Erik J. Barzeski
Geek. Husband. Father.
@Raymond Bowman Plus, $54 for three years is not a TON of money.
3 hours, 11 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/seismic-shift-in-pittsburgh-media-dejan-kovacevic-moves-on-from-the-trib.html
What if his mystery corporate sponsor is… the Trib?
4 hours, 31 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/seismic-shift-in-pittsburgh-media-dejan-kovacevic-moves-on-from-the-trib.html
@PenGeno Recchi isn't back as a player, so… huh?
19 hours, 43 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/kasperi-kapanen-shined-at-the-development-camp.html
@js_protagonist Spaling will not get $2.5M.
And if somehow he does, then something went seriously wrong somewhere.
19 hours, 47 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-penguins-thankfully-did-not-re-sign-lee-stempniak.html
@Bandwagon Fan 4401 I'd rather replace him (as we did) with better hockey players than fast skaters who can't finish or win puck battles.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/brian-gibbons-signs-with-columbus.html
@brendannn Let's agree to disagree on Craig Adams, who WAS a good (never great) player. He's gotten old very quickly.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-of-how-the-james-neal-trade-went-down-reveals-the-penguins-had-another-trade-in-place.html
@firefox91 Not necessarily. Could have just been the fact that in COL he'll play on the NHL squad the whole year, or at least more so than in PIT.
Could be totally true AND not a "bad" thing for PIT or what it is like to play there.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/brian-gibbons-signs-with-columbus.html
@firefox91 Disagree. The comments above say it well: he DIDN'T compete very well, and did not use the time or the linemates he was given to prove otherwise. He doesn't match up favorably against the new forwards the Pens have next season.
There's a reason COL gave him less than a million bucks and a two-way deal. And that he took it. He's an AHL player. That's the reason.
@popemasta @bobbykimberley Interesting. I wonder if that was a "playing time" decision (he has been back and forth, AHL and up, etc.) or a "I hate the Pens" type of thing. I'm guessing the former, but I'm not absolutely certain.
@brendannn Do you disagree that Spaling > Adams, Glass, Vitale, and several others we had employed in the bottom six?
Because from where I'm sitting Spaling > Adams+Glass+Vitale.
Just because YOU never heard of him (a guy on a WC team) doesn't mean he doesn't improve the depth of the bottom six.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-of-how-the-james-neal-trade-went-down-reveals-the-penguins-had-another-trade-in-place.html
@brendannn That was a final confirmation. It wasn't just after they heard the trade offer.
Note that Nashville didn't act like it was a no-brainer, or a steal, or anything like that. I think it was a fair trade, and a good trade.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-of-how-the-james-neal-trade-went-down-reveals-the-penguins-had-another-trade-in-place.html
@Craig Ross STFU Craig Ross. You're only ever negative. People say that about you, and they're right.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html
Vrbata just got $5M x 2. So… Pens weren't gonna get him either.
Maybe, just maybe, GMJR knows what he's doing more than c-blog commenters.
@brendannn You do get that Engelland signed a contract for $2.9M PER YEAR, right? So no, we could not have "just re-upped Engo."
The rest of your posts on the recent moves by the Pens make just about as much sense.
@dmilesend I think they play Despres over Scuderi.
Pens still have to sign Despres, though, IIRC. RFA.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pensblog-podcast-71-free-agency-breakdown.html
Best wishes. Thank you for screwing the Caps out of about $20M.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/farewell-brooks-orpik.html
@Kilihan Glass is getting $1.45M per year.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
So much wrong already.
Not saying I'd do better (probably worse), but man… so much wrong. :-)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-thoughts-penguins-could-be-fun-to-watch-again.html
It's the Bibster, Bob Errey.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Good. Happy with this.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/mike-johnson-is-the-penguins-new-coach.html
That all sounds good, but so too does probably every NHL coach's philosophy when it's written down on paper instead of playing out on the ice. The truth lies when the rubber meets the ice (or net?).
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/interesting-points-on-mike-johnston.html
Ehhhhh, no thanks.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/would-rick-tocchet-be-the-right-coach-for-the-penguins.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin No, that's the point - they're trying to find a GM who can GET out of the second round! :D
(Good one, btw!)
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/penguins-will-start-round-two-of-gm-search-next-week.html
Meh. Perhaps he's just the mouthpiece for Lemieux/Burkle, and the go-between for the GM and the owners. Morehouse works for Lemieux/Burkle, after all, does he not? They can fire him, can they not?
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Was still the second best defender on the team, and not by a big margin. Possibly the best (Martin was good during the Columbus series).
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/kris-letang-had-a-broken-foot-and-hand-during-the-rangers-series.html
@Zhan Like they'd have to give Ryan Miller? Duh.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pat-brisson-takes-himself-out-of-the-running-for-the-pens-gm-job.html
This may have been the first time I've heard Mark Madden.
I consider myself fortunate now for having lasted 36 years, and look forward to going another 36 years without hearing him yell into the microphone.
