Thursday, April 3, 2008

Penguins Season Preview (Reprise)



What is it like to be a Penguins fan? Are you sure you want to know?
The story of a Penguins season is not for the faint of heart.

If somebody said it was going to be a happy little tale...
If somebody told you it was just your average ordinary season with no overtime losses, no blown leads, no gut-wrenching third periods...somebody lied.


Last season:

We started the season praising the arrival of Evgeni Malkin.
What happens in his first preseason game?

However, Malkin managed to return a mere 5 games into the season.
In game 8, he electrified Mellon Arena with a goal that made every Pens fan stand up wherever they were and realize the Pens were back.

From October 5 till December 20, there were two things on the minds of Pens fans.
A) Rumors of a 4th Die Hard movie.
B) The Pens' new arena.

December 20th was the day that Pennsylvania awarded a gaming license to the city of Pittsburgh.
Isle of Capri promised to build a new Pens arena if given the license.
But they were shut down.

And although it really wasn't on your mind every second of every Pens game, the thought of the Pens leaving would hit you at 5:30 on some jobber Thursday afternoon, and you'd have to sit there for an hour, contemplating the fact that the Buffalo Sabres or Columbus Blue Jackets may be your new team to root for.

Amidst all this crap, the Pens decided to embark on an incredible 16-game point streak.
14-0-2 from January 13 to February 19.

It was during that stretch that Pens fans everywhere stood up wherever they were and realized the Pens were contenders.

March 13, 2007 -- Lemieux announces the Pens are staying in Pittsburgh.

The Pens finished the season second to New Jersey in the Atlantic.
And for the first time since 2001, the Pens were in the playoffs.

In mid-April, Pens fans everywhere stood up wherever they were and were choke-slammed by the Ottawa Senators.

The Pens' only win of the series was in Game 2. It was a sweet victory.

But the feeling of playoff hockey for a hungry fan base came 8:08 into the second period of Game 4 with the Pens down 1-0.
After the Pens struggled for shots on goal, Jordan Staal found himself in front and pounded one past Ray Emery.

The swell of the Mellon Arena crowd in celebration of that goal, in a way, was comparable to a Stanley Cup championship, in regards to a team who hadn't seen the playoffs in 6 years.

But the Senators were all business, beat the Pens that game, and won the series 4-1.

And now, it's time for the 2007-2008 season.


Mellon Arena

Sure, it is outdated. And everything is too small, parking sucks, etc.
But to many of us, Mellon Arena is like a second home.

Other than fornicating somewhere, there isn't a better place to be on a winter night than on Center Avenue, the sharp cold piercing your lungs as you walk faster than you ever have to the gates.


Lemieux Group L.P.

Mario Lemieux was well on his way to selling his interest in the team.
Then the Pens got Malkin. Then the Pens got Crosby. Then they got Roberts.
Then they got the new arena.

And Lemieux is staying at the helm.
And he is still a beast.


Ray Shero.

Maybe we were all sick of Craig Patrick. Maybe not. He gave us two Cups.

Ray Shero walks into his office every morning and dominates.
He has made some big-time moves.

Basically, fans want a GM that they trust.
Ray Shero is a man you can trust.

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach:
Michel Therrien

The thing about Therrien is you either like him or you don't.
A lot of people thought Shero would go in a different direction,
but so far Therrien has been the man.
His job should be safe for another year, unless the something awful happens, or Pierre McGuire tries to make up another rumor like he did last year.

Assistant coach:
Mike Yeo

Yeo dominates with a solid suit/tie scheme every night.
If FSN doesn't show him before the third period, call the police.


Broadcast Teams:
(Presented by Ron Newcomer)

Radio team:

WXDX(105.9 FM)

Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Fox Sports Net:

Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

In-Game Reporter:

Dan Potash



Chris Thorburn, Nils Ekman, Jocelyn Thibault, Michel Ouellet.


Daryl Sydor, Petr Sykora.





MAF's New Mask

Last year's was a flower from Little Shop of Horrors eating everything.

This year's is darker with an aggravated Penguin breaking through ice with a vengeance.
There's probably a flower on it somewhere.
It's pathetic that this is the best pic we could find.


Crosby's "C"




What can be said about Mark Recchi?
Most players his age are hanging around while their respective team waits for them to retire.
It definitely isn't that way with Mark Recchi.
As was documented more and more during last season, anyone hating on Mark Recchi thinks this is still the mid-90s.
His point total may drop off a couple points this season as burgeoning Pens stars eventually take his place beside Crosby.


