By Larry Snyder
The Pittsburgh Penguins disclosed Monday morning that Chief Executive Officer and President David Morehouse, 55, is having heart valve repair and bypass surgery Tuesday. He will be back at his duties in six to eight weeks. Travis Williams is in charge of team business while Morehouse is recuperating. Williams is in his fourth season as the team’s Chief Operating Officer.
Morehouse became President of the Black and Gold in April 2007 and added the responsibilities of CEO in September 2010. According to Bill West of the Tribune Review, he suffered a heart-attack in November 2009 while boarding a charter flight to take the team from San Jose, California to Boston, Massachusetts.
Let’s grab another cup of coffee and check in on what the experts around the internet have written about the team.
Eric Bowser from the Pensburgh on SB Nation points out that according to the NHL Concussion Litigation website, Mario Lemieux has a deposition on Thursday, December 17th in United States District Court in Minnesota. The website was implemented by the lawyers representing present and past National Hockey League players in their class-action lawsuit against the league.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told Josh Yohe at dkpittsburghsports.com he would like to see more ice time for right-wing Daniel Sprong. Rutherford had this to say about having the 6-foot, 180-pound forward in the lineup, “Yes. I do want to see that. That’s why we kept him, to play him. That’s what we need to see.” Perhaps there could be change could be coming this month.
Sam Kasan on the Penguins website is not impressed with the team’s ability to carry out a comeback when behind on the scoreboard after two periods of action. He points out that the Black and Gold has one victory over the past season-plus when trailing as they enter the third.
The Hockey Writers Michael Pityk revisits the James Neal trade with the Nashville Predators and still thinks that Rutherford did not get enough in return for the left-wing. Pityk has gone over the numbers and likes Patric Hornqvist on the first line with Sidney Crosby, not down on the third line.
Frank Seravalli at TSN peers into the future and sees the NHL in 2020 having replaced the All-Star Game with a tournament that resembles the Ryder Cup format. It would be played in Europe. He predicts a return of teams being required to kill off the entire penalty no matter how many power play goals are on the scoreboard.
Next Up: The Penguins (14-10-2, 30 points) return to action Wednesday, Dec. 9 against the Colorado Avalanche (11-15-1, 23 points) at the Pepsi Center. They drop the puck at 10:00 p.m. You can catch every trip to the penalty box on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh and the NBC Sports Network.