That's news to almost nobody. Well, I guess the Shero thing was still somewhat in doubt.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-ray-shero-will-be-gone-reports.html
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Loo_Bakka @YorkPens IMO Babcock might be the only true "upgrade" available. Where by "available" I mean "possible." If he wants to quit his contract, he certainly could. Might relish the chance to coach Sid. He's done it in two Olympics games already. And Malkin is a bonus. The Red Wings play a defensive oriented game with a very simple offensive scheme that includes a net-front presence.
I don't think Dan's a bad coach. I just think his "system" has its flaws, and he favors "grinding them down" without having *any people capable of grinding* (i.e. he favors speed over size).
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-following-just-happened-in-a-sentence-mike-keenan-penguins-coaching.html
Was about as effective as the Pens power play.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-a-penguins-fan-attempted-to-do-the-angels-in-the-outfield-during-game-7-it-didnt-work.html
@dvo Everything I've read said his salary still counts against the cap. So why would they buy him out? What's the benefit over just putting him in the press box?
@Billyho Yeah, and how good did the Bruins look barely escaping TORONTO last year… before they beat the Pens? Nothing says the Pens can't squeak by tonight and then dominate in the next round.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/stats-and-such-heading-into-game-seven.html
That adds up to 13 for the Pens and 13 for the Rangers. None have been ENGs, IIRC. So what are you smoking man?
@dvo Saw the same things. Thought the same things.
Pretty ridiculous. They were behaving like thugs, and NBC was lauding them. Staal takes off Sidney's head, and it's "old school hockey." Kunitz barely taps a guy with one hand, and it's "a stupid penalty to take…" even though it shouldn't have been a penalty at all.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html
So what you're saying is we're screwed.
Still gonna watch and root on the Pens. :)
Talk the talk, and walk the walk. Lots of the former. Hoping to see the latter in game 7.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-crosby-and-malkins-press-conference.html
Go figure… Letang in a scrum at the end of a game.
How about letting that frustration build inside and spurring you to greatness?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-picture-worth-all-the-words.html
@firefox91 Seriously. How entitled are some of these people…? It's tough to win a playoff series. As a fan I hope they do on Tuesday. And beyond that, I don't have much more to say. Let's go Pens!
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-get-ready-game-7-is-tuesday-night.html
Let's go Pens!
This team seems to enjoy winning series on the road. Do it Sunday!
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-five-series-headed-back-to-new-york-city.html
Let's Go Pens!!!
@dmilesend He did indeed. Good win by the Pens. Maybe - just maybe - they learned something from the Columbus series.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Great game to watch.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-uh-oh-youre-in-trouble-pens-shut-down-msg-take-3-1-series-lead.html
Was he rushed back? If so, why?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gif-orpiks-last-shift.html
@cblack66 Bingo. Maybe next time he breaks his stick and the refs STILL ignore it. Not sure what kind of karma the Pens have with the refs, but it's not very good. I'd settle for barely competent at this point.
GIVE HIM ALL THE AWARDS!
Except the Vezina. He let the tying goal get by him in Columbus, and the one against the Rangers in OT. His goaltending is slacking.
@Craig Ross You're an idiot. You're clearly not watching the same hockey game as anyone else. Then again, I imagine it's tough to see the television from so far up your own ass.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-pens-even-it-up-1-1-msg-looms.html
Everything is happening. :) Let's Go Pens!!
Lundquist played well. Could have easily been the game that he steals in the playoffs. The Pens should notice how well they got people in front of the net tonight, and do just a little better job of keeping the Rangers from in front of theirs.
@3TProductions Doubt he does either. I'm sure he thinks it'd be nice, but a win's a win.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/it-is-way-too-early-to-be-calling-out-sidney-crosby.html
tPB of Old: "Jussi Jokinen went to the box maybe because he wanted to watch the Rangers’ horrible PP from a different angle."
Pens sweep this series from here. Do it!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-one-blueshirts-win-3-2-in-ot-lead-series-1-0.html
@firefox91 That he did.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rangers-take-game-one-in-ot-3-2.html
Looks like a penguin head in the bottom right of the last picture. Got a little beak and everything.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Rest up and grow stronger, boys.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/series-recap-entitled-to-another-round.html
@jlavalle @Con_Soul11 You also saw an overmatched team LOSE A SERIES 4-2. Christ on a cracker. Some "fans" just don't make any fucking sense.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-six-pens-win-4-3-advance-to-round-2.html
@KingPenguin27 I almost hope it's the Flyers. Let's exorcise that demon before we exorcise the Bruins demon.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-battleon-no-more-pens-win-4-3-win-series.html
Well played game. Without a Vezina Trophy winner in goal it could have been a blowout. Good patience displayed by the Pens to keep getting shots on net.
So much for giving the credit to Dan. :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/malkin-and-crosby-made-the-decision-to-play-together.html
I wish I could be there, but I hope those who do are LOUD the entire time.
The fans need to give a 60-minute effort as well.
Some fans are still excited. Let's hope tPB can be…
Hope he gets to play. Has to be better than Vitale.
I thought the speech bubble in the picture above was too much.
Turns out it's just about right.
Take some damn accountability yourself, Dan. Why was 58/4 on the ice at the end of the game? Why have you failed to motivate your team four years running now? Compete level? How about the compete level of the coach to adjust? To sit a player who isn't showing the "compete level" necessary? Huh?