Gary Roberts was rejuvenated when he joined the Pens at the deadline last season.
He had a new team and an entire fanbase to show what was up.

Over the course of Penguins history, and maybe Pittsburgh sports history, no athlete has ever captured the hearts of fans as quickly as Gary Roberts.
He became a legend.

Even we can't stop and wonder if Gary Roberts can maintain that insanity over the course of the entire season coming up.
He will maintain it because this could be his last run at a Cup.
It will be fun as hell watching him.


Hopefully Jordan worked on his fist-pump/woooooo! goal celebration during the offseason.
He might be using it an extra 10 times or so this season.
That would mean Jordan Staal is a 40-goal scorer this season.
That is scary.


Over the last couple years, rumors of Ryan Malone being traded were enough to warrant putting Ryan Malone on the New York Stock Exchange.
Then again, what was he supposed to be when he got here?
He's been a consistent 20-goal scorer (on pace for about 20 last season if he didn't get injured).
Give us a 20-goal scorer every day of the week.


Christo has ridiculous sniper potential, as he gave us shades of Alexei Kovalev last season.
He turned into a shootout specialist, leading the league with 8 shootout goals in 06-07.
If he doesn't become a semi-household name, his potential could be enough for him to be tradebait at the deadline.
Everything else aside, he's a natural center who learned the winger position on the fly last season.


The expectations circulating around Syko are pretty high.
He's entering the prime of his career, and he's sitting pretty beside Sid the Monkey.
Sykora could bump in 35.
Staal and Sykora combining for 70+ goals? Wow.


Hall played his way onto the team, so he is no joke.
Got to respect a man who does that.
We don't know much about him, but we will in time.


Okay, he benefited from playing with Sid during Sid's rookie year.
But either Sid has outgrown Colby, or Colby is slumping.
It's probably a combination of both.
But how can anyone seriously hate Colby Armstrong?


Colby and Talbot look like they're the comic relief in the locker room.
We've never been in an NHL locker room, so we base that assumption on us touching ourselves.
He agitated a bunch of people last year, with a Sens fan throwing shit on him at the end of Game One.
And again, how can someone hate Maxime Talbot?


He's basically the bodyguard for Sid, Evgeni, and Jordan.
He didn't quite fit into Therrien's plans at the tail end of last season, but his presence will be felt over the marathon that is looming.


And now another player that no Pens fan could seriously hate.
He's the jobber who will piss people off and draw stupid penalties that send the Graphite Company out onto the power play.


Oh, baby. Oh, baby.
With one year under his belt, oh, man.
He spent all last season adapting to the size of NHL rinks, not to mention jobbing back and forth between center and winger.
40 of Malk's 85 points last season came on the power play. Whatever that means.
We're not saying less than 100 points would be a disappointment, but you know Malkin is expecting to hit 100 points.


If you need a synopsis of Bing, you shouldn't be here.
Only the fourth man to (legitimately) wear the Pens "C" since the late '80s, Crosby is entering the stage of his career (meaning his entire career) where he may be unstoppable at times.
We are all witness.




People that watched the Pens during the Dark Ages know the defense was poop.
Mark Eaton came in last season and helped solidify the blue line.
There were talks that his play declined after returning from his injury.
But the plight of a steady NHL defenseman is that he doesn't show up in the stats, regardless of a good game or a bad game.
What Eaton does for the team doesn't show up in the box score.


Scoods is definitely the sitting duck on the Pens blue line now, with Joe Melichar leaving.
We all understand that some people love hockey because it's entertaining.
When the Pens weren't an entertaining team, people lost interest. Big deal.
But these people better not jump in now and say Rob Scuderi doesn't belong on the Pens.
Therrien trusts him enough to put him out there when we're on the short end of a 5-on-3.
Rob Scuderi is there when it counts.


The addition of Daryl Sydor is a big deal.
Again, our knowledge of an NHL locker room is mud.
But seeing now three vets on that blue line has to have some psychological effect on the other D-men and the entire team.


As long as Crosby and Malkin are on the ice during the power play,
expect the Whitney Play ( TM) to sneak in the back door for some more gimme goals this season.
But that's not to say Whitney isn't coming into his own.
If he isn't a household name yet, he will be.


The big thing he did last year was during the Montreal game.
Five seconds left in the first period, the Pens were in the Montreal zone, and he knew that he meant absolutely nothing to the team if he stayed on the blue line.
He creeps in and scores on a one-timer from Sid with 0.2 left.
We don't know what us remembering that means.
Nazzer played 44 games last season and led Pens d-men with a plus/minus of +12.


