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« on: Sep 13, 2009 at 21:00 »

And unfortunately it starts off with some sad and unfortunate news...

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Coach Dan Bylsma said assistant Mike Yeo will continue to work with defensemen and the power play, with new assistant Tony Granato assigned to the forwards and penalty kill. "As this year goes along, [assignments] will be less rigid, and each coach will take turns running the meetings before the game, and we'll switch up," Bylsma said. ... Cooke missed the team's visit Thursday to the White House because he was dealing with complications related to a house he is having built in Ontario. ... The Penguins exhibition games Sept. 21 at Montreal, Sept. 22 at Toronto and Sept. 27 at Detroit will be among 10 games televised by the NHL Network.


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« Reply #1 on: Sep 14, 2009 at 19:46 »

EDIT:

Sykora signs one year deal with the Wild for $1.6 million.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=291444
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 16, 2009 at 16:10 »

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The Penguins pared 10 players from their training-camp roster today.

Forwards Keven Veilleux, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Aaron Boogaard and Nicholas Petersen, defensemen Brian Strait, Alex Grant and Lane Caffaro and goalie Jordan Parise were assigned to the training camp of their farm team in Wilkes-Barre, while forward Nathan Moon was returned to his junior team in Kington, Ontario and defenseman Jamie Hunt was released.

The Penguins will play an intra-squad game in Wilkes-Barre Thursday night.


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« Reply #3 on: Sep 23, 2009 at 13:27 »

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09266/1000290-100.stm

Pens Cut 14. Also, did not know we signed Bayda, I must be out of the loop. Could end up being an excellent under the radar signing.

The Penguins made 14 roster cuts today, leaving 29 players in training camp.

Most were reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. They are forwards Wade Brookbank, Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Konstantin Pushkarev, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale and Tim Wallace; defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Jonathan D'Aversa and Chris Lee; and goaltender Brad Thiessen.

Defenseman Simon Despres, the Penguins' first-round draft pick this year, was returned to his junior team, Saint John.

Among those still competing for a roster spot are forwards Ryan Bayda, Paul Bissonnette and Chris Conner, and defensemen Deryk Engelland, Nate Guenin and Ben Lovejoy.

Goaltender Brent Johnson and Lovejoy, who were injured Tuesday night during a preseason game in Toronto, did not practice today.

Meanwhile, the Penguins' home and season opener, Oct. 2 against the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena, has sold out. The team that night will celebrate its Stanley Cup victory and raise its championship banner in a pregame ceremony



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« Reply #4 on: Sep 23, 2009 at 16:41 »

The one young offensive player who I've been impressed with the most has been Conner.  What he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and a nose for the puck.  I've caught my fair share of practices and have seen the majority of our exhibition games and he always seemed to be involved in the play.  Another honorable mention is Tangradi.  I realize he has not played a meaningful NHL game to date, but he is the real deal in my opinion.  His build is a spitting image of Kevin Stevens and he plays the game like Stevens to a degree.  He has no fear of getting his hands dirty.  A blue collar type of player who from what I've seen during this offseason has a very underrated shot.

I'm sort of surprised Bayda and Bissonnette made the cut up to this point.  While Bayda looked good against Toronto and has not looked horrible for the most part, the guy only had 5 goals in 70 games last season and is obviously not known for his scoring touch.  I would have expected Caputi or Jeffrey before Bayda.  Bissonnette is nice to have if you are lacking a fighter and need some fourth line grit.  Fortunately, we have Rupp and Godard.  Much like Bayda, he doesn't bring much to the table when it comes to putting up points.  So unless they plan on releasing Godard, I see no reason why either of them are still on the roster.  I still feel they should give Kennedy the nod to play on that second line come October 2.

While I'm sure some would disagree, Engelland has impressed me more than Guenin and Lovejoy up to this point.  I'm glad to see them keep Engelland around for a longer look because he has earned it in my opinion.  While he struggled against Montreal, he looked solid against Toronto.  To be honest, Lovejoy has not shown me all that much this offseason.  He looked completely lost against Toronto.  When all is said and done though, I wouldn't be shocked to see them keep Lovejoy only because he has some experience at the NHL level.