I was at peace, really, but this kind of shit enrages me. Show some goddamn accountability yourself.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-calls-out-his-team.html
So… better odds than the Pens have of winning the Stanley Cup?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/columbus-had-1-of-winning-before-they-tied-it.html
@cblack66 The article was published April 21. Last night was April 23. Scuderi played. Your "little doubt" was already nullified. :(
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-fallout-marc-andre-fleury-rob-scuderi-columbus-fans.html
@TheQwerty That's not news. That's a coincidence or something. It's not even a "sign."
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-four-blue-jackets-win-4-3-in-ot.html
Seems like an odd cartoon given the last game. And the fact that it's the end of April.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/cartoon-from-columbus-newspaper.html
Russell Crowe for game day pic!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@rggwilson Bunch of poppycock. Sorry. You can be a bit down on the team, but be realistic.
MANY people will tell you Crosby is the best player in the league. It's not just Steiggy.
And sorry, but 500+ man games lost does not "happen to every team." In fact, it happened to only one team this year. The Penguins.
The realistic view of the team is sour enough, without going batshit crazy and being UNrealistically negative.
This could all be a good thing in the end. Two possibly good outcomes: 1) the team wakes the fuck up and goes on to play the kind of hockey of which they're capable 2) changes are made in the off-season.
And I'm in favor of sitting Scuderi in the third game. And fourth. And fifth.
Found? Of course. It was shown about 20 times on the Root telecast.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/found-gibbons-injury-shoulder-possibly.html
@eshrum6 Which one specifically? I saw a few good ones, but none I thought were great.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/grab-your-popcorn-boston-media-is-back.html
Pens should have drafted Colin Campbell if it means you get to do whatever you want.
So, let me get this straight. Brooks Orpik = dirty. Milan Lucic, well, he's just playing the game. That about right?
BTW, funny comment I saw elsewhere: "Suspend him! Clearly targeted the head!"
@pirate21 Bortuzzo over Letang? Yeah, that's brilliant.
It might not be funny to joke about someone dying. Letang could. Vokoun too. :(
Pens in three!
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Tell us something we don't know. :)
But seriously, thanks.
@eshrum6 I'm not a big fan of easing your way into the playoffs. If you're on the ice, play. Otherwise sit out. Plus, they could have helped shape who they play in the first round - they'd probably rather face COL than DET.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-mike-babcock-starts-the-mind-games-pens-win-4-3-in-a-shootout.html
That doesn't look so hot.
And they had their backup goalie in, too.
Sick saucer from Sid, though.
@BrandonLeslie @PenGeno Hmmm. I don't know. Still getting dizzy and being unable to walk in a straight line? As of a week ago?
Yeesh. Athletes are not always bright about when to come back from injuries. Sid played after being concussed and may have quadrupled (or more) his recovery time.
I hope Letang is okay. What if he gets dizzy during a game, or a crucial moment?
@LoranMannIsTheMann I don't think it's truly "Country Club Status Quo" to sit the starters in a meaningless game. Let them rest up. How dumb would you feel if Crosby took one in the jaw again and had to miss the playoffs?
And for all you know, something like that happened. :-)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@BleedBlackNGold Consider Despres' play in the playoffs, though. While Rob Scuderi likely won't elevate his play much (a little perhaps), he likely won't drop off in his playoff performances either. Can't say the same for Despres given his past.
But I'm also not sticking up for #4 per se… this year hasn't been great and we have three MORE years with an OLDER player? :sigh: Maybe he'll do the team a favor and just retire.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rocky-mountain-surprise-penguins-b-team-beat-avs-3-2.html
@Bing_87 Share! Share!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-78-penguins-lose-4-0-to-wild.html
Dammit, no, I guess not. :(
Milbury - such a douche.
Cripes. Just shut up. Who knew that Keith Jones was "the reasonable one."
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gif-orpik-eliminates-toews.html
@Craig Ross Guess you can stick it.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Brooks found Toews.
Can we stop with these "Pens can clinch" posts now? Three Ls in a row.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-can-clinch-a-playoff-spot-today-take-three.html
@LoranMannIsTheMann You forgot Martin on D. Kinda helps your lines a bit. :)
@Mr. Confidence Uhhhh, might have some salary cap issues there… :D
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@PenGeno Win and they're in. I agree. KISS.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-can-clinch-a-playoff-spot-today-take-two.html
You never know. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe the third and fourth lines will have to figure out how to score or something.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/evgeni-malkin-injures-foot-out-2-3-weeks.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin I think it might have to do more with the injuries. Players kept it simpler, or even tried a bit harder. Scuderi, Orpik, Letang, and Martin were out for blocks of time (Orpik missed the least, right?), and perhaps a bit of the desperation, simplicity, and discipline are gone.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@cblack66 Not gonna happen. And Peter Laviolette? Meh.
@mwn3d He wasn't going to pick it up (not in the next few seconds, perhaps *eventually*). He was actively skating the other direction when Neal pushed it.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-in-the-nick-of-time-pens-lose-in-ot.html
@Bing_87 The first two games he played, IIRC.
I can't imagine an NHL team wanting the added distraction at all.
