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I suppose I would get mad if I read any of his stuff, but I don't. The media in general has become nothing but bias blowhards trying to sell advertising by creating controversy. Saying shit like this about Malkin is an example of that. I feel better about some douche saying it here because I can just write them off as yet another internet troll and not someone who holds a title and gets a paycheck for doing the exact same thing.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/rob-rossis-malkinjohnston-column-faces-harsh-criticism-should-it.html
Why am I going to play for that when I can read content from the jobbers around here for free?
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/seismic-shift-in-pittsburgh-media-dejan-kovacevic-moves-on-from-the-trib.html
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/kasperi-kapanen-shined-at-the-development-camp.html
@Hibbits I would be shocked if anyone signed Malone. Very little production, constant injuries, and that little cocaine problem. What could he possibly bring to a team that an unproven AHL player couldn't?
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-penguins-thankfully-did-not-re-sign-lee-stempniak.html
@Claude Giroux's Arresting Officer You just did. The off season sucks.
Yeah but that is a pretty serviceable player for 900k. If that is all it took to sign him, I think we should have.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-penguins-thankfully-did-not-re-sign-lee-stempniak.html
I found it more interesting that the Pens are going to try a paperless system for season ticket holders who opt in to the program. Fuck that, the damn paper ticket is the only souvenir I can be sure I will get when I go to a game. Well that and the headache from listening to the noobs yell "SHOOOOOOOOT!" 5 seconds in to the power play.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/first-day-of-development-camp-recap.html
@Vlad2222 Yeah, because I am sure it's hard for him to find a girl to do it for him.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
If this was supposed to hurt, it doesn't. I liked Nisky but isn't a guy you will forever tie to Penguins lore. Orpik on the other hand will probably hurt a little.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/heres-matt-niskanen-in-a-caps-jersey.html
Kris Beech = Ron Francis?? Not in this fucking universe. I checked the next one over, not there either.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Midnight Rider The difference between a reason and an excuse is that where excuses come in, the job should have still gotten done. Showing up late for work because you forgot to set your alarm is an excuse. Not being able to perform as a pro hockey player because of an injury that requires surgery is a reason.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/sidney-crosby-needs-wrist-surgery.html
@popemasta @bobbykimberley I'd like the know the source of that one because otherwise this is just speculation that stirs the pot on the thought that the Pens organization is a terrible one to play for. For me I believe those rumors are started by the hate mongers out there that just have nothing better to do with their lives.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/brian-gibbons-signs-with-columbus.html
Seriously, we couldn't make this same offer? Gibbons is a guy you want on your team. No doubt because of his size people have told him all his life he can't compete. So he is constantly on a mission to prove them wrong and he was doing that fairly well. Gibbons was a solid depth player on the team and this one is probably going to hurt. I was okay with JR's moves so far, but this sucks.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/brian-gibbons-signs-with-columbus.html
@iacas As much as I liked Neal's skills on the ice, he truly was a problem when it came to character. The skill doesn't mean as much if you are taking dumb penalties and getting suspended. And I am completely convinced that without Geno on his wing, he will drop down to a 20-25 goal scorer max. He won't be any better than the Hornquist who we got in trade for him.
3 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
I'm laughing so hard at Giroux I might ASSphyxiate.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Oh those teams throughout the 90s were something else. Sure you have the Stanley Cup teams, but guys like Kovy, Morozov, Lang, Hrdina... yeah good times.
Oh and Engo is not a 2.9 million dollar defenseman. Some GMs just loose their fucking minds when FA starts.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-so-far.html
Thanks Brooksie, we will miss you.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/farewell-brooks-orpik.html
My God did the Caps overpay for Matt Niskanen. $5.75 million per year for 7 years. The guy had an outstanding season last season. But just one. Prior to that he wasn't lighting up the world and at one point was considered spare parts by Dallas. I loved having him on our team, but not for that price.
I hope we can get this guy on the cheap because the Pens have a lot of holes to fill and not much cap space.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-pens-reportedly-want-kulemin-and-thats-a-good-thing.html
@brendannn How exactly do you comment on someone's lack of character when you don't even know who they are?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-take-james-neal-traded-to-nashville-for-patric-hornqvist-and-nick-spaling.html
@sylv3st3r Sorry dude, but if that is the bottom 6 of a championship team why don't we have that championship? Why was our bottom 6 considered our biggest weakness the past year?
