Lawyer, hockey coach, former UMBC third-liner who still laces them up for alumni games and the occasional, "we need a sub."
@cblack66 I'd say "old." This roster has no youth. Maata, Pouliot, but nothing up front. Scott WIlson actually looks promising to me, but not a top-6 role. Bennett? yeah, okay.
3 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-4-pens-look-to-even-it-back-up.html
@Say my Name @Who Really Cares @docciavelli I'll be honest, say what you will about Torts--he's still the first guy I'd want to skate for. The way he'd take Brooks to task for saying anything about players, well, it brought tears to my eyes.
@Say my Name @docciavelli Look, credit to the Pens for trying hard in a tough situation. But they tried hard for the entire month of March and look at the results.
The refs have turned the NHL into clutch-n-grab central again. I read Larry Brooks' column today, and he's spot-on. The postseason is a grind-it-out league now. Hence, why teams like the Kings, Ducks, Bruins, etc. do well.
3 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-4-pens-look-to-even-it-back-up.html
@The66thDopefish @docciavelli That was CW two years ago. The Pens' window has already closed.
@The66thDopefish @docciavelli Blackhawks? Hossa, Toews, Kane, Sharp and Keith have big contracts. Do you see them in the same boat? No. Because they've drafted well with guys like Saad, Teravainen, etc.
@Say my Name Humble, but I disagree. Rangers are a much better team, and the speed and energy difference show. Remember, Pens played 5 of these D-men to death for a month to end the season. It's showing (just watch Scuderi try to make a line change).
This series is over, even if MAF steals Game 5.
@LoranMannIsTheMann Garage league. Hahah. Go back and watch Jagr's "Skate Electric" goal. MacLean is draped all over him and he still scores. Can you see anyone on this Pens roster doing that? Nope.
Before I go, just a thought: It's time for a rebuild.
I'm not saying you deal the core guys of Crosby, Malkin, MAF, Letang. But you do deal guys like Sutter, Spaling, Hornqvist, Perron (if anyone is stupid enough...wait, Toronto?). and Kunitz (again, if anyone is ... Toronto?).
You can't honestly say this team is going to be a challenger next year in its current fashion. You also can't say there's much the Pens can do after trading yet another 1st rd. pick for a waste of playoff roster space. So, tank the next year, trade more assets at the deadline, and restock WB/S next summer. Yes, it'll suck to feel the hopelessness of Buffalo. But it'll pay off in 2 years.
Someone exhume the body of Craig Patrick and make it GM. Stat.
@Hibbits @DJ_TaktiX Stewart? No. Ask anyone in STL how that guys plays in big games. Kapanen is a winger, with zero NHL experience. Sutter is solid. Spaling is what he is--a tougher Tyler Kennedy with worse hands. Perron can fuck off, though. Guy seems to know he doesn't get paid extra for playoff games.
So, I've been gone from tPB for like, two years. What happened to Adam & Derek?
@DJ_TaktiX @docciavelli @Kris beech Agreed. And healthy scratch him until Game 82. Just give him one to get warmed up for playoffs.
@Kris beech Ooh, I forgot Bortuzzo-Cole. I mean, when my St. Louis pals heard about that deal, they laughed at me.
@Kris beech You could say that for nearly every Rutherford move. Perron. Ehrhoff. Griess. Winnik. Pick one, it'll be shit.
@LoranMannIsTheMann Wow, never thought anyone would use my screen cap of that again. Here are the links to the screenshots from then:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/24573472@N00/256u76 (the one you had there)
https://www.flickr.com/gp/24573472@N00/6t8X20 (from the side--obvious knee)
https://www.flickr.com/gp/24573472@N00/6Q8mGm (from the backside--still looked intentional)
To be honest, that's exactly what I thought of when I saw the hit.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-three-pens-win-4-3.html
@LoranMannIsTheMann I don't feel sorry for Toews. You skate with your head down, you deserve to get caught. Did Paul Kariya ever act as though everyone who ever cleaned his clock was a dirty player? Did he ever ask anyone to exact revenge on those guys? Nope.