6 months, 1 week ago on HBO may be trying to produce a 24/7-like show for the NHL playoffs
It was a good year and I'm proud of the Buccos. Let's do this again next year (perhaps without the nerve-racking Wild Card game).
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 5 Preview: Gerrit Cole vs. Adam Wainwright with an NLCS berth on the line
9 months, 3 weeks ago on NLDS Game 1 Preview: AJ Burnett and Adam Wainwright
@wkkortas We don't want him, but we'll keep him busy for a day or two.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on A few considerations for a one game playoff
@noooodbtaboutit @whygavs I feel I can say with confidence that I'd still hate it. I hated it last year and the Buccos weren't involved.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The one game playoff is ridiculous
@PatStuart The article from October of last year gives credence to the possibility of honesty here. If you have an opinion that just happens to align with your team's interests, that can often mean it's influenced, but is far from a guarantee (i.e. I don't think you can say "no doubt.").
I personally would not feel that there should be a one-game playoff if the Pirates were the away team with the worse record. I too didn't like it last year, and I won't like it in the future if the Pirates are not included in the wild card playoff game.
Your own argument goes far too extreme. A one-game playoff is won by the "worse" team at a much higher rate than a five- or seven-game series. So the argument is that a few playoff SERIES is still reasonably likely to crown the better team, while a one-game playoff is far less likely.
Why would he have to clear waivers if he has a two-way deal?
1 year, 4 months ago on The Pittsburgh Penguins sign Tom Kostopoulos
@Stillson_14 Agreed. I'm not sold on upgrading the defense over upgrading the offense anyway. Confidence Index playing well. Brooks (last few games aside) playing well. Letang ditto. Despres good. Engelland and Niskanen doing well. Eaton doing what you expect.
I don't mean I see no reasons, just that I'm on the fence about which needs more help. Probably D. Was stout during the cup runs. They were nasty in front of the cage last night. Maybe they just needed that reminder.
1 year, 4 months ago on Let the Rumor Games begin
Curse of the Bobblehead.
1 year, 4 months ago on Conflicting reports on Malkin
@dvo @NickDobda Was definitely a turn. They talked about it on the post-game show, or somewhere, about how Craig was already engaged and the player was not turned. Oh well - made up for the non-call on the Letang play that was a penalty.
P.S. I counted at least 15 times when a player would pin someone to the boards with their foot elevated off the ice last night. Just sayin'... :)
1 year, 4 months ago on RECAP: Captain's Log. PENS WIN.
@dvo No dyslexia required. He's Hedman and he is horseless, but "gallops" or whatever Bob said all the same.
Neck sprain is my guess. Rossi was mislead. Fingers crossed that's right.
Could just be a severe case of whiplash. Fingers crossed.
1 year, 4 months ago on REPORT: Malkin experiencing concussion like symptoms. GIF here.
1 year, 5 months ago on Paul Martin Confidence Index soars
@CheDy_79 Yep. I'm not as certain as Staff that they're trading for a winger. They do have like $13M in cap space though.
1 year, 5 months ago on Despite being 11th in the League in scoring, local Pittsburgh columnist calls out Malkin
@AnswerBrew Tell that to the 1960 Pirates.
1 year, 5 months ago on RECAP: Devil of a weekend. PENS LOSE.
You mean Kunitz's goal? :)
Scoring has been weird this year. They keep mis-attributing goals on deflections. Scorers are still in pre-season mode.
1 year, 5 months ago on Paul Martin Confidence Index Stays On Course
@Guinning Since when did the head area extends to the middle of the chest...?
1 year, 6 months ago on GIF: Orpik's hit on Kreider
So do I win #paulmartinpowerball? Or do I lose on the technicality?
1 year, 6 months ago on QUICK CAP: Pens win 3-1.
I'm awaiting official review of the Kennedy Goal. I don't think it touched his stick. I had Martin @ 4:20 1st period. The goal came at 4:40.
1 year, 6 months ago on #PaulMartinPowerball 1.19.13 - $20
I may have misread "You will not be able to watch the Penguins live if you live in Pittsburgh" as being in general, but that is for NHL GameCenter, isn't it? If so, I feel stupid. :)
1 year, 6 months ago on NHL GameCenter will cost you $49.99 this season, NHL Center ice $60
I live in Erie, have Root Sports Pittsburgh and KDKA, etc. (Pittsburgh local channels) with DirecTV (and NHL Network, and NBC Sports or whatever Versus is called now).
I have been able to watch almost every Pens game in the past. That changes this year? I don't care about other teams (i'm more a Pens fan than a hockey fan), so I need to buy Center Ice?
Appreciate any helpful answer(s) anyone can give.
Nice sunglasses. They's score.
1 year, 8 months ago on Evgeni Malkin poses with two goats. UPDATED and what appears to be a Lion.
1 year, 9 months ago on Gameday 1 - New York Islanders
@WWGRD @shooter Sid's the reason Tiger Woods hasn't won a major since 2008.
1 year, 12 months ago on Giroux blaming Crosby for Flyers' second-round defeat | July2012
@NewYinzer Agreed. Tough but sensitive. If it weren't for the eyes he'd be a real ladies man. ;)
2 years ago on Scott Parker is everything that is wrong with hockey... and society
Compare the last quote to the "You can Play" commercial by Brooks Orpik, who is ALSO a good physical presence, and I think it says a lot.
