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 11 
 on: Yesterday at 11:18 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
I think with Scuderi it's age and a decaying skillset. He started to show signs of his demise in LA but being paired with Drew Doughtey will cover up a lot of mistakes.

I like Scuderi. Seems like a good guy and we don't win in 09 without him. But it's no coincidence that he played only 13 minutes last night and they last two periods were some of the best I've seen the penguins play in a while.

 12 
 on: Yesterday at 10:37 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by whitmer_87
Wow. Crazy game. I hope that collapse breaks Columbus' spirits for the rest of the series. They've played 11 periods now against Columbus, and I really think they've been outplayed in all but maybe 4. Columbus could easily be up 2-1. Merman is absolutely correct, this team does have another gear that a lot of other teams don't have. It's unfortunate that they've shown that gear for maybe 15 minutes this entire fucking series so far.

Scuds really does look awful. Is he hurt? Or just old? I recall him playing pretty well earlier in the season. The last month or so he seems like a different player. I'd really like to see Bortuzzo get some ice time this postseason.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:19 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by SCacalaki
I hope James Neal can move further towards his obvious hockey talent and farther away from his borderline, goonish play.  I was concerned he was going to do something really stupid in the 1st and 2nd periods.

In other news, Matt Cooke being vintage Matt Cooke again.

 14 
 on: Yesterday at 08:18 
Started by jonzr - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Quote from: finny
I don't mind developing a QB, but they dropped a R4 on Jones and it seems early to give up on him.

Also, this was part of the problem.  Landry Jones was is was is never gonna make it in the league.  

Probably so, but dumping Landry before we know is compounding an error, IMO.  So many needs on this team, I'd either wait for a year to look at QB, take a top QB if he falls to an irresistible point (unlikely), or just roll the dice on a R6-7 guy to compete with Landry.  I'd rather not waste 2 successive R4s and come away with zero.

*Edit: I'd just add that it's much riskier IMO to go with Savage than Jones, since Savage danced from Rutgers to Arizona to Pitt.  Both guys are larger frame, strong arm types, but Jones had much better collegiate stats:  16,646 yards passing v. 5,690; 123 TD-52 INT v. 21-9; 63.6% ave completion (60%+ 3 out of 4 years) v. 61.2% (1 out of 3); etc.

Not necessarily saying Savage can't be coached up, but he's starting from a much more difficult spot. 

 15 
 on: Yesterday at 06:33 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Despres is a top 4 defenseman in this league.

I remember making exactly the same argument for Letang.  

Though I can't argue against your assessment of Bylsma's roster selection.

Fair enough. I remember thinking This team would be screwed if they didn't resign Letang. Now I wish he'd gone to Dallas or whatever. 

Just on a wholly unrelated note… I've been watching a lot of the Stars-Ducks series.  It is insane how thoroughly we raped them on the Niskanen and Neal for Goligoski trade.  Goligoski leads the stars in ice time by a huge margin.  Think about that.

Yeah, one of the great fleecings in gm history. Especially when you consider Niskanen was the throw in in that deal.

 16 
 on: Yesterday at 06:09 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Yeah if they can get the special teams problems figured out, this should be over in 5 or 6. They've played pretty well in 5 on 5 play.

Which leads to the question of where the hell had that intensity been all series (season)? They were relentless. They obviously have a gear Columbus can't match. To bad they only turn it on when they feel like it.

 17 
 on: Apr 21, 2014 at 22:34 
Started by jonzr - Last post by pensodyssey
Quote from: finny
I don't mind developing a QB, but they dropped a R4 on Jones and it seems early to give up on him.

Also, this was part of the problem.  Landry Jones was is was is never gonna make it in the league. 

 18 
 on: Apr 21, 2014 at 22:27 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by pensodyssey
Despres is a top 4 defenseman in this league.

I remember making exactly the same argument for Letang.  

Though I can't argue against your assessment of Bylsma's roster selection.

Fair enough. I remember thinking This team would be screwed if they didn't resign Letang. Now I wish he'd gone to Dallas or whatever. 

Just on a wholly unrelated note… I've been watching a lot of the Stars-Ducks series.  It is insane how thoroughly we raped them on the Niskanen and Neal for Goligoski trade.  Goligoski leads the stars in ice time by a huge margin.  Think about that.

 19 
 on: Apr 21, 2014 at 21:42 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by SCacalaki
Unbelievable

I was pretty nervous during the last 8 seconds.  Glad Jokinen was there.  Would not have thought it possible that the Pens would be up 2-1 with zero goals from Sid, Malkin, Letang or Kunitz (Neal has one?).  If 2 of those 4 can turn it on, maybe they get out of this series.

Scuderi looks like the worst signing I can recall under Shero.  3 more years?  Sheesh

Bucs won too

 20 
 on: Apr 21, 2014 at 18:53 
Started by whitmer_87 - Last post by Merman1983
Despres is a top 4 defenseman in this league.

I remember making exactly the same argument for Letang.  

Though I can't argue against your assessment of Bylsma's roster selection.

Fair enough. I remember thinking This team would be screwed if they didn't resign Letang. Now I wish he'd gone to Dallas or whatever. 

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