When it comes to goaltending, what I feared most already occured with Johnson...he's injured (again).  Thankfully, we have a more than capable #2 in Curry who has looked much like he did last season when he was needed.  While Bylsma stated he only "tweaked" his knee, I'm not holding my breath when it comes to Johnson staying healthy.  Thank God for Curry, that's all I have to say.

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 24, 2009 at 21:28 »

Lost 5-2 tonight to the B.J.'s.  Unfortunately that was not the only bad news...

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Crosby leaves game in first period
Thursday, September 24, 2009
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sidney Crosby knows groin injuries.

He's had enough of them over the years that he recognizes when one is significant enough that it shouldn't be ignored.

Like the one that forced him out of the Penguins' 5-2 exhibition loss to Columbus at Nationwide Arena tonight just 5 1/2 minutes into the first period.

And he knows when they're not so serious that they're likely to cause problems for an extended period.

Like, well, the one he got tonight.

Crosby said his groin had been bothering him for the past several days and continued to be tight during the pregame warmups. He took three shifts before removing himself from the game as a precaution.

"It was getting more sore," he said. "I thought that was kind of a red flag, to be careful."

Crosby said he will not skate today, but hopes to dress for the Penguins' exhibition finale in Detroit Sunday.

"Saturday, I'll try to get on the ice for however long, just test it out," he said. "I'd love to play Sunday. That's what I hope, but you really don't know with groins."

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I wouldn't even think about playing him on Sunday.  Why even risk it?  Give him the eight days off before the opener. 
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 25, 2009 at 18:57 »

To go along with the Sykora signing, here is another former Penguin signing...

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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues signed veteran defenseman Darryl Sydor to a one-year contract on Friday.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=292536


While it shouldn't come as a surprise, Satan is still out there looking for work.  Also, NHLTV has been showing the SC finals from last season over the last few nights.  Game 5 is on tonight after the Sens/Bruins game. 
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 28, 2009 at 22:06 »

Thankfully it's a two-way contract...

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The Penguins have signed winger Ryan Bayda, who came to training camp on a tryout, to a one-year, two-way contract.


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« Reply #8 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 12:16 »

Thankfully it's a two-way contract...

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The Penguins have signed winger Ryan Bayda, who came to training camp on a tryout, to a one-year, two-way contract.


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I like the Bayda signing, especially since it's a 2-way. The guy was always an enormous pain in the ass when we played Carolina, so it'll be nice to watch him be a pain in the ass for the Penguins. I'd say this signing pretty much means he's got a spot locked up out of camp.
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 13:54 »

Thankfully it's a two-way contract...

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I like the Bayda signing, especially since it's a 2-way. The guy was always an enormous pain in the ass when we played Carolina, so it'll be nice to watch him be a pain in the ass for the Penguins. I'd say this signing pretty much means he's got a spot locked up out of camp.


Can someone please enlighten me on what it means that it's a 2-way contract. I'm retarded, so I don't know.
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 14:13 »

Basically a two-way contract means he makes a certain amount of $ if he's playing in Pittsburgh and significantly less if he's sent down to Wilkes-Barre.  Unlike Satan at the end of last season.  He still made the same salary even after he was sent down to the Baby-Pens.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 14:49 »

Basically a two-way contract means he makes a certain amount of $ if he's playing in Pittsburgh and significantly less if he's sent down to Wilkes-Barre.  Unlike Satan at the end of last season.  He still made the same salary even after he was sent down to the Baby-Pens.


Ahhhh...thanks for the explanation.
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 14:57 »

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Mark Madden is also saying that the team has waived Bayda one day after signing him to a contract. I can't find any confirmation but I'm still looking.
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 15:22 »

Solid signing for the 7th defenseman spot IMO. I heard Bayda was waived as well, so maybe Conner is making the team after all.
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 15:37 »

so maybe Conner is making the team after all.