When I see someone with such a good résumé coming to work for something like ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, it makes me wonder what he did to get such a massive DEMOTION. I mean, maybe he screwed the boss's daughter, and he's still a really, really capable director, in which case I'm pleased.
Am I the only one wondering why he's seemingly taking a position many more spots lower on the totem pole?
2 years ago on ROOT Sports hires someone that actually may do a good job | July2012
Why? Were you expecting 65% off, tops?
2 years ago on Staal shirts 70% off | June2012
@Steve HP Bright side? Or just another early exit?
2 years, 3 months ago on THIRD PERIOD: One last charge | April 2012
@I BELIEVE Didn't see a lot of fight today.
Malkin's raped four times and there's no call. Kunitz bumps a guy and chips his thigh and they get two PPs.
2 years, 3 months ago on Playoff Gameday - Round One, Game Three - Flyers | April 2012
They fucking bumped into each other. That was all.
Oh christ his feet left the ice? He was trying to FUCKING MINIMIZE CONTACT. It wasn't even an attempted check.
@Maddhatter That's what we said the last two years.
@pdoggy Fuck next year.
@BJFTW Too late.
0 for 1.
@MMXcalibur 2 2/3 games.
@Jovi Let's just pretend it's the first period.
@NYguinsfan He meant in comparison to the season goal-scoring totals.
Have two weaker penalties ever been called in the playoffs? Holy christ.
@Guinning No. He doesn't like the color orange.
@Guinning Same reason as Timmonen.
@Guinning Correction: 2 1/3 games.
@Maddhatter Michalak Island sunk.
Dicktouchers. The question is who: the Pens or the Flyers?
Pens need to win this game (duh) or they're toast. Period.
First the game starts 20 minutes late. Then the first period takes an hour.
@Fudgemanners Uhm, or maybe he's playing like shit too.
Now the Flyers will score four right? :-P
He didn't die.
Neal looked better there.
Series over. "The Moment" is when the Pens said "screw it" and just completely gave up.
@SaintMarty Wind knocked out of him perhaps. Landed on Bryz's skate?
@SaintMarty Doesn't matter. He'll only miss one game before the season's over.
@pdoggy Third man in fight for both of them.
@pdoggy Timmonen got tossed too.
Moments typically don't come when you're down 3-1 and 2-0. I think their goose is cooked and they're just acting out.
I may or may not be saying this because when I say things the opposite typically happens.
It's game one. Let this fuel them for the next 16 victories.
2 years, 3 months ago on Pens melt down. Lose in OT. 4-3 | April 2012
@Darth Mutski Overreact much?
2 years, 3 months ago on Professional Philadelphia journalist acts unprofessionally | April 2012
@malkincookies45 Yeah, no kidding eh?
2 years, 3 months ago on The Igloo is Gone | April 2012
Let's go Baby Pens!
The Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League won their 22nd straight game on Friday night with a 2-1 victory over the St. John's Icecaps.
The win is four more than any other North American pro hockey team has accomplished at any level.
The Admirals will go for their 23rd consecutive win on Tuesday night when they face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Where's the blood on the jersey in the last picture??
2 years, 3 months ago on PICS: Crosby takes puck to face | March 2012
@corey778 I thought yesterday that was a bad omen.
2 years, 4 months ago on Pens lose in OT to Philly | March 2012
@orby I think Kunitz stays with 71/18 and Sully is likely to move up. Duper may not last on that line either.
2 years, 4 months ago on RECAP: The Waters off Michalek Island. PENS WIN. | March 2012
@G-mus @Maddy O Hatter Kovalev hasn't scored 40 in awhile now.
@Fudgemanners @CFA_27 /me goes to get some Arby's.
@Fudgemanners Steve. From years ago. Before you discovered TPB.
@shooter He also said any day now. It's not the same scenario.
So glad Steve is feeling better and can return now.
@Fudgemanners Didn't know about the neck thing before, though. We'll see.
@orby That was after a concussion, not after this bizarre pseudo-concussion-neck-soft-tissue thing he had going on this time.
@pdoggy Nah. But some SK dude is good.
@...PetrsMailbox You just want to see Crosby with a boner you sick bastard.
@...PetrsMailbox @PensInsideScoop Is SK Steve Krosby?
He wouldn't say a few days if he was planning to play in weeks.
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I don't think it's a coincidence that the quality of the recaps has dropped as the quality of cblog has dropped. ;)
@stapler He going in for an assessment today or something?
@...PetrsMailbox On Wednesday, yes.
Still a terrible effort. No excuses. Two points were up for grabs just like in every other game of the year, and the Pens are now in sixth. These games matter.
2 years, 5 months ago on RECAP: Shuffle off to vomitville. PENS LOSE. | Feb2012
Conklin is on the list somewhere, unless I'm remembering him as better than he was that one year. No doubt the prevalence of the Conk-block images aren't helping.
2 years, 5 months ago on Catching up on Jeremy Lin | Feb2012
Of course that'd make you a massive dicktoucher, but you could.
