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« Reply #20 on: Mar 01, 2009 at 10:04 »

My guess is we're outbid for Neil.  What I've read says he's in high demand around the league. 

TIOPS says the Pens are interested in Lapierre from Colorado.  Meh but it does add some grit. 

Not interested in either other guy from Colorado for similar reasons.  Hejduk wasn't going to waive his NTC I thought? 


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« Reply #21 on: Mar 01, 2009 at 13:21 »

My guess is we're outbid for Neil.  What I've read says he's in high demand around the league. 

TIOPS says the Pens are interested in Lapierre from Colorado.  Meh but it does add some grit. 

Not interested in either other guy from Colorado for similar reasons.  Hejduk wasn't going to waive his NTC I thought?

I would rather pay the extra $1.5 and pick up a younger (35 compared to 29) and grittier Neil.  Although between the two, Laperriere tends to be the more disciplined player.  Still, I would rather see Neil.

DePaoli stated that Hejduk does not want to wave his NTC.  If true, I'm happy to hear that because I don't want any part of Hejduk.  Three-four years ago?  Sure.  Now?  I would pass.
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« Reply #22 on: Mar 04, 2009 at 07:26 »

Kunitz Update: 5 points in 3 games, including 3 goals.
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« Reply #23 on: Mar 16, 2009 at 16:56 »

Kunitz Update: 11 points in 9 games, including 5 goals and a plus/minus +5

Side Note: Crosby has 8 points over the last 4 games.  It's amazing what can happen when you replace names like Dupuis, Kennedy and Satan with names like Guerin and Kunitz.
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« Reply #24 on: Mar 16, 2009 at 23:55 »

Speaking of Kunitz and Guerin, good read in this mornings PG...

Kunitz, Guerin good fits on Crosby's line
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penguins coaches and management have spent much of the past four seasons seeking linemates to complement Sidney Crosby.

A worthy mission, to be sure, but there likely have been times when those guys wished they were searching for something a bit less elusive.

The lost continent of Atlantis, perhaps. Or maybe the Ark of the Covenant.

But general manager Ray Shero appears to have addressed the issue, at least for now, with the acquisition of Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin, who have spent most of the past six games on Crosby's wings.

During that time, those three have combined for eight goals and 17 assists.

"We've been able to jell fairly quickly," Crosby said yesterday, "and that's a good sign."

His boss certainly thinks so.

"It's a work in progress, as everything is," interim coach Dan Bylsma said. "But I think I like what I see."

Enough that he'll deploy that unit again when Atlanta visits Mellon Arena at 7:38 p.m. today. And while the current configuration isn't necessarily a long-term solution -- remember, Guerin is 38 years old and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer -- the issue shouldn't be a front-burner concern for the balance of this season.

"I'm pretty happy with it," Bylsma said. "Sid has done a good job of battling and playing in straight lines and attacking, and these guys are gritty players who go to the net, as well as [being] straight-line players."

Marian Hossa remains the best linemate Crosby has had, but with Kunitz and Guerin flanking him, this likely is the best three-man unit he has been part of in the NHL. (Although Crosby did spend a little time with Mario Lemieux and Ziggy Palffy during his rookie season).

Kunitz, brought in from Anaheim, still is getting acclimated to working alongside Crosby, trying to get a feel for where he will go on the ice and what he'll do once he gets there.

"Sid's such a good player that it's tough to ... defensive people don't know where he's going, so it's tough to learn to read off him," Kunitz said.

Guerin, though, said the transition to Crosby's right side has been relatively smooth, likely a reflection of his 1,174 games of NHL experience.

"I don't find it tough to play with him," Guerin said. "I find it great to play with him. I love it.

"He's going to make something happen when he has the puck, and the more he has it on his stick, the better off we are."

Actually, when the puck ends up on Crosby's stick, there's a decent chance it will make its way onto Guerin's within a few seconds. The combination of Crosby's playmaking ability and Guerin's knack for finding the holes in defensive-zone coverages can be lethal for opponents.

"Billy is a big-time scorer, a big-time slot guy," Crosby said. "He finds those open areas. He knows where to go."

Guerin proved that 50 seconds into the Penguins' 6-4 victory against Boston Sunday, when he worked free just above the hash marks and, after taking a feed from Crosby, buried a shot behind Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

Guerin's goal-scoring ability is an obvious asset for the line. Less obvious, but no less significant, is the stabilizing presence he provides.

"I like the mentality Billy offers," Bylsma said. "He's a veteran, he's patient about the game and knows to continually play the right way to get results, to not get too upset over one period or one shift. Just get back to what the line is trying to do, and what the team is trying to do."

Kunitz has 21 goals, including two in the Boston game, but his greatest value might be his willingness to do blue-collar work, to forecheck and operate along the boards and in other high-traffic areas.

"I go out there and do my role, go in straight lines and hit people and [get] pucks to my linemates," he said. "They brought me in here to do my thing, my game is to go in straight lines, get pucks, help out that way. I don't stray too far or go east-west."

Bylsma characterized Kunitz as "a bulldog," and there's no question his tenacity adds to the line's pedigree. And its potential.

"We've still got some room to improve," Crosby said, "and that's a good sign."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09076/956192-61.stm
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« Reply #25 on: Mar 19, 2009 at 04:29 »

Rejection spurred Pens' Kunitz<http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_616772.html
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