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@Rage homotheist. 

12 hours, 31 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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A draw, really? I think Wilson is the clear winner here. 

12 hours, 34 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/rob-rossis-malkinjohnston-column-faces-harsh-criticism-should-it.html

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@cournoyer21 

Trading Malkin. Here we go. Malkin is like the greatest center in the league (after Crosby), and one should NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER TRADE HIM EVER. That's as silly as trading Crosby. Trading Malkin for more good players is like agreeing to give an evil intelligent dog your arms as a meal in exchange for the car you always wanted. 

17 hours, 23 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/

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@NickDobda Ridiculous right? What I have been seeing all over the interwebz is people asking of the Capitals, 'if you've decided to bolster your blueline by raiding another team's defensive corps, why pick the Penguins of all teams!?' hahaha

Barry Trotz a "retread" and Mike Johnston "full of potential?" Trotz is elite, he's barely 50 years old, and has been coaching in the NHL for 15 years. Any team would love to have him as their coach, if they needed a coach. Penguins could have made him an offer if they didn't wait so long to officially fire their coach. I wish Barry Trotz was our coach. That would've been amazing. 

Johnston is 57 and hasn't coached a day in the NHL, except as an assistant. If you're going to honestly evaluate these two clubs, for what it's worth Washington has the clear edge in coaching. Then again, anyone would have been an improvement over Adam Oates, who I think is maybe the worst head coach I can think of ever. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/heres-matt-niskanen-in-a-caps-jersey.html

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@rderr27 @bobbykimberley Kapanen top 6?? haha he's 18 years old 5-10 and 165 lbs. Never played in North America. He's top 9 WBS, for sure. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/brian-gibbons-signs-with-columbus.html

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@Pot Ash @dannyjimmy @Non Here is the direct link: http://capgeek.com/buyout-calculator/?player_id=491


unless tPb doesn't allow the posting of links in their comments sections, and I feel like they understandably don't, in which case no one will ever see this.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html

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@Pot Ash @dannyjimmy @Non au contraire, Pot Ash, there is. According to capgeek anyway (and when are they ever wrong?). So if you go to capgeek website and select 'Penguins' and select 'Scuderi' and select 'buyout', you'll see what has influenced me. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/pens-ink-steve-downie-to-1-year-deal.html

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@brendannn @ac2012 Well, There were 62 goalies who played at least 20 games last year. Fleury played 64, Greiss played 25, and Zatkoff played 20. Greiss blew both of them out of the water on even strength save percentage:


Greiss - .932 

Fleury - .917

Zatkoff - .916


The problem with Zatkoff is that he isn't even as good as (or he's only as good as) Fleury. Most backups are better than or equal to Fleury.  Greiss is 28 and played backup for the Sharks for years. Either he sucks and never deserved a chance, or he never got a chance. Let's find out. If Fleury is gone after this upcoming season, Pens need to start figuring that shit out. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html

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@Beaube Nett $7.3 ? Not including Sutter, Spaling, Depres, Megna, Samuelsson, Farnham? If they all take their QOs I think we gotz just under $200,000.00

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html

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@Josh Boyd @dannyjimmy Sure you can. In fact, it'd be fantastic. Instead of paying him $3.375 million for the next three years, with a $3.375 million cap hit for each of the next three years, You'd pay this:


2014-15   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (but only $430,556 cap hit)

2015-16   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (but $1,430,556 cap hit)

2016-17   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (but $1,930,556 cap hit)

2017-18   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (and $1,055,556 cap hit)

2018-19   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (and $1,055,556 cap hit)

2019-20   $1,055,556 paid to Scuderi (and $1,055,556 cap hit)


It spreads the cap hit over twice the length of term, with more cap relief built into the front end of the buyout and minimal damage on the back end because of incremental increases in salary cap. Of course it's not all roses, but it's better than having Scuderi and not being able to add affordable free agent forwards that make the team better. 


How will next year's free agency crop compare to this one? How about the year after that? Will those free agencies be better or worse? Who is Rutherford going to pick up at the trade deadline? What terrible teams with good wingers are going to be terrible enough to sell off their good wingers to the Penguins at the trade deadline? What do the Pens give up at the deadline? Draft picks? UGH. 


