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Well, that sucks balls -- let's see what we hear later today...and whatever they say add 3 weeks to it! On the glass half full side - at least the blue line has been playing well even without OM. No doubt, they are better with him - but Simon and Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo have been doing well. Assuming no one else gets injured back there, they still are in decent shape. Hell, if they can continue to take 5 points out of every eight available until they get healthy, that's fine....I am going to be optimistic and say that going through all this fire with a new coach, new system, injuries, etc. will make them tougher in the long run and as a result they will win the Cup...yep, calling it now - Pens in 6 over some rubes from the West....Do It. BTW - loved the knitting lady sign last night. PPS - anyone know other options besides stubhub for scoring some reasonably priced tickets for the 12/27 game? Coming in from MN for the family Xmas and it's the only game at CES during the stay. Thanks!
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maatta-goes-on-ir-and-rumor-has-it-he-could-be-on-it-awhile.html
Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo...
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/despres-making-the-most-of-his-playing-time.html
Highlight of the first 33% of the season? Not having Rossi as the Trib beat reporter...BOOM! Oh yeah..and....Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/despres-making-the-most-of-his-playing-time.html
Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo.....only 16 penalty minutes....
Nice post - two things: 1) Scuderi of this year > last year -- he is playing pretty solid defensive hockey. I was wrong - I figured he would sink even lower this year. He deserves credit - and there is no doubt from what I have read in interviews that he is a positive influence on Despres and Bortuzzo..and others....and 2) Free Bortuzzo!! Get over it - he is not dirty. Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo, Bortuzzo......
Underwhelmed by the thought of Boyes....no thanks. Looks like Goc is back tomorrow night, not Letang though. It's been a great 1/4 season - hell, better than I thought with a new coach, new lines, new system. Yet....this team as constituted in making tee times in May , not playing in the Cup final. No need to panic at all - way to early. But I see no reason to use resources on Boyes...hold out for a real deal, there will be sellers.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/weekend-recap-goc-got-hurt-brad-boyes-rumor.html
IS it too early? #wingerforSid
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pascal-dupuis-out-six-months-with-a-blood-clot-in-his-lung.html
The best thing I have seen on the interwebs in a long, long time....Hills commercial = money....
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@Hibbits I leaning the other way...another 5-2, 5-3 type Pens win...Geno gets off the even-strength snide, and Bennett gets 1.....
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-15-pittsburgh-penguins-at-toronto-maple-leafs.html
Clearly Sunshine is going to have a 5 point night; then break his ankle when he trips going up the team plane's stairs....We kid because we love....will be very interesting to see how things roll tonight...this is, after all, the vision for the top 3 that was had in September....Do It.
Excellent work - thanks! The Scuds comment mirrors one I made, without knowing the stats, in a prior post the other day...thus far he is showing more than I thought he had, or than he showed all last year...good on him, keep it up! On another note - I checked the WBS game sheet from last night - Beau put up 4 assists...gotta believe he will be back up in a week or so...where will Beau go?!
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/fancystats-through-13-games.html
I don't want to get overly optimistic...it's only November 9, but thus far Scuds has played solid. As I was solidly in the corner that he was a dead man walking, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt and kudos - he has played strong D the past couple weeks.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-plow-the-sabres-on-a-saturday-night.html
Great takes in the post and comments. FWIW, I like it and it tells me ownership is all in to win multiple Cups in the next 5 years. Sure - they always have been...but it seems that after the Ranger melt down, the fire is stronger...the firings, the trades, this contract...and we know there will be deals made (not just flashy ones, but ones to win when it counts) between now and April....You don't win the Cup in November, but from where I sit the Pens are positioning themselves to have the best chance they have had in 2-4 years. They know there is a 5 year window now - you think Sir Buries It is happy drinking wine in his box with Grocery Ron while his team chokes another chance? Hells No -- Pens win the Cup this year unless there is a serious injury...so let it be written, so let it be done...Do It.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Yeah - a couple things today...they say you can't fix stupid, but I'm betting Dupuis doesn't pull that crap on the empty net again. Still - should never have gotten to that point. I was in the camp that figured this team would be .500 through the first month or so as the adjusted to all the changes, so I am not going to panic. Still - losing two like they have recently is something the system or the players need to address sooner rather than later. And the goalies need to huddle up and decide to stop some tough shots when it matters. The rumors (as noted on DK's page this morning) that Geno is not buying into the system are odd - he is playing pretty well o the whole. like the line change idea floated by Rico below - give Geno Kunitz and Bennet when healthy....or Spaling until then.....I give the Pens until THanksgiving to start playing solid and consistent winning hockey - until then there will be ups and downs, we just need to ride them out.....
