When the entire Penguins fan base had raging boners for Kulemin and Grabovski, I said they weren't the kinds of guys you want on a playoff team.
Guys that want to play playoff hockey and contend for the cup, don't sign for big money to play on NY Isles.
Guys that just want to make as much money for themselves, sign for big money to play on the NY Isles, each one of those two guys are SET for the next 4-5 years making millions toiling in mediocrity.
Fuck Nikolai Kulemin
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html
Scuderi contract was after the last lockout/new CBA.
Cannot be bought out with compliance buyout, only a normal one
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html
Think of the positives, now, even me, someone who went to the "Mike Milbury School of Hockey" can understand that we are pretty set when it comes to intense but under skilled players.
No more Ott for me :(
Someone put tPb user Hibbits on suicide watch after this signing.
Love the term on this signing (1 year) and can't be too upset at the monetary compensation either
Steve Downie is now a Penguin.
You gearing up for a bridge jump, ol' Hibbits?
We have one guy who plays with an edge to his game, looks like we're stuck playing a grinding style this year
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-so-far.html
"SPEED kid SPEED"
Oops, I forgot guys like Crosby, Sutter, Gibbons, Megna and Stempniak were as slow as molasses for us. We clearly had no speed last year... My mistake.
As a Penguins fan living in LA (LOL at you calling me a yinzer) I watched the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings get out skated and out hustled by the Ducks then Blackhawks, then Rangers respectively, buy we all know who actually won that cup, right?
Any team with Crosby and Malkin on it simply won't be a grinding team, but that doesn't stop a good GM from assembling a solid varied team with a few grinders on it to compliment your skilled guys.
The Kings aren't a grinding team, yet they employ guys like Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan, tell me why, oh wise Hibbits that Dean Lombardi is a thoughtless idiot who doesn't subscribe to your "SPEED kid SPEED" philosophy.
I hated Bylsma after the Flyers clown show in 2012, his unwillingness to make adjustments, but I'd rather go with him than to let people like you get their wish and get Nikolai "No Show in the Playoffs" Kulemin on this team for 4mil a year because he's buds with Malkin
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-so-far.html
Also signed Chicago Wolves dman Taylor Chorney, one year, two way, likely a WB/S signing
Goc coming back to Pitt. 1.2mil AAV
I agree Rico, Downie would be a great consolation prize if we can't get Otter. We definitely need someone to mix it up and grind. I still would really like Ott if we ran him on the third line and the price was right. 2mil or less and I'd do it
Why don't you simply ask a Blues fan how they feel about Ryan Miller and Steve Ott?
They all hate Ryan Miller, but love Ott, and this, even before Miller signed in Van.
I hate Scuderi, if you read my post about wanting Ott and Greiss, I said we should trade Scuderi for whatever we could get, 7th rounder, bag of pucks, etc.
Craig Adams, don't like him, but he's a fourth liner, why would we even put so much significance on upgrading a guy that plays at most 5 minutes a night.
You're telling me to look at Ott & STL in the playoffs? I bet you were one of the people who wanted Kulemin simply "because he is friends with Malkin"... hah...now Kulemin is a guy who REALLY sucks in the playoffs
@Hibbits @Non I never knew that one Steve Ott was equal to an entire BUNCH of actual GOONS.
you're just making his value rise in my eyes, man! Steve Ott 2014 3rd line LETS GO
@Hibbits @Non Yes, with Orpik and Engelland gone i'm sure Crosby and Malkin will have no problems on the ice from teams like the Flyers and Bruins, in fact, i'm sure those teams will actually double up on Kunitz, Hornqvist and the ghost of James Neal so that Crosby and Malkin will have infinite skating space out there to just do whatever they want and nobody will ever frustrate those guys and throw them off their games like they've done to them in every playoff series since 2009.
Go on Hibbits.
In the "Free Agency could be fun" thread I asked for Ott and Greiss!
We got Thomas Motherfucking Greiss!
Ott still unsigned and a possibility!
Ehrhoff and Comeau are bonuses. I really like the Comeau signing as long as he's signed to play bottom 6 and not top 6.
I want Steve Ott & Thomas Greiss most out of free agency.
I want a trade for a top 6 winger to play with Malkin & Hornqvist and not have to sign Kulemin
I want the Penguins to trade Scuderi to anyone willing to take him.
I want Bennett to start on the Third line this season with Sutter/Spaling or Sutter/Ott and him have to earn his increased role, he would also add some punch to our bottom 6.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-thoughts-penguins-could-be-fun-to-watch-again.html
I sure hope I am, but I've watched enough hockey over the past 22 years, and have been commenting on tPb since c blog was actually c blog, and I know enough about Kulemin and Grabovski to know they're not the type of players this team needs.
