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B21 last won the day on May 6 2018

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  1. @yave1964 Good list as always! Can't argue with any of it. I can't help but grin a little with Toews on there as it was not too long ago that half the forum would have taken him over Crosby to build a team around and the other half would have taken someone else.
  2. Fixed. Don't forget Jarry. Now that DeSmith is basically locked into the back-up role I think it's clear Jarry has become a nice trade chip. Good article in the PG last week. Basically, Rutherford has some combination of Jarry, a defenseman (Oleksiak's name is mention most often) and Brassard to work with as far as upgrading the roster. Ironically, the need most often mentioned is....3C. Could you pry away an Eric Staal from MInnesota if they fall out of the running?
  3. Still not liking the trade? Since being dealt, Sprong has 4 goals, an assist and is a -5 in 12 games. Pettersson has 2 assists, is a +5 and has stabilized the 3rd D pairing with Jack Johnson. I gotta give credit where it's due on this one. Small sample but JR got this one right.
  4. Sprong = Eric Tangradi 2.0. If a guy projects at a top 9 (heck - top 6 in Sprong's case) you can't have them "learn" on the 4th line. That said, I think it's clear that in his limited chances both in games and practices Sprong didn't do much to impress Sullivan and we know the coach isn't going anywhere. They have 3 RW signed to multi-year deals ahead him, too. While I don't like how they handled his development I can't argue with getting a comparable young controllable defenseman who - while not having Sprong's upside - is certainly more of an asset right now. Could be a prelude to another deal down the road (do they give up on the Jack Johnson experiment already?). All I know is come playoff time you can never have too much depth on D. There is always the option (come playoff time) to dress 7 defensemen, too. That leaves at least Ruhwedel in the press box come playoff time which is where he belongs at that time of year. As for Riikolla - I think he's safe. To a man (err - Sullivan and JR) they are publicly high on him.
  5. Call me a cynic but I doubt this hit will make Tom Wilson change his ways. In the end I think the result of this is more proof of the notion of "players policing themselves" not making one bit of difference.
  6. Pretty sure it was December 2007. Technically, there are only 3 NHL teams in Western Canada. Interesting tidbit for you. MAF won the first game against the Oilers. He was hurt early in the next game again the Flames and was relieved by Danny Sabourin who got the W that night and the next night against the Cannucks.
  7. After the Pens' shut out the Matthews/Taveras-led Maple Leafs in their last outing, Sid the Kid potted this beauty in OT to beat the McDavid-led Oilers (hopefully the video links work)... [Hidden Content] I'd still take McDavid, Matthews and Taveras if I were starting a team right now. Still, it's nice to see an old geezer like Crosby show he still has "something" left in the tank.
  8. B21

    "Gritty"

    Caught a few Tweets on this. The funniest thanked the Flyers for finding a job for the Phillie Phanatic's meth-addicted step-brother.
  9. B21

    "Gritty"

    That's so bad I can't even make fun of it. If there is a petition somewhere to oust Gritty I'll sign it.
  10. Yeah - I don't begrudge Johnson one bit. I'm not going to condone what Rutherford said....but anything that sets Tortsie off (which is just about anything) is awesome in my book.
  11. I read it to my 3 year old and 5 year old this morning right before I dropped them off at day care. Pay all that money for what amounts to glorified babysitting....might as well make it fun, right? (Kidding - about reading it to them. Not day care - that's wicked expensive). All you need to know as that the local media here in Pittsburgh is loving this in a good way (i.e. - not killing Torts but giving him credit for speaking his mind so....honestly). It's hard for the media to get anything of substance from anyone associated the the NHL....Torts being one of - if not the - biggest exceptions.
  12. At the press conference announcing the Jack Johnson signing, Jim Rutherford was asked how he could sign a player to a 5-year deal who was a healthy scratch for his team in their lone playoff series. Rutherford's response mentioned analytics done on the Pens' side but also that he didn't think Johnson had a bad season and that he (Rutherford) knew why the Blue Jackets scratched the defenseman down the stretch and it "wasn't because of how he was playing." Later on, Johnson stated that he was happy to be joining the Penguins because he wanted "to be a part of a winning culture." Ouch. First - I love this. Just more fuel to the growing rivalry between PIT and CBJ. I don't think those are comments Rutherford should be making but I love that he did if for no other reason that it tweaked the thin-skinned Tortsie something fierce. [Hidden Content] (might need subscription to read the full article). Johnson? No issue with him taking a shot as his former employer. Common place nowadays. Either way - I think the first PIT/CBJ game this season will be must see TV.
  13. I have to give the powers-that-be on the Pens the benefit of the doubt here for that reason. Cole. Schultz. Daley. Oleksiak. All thought to be "bad" to "what were they thinking?" moves and they all worked out...really well. I love the annual hit on Schultz. Hate the term but at the end of the day when this deal is up the Pens could easily be a hot rebuilding mess as the core will all be 36-37 at point. What's 1 more aged veteran at that point if it helps win another Cup in the meantime. It's a contender's deal - plain and simple.
  14. Meh. Trump had more for his inauguration.

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