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They placed forwards Paul Bissonnette, Ryan Bayda and Chris Conner and defensemen Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League if they are not claimed by another team before noon tomorrow.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09272/1001708-100.stm

Good luck with that.  I think they are going to lose a few out of that group.
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« Reply #15 on: Sep 29, 2009 at 23:55 »

The hardware.... Grin



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« Reply #16 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 03:53 »

Solid signing for the 7th defenseman spot IMO.

And taking into consideration Gonchar's history of shoulder and knee injuries and McKee's history of injuries in general, I have a feeling we will see a good bit of him this season.  While he was definately not my first choice of FA veteran d-men on the market this offseason, he has playoff/cup experience and is obviously an upgrade over Engelland and Guenin. 
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« Reply #17 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 06:33 »

I was actually surprised to read that Skoula is only 29.  Seems like he's been in the league forever.
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« Reply #18 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 »

We lost one and picked up the son of Ray Bourque...

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The Penguins retained four of five players placed on waivers yesterday, but lost left wing Paul Bissonnette, who was claimed today by Phoenix. The Penguins claimed left wing Chris Bourque from Washington.

Staying with the Penguins and assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League are wingers Ryan Bayda and Chris Conner and defensemen Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland.


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_645750.html

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« Reply #19 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 12:28 »

30 Teams in 30 Days: Can the Penguins do it again?
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9/30/2009 10:24:49 AM

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

2008-09:<TSN Pre-Season Power Ranking: 1st
General Manager: Ray Shero (4th Season)
Head Coach: Dan Byslma (2nd Season)

What They Did In The Off-season:

While the Penguins were celebrating their third Stanley Cup title in franchise history, they did find some time to fine tune their roster.

Alex Goligoski, Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Craig Adams all agreed to terms and stayed with the team. The Penguins also took a dip in the free agent pool, acquiring Brent Johnson to back up Marc-Andre Fleury, signing Mike Rupp away from the Devils and bringing in Jay McKee and Martin Skoula for defensive depth.

On the outs was Rob Scuderi, who cashed in on his impressive playoff performance by signing with the Kings.  Hal Gill followed him out the door to a new two-year deal with the Habs, Petr Sykora was allowed to leave and was granted a tryout with the Minnesota Wild, while Miroslav Satan appears all out of options (on this side of the Atlantic, anyway).

Biggest Issue facing the team:

While winning the Stanley Cup is extremely difficult, recent history has shown that defending the title can be next to impossible. Only one team has repeated as champion in the past decade, with the Detroit Red Wings winning in 1996-97 and again in 1997-98.  The Penguins will have a big target on their back every time they enter an opposing building, as every team in the league will be looking to upstage the champs.

Along the same lines, the Penguins are still a very young team that was able to capture the title seemingly ahead of schedule. And once you have reached the top, the motivation to climb the mountain isn't always there right away. There is always a Stanley Cup hangover of some sort and it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see the Penguins look a little sluggish out of the gate.

On the other side of the coin, the team features the most potent scoring combo in the league in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  The twin superstars can take turns carrying the team on their backs on any given night. They are also two very competitive and driven players who won't simply rest on their laurels because they own a single Cup ring.

More than perhaps any other player, Crosby understands his position not only in the modern game but in the history of the league.  Sid the Kid does not want to simply be considered the best player of his generation - he wants to be thought of as one of the top players of all-time and realizes that the best way to do this is to lead his team to multiple championships.

Malkin also appears to be driven by his rivalry with fellow Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin. While the media may have over-hyped the feud between the two players, Malkin undoubtedly measures himself against Ovechkin. Ovie may have the Hart and the Rocket Richard Trophy, but Geno holds the Cup, the Art Ross and the Conn Smythe Trophy, something no other Russian player has ever accomplished.

Crosby and Malkin may snag most of the headlines, but the Penguins are far from a two-man team. Bill Guerin, Chris Kunitz and Maxime Talbot add secondary scoring, while defensive specialists Jordan Staal, Craig Adams and the newly-acquired Rupp will form a formidable shutdown combo with agitator Matt Cooke.

