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James Neal wants you to know Paul Martin is not his girlfriend

Feb 21, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Magazine — a prominent lifestyle magazine covering the Pittsburgh metropolitan area — recently caught up with Penguins winger James Neal, he of the recently-inked six-year, $30 million deal.

In an lengthy Q&A, the magazine got Neal’s take on a variety of subjects: Twitter wars with Evgeni Malkin, grueling workouts with Gary Roberts, Tyler Kennedy‘s heavy breathing and why Pascal Dupuis is his favorite teammate to make fun of.

There was also some investigation into Neal’s, ahem, relationship with a certain Penguins defenseman:

Q: You came over via trade in the middle of the last season, which is always a difficult thing. Who did you bond with right off the bat?

A: Paul Martin. We lived together before I got my house. He’s a great guy—goes about his business and doesn’t say a word about it. We drive to the rink every day together and go out to dinner a lot. I mean, he’s not my girlfriend or anything. [Laughs]

Q: Paul seems to get a lot of unfair criticism from Pens fans. Is it frustrating to read that stuff?

A: It is frustrating. They give him such a hard time. Paulie goes out and does an unbelievable job every night. He does all the little things as a hockey player. Maybe he doesn’t score much, but you have to think about what he does in his own end, how good of a stick he has and how hard he is to play against. If you really know hockey, you’ll understand how smart and how skilled he is.

So, to recap: Neal and Martin used to live together, drive to work together and usually eat dinner together. Neal also praises “Paulie” for doing the little things and having a good stick.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Inviting all trolls. Comments from pens haters might hit 20 with this article.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Man, I’m just waiting on the idiot with the dozen or so accounts named after Pens players to add Paul Martin to the list and find even more new and exciting lows to sink to.

      • itsallniceonice - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Didn’t PHT say they were going to clean that kind of crap up? Guess not.

      • Mike Halford - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Yeah, we had enough, just banned a bunch of those guys. They’re the first (and only) ones we’ve deep-sixed though. Not going to take the decision to ban lightly.

  2. poonsmashinasham - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    wat a real man. working out with gary roberts. there’s nothing more manly than that! well I guess red wing fans would think raping girls would be more manly but they live in a jungle compared to us.

  3. yardstickstaal - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Man too bad, can you imagine the beautiful babies these two lady killers could make? Well at least this means the real deal is on the market still, my mother n sister just had to change their undergarments as a result of this wonderful story about 2 handsome men from The Franchise

  4. letangshair - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    sportsfreak is so jealous of james neal. it’s quite obvious paulie and nealer tag teamed his mother. she saw all those 0’s on their paychecks and that bulge that shows through hockey pads and instantly made a slip n slide in her seat cushion. then pringles can malkin and soup can sid came over and high fived them while they watched highlights of paul martins last goal then tusseled his hair like a little brother.

  5. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Please pro hockey talk ban this degenerate and all his imaginary friends.

  6. poonsmashinasham - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    letangshair ur back!! soup can army missed you for a while!

    • letangshair - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      i was on vacation bro. still holding down for THE FRANCHISE!!!!

  7. poonsmashinasham - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    sportsfreak you must have got picked on a lot for being a nerdy puss ur whole life. wahhhh. procrosbytalk help me wahhhh. shut your hole loser

  8. yardstickstaal - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    We missed u and ur silky smooth words and hair!!

  9. letangshair - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    right? this dude comes in a story about THE FRANCHISE and adds nothing, then asks the for the best and most insightful commenters to be banned. what a grommet.

  10. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Why don’t u meet up with me at the James Neal signing tomorrow and you can have ur chance? I’m not the type to run and hide.

  11. fleurysteeth - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    This grommet should change his name to NoFunFreak or Sportspoon. STAY OFF OUR BEACH!!

  12. jamesmakesurmomneal - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    SportsFreak is a nut case, it’s whack jobs like you that make this world unsafe. Get help u pens hating dingus

  13. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Just let me know when your balls drop.

    • fleurysteeth - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      right into your pretty lips.

  14. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    they just did son, im gonna come punch you square in the mouth tomorrow

    • richie500 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      I think high schoool just let out.

  15. sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Nice! How about we up the ante.loser never post on here again. No creating new names and going all split personality anymore.

  16. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    how about you stick your thumb up your anus and soup can army posts until you cant take it anymore and quit reading this site. we dont like people who encourage rape to come on procrosbytalk and start fights. its really uncalled for sportsfreak. were you raised in a barn? or did your mother just bang farm animals?

  17. johninpa - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    How about it, PHT. I enjoy reading PHT, especially anything regarding the Pens, but the knuckleheads with the Pens players names are getting to be too much. They contribute nothing to the commentary, and their comments are offensive. Whether it’s several people or one with multiple accounts, can you get rid of them?

  18. kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    On a related note … PHT has decided to no longer crack down on commentators. (?)

    I’m blamling you for this one Halford, you pretty much brought the jackass’ out all on your own this time.

    • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Amen to that. Such a great website, and I’m really ready to just delete the bookmark and forget it exists. If I want to listen to a 13 year old spout obscenities at random, I’ll get on Xbox Live.

      • Mike Halford - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Agreed — enough’s enough, they’ve been banned. We tried to give as much leeway as possible….

      • govtminion - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Thanks Mike. It’s a good thing you guys have here, it’s a shame one person (I’ll bet money it’s all one person) is so insistent on ruining it.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      We heeded the call and just got rid of a bunch.

      • johninpa - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Thank you. Keep up the good work!

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        THANK YOU!

      • kitshky - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Awesome, it’s a bout some time some of these guys got .. Kurtenblocked. (a’zing!)

        …cough … cough

        *facepalm / hangs head in shame

  19. hockeyfan1701 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I really enjoy the ever intelligent, tasteful, and well worded posts about Sidney Crosby that follow as soon as a story about him is posted.

  20. richie500 - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Must be Capitals fans. Just like the idiot, drunk Caps fans at the winter Classic swearing in front of my bud’s 10 yr old. No class. Club seats also!

    Speaking of no class did anyone see Ovi leaving his feet multple times last night??
    Why does this guy get away with this?

  21. hockinj25 - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Hey Hey Hey! Goodbye trolls

  22. broadstbully33 - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Thanks PHT

  23. fleurysteeth - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    i will miss my friends. all they wanted to do was spread the good word of the franchise and make a few jokes here and there. long live the Soup Can Army.

  24. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    I think leeway was an understatement – you gave them miles to run with. Kudos for giving people the opportunity to be witty but eliminate the ability to blatent stupidity

  25. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    you cant get rid of soup can army we will terrorize this website until you take commenting off!! we get kicked off, well come back even harder the next time until you can’t take it anymore! THE FRANCHISE HAS SPOKEN!!!!

    • fleurysteeth - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      O captain! My captain!

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