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Totally agree, especially about all the funny sound bites that Geno has provided over the years and not complaining about his revolving door of wingers.
Plus, you don't see Crosby quarterbacking our #1 PP unit, and I think that's for a good reason.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/when-it-comes-to-geno-just-enjoy-it.html
@PensPointsYourMom I think tPB and I both share this (wet) dream... Getting Jagr back would probably be impossible because he and Sid seem to not like each other, a lot.
6 days, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/oh-by-the-way-cal-clutterbuck-guranteed-that-the-islanders-would-sweep-the-penguins-this-weekend.html
I don't want to be this guy, but how the hell did Comeau go from middling 3rd liner to Malkin's wing to now playing on Sid's wing? It's a little confusing... Will we see Bennett eventually get a bump onto Sid's wing with Dupes out? Or will we see Hornquist move back with Sid, and Bennett starts to get some time with Malkin?
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/oh-by-the-way-cal-clutterbuck-guranteed-that-the-islanders-would-sweep-the-penguins-this-weekend.html
@jovi0055 @Billyho Yup. They're both from California.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-15-pittsburgh-penguins-at-toronto-maple-leafs.html
@Ungaba @DoorMatt FWIW, I would have rather knocked Downie down to the 4th line and put some heavy physical play onto the Leafs, but Comeau does that well enough too.
I think Spaling and Bennett are going to be hotswapping between lines 2 and 3. Although, if I remember right, didn't Bennett have good chemistry with Sutter previously?
@Bing_87 @Mr. Confidence I did some internet sleuthing (read: stalking) and found that he posted a comment on a different blog just 3 days ago relating Joffrey Lupul's constant injury problems to Beau Bennett...
I think our man PenGeno got himself caught up in something bigger than he realized.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-12-pittsburgh-penguins-at-winnipeg-jets.html
@Bing_87 I don't think that's from this game... Unless Johnston was able to secretly dress him and hide him on the bench. But google tells me that's Harrington.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-11-know-the-rules-wild-fans.html
@trxFOXHOLE @DoorMatt I'm not understanding that last comment... (Forgive my denseness, it's only 730A on the west coast)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/lebrun-penguins-looking-for-a-top-six-winger.html
That comment about Martin wanting out of Pittsburgh caught me off guard too...
Staff: You guys have any proof to back up the claim that Martin wants out? Seems like some hot takes are getting tossed around without solid sources...
@Animals @66871 Totally agree here on the way the team looks when they play. I can't emphasize how much more fun it is to watch a Pens team that has a newfound fluidity and purpose to their play.
BTW, LeHaircut seems to be thriving (ie. not killing linesmen) with Johnston's new system.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/after-the-first-10-stats-and-a-look-back-at-initial-predictions.html
I cannot count how many times I've encountered this pronunciation... Living in Southern California is a special type of hell for transplant sports fans.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/snapshot-pens-handle-the-kings.html
@pawsbyandmeowkin I'd rather have an AHLer getting experience on that ice time. That way we can develop some younger players faster rather than having a revolving door 3rd line.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-8-new-jersey-devils-pittsburgh-penguins.html
I wish Rutherford would offer Jagr a competitive contract this offseason! I think Consol might implode seeing Jagr back in the new/old 3rd jersey.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/three-things-to-watch-for-double-j-forever.html
@Mr. Confidence @PenGeno @Hibbits I think this is the star that Craig Adams has been getting from Johnston every postgame...
I know someone has probably mentioned it somewhere else... I knew the Penguins power play was lights out, but they're operating at 40% conversion rate with 25 opportunities! The next closest team is the Devils with 28.6% conversion rate with 28 opportunities.
That's insane, here's hoping the Pens can keep the power play clicking at a 40% rate!
@cblack66 I can say that the exact details of the Jagr trade was a colossal fuck up. But trading him had to happen when you look at the circumstances. Then again, how much can you get for a player who has publicly stated that he wants to get the hell outta town and your club is on very weak financial footing?
@PenGeno @Animals Well, missed a ton up until the season opener against the Ducks when he buried the second goal past Gibson.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-6-weve-got-some-bad-news-for-you.html
Watch out for your chair cushion, Giroux might have his hands hidden in it!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/gameday-5-philadelphia-flyers-at-pittsburgh-penguins.html
Rich: Thank you for the player to watch piece on Steve Downie--it made me laugh loud enough for people to shoot strange looks at me. I must say you've done a great job on the new gameday posts.
The Flyers are a bunch of ass-grabbin' jagoffs!
@pawsbyandmeowkin Boiled over hard, with some of the finest jelly beans?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
Rick would have had some sort of post between the last game and now... Not saying, just saying.
/They see me trollin...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-preseason-game-5-vs-red-wings.html
@jovi0055 @HYJYNX @Claude Giroux's Arresting Officer @NickiAment Trade Stahl
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/training-camp-is-off-to-a-pretty-bad-start-crosby-and-malkin-both-out.html
@HYJYNX @Claude Giroux's Arresting Officer @NickiAment SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!
If Rick was still around, he'd have the hot takes we need for this story. BRING BACK RICK!
@FuuManChuMan Maybe not, I think Johnston's system is going to allow Letang to not have to make bad decisions to try and spring forwards.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/nhls-new-rules-and-what-it-means-for-you.html
I know why Rick is retiring... Rob Ford paid him off to disappear from the internet entirely before the next Toronto Mayoral Election! SHENANIGANS!
3 months 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.
4 months, 2 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.
4 months, 3 weeks 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.
4 months, 4 weeks 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.
5 months 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.
5 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?
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/
@El_Chupacabra Kevin Stevens: Special Teams coach.
5 months, 1 week 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?
5 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.
5 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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/a-20-year-old-article-and-who-cares.html