I will sit here patiently twiddling my thumbs while someone, anyone can link me YouTube examples of Kulemin or Grabovski's character, grit, toughness and ability to step up their game in the NHL playoffs while I sit here sobbing into my Kasparitis jersey
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-pens-reportedly-want-kulemin-and-thats-a-good-thing.html
Sorry to be the buzz kill in this thread, but when we're getting excited about signing former Leafs like Kulemin and Grabovski, this team is in a sad state right now.
I sure like how well Kulemin and Grabovski showed up in the playoffs in 2012-2013 when they collapsed to the Bruins after holding a 3-1 lead.
That's exactly the kind of guy this team needs. ...
Malkin is score sometimes )))))))))))
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-season-over-rangers-in-game-7.html
All the problems? The problem starts with Bylsma, continues through our shoddy defense, and right into our playoff choker extrordinaire in net. But if you would have read my original comment, I wouldn't have to say it again
Thank you, most Pens fans are still blinded because how he played in 2008 and 2009
I'd take Zatkoff, Hartzell, Vokoun, pretty much anyone who isn't top tier regular season and only better than Ilya Bryzgalov in the semis of the playoffs
Don't worry dude, this next trip to the sports psychologist or the next goaltending coach change will fix him right up
2 fucking GA on 20 SOG? !?!
I want Bylsma gone as much as the next guy, but WE really need a new fucking goalie Pens fans.
I know it's not all on MAF, the team defense and our coach's implemented system are the major factors, but Fleury is definitely a part of the problem.
Sports Psychologist again, right?
@DaveGapsky @Non @jlavalle
No doubt Henrik was a monster last night, and he was definitely serviceable in game 1 (though I don't think he played as good in game 1 as game 2). But lets not forget those stats ring against Bobrovsky too, who, while he is a great goalie, had a terrible series against Pittsburgh. That series against Columbus felt a lot like the series we lost against Montreal, except they had Halak playing out of his god damn mind.
I love Crosby and i'm willing to just shrug off his 'slump' while we're winning games, but just like when MAF fucks it up, though I like the player, I won't shy away from criticizing them. I think the only Penguin I never criticize ever is James Neal. I feel like if other fans hate him, it's good to have a player like that on our team, getting under other players and fans skin. Plus I remember how Geno's line looked before Neal was there and the world just gets dark and cold, so Nealer always gets a free pass from me ;)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
If the Rags are willing to take a split in Pittsburgh and call it a victory after that limping performance their team put in last night, i'd take a split at MSG and call it a win if we can get home ice back.
How about tonight instead of game 4 to give me what I want boys!
LETS GO PENS!
@DaveGapsky @jlavalle To be honest, it's hard to disagree with both of you guys right now. I was watching the game with a random assortment of team's fans (Rangers, Flyers, Kings, Ducks, Sharks, Blackhawks) and someone said something that really stuck with me.
"Jeez, Crosby is so good, that even when he's slumping, he's an absolutely complete hockey player...who just can't finish/put the puck in the net"
Crosby WAS all over the ice last night, pushing the issue, being a captain, etc.
However, it can't be denied that Crosby just isn't on HIS game right now. You see him gripping his stick too tight, or just plain overdoing something that should be a simple little play. I think I specifically remember a situation, where the Rangers turned it over to Crosby coming out of their zone last night, and the Penguins still had all 3 forwards in the zone (It was a short little 3 on 2) and instead of moving it to one of the other 2 forwards, Crosby went back to Paul Martin. The freshly line changed Rangers swarmed P Mart from behind and the chance was squandered. You just never see Crosby doing that when he's 'feeling it' so whatever it is, I hope he snaps out of it soon. Another thing that bothers me about Crosby this post-season is not just the Doughnut he puts up on goals, but his plus/minus stat as well, the numbers don't lie;
@Beaube Nett Goc's hits are necessary, you put that seed of doubt in a player's mind. Next time, can he really afford to make that cute play and risk getting Goc'ed again?
This is playoff hockey, Goc is doing what he's supposed to do. You can't tell me it didn't show last night.
Plus, I feel with Goc returning and us having the abundance of Centermen (Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Vitale, Goc), that enabled Crosby and Malkin to actually play together.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
$21.99 PLUS shipping and handling???!?!!?
These shirts better be as 'Soff' as FHCMT's 2005-2006 Penguins team and as durable and strong as Shero's pimp hand.
either way, still grabbed one.