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html
So, what are we to make of these new-look Pens after four games? I think the early returns are positive. The PP is strong, and mesoHorney is making a big difference. The PK will be a work in progress for the coming weeks. I would guess we will see some feast or famine games as they find their legs and ideal personnel packages in the days ahead. The grit is there, and it is welcome - you can't tell me that the entire team was not jacked when Downie gave "The Point" and then backed it up in a legit, controlled manner. I do think that they need, and would like to see some even strength scoring and some more goals from the bottom six. While there is no doubt the bottom six now is better than the version from last year, it would be nice to see them bury a few chances. Yet - overall - I think the Pens and their fans have to be pretty damn satisfied about the start and optimistic about the months ahead.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-4-isles-arent-ready-for-primetime-yet.html
Solid cap - agree, can't get to jammed up about game 3 when most sane people know it is going to take 4-6 weeks for this team to find its identity and all that. Still - it wont take 4 weeks to see Scuds does not have it - he just doesn't. And the Pens can't sit back and hope others cover for him - they need to accept their bad medicine and sit him, trade him and eat the money, whatev.....give the young'uns a chance, can't be worse and in some cases could be better. Also - Fluery needs to stop the 3rd goal - yes, give the Stars credit for the last 4 minutes of intensity - but MAF has to stop that relatively sof game winner. And for Dupper - let's hope he got a severe stinger and is back in a week....bring on the Isle.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-3-pens-lose-in-heartbreaking-fashion.html
@Billyho I think a total parody of the song for the Pens is in order....."Sittin' in the crease with my stick on ice"....etc, etc, etc...
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Predictions for tonight: Sid with 2 points, Geno with 2, Scuds is a turnstyle, mesoHorny keeps it going with a goal, Pens win 4-3....
I wanted to see Harrington....let him play a few games, sit Scuds, and see what he's got...
@404ResponseCode @LGP_netwolf @jmarshfof Now we just need it analyzed on Sega's NHL 94....that's money.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-mechanical-penguins.html
So, couldn't really ask for much better way to start the year - well, you could but why bother....2-0 with "fixable" issues. 5 of the 6 goals the Pens have given up were PP goals -- if you ask me, that is very fixable...and not too surprising that the PK has some issues with a new coach, some new guys, etc....call me in a month if they are still giving up so many. The bigger potential "issues" = Flowers poor puck handling...just do not do it! Scuds is thus far better than he was at the end of last year, and while it is too little of a sample size to really judge, I still think he needs to pick up his game if he can...if he can't, well, time to healthy scratch him - admit it was a mistake to sign him to the big deal and lick your wounds....otherwise, this has been a solid start and with a relatively light schedule in October, lots of practice time to address some of the above.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/game-2-recap-pens-win-5-2.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin WILD STALLIONS - wait, sounds like a potential nickname for the Pens 3rd line!
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html
Great to be back and a great way to start. If you read DK's piece this morning, great analysis to compliment TPB here. And to add some intrigue...this just happened in the AM: Penguins Recall Defenseman Scott Harrington....what's the plan here? Would you call him up to sit him in Pittsburgh rather than get time at WBS? Or is there something afoot at the Circle K?
