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I know why Rick is retiring... Rob Ford paid him off to disappear from the internet entirely before the next Toronto Mayoral Election! SHENANIGANS!
5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/quick-end-of-summer-update-ricks-replacement-and-a-new-hire.html
@cblack66 Agreed. I can understand the salary cutting move, but couldn't have Patrick pushed for some draft picks too. Jagr is a once in a generation talent. If the Pens hadn't been in financial trouble, Jagr may have been co-owner of the Pittsburgh's most beloved hockey player title.
Granted, Crosby and the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup runs may not have happened, but we also wouldn't have had to suffer through the Dark Ages.
I'm getting into TL;DR territory, but, seriously, fuck this trade.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
God damnit... When this trade happened I was just getting out of my last class of the day during high school. I felt that gut shot feeling like when you get a test back and you see a big, red, circled F on the top of the cover. I didn't watch many games that season because I would always be reminded of that feeling.
@TwoHeadedMonster His son. Rutherford's wife looks a generation younger than him.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/jim-rutherford-at-pirates-game.html
@Hibbits The Smithfield Bridge is calling your name...
I completely disagree with you. I've done a 180 on Rutherford since the start of free agency. He hasn't made the signings I wanted to see (Jokinen, Niskanen), but he's avoided quite a few landmines (Glass, Orpik, Engelland). Hopefully, his--who look to be solid--pickups (Erhoff, Greiss, Comeau) also pan out.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@jammonstrald @DoorMatt I would have to agree with you. It seems like Niskanen is trying to maximize his market value. Various hockey sources on twitter are saying that he's been holding up deals to get more money.
@jammonstrald Wow... Did not see that type of money coming for Engelland. I'm gonna say that's not quite Orpik-type craziness, but what were they thinking?
@mingtown Sutter is an RFA, and the Pens put qualifying offers on all their RFAs. With the way things are looking around the league, I don't think any team is going to try and swoop in on Sutter with an above average contract.
@dmacpgh The biggest problem with thinking Orpik's deal is going to affect Niskanen's FA market value is that most GMs will see that the Orpik deal is batshit insane and discard the deal as an outlier when coming up with a value for Niskanen. Although, I think Niskanen is worth at least $5.75M AAV.
Is Iginla really worth $5.3M AAV over the next three years? I am gonna say no.
Drazenovic re-ups. I wasn't aware that WBS Baby Pens were being tracked at the NHL level...
I can't believe that the Capitals are still falling for this shit? They fire McPhee and get MacLellan, but they are still making McPhee type deals. Methinks that the GM in DC doesn't pull the strings...
@cblack66 We still have Bortuzzo right?
@dannyjimmy I think we should all start voting that we approve of the job GMJR is doing right now... I have to say he's playing the free agent market rather well so far.
@ujnhunter Probably not. I just checked it out using DownloadHelper on Firefox and they encoded the video to load as flash segments that aren't viable if downloaded individually.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/watch-entire-playing-to-lose-documentary.html
@tonytroz Not trolling you, but have you read any of the stories on Rutherford before this? He isn't on a short leash, he's said himself that he's only going to be here a few years at most. He knows it's a short-term gig to groom Botterill, Billy G, or Fitzgerald. (Most likely Botterill if he doesn't leave before the Pens want to promote him.)
The fact that people would think he's working on a short leash makes less sense than what Rutherford said in the quote above.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/jim-rutherford-is-a-crazy-person.html
I'm just gonna leave this here... http://awesomegifs.com/wp-content/uploads/i-feel-like-im-taking-crazy-pills.gif
Why do I feel like there's going to be some unseen Karmic Force that's going to fuck over the Penguins head coach search for how the situation with Dan Bylsma was handled?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@El_Chupacabra Kevin Stevens: Special Teams coach.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/anyone-and-everyone-could-be-the-penguins-next-coach.html
He's already got the in-road because in "position applying for" line on his application for the GM job Pierre put "Any available".
@PenGeno @FeelTheDarkness What about Jacques Martin?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-dan-bylsma-fired.html
However, I do really like the move to retain Botterill. I think he's got a very bright future and possibly can become a strong replacement for Rutherford if things start going south.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/report-the-pens-new-gm-will-be-jim-rutherford.html
So the Pens just hired the same guy they fleeced to get Jokinen and pay his salary for a bag of pucks?
@Thunder_Eagle My only concern is if you bring in Pierre, do you force out Botterill? If so, then yeah we've got a problem. But if Botterill stays, then Pierre doesn't have to be a strong numbers GM and can ease into being a GM.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-20-year-old-article-and-who-cares.html
@Mr. Confidence That video... Goosebumps, man... Straight up goosebumps.