It took balls of steel to do what was done in 83-84. But there is no denying the results. Those actions not only brought us 2 Stanley Cups (technically 3), it saved the franchise 3 times. No Lemieux means this blog never even exists to talk about.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/playing-to-lose-documentary-about-pens-tanking-to-get-mario.html
You can rag on Sid for his middle-of-the-road, non-controversial quotes all you want. The guy is not stupid. He has been taught from a young age how to handle the media and how to stay out of trouble. While most NHL players manage to not get too arrogant and become bigger than the game (unlike the NFL and NBA), he doesn't give the media any ammo to shoot him with.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/crosby-with-some-crosby-esque-quotes-about-pens-off-season.html
Pens fans are really in to some bridge jumping lately. Calm the fuck down and judge the results, not the actions.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/luke-bryan-tailgate-gets-the-jim-ross-treatment.html
@Craig Ross Your reputation makes the comment meaningless. Nice try though.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/penguins-end-week-coachless-and-not-looking-great.html
@DoorMatt Nah. The Pens didn't screw him over. They gave him 1 more year that he probably deserved. Anyone that was on the fence about him going last year knows it was the right thing.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@The66thDopefish Not officially. They were all permitted to seek work elsewhere.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/tweetcap-everything-is-happening.html
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/heres-a-pic-of-the-new-pens-regime.html
So I think we all knew this was coming. The Pens know that the fan base lost faith in Bylsma, there is no way he could stay. So I feel like they should have let him go 3 weeks ago instead of dragging him along. However Bylsma has to know he is about to have his door pounded down with job offers so his career will be just fine.
I was an am a big Dan Bylsma fan. Fact is that had he not come to the team, we wouldn't have that cup in 2009. He is a great coach, he just isn't the coach for this team anymore because he just couldn't make it happen in the playoffs again. I fear playing against him in the near future but I wish him luck anyway. Thanks Daaaaaaaaan.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-dan-bylsma-fired.html
@FuuManChuMan Knowledge, yes. But having real recent experience in a front office position means a lot. PM just doesn't have that. Barry Melrose took a team to the Stanley Cup Finals as a coach. Then he left for 15 years to do TV and came back. That lasted all of 13 games or something like that. Melrose has tons of knowledge, but no recent experience. Neither does PM. I don't completely hate the guy, he just isn't the guy for the GM job.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/why-pierre-mcguire-as-penguins-gm-might-not-be-completely-terrible.html
I really, really question PM being the right guy for GM. But that decision hasn't been made. But my opinion has nothing to do with this article. I can completely relate to it. When I first became a supervisor, I made a lot of mistakes and pissed off a lot of people. I got my ass burned several times in the process. Getting people to do what you need them to do is way harder than most think it is. 10+ years later I was a manager of a pretty good sized staff and was able to step out of that role. The guy that replaced me comes to me all the time and asks for my advice. In 10 years I came a long way. After 20, hell you can be an entirely different person. So yeah, that article doesn't mean squat.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-20-year-old-article-and-who-cares.html
Are the really happy about winning this? I mean they flopped badly in the Olympics but win in an annual event where the other teams were much weaker. I could make an all-star lineup of the players who didn't play starting with Crosby. It's like getting turned down by the prom queen but being happy that the janitor said "yes".
