Aussie hockey nerd.
Does anyone think theres a chance the penguins are tanking for that wildcard spot and a date with Montreal or Tampa instead of one of the NY's?
It's a crazy thought, but if I was them I'd take my chances with the Atlantic over trying to get past NYI or NYR right now...
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-71-the-collapse-of-the-penguins-stars-win-2-1.html
Told you this kid was awful. When even edmonton doesn't want you, something is wrong.
He'll do really well in the AHL.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/pens-waive-mark-arcobello.html
Yeah even the totally-not-biased CBC announcers agreed the refs have just decided the pens just aren't going to get any calls tonight. Total bullshit.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-53-pittsburgh-penguins-at-vancouver-canucks.html
Anyone bitching about Sid missing the ASG needs to get a reality check, and then go watch the Pens-Flyers game last week. He took a literal beating, he's a few years younger than me, but if I was getting worked over like that, I'd need 2 weeks to recover at least.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/outrage-at-sidney-crosby-missing-the-all-star-game-is-ordinary-predictable.html
Ugh I got a Craig Ross reply to my post, I feel dirty, get it off get it off.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-44-no-metro-pens-again-struggle-against-divisional-opponent.html
I said it in October when everyone was riding HCMJs shaft, it's great that you can throw a gameplan out there that blitzes the NHL to start with, but the other teams adapt. If you don't, the game is over.
When Doc and Edzo are able to mumble out a better gameplan than your head coach, something is wrong. And they were right, Rangers weren't going to just let the Pens dance in, they had to dump, chase and grind. When they finally did that they got their second goal, then immediately went back to trying to dance in, Geno turned it over and the rags scored again.
If the team can't adjust, on the fly, to what the other team throws at them, the playoffs are not going to look any different this year.
I'd much rather they go through this now, and get their shit sorted, than try to do it in April, but this is HCMJ's trial by fire, lets see if he makes it out alive.
@MichaelAcousticShadows They didn't want him. They traded him for a player they could have gotten for free (Waivers) anyway, so they moved him on for cap space/roster space reasons only. That is how much they didn't need/want him.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/pens-acquire-mark-arcobello-via-waivers.html
@Bing_87 @dekekun It he worked half as hard as St Louis, I'd need new pants.
Sorry for everyone getting all excited, but having watched this kid with the Oilers the past couple of years...he aint that good.
When the penguins picked up Perron I mentioned that he was often the hardest working player on the team. Arcobello isn't that by a long shot.
His skill level is bottom-6 at best, but he doesn't have that hard-nosed determination to be a truly good bottom-6 player, which is why he ended up on Waivers.
Maybe organisational depth is good or whatever, but I'd take Farnham, Sill, Goc, hell even CFA over Arcobello in my bottom 6. He'd make a great 2nd line center in Wilkes-Barre though, and maybe thats where he's headed?
I'm an oilers fan too so I've watched him play for a few years now.
He is a fierce competitor, and reminds me of a much more skilled version of Cooke or Jarko Ruutu. He will agitate, he WILL take more than one dumb penalty, but he can also dangle with the best of them and puts the puck in the net with a disturbing amount of skill.
As a player I would hate to play against him. He was more than a little lost on Edmonton since he gave a shit when not many others on that team did. If he fits into the locker room in Pitt he will light the place up.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/all-about-david-perron.html
Pretty sure the number 46 is cursed, they should stop giving it out.
We need a "number of times Ebbett fell down" counter, like we had last season for Vitale. I got up to 6 and I wasn't paying that much attention.
Something is seriously wrong with Kunitz, he is the opposite of a playmaker at the moment...a playkiller? Everything he does is just turning the puck over, its awful.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-36-first-rough-patch-of-the-season.html
@Non To be fair, that "hooking" call on Downie was bizarre, he got knocked down and his stick wafted in the direction of the Preds player? I mean I guess if you squint at it really hard its kind of a penalty, but such a nothing play I don't think the coaching staff will lose much sleep over it.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
By this very talented dude and huge PGH fan who I'm sure has been featured on here before: http://rkullman.blogspot.com/
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-mechanical-penguins.html
This stuff is great, but lets be honest, Bylsma's systems worked for a while too.
The real test will be how he can adapt when his bag of tricks stops working. Remember that season when NJ figured out the pens system and swept the season series against the pens (Devils fans chanting "you can't beat us")? Bylsma never adapted from that, and that was it, the book was out.
The point will come when the other coaches figure out HCMJ's bag of tricks - how he adapts will determine his success of failure.
