Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Paying The Devil His Due

" After a 47 - 24 - 8 start. "
How stupid does that sound?
Who writes for Yahoo?

What a terribly bizarre move by the Devils.
But we have seen it before.
In 1999-2000, the Devils replaced Robbie Ftorek, who was an eerily similar 41 - 25 - 8, with Larry Robinson.
Did it sink the Devils?
They won the Cup.
But that was because Larry Robinson took over.
The last time sweet Lou Lamoriello took over, the Devils got beat in the first round.

We hope Lou can eat with Claude Julien's blood all over his hands.

As for Claude Julien, he is off to figure out how he will support his family.

Help me. Please


... TSN is in love with Sidney Crosby ...

... On NHL.com, Gretzky gives the blueprints for a Sidney Crosby 200-point season ...

"Empty-net goals and empty-net points, they count," Gretzky says.

At least Crosby won't call any NHL teams a "Mickey Mouse organization" like the Great One did back in the day.

Hey Wayne. I miss your wife, and your daugther. Dick.

... Crosby is 8 points ahead in the Art Ross race with 3 games remaining ...

... Ray Shero talks about the Pens surpassing expectations ...

... Ken Sawyer lays out what Wheatley Arena is gonna be all about ...

....And just in case you need a another reason to hate TSN's Penguins haters.
This was a sidebar in the Post-Gazette.

"A reporter for TSN, Canada's version of ESPN, floated the idea that the Penguins began the evening with a league-high 435 chances with the extra man at least in part because the league office is eager to see the franchise succeed, a stance that gets reflected in the way referees call their games."

Here you go, TSN -- $5.76 at your neighborhood Eckerd.


2002 -- A Belarus player beats Tommy Salo on a shot from center ice.

It inspired this stamp:


3 - 0 - 2 in last five games.
They are still clinging to playoff hopes.



The Buccos started their quest for a 162 - 0 season with a come-from-behind win against the Houston Astros.

No offense to any Pirate blogs out there that read and link to The Pensblog (e-mail us), but our stop for Pirates talk is Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke?

WHYGAVS is the reason Pensblog exists.

Go Bucs.

One last thing.
Our good friends at the Mario Lemieux Foundation emailed us.

Today is the beginning of a T-Shirt fundraising event to benefit Cancer and Neonatal research.
The T-shirts will be available later this week at www.mariolemieux.org
And also at Pens Station in Mellon Arena.
All proceeds benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Go Pens.

Julien -- Anthony Costa


Anonymous said...

Julien's firing was a conspiracy....
the Devils players wrote up a petition and gave it to the GM telling him that they were becoming increasingly uncomfortable with their coach congratulating them after a win, in the shower, by slapping their asses...repetitively... ultimatley leading to Claude getting canned.


Loser Chris said...

Can that empty net goals quote go on Wayne's tombstone? I can think of no better way to sum him up. At least without using language too disrespectful for a tombstone. Well, maybe not his.

Anonymous said...

Gretzky is not worthy of drinking Mario's urine.

Staff said...


Anonymous said...

three things;

why are people treating gretzky's comments as insults?

then pirates we're inspired by the pens.

notice how teams that draw the most penalties also take the most. plus, behind the pens in pp chances are the canes, kings, and blue jackets. is the nhl trying to help these teams too?

tiffany said...

Ok, first of all, when “The Commentorblog” informed us that NJ fired Claude Julien, I was like.........“WHAT?????” Completely stunned, but whatever.

And going back to the last post, you guys made me feel a bit jealous with all of your detailed memories. ;) When the Pens won both Stanley Cups, I remember being glued to the TV along with my mom and brother, but I don’t remember everything (being only 4 and 5 at the time). So they would tell me a bunch of stuff growing up, like Graves breaking Lemieux’s hand, Kevin Stevens bleeding everywhere, and those stupid rats being thrown. When they carried #25 away on a stretcher, and you could still see the blood on the ice even after they cleaned the area up.....that was a little disturbing. For some reason I don’t remember the rats, but remember cheering for Lemieux, Jagr, Francis, Kasparaitis, Kovalev, Straka, Nedved, Lang, Hatcher, Wregget, Biarrasso, “The Moose,” & even Morozov...lol. Can’t wait for more memories with the team we have now.... ^ŮŽ^

₪ tiffany ₪ said...


