Tuesday, July 3, 2007

It's mid-October.
A somewhat chilly Wednesday.
Pens on the road at MSG.

It smells like fall.
You settle in for another three-hour battle with your TV.
Maybe you have the radio on, listening to Lange.
Maybe you are going with Paul and Bob.

The Steelers probably blew a huge game last Sunday.
Everyone is all pissed off.
Potash is dominating intermission interviews like it is mid-March.

You get by with some pretzels, a cold beverage of your choice, and a strong dislike of the city of New York.

Drury and Gomez job us.
Straka puts the Rangers up 3-0 with 10 left in the third.

Crosby responds

Malkin goes coast-to-coast.

Fleury robs Jagr.

Goalie pulled now.
Tick, tick, tick.

Pens get the puck.
Crosby passes to the slot:

Petr Sykora and his awesome hair score.

Gary Roberts pile drives someone in OT.
Pens win.

Start the season right now, we're ready.
The first couple weeks of this offseason were mud.
But somewhere in between the draft and the start of free agency, the fire has returned.
October cannot come soon enough.


Picture: Ray Shero is all smiles after outsmarting someone on his way to this press conference.

Other than announcing the Sydor and Sykora deals...

...Pretty quiet day on the Pens.
The Pens did ink Robbie Scuds.

Some people have suggested that since Sydor and Sykora is here, Sergei Gonchar is dispensable, now.
We won't even justify those arguments.
But you do know what those signings mean:

Farewell Joe Melichar.


Around the NHL

Tons of stuff going down.

Todd Bertuzzi went to Anaheim.
2 years -- $8 million.

Steve Moore =Stunned

Michael Nylander went to the Caps.
4 years -- $19.5 million.

Picture: Michael Nylander's agent walking out of the bank he just robbed.

Owen Nolan went to the Flames.
1 year -- $2 million.
If this was 1995, this deal would be unreal.
But it's not.

Bryan Smolinski goes to the Canadiens.
1 year -- $2 million.

Robert Lang goes to the steadily improving Blackhawks.
2 year- $8 million
Watch out for Chicago. Write it down.

The Kings signed everyone.

Picture: Longtime Kings fan Betsy Butters doesn't think it is enough.

And finally, Roman Hamrlik goes to the Canadiens.
4 years -- $22 million.

Backtrack: Ryan Whitney -- 6 years, $24 million.
What a steal, as Commentorblog pointed out.


Pittsburgh is burning

...Sports writers in this town are finally losing it.

Bob Smizik tells us about the huge blow-up on the Sunday sports showdown:

"How dare you," Alexander shouted. "Hey, Joe, don't insult Ellis and don't insult me. That's a ridiculous point to raise."
Starkey insisted it was a reasonable point to raise. Alexander then got what amounted to the last word.
"Joe, is your paper an investor in the Pirates?"

Watch it here.

Smizik then took some shots at Mark Madden...
and lastly added this about Mike Lange:

"Lange made no secret of the fact he wants to get back into television, an avenue that is not open for him with the Penguins. He was fired after the 2006 season by FSN. Subsequent remarks by Lange infuriated FSN officials to the point there's no chance of him securing his old job."

Best column Smizik has written in 8 years.


A Winter in the Sun
Game # 35
December 26, 2006

The first period of the game tonight looked like a game of pong.
But, of course, it was Devils Pong (TM):

Imagine the impossibility of scoring a goal in a pong game like this.
Welcome to the Atlantic Division.

The puck just went back and forth, back and forth. I'm tired of using the word "boring" to describe Devils hockey. Before you knew it, the first period was over with absolutely nothing to talk about.

As expected, the second period was the same as the first period.
Paul Steigerwald mentioned that this game could easily be compared to an NBA game, which is true.
The only difference was that none of the players on the ice were high.
Right after Steigerwald finished that thought, Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune fame scored for New Jersey to basically end the game.

I'd like to buy a vowel.

Commentorblog said:

I never understand why everyone gets all butthurt about the Pens losing to Brodeu- er, I mean the Devils.
Seriously though, yeah it sucks and the devils blow just as bad, but brodeur is a great goalie and people need to get over it :P


Day Number:

What a play. What was Bledsoe thinking?
This is when being a Steeler fan was fun.

