After a one week hiatus our adventures through the offseason Twitter ramblings of NHL players returns. Previously we witnessed the fishing skill of Taylor Hall, and the engineering ingenuity of Jordin Tootoo. We now turn to Eric Tangradi, the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect who wouldn’t mind some more ice time in the show, and really, really, likes his dog.

Please indulge and excuse a brief moment of junior hockey homerism. Eric Tangradi will always hold a small place in my hockey heart because of his contributions to the Belleville Bulls’ tremendous 2007-08 season that ended in a semi-final finish at the Memorial Cup. On a team also powered by P.K. Subban, Matt Beleskey, and Shawn Matthias, Tangradi scored 24 goals and 60 points over 56 games.

In his young career Tangradi’s other accomplishments so far are limited to pissing off Canada, and being a victim of ‘roid rage. After landing in Pittsburgh as part of the Chris Kunitz trade, Tangradi has seen very limited ice time and has appeared in just 16 games over the past two seasons while developing in the AHL.

Determined to eliminate all distractions impeding his development, Tangradi pledged to abandon Twitter for one year while he attempts to maintain an NHL roster spot. He broke training camp with the Pens last fall, but was sent down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after nine games, which clearly indicates a problem with over-tweeting.

But before he imposed his self-banishment from 140-character glimpses into the life and times of Tangradi, the 22-year-old showcased his summer of pedicures, dog sitting, and restaurant angst.

When perusing though Tangradi’s Twitter account one thing immediately becomes clear: he really hates driving. But when he is driving, it’s usually to either a workout, or to hang out with heavily tattoo, flannel-jacket wearing country folk at a Kenny Chesney concert.

He’s an easy goin’ country boy at heart, which perhaps explains his passion for pedicures. Or maybe it doesn’t.

When he’s not grooving or grooming, Tangradi has enjoyed some time at the beach. He analytically observes new approaches to advertising, but he regularly outlasts his anti-screen entourage.

Tangradi’s Zen-like relaxation extends to his extravagant vacations. His most recent temporary residence conveniently had a hot tub at the end of the bed.

If he drags that telescope over towards the bed and hot tub there’s no reason to ever walk more than about 15 steps on any day.

When he’s not training or researching the latest comet crossing through Orion’s Belt, Tangradi is hanging out with his new best friend. His name is Carson, and he’s the puppy Tangradi’s taken in during the offseason.

Like any puppy, Carson does a lot of sleeping, despite Tangradi’s repeated attempts to wake him. Sure, it’s cute and cuddly to watching Carson grow through Tangradi’s tweets. But we’re pretty sure this is illegal.

Soon enough we’ll see Tangradi on a nightly basis in Pittsburgh. But if we don’t and he continues his Twitter hiatus out of anger, we’ll miss Carson more.

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