Erik J. Barzeski
Geek. Husband. Father.
@PenGeno Loved the "diving" motion he was making on Malkin. Give me an F-ing break…
3 hours, 2 minutes 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!
1 day, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-destroy-devils-8-3.html
@PenGeno Then don't tag us please. :)
1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-destroy-devils-8-3.html
At DK's site the commenters hone in on the likelihood that Orpik was a big Despres detractor.
1 day, 15 hours 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.
1 day, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-destroy-devils-8-3.html
@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.
6 days, 11 hours 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
6 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html
@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.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-stand-up-to-isles-win-3-1.html
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/game-2-recap-pens-win-5-2.html
They should have edited the slow-mo endpoint to right after the save was made so you could instantly hear the crowd cheering. Duh.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@LoranMannIsTheMan @YorkPens Additionally, I'm getting awfully tired of the failed clearing attempts that go right to an opposition player.
Good ol' Despres looked horrible. I'm sad that he'll probably make the team. Too late to trade him + Scuderi for a bag of pucks?
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html
@rderr27 @BMFPitt37 Sutter is only going to make $2.7M? Hmmm.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/nick-spaling-signs.html
@Hibbits @cblack66 Agree, Hibbits.
Additionally, he's got some solid third-line wings this year. Dude seems to be massively over-estimating his value.
Then again, so too is Spaling, perhaps. :)
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/nick-spaling-negotiations.html
@brendannn @Raymond Bowman @iacas So… you plan to thieve it? :P I believe in paying for things that I like and enjoy when it's requested that I do so.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/seismic-shift-in-pittsburgh-media-dejan-kovacevic-moves-on-from-the-trib.html
@Raymond Bowman Plus, $54 for three years is not a TON of money.
What if his mystery corporate sponsor is… the Trib?
@PenGeno Recchi isn't back as a player, so… huh?
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 weeks 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.
@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.
@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.
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 months, 4 weeks 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.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html
@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.
4 months 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.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/farewell-brooks-orpik.html
@Kilihan Glass is getting $1.45M per year.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
So much wrong already.
Not saying I'd do better (probably worse), but man… so much wrong. :-)
4 months 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.
Good. Happy with this.
4 months, 1 week 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?).
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/interesting-points-on-mike-johnston.html
Ehhhhh, no thanks.
5 months, 1 week 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!)
5 months, 1 week 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?
5 months, 2 weeks 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).
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-ray-shero-will-be-gone-reports.html
@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).
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/stats-and-such-heading-into-game-seven.html