Erik J. Barzeski
Geek. Husband. Father.
DK reported in the comments that he got the sense that Ehrhoff was "shut down."
14 hours, 56 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@The66thDopefish Bennett is an odd duck. I feel like he has better skill and a higher ceiling than Brandon Sutter. He's been more physical lately. He's been going to the net more.
And yet management and HCMJ seem to like Sutter, despite his horrible metrics. If those are the lines it's almost like they're putting two bigger, firmer guys up there to give Sutter more time and space, without worrying about being physical himself.
Management's reluctance to bench Sutter or move him down to the fourth line (he doesn't really fit there either, though, to be fair) makes Bennett the odd man out, because he doesn't particularly "fit" in any of the lines.
Bennett - Spaling - Downie would be a fine third line. It's not a great "checking" line though if you want that kind of line.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
So, that Winnik profile…?
3 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-61-shots-fired-penguins-hold-on-for-win-in-d-c.html
I could have done without Malkin's sloppy play on a few PPs, but… otherwise, I agree.
5 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-penguins-hang-on-win-4-3-and-avoid-season-sweep-by-caps.html
@brendannn No problems here running Safari on Yosemite. With two or three extensions, too. (YouTube5, 1Password… one other, NOT ABP).
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-60-pens-5-panthers-1-jaded-as-fuck.html
@The Hockey Hooligan I think Sill looked pretty good last night. Better than Sutter, in fact. He won some battles and controlled the puck for a bit. Sutter… not so much.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-60-pens-4-blue-2-the-penguins-get-a-much-needed-win-but-an-even-bigger-thing-happened.html
@Craig Ross @brendannn Barring a tremendous collapse or player revolt, HCMJ is the head coach next year. And Babcock's probably not going anywhere anyway.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-57-at-cec-capitals-shut-down-the-penguins-for-the-third-time-this-season-win-3-1.html
@DJ_TaktiX @Lange @FuuManChuMan I use Safari and don't have any problems. I don't use AdBlock either.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-the-villian-a-o-rides-again.html
@Mr. Confidence Activate the glutes!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-55-yikes.html
@Bing_87 WTF, seriously? I've been behind HCMJ to this point, but this is making me rethink that. Ebbett?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-49-pittsburgh-penguins-at-new-jersey-devils.html
@Bing_87 My X is top left.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-48-disarray-in-d-c.html
No, no, no, no, no.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/the-king-of-leadership-blocked-shots-lol.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin @cblack66 It's been better, but many people feel that he's simply upgraded to a "C" from the "F" he got last year.
Also, 90% of the time, he just passes it to Despres. He's the opposite of a puck-moving D-man.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-40.html
@EdwardSchatz Wow, really? You actually typed "Blood clots don't just happen?"
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
"Didn’t see where he got hit."
Guess you didn't actually WATCH the game, since… it was shown several times. He accidentally blocked a shot from (IIRC) Despres.
I know what my Holiday Wish is this year, Staff. It involves a commenter somewhere below this comment… :P
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game32.html
That end-to-end rush was weak. He didn't even encounter anyone until the blue line. The FAR blue line, and even then the D played like it was a Make-a-Wish kid whose wish was to score a goal against his favorite hockey team or something. Really weak.
Glad he's up, and looking forward to seeing him, but… that video doesn't support the case that he's talented.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
It's not exactly an exclusive club. Nearly every unknown goalie to start against the Pens is in it. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-the-more-mumps-they-come-across-the-more-wins-they-see.html
This is what passes for a recap these days?
Maatta will be out until February.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-28-the-flames-of-hell.html
@firefox91 Do you mean Malkin's goal? :)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-top-sens-3-2.html
@firefox91 We'd already gotten a win in those jerseys, hadn't we? Yep: http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlg=20142015,2,255&lang=en . Rangers game. In that weird shootout.
I too like the bottom lines contributing. At times this year they've won the game, and those would have been losses last year.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-comeau-se-llama.html
@slimjim34 Maybe he thinks a grand is a hundred bucks.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
3 months, 1 week ago on Final: Penguins 3, Bruins 2, OT
@MoonSloth He still has the limited NTC. No idea what teams are listed on that as blocked trades. He could waive it, but I doubt he would if they want to send him to Edmonton.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/penguins-young-defensive-players-drawing-interest-when-will-jim-rutherford-pull-the-trigger.html
@Juniorjunior I haven't seen anyone blaming the loss on the refs. Just pointing something out doesn't mean "100% blame, right there, this thing!"
And… the officiating was not "even." I can say that without "blaming" the refs for getting one point out of two games.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-19-adversity-ahead.html
The theory about the reffing does not align with the Internet conspiracy theorists about how the Pens are favored everywhere they go because Gary loves Sidney or something.
