Sox less than ideal series against the Pirates does illustrate one of the things I love the most about baseball the very real possibility that on any given gameday a team like the Pirates can beat a team like the Red Sox, even though most of the time it will work out the other way. It means that whatever your team’s outlook is for the season, the game you attend still has infinite possibility. Of course, this season, it would appear that the Red Sox actually have infinite probability on their side. Kristen

  2. Dave's Gravatar Dave
    October 13, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Tangradi is awesome!! He is sure to dominate in front of opposing goaltenders all year like he did in the preseason.. Goalies cant see aroung his big 6’4” frame which means more chac nes for the likes of evgeni malkin and mike comrie/mark letestu =)


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