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  1. The NHL has proved time and again that they don't really care too much about what he does. He put down Mark Jankowski of the Pens with a late center ice hit last week, at least he got a two minute penalty for that. Jankowski got four games off with the dreaded "Upper Body Injury".
  2. Well this may all change now if Zucker is down for a while. Looked like he did something to his knee on a play where it look like his skate struck another players skate causing a weird twist to his knee. To bad because he has been playing very well. As a matter of fact, you mention both Blueger and Zucker as possible trade bait. Both have been key elements of the Pens PK this year. If Zuck blew out his knee, the LTIR relief would add some space for the Pens. It may be interesting to see Hextal's input in the goalie situation. If you bring in Gibson, you're basically saying t
  3. Not sure about all the talk about Pittsburgh looking for a goalie. The Pens main problem to start the year was the decimation of the defensive core due to injuries. I think this is what lead to most of their early year struggles. But as they are getting healthy, especially with Mathiason, the team defense is looking much better, and therefore so are the goalies. Jarry in particular has played great lately, being probably their best player in the past two games against the Isles. That being said, if a trade does happen, I don't think it will be for someone with a long contract ahead of h
  4. I think that they have a great tandem with Murray and Jarry. Although Murray isn't have a great season, the cost to find a TOP tier goalie at the deadline would be very substantive. As it stands now, I think Jarry is the number one goalie for the Pens. And don't forget, they still have DeSmith waiting in the wings.
  5. GM Jim was active again on trade deadline day and before, and the Pens look to be a stronger team because of it. With the days of Crosby and Malkin winding down, its time to push in some chips and go for the cup a time or two more while they are still at the top of their games. So let's review, but I'll need a little help first from Mr. Peabody and his Wayback machine. Sherman, please send us back to Feb 11. Pens acquire Jason Zucker from the Wild for Alex Galchenyek, defensive prospect Calen Addison and a first round pick in 2020. Immediate impact here is obviously a po
  6. Not minding this trade as a Pens fan at all. Alex just did not work out on the Pens team. With all the injuries at forward the Pens had early, he had plenty of time to show what he could do on top lines as well as the power play. 5 goals and 12 assists in 45 games was not what they were looking for. He basically became a fourth liner with about 11 minutes a game. Addison I don't believe was going to see the light of day in the Pens organization for several years due to the depth they currently have at the blue line. So for him, and the Pens, it may be seen as a win/win situatio
  7. Time to think about being a more physical team. Pens team this year was just too easy to play against. Two areas, especially for the playoffs, that they have to be better at. 1) Physical on the forecheck. The Pens relied on speed to attempt to beat the defense to the puck on the chip and chase. This work fairly well in the regular season, as teams play a lot looser during the grind of the season. But this didn't work at all against the Isles. The Isles on the rush provided cover for their defense on the dumpins and held the blue line, the forwards for the Pens ended up at best in
  8. Yave, as much as I'd like to agree here being a Pens fan, I just can't. Itshay happens in every game, we can complain about it, but it doesn't matter. When you carelessly swing your stick at someone, no matter what's happened prior to that, you deserver what you get. As a generic hockey fan, I don't want to ever see someone injured by a swinging stick. Heck, he could just as well have hit Letang or Crosby, he didn't know who was back there. He's luck he didn't hurt someone. So I'm happy that the league suspeneded him even though there was no injury. This is the
  9. Someone on the D corps had to go. With Shultz getting ready to return, Petterson playing well and Rikkola having a very good break out season, Jammie was already the odd man out.
  10. Hummm, would be quite the trade for the Pens. Don't know if I'd do this as the Wild though. It would probably have to be Brassard/Oleksiak, which reans they would pick up $500k with the forwards and have Oleksiak as the prize in the trade. For a quality possible rental for a playoff run, the wild should be able to do better than that. But there are times GMJR makes some great deals.
  11. Casey DeSmith has signed a three year extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins The average cap hit is $1.25M/year. That seems to be a very friendly contract for a goalie whom many thought would be a career minor leaguer. His season has really pushed Matt Murray to overcome the funk he started in and put the Pens goalie tandems in the league Good deal for both team and player.
  12. Neat story http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/25676562/sidney-crosby-rewards-chirping-fan-signed-stick
  13. Yeah, I had always hoped that Sprong would blossom into that guy, kind of like Simon is, that can play up on the top lines. Just wasn't happening. Pettersson had played really solidi(I think Gonch has a magic wand he waives when he gets a young defenseman), I just don't know what is going to happen when everyone is healthy on the back line.
  14. Why is he smiling? Well Jake Geuntzel is in the fold for the long term, signing a 5 year, $30M deal with the Pens starting next season. http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/25626430/pittsburgh-penguins-sign-jake-guentzel-5-year-contract-extension The Pens have made him a part of the core of the team for the foreseeable future. On pace for a 30+ goal season, he's got to be "Smiling like a butcher's dog" playing on a line with Crosby. Add to that two playoff runs with 23 goals and 19 assists in 37 games, and you have a player the Pens would like to keep for a long time
  15. It seems like a pattern with the Pens the past few years to come out of the gate really slow. Then come the turn of the year they seem to turn it on. Not something that I like seeing from a so called contending team. Be that as it may, that was quite the game last night. Great coudos to Marcus Petterson for the clear off the line.
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