He is the closest the Pens have to a stay-at-home enforcer defenseman.
The only problem is that he stays at home until he goes to hit someone.
And then he doesn't get back into position.
We made that observation while finishing off a bag of Pepperoni Pizza Combos, so that means whatever you want it to mean.


48 of Gonchar's 67 points last season came on the power play.
By comparison, Scott Niedermayer had only 34 of 69.
Niklas Lidstrom -- 33 of 62.

That could mean Niedermayer and Lidstrom are better breakout passers than Gonchar.
Or it means Niedermayer played on the team that won the Stanley Cup.
And Lidstrom has been unanimously the best defenseman in the NHL for the last 5 years.

Gonchar could've run a blog in the penalty box during the 05-06 season.
He improved dramatically in that department last year.
He'll make mistakes. He's human.
We don't want to know what life would be like if he wasn't on the blue line.
We stand by him.




Personal blog:
Pensblog Adam recalls calling into Mark Madden during the 05-06 season, saying MAF is repeatedly beaten over the shoulder because MAF commits to the butterfly a millisecond too early.
Madden proceeded to call Adam a homo.

If you want to give MAF criticism now, your name better be Gilles Miloche.
Miloche has worked behind the scenes to mold MAF into a big deal.

MAF wasn't in the top 5 in the NHL last year in terms of GAA, Save%, or Shutouts.
Those categories were dominated by goalies of teams that employ a defensive scheme or goalies that are just sick.

But if you look at MAF's 40 wins last season and still say MAF won't give you a chance to win against the Haseks and Brodeurs, you're a joke.


He doesn't use Reebok goalie equipment.
That's all you gotta know.
If a mediocre backup goalie is an achille's heel, we're about to find out.

He's overall an unproven goalie. He may dominate.



Predictions and opinions are total mud.
We don't want to be homers, yet we don't want to cloud our judgments just because we don't want to be homers.

As the New York Rangers have stockpiled talent during the offseason, they have looked more and more disgusting.

We'll cover our bases and say either the Rangers or Pens will win the Atlantic.

Regarding offensive firepower, the Rangers and Pens are among the tops in the Eastern Conference and probably the NHL.

Everyone wants the Cup this year, and it could happen.

We now expect the Pens will be in the playoffs, but how can anyone be sure.
It is an 82-game battle, and you know there is going to be some tense times.
We started last year taking one game at a time. And we will do that this year as well.
There is nothing worse than an overconfident fan base.

If the Pens do make the playoffs, it will be a matter if last year's playoff experience, and if the season-long tutelage of Roberts, Sydor, and Sykora, will be enough to win 16 games in the Spring.


Hopefully if you have come this far, you are willing to come a little further.
You remember the name of the arena, don't you?

Let's kick the tires and light the fires.



It would have been dumb to go through this and find prophecies that did and did not come true.
We'd bet Sid that you can figure it out.

No Letang and no Conklin.


Dr. Turkleton said...

Wow...6 months flies by while your having fun!!!![and your favorite hockey team is winning & getting ready for the playoffs!!!]

[Hossa: No. 18 in your program, No. 1 in your hearts]

Flyer Hater said...

Seriously, there's only 1 f'ing game remaining in the regular season. Is it just me or is that just astonishing? This season has absolutely flown by.

letsgopsu said...

the worst part is we have to wait until sunday for the game...

lis said...

That post had me so fired up at the beginning of the year and now it's got me fired up again!!!

....o.k. well and a little teary eyed!!!!!!!!!!

Flyer Hater said...


Jonny V said...

It was just like yesterday we were trying to come up with players' jersey number suggestions for the countdown to the home opener.

A plea to the staff, please find some way to back up all of this stuff for the years ahead. Looking back on this stuff after one season is sweet. Being able to look back on it five years from now? The value can't be measured. Some say priceless.

JYo said...

Gonch says "Yeah, I was drunk, I brought home the fat chick in the Debs sweater. You don't have to rub it in!"

Foreshadowblog on Crusher.

Dr. Turkleton said...

@flyer hater

I'm gonna add:

Lets Go 'NING....

and they just scored! 34 seconds in !!!!....1-0 over the CAPS !!!!

Dr. Turkleton said...

will be even sweeter if the Caps loose with the Caps tv crew whining all game....

Caps just 'scored'...but NOOOO!!!!!!

phantom goalie interference call on the Caps....hahaha

Let the conspiracy theories commence!

JYo said...