Go Pens


canaanmakesfood said...


snoopyjode said...

- very nice, canaan. ;)
- betsy butters made me almost lose my breakfast.
- staff, solid "futurecasting." it had me drooling in anticipation. this is going to be a looooooooong three months. oh, and the gary roberts pile driver was a nice touch.
- to joe melichar: don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Hooks Orpik said...

Just when you didn't think Shero could be any smarter, the details of Whitney's contract come to life, courtesy the PG:

"Ryan Whitney accepted a six-year contract that includes a bump in pay each season. His salary will rise from $2.5 million in 2007-08 to $3 million, $3.5 million, $4.5 million, $5 million and $5.5 million."

The Pens can't afford that much while still in Mellon, and that's when his salary will be low. But in a few years, when Whitney's in his prime and there's new revenue from the new building, he'll be making more $$, but his cap hit will still be $4 million.

Genius. Ray Shero, what a solid executive.

Loser Chris said...

I would almost rather have Whitney's contract scale in the opposite direction. Give him the big $$$ up front while we have the cap space. That would also make him more tradeable in the future should that become necessary. Not that I think it will, but it never hurts to cover all your bases.

Are there any numbers out on the Sykora deal yet?

Hooks Orpik said...

"Give him the big $$$ up front while we have the cap space."

The salary cap hit isn't defined by how much a player makes a specific season, it's the total $ in the contract divided by the years. Whitney's cap hit is $4 every year.

So 6 years from now when he's making $5.5 million, it's only going to count $4 million against the Pens cap. Genius.

See, it's so smart you think it could be better, but really it's so inherently right we simpletons can't even wrap our minds around how detail oriented and right it really is.

PG said Sykora's deal is the same terms as Sydor's, 2 years $2.5 million per.

Loser Chris said...

Well if you're sure that is how the cap works, then yeah that contract is pretty much perfect. And like I've said several times already, it's going to look like a steal in a couple years.

As usual... in Shero we trust!

Jason said...

"it's conceivable that Crosby would settle for less than he's entitled to."

if bing is that awesome and would let that happen, i will begin construction of a crosby statue outside mellon arena and make regular pilgramages to pray before it.
i'm pretty broke, so it will probably be made out of either play doh or mashed potatoes, but its the thought that counts

luvnmypens said...

Jason said...
"i'm pretty broke, so it will probably be made out of either play doh or mashed potatoes, but its the thought that counts"

Count me in! I will definately donate a few boxes of smashed taters for the cause.

How about we make it a Johnny Atlas style statue with Roberts holding up the world and Bing on top of the world.

snoopyjode said...

count me in, too - bing is my boy!!! you can read about his willingness to consider accepting less $$$ here. (i posted this same article in commentorblog yesterday, but there it is again for anyone who missed it.)

seriously, though, it's pretty much up to sid: if he thinks this is a team that could win the cup, and he wants to keep the current lineup together (particularly 71, 11, and 29), he's going to HAVE to make a sacrifice.

you KNOW the pens aren't going to let him go anywhere. they'll match any offer he gets - guaranteed. they aren't calling the new arena "the house that sid built" for nothing! but with all the money he gets from endorsements (gatorade or reebok, anyone?) he can afford to be somewhat generous on this front, and free up some cash for shero to use to keep malkin, staal, and MAF.

i just hope sidney realizes that...

Kenny Melvin said...

Solid post today guys, the season can't come soon enough. A question for you guys, when is Lange going to decide if he's taking the Pens radio gig or not?

Kenny Melvin said...

Wow look at what the jobbers in Buffalo did, they basically agreed to a contract extension with Drury but they never came around to finishing it.

snoopyjode said...
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snoopyjode said...

outstanding find, ken. i immediately sent the link to my slugs-loving boss. [*evil laugh*] it was said a day or two ago in commentorblog, but it's so true: it is most definitely a good time to be a pens fan! :)

Loser Chris said...

That's hilarious! Buffalo is going to suck without Drury.