The defensive unit is a great mixture of bangers (McKee, Mark Eaton and Brooks Orpik) and puck movers (Sergei Gonchar, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski).  And they have a young goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury who has overcome questions about his ability to win big games.

Another positive is that the team enters the season with Dan Byslma at the helm from the get go. The Penguins looked sluggish out of the gate last season and were in danger of missing the playoffs before Byslma replaced Michel Therrien behind the bench.  The man they call Disco Dan quickly lightened the mood in the dressing room and allowed his creative players to do what they do best - play attractive hockey. The team rode that wave of positivity all the way to back to the Stanley Cup final, where they avenged their loss to the Red Wings just year before.

In short, the Penguins have everything a team needs to make a genuine Cup run once again. The only thing standing in their way may be their own complacency.

Player to watch:

Is this the year that Jordan Staal builds upon his impressive rookie campaign and seizes the mantle as the game's best two-way player?  It's a question that both management and fans would love to know the answer to.

After leading the league in shorthanded goals in his freshman year, Staal appeared on the verge of greatness.  He had everything that you look for in a player: the size, the speed, the intelligence and scoring touch along with some phenomenal hockey genes; but he took a step backwards in terms of his development in his sophomore campaign. 

After scoring 29 times as a rookie, Staal found the back of the net only 12 times in his second season and saw his plus/minus rating fall from plus-16 to minus-5.  Last season he returned to form, firing home 22 goals. But where he really excelled was in the playoffs, as he was asked to shadow the opposing team's top line every night.  He was rewarded for his hard work by joining brothers Eric and Marc at Canadian Olympic orientation camp.

While Staal remains a long shot to represent his country at the Vancouver Games, the seed has been planted for the opportunity to become one of the game's elite two-way threats. The Penguins rewarded him for that potential by signing him to a four-year deal in January. And the time is now for Staal to reward the team for their loyalty.

Staal has shown in the past that he has a real nose for the net to go along with his strong defensive conscience. He bears all the markings of a perennial Selke trophy contender. This season should be the start of something big for him.

Scott Cullen's Fantasy Take:

The defending Stanley-Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins have some of the premier players when it comes to fantasy hockey, with supreme individual talents that also lift the production of those around them.

Last year's league-leading scorer, Evgeni Malkin, has gone over 100 points, with a double-digit plus rating in each of the last two seasons and recorded at least 40 power play points in each of his three years in the NHL. In virtually every league, Malkin will be one of the top three selections.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=293159
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 12:30 »

We lost one and picked up the son of Ray Bourque...

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The Penguins retained four of five players placed on waivers yesterday, but lost left wing Paul Bissonnette, who was claimed today by Phoenix. The Penguins claimed left wing Chris Bourque from Washington.

Staying with the Penguins and assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League are wingers Ryan Bayda and Chris Conner and defensemen Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland.


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_645750.html




I thought Washington was pretty high on Bourque? Kind of surprised they gave up on him already, he's only 23 and was a former 2nd round draft pick. Of course, that's what the team that claims Limus Sweed off waivers will be saying next year.

Regardless, seems like a good move. He has higher upside than Bissonnette, no?
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 30, 2009 at 13:24 »

Regardless, seems like a good move. He has higher upside than Bissonnette, no?

I think he is a definate upgrade over Bissonnette.  IMO, while I do not see him lighting up the lamp and playing on a first or second line on the Penguins roster anytime in the near future, he has more offensive upside than Bissonnette and could possibly push for third line duties.  Bourque has proven that he is capable of putting up numbers in the AHL, but he has to prove to the FO that he can do it at the NHL level.  That remains to be seen.  Hopefully starting over with a new organization will help him along, but it's up to him to take advantage of opportunities given to him.  He has the speed, work ethic and grit.  

Overall, I like the pickup.

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« Reply #22 on: Oct 01, 2009 at 00:24 »

I thought Washington was pretty high on Bourque? Kind of surprised they gave up on him already, he's only 23 and was a former 2nd round draft pick.

