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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....

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html

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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!

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html

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KuleminWatch

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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....

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-thoughts-penguins-could-be-fun-to-watch-again.html

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/jim-rutherford-is-a-crazy-person.html

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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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-20-year-old-article-and-who-cares.html

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I'm going to give Sir Buries It the benefit of all doubts until he proves unworthy of those benefits. No way he hires Pierre....no way he keeps Dan -- if either of those things happen, well, let's not contemplate either of those horrors.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/day-16-of-the-penguins-general-manager-crisis-the-pierre-rumors.html

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Great podcast! If they bring Disco back, there will be trouble in Consol....

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@blutrache  66 is in training with Caufield...he is coming back as player/coach/GM.....

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html

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no way they can keep Disco with the fan base riled up like it is...Shero is not enough, not is it good enough....housecleaning time.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html

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My confidence is rooted in hockey gods...you know they want to see Disco coach against Therrien to go to the Cup....I mean, it is destiny...and for that to happen, obviously the Pens will win...case closed.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/playoff-gameday-round-two-game-seven-new-york-rangers-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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Disco needs to give this speech: Good evening. In less than an hour, you will be launching the largest hockey battle in this history of mankind. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests - you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to play on, to exist. And should we win the day, Pittsburgh will declare in one voice:


"We did not go quietly into the night!


We did not vanish without a fight!


We lived on!


We survived!"


Tonight, we will celebrate Victory!


Grind those bitches down….DO IT!!!!


3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/playoff-gameday-round-two-game-seven-new-york-rangers-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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The Pens' best is better than their best.....the question is: Do the Pens have a stronger will than the Rangers? I say they do, Pens win 5-2. Ride or Die...Geno drives this bus with a 3 point night -- DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/playoff-gameday-round-two-game-seven-new-york-rangers-pittsburgh-penguins.html

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Good point about last year's Leaf-B's game....stats are basically worthless....it is will and heart. It is not about hoping you win, it is about imposing your will on the opposition...Tonight, the winning team will want it more, will play 60 minutes, and will dominate...this will not be an especially close game...I pick the Pens 5-2; but if the Rangers win it will be a similar score....the one "stat" I will lean on this game: whichever team scores first will win, just as they have all series. Find your sack Penguins...Win...Do It.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/stats-and-such-heading-into-game-seven.html

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I'll ride with Geno...he predicted the win, he will make sure it is a win...Pens 5 Rangers 2

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/maf-vs-lundqvist-in-game-7s.html

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All you need to know is in Dejan's morning column today....says it all. Dark times....

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-six-pens-lose-everything-on-the-line-tuesday-night.html

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@Mr. Confidence Nash couldn't score in a free whorehouse....

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Sid needs to whisper this to Nash before puck drop: ".And you know what's going to happen now - you are going to lose. You should admit your situation. There would be more dignity in it."

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@Bilbo Gibbons  Or shredded wheat....

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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The Pens are better than the Ranger...if the Pens play as they can - as they have shown they can - they will win. But it is not about the skill on the ice only. The Pens must want to finish this tonight, in every fiber of their beings...if they do, they will win. Do It.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@PTM27 @Billyho  If they run, they're Ranger - if they stand still, they're well disciplined Rangers...

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@PTM27 @Billyho  Tonight is my statement game on the comments - I'm on fire.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Sid is going to have a 4 point night - Pens will win tonight 5-2.....Pens will win tomorrow 4-3...Pens will win the series in 6....So let it be written, so let it be done...DO IT.

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@Bing_87  MVP, MVP, MVP. MVP - that would be a good one!

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Sid needs to say "What the Fuck"....what the fuck give you freedom, freedom brings opportunity, and opportunity makes your future...what the fuck! If you can't say it, you can't DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Pens need to want it in every inch of their DNA and play accordingly..if so, they will win...if not, they will lose....someone in the locker room needs to channel Pacino from AGS: I don't know what to say really. Three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Either we heal as a team or we are going to crumble. Inch by inch play by play till we're finished. We are in hell right now, gentlemen believe me and we can stay here and get the shit kicked or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell. One inch, at a time. On this team, we fight for that inch - On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.

We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch. Cause we know when we add up all those inches that's going to make the fucking difference between WINNING and LOSING between LIVING and DYING. Now, whattaya gonna do?

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Hotline to TPB....only one choice for tomorrow night game day preview characters: Andy and Red....

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-joyless-penguins-and-their-fans.html

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@Animals Yeah  bad move with wall of text I know, but the emotions took over..apologies to those offended!