@ Turk: Screw that, I'd rather see Washington sneak into the playoffs and knock the Cryers out. The Craps are easily the lesser of two evils in my eyes.

Dr. Turkleton said...


how bout both the Caps AND Flyers out...with the Slugs sneaking into that 8th spot [might be a long shot & we'll know about 1030p if they still have a chance]

JYo said...

I would certainly take that, but I don't expect it at all. I'm definitely looking forward to a Slugs win tonight, but I don't see them sneaking in and, realistically, I'm looking for the Craps to knock out the Cryers. I know, I know, it would shock the world, TWO southeast teams in the playoffs!!! Someone must have crossed the streams!

tripledeke said...

I'd rather the caps miss the playoffs just so i don't have to listen to the caps broadcasters anymore..."The caps have settled down in this game, they always stand up to adversity". Your at home against the worst team in the conference I hope you can settle down.

Ashley said...

that photo of malkin getting hurt sucks...but at the same time, there's something that makes me smile - I gotta love the ads on those boards. They make me homesick.

Dr. Turkleton said...


+1...they might've Elmo'd themselves if OV didn't play pinball to get his 64th...

Laughlins whine > Beninatis cheese

Laughlins voice is a combo of Myron Cope [RIP] & fingernails down a blackboard

coffeytalk said...

Thanks for the re-post, Staff. If we ever meet, you guys are getting mugged with a hug.

Flyer Hater said...

Update: Buffalo blows, already losing 2-0 to the Habs.

What a bunch of jokes.


wingergirl said...

I'm pleasantly shocked that you guys were right about almost everything...except Staal. We all make mistakes.

Last night's game will be my year's defining moment until I see them again in Helsinki and then Sweden.

Ya'll should be a little bit wary if the Caps make the playoffs. Ovechkin was a beast in the RSL whenever his team made it. You think he's a good goal-scorer now, he takes it up another notch in the playoffs.

But I would love to see the Pens win that series in six games...

JYo said...

Washington is the team I would fear least of the Craps, Boston, or the Cryers. I don't care how good Jokevechkin would be, they don't have the team to take down the Pens. Boston has given the Pens fits this year with their system and I'd fear injuries against the Cryers because you know they would goon it up as per the usual. Anyway, here are a couple of snippets from an ESPN chat today that make it even easier to root for the Craps tonight:

If Ottawa loses and Washington wins, the Caps will be tied in points with the Sens.

And earlier this season, when the Caps were getting the best of Ottawa, it seemed like a curiosity. Now, the Caps will own the tiebreakers should Ottawa and Washington end up tied.

How funny would it be if Charlie-zuma's revenge came back to bite the Sens and knock their ass out of the playoffs. That would be funny!

Jonny V said...

Oh, and pensgirl, that was a superb, Stoosh-like comment in the last post when dealing with the Flyer fan.

and wow, upon further reading, other c-bloggers have said the same thing.

Profound stuff.

Jonny V said...

wow, just finished reading last post, and at first I was a little perturbed that people kept responding to that Flyer toolbag, but then i realized that you guys came back at him classy and armed with facts. I also started to wonder where flyer hater was in all of it ha ha ha. Again, another illustration of what makes this one of the top hockey blogs on this bundle of wires called the internet. You have the staff with the outstanding game recaps, and this community of people who make me very glad that I am a fan of this team.

and original hockey ho, i bought two WWGRD bracelets and would be willing to part with one. my email is, hit me up on there if you're interested.

Flyer Hater said...

I want to play the Craps in the first round just to give them fuel for conspiracy theories when they get swept. That'll be truly fun to read.

Dr. Turkleton said...

the Washvechkin Capitals strike again....goal #65 on the PP & lead 2-1

Lecavalier went down in a heap favoring his wrist/shoulder & going for xrays....that would really suck to get a major injury in a meaningless game for the Bolts

the 'Ning currently going through the motions of a 4:00 PP chance....

dr. turkleton said:
with the Slugs sneaking into that 8th spot [might be a long shot & we'll know about 1030p if they still have a chance]

maybe I should have said: 745p...maybe Hartnell didn't tell the Slugs they need to WIN or they'll be making Friday morning tee times.

Pensgirl said...

Thanks Jonny. If that dude believes what he's saying he's delusional, and if not then he's just trying to cause trouble. Either way, he's the first type of person they teach you to ignore in law school...which is why I addressed cblog about him rather than responding to him directly. He didn't say anything that deserved a direct response.

