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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.....

0 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html

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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.

4 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-4-isles-arent-ready-for-primetime-yet.html

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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.

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-3-pens-lose-in-heartbreaking-fashion.html

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@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...

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

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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....

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

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I wanted to see Harrington....let him play a few games, sit Scuds, and see what he's got...

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

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@404ResponseCode @LGP_netwolf @jmarshfof Now we just need it analyzed on Sega's NHL 94....that's money.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-mechanical-penguins.html

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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.

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/game-2-recap-pens-win-5-2.html

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@pawsbyandmeowkin WILD STALLIONS - wait, sounds like a potential nickname for the Pens 3rd line!

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html

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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?

2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-1-pens-win-6-4.html

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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 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/14594.html

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Breaking 2 (Electric Bugaloo): Penguins Assign Dumoulin, Farnham to WBS...

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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Breaking - Pens place Zatkoff on waivers....

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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Looks like Vegas is setting the O/U at 106 for the Pens total points this season....thoughts?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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@dannyjimmy Yeah - It would be a pleasant surprise if he flourished enough to stay - but really, in 9 games can they make that call?

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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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.....

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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@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.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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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.

3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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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."

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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Breaking -

Penguins release Carcillo from tryout contract

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html

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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....

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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.......

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-4-vs-minnesota.html

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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....

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-4-vs-minnesota.html

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@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.....

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/preseason-gameday-pittsburgh-penguins-minnesota-wild.html

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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.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/preseason-gameday-pittsburgh-penguins-minnesota-wild.html

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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!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/third-period-notes-and-recap-of-first-preseason-game-pens-lost-2-1.html

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Nice use of the BB theme for a Gameday - time for some new blood to match the teams'! TIGHT, TIGHT, TIGHT!!!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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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!

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/20-storylines-to-follow-as-penguins-training-camp-opens.html

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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....

3 months, 3 weeks 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!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html

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KuleminWatch

3 months, 3 weeks 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....

3 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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.

4 months, 3 weeks 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....

4 months, 4 weeks 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.....

5 months, 1 week 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.

5 months, 1 week 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.

5 months, 1 week 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!!!!


5 months, 1 week 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 months, 1 week 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.

5 months, 2 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

5 months, 2 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....

5 months, 2 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....

5 months, 2 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."

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

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