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I honestly think this is the worst post I've ever seen Staff write here. Get a grip guys.
22 hours, 30 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-5-this-is-where-the-world-ends-pens-bow-out-in-five.html
It always sucks to get bounced out of the playoffs. Just ask any Flyers fan, they have more experience in the last 40 years than anyone else. But this bounce wasn't crushing like years past. The expectations were lower given the seeding of the team this year. But seriously, we lost 3 starting defensemen. We lost our best AHL callup defenseman in Pouliot. We lost the heart of the team in Duper early in the year. And there is no doubt that Malkin is injured. Despite all that, this team took the best team in the league with a suffocating defense and the league's best goaltender to 5 games, every one of them 1 goal decisions. These guys showed guts and I am okay with that. See you next year, boys.
1 day, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-5-backs-against-the-wall.html
Theft, insurance fraud, arson, and I guess internet fraud. Wow, this woman is a giant piece of shit.
2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/real-local-nanny-charged-with-stealing-stuff-from-chris-kunitzs-house.html
I AIN'T HEARD NO FAT LADY!
2 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gif-that-sums-up-game-four.html
Guerin? Look, I love me some Billy G as much as the next guy. But in terms of a hockey executive, it is still very, very green. What happened to JASON BOTTERILL? He is the associate now. I thought the idea was JR was going to groom him to take the head job?
4 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/sources-jim-rutherford-will-be-removed-as-gm-this-offseason.html
Staff apparently got so fucked up after the Pens win, they are still hungover and can't do a recap.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-gameday-round-1-game-2-pens-looking-to-even-up-the-series.html
@Hibbits @matt1977 I think Hibbits just channeled this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE8HAAhVtos
Well done, sir.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/playoff-schedule-released.html
It was easy to job the entire Pens team for not being able to pull out a win in the 5 games prior to the Buffalo game. But look at that graphic about the defensemen ice time. That is VERY significant. They were getting gassed and the entire team paid for it. If you want a scapegoat for that situation, I guess you have to look at GMJR. But you know what? You have to take some chances to win championships. Playing it safe rarely makes for a champion. And I don't think anyone would have predicted that our defensive corp would have been decimated as it had been but the forwards stayed healthy. Without Letang and Matta, this team is a long shot to make it to the finals. But I embrace that. Fuck years past where we were "supposed" to win the Cup. Now we are the underdog and no one expects us to win. Exactly where I want to be.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-82-brandon-sutter-and-marc-andre-fleury-save-the-season-pens-win-2-0.html
@brendannn What's not bizarre is that he got called for a clean hit because he has "Downie" on the back of his jersey. Same thing happens if you have "Cooke" on it.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-81-season-on-the-brink-pens-lose-3-1.html
The way I look at this team right now is they are scared and gutless. If that second words stings, well it does for me too. I don't say it just to be a douchbag on the internet. I mean it, they simply do have not guts right now. They seems to be completely incapable of digging deep and make things happen like they need to. If there was a team that ever needed something to rally around right now, it's these guys.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, DO IT. LETS GO PENS!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-80-strap-in-pens-playoff-hopes-are-on-the-line-in-ottawa.html
Mark Madden is the fucking worst piece of scum on the Earth. "I'm not going to run from a question like this" to "Oh you hung up so now you don't get your question answered." You ran, Mark. The call was over, there wasn't anything else to say to Derek directly. You used it as an excuse not to answer the fucking question. Fuck you, Mark Madden. Fuck you.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/how-to-defeat-the-trade-crosby-or-malkin-argument-in-one-simple-question.html
Lecavalier, 4 million per year, 4th line. Great job on that signing, Flyers.
I never thought I would say this, but I hope the Penguins get an injury to Adams or Bennett so we can put them on IR and have salary cap space to call up another D-man. This is ridiculous.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/gameday-77-you-cant-make-a-bad-april-fools-joke-without-the-flyers.html
Look, the rules of the game were made for a reason. The referees aren't supposed to be allowed to play favorites or hold a grudge. But that is exactly what is happening and everyone seems to be okay with this. They have a job to do and they failed to do it, period. When I fail to do my job, I get reprimanded or fired. When the NHL fails to do it's job, everyone just looks the other way. It's pathetic. Goal scoring is worse than the days before the 2005 lockout. Think about that for a second. In a league with Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares we are worse off than we were before. That's because the officials are not doing their damn job.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-70-what-the-hell-just-happened-pens-get-shut-out-by-the-devils.html
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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 1 week 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 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/recap-game-52-thats-sidney-crosbys-music.html
2 months, 2 weeks 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?!
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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!
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.
2 months, 3 weeks 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.)
2 months, 3 weeks 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?
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
2 months, 4 weeks 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/crosby-and-malkin-both-out-of-the-all-star-game.html