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Yeah, they replaced them before Mellon closed. Now they have the 3 Cup banners hanging separately from the Conference/Division banners at CEC. The first couple of pictures on this Google image search show the new ones.
1 year, 10 months ago on Nope. Actually it makes perfect sense.
7 D might not be a bad idea. We rolled 7 when we won the Cup. I hate to say it, because he's been great for us and seems like a total prince off the ice, but it's really getting hard to justify dressing Craig Adams with the PK sucking like this.
1 year, 10 months ago on RECAP: Suddenly Sutter. PENS WIN.
@grizzlyblair I like when Doink turned heel and they gave him the new entrance theme. It started like the old circus/clown theme he used and then turned into some evil/crazy noise shit. He would do the crazy glare thing. So cool.
1 year, 10 months ago on RECAP: A Clockwork Orange. PENS WIN.
What a wuss.
He's a god-damned nuisance to the Pens though. "Voracek" must be Czech for "Knuble." I swear he's guaranteed a fluke goal every time he plays the Pens. The kid has skill, don't get me wrong, but there's almost always a weird bounce or two involved when he scores against us.
1 year, 10 months ago on VIDEO: Watch Vorachek act like a child after the Flyers lose.
@Paul Martins Summer PuCk @Rage I think he means the game in general.
1 year, 10 months ago on GIF: Sutter's OT classic goal. Audio: Mike Lange's goal call
I see Ron Cook walking around downtown sometimes. He's even frumpier looking in person.
1 year, 11 months ago on Despite being 11th in the League in scoring, local Pittsburgh columnist calls out Malkin
At some point, you guys are going to have to let Eric Tangradi go. Tyler Kennedy is still on the team.
@akus @dvo He's probably getting a lot of power-play time. They don't have much on the blueline in terms of offense. He's a power-play specialist. He'll never be a true top-pairing defenseman and won't be a top-4 on most teams.
1 year, 11 months ago on RECAP: Smash, Smash, Suh-mash. PENS WIN.
God damn it, I don't want to become the Tangradi defender around here because I'm pretty indifferent about the guy aside from thinking he might still have some upside and isn't nearly as bad as people make him out to be, but this is just ridiculous. On Neal's goal off the faceoff in Philly, Tangradi drew a defender to the corner and opened up a shooting lane. On Neal's second goal against the Rangers, Tangradi went to the front of the net, engaged the defenseman. He then followed the puck to the corner and cleared the d-man from the front of the net. Neal was all alone in part because of Tangradi and in part because the Rags' forward blew his assignment. The "Weekend at Bernies" thing, while admittedly clever, is a bit of a stretch. From everything I've read as far as what the coaches want from him, Tangradi is not going to be very noticeable out there unless he starts banging home a bunch of garbage goals. It's not like he's been a liability out there.
2 years ago on LINK CITY: Ryan Whitney, Weekend at Bernie's,
@Jovi @badvibesdude @jeffurry Again, I'm going to put more weight in what the Pens' staff thinks.
2 years ago on Pens NHL Roster Taking Shape
@jeffurry Jesus Christ. People need to get over it already. The problem isn't necessarily with Tangradi, but the utterly unrealistic expectations people had for him. We got Kunitz and cap relief/rearrangement out of that trade. It was a total win. Tangradi is a bonus even if he levels out as a 3d liner in the NHL. He may develop into a 20-goal guy at the NHL level and he may not. Those types of players (big-bodies, net-front power forward types) typically don't hit their developmental peak until their mid to late 20s (see Holmstrom, Knuble, Bertuzzi, etc). The Pens obviously still see something and they're keeping him around because he's doing what they want him to do. I;m going to trust Shero, Bylsma and Fitzgerald's judgment on this one. People that expected him to be Kevin Stevens 2.0 by the time he was 21 and banging in 30 a year need to get a grip. And enough with the slow shit already. Some people just look slow even when they're moving at speed, especially stout, tall people. If he's fast enough to play in the AHL, he's fast enough to play in the NHL. The major difference between the leagues is skill, not speed. Tangradi doesn't suck. He's an NHL'er. He just may not be the top-6 winger people were hoping for.
While I agree that Snider remains and always will be a giant ass bag, I don't think this statement means much. If he says any different to the public, he could get slapped with a big fine. He stands to lose quite a lot the longer the lockout drags on. Comcast has a lot of money tied up in the NHL, so Snider has a major interest in salvaging as many games this season as possible and that interest is rooted in more than his ownership of the Flyers.
Then again, I'm grasping for any little bit of hope I can get, so who knows?