Reffing is, far and away, the single most obnoxious, frustrating thing about NHL hockey. Not only is it inconsistent from the regular season to the post-season, it's not even consistent in the first and third periods, it's not consistent based on the names on the backs of the jerseys, it's not consistent from ref to ref, there are "make-up calls" and it's so routine it's almost expected, and a whole bunch of other things.
It's pathetic, and again, the single most obnoxious, frustrating thing about NHL hockey. The refs have - and regularly execute - far too much control.
A colon is missing after "http" in the "always fun" link.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-17-pittsburgh-penguins-at-montreal-canadiens.html
Bob Errey has the best eyes in the business.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/what-the-hell-happened-breaking-down-the-bat-shit-crazy-between-the-pens-and-rangers.html
Hit was clean. No question.
Malkin standing up for a teammate was fine. Worst (realistic) case is that he was risking one point (the Leafs MAY have tied it up), but he gained much more than that. He also didn't start whaling away with haymakers - he probably knows not to break his hand.
I'm also not entirely sure Malkin would have stood up if it was Comeau or Spaling instead of Horny. And I want Spaling to succeed, but I don't know that he'd have cared as much.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-15-penguins-win-2-1.html
@Bandwagon Fan 4401 You guys are nuts if you think he won't be picked up. Therrien didn't win a Cup with the same Pittsburgh team, had them out of the playoffs after being in the SCF, etc. and now he's coaching another team, after all. Terrible coaches are recycled all the time. Good ones (or those perceived to be good) are picked up quickly. He'd be coaching right now if the Pens hadn't waited so long to fire him.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/most-embarrassing-thing-on-the-internet-today-bleacher-report-loves-dan-bylsma.html
@Gorangers0525 That's dumb. The site does pretty well on its own.
So you contributed a few comments on a mid-season game in November? Derrrrr. You over-rate your importance.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Vlad2222 With what cap space? You do realize Bennett is a $900k cap hit only, right? I don't know if there are too many $900k top six forwards teams are looking to trade…
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html
@JamesBendishaw Thing is… you don't know that Bennett and Malkin won't show better chemistry. (Nor do I of course. Just pointing out that "because A was pretty good" doesn't preclude "B" from being even better in this scenario.)
@Blitzburgh Brian There are ~30 STARTING goaltenders. It's dumb to consider the backup salaries against what you pay your 60-game-starting goalie.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Redacted_66 Quick makes $5.8M AAV, so I don't know that I'd call it a "steal."
But the rest of the post is agreeable.
@Bing_87 Harrington. From pre-season.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-11-know-the-rules-wild-fans.html
15 unanswered goals. Bah ha ha ha ha.
It's funny because it's true.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-11-pittsburgh-penguins-at-minnesota-wild.html
@Zhan I could do without the two passes right through the crease.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-just-had-to-show-up.html
Feel bad for a guy I know with the team, but these two points count the same as those against the Kings, or Bruins, or anyone else.
@cblack66 Still only a 20% chance.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-10-buffalo-sabres-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html
@PenGeno Loved the "diving" motion he was making on Malkin. Give me an F-ing break…
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-9-la-kings-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin @Bing_87 I didn't know Ted Bishop was a Pens fan. Hi Ted!
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-destroy-devils-8-3.html
@PenGeno Then don't tag us please. :)
At DK's site the commenters hone in on the likelihood that Orpik was a big Despres detractor.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-8-the-powerplay-rolls.html
Despres definitely had one of his better games. I think a big part of that could be that he got away from Scuderi for good chunks of time. If memory serves… (Oddly, Despres still had less time than Scuderi. The 2:40 SH helps #4 but still…).
@The Hockey Hooligan Adams was never going to be the one sent back, so I'm not sure Adams staying up punched Sill's ticket. Adams was always going to stay up with the Pens.
@rico I like what you're saying.
That said, of course, Kunitz and Crosby do often have a sort of mind meld thing. Perhaps you can hold off on that until Beau returns, and give Hornie a little more time to get the same mind meld thing going with Crosby too.
Or, if Malkin is unhappy now, throw him a bone (Kunitz). The third line can be Sutter + Comeau + Spaling or something. Should be fine. Fourth of Downie, Adams, Sill.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html
@Mrmcgibblets To be fair their lead against Philly was only one goal. :P
@Non Jussi was gone. Beau is hurt but looked good in pre-season.
Just you wait. Saying they're doing "just fine' doesn't mean they will continue to do "just fine." It's a present tense sentence. They're 3-1-0. That's the present tense, and they are doing "just fine."
FWIW, too: 6 goals 5-on-5, 6 5-on-4. Then there are 2 5-on-3, and one 4-on-5 for a league-leading 4.0 goals per game.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-stand-up-to-isles-win-3-1.html