2 years, 6 months ago on The Paul Martin Powerball | Jan2012
So if you wanted to flood Twitter via a script of some kind, you could quite literally "choose" every second of every remaining game.
@Dapper_Dan_Man Yeah, people wanting to get in shape, push their limits, etc. What jokes.</sarcasm>
2 years, 6 months ago on Tuesdays with Stoosh 01.17.2012 | Jan2012
Paul Steigerwald or that Bruins guy? I don't think Paul's as bad as Staff thinks he is.
2 years, 6 months ago on Five Ways to fix ROOT Sports and a Poll | Jan2012
So why did MM's rant result in RR being ousted?
2 years, 6 months ago on REPORT: Crosby Camp responsible for Rossi ousting | Jan2012
@jrolley325 Inquiring minds want to know.
2 years, 7 months ago on Shanaban: Pacioretty suspended three games | Nov2011
@pdoggy Even though the Pens employ Matt Cooke? Or maybe he forgot.
Anyway, seriously though, good. Three games and a fine is about right.
2 years, 7 months ago on Crosby chirps Murrary and the Sens again. | Nov2011
2 years, 7 months ago on Pacioretty to speak with Shanahan | Nov2011
@RobertStevens Cooke with 8. Crosby with 8.
@RobertStevens Pretty sure Sid has more than Matt Cooke, yeah.
He may not even get two games. The Pens employ Matt Cooke, after all, who has something like 4 PIM all season so far.
Glad Steve is coming back. Will he score a goal or take a good hit first?
2 years, 8 months ago on Crosby playing Monday night | Nov2011
I still think the Kunitz goals - both - could have gone the other way pretty easily. On the first the puck continued the same vertical trajectory and still went in under the cross bar, so that tells me he didn't contact it above. On the second, the interference could be said to have occurred after the puck was headed in.
Either way I don't think I've ever seen a game where two disallowed goals are followed by real goals 30 seconds later. And by the same players both times: Kunitz disallowed, Neal scores.
2 years, 8 months ago on RECAP: Cool Hand James. PENS WIN | Nov2011
Both goals could have been called good, too.
2 years, 8 months ago on Neal In Your Mouth. Pens Win. | Nov2011
@matsif I tend to believe that too.
2 years, 8 months ago on Don't know much about geography | TPB
I pre-ordered the book on Amazon last week. Looking forward to it.
2 years, 9 months ago on RECAP: The Show Goes On. PENS WIN. | Oct2011
Lions run 65 MPH?
2 years, 9 months ago on LINK CITY: Pens Travel, Brendan Shanahan Sucks, New Rinko Games, GIF, Zanesville | Oct2011
The DGB Flow Chart:
- Does Matt Cooke wear the same uniform?
--> IF YES, SUSPEND.
2 years, 9 months ago on Letang To Face Shanaban at 11:30 | Oct2011
@shooter All I know is the Bibster can see things nobody else sees (like the puck going in the net, or a tip in front of the net, etc.) and he didn't see that play as dirty. So his virtually certain suspension is crap. Not even a slight injury, either.
2 years, 9 months ago on RECAP: Shut Up, Winnipeg. PENS LOSE. | Oct2011
When will we find out how long Matt Cooke's (teammate) has been suspended?
@RobbieBrownsRoadBeef What's the over-under on a "Parks and Recreation" pshop?
2 years, 9 months ago on RECAP: Park and Ride. PENS WIN. | Oct2011
@BDF Thanks. And ugh.
Why does he even say Kennedy twice? What's the reference or inside joke or what? I don't even get it. He did it during the intro and it's just stupid.
Let's Go... Rookies.
2 years, 11 months ago on Covering the 2011 NHL Rookie tournament | WBS
And by "the Pensblog" I mean "Daniel P." :-)
2 years, 11 months ago on Mario Lemieux Probably Would Have Won The 2007 U.S. Open | TPB
@vdub71 I know it's private. Played there a few times, attended the 2007 U.S. Open, am a teaching pro in Erie, blah blah blah. Even still private clubs don't tend to print out the GHIN numbers anywhere that's public, because they can have some nasty side effects. If you want to screw with your friend Philip Kreis, well, you can put in a series of 73s or 74s and, well, his handicap index ain't gonna be high enough for him to win much money for awhile...
Ignoring the obvious faults with that logic, he'd have shot +8, not taken Cabrera to a playoff. That one shot would multiply by four rounds. :-P
This may be the single dumbest post the Pensblog has ever published. It'd be one thing if they were totally joking but they're not. :-P
Uh, they're not supposed to publish GHIN numbers. With a GHIN number and someone's last name, you can "post" scores. The GHIN number is kinda like the golfer's social security number. Sharing it publicly is dumb.
@JS Dammit. I had, well, not high hopes but at least moderate hopes. :-(
2 years, 11 months ago on 68 Days | TPB
Is the Smurfs movie any good?
I'm in the middle of my annual West Wing marathon. Even in fictional politics there's noticeably less back-stabbing than with the Pens.
3 years ago on Feel the Hate | TPB
@orby I could have done without that...
3 years ago on Jagr Watch Is Over: Pens Withdraw Offer | TPB
@RenoDarb Agreed. He showed what he's capable of. More please!
