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I really don't get the talk about trading for Jordan Staal. I don't think he has a fit on this team except for 3rd line center. Being stuck on that spot is exactly why he wanted to leave. But the bigger issues is that 6 mil salary cap and something like 8 years left on that contract. Hell no. Not worth it at all.
6 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
He already has game changers. The problem is they haven't been changing the game much lately. This team really could use a gritty veteran to be a voice ala Gary Roberts or Billy G.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/rutherford-were-not-looking-to-add-a-game-changer.html
You guys mentioned Bortuzzo by name again. Suck it.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/learning-advanced-stats-suck-unless-you-have-some-smart-friends-a-quick-case-study-on-robert-bortuzzo.html
@Craig Ross There you go again trying to leave your comment at the top of the post now that every one else has moved on to the other posts. You realize that means hardly anyone read it, right? Is this the internet version of dropping the mic in your eyes? Lazy.
That wasn't the best angle of the Crosby non-trip. They had another angle from the top of the glass looking down. Crosby didn't touch the guy, it was a 9.0 on the splash meter. But, the refs got the call right and for that, I salute them.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-56-your-mom-sucks-penslose2.html
@Hibbits Craig Ross 2.0
These top 5, 10, 100 whatever lists, no matter what subject, are always completely useless. There isn't a single person to be found to that agrees with the list and all they do is create controversy. They are completely opinionated with no hard data to back anything up. Without hard data, you just can't slot anything to a particular spot. Now let me make my own list. The top 1 greatest NFL football franchise in the modern area... Pittsburgh Steelers. 8 Super Bowl trips, 6 championships. You might hate it, but you know the numbers don't lie.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2015-articles/the-five-best-fan-bases-in-the-nfl.html
@Bing_87 They know Lindback sucks, right? Actually, it makes sense. The rest of the team does too so he fits right in.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-54-detroit-red-wings-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html
@ChristopherOhhh Remember this? That is the optimism I'm talking about.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@ChristopherOhhh Part of me likes the comment because it is telling people to lower their standards. They expect and demand a Stanley Cup which is fucking absurd. Before the last Cup in 2009, everyone was about having hope and being optimistic. Since then it is about getting what they feel they are entitled to. Striking similarities to Obama's presidency. LOL I've given up on Obama, but never my Pens.
@Bing_87 @PITTinNC @Craig Ross Expecting any player, even a superstar, to produce big every game isn't realistic. Even Lemieux and Gretzky got shut out sometimes during their hey days. Consider this, OV makes over 9mil a season and he consistently has a negative +/-. Eric Staal makes over 8mil, and well the Canes suck. Shea Weber makes 8mil, is he really the BEST defenseman in the league right now?
I think we are getting our money's worth in Crosby, Malkin, and Letang. But 3 guys does not make a team.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/pens-waive-mark-arcobello.html
@Pengu1nsFan87 Cool story, bro.
@Hibbits Well Bylsma had a problem winning playoff series. If Johnston has a problem winning these games but not the playoff series, I'll take it. But we won't know how that pans out until April. Hold on to your sack until then.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-53-suckstosuck.html
In a 5-0 blowout, this non-goal can't be pointed at as the game changer. So what if the game would have been 2-1 at that point. The players should have still been able to step up and fight back from 2-0. Instead they appeared to get worse. This was just a bad game all around for the entire team. But I'm not going to go all Craig Ross and cry about how terrible the team is at all times of the year. There are some issues, but every team should be so lucky to have the issues we have right now. Just ask Edmonton or Buffalo.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/perfect-shot-of-the-pens-no-goal-in-vancouver.html
Epic selfie. It perfectly defines the statement "He'll be alright, he's a hockey player." While I agree that Arcobello isn't that answer for that line, he played decent. He appears to be stepping up his game while playing with elite players.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-52-thats-sidney-crosbys-music.html
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/jagrwatch-recap-day-9-end-of-the-watch.html
@Craig Ross Fucking Crosby. Stupid media asks him a question and he actually answers it. What's next? Kid asking for an autograph and he actually gives him one?!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-51-pittsburgh-penguins-at-edmonton-oilers.html
@Craig Ross Ahh, taking the insult and owning it, but not really. I'm sure you thought your wit won the day on this one, didn't you?
I've been reading this blog a long time. Never once do I recall Staff calling themselves "professional". So Madden, eat a dick on that. Then he attempts to get personal by saying they play hockey poorly. So am I to believe Mr. Double X Fatass is actually GOOD at playing hockey? I mean, that's assuming they have a jersey that will fit over that massive mound of pudding of his.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/jagrwatch-recap-day-7-this-thing-is-going-to-last-all-month.html
@Mr. Confidence I don't understand them either but that is honestly by choice. I am sure I am capable of learning them, but I feel it just takes some of the randomness and unknowns out of the game. That is fun to me. Any game, any team, anything could happen. I want to keep it that way.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/letang-proving-his-worth.html
Numbers, graphs, charts, number, numbers.... Letang good. Got it.
I didn't need any of your new fangled math to tell me the Pens are going to make the playoffs!
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/breaking-down-the-final-32-games.html
@tramp_stamp For that matter, the 2009 Pens were 2 places out of a playoff spot in mid-February and I hear they did okay.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-preds-pound-the-pens-4-0.html
After a loss like this and our recent record, I feel another players-only meeting coming on. Unfortunately, they have done little good in the past in turning things around. The Pens are in trouble right now. The adversity could be good for them in the long run, or it could eat their souls. I just don't know what to say at this point. Normally the coach would be the goat, but this same kind of stuff happened under Bylsma. So that isn't it.
@slimjim34 I feel like Kunitz might do well with some time on Malkin's wing when he comes back. Who knows.
