As I mentioned last week, I am bringing over some Behind the Jersey features to WIM now that I am blogging here full time. The most popular BTJ feature was Behind the Blog, which is basically an email interview with a hockey blogger that in 10 questions asks about their favorite team, the NHL, and their blog so you get to better know the blogger. I will be going through the SBN hockey blogs first and then plan on branching out to other hockey blogs so if you'd like to participate, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.
Our first guest is Frank from PensBurgh, which is the SBN blog dedicated to covering the Pittsburgh Penguins. I want to thank him for taking the time to answer my questions. Please return to hear from Joe at Mile High Hockey.
Q.1 - You started PensBurgh back in December of last year. Why did you decide to start blogging?
Well I started on blogger back in April of '07 to sorta test myself and my interest in blogging. I've always liked writing, and I do it professionally now thanks to SBN, but I wanted to see if I could juggle it into my schedule. After I passed my personal test on blogger I reached out to SBN and talked about coming onto the network. My first open thread on SBN was for the Winter Classic, so I think that was a good launching point for a brand new site - and an easy way to remember when I started.
Q.2 - When and why did you become a Pittsburgh Penguins fan?
Q.3 - I know you aren't crazy about the Wings after the whole Stanley Cup Finals, Hossa, & Conklin deal, but how do you see both the Wings and Penguins performing this season? SCF re-match?
Q.4 - What do you hope to achieve with your blog over the next year?
Q.5 - The Penguins faced off against Buffalo in the Winter Classic this past New Year's and the Wings will play Chicago at Wrigley Field for round two next year. Do you think the NHL should continue hosting a Winter Classic each season?
Q.6 - What do you think was the biggest move the Penguins made over the summer?
Well the Pens moved a lot of guys, you have a few yourself. Laraque went to Montreal, Ruutu to Ottawa, Conklin and Hossa to the Wings, Hall, Roberts and Malone down to Tampa. It was certainly a breakup year for a lot of the guys on the team, but in terms of acquisitions, the Pens now have Miroslav Satan who, despite a lot of people saying he's underrated, has been phenomenal thus far. Alex Goligoski is the call up from the minors who was asked to fill some pretty big skates on the blue line with Gonchar and Whitney out. Eric Godard was picked up from Calgary and comes in as the new enforcer, along with rookie Paul Bissonnette. All in all I don't think the Pens had many "big" moves, but plenty of substantial moves to replace some of the big guns from last season.
Q.7 - Which Pittsburgh player do you think will have a breakout season? A slump?
Q.8 - What team has surprised you the most to start off this season (and yes, I realize the season is still quite young)? Disappointed you?
As for a disappointment, I guess I stand with a lot of people when I say the Lightning. I mean, I didn't expect them to win the Conference or anything but I did buy into the hype a bit. I guess I was a sucker for that. How long before Melrose is back on ESPN?
Q.9 - Who is your favorite hockey player (current or retired)? Why?
Q.10 - Is there any hockey blog or website that you look to for inspiration?
I read a lot of newspapers online, not just for Pitt but also for whatever team the Pens are going up against. If anything I check out Yahoo's PuckDaddy and James Mirtle's new site From The Rink daily to check out whatever topics they have goin down. I'm highly motivated to try and talk about the things people aren't talking about too, or aspects of the team I feel are being overlooked. But in the vast blogosphere that is hockeydom it's definitely hard to find a collection of sites that aren't touching up on the hot topics.