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/meanwhile-in-russia.html
Not feeling it. Tocchet didn't make anything happen when he was in charge of the Bolts. People are talking about how he knows how to handle stars. Really? When did this happen? Because I am pretty sure that Lecavalier, St. Louis and some guy name Stamkos count as stars and he couldn't do jack shit with them. Listen I know it feels good to have a former player come back and do great things for the team. But you guys are going to have to settle for Bob Errey and Phil Bourque in that respect. Oh and you know, Mario Lemieux. No then Pens need either a proven performer that is not a psychopath (Tortarella) or a fresh face with ideas that other coaches haven't seen.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/would-rick-tocchet-be-the-right-coach-for-the-penguins.html
@Hibbits Winning just isn't good enough, huh?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-brian-gibbons-scored-some-goal-last-night.html
Madden is sounds like the typical internet poster. The only difference between him and some dick on the internet is someone actually gave him a mic and a paycheck. I thought Steigy was brilliant in this interview. Yes, I said that. Everyone loves to hate him, and I get why. But in this case his options were measured and sound. He was a professional media person. The one part of this interview that made me want to punch someone in the face is when Madden said we shouldn't be grateful for having a good team? The Penguins went through the dark ages to get good picks and it worked out for them. However it was a serious gamble. Because as you know, high draft picks often turn in to career AHL players or worse. We were lucky as shit to get Crosby. We were blessed that Washington got the first pick in 2005 and look Ovechkin otherwise we would have him to deal with. Talk about a cancer. I am grateful for what we got so far. But I am not going to sit her and say it is good enough. There is always room for improvement until your team is lifting 35 pounds of silver joy. And 3 months later, there is room for improvement again. I love my city and I love this team. I refuse to be the entitled cocksocker that demands a championship because I bought tickets. I root for this team because it's fun, simple as that.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Let the grit and character memes rain down!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/full-text-of-dejan66burkle.html
I did a "WTF?" when I heard they fired Shero but not Bylsma. But when you think about it, it makes sense. There are going to be other teams that want him, he won't be unemployed for more than a couple of days if/when it happens. Why let those teams get a jump on him? Regardless, I think he will be let go when the new GM comes in because he will want his own guy.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html
@LoranMannIsTheMann After everything Mario has done for Pittsburgh, he could bang my wife and I will still trust him.
@YorkPens @FeelTheDarknessYes it would. But Ovie is NEVER going to win a Stanley Cup. So the internet and Pittsburgh are safe.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-decisions-have-been-made.html
@brendannn @HYJYNXHow quickly we forget. Therrien lost his team. They quit on him because he was too quick to throw someone under the bus. If he wasn't fired in 2009, the Pens still only have 2 Stanley Cups. I get you want some toughness back in a coach, but MT isn't the solution even if he was available.
@cblack66 You should watch Fast and Loud more often. Nothing funnier than an Asian lady calling 2 guys Ass Monkeys.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html
Well, I have finally accepted that Dan Bylsma is not the coach for this team anymore. I'm sorry to say that, but it is clear he is not capable of pushing the right buttons in the playoffs. And with that, I am walking away from talking about the Pens on the internet for the summer. I don't want to hear all the negativity, I just want to see some changes and look forward to next season. Deuces.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-season-over-rangers-in-game-7.html
Apparently we need Dan Marino to step up his game to support the Pens, huh?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/boomer-esiason-is-a-big-rangers-fan-idiot.html
1. Never underestimate the power of the home crowd. With the right situation, they will make a difference.
2. Ok Marty, you got your win for Mom, your win for Mom at home on Mothers Day, and your goal. The feel good story ends now.
3. Dear Craig Ross, to whatever you have to say next... FUCK YOU.
4. Pens in 7. Do it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-get-ready-game-7-is-tuesday-night.html
I'm on the fence about the Pens announcing anything regarding St. Louis. Dude lost his Mom, I'm sure he doesn't want the pity party from 18,000 people. Sid said something to him before the game, that was probably more than enough in his mind.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-five-series-headed-back-to-new-york-city.html
@BleedBlackNGold Please find the nearest bridge, climb up the side, and jump back in to the middle of the traffic driving across it. I don't want to take the chance you might actually survive the fall in to the water. Unless there is a barge coming, then the water route is acceptable.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rangers-force-a-game-six-on-sunday.html
@Crosbyjuice2 So when you go to games you are all hyped up and cheering when your team is down by 3 goals, huh? Don't blame the crowd. The crowd responds to the game on the ice. And that game was bad for the Pens. Exactly how excited were they supposed to be?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-cap-rangers-force-a-game-six-on-sunday.html
That GIF made me feel better about the whole thing. I'm not worried. The Rangers were amped up to space with fighting for their playoff lives and wanting to win one for St. Louis and his mother. I'm not sure any team in the league could have beat them tonight. Looking forward to Sunday.