Kariya simply started the "Heads-Up Hockey" program to teach kids not to do exactly what Toews did on that play. My hope is that some kids watching that hit last night remember what happened and they don't get similarly caught in a bantam game.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-75-penguins-beat-blackhawks-4-1.html
FWIW--McKenzie did say, "unconfirmed." Aaron Ward, however, did not. So, McKenzie's clean in my book, but anyone else who reported it as fact can eat one.
2 years ago on Welcome to Boston, Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla
If this all leads up to the Bruins winning the Cup instead of the Pens, it'll be one hell of a kick in the sac for us Pens fans. Until then, though, we're pretty happy.
I just don't like the way the media led Bruins fans to believe it was happening for them first. Reporters, if you don't have your story solid, don't release it as fact--leave it as a "rumor." Otherwise you're on the road to Eklund's (e5)-ville.
Dear Ottawa fans: If you're upset about losing Karlsson to a skate blade to the achilles tendon, I have a cool story for you, bros.
"PENGUINS' STAAL OUT INDEFINITELY AFTER UNDERGOING SURGERY"
"Staal underwent surgery Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of his foot to his toe. The injury happened when he was cut by P.K. Subban's skate during a collision with the Montreal defenceman."
So yeah, we're familiar with the feeling. Stop whining. You've still got Jason Spezza and ... Jason Spezza. Okay, commence whining.
2 years, 2 months ago on RECAP: Blades of Steel. PENS WIN.
@DoobyDoobyDoo @Rage @akus As much as I'd like to see Knuble, I don't think it really helps this team. For two games, we've seen the Pens' team speed be their best asset. Tangradi's worst attribute is his inability to get pressure on the forecheck and cause turnovers for Malkin/Neal. If Bennett's willing to skate hard and do that work, he's a better option, period.
2 years, 3 months ago on Paul Martin Confidence Index - Week 2
Motherfucking right. What a win to start out the season. Yummy.
2 years, 3 months ago on Gameday 1 - Flyers
Okay, this is bullshit. Are we just going to cut to Philly when the puck drops? The least they could do is give us the heads up here.
It's worth it for me, because half of the time I'm in my office watching on my computer screen, as it is. $50 is worth having a high-quality stream rather than trolling for 20 mins to find a decent feed, which half of the time goes down or hiccups all the time.
If I was able to be in front of a TV, though, I'd bag the $50 and just try streaming a few games if they weren't on TV. For the most part, it looks like the best games (Flyers, Caps, Rangers, Boston) are going to be on National TV anyways. So the hell with it.
2 years, 3 months ago on NHL GameCenter will cost you $49.99 this season, NHL Center ice $60
@Rage It's so good, it's almost as if Marty the Chicken had something to do with it.
2 years, 3 months ago on Investigating Tomas Vokoun's number 92
Not a fan of cats, but it's worth a donation for the dogs alone. Giving $10 to my local shelter.
2 years, 5 months ago on Everyone vote for the Animal Rescue League
FYI people: if you're looking for a way to vent your hate, Eisbaren Berlin will be on at 1:30. That's the same Eisbaren Berlin who just signed Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, and probably also ran a concentration camp during WWII. I'm just guessing on that second one, but it makes sense given who they signed.
2 years, 6 months ago on SEASON PREVIEW: 2006-2007
@CammieBuckeye Well, the better question is this: how hard would it be to recruit you for an adult-league tournament in DC? We could use a good netminder for this fall's Labatt's tournament.
2 years, 9 months ago on Some additional details about the Shea Weber's offer sheet from the Flyers and how it affects the Penguins. | July2012
@RentedMule @CammieBuckeye Eh, I'm just joking around. It's cool to support more than one squad. As long as none of them are in Philadelphia.