"Gretzky is not worthy of drinking Mario's urine." --> haha...2nd that.

Mike M....thanks for the update on the Leafs’ fan.

Eric, LOL.....wow. :-D

And Jon, haha.....ok, that’s fair. Very responsible of you. How bout this, then?? You make me one next year..... Btw, did you enjoy the cheddar ;-)

♪ tiffany ♪ said...

Eric, your conspiracy theory sounded good, but I think the REAL conpiracy was this--Lou Lamoriello & Claude Julien had a relationship, which is why he got the job in the first place. When Claude wanted to end it, Lou threatened to fire him.....prompting this song:

The National Hockey League - Don't You Want Me

You were working as a coach
For the Montreal Habs
When I met you
They let you go
We picked you out
And turned you around
Turned you into someone new
Now ten months later on
You've got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you
But don't forget
It's me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back down too

Don't, don't you want me
You know I can't believe it
When I hear that you won't see me
Don't, don't you want me
You know I don't believe you
When you say that you don't need me
It's much too late to find
You think you've changed your mind
You'd better change it back
Or we will both be sorry

Don't you want me, baby
Don't you want me, oh
Don't you want me, baby
Don't you want me, oh

I was working as a coach
For the Montreal Habs
That much is true
But even then I knew I'd find
A much better place
Either with or without you
The ten months we have had
Have been such good times
I still love you
But now I think it's time
I lived my life on my own
I guess it's just what I must do

Don't, don't you want me
You know I can't believe it
When I hear that you won't see me
Don't, don't you want me
You know I don't believe you
When you say that you don't need me
It's much too late to find
You think you've changed your mind
You'd better change it back
Or we will both be sorry

Don't you want me, baby
Don't you want me, oh
Don't you want me, baby
Don't you want me, oh


(Repeat Chorus 3x)

Anonymous said...

The audio's a little different, but here's the video....


FritoWill said...

please don't get me started on Gretzky...i'll rant and drop four letter words for the next 10 minutes.

i think its somewhat crazy that now when i hear hockey news, i text message Adam.

Speaking of Mario's urine, and Gretzky's tombstone. Well maybe that is just to easy to say.

no its not

I hope Mario pisses all over Gretzky's grave.

FritoWill said...

so which one of you actually knows the price of vagisil?

and how quick did you delete your computer's history after finding that picture?

karri said...

♪ Tiff ♪ - you just keep crankin' out the songs! Wow! I like your conspiracy theory...hahaha. ;) Good job Tiff, good job.

Eric - hmmm...Julien could've been playin' both sides (management/players). Got caught?

dying alive said...

The Pens tanked to get #1 draft picks! The Crosby lottery was fixed! The NHL rigged it so that the Pens had to stay in Pittsburgh, snatching the team away from the hockey hotbed of Kansas City! We get too many power plays! We can only win in the shootout, which was invented specifically because the league could see into the future and knew how good the Pens would be at it! We'd better enjoy it now, because we'll never re-sign all of our stars and we'll suck again in three years! Please. Somebody call the waaahmbulance on the media and fans of every other hockey city in North America. They made fun of how bad we were for years, and now we're kicking their asses. Boo hoo. Get used to it, eh?

By the way, with Lou the Devil's latest move, it's now neck and neck between NJ and Ottawa for team I'd most like to see tank in the first round. NJ is a joke and Ottawa may have the most arrogant fans on the face of the planet. They stunk up the league for years and built up a good team through high draft picks (which, by the way, is exactly what they cry about the Pens doing). Now they swagger their way into the playoffs every year telling everyone who will listen that they're the best team in the NHL and proceed to get their asses handed to them in an early round, usually by an inferior opponent. It would be sad if it wasn't so damn hilarious.


Anonymous said...

In 01-02 Larry Robinson was replaced by Kevin Constantine mid-season, and the Devils went on to lose in the first round to the eventual finalist Carolina Hurricanes. Ftorek was replaced by Robinson in 99-00. Lamoriello took over for Larry Robinson last year and they went to the second round of the playoffs.
Oh, and please stop posting pictures of fat naked women so that I can read the blog at work.

AndrewGurn said...

Gretzky is a puss.

Tiffany, I wasn't very old at the time either, especially during the cup years (I was 6). But I remember the rats. And the last goal of the game that sealed it for Florida was crap. Knocked out of Barrasso's glove, if I recall correctly. That was the start of the Pen's downhill slide. Total garbage. Florida shouldn't even have a team.

