January 23, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) makes a save on Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Co-hosts Matt Gajtka and Larry Snyder pick Mike’s brain on how the Penguins have begun their season, from adjusting to the shortened training camp to playing coach Dan Bylsma’s system.
Which young players have a good chance of contributing throughout the season? How have the new defensive pairings worked out? How about special teams and the top two lines led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?
Matt, Larry and Mike also dig into the potential economic aftereffects of the lengthy lockout and how the league has changed on the ice in the early going. Finally, Matt and Larry present their weekly Local Hockey Report, focusing on area junior, college and minor-league programs.
With experience working inside the sports industry and as an independent media member, Matt brings his unique viewpoint to City of Champions. As co-editor and lead writer, he oversees all content on the site while also lending his own perspective.