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-joyless-penguins-and-their-fans.html

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Between the Bylsma calling out the team's effort, to the Starkey column posted here about the joyless Pens....lots to digest. Regarding the joyless stuff - I can't speak for the team; if they are joyless or letting the pressure of expectations get to them, well that is something as a professional they have to deal with and figure out. For fans - well, for this fan, I get to flip through 25 years of being a Pens fan and say I am joyful and joyless! Joyful that every October for the past 8 years, I get to EXPECT a good team that will make the playoffs and have a chance at a Cup - that is because of ownership, of players, and yes of coaches. Yet, there is joylessness because I see a team with players that come around once every 15 years coming up short. That is not only because the other team has a reason to play also - it is because of strategy, or team culture, or bad decisions repeated for years, or poor player management....or poor coaching. So, there is a mix. I can't tell you why Geno did not have ONE SHOT last game - but damn right that brings about a joyless feeling; I can't tell you why Geno and Sid have NO GOALS in 8+ playoff games, but that gives rise to a joyless feeling. And, I can't tell you why MAF played that puck.....but it gave rise to a joyless feeling. I can't tell you why the team, aside from a few players, seems more to resemble a show horse than a work horse this year, but damn right that makes me joyless. I will settle in on Saturday and watch with this mix of emotions, cheering as I have for 25 years....expecting this team and these players to win, hoping they will. They have to not just say they want it - they have to want it in every core of their being (seemingly like the Jackets right now!)...we have all been there, either in sport at some level, or even in our jobs, or our personal life....where there was something we wanted, but we did not get....and reflecting on it, if honest, we can say that that want to win did not eclipse everything else, so that we were so focused nothing else mattered. Right now, the Pens - as Bylsma did rightly point out - do not have that want, that compete level in every cell of every player's being...maybe they can't for whatever reason(s)...but if they find that in the next 36 hours, they will win. If they don't, they will lose

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-joyless-penguins-and-their-fans.html

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Between the Bylsma calling out the team's effort, to the Starkey column posted here about the joyless Pens....lots to digest. Regarding the joyless stuff - I can't speak for the team; if they are joyless or letting the pressure of expectations get to them, well that is something as a professional they have to deal with and figure out. For fans - well, for this fan, I get to flip through 25 years of being a Pens fan and say I am joyful and joyless! Joyful that every October for the past 8 years, I get to EXPECT a good team that will make the playoffs and have a chance at a Cup - that is because of ownership, of players, and yes of coaches. Yet, there is joylessness because I see a team with players that come around once every 15 years coming up short. That is not only because the other team has a reason to play also - it is because of strategy, or team culture, or bad decisions repeated for years, or poor player management....or poor coaching. So, there is a mix. I can't tell you why Geno did not have ONE SHOT last game - but damn right that brings about a joyless feeling; I can't tell you why Geno and Sid have NO GOALS in 8+ playoff games, but that gives rise to a joyless feeling. And, I can't tell you why MAF played that puck.....but it gave rise to a joyless feeling. I can't tell you why the team, aside from a few players, seems more to resemble a show horse than a work horse this year, but damn right that makes me joyless. I will settle in on Saturday and watch with this mix of emotions, cheering as I have for 25 years....expecting this team and these players to win, hoping they will. They have to not just say they want it - they have to want it in every core of their being (seemingly like the Jackets right now!)...we have all been there, either in sport at some level, or even in our jobs, or our personal life....where there was something we wanted, but we did not get....and reflecting on it, if honest, we can say that that want to win did not eclipse everything else, so that we were so focused nothing else mattered. Right now, the Pens - as Bylsma did rightly point out - do not have that want, that compete level in every cell of every player's being...maybe they can't for whatever reason(s)...but if they find that in the next 36 hours, they will win. If they don't, they will lose.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-calls-out-his-team.html

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@PenGeno I'm just happy to have found a written transcript! 