3 years ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.thepensblog.com/pensblog-news/tpb/tyler-kennedy-re-signs.html
Who is up for TPing the house he was "too lazy" to sell in Pittsburgh?
@Lets_Go_Металлург Bite me. 1150 comments and you're worried about 2. ;-)
3 years ago on Where's Jaromir? | TPB
How about now?
Anyone sign yet now?
Sad if he goes, but I'll get over it. Right after I watch his game 7 goals one last time...
3 years ago on SOURCE: Talbot done with Pens | TPB
@JenBroflovski 10 year in like 8 minutes. Ha.
3 years, 1 month ago on RECAP: Goin' to the Chapel. DEREK WINS. | TPB
@Hatrick @Dalliquippa I told him they're just pissed he can't win a Stanley Cup. It had nothing to do with his bill. Suck on that, Leadership.
3 years, 2 months ago on ROOT Sports GM Just Doesn't Get It | TPB
@studuncan Signed would be awesome. I'll take that as well if possible. ;-)
3 years, 2 months ago on Dream Job | ss
Donated $48 in honor of the guy who stepped up the most in terms of scoring after Sidney Crosby went down. Looking forward to the print, and best of luck. I just started watching Archer on the recommendation of a friend... Wish I knew about it sooner! Awesome that you'll be working on it!
Rumor: Sidney Crosby has been skating less with Pittsburgh and has been skating for WBS. He makes his return next week.On the bright side, the media can stop worrying about Crosby and Malkin now.
3 years, 2 months ago on The season from hell ends. Pens Lose 1-0 in Game 7 | TPB
The Adolescent Pens did well. I give them credit.
Adolescent being half Baby Penguins/half Adult Penguins.
Do all the two-way players get to help WBS out?
@KingOfNoPants Depends too on which of the many free agents we keep.
3 years, 2 months ago on THIRD PERIOD: Lightning/Pens, Last chance - Pens trail 1-0 | TPB
Do the Pens get to send their AHL players back to help out the Baby Pens?
Good season. Not much to say right now.
@Guinning Pens in 3. Get with the program.
3 years, 3 months ago on LINK CITY: Tampa's game planning, Crosby concussion re-enactment, playoffs lineup | TPB
Kick the tires and light the fires, boys.
3 years, 3 months ago on Pens start Wednesday night | TPB
@Savage_Beast Will do. I avoid those posts generally. They're lousy. :-)
3 years, 3 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://www.thepensblog.com/pensblog-news/tpb/rinkotology-open-for-signups.html
@Savage_Beast Video of the (non)goal anywhere?
@Savage_Beast In honor of The Masters, "what a stupid I am" applies here. Derr. LAST week was "Tue/Thur/Sat". This week ain't.
Is the game on TV tonight? What channel? Penguins site says it's on ROOT but DirecTV guide says the Pirates game is on at 7. It's not on Versus either. Any help?
@tomlinbylsmachamps11 @kennywregget I don't agree that the entire broadcast was "unprofessional" at all. Emrick isn't biased and his voice is what it is - many associate it with playoff hockey. Plus, if he was to list his favorite teams, the Pens would be well towards the top.
3 years, 3 months ago on VIDEO: Pens Shirts Off Their Backs | TPB
Not to be Debbie Downer (or Debbie Does Dallas), but he skated lightly for 15 minutes... that's a long way from a full skate let alone a game. Who knows if he intended to skate for 45 but got dizzy?
We'll see what he says when he addresses the media. I hope he says something like "Yeah, I've actually been secretly skating for weeks now, and I'm playing tomorrow night." But I seriously, seriously doubt it. I'm not convinced he'll be back this year, regardless of the playoff run length...
Above all, I'd like for him to get healthy.
3 years, 4 months ago on Sidney Crosby Skates | TPB
@Newman252 Good hit. Thanks for posting that.
3 years, 4 months ago on Last Call for Bury Gillies Shirts
@roCkhopper God. Talk about depressing.
3 years, 4 months ago on RECAP: Shootout at the AK Corral. PENS WIN.
@PensForTheWin I'm glad he's in but he's not really top six talent (yet!), so let's not get our hopes up that he'll turn the tide of "Pens not able to put the puck home" we've seen lately.
3 years, 4 months ago on The Afternoon Skate: 2/26
@SaintMarty Of course. So what would that make an Irish O'Vechkin shirt wearer? I hear they come with free tramp stamps.
3 years, 5 months ago on O'Really?
Sure, but what about someone wearing an O'Vechkin shirt?
Did anyone wake him up before he was told to go go?
3 years, 5 months ago on Trade Reaction Part One: A Farewell To Alex Goligoski
@MRandall25 @shuvel55 @Dalliquippa @LittleArtie I don't see it that way. Not if we had to give Neal back.
3 years, 5 months ago on Goligoski to Stars for James Neal & Matt Niskanen
And if that's the case, with Crosby on LTIR with Malkin, what can GMRS do at the trade deadline? How weird would it be to make a deep run in the playoffs with talent we'd have through the end of the year and not past that?
3 years, 5 months ago on Mark Madden: “In house disagreement brewing over Crosby.”
Crosby possibly done for the year? Is that the take-away here?