The part that made me laugh is where we were supposed to be upset that he doesn't "respect" Sid. 1) Like the stated opinion of some random joke matters at all. 2) A Flyer fan talking about what constitutes solid hockey is like a vegan writing a book of steak recipes.

Stoosh said...

Fellow C-bloggers...

Sorry I wasn't around this afternoon to help layeth the smacketh down on that assclown of a Flyers fan.

But it's apparent that their fans and their team are cut from the same cloth; they're like the class bully that finally gets punched in the mouth and then goes running home to mommy and daddy.

Petulant babies...that's about it.

And this might sound strange, but there's something incredibly endearing about it. I've never been on a safari or anything, but I'd like it to go on a safari to see wild animals in their natural state. Well, the Pens punched the Flyers in the mouth, dished it right back to the Flyers and oh look! It's Flyers in their natural state - whining crybabies who can do nothing but resort to blaming the refs and hiding behind the ignorance that is a handful wacky conspiracy theories. How cute!

Earlier this year, Jarkko Ruutu exposed the myth that was Steve Downie as nothing more than a myth. The Pens have exposed the Flyers as nothing more that as crybabies on skates who kick and scream when they aren't able to play their way. When the going gets tough, they fold up like a friggin' tent.

Anyway, kudos to C-blog this afternoon.

Nathan said...

Caps beat the Bolts 4-1. They're tied with Carolina and have emerged in the top 8 of the East. As lousy as the Southeast Division has been this season, they could actually end up with more than one team in the playoffs.

Buffalo has been eliminated, falling 3-1 to Montreal.

And Ottawa's demolishing the Leafs, so once that game ends, the Senators will be in the playoffs.

Nathan said...

Stoosh, the Downie-Ruutu fight was the Flyers' season in a nutshell. They have no problems starting shit, but when someone actually fights back, they run away.

Just skate away, Stevie. That mean Jarkko Ruutu can't hurt you anymore.

You know that team will never be a winner until they roll Bobby Clarke up in a carpet and throw him off the Walt Whitman Bridge. Until that happens, the Flyers will be a haven for second-tier players and no-talent coward thugs.

Johnny Wrath said...


JF:"Whats up, Jimbo?"

TPB:"How you doin Jon?"

"Oh I'm doin fabulous.."

"You know I think Woodland Hills is the favorite-"

"All right, you guys back there are screening the calls back here. You know these guys are... He does.. You know what he's gonna..."

"Gary Roberts".

"You guys are the bes huh huh huh".

I can't remember who, but I loved the commentary about protecting one's future child from monsters at bed by tossing them a WWGRD shirt. Precisely why I have a few unopened.

Who else (whole nation) caught the dude behind the benches in the WWPBCD shirt? This is way better than the time we all rocked moose antlers.

Gary Roberts.

The Big K said...

How things can change.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

Hmm, the end of the season is always so depressing, but luckily I can say this: PLAYOFFS!!!

@tPBStaff: Wasn't that Jarkko's mother? (hehehe ... my George Bush laugh)

I agree with Turk. For a while I was hoping for the Sabres to come to my rescue but doesn't look like that's working out. I wanted Montreal to lose to the Sabres. (once again I'd like to apologize to Kovi and insert cringe) Go Crapitals for now. (vomit)

Michelle said...

John Fedko was completely annoying in that video. Is it just me or did he seem like he was drunk during that show?

It was cool that you predicted Malkin would get 100 points this year.

Here's to a long and prosperous playoff run! :)

Ashley said...

3 shorties scored by ottawa...2 of them in the third period on the same PK...Did the Leafs just give up?

JYo said...

RE: "Did the Leafs just give up?"

No, they are just the jokeskapades: jokes on skates.

Stoosh said...


Just read that post from the previous thread.

Good God, that was awesome. I think I blacked out halfway through.

JYo said...

Hopefully those jokes show up against the Habs on Saturday though. Either way, the Pens should come out and destroy the Cryers in a game that will hopefully keep them out of the playoffs and ensure the road to the Cup goes through Pittsburgh.

Dr. Turkleton said...

Maybe the Habs will put Francois Dupuis in goal on Saturday v. the Leafs [too bad Mats Sundin will be unavailable]

Not that playing the game v. the Flyers on Sunday would be 'stressful' to have to Win to get the #1 seed...but wouldn't it be nice to have that wrapped up late Saturday night with a Habs L & watch Laraque & Kennedy & Taffe & Hall get 20+ minutes each and STILL beat the Flyers [one can only dream, can't he?]