Al Pacino 72-75...Godfathers I and II, and Serpico.....better than Spacey.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/see-you-at-the-crossroads-pittsburgh-penguins-2014-2015-season-preview-part-4-ranking-the-defense.html
Great post -- solid analysis. Personally, I think the recent playoff failures (the last two years in particular) have had less to do with gaoltending and more to do with the goal scoring being down.In the Bruins series, 2 goals in a 4 game sweep with TV in net for us; and against the Ranger, scoring only 3 total goals in the last three games. Lots of factors of course; and while Fluery might not be in the top 5 in the NHL, and if I needed a goalie to be the cornerstone of a franchise I would not pick him - with the overall talent the Pens have had and still do have, if he is even near the league average in GAA, the Pens should win most games - they just need their scorers to show up in the playoffs - and I think a new system, some new net front presence, and some new blue liners will make a world of difference across the board....3 days - Do It!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/14594.html
Breaking 2 (Electric Bugaloo): Penguins Assign Dumoulin, Farnham to WBS...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html
@dannyjimmy I found this: http://linemakers.sportingnews.com/nhl/2014-09-23/nhl-odds-stanley-cup-point-totals-devils-kings-rangers-blues-las-vegas
Breaking - Pens place Zatkoff on waivers....
Looks like Vegas is setting the O/U at 106 for the Pens total points this season....thoughts?
@dannyjimmy Yeah - It would be a pleasant surprise if he flourished enough to stay - but really, in 9 games can they make that call?
DK's latest on his site has some Pens bullet points of note, to wit: 1) His sources say DoubleK stays up at least for 9 games; 2) Geno's injury is nothing; 3) Sundqvist might stay up to start the season.....
@pawsbyandmeowkin Solid vibes.....I hate to say it, I have loved CFA, but I think that his time is done and he needs to either go or just get short minutes. You are likely right about DoubleK - but I would like to see him for 9 games just to see how he does in real games....not sure if the Pens have the luxury to do that $ wise. I'll say this, I am more excited about the start of this season than I have been in a couple years - new system, new players, new coaches....good times ahead.
Let's speculate...Does DoubleK or Sunqvist stay up with the big boys for opening night...or both? Greiss or Zatkoff? Any surprise cuts? I'll say DoubleK stays up for 9 games....Greiss is #2...no surprise cuts.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html
Malkmania - "source tells ESPN.com's Scott Burnside that Malkin's injury issues are
not serious and that he isn't far from returning to action."
I am perplexed at the lack of Double K (let's make that happen people!!)....unless he has a spot sown up? I ha thought he would stay with the big club through 9 games before the contract implication and being sent back to Finland...maybe they want to give Sundquist another look? Who knows - but I hope Double K stays up for 9 games to see how he does.....as for Geno, I'll stick with the fish hook theory until proved incorrect. A week from today it's time to kick the tires and light the fires....
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Breaking! Malkin injury revealed...."While fishing in August, Evgeni "Geno" Malkin became distracted while receiving what is being described as "an intense massage" from Russia Supermodel Anna Selezneva and accidently pierced his hand with a fishing hook.......
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-4-vs-minnesota.html
Money portion of the recap: Malkingate 2014...need to know wth is going on with him?! Say goodbye to Zatkoff...he'll be playing backup somewhere else in 4 days, thanks for the memories....Was hoping to see KK step up last night, but no dice....
@PenGeno I suppose it is not beyond the possible he could stick....I doubt it, but possible. I think the Pens are going to need either a healthy Beau (is that even possible - seriously??!!) or someone to help with the scoring end of things.....
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/preseason-gameday-pittsburgh-penguins-minnesota-wild.html
It's going to be interesting to see what they do with Kappanen. I am pretty sure I read on the PG or Trib that he can play 9 games in the NHL before contract issues would kick in...can't recall the specifics. I would think he will be up for those first couple weeks to give him a taste - and maybe he can earn his way to stay up. Overall, has been as odd a preseason as we have seen in a while - no idea what to think this team will be like when the play starts for real....and tonight probably won't give a clue either. Still, thank God the regular season is just a short time away. Go Pens.