But this is now. Go Pens.

--His holiness the Rev. Andrew G Weitzel

Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

Actually, not to stick up for the guy, but I'm pretty sure Gretzky called the New Jersey Devils, ironically, a "Mickey Mouse organization" in a post-game interview sometime back in the 80s right after his Oilers team beat them by some ludicrous amount.

I don't think he ever called the league itself a "Mickey Mouse organization" unless that one somehow got by me.

Anonymous said...

May be without Whitney tonight...


Jon said...

Dying alive, you perfectly summed up the complete conspiracy begat by Gary Bettman, with his beautiful plan to make the NHL revolve around the city of Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. Sheer brilliance in it's pinpoint execution. But how did you get privy to it???
Yinz young bucks don't know what you missed with the early nineties Penguins, the clutching and grabbing, the obscene point totals at the end of the season, the evolution of Jagr's mullet...as you can see it had it's good and bad points.
And Tiff, no problem with the drinkie drink. The funniest part of your song is imagining them singing to each other, and Louie Lamb with some cheesy eighties wig and mascara, whoa....shudders.... The fondue cheddar was great, and I'm looking forward to a wet, hot american summer full of stanley cup parades. Then we can all fondle our Pens sweaters.

EmDubs said...

ha ha, dying alive you forgot about how the Penguins brilliantly stashed Malkin away in Russia last year so the team would finish last in the division and get the right to draft Jordan Staal. They, of course, knew St. Louis would not draft him first and that Staal would bring sensational play to the team at 18 years old.

Schiff said...

I hear Julien got fired because he had sex with Brodeur's wife's sister, too...

dying alive said...

Jon, you are so right about the early 90s being the best years for Pens fans. What an amazing team - Lemieux, Jagr, Stevens, Tocchet, Mullen, Murphy, Samuelsson, Coffey, Trottier, Barrasso - it was like watching the freaking All-Star game 82 times a year. If we can keep our young talent together and make a few additions, I think this team can be just as good.

EmDubs, good call on Malkin. They obviously kept him in some sort of Russian safehouse last season so that he couldn't tarnish our terrible record.

Anonymous said...

this picture
makes claude julien look like this guy http://bp2.blogger.com/_fw7iF68JR8k/RhHDT4kMXmI/AAAAAAAABwc/A7kpwu6w6J4/s1600-h/t1_lamoriello1_all.jpg

p.s. photoshop at will

Anonymous said...

Its official


Pat said...

Thanks for the link, guys.

Anonymous said...

Gretzky did drink Mario's piss, he then went out and had a 200 point season.

Anonymous said...

Thats why Mario stalled at 199 points, Gretzky let Mario bang his mom in exchange for never breaking that 200 point record.

Mario pissed on her as well.

AndrewGurn said...

Dear Anonymous: Gretzy is not even fit to cup 66's balls whilst Gretzky's mom gives Mario a BJ. Piss on that.

-The Title-less AndrewGurn

Kim said...

K, I couldn't have said it better my self! Everyone jumps on to tell us how awful we are but the minute we start lookin good its all a big conspiracy and everyone is pulling for us and mario is payin some one off and this that and the other thing. Whatever. Everyone is going to cry if they arn't pens fans. Good game tonight though!


tiffany said...

Karri & Jon, awww.....thanks for the love and glad you got some amusement out of the song. I walked into my kitchen & all of a sudden, the idea for it hit me like a bolt of lightning. Didn’t really have to change a lot... But anyway, Karri, you could be on to something about Julien playing both sides. Perhaps he was making Lou jealous, checking out the players’ bare arses....lol.

Dying Alive & EmDubs, awesome list of excuses as to why the Pens are winnin’ the games. :-D You covered all the bases.

Rev. Andrew.....haha. Thanks...good to know I’m not the only outsider.

Schiff, Julien seems to be makin’ his rounds, doesn’t he??

And Canaan.....haha. Those pictures are great.

Anonymous said...

See yinz over at gamedaychat.com tonight!

PittCheMBA said...

GM Lou looks like Senator Palpatine (alias Darth Sidius). I smell a photoshop opportunity!

rachel said...

Let's just pretend that game didn't happen... And then the Devils win tonight and the Sens got a point for OT. In the words of Therrien after the game, "Just gotta move on."

Tiff, great song :)


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