2 years, 2 months ago on Ed Snider refutes earlier article, still appears to be giant ass bag
Well said, staff. Don't listen to that crap, especially if it's coming from Philly fans. They booed Briere mercilessly when he underwhelmed during his first year and they boo their team all the time when they are disappointed in them. They always say they pay money for the tickets and bankroll the team, so they're allowed to voice their disapproval. That cuts both ways.
2 years, 9 months ago on This Myth About "Turning On The Pens" | April 2012
The Pens have played without key stars all season. They've beaten the Rangers without those key stars and with the Rangers being relatively healthy. That needs to be taken into account as well in terms of putting things in perspective.
2 years, 10 months ago on Penguins 5, Rangers 2 | March
2 years, 10 months ago on They played this at CEC when Michalek scored tonight | March 2012
@Rage @JenBroflovski There are 8 sentences in the first paragraph. There are 2 in the second. Yeah, I got a little goofy with the commas and could have broken them up more, but don't get dramatic, Mable.
2 years, 10 months ago on Denver columnist thinks wearing your team's jersey on the road makes you look "foolish" and "dorkish" | March 2012
@Rage @JenBroflovski There are plenty of sentence breaks. You're delusional. Now you degenerating into trolling yourself. Whatever.
@Rage And don't exaggerate. It took two minutes to read. It didn't take much more time to compose. I'm not wasting anyone's life/day, much less my own.
@Rage @JenBroflovski @...PetrsMailbox That's the exact point I was making. The jury is still out on the kid. There's been a ton of talk on this blog and on other Pens blogs about what a bust he is. I'm just making the point that the jury is still out. Maybe I clouded that a bit with sarcasm and turgid exposition. So sue me. Everybody else writes like shit on the internet.
Again, my record of trolling here speaks for itself.
@Rage Who is Eric? I'm not trolling shit, King of the Trolls. I've been around this blog for long time. I don't post much, but I've been posting here since before the Hossa trade. I've never trolled anyone ever. I do my trolling IRL, as it is a noble calling.
@Rage I'm not saying anybody should read it, but if you're going to comment on it, you should read it. That seems like a reasonable expectation. Don't be so dense.
@Rage I don't know. The same thing that makes you think anybody cares what you have to say or anybody cares if you get out of bed in the morning?
What would you change about my punctuation? I didn't realize that composition style and grammar were really valid points of criticism on this board. If they are, we're all in trouble.
@JenBroflovski And I don't mean to be a jerk, but somebody that reads the last sentence of a two-paragraph composition and then comes to a conclusion based on that one sentence taken out of context has no room to be going around and calling anyone an idiot.
@JenBroflovski @...PetrsMailbox Again, what exactly is stupid about my comments on Tangradi? To clarify, in case you got confused by the interlaced sarcasm (and I think you did based on your comments about the last sentence), I'm arguing that Tangradi still has a lot to offer and defending him against the latest round of Tangradi bashing that was fueled by unrealistic expectations and disregard for the specifics of Tangradi's development.
@JenBroflovski The last sentence was sarcasm and implied that the opposite is true, so are you saying that I am stupid for proposing that Bylsma and Shero know what they're doing and should be trusted more than a bunch of internet hockey bloggers?
Interesting. Heard Tangradi's name a lot last night for plays made on the backcheck and in the d-zone. I've been hearing his name a lot the past few games. He was skating like a demon, despite the fact that, as all the experts here and on other Pens blogs have figured out, he doesn't have the ability to skate at the NHL level. Bylsma had him out in a couple of key defensive situations and at the end of the game with the empty net. I also noticed that Bylsma is rewarding Tangradi by giving him a shift or two a game with some combination of Malkin, Staal and Neal. Now that he's getting comfortable and confident, which is the only issue there's ever been with the kid, he's starting to solidify a spot in the lineup. Seems like he figured out that to stay in Pittsburgh he has to lock down a 4th-line checking role before he gets a look with the big boys. Call me stupid, but I think the kid still has a lot to offer the Pens and could be a 20-goal, top-6 net-front pain in the ass.
Too bad Shero and Bylsma haven't figured out that a power forward that just turned 23, has 33 games at the NHL level under his belt, and is a dominant player at the AHL level is a complete and total bust with no trade value like the geniuses that run this blog and all the idiot Pens fans that write Tangradi off at this point in his career. Shero and Bylsma must not know what they're doing.