Do I remember when Eric Tangradi was a big deal?
No. No I don't.
12 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
2 years, 1 month ago on Interesting realignment rumors abound
@BryanEW710 @dekekun Hang on hang on, are the Staals brothers? And sid lived with mario? Oh god why didn't anyone tell me!
2 years, 2 months ago on Gameday 1 - Flyers
Wait wait, Craig Adams went to Harvard? WHAT??!?
@Presidentjlh @dekekun No homers club, eh?
@Presidentjlh WTF is this shit about another site?
@BryanEW710 @Presidentjlh Although he just said Bryzgalov has been terrific so I take that back...
@BryanEW710 @Presidentjlh Might not be fun to hear, but Mike's analysis was spot on...
@BryanEW710 Not many of us, just the devoted few...
Bad decision by Orpik followed by bad decision by Koon....
Best part of that goal - the cosmonaut stare from Bryz afterwards.
Whats with the center ice faceoff on an offside?
Goddamn it they had a 9month offseason to fix the 90second delay on Gamecenter, no dice.
That's cool, I didn't want to watch the game live anyway.
Niski/Letang as second pairing?
Love Pierre's cut in comments "What a joy to watch the Kings" maybe for you Pierre, the rest of us are here to watch the Pens!
Ok can we stop watching the Kings now and start watching the game we're actually here to see? (I'm assuming my gamecenter isn't being random and showing the Kings because of some bug)...
@kirk_75 Still feels good seeing scuds lift the cup again, shame he has the wrong jersey on.
@kirk_75 That makes more sense. Hey look scuds.
Wait, did they just boo lucky Luke? I thought everyone loved luke....
@RentedMule @dekekun Thanks for the tips everyone, see how I go! Can't wait.
2 years, 2 months ago on Oh Russians.... You're So Enigmatic!
So uh, can anyone throw me a bone with trying to get pens tickets for the pens-caps game on 03/19? Ticketmaster has 0 tickets left for a pair (only single seats) in the lower bowl. Stubhub has plenty of good options, but they won't ship to Asstralia (wtf is this, paper tickets? are they from the PAST?) So, anyone have any genius ideas on how to get some decent tickets near the glass in the lower bowl for this game?
Yinzers, help me out. Aussie heading to PIT for the pens-caps game on the 19th of March. We'll have about 24 hours in pittsburgh to be touristy and shit, where should we go?
On topic, buying Gamecenter Live, in Australia every game is out of market, even the nationally broadcast ones, so..win! Plus can watch on delay which helps when the games are at 3AM or while I'm at work. Worth every cent.
2 years, 2 months ago on NHL GameCenter will cost you $49.99 this season, NHL Center ice $60
"CBJ 13 years"...columbus blue jackets played their first game october 2000. Also known as 11 years 11 months ago.
2 years, 6 months ago on Don't be a fucking idiot, you're not going to stop the NHL lockout with a youtube video
Here I am, an Australian for almost the entirety of my 29 years, and I had never heard of this mythological "Australian Shepherd". Thankfully for me, wikipedia exists.
"The Australian shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. "
2 years, 9 months ago on Did Crosby incept Zach Parise? | June2012
@Flip @Adam12 @Dubbles Gilbert Brule...seriously how was that guy highly ranked? He was 17 kinda of terrible
2 years, 9 months ago on Jordan Staal comments on trade
Call me crazy, but I have a feeling paulmart isn't going anywhere. Shero seems like a pretty "loyal" guy - if a player says they want to stay and does what they can to deserve it I gotta think they'd give him a chance...
2 years, 9 months ago on Jordan Staal traded to Carolina | June2012
Theres another mini-ulf?
Anyone got a feed? Mines gone to shit :(
@mahstah Florida 1st rounder too
Your draft year might be shit when there's at least 2 guys in the first round who are classified as "long term projects".
@...PetrsMailbox @Norojo Maatta with the brain injury.
Olli Maata looks really good...the Oilers would piss all over themselves for a few guys like that in a few years...
@Rage Gotta wonder if tanking a few seasons wouldn't speed them up a bit though...
This jay guy on SC is...NOTFUNNY.
Kookkook gone, Tampa got him :(
So gamecenter is being a giant CUNTFACE to me. What happened to disallow the goal? Fartsmell pokes at fleury, it goes in, no worries, pens do the same thing no goal?
2 years, 11 months ago on THIRD PERIOD: One last charge | April 2012