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At least Sid didn't use injury as an excuse for his performance (unless this "leak" was intentional)... Know who else needs off-season wrist surgery?  Jonathan Quick.  And the injury was not a result of hoisting the Cup.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/sidney-crosby-needs-wrist-surgery.html

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@FuuManChuMan @Midnight Rider It's a matter of style and what you prefer in a GM.  Rutherford is more forth-coming than Shero.  I appreciate openness and honesty in a leader; maybe others prefer the calm, coy, non-answers of Shero (and most others involved in professional sports).  But I don't really take issue with the comment--he made it Friday after Desjardins decided on Vancouver.  At that point, the Penguins were the only team with a coaching vacancy.  As per Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts, everyone knew the Pens wanted Peters or Desjardins.  I don't see how Rutherford telling Rossi "We have interviewed many quality coaches, but haven't found one we envision leading this team yet" changes anything.  Except that it is a non-truth/lie.  Rutherford told the truth: "The guy I had is going in a different direction."

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

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@FuuManChuMan @Midnight Rider You mean like everyone knew Rutherford wasn't the first choice as GM?

His PR hasn't been great, but he's probably not used to being under a huge microscope in a market like this where the expectations are unrealistic.  Also, maybe he's trying to send the message that he's open and honest to build a little goodwill in the wake of the organization fucking over Shero and Bylsma?  Or maybe he's just a senile old man who is here to be the whipping boy for the next 3 years.


Regardless, remove Rutherford's comments.  There is exactly one coaching vacancy remaining in the league.  At this point, I think everyone knows we didn't land our first or second choice.

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

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@Mr. Confidence Not only that, but apparently you can't bring your preferred staff with you.  Looking more and more like Hynes to me.

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

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How exactly can Rutherford be blamed for any of the above?  That's exactly what Mario, Burkle, and Morehouse want you to do.  The front office is entirely responsible for this tire fire of an offseason.  It's what they created by setting astronomically high expectations/standards for this team.  It's what they created by firing Shero knowing what the options were for his replacement.  It's what they created by mishandling Bylsma.


But, yes, let's blame the outsider who was brought in as a stop-gap measure.  Let's blame him and not the front office who hired a GM whose resume was 20 years with one team (not in a big market or a market with piranha reporters).


Just because his PR style is different than Shero's, we're going to burn him at the stake?  He's probably overly honest.  Maybe management should have realized that before they hired him.


"He" didn't whiff on his top 2 choices for head coach.  The organization did.  Peters probably got more cash and term in Carolina (and lower expectations for a first-time NHL head coach).  By all accounts, Desjardins to Vancouver was a practical lock; also, the Pens wouldn't let him bring his preferred assistants.  Besides how bad mishandling Bylsma looks, who exactly is going to want to be the head coach when management is constantly, actively undermining their authority?


How does anyone know Rutherford hasn't been actively shopping Niskanen?  Maybe there are no takers.  And, honestly, a conditional fourth/fifth round pick is going to make you feel better about Niskanen walking?


What's wrong with trading the first round pick?  Did I miss the previous post where you tore down Rutherford's history of drafting?  Aren't we in total "win-now" mode?  Would you rather spend a draft pick on a winger who needs to be developed for a few years or trade that pick for an NHL player?

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

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First Peters, then Willie... Maybe the third time's the charm for GMJR (and tPB). Yikes indeed.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/penguins-end-week-coachless-and-not-looking-great.html

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Buckle up baby

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

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Re: exiting strategy at Consol -- take the stairs; or be lazy, wait for the escalator for 15 minutes, and whine about it.

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

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fucking spot on.  

1 year, 6 months ago on in which the team gets drunk.

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 @QuickShoes  @not_Yanni  @Jasp  @Adam12 you're neat.

2 years, 3 months ago on Malkin and Russia win gold.

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 @TheFandangler  @Kinguin damn libertarians. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Malkin and Russia win gold.

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 @Fitz  @Lets_Go_West in awhile pedophile 

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @Lets_Go_West nope... pretty sure the site says unlimited voting somewhere too.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT cinnamon caramel made my mouth water

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @JenBroflovski news to me... i don't let the time of year interfere with my drinking.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @JenBroflovski people drink more in the summer?

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @Sybbles enjoy the vicodin and milkshakes!

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @Flip  @LAKings Best NHL twatter feed.  

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @DoobyDoobyDoo stub hub is solid... the pirates, meh.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @CFA_27  @MaddHatter too busy playing with razor blades

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @mahstah *Malkin.  Fuck the rest of those commies.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @NYyinzerfan you and L1 should go on together

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT the entire wiki

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT *the pages that are blocked

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT JK, are there any work-arounds other than using google to view cached versions of the pages?

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT Thanks to the IT nazis, I can't answer that question.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @orby don't forget "let me sit on the ice while the guy i am responsible for covering goes  on a rush to score the series-winning goal."

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @TypicalPanda That Xhibit shop never gets old.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @stapler thanks... don't think i can watch at work tho.

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @stapler i'm a bit late to the party... where are you listening to this?

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @Sybbles think hanzal should sit game 3 too?

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @Sybbles which side are you taking?

2 years, 3 months ago on Trade This Blog to Toronto for Nazem Kadri | May2012

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 @NYguinsfan he got boarded something fierce the other day.

2 years, 3 months ago on Link City: Good Malkin read if you can translate it | May2012

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 @YinzerinCT blocked by the IT nazis. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Link City: Good Malkin read if you can translate it | May2012

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 @G-mus you just made me realize i can't do math...

2 years, 3 months ago on Link City: Good Malkin read if you can translate it | May2012

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329 posts to go...

2 years, 3 months ago on Link City: Good Malkin read if you can translate it | May2012

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DOY killed it. The Xhibit shop never gets old. Very well done.

2 years, 3 months ago on DOY eulogizes the Capitals at PuckDaddy | May

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 @Flip good day, sir.

2 years, 3 months ago on Flyers Eulogy at Puck Daddy

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 @YinzerinCT too long; read... pretty awesome.

2 years, 3 months ago on Flyers Eulogy at Puck Daddy

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 @hockeybelle Stamkos loves riding sticks

2 years, 3 months ago on Flyers Eulogy at Puck Daddy

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 @Leeeny now that was a roast.

2 years, 3 months ago on Smile for us, Philadelphia. | May2012

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 @PezDOY  @Hoss  Very creative question of the day:  who ya got in game 6 tonight?

2 years, 3 months ago on Smile for us, Philadelphia. | May2012

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 @24SesameStreet oooh, i was right... and Hobey.

2 years, 3 months ago on Smile for us, Philadelphia. | May2012

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