@Rage @dancoulter Highest grossing PPV event of all time.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/dan-bylsma-and-ray-shero-gone.html
@jacort16 @mcclusap If you want to talk about faceoffs, at least be reasonable when you bring up that he's 75% on them. He's 75% on 4 faceoffs. 4! That's nowhere near someone like... Crosby, Sutter, or Goc who all took at least 10 faceoffs. Goc ended up 50% and Crosby and Sutter were a little better.
Let's look at the past two games for Vitale:
Game 2: Faceoffs = 7 Faceoff Wins = 2 (29%) (Not too great, eh? Btw, the rest of the forwards except Malkin were 50% or better that game.)
Game 1: Faceoffs = 3 Faceoff Wins = 1 (33%) (Sid was abysmal in this game (32% on 19 faceoffs), but the rest of the forwards with >3 faceoffs posted >50% wins, even Malkin (who has a 43% faceoff win percentage) posted 64%)
So, don't start throwing out stats unless you're willing to dig deeper and find some context.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Are we sticking with twerking Iceburghette because she won Game 3? If not, I think screaming Kramer may be the way to go for tonight.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@HYJYNX @DoorMatt I'd have to agree on the faceoff thing (52% career), plus he'll eat up PK minutes and can play as a winger in a pinch.
I heard Goc was in the morning skate today. If the Pens take this series, does he get healthy and really juice up the 4th line? Man, with Bennett-Sutter-Megna on the 3rd line and Goc centering the 4th line... I think things could be looking up.
@PenGeno Maybe if Goc gets healthy before this series is over, 15 can take a run at Dubinsky.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@pirate21 I like the idea of Bortuzzo bringing a physical presence against the Blue Jackets, but from what I've seen, he's just as melt down prone as Letang and less skilled. At least Letang won't end up fighting anyone.
@Rick_City @DoorMatt I would have let it slide, but it's the playoffs!
Sens player to watch? Is that supposed to be a "We don't care, lol" joke?
@Mr. Confidence How many "ku:n"s (for the linguistics experts) are in the Pens organization now? I lost count after Kuhnhackl.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/vokoun-to-wbs-it-wont-impact-salary-cap.html
Not sure if anyone's mentioned it, but the Pens can lock up the Metro division with a win in any of their next 7 games. If Philly loses any of their next 8, Pens clinch too.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-75-penguins-beat-blackhawks-4-1.html
@PenGeno Milbury always did give me a Fred Flinstone vibe...
@j-nine@Kevman7987@digiguinI believe you misread what he wrote.
"It's not all women 'getting jammed up', it's mostly the fucking puckbunnies."
Not all women who like hockey, but mostly the puckbunnies getting jammed up over Letang's mockery of a hair style.
1 year, 5 months ago on RECAP: A Clockwork Orange. PENS WIN.
@zava_t you also should visit the Dirty O. It's not a must, but it's good.
1 year, 6 months ago on QUICK CAP: Pens take the Bolts 5-3
I'm confused... I see all these entries in the comments, but it said to tweet the entry. Are LF entries linked to twitter?
1 year, 6 months ago on TWITTER CONTEST: Malkin Bobblehead
I was wondering about this when I saw it... It's definitely a deliberate chop by Malkin at Staal. I think he'll get a 1 or 2 game suspension for this one.
1 year, 7 months ago on NHL may look at Malkin's tomahawk on Staal
@j-nine @akus LIES!
1 year, 7 months ago on Gameday 7 - New York Rangers
Mailing it in to C-Blog.
1 year, 7 months ago on Gameday 6 - New York Islanders
2 years, 5 months ago on Gameday 69 - Rangers | March 2012
Anyone have any watch sites?
Sykora OT Game 5 2008 SCF hands down... I can't remember when I was ever so excited for a goal. Plus, the called shot was epic.
2 years, 5 months ago on Introducing "The Pensblog All-Time Favorite Penguins Playoff Goals" | March 2012
@BDF4.2 You don't even know the struggle I faced last weekend... Hiccups for an hour while at Target.
2 years, 5 months ago on March Madness stuff | March 2012
@SaintMarty TRADE STALL FOR FINKLE
2 years, 10 months ago on RECAP: Finally, some rest. PENS WIN. | Oct2011
@Adam12@SaintMarty I'm not gonna like though... I always played as the Dolphins and made that Dan Marino to Mark Clayton connection work. If only those laces would have been out... LACES OUT!
@Adam12@SaintMarty He hit that A-Gap hard when he wasn't catching those swings.