@CammieBuckeye How do you feel as a San Jose Sharks fan? What about your love for Winnipeg? I'm confused.
@marioISgod @MrsMalkinsBorscht I know I've posted more than one comment on "old" cblog on the last post at blogspot. Just for shits and giggles.
@MrsMalkinsBorscht @marioISgod What ever happened to CHATBLOG? *That* was epic.
@MrsMalkinsBorscht @marioISgod My thoughts exactly. "But wait, there's no dancing milk carton!"
@MrsMalkinsBorscht Yeah, Primanti's is to the point that I don't even take visitors to the Burgh in there anymore. They see it on some clown Food Network show and think it's great, so they want to go. I'll go to Giant Eagle, grab some bread, slaw, fries, and meat and they don't know the difference.
Then I take the money I saved on Primanti's and waste it at Grandview Saloon on over-priced drinks. Still worth it for the view.
@JenBroflovski "Hey, Randy, you know, Beau Bennett could step right in for Bobby Ryan. Did you know he's from California? Yep, great trade that would be."
2 years, 9 months ago on LINK CITY: Curious Bylsma quote,Dev camp updates, Shane Doan's agent | July2012
I think neither Shero nor Bylsma really want to roll with any of those three on Crosby's wing. But to say otherwise would make them seem more desperate in the FA/trade dealings. So they're properly claiming that they're happy with the squad as is, while telling Randy Carlyle, "We'd love to have Bobby, but we don't *need* his ass to win." It's a much better bargaining position.
@JenBroflovski So, why isn't Kennedy at the Prospects Camp? Oh, nevermind...
@Flip It's a win if he just hits something other than glass.
Bill Guerin. Still a Boss.
And for the record, great advice from a smart guy. All you young wingers, put the shot off the long side pads so the center drive can get the rebound. Don't just try to pick a corner and miss off the glass and out of the zone.
Could this be the "Pens Development For Bobby Ryan Trade Camp"? If Dumoulin is that impressive, does that mean that Despres could be on his way to Anaheim, CBJ or somewhere else? Personally, I hope not. But hey, it's a good position to be in.
Ugh. Just thinking about Alex Semin is making me want to vomit.
2 years, 9 months ago on False Rumors float about the Penguins signing Alex Semin | July2012
@HlinkasEnglish If you take bath salts, will you eat a dude's face off as well?
2 years, 9 months ago on Time lapse of the Civic Arena coming down | July2012
If you need to chill out on #parisewatch, how about celebrating Olli Jokinen's payday? Choose
Stampa and Stek are pretty much my go-to move.
@Flip @TDS Except for the fact that SSM played two teams of retards the season Parise was there. That inflated the total a bit.
(I'm speculating here)
@shuvel55 Sorry, I don't listen to that lardass POS. Just my personal opinion. I've been on the Suter/Doan wagon for some time now, and I'm really worried that the Pens would make a 10-year, no-trade mistake signing Parise.
You know what? Fuck Zach Parise. I remember going to a Pens game in NJ when they were rookies, and the crowd chanted, "PARISE'S BETTER!" (clap clap clapclapclap). He's not. And he doesn't deserve Crosby's cashmoney either.
Fuck it, Shero. Let that little bitch go to Chicago and focus on feeding Shane Doan some of Gary Roberts' power shakes for two years. Barring that, find Billy Guerin somewhere on Long Island.
@hockeybelle Are you my butterfly? I can be your samurai.
Blah blah blah. Back to life.
2 years, 9 months ago on 5PM: No Parise Decision Yet | July2012
@JenBroflovski @Rage Staal is such a bitch.
@orby Read this:
So what happens if Suter tells everyone tonight that he's decided to sign with Pittsburgh? Parise gets trolled. Fuck him.
@PensAreYourDaddy AHahahahahah! Nah, fuck Parise. Until he signs with the Pens, at which point everyone will gurgle upon his nuts.