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-calls-out-his-team.html

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Better to have said: "Not impress… It’s a patetic performance… Affa da team dizzn’t care. Pfft. You know it’s like… Are we gonna be ‘appy to play eight minutes? I’m not gonna be ‘appy to play eight minutes… What those guys will say if we take… forty percent of their salary because they only play or fifty percent of their salary because we they only play for fifty fifty percent of the time, that’s anough. Dat defensive squad, I think dere goal, I really start to believe dere goals is to be… da worst defensive squad in the league. And they’re doing such a great job to be da worst defensive squad in the league, dey’re dey’re, dey turn the puck over, dey have no vision, dey soff like I’ve never seen a bunch of defensemen soff like dis. So around there, you put the two, combination, and… Well, so hey… Dere’s a lotta guys don’t care, they pretend to care, but I know dey don’t care… What’s a solution? Gonna find solution. It’s a game of emotion, it’s a game of harr work, it’s a game of passion, y’know dere’s,  It’s like… Dey make my job miserable? So…  It’s give and take. What can I do? Hey. I’m so disappoint, about, a lots of guy… Very disappoint. Because dey don’ care. If dey care, y’know? Tonight, it’s looks like mens against boys. Ay… Oh, Marc, Marc, y’know… He’s playing good for us, tank god… Thank you.”

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-calls-out-his-team.html

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The great question (ok, one of the great questions) of this series is can the Pens win a series with Neal, Malkin and Kunitz scoring zero goals? I don't think it is possible - largely because that would mean (as has been the case thus far) that the PP comes up crap for the whole series. You have to believe that one of the three, if not two, will have to put up a few goals over the next game or two for the Pens to finish this off. Personally - I see Geno/Neal coming up big in Game 4....Do It.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-three-pens-win-4-3.html

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A disturbing trend is Scuderi - wth?! He looks like he has cement in his skates....after watching him the past month, I would not criticize a decision to bench him and play Bertuzzo....I know it will not happen, but if it has not been contemplated shame on the staff.

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@PenGeno Shelly Anderson said he was in a walking boot the other day..but who knows....

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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Let's play "What are the Lines?" -- albeit making some assumptions about player returns....so, assume to start first game of Round One: Martin is back and Malkin is back and Vitale is back and Goc is back.....and no one else gets hurt, but Letang is still waiting. How do you set up the Blue Line? I think Bertuzzo has earned a top 6 spot, so Englend sits, and roll with Bertuzzo-Orpik, Martin-Scuderi, Matta-Niskanen? Where do you put Bennett whose skill could be wasted on the 3rd or 4th line? I put him on the third centered by Sutter with Gibbons on the wing...and a 4th line of Adams-Goc-Vitale/Englend/Megna/warm six of Iron.....But what do I know....what says the collective wisdom of TPB?

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-75-penguins-beat-blackhawks-4-1.html

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No way to paint over the ugly of the post-Olympic play so far....It's like a nightmare, it just keeps getting worse and worse...BUT, getting back Martin, Malkin, Bennett, should make a positive difference. If Letang comes back, all the better. No saviors coming to shore up the bottom six this year...but if you go into the playoffs with healthy Malkin, Crosby, Kunitz, Neal, Martin, Letang, Niskanen...and the goalie play is solid, well in the East you have a punchers chance. Ride or Die....

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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So - looking forward - what are the line combos assuming Pens get back Beau, Letang and Martin? If there is a just and sane world - Vitale is off the ice, right? Put Beau on the third line? As for the blue line - don't you need to have the physicality of either Despres or Bertuzzo in the playoffs? Got me.....but hopefully they will get 5-7 games all healthy to work out something.....#rideordie

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@Rage True - didn't appreciate that until I hit post.

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23 - Tampa Bay Lightning

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@Rage  True - but at times like these, the irrational brain of mine takes over!

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23 - Tampa Bay Lightning

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Good God - what is it with the Simpsons on game day>!>? This is at least 4 in a row, a stretch thus far of 1-2 with bad play all around. Time for a change boys - this is as bad as Disco continuing to play TK against all sanity! 

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 23 - Tampa Bay Lightning

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TK clearly has blackmail material on someone - what a freakin' joke...sad, and fair to question Disco on this decision - and criticize it.

1 year, 6 months ago on Malkin returns tonight, but he isn't the only thing returning

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TK should not play again this year unless is is absolutely needed - healthy scratch him and see if he can be the warm six pack of Iron in a GMRS trade....his days should be over, he has brought nothing, and there are no indications he has anything to bring.

1 year, 6 months ago on RECAP: Hold on to your butts. PENS WIN.

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Letang Time Baby

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 22 - Montreal Canadiens

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@FlowerPower  I'll buy his jersey if that happens.

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 22 - Montreal Canadiens

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Letang is scoring the winner tonight.....All In 

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 22 - Montreal Canadiens

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@LP66 Not just TK - there need to be some changes if this year will be salvaged as a legit. cup run.

1 year, 6 months ago on Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 22 - Montreal Canadiens

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