Kyle Turris making his NHL debut with the Coyotes wearing, the NHL is getting younger & younger...this kid doesn't turn 19 until August...Nine-freakin'-teen!!! [and it's making me feel older by the minute as well. Especially when I think that Roenick was born 6 days after me & he's an old man in the NHL]

Stoosh said...

Ashley, was the preseason game in which Malkin got hurt in Halifax or Moncton? I can't remember.

Too bad about the Leafs tonight versus the Sens. I watched the highlights on the NHL Network and apparently, the Sens can really play when they want to play. The only problem is they rarely want to play.

And poor Buffalo. If anyone gets a chance, check out John Buccigross's column this week on There's an email there from a Buffalo fan that outlines the entire hatchet job that Darcy Regier and some of the rest of the front office have done to that team over just two or three seasons. Absolutely amazing to see a team that they spent five or six years building come crumbling apart in just two seasons. Regier might not want to be going out in public much over the next few months.

Brando said...

Since we are looking back at the beginning of the season, this is the first home game intro video. If you've never seen it, have another monitor handy. I can't watch this movie and not get chills. Enjoy, I do every time.

Michelle said...

brando-thanks for the link to that video. It is pretty cool. They showed parts of the video at other games throughout the year. That's a keeper for the favorites.

Pensgirl said...

Wow, kudos from the Stoosh? What a way to end my day...I'll close up shop on that high note. Many thanks to you, good sir, and goodnight all.

Dr. Turkleton said...


Man, I haven't watched that video in quite some time...

Thanks, Brando...I was just ready to go catch some ZZZZ' I'm pumped & ready to see a game!!!!!

Off Topic:
maybe I'm just a simpleton, but I crack up at those Bud Light 'Dude' Commercials....

Dude 1
Dude 2
Dude 3

FijiH2O said...

"Other than fornicating somewhere, there isn't a better place to be on a winter night than on Center Avenue, the sharp cold piercing your lungs as you walk faster than you ever have to the gates."

Sums it up perfectly:D

Joshua said...


Are you still in school, and, if so, where at? I'm a 2-L at Pitt.

Jonny V said...

Stoosh, nice link to that article. I guess it's safe to say that Regier is a Bizarro version of Ray Shero. Drury should still be a Sabre in my opinion.

If tPB t-shirts become even half as popular at the Civic Arena that those old antlers did, that'd be unreal. I'd say the blog finally arrived, but with WWGRD and the c-bloggers that send the text messages to the jumbotron, it's pretty much past that point.

And I think the only team that I have qualms with us facing in the playoffs is the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge. But that would be the conference final that I would love to see.

Jonny V said...

and Turk, regarding your off-topic topic, the commercial that I laugh at every time is the men's wearhouse prom commercial. That kid's face is hilarious to me.

Dr. Turkleton said...

@johnny v

what a predicament that kids in...also,the look the dad shoots the kid is priceless....

The Canucks playing [currently losing 2-0 to EDM] for their playoff lives...either win or they're toast.

What the heck happened to them?...I never thought they were in any real trouble to miss the top 8...all of a sudden Nashville slides up to 8th and the Canucks are scrambling....pure craziness

Stoosh said...

JONNY V - I thought they should've kept Drury, too, but I think he was leaving no matter what. If I remember correctly, it was reported afterwards that the team always prioritized Drury well over Briere. They did make Drury at least one good offer in an attempt to lock him up prior to the 2006-07 season, but Drury told the team he wanted to test the market after the 06-07 season, especially because he always wanted to get the chance to go back home and play for the Rangers.

What mystified me then was that they never made any serious attempt to lock up Briere until like two weeks before he was supposed to hit the open market. And even that offer was reportedly just honest enough to make it look like they kind of gave a damn.

I always thought Briere was the better fit for that team, especially since they were keeping Vanek. It's just really strange...for some reason, that front office just apparently never thought very highly of Briere, despite the fact that he was a good fit with that system.

Stoosh said...

Love this Bud Light commercial, mostly because it reminds me of my dog. For some reason, the one he yells at the 0:19 mark cracks me up.

Mike Georger said...

me and my roommate just finished watching mario's eight point game from 89 and my god, if a few guys on that team besides him could shoot he easily has a 13 point game. incredible.

also hextall chasing rob brown after his goal = amazing

John said...

I think you guys were a little off on Recchi...

Ashley said...

Stoosh - Malkin got hurt in Moncton, therefore I am of the belief that the Penguins need to return to Moncton for at least one preseason game (or maybe two..against the Habs) so that Malkin won't have completely negative memories of the city haha

Mike Costa said...

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