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nossagog

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 positive, Galchenyuk did not work out in the Pens lineup, and adding Zucker, who can play top line minutes, immediately relieves the loss of Jake for this years playoff run. And at first glance, he really fits Sids line well(7gp 3 goals and 2 assists). The loss of prospect Calen does not affect the Pens as they have plenty of youth(Rikolla and Marino) who are NHL ready, and should be around for a while. The loss of the pick stings a little, but count that against the term of Zuckers contract and I'm okay with that. Marty, I'm to set the time machine to deadline day and send you back. Pens acquire Patrick Marleau for a third round pick(second if the Pens win cup). May be just a rental, but adding Marleau on the third line is good. A player whom may be in last year of career, and hasn't won cup. I think he's going to add a very good veteran defensive presence on the third line. Third round pick, meh. Second round pick means we won the cup, deal. Pens acquire Conner Sheary and Evan Rodrigues for Dominik Kahun. The slow start for Kahun hurt his numbers for the year, and its a little iffy why they gave up on him so easily. But in the end he is a free agent at the end of the season anyway, and I don't think the Pens saw resigning him in their future. So they add forward depth for the fourth line, the third line with Marleau and Kahun's place on the second line is Sheary going to Malkin's wing. Rodrigues being a restricted free agent means they can probably retain him if he fits in. So the current line will probably look like this: Zucker-Crosby-Simon Sheary-Malkin-Rust Marleau-McCann-Hornqvist Rodrigues-Bleugar-Tanev The Pens stayed pat on Defense, which I think is good Letang-Johnson Shultz-Petterson Ruhweedel-Troutman-Rikola Marino and Doumolin when available. The third pairing will get way better when Marino and Doumolin are back in the lineup. Both travelled with the team for the road trip out west this week. In the spirit of an election year in the US, I'm nossagog, and I approve of these trades.
  3. 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 situation there. But it still has to be seen if he can get back his small size against NHL caliber players. The thing that hurts is that first round conditional pick, but this is the motus oparendi of GM Jim. And it seems to usually work out.
  4. 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 a 50/50 situation for pucks. The defense was not punished at all, and did not feel pressured to move pucks. 2) Turn that around, and the Pens were very soft at their own blue line. There was little help from a third forward slowing up anyone from the Isles. The Isles had a free pass to either possess into the zone, or dump in at full speed and provide instant pressure physically on the defense. The Pens defensive strategy seem to be go in and freeze the puck on the boards, and hope for help to come. Sadly, too often is was the Isles there first with a punishing hit. Moving forward I would like to see; One of Letang or Shultz to go, bring in more physicality on defense A physical fourth line, come on, Cullen centering the fourth line does not scare any team for scoring or a physical basis. Change the defensive structure coming back on defense to hold the blue line instead of ceding it. Move Kessel, top heavy offense is fun sometimes, but when you play against defense first teams, it doesn't really work out. I think there is still a window, but run and gun is done. Keep supplementing the core with youth and size. They started that this year, let the first playoff experience season some of the guys they picked up, and keep moving that way.
  5. 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 way it should always be. If they'd have gotten the original penalty right, that would have been good too, but Malkin got what he deserved.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. [Hidden Content] 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
  11. 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.
  12. Well with a lack of scoring depth this season hurting the Penguins, GM Rutherford trades one of the players that could give him some depth for another defenseman. Daniel Sprong, who had quite the junior career, just was not getting much time in the Pens lineup playing on the fourth line. This was one of those head scratching moments, they seemed to just bury him down there. Rutherford, who says he has no plans to move any of his defenseman, now has eight NHL defenseman on the team with Letang, Oleksiak, Maatta, Johnson, Doumolin, Riikolla, Pettersson and Ruhwedel. Oh yeah, remember that Justin Shultz guy who is on injured reserve? What the heck is he thinking. I certainly hope that he has something planned here as you can't keep all of them in the press box getting no experience? And I hope they don't bury Riikolla like they did Sprong and stunt his growth.
  13. So DeSmith gets his second shutout of the year against the Yotes in his second consecutive game. His GAA is not1.89 to 3.87 for Murray. Could be that DeSmith may get a few more starts in the near future.
  14. Yave, I wouldn't go so far as this call cost the Pens the game. I think the real reason they lost the game was Holtby. Stats wise the Pens dominated this game, but Holtby played phenomenally between the pipes.

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