@pdoggy @GlassJaw I'm hoping that the Pens can field a team without Crosby or any of the other top players that night. Just put some grinders out there, ready for action if the Islanders are stupid enough to engage, and rest the stars up for some playoff action. Next-to-last game of the year, we don't want someone jumping Crosby or something...
3 years, 5 months ago on Gillies gets 9 games, Martin gets 4, NYI gets 100K fine
@OsbourneCox @Hoss Yeah, I think the punishments will be "severe" but not "as severe" as some still rational people would want... Nobody's going to be banned for life.
3 years, 5 months ago on RECAP: The Ambush On Isle. PENS LOSE
@Hoss Can't. I'm with you. I feel the same way. Gilles and Haley will get off lighter than they should and Godard and others will have the book thrown at them. Not to extreme levels, but I think it won't be quite right.
@akus That does sound good. I'm off to look for some bread...
3 years, 5 months ago on Pens lose 8-3. 7400 PIMs
Wonder what Sid is thinking right about now.
@Avizzv92 I wonder if he might not get suspended because Godard didn't START the altercation. Clearly the altercation was started by the guy skating down to the goalie.
@Grofty Nice, but c'mon, Geno's back in September/October, no sooner.
3 years, 5 months ago on Crosby may not be back until March
37 comments and not one mention of the word "cold". :-P
3 years, 6 months ago on Yawn. Pens win 4-1
The Pens escaped Boston with a win. The Steelers - and I'm a fan of them as well - not so much. I'm calling *that*.
3 years, 6 months ago on PENS WIN
I think I'm going to go watch televised golf. I need something to wake me up after this game.
3 years, 6 months ago on Third Period: Pens/Wild. Snore city. Wild lead
@SaintMarty Yes, but if our game plan revolves around getting and keeping the lead that's one thing. A come-back win now and then would be nice. Pens are now, what, 0-10-1 trailing after two?
@Adam12 @SaintMarty Did it wake people up? If so, it's the only thing that did.
Joking aside, I'm still somewhat concerned that the Pens play so poorly against the trap. Even Washington did it when they were up a goal and we couldn't overcome it.
@SaintMarty @Quote_The_Birdman Who'd he end up with anyway? Haven't seen him playing in awhile...
@Avizzv92 Yeah. Can we play with 7 skaters like that team the other day?
Trade Staal. Pens 1-3 with him.
@SaintMarty Don't western conference teams get away with this crap more in the regular season too?
@Evil_Shero Tell SBI to pour some more water on center ice. Maybe he got some of Gary's Fiji water.
@Avizzv92 @Pens89 Ah, should have guessed that. :-)
@Avizzv92 @Pens89 What'd Hedberg do?
@Lets_Go_Металлург Wonder how many pets find their "safe spot" in the homes of Pens fans during games like this.
@Evil_Shero Down with the giant mask!
@Admiral_Nelsen "This game is not interesting."
@Lets_Go_Металлург @Pens89 My wife's a bit annoyed that I haven't cleaned my office yet. With a little nudging she'd fight.
@Lets_Go_Металлург So at this point we're just hoping Staal doesn't break his other hand?
@Quote_The_Birdman How could you enforce it?
@Lets_Go_Металлург I try.
I thought it was time for ice cream.
@Adam12 DId they catch one of these beasts in a "trap"?
@Lets_Go_Металлург Perhaps "Let's get stuff going"?
This team is so boring, golf announcers tune in to watch when they need to fall asleep.
@Non No kidding. Thanks Captain Obvious. :-P
Could a team named "The Wild" be any less so?
/me throws down $1000 USMD.
The M is for "Monopoly."
@Russian_Blue Plenty of teams play the trap when they're up a goal or two, though, even if they don't full time.
3 years, 6 months ago on Gameday 43 - Wild
@Lets_Go_Металлург We'd all be able to catch up on our sleep?
@MattEager Let's get some Comeback Kid action going. Malkin, throw down a thousand bucks and win it in the third.
@Non @MattEager Yeah, I'm recording the game. If I was watching it I'd know Jose Three-or-more. :P
@Non Nope. Just misread the above.
@MattEager Bah, yeah, just saw the stats. Scratch that thought, and indeed, that is worse.
This is against a goalie called up from the AHL? Typical. Why do these goaltenders always kick butt against the Pens?
I'm recording the game. Sounds like I might end up deleting it later, unwatched.
Goligoski, TK, Dupuis, Connor all talked about yesterday afternoon, some as being trade bait... and all four have solid nights. The players all read The Pensblog! ;-)
3 years, 6 months ago on RECAPS
@Koz @twytch I think the ref meant - and I haven't seen it yet - it's either no goal or a penalty on the Caps. So Ovi can accept that he didn't score or he can take the penalty for interference.
@pittsmo Closed for new registrations. It'll be up later at some point. That same magicpotatoes one.
@akus Agreed, quoting not critical. Messes with the timeline though, the nested comments. Would be nice to have the option of a flat or a nested view.
3 years, 6 months ago on Playground
@akus I miss quoting. And the edit button.
Bah, transparency is apparently not supported.
Bummer that our old usernames are gone. But I was able to get the same one, so...