Interesting. Heard Tangradi's name a lot last night for plays made on the backcheck and in the d-zone. I've been hearing his name a lot the past few games. He was skating like a demon, despite the fact that, as all the experts here and on other Pens blogs have figured out, he doesn't have the ability to skate at the NHL level. Bylsma had him out in a couple of key defensive situations and at the end of the game with the empty net. I also noticed that Bylsma is rewarding Tangradi by giving him a shift or two a game with some combination of Malkin, Staal and Neal. Now that he's getting comfortable and confident in a 4th line role, which is the only issue there's ever been with the kid, he's starting to solidify a spot in the lineup.
2 years, 10 months ago on RECAP: Rocky Mountain High. PENS WIN. | March 2012
@CoreyClayton Oooh. Nice catch man.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Penguins Claim Cal O’Reilly Off Re-Entry Waivers | Feb2012
More Crosby speculation:
Major blood vessels run through the c-spine along the outside of the vertebrae. They feed blood to the cerebellum (among other parts of the brain), which controls precision movement, equilibrium, etc. If there's some ossification in those areas and it's occluding the blood flow when Crosby's blood pressure is up, i.e., when he's "at 100% exertion," it would affect his balance and motion.
2 years, 12 months ago on Consol ranks #3 in the NHL in arenas says Stadium Journey | Jan2012
I think it would depend on where the fracture is on the verterbrae. Considering the vertebrae at issue, I think if it was seriously deformed, Crosby would be paralyzed, if not dead. I'm hoping it just pinched a nerve or something. I don't know enough about the spinal cord to speculate, but I would think any pressure on the spine at that high up would cause paralysis.
2 years, 12 months ago on Crosby: Speculation Station | Jan2012
I agree. He might have some kind of weird pinched nerve or something. As MrsMalkinsBorscht so astutely pointed out, saying they healed doesn't mean they healed properly and these types of fractures needed at least a cervical collar to heal right and more likely the halo deal. Now that they know about it and since it's a tangible problem that can be addressed with proactive treatments, I think this is all positive.
Compounded damage from the Hedman hit. Sorry, I'm stuffing my face and posting before proofreading.
I meant to say that's likely how they detected the old brake in those verterbrae. A C-1 or C-2 fracture can be lethal or permanently debilitatiing. Crosby is lucky, whatever caused it. I'd put my money on the Steckel hit and possibly compounded damage.
Carrick is definitely somewhere between unorthodox and sketchy, but I wouldn't put this on him. You don't get a C-1 or C-2 fracture from spinning around in a chair.
Remeber how they thought James Neal broke his foot but it was just an old break that happened to be under the bruise? When a break heals, it leaves a clear mark, kind of like a scar but for bone instead. It's called ossification. You can almost always detect an old break that has healed. Verterbrae are bones. That's likely how they healed.
If Carrick didn't do some kind of internal imaging scan of Crosby, he wouldn't have seen them.
@Steve1534@Darth Jesus I mean, all this dude has to carp about is an 8-year-old attendance thing when the team sucked and everybody thought it was going to move and/or the NHL was going to implode. Who cares?
2 years, 12 months ago on Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady May Have Saved Sidney Crosby's Career | Jan2012
And I've been a huge Letang fanboy since I first got a glimpse of him on the ice to the point that I engaged in all sorts of hyperbole involving Paul Coffey comparisons. I was carping about that turnover all night. That said, I wouldn't call it lazy so much as stupid. It happens. If he wouldn't have busted his butt to get back and try to break up the breakaway, then I would call it lazy.
3 years ago on RECAP: Seven deadly wins. PENS WIN. | Jan2012
Tangradi has been inconsistent/tentative the past two games after playing a fairly strong 5-game stretch in a checking/grinding puck-possession role before that. Bylsma like's to scratch guys for motivation. He did it to Vitale. He did it to Letang within a few weeks of replacing Therrien. The fact that they haven't sent Tangradi down suggests that they're either trying to motivate him with the scratch and plan on keeping him up with the current roster or they plan on trying to showcase him before the trade deadline.
Don't give up on Tangradi yet. He's notoriously slow in finding a comfort zone. It took him two-thirds of his first season in WBS to find his rhythm. Now he's pretty much an elite AHL talent. It may turn out that he doesn't have it at the NHL level. I think he has all the skill, talent and athleticism (people who think he can't skate don't know crap about hockey or the AHL) to play at the NHL level and just needs to find confidence and a comfort zone. If it for Trevor Gillies and his flying elbow, we'd probably know what the Pens have in Tangradi. He would have had a chance to play a big role downt the stretch last season. As it stands, the t jury is still out in my opinion.
Tangradi has looked good, in my opinion. He's focusing on playing a checking/cycling role instead of trying to do too much. He's notorious for being a confidence player and taking a while to feel okay about himself.n It took him half a season to feel that he belonged in WBS. Beyond that, power forwards have a development curve more like defenseman than other forwards. He hasn't even scratched the surface of his NHL potential. Don't give up on the kid.