They really didn't give up on him per say.  He was a cap casualty.  McPhee said the reason is the Caps needed a roster spot/salary cap space in case any player who was put on waivers from another team was someone they wanted to claim.  If he cleared, they would have been more than happy to have him back.

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« Reply #23 on: Oct 01, 2009 at 08:26 »

And with the good news, comes the bad and idiotic news...

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Thursday, October 01, 2009
By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Malkin has a new right winger.

Pascal Dupuis has been shifted to the right side with Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko while Tyler Kennedy, who worked there most of the preseason, is returning to his old spot with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke.

Coach Dan Bylsma said he expects to use those combinations when the Penguins face the New York Rangers in the season-opener tomorrow at Mellon Arena.

"That Jordan Staal line will benefit greatly from having [Kennedy] on it at the start of the season," Bylsma said.

(Not many are doubting that, but what's going to happen to that second line?  I'm sure Malkin is thrilled.)

"What [Kennedy] adds to the Jordan-Cooke line was a tough thing to turn away from."

(When you see what that second line looks like with Dupuis on it, it's won't be so "tough".  Watching Dupuis over the past two seasons, Kennedy will be up there in no time.)

He added that, "I don't think [Dupuis with Malkin and Fedotenko] is a fit that's going to stay the whole year."

(Well I guess that's reassuring even though I'm still trying to figure out why Dupuis is on that line to begin with.)

The void on Malkin's line was created when Max Talbot, who played there during the Penguins' Stanley Cup run, underwent shoulder surgery that will prevent him from playing until at least late November.

This is not Dupuis' first top-six assignment; he logged considerable time on Sidney Crosby's line last season.

(That worked out real well, let me tell ya.)

"I think I can feel comfortable pretty quick with anybody," Dupuis said.

"I'm not going to change my game [based on] who I play with, or how much ice time I get."

(That's what scares me)


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« Reply #24 on: Oct 01, 2009 at 08:38 »

I thought Washington was pretty high on Bourque? Kind of surprised they gave up on him already, he's only 23 and was a former 2nd round draft pick.

They really didn't give up on him per say.  He was a cap casualty.  McPhee said the reason is the Caps needed a roster spot/salary cap space in case any player who was put on waivers from another team was someone they wanted to claim.  If he cleared, they would have been more than happy to have him back.



Yeah, I did some research on this and it's basically a result of not being able to trade Nylander and his ridiculous salary. They definitely wanted him back, and the people on the Cap's boards are pissed off, especially because the "arch-rival" Pens picked him up. I thought you had to win a series once in a while to be considered an arch-rival, but that's neither here nor there.

Big fan of the signing, seems like a gritty guy (albeit small) with some offensive skills. Wouldn't be surprised to see him tried on the Malkin line once the Dupuis experiment fails and before Talbot gets back.
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 01, 2009 at 08:54 »

Wouldn't be surprised to see him tried on the Malkin line once the Dupuis experiment fails and before Talbot gets back.

Since he has not practiced much with the team, I wouldn't mind seeing Bourque start off on the third line and move Kennedy to the second line.  If Bourque can prove to the organization that he is capable of handling third line duties, bump him up to the second line and move Kennedy back down to the third.

Of course we are going to have to sit back and watch that second line suffer until a move such as that is made, but I have a feeling we will not have to wait very long.  At least that's what I'm hoping for.  Maybe I'm being too hard on Dupuis, but I have watched the guy in person for the last two seasons and he brings absolutely nothing to the table when it comes to putting up points.  Twelve goals and sixteen assists while logging "considerable time on Sidney Crosby's line last season".  Enough said in my book.  
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« Reply #26 on: Oct 01, 2009 at 12:27 »

Wouldn't be surprised to see him tried on the Malkin line once the Dupuis experiment fails and before Talbot gets back.

Since he has not practiced much with the team, I wouldn't mind seeing Bourque start off on the third line and move Kennedy to the second line.  If Bourque can prove to the organization that he is capable of handling third line duties, bump him up to the second line and move Kennedy back down to the third.