Jason said...

definately sucks to be a sabres fan right now

snoopyjode said...

Loser Chris said...
That's hilarious! Buffalo is going to suck without Drury.

Jason said...
definately sucks to be a sabres fan right now

i know, and it's glorious. ;)

snoopyjode said...

okay. my last few posts make me seem a little bit harsh. but here's what you should know:

last year, i took a TREMENDOUS amount of shit from him - actually all the guys in the office (i'm the only girl) - about how craptacular the pens were.

now it's my turn to dish it out to him and i can't wait.

oh, and the pens signed prospect goalie david brown.

Loser Chris said...

Actually Snoop, I was thinking your posts make you that much more awesome.

Kenny Melvin said...

Any harsh comments about the Sabres and their fans are accepted and encouraged here. I went to a couple Buffalo games last year and their fans are the biggest douchebags, almost to the level of Maple Leaf fans. How stupid is Sabres management? That's like the Americans winning the revolutionary war but not getting around to sign the treaty of Paris.

snoopyjode said...

aww, shucks! thanks, loser chris!
you know, it's been a long time coming for my boss. he was driving me crazy - saying shit like, "oh, the senators are teaching your little penguin boys what the nhl is all about!" you really have NO IDEA how much i relished the fact that the sabres/senators series only went to 5 games, too. i hate, hate, HATE the sens, but i have to admit that i was rooting for them to win that series. (i was SO glad they didn't get the cup, though. i hate bryan murray, and something about alfie just pisses me off.)

anyways, i still have a picture of sid taking ryan miller to school with the shootout goal for the win on 3-13-07 and a printout of the sabreslug with a bloody bullet hole to the head hanging up on the wall that faces him. :)

snoopyjode said...

for anyone who cares, today's nhl.com frozen moment is a sweet pic of evgeni malkin. i know, i know - i should be working right now, but with the impending 5 day holiday weekend (i took some vacation days) i am SERIOUSLY unmotivated...

Barrasso35 said...

Great post today, Staff.

AC/DC references>Dire Straits references.

What more can we say about Shero? The guy is a freakin' genius.

Kenny Melvin said...

Snoopy you're the reason the American economy is going down the crapper!!

John Tarbett said...

Even though I ripped on Buzzontheburgh yesterday for spelling Sykora wrong so many times, I gotta admit the picture of Lemieux at the top is money in the bank.

Kenny Melvin said...

Buzzontheburgh is reporting that the Pens are not looking to trade Orpik and Christensen, so expect Orpik and Christensen to be traded within the hour.

Kenny Melvin said...

Free agency=insane

Zubrus just got a SIX year deal from New Jersey. Good luck with that.

Sarah said...

R.I.P's Melichar's career
GUYS - where do you find these pictures of fat people!?? ewww!

Kenny Melvin said...

Sarah, you google fat woman

Anonymous said...

Sweet post. Is it October yet???
What year is that Steelers pic from, it is bugging the hell out of me.

thepensblogderek said...


You don't want to know what depths we go to.. my eyes are have seen some bad stuff...


I am not quite sure of the year.
I want to say 97 or 98.
That game was unreal.

Anonymous said...

That one 97 season was money

Barrasso35 said...

You don't want to know what depths we go to.. my eyes are have seen some bad stuff...

Can't be as bad as the stuff I've seen. I have some sick friends who play some sick jokes. Some things you can't un-see.

I dare not mention them on this family blog.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear how Maxime Talbot does in the World Series of Poker that starts Friday in Las Vegas.


snoopyjode said...

oh CHRIST, barrasso, if you don't feel okay telling US what your friends have done, then they must be some seriously sick bastards!!! ;)

Loser Chris said...

The baby of the day award goes to;

Kevin Lowe!!

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Loser Chris said...

Nolan Schaefer is now a member of the Wild. I was really hoping he was going to be our backup next year.

Why even go get him in the first place? That Shero is such a tease!

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7/03/2007 11:10 PM

Lemme guess... kenny melvin was bored.

ak47 said...

fact: ray shero packed pb&j for lunch every day in elementary school but ate steak and lobster because he learned to make shrewd deals in the cafeteria


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