3 years ago on RECAP: Ranger than fiction. PENS WIN. | Jan2012
@WetShoes Maybe. I'm generally a sour asshole. I love you guys, but don't get too high off one win.
3 years ago on Penguins 4, Rangers 1 | January
Please accept my apologies for the actions of the stupid amongst the Pens fan base. Every fan base suffers from these types of goofs, some more than others. Sorry.
Yeah. The cops are too busy beating up black people to care about stuff like this and the nuisance of filing a report is further disincentive for them to actually do their damned jobs.
3 years ago on Victim of alleged Consol Energy attack speaks | Jan2012
I'm really not that worried and there is no need to overreact. We haven't been getting blown out. We're not burying our chances and Flower is slumping. We've been competitive in each of these losses and could have won any of the games. People need to settle down. We'll be fine.
3 years ago on Fan at Consol becoming unglued? | Jan2012
@BDF I generally agree that a man should never hit a woman (I don't think anybody should hit anybody else ever regardless of gender), but some women like to get involved and try to escalate shit thinking that they can get away with it because men shouldn't hit women. One of my friends used to do that a lot and then she would complain when she got popped. If you're going to start shit, you get what you deserve. I don't care if you're a man or a woman.
Those clowns better hope the fetus is okay. They're probably already facing some serious charges. If she loses the baby, they could be looking at some major jail time.
@MichaelBahr If this was Philly, other meatheads would have been chanting in the background like it's a late-90s ECW match and the offending parties would have given the woman a back-alley abortion and consumed the fetus.
If that was my wife, I would have murdered both of those punks with my bare hands. Absolutely disgusting. They should both kill themselves from the shame.
Sykora admitted after the game that he pulled a fast one on the refs so that Elias could be out to kill penalties. It's not that big of a deal, but it wasn't just the refs screwing it up. So, I guess, the Devils did "cheat" this early in the season.
3 years, 3 months ago on Devils Lose to the Penguins 4-1 | Game Recaps
Glad to see Tangradi starting out strong. He didn't take the demotion that hard this time. I think the only hurdle left in his development is all in his head. His junior coaches said the hardest thing about coaching him was getting him to realize how good he could be. He's got all the tools, despite what some may say about his skating. It's just a matter of getting him comfortable and confident. I think he's pressed a bit much when given a chance to play in the NHL and the concussion and downtime from that stupid roster technicality didn't help either.
As for his skating, it has improved a lot this year. Furthermore, the AHL is every bit as fast as the NHL and some players have even said the AHL is faster than the NHL with the chief disparity being the skill level of the players. If Tangradi can keep up in the AHL, he can keep up in the NHL.
Hopefully, he'll keep this pace up and shut up the idiots that are writing him off already even though he's still a kid. He was dominating the AHL last year once he settled in and was playing at close to a 40-goal pace. People need to be patient. Everybody expected him to be Kevin Stevens 2.0 right out of the gate. It just doesn't work that way and power forwards take a little longer to develop than other skilled forwards.
3 years, 3 months ago on Video: Tangradi, Lerg lead but fall in OT to B-Sens | Oct2011
@(((((( We'd probably also do well to remember the bullshit that Western military and corporate interests did in the decades before 9/11 to make people want to 9/11 us in the first place. Maybe we could focus on recognizing our common humanity and trying to stop killing each other over meaningless bullshit. Unfortunately, people are usually more interested in jingoism and hollow gestures on days like this.
3 years, 4 months ago on Remembering 9/11 | Sep2011
I was in Russia. I was studying for a semester at Kuban State University in Krasnodar. I had been there for about two weeks and had 3 months to go. I got home from class and took a nap. At about 7:00 PM, the mom of my host family knocked on my door and said something about planes crashing into skyscrapers in New York City. I thought I misunderstood her. I came out into the living room and they had the CNN feed on with some guy doing real-time English-to-Russian translation over it. The dad came home and we got drunk. He was excited that we might help the Russians take care of the Chechens now. I nearly shit my pants thinking there was about to be a huge fucking war and I was thousands of miles away from my friends and family. Then they started talking about the Shanksville plane and the potential target being a nuclear power plant. I was a little worried about that until I talked to my mom.
Shortly thereafter, there was shit on the news about everybody running out to buy gas masks in the US after the anthrax scare. My host family said something about "Jesus, they lose 3,000 people and they're running around like this. We lost 40 million between Hitler and Stalin! What do they think life is, anyway?"