Of course we are going to have to sit back and watch that second line suffer until a move such as that is made, but I have a feeling we will not have to wait very long.  At least that's what I'm hoping for.  Maybe I'm being too hard on Dupuis, but I have watched the guy in person for the last two seasons and he brings absolutely nothing to the table when it comes to putting up points.  Twelve goals and sixteen assists while logging "considerable time on Sidney Crosby's line last season".  Enough said in my book.  

Besides the speed to keep up with Sid and Geno, Dupuis offers absolutely nothing to a scoring line. I'm not even sure how important speed is with a guy like Sid as compared to the ability to find a soft spot in a defense and having the hands to finish (see Guerin, Bill).

Dupuis is a good penalty killer, and a good 3rd line guy because he is tough and plays hard, but his terrible hands handicap any scoring line he is on. In fact, I bet 9 of those 12 goals came on a slapshot on an odd man rush where he was not receiving a pass but was instead carrying the puck. Only way I ever saw him score last year.

Also, I wasn't suggesting playing Bourque over Kennedey on the 2nd line as I'd prefer Kennedy. But they seem to really want to keep that 3rd line together based on their playoff peformance, so I'm not considering Kennedey a 2nd line option yet.
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« Reply #27 on: Oct 03, 2009 at 00:23 »

First off, absolutely awesome night at the arena tonight.  The Penguins organization did one hell of a job with the pre-game celebration.  Hats off.  It was very enjoyable and something I will never forget as a Penguins fan and hockey fan in general.

As for the game, they looked good IMO.  I've had one too many tonight to give a full breakdown, but Dupuis has absolutely no business being on that second line.  Outside of Dupuis, Gogo had a very impressive night and the new guys played solid.  It was fun watching Godard get the better of Brashear.  Fleury's save was sick.  Nice to see Kennedy, Malkin and Crosby net the goals.

I called it an early night, but it was a fun one to start off the season.
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« Reply #28 on: Oct 03, 2009 at 19:26 »

Dupuis is a good penalty killer, and a good 3rd line guy because he is tough and plays hard, but his terrible hands handicap any scoring line he is on. In fact, I bet 9 of those 12 goals came on a slapshot on an odd man rush where he was not receiving a pass but was instead carrying the puck. Only way I ever saw him score last year.

He whiffed on another opportunity in the first period of tonight's game.  He was wide open, took the shot and it hit off the heel of his stick.  It's unreal and frustrating to watch all at the same time.  Hopefully Bylsma comes to his senses soon.  It didn't work last season, so why would it work now?  It's pretty much commonsense in my book.  The only difference between Dupuis and Satan is that Dupuis has a work ethic and plays like he gives a damn.  Outside of that, he can't score or contribute offensively in general.  Once again, the man has no business being a top six forward.  I'm not sure how many more opportunities he has to blow in order to prove it.

As for the game tonight, after one period of play we are looking tired and sloppy in my opinion.  I think playing last night has something to do with that.  That's no excuse though.  It's not like we are two months into the season and playing back-to-back games.  Crosby had no problem blowing by half the NYI roster and putting one through Rolo's five-hole.  The passing in our own zone looks sloppy to beat hell, we are turning it over in the neutral zone and struggling to clear our zone in general.  Overall it's a fun game to watch.  Very physical after one period of play.  McKee and Rupp already involved in two separate fights.  Hopefully we wake up in the second and get something going here.  Up to this point, Crosby and Fleury are the only two players who have shown up tonight.

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« Reply #29 on: Oct 03, 2009 at 23:31 »

Came away with the S.O. win.  I didn't expect us to come away with any points after watching the first two periods.  We came alive in the third and the Isles pretty much sat back in the third.  It was definately not the prettiest two points ever gained in the history of the NHL, but I'll definately take it on the road.