Signing Kulemin and Grabovski is maybe not the greatest idea for Penguins, but on the other hand, they probably would have taken slightly less money to play on the Penguins (maybe...), and then you can trade Sutter for goodies--you're giving another team a solid 3rd center who is also an RFA so the team that gets him has a great amount of control over him, etc.; you could get something young plus a 1st rd draft pick even. AND you fit Grabovski and Kulemin on your team for 3-5 years. Grabovski now is better than Sutter will ever become anyway. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html

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All they had to do was buy out Scuderi and not sign Downie. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html

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Fuck. I wanted the Pens to sign Kulemin and Grabovski. Isles are getting way better. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/the-dream-dies-kulemin-signs-with-the-islanders.html

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@Non Still, could get Kulemin or someone else with the cap space cleared by normal Scuderi buyout. 

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

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@Beaube Nett @mingtown Additional German available: Mikhail Grabovski (yes, German...?)


Buy out Scuderi and then sign Grabovski and Kulemin and then trade Sutter for goodies

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-so-far.html

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Vrbata, Grabovski, Kulemin, Winnik.... 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/free-agency-so-far.html

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it is pretty funny!

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

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@cblack66 I don't think it does. Simply refuse to fight. It's the Orpik way. We can honor his memory by adopting his ethics. 

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

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@cblack66 does it? 

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

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@DoorMatt @dannyjimmy I agree. Greiss was the available backup I thought seemed like best value, and Comeau is an underrated shutdown winger who actually posted a strong shot attempt differential against difficult opposition last year--something the Penguins really missed. 

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

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NYR signed Glass for three years, $4.35 million ($1.45 per year) lol

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

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In his last act as a Pittsburgh Penguin, Orpik royally screws the Capitals for $27.5 million and adds little to no help to their terrible defense. Bless you Orpik, love you forever my Penguin. 

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

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@dmacpgh No one will take Scud

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

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@Con_Soul11 Niskanen isn't going to be traded, though. 

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

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@brendannn @HYJYNX @Kilihan What was wrong with laughing? It was a cruelly hilarious turn of events. It's not like he broke his stick or gave up. He laughed at the situation. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/this-paragraph-says-it-all.html

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@PenGeno @FeelTheDarkness That's a Root thing, and he's got to be still on board. I think the end of Dan and Dan was mentioned because now there will be only one Dan, and that pregame segment where Potash and Bylsma tickle each other will no longer exist. Well, until Bylsma returns as an enemy coach, and what do you want to bet Potash tries a rehash?  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-dan-bylsma-fired.html

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@PenGeno @dannyjimmy @Bing_87 No es possible. Él tiene la capacidad de recuperación de un millar de molletes ingleses apilados juntos y dispuestos a ayudarse mutuamente en el tipo más molesto de la supervivencia. Mientras él no canibalizar a sí mismo, estamos de suerte. 



1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-dan-bylsma-fired.html

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hahahahahahaha the black font, the Haggerty photoshop, the Iginla respeto. All so good. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/bruins-eulogy-on-puck-daddy.html

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@PenGeno @YorkPens  Perrrrrfect. The X-Files episode that should have been. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html

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@ujnhunter  Really? Marchand gives you 20-30 goals, 40-50 points, hits, irritates, skates, plays hard. 26 years old. Any team would want him. Lucic is angry but outstanding. 30-30-60 and he's 25 years old. Either of these LWs would be assets for the Penguins. Not going to happen, but doesn't mean it isn't true. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/video-watch-milan-lucic-cry.html

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@Craig Ross  Do you reserve the right to criticize management and higher level management next season, or do they get a grace period of 3-5 years? 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html

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@PTM27 @Billyho @blutrache  Totes. He didn't retire. He's been on a very strict rehab and training regimen for the last 8 years. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html

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@Billyho  fan base wishes = irrelevant (I hope). No pandering to the crowd. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html

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@PenGeno @brendannn  BARRY. TROTZ. PLEASE. 

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

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@dvo  capgeek shows in detail that a scuderi buyout would cost the penguins over 6 years, giving them the following cap hits and cap savings:


2014-15: scuds cap hit = $0.43 million, cap savings = $2.94 million

2015-16: scuds cap hit = $1.43 million, cap savings = $1.94 million

2016-17: scuds cap hit = $1.93 million, cap savings = $1.44 million

2017-18: scuds cap hit = $1.06 million, cap loss = $1.06 million

2018-19: scuds cap hit = $1.06 million, cap loss = $1.06 million

2019-20: scuds cap hit = $1.06 million, cap loss = $1.06 million

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

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