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@Norojo @The66thDopefishBuyout Scuderi, sign Niskanen, hopefully for something reasonable (yeah right), I'd retain Despres, Megna, Gibbons, and probably Sutter, hoping another year for each of them in this "system" will be beneficial.  Retain Sutter because, unless you're of the opinion that a guy like Paul Stastny is worth it, Sutter's an RFA and will come more cheaply than a UFA, and Stastny will be asking more than the Pens will be offering for a third-line center.  Really the Pens will have to sign someone to be a grinder on the fourth line so Sutter makes sense.

I've seen enough of Jokinen gliding around in this series that, if he's not injured, I wouldn't want to keep him around.  But there aren't many wingers to be had in UFA land and, again, money is doing the talking for the Penguins this coming offseason.

Finally, Bylsma.  I have to think with the big roster turnover he'll be gone after this season whether the Penguins win the Cup or not; there's just been too much underperformance from this team for too long that he can't be staying for much longer.  I can't feel bad for him either way because he brought a system that was rapidly figured out by their playoff opponents and now they're just a one-trick pony.

20 hours, 26 minutes ago on

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@Norojo "Blow up this team"? How exactly? Most the players who are signed beyond next season have no-trade/no-movement clauses, and then the rest...well, lucky you, the Penguins only have 14 players signed for next year anyway.  Mind you, they only have ~$16M to play with, so the Penguins are gonna be a lot younger and it'll be interesting to see if they will make a deep playoff run next year with a bunch of newbies and low-cost/high-reward-type bottom-six players.

21 hours, 9 minutes ago on

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@SgtCaron @Jed_Eckert Flower has done everything possible to keep this team afloat, but the puck has been staying in the Penguins defensive zone way too much.  Unless MAF is going to morph into Patrick Roy, Dominik Hasek, or (sorry) Tuukka Rask, the Pens should not ask him to stop an incessant flood of Blue Jackets.  They need to get the puck in the other end and keep it there as often and as long as possible.

21 hours, 43 minutes ago on

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I don't even care if the powerplay has been shit; they're not PREVENTING goals in ANY manner and it's costing them games.

21 hours, 56 minutes ago on

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Sigh. This Penguins team has NO CLUE what they want to do. They win games they have no right winning and they lose games they shouldn't be losing.  What is wrong with them? Once again they evaporated when they had the lead and Columbus climbed all over them.  They're making the same mistakes OVER AND OVER AGAIN, letting themselves get run all over like they did in the Bruins series last year but it's a supposedly-inferior Blue Jackets doing it to them now.  I don't know what's wrong with Crosby, Malkin, et. al., if the Jackets matchups are really THAT effective or if they are injured, tired, ineffectual, whatever...but they need to step up in the last 2+ games of this series or this embarrassment of a Penguins "team" will be hitting the links very soon.


I still can't blame Fleury for this loss.  The first goal was a fluke, the 5-on-3 PP goal was expected.  If the Penguins were in any way capable of pushing back against the Blue Jackets forecheck this game and Game 2 would've been Penguins wins.  They just don't have the energy or the tenacity to win these games and history is repeating itself.

22 hours, 6 minutes ago on

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Pens need to trade for a winger for Orpik.

2 days, 21 hours ago on

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The question is, can the Penguins go into Columbus, get in the Jackets' businesses, throw them off, keep composed and out of the penalty box, and get out in front? If yes, then we'll all be smiling like a butcher's dog.

4 days, 9 hours ago on

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I don't care if Letang has "skill".  What he doesn't have is discipline, and far too often that lack of discipline costs the Penguins and tonight was just the worst of it.  There is no message that can be sent to him that he can fully comprehend; he has to make a conscious effort to play a responsible, emotionally balanced game.  He and his $7.25M contract and all the skill and ability that come with it are nothing if he's taking bad penalties, turning the puck over, and ruining the Penguins chances of winning hockey games.


Meanwhile, isn't it just pathetic that Gibbons had to leave and apparently took the rest of the team off the ice with him? Gibbons had more offensive impact in two-plus minutes of ice time than the rest of the team had the rest of the game.  Malkin, Neal, and Jokinen had rough games, I noticed Neal and Jokinen floating around in the last few minutes of OT1 and they were on the ice when Calvert scored the GWG (along with Stempniak, who also had a rough game, Scuderi, and, hey look, it's the ol' 58-er).

It's only Game 2 though.  Let the Blue Jackets have this Pyrrhic victory. ("WOO, YEAH, WE WON A PLAYOFF GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!" Is that even a reason to celebrate?) Yeah, it looked like the Penguins might have been able to take this one, but what can you do? The Penguins will have to ride or die with Letang.  If he scores more goals than he allows via turnovers, it'll (hopefully) all work out in the end.

4 days, 11 hours ago on

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Minus three stars: Letang, Letang, Letang.  Pens had to clean up after his messes time after time in Game 1.  He better get the hole in his head checked if the Pens are going to get far in this postseason.

1 week ago on

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We'll see how that subplot goes when Orpik or Engo light up Dubinsky.

1 week ago on

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@pflynn28 HE DID? WHERE?!

1 week ago on

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@Mr. Confidence I guess you don't call yourself Mr. Confidence for nothing!

1 week, 1 day ago on

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If it has to be the Wings in the first round, so be it.  I'm very skeptical that this Penguins team, fully healthy or not, will survive through to the Cup Final.  That being said, an opening series win against a solid team like the Red Wings might be enough of a challenge to give the Pens a confidence boost to carry them through.

3 weeks ago on

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@Raymond Bowman @The66thDopefish I take Boston a little more seriously than Columbus.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on

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You nervous about a Pens-Jackets playoff series? Us too.

I'm not really nervous about any of the potential matchups.  During the regular season, the Pens swept Columbus in five games, swept Washington in four games, and have split Detroit 1-1 with a game at home on April 9.  The Pens should make quick work of any of them, provided they stay healthy and get Malkin, Neal, Letang, and Martin back.

Best stat regarding Columbus vs. Penguins: PIT PP went 5 for 19, but CBJ PP went 1 for 11.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on

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That ankle looks like a physics glitch in NHL 2024.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on

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So much for that trade!

3 weeks, 6 days ago on

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I'd like to think that's how a twenty-plus year veteran would react to smelling salts after all this time.

4 weeks ago on

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 - Gibbons on the PK reminds us of using Konstantin Koltsov on the PK on NHL 2003. You would just do a flip dump, switch to Koltsov, zoom through the D with your speed, pick up the puck, and score unlimited goals on breakaways. Fata was good for that, too.

You know it's a bad sign when you find yourself reminiscing about one of the worst Penguins teams of all-time.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on

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Back to LiveFyre eh? Not an improvement.

1 month, 1 week ago on

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