As for the Islanders, they are definately a gritty team and have a very bright future if they can successfully build around Tavares and Okposo.  Both are very exciting players to watch, but we made them look like the 82-83 Islanders in the first two periods.  Like I said, outside of Crosby and Fleury, we really didn't show up to play this one.  I'm sure we will put on a better showing against the Yotes on Wednesday night.
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« Reply #30 on: Oct 07, 2009 at 12:22 »

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« Reply #31 on: Oct 07, 2009 at 22:40 »

Another ugly one tonight.  It was just a slow, boring, sloppy hockey game tonight.  We played the same way tonight that we did in the first two periods of our last game.  I heard fans around me tonight complaining about the officials, but the calls against us were well deserved.  We played sloppy hockey.  We were getting beat to the puck and we were simply getting outplayed.  That type of play leads to penalties.  It's a very simple concept.

Fwiw, I still feel this offense needs more offensive punch on our top two lines.  That was my opinion before this season started and it remains a concern of mine and I don't care how early in the season it happens to be.  Some are content with a scoring machine like Pascal Dupuis on our second line.  Some are chomping at the bit for the return of Max Talbot on the second line.  I'm anxious for his return, but some act like he is Malkin's savior on the RW.  Some want a inexperienced WBS prospect to start off his NHL career on a second line in the NHL, I am not comfortable with that either.

Eitherway, I feel we need more firepower on those first two lines.

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The Penguins have signed first-round draft pick Simon Depres to a three-year, entry-level contract. An 18-year-old defenseman, Depres will continue to play with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Penguins were pleased with his performance during training camp, but Depres is considered around three years away from joining the Penguins.


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« Reply #32 on: Oct 08, 2009 at 07:37 »

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clearly suffered from flyerjagoffitis last night.  you will see a little more jump in their steps tonight.
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« Reply #33 on: Oct 08, 2009 at 11:58 »

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clearly suffered from flyerjagoffitis last night.  you will see a little more jump in their steps tonight.

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Yeah, thankfully we tend to start off slow and get hot later.  The same can't be said of the Flyers, it's the total opposite for them.
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 08, 2009 at 20:52 »

holy crap, the flyers have really turned the corner.  they FINALLY have that solid netminder they have been missing and that huge defenseman that will keep offensive teams in check.  :rolleyes:

I would classify this win as a minor modern day miracle.  i mean Timonen played tonight.  how they were able to solve that offensive/defensive genious is beyond me.

I do believe that clown boy Hartnell most likely bit Letang.  wtf?

anyway, different year, same crappy undisciplined flyers team.
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« Reply #35 on: Oct 08, 2009 at 21:47 »

While I've always disliked Hartnell, he was the type of guy that I always wanted on our team.  Gritty, physical two-way player who can score you some goals.  After tonight though, he just proved to the league that he's nothing but a cheap bum.  There is no doubt in my mind that he bit Letang in that scuffle.  There was not another skater around them when they were rolling around on the ice, so a skate cut is not possible.  So what else could have caused the cut and that type of post-game response from Letang? Typical Philly trash.

The Flyers can continue putting pucks in their own net, banking on a defenseman who's best years are behind him and a goaltender who is actually a step down from Marty Biron.  I won't be surprised to see them get hot from time to time, but in typical Philly trash fashion they will fall apart come crunch time.  Fortunately for the Penguins, morons like Clarke, Holmgren and Stevens fail to realize that you can't win a cup without good goaltending.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Penguins are accusing Philadelphia winger Scott Hartnell of biting Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on the right ring finger during a scrum with less than two seconds left in the Penguins' 5-4 victory at the Wachovia Center tonight.

Letang, whose finger was heavily bandaged, said simply, "I think he knows what he did," but, in keeping with the company line, did not overtly charge Hartnell with biting him.

Hartnell told reporters he did not bite Letang, but added that "a lot of stuff happens on the bottom of the pile. He had his hands in my face doing the face wash and we're rolling around. I can't say what happened."

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« Reply #36 on: Oct 09, 2009 at 06:15 »

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« Reply #37 on: Oct 09, 2009 at 15:29 »

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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=294310

Yeah, I don't want to hear those classless bums over in Philly complain about league conspiracies ever again.
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« Reply #38 on: Oct 09, 2009 at 18:32 »

Hartnell is King Douche
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 20, 2009 at 23:53 »

Time to see what Skoula can do...

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