1 year, 4 months ago on New Pensblog "Storeblog" T-Shirt Store
Tommy Kostopolous claimed on waivers by Lou and the Satans.
1 year, 4 months ago on And here come the Jerome Iginla Rumors
@Con_Soul11 @akus @Non
Thanks you two.
Gonna order my real deal one tonight!
appreciate the assistance
1 year, 4 months ago on Zach Boychuk Claimed by Nashville Predators
I'd be more than happy with that, as my Geno one from right after the cup year is too.
Can you msg me the site you used? Does livefyre even support private messaging?
I read about that Pmart shersey in another cblog. Did you also get it during the 50% sale like Con?
Unfortunately, since i'm out here in Los Angeles, i'm gonna have to take whatever I can get.
Can anyone of you fine cbloggers give me a line on where Jerseys are bought nowadays?
I really need a Neal one now, and I'd like to know which retailer is tPb approved.
(apologies if this info is found easily elsewhere, i'm on mobile)
The only thing I can think of is that Despres/Botuzzo/Engelland is the 3rd pairing and Eaton is just slated in there simply to replace Paul-Mart until he returns.
That way, you keep the 3rd pairing the same, giving them more chance to learn how to play with one another.
1 year, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23 - Tampa Bay Lightning
tPb staff just can't seem to appreciate a good long flowing mane.
I wish Letang, Karlsson and Burns were the top 3 defensemen point getters;
1 year, 4 months ago on So, about Kris Letang...
Definitely not great, but not bad. If Mark Eaton is 2013-speak for Phillipe Boucher, i'm okay with it. Anything more for him, and we're in for some serious headache.
1 year, 4 months ago on RECAP: Hold on to your butts. PENS WIN.
Huge Markstrom fan, so lets see 65 minutes of BRUTAL defensive minded hockey.
Then an amazing Pens shootout win.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 18 - Florida Panthers
Eric Tangradi is a first line NHLer now?
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 15 - Winnipeg Jets
Can't wait until I start seeing Letang/Niskanen on those lineups.
1 year, 5 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 14 - Ottawa Senators
1 year, 5 months ago on RECAP: Wake and Bake. PENS WIN.
In a rare stroke of genius, I realized what must be done about this.
Step 1 ) Offer Sheet PK
Step 2 ) Give the Habs the picks we owe them for the O. Sheet
Step 3) Sign PK, then turn around and flip him to the highest bidder, maybe throw in Big Dog Tangradi.
Step 4) Collect the return on PK and ET, which ideally, would be an almost as good, yet not as douchey dman, and a winger for the Malkin/Neal line.
Step 5) ???
Step 6 ) Profit.
1 year, 5 months ago on Should the Pens make a run at P.K. Subban?
Normally I wouldn't be saying this, since I like the Cooke, Sutter (Staal) and Kennedy line so much, but i'm really rooting for TK tonight.
More than likely because i'd rather see him there than 'Big Dog' Tangradi there, probably ever again.
1 year, 6 months ago on Gameday 4 - Winnipeg Jets
Also, i'm a moron who can't figure out how to make a picture appear instead of a link. Carry on folks!
1 year, 6 months ago on Gameday 3 - Leafs
I was watching some ET clips on youtube last night, and this seemed like the moment in which he turned from 'Up and Comer' into 'Bernie'
Ryan Craig? You sure must think the world of El Nino. I'd say Chris Bourque
1 year, 6 months ago on LINK CITY: Ryan Whitney, Weekend at Bernie's,
Tangradi and one of our D prospects for Niederreiter.
Eklund says it's a e66 and if he's using Mario's number, you know it's going to happen!
Penguins channeling Kenny Powers hard tonight... I ain't mad...
2 years, 3 months ago on third period: yikes | March 2012
same ol' akus, hilarious
2 years, 3 months ago on SECOND PERIOD: Vommmm | March 2012
With 6:15 remaining in the second period.
2 years, 6 months ago on TRH Gameday 43 - Washington Capitals: Do The Evolution | January
#PennerPoint will be at 18:50 of the 3rd period. AKA 1:10 remaining in the game, empty netter, bank on it.
2 years, 7 months ago on TRH Gameday 27 - Anaheim Ducks: Don't Bring Me Down, Bruce | December
yeah I love beej and everything, and I like the grit and tenacity he brings to the back up netminder position...but...
guys like Tuuka Rask and J.S. Giguere would like to have a word with you.
2 years, 7 months ago on SECOND PERIOD: Pens/Canes 0-0 | Dec2011