You guys are just going to hit a brick wall with that raging boner you have for Jagr. Trust me, running in to a wall with a boner is bad. Don't ask. He isn't what the team needs and consider what we might have to give up to get him as a rental. For as much nostalgia as you guys have for Jagr, he has none for Pittsburgh. If he did, he would have taken Shero's offer years ago. I respect him for his time with the Pens and his overall career, but this trade isn't going to happen.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/jagrwatch-recap-day-3-fever-pitch.html
Look at that lineup. And you guys think it is bad now.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/tbt-that-one-game-brooks-orpik-played-on-the-fourth-line.html
@Ungaba I would indeed hate to agree with anything Madden has to say, but I agree.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-48-disarray-in-d-c.html
I'm not convinced that Jagr is the answer. This is a whole lot of nostalgia talking to you guys. In another post you made a comparison to getting Jagr now as when we got Billy G in 2009. Other than age, I see no comparisons here. Guerin was a true leader. Jagr is well... similar it Ovechkin when it comes to leadership.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/jagrwatch-day-1.html
LETS GO PENS!
(Posted this so Craig doesn't get his way by leaving his post at the top of the comments as he always does. Lazy.)
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-penguins-get-throttled-by-caps-4-0.html
You make it sound like eating paper is bad. What gives?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/zac-rinaldo-suspended-8-games-nobody-cares.html
Good lord, NO! Not because he is Mike Richards. It's because those statistics above are not so lopsided that it makes sense to take on that salary. Really, it seems like Sutter is better is most regards besides the production you get for the cost. Sutter is having a down year, yes. But it isn't so bad that we need to destroy our salary cap situation with Richards.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/the-king-of-leadership-blocked-shots-lol.html
I watched most of the ASG weekend with my son, we enjoyed it. The skills competition is the most entertaining part. The game itself could be more if some of the players loosen up. Seriously, why the hell did they not do a flying V formation? I mean, how epic would that be?
MAF let in a bunch of goals... in the All Star game. Umm yeah. There were 29 goals scored total so the other 5 all-star goalies and the 12 defensemen have some accountability to that as well. Unless of course you realize the game doesn't count for shit. MAF's reply was great. I hope he dropped the mic and walked away afterwards.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/and-mercifully-the-all-star-weekend-ends.html
Sid and Geno missing the ASG didn't make me enjoy the skills competition any less last night. Brian Elliot taking selfies during the shootout style competition stole the show anyway.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/outrage-at-sidney-crosby-missing-the-all-star-game-is-ordinary-predictable.html
@jammonstrald Don Cherry is an obnoxious blowhard that seems to think that his opinion is the only one that ever matters. I honestly don't know how Canadians can tolerate his ranting. Fuck that guy. If a player can pull that move off and they need that goal, they should do it. Anything within the rules to win.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/video-sidney-crosby-stick-handling-captured-with-gopro-is-unbelievable.html
@ttutko I guess the NHL figured out how to make players and teams want to go to the ASG. If you miss the ASG, you have to also miss at least 1 regular season game. So was it by design to get Sid and Geno more rest by pulling Geno for 1 game before the ASG and Sid for 1 game after? I'm getting my tin foil hat for this!
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/crosby-and-malkin-both-out-of-the-all-star-game.html
@Who Really Cares Noobs are fine. It's some of the old turds we would like to get rid of. LOL
@Bing_87 Andrew who?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/ryan-suter-suspended-two-games.html
His numbers aren't bad for being on a shit team like the Oilers. (Hey, where have I heard that before?) Clearly he is cheap so we can afford him. The worst that could happen is that we waive him ourselves. Good move by the GM.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/pens-acquire-mark-arcobello-via-waivers.html
Bob Errey still proving that he has that grit.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gif-bob-errey-takes-a-stick-to-the-midsection-between-the-benches.html
I'm on the fence about the Pens retaliating for the hit on Downie. It's a dirty hit, no doubt about it. The league will get him and I think the team knew it hence no retaliation. But there is a side of me that says someone should have taken Suter to the woodshed. In the end the win is the most important thing and they got that. Solid performance all around. My only complaint was the first goal against us where 4 Pens were looking at the puck carrier and let 3 Wild players stand in front of MAF. Can't put that on MAF at all.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-pens-rough-up-minnesota.html
You know why I hate the Wild? Those god damn jerseys of theirs. Green and red? Could they seriously had made them any uglier? Green OR Red, pick one. Even New Jersey managed to figure that one out.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-42-minnesota-wild-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html
@Norojo You are really overreacting. The mumps were contracted by players around the league, not just the Pens. Who said Maata's surgery was "botched"? And broken bones due to impact with 90+mph pucks is not a "conditioning issue". But tell you what tough guy, we will line you up in front of some pedestrian 60mph shots and you can show us how well you are conditioned.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/looks-like-olli-maatta-is-done-for-the-year.html
Teams looking to make a playoff run will want Paul Martin, right? What the hell are we? Consider it a trade with ourselves. Like playing with ourselves but more productive and not nearly as much fun. Screw this crap about getting something for him. What are we going to get, a 6th round pick because he is a rental. Screw that, ride him out to the end of the season. We need him now.
Guys, gotta let go of the Jagr thing. It's not gonna happen.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Craig Ross Trade Craig Adams for a bag of jock itch.
@Bing_87 I never said I hated the guy. But the last team he took on a cup run was.... US!
@Craig Ross Come back with this comment when the stars aren't contributing anything and Craig Adams actually gets a goal.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-41-pens-win-in-overtime-2-1.html
Well Craig Ross got several good looks at the net but couldn't seal the deal. Lazy. Meanwhile our stars do what stars do and won the game.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/what-the-hell-happened-r-i-p-sidney-crosbys-goal-slump-pens-win-in-ot.html
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gif-sidney-crosby-takes-a-skate-to-the-groin.html