Will be interesting to see how Kapanen does tonight - although a long-shot to make the big boy team this year, I like what I see in him....overall, a typical first preseason game, just good to have hockey back!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/third-period-notes-and-recap-of-first-preseason-game-pens-lost-2-1.html
Nice use of the BB theme for a Gameday - time for some new blood to match the teams'! TIGHT, TIGHT, TIGHT!!!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Solid entry - although I am eagerly awaiting the takedown of the Rossi piece of crap column from the other day....It was a chore at times last year...this year, anticipation around every corner: how will they start the year, how will they settle into new faces, lines, etc....and then, depending on how that goes, what moves will be made heading into February....first time in many years that hope rather than expectation greets the start of the season...and we all know: Hope is a good thing Red!
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/20-storylines-to-follow-as-penguins-training-camp-opens.html
With the news of Kulemin now gone to the Isle....addendum to my earlier post: Pens are definitely not better off today than they were in May; I can't believe Geno and Sid can be happy with these developments. Still - lots of time between now and next May for improvement - BUT, even if we can approve of some of the signings over past 24 hours -- is there sound reason to believe that the brain-trust can/will be able to make the right deals? Jury is still out - but unless the Pens do something more bold in the next days/weeks, I think most fans will be more nervous than optimistic entering September. They are banking on an older Kunitz being as good as he was the first half of last year; a knee-reconstructed Dupuis being his pre-injury self; and Bennet not going on IR the first time he gets hit....A day ago I felt better than I do today....
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html
So - question: Are the Penguins, at 2 PM CST on Wednesday July 2, 2014, better than they were when they skated off the ice against the Rangers? I say no - but with the caveat that the potential upside is better. The bottom 6, I think, is better today...the top 6, not as good - and the blue line is, on average, a wash. That being said - the upside potential is greater because I think what skated off the ice in May was as good as it was going to get. There still might be a move or two made in the next 24 hours, or next week....and of course, we have the first 6 months of the regular season and a trading deadline....The sky is not falling, but the parade route shouldn't be mapped out. This team needs to improve upon its current construction to be a serious contender - the good news is there is time to do it before next May. My biggest dilemma is my Orpik jersey - I love Brooks, I do not fault him for robbing the Caps. Still, still - I hate the Craps with a burning passion -- I don't think the Orpik jersey can ever see the light of day again!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
The Martin play is intriguing - do you deal him now if the return is good - or do you keep him until Spring to mentor the young guys and then trade at the deadline? I am thinking they move him now....
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-thoughts-penguins-could-be-fun-to-watch-again.html
How did even 130+ votes end up approving? These must be the people who think congress is doing a good job?!/ By any objective measure, the first month of the Rutherford era has been a train wreck -- it's been a train wreck for Mario and Ron also...are they just enjoying this shit storm of Islander-like front office crazy? I mean, who is guiding this ship? Look - maybe all is right with the world and come October the Pens will be all squared away, with a solid coach and having made some smart off-season moves. Let's hope. But, that optimistic view does not mean that we can not critically look at this past 30 days and say "FAIL" - by any and all rationale analysis, this has been an offseason of FAIL on every level.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
The past month has been a train wreck - how can ownership be pleased with this? I mean, wth?! When your new GM (bad choice #1) says on his first day he is there for 2-3 years only (dumb statement #1) it does not inspire a potential coach to say "Gee - great gig, I could be there for the next 10 years!" The past month has just been a chaotic crapfest and at the end of the day Mario needs to sit down with the Grocer and straighten out the ship....God help us all.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/jim-rutherford-is-a-crazy-person.html
JS does make a very good point - you can hire someone to be a cap expert, but spotting talent is a different skill set. Not saying this means Pierre should be the guy - but it is a good and valid point. The Pens will spend to the cap for the next 5 years -- what they need is talent to mesh with what they have in place and a new coach,,,definitely a new coach.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-20-year-old-article-and-who-cares.html