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 on: Apr 22, 2015 at 15:34 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
Overblown?

Probably.

F the media.

 12 
 on: Apr 22, 2015 at 10:19 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
I think that analysis is spot on, Merman.

The Lovejoy deal is the biggest question mark on his resume. The way I looked at it was if they traded Despres for Cole and Bortuzzo for Lovejoy they'd both be wins for the Pens. Those weren't who they were traded for obviously, but the results were the same. Despres and Bortuzzo out and Cole and Lovejoy in. I also thought Lovejoy would be better than he's been too.

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 on: Apr 22, 2015 at 08:02 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Rumor is Rutherford is not liked here because he doesn't listen to anybody including the assistant GM and guys like Guerin and the cap guys.  Also, apparently his wife already moved back to North Carolina because she hated Pittsburgh so much.  I think he's gone at the end of the season, whether it's his choice or theirs.

As far as the job he's done, I don't see how anyone could complain.  They probably aren't going to beat NY, but even without 3 or their top 4 defenseman, they look a lot better than in previous playoff series.  I'd argue with Letang, Mattaa, Erhoff and Pouliet they'd be the team to beat in the east.

Looking at the trades / offseason wins:

Getting Greiss, Downey, Comeau, Erhoff for under 8 million, regardingless of Downey's metal state and Erhoff's health issues, has to be considered a win. 

Getting Hornquist and Spaling for Neal has to be considered a win, given Hornquist outproduced him this season and has probably out produced Neal's entire playoff career in these first 3 games.

Signing Fluery at a reasonable market rate has to be considered a win, and I'm Fluery's biggest critic.

Getting Cole for Bortuzzo.  Who the hell ok'd that one in St. Louis?

I think Winnik has be a massive improvement for the bottom six.  Also Lapierre, although he sucks with the puck on his stick, has been a massive upgrade over Adams as 4th line center.  Great faceoff guy and penalty killer.

Offseason / trade losses:

Why Despres for Lovejoy? Why?

Spaling at 2.2 million per?   Why? 

The whole cap fiasco was a clusterfuck, but if it had kept them from getting Winnik, I understand.  Also, who knew how many injuries they'd be dealing with. 

Jury's out on Perron IMO.  Started hot but has faded, possibly due to injury.  We do have him under contract for next year though.

This was just all off the top of my head.  But his body of work for this one season has been fine, much better than Shero's IMO.




 14 
 on: Apr 22, 2015 at 07:01 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Can't change the schedule.

Just win the games you play.

The rest is academic. 

Just win.

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 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 21:09 
Started by aj_law - Last post by STILLERS7
I wrote this on Jan 9th.

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Re: Never too early ..... 2015 home and away opponents
« Reply #11 on: Jan 09, 2015 at 19:42 »
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Which team do you think the Steelers will have to play on opening Thursday night? Seattle, New England or even worse, Baltimore?  However maybe the Baltimore Orioles will have a game that night and they could have to play that game in Pittsburgh.

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 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 20:40 
Started by aj_law - Last post by msdmnr2002
Better win the friggin division because I don't think there will be a wild card out of the AFCN.

Only silver lining is that there are no division games while Bell is suspended.

Can we at least beat Oakland for the first time in a decade?

 17 
 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 20:34 
Started by aj_law - Last post by Merman1983
That Seattle to Baltimore stretch sandwiched between Cleveland games is about as brutal as it gets.

 18 
 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 20:08 
Started by aj_law - Last post by aj_law
Um, I know they've got the toughest schedule based on opponents 2014 win percentage, but...ho...lee...shit?

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 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 19:28 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
I mean, it's coming from Pensblog. So who knows? But it's surprising to me. I really liked most of the moves he made. The salary cap mismanagement wouldn't have been a big deal if the team didn't have the worst injury luck, but it was still a pretty big fuck up.

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 on: Apr 21, 2015 at 19:26 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
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SOURCES: JIM RUTHERFORD WILL BE REMOVED AS GM THIS OFFSEASON
Posted by TPB Staff on Apr 21, 2015 08:30

Now, we don’t get spoon-fed our info like others in town.

But we’ve confirmed that Jim Rutherford is out as GM the minute the season ends, unless the season somehow ends in a Cup run.

According to at least two people with knowledge of the situation, Rutherford will be asked to resign to avoid public perception that the Penguins will have fired their second GM in as many seasons.

It is believed that Bill Guerin is the lead candidate to fill the spot.

Rutherford’s mishandling of the salary cap down the stretch is reportedly one factor that has led to this situation. And possibly his penchant for naughty language.


http://thepensblog.com/2015-archives/sources-jim-rutherford-will-be-removed-as-gm-this-offseason.html

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