Is That All You Got?

Ahhh sports journalists. Some are wise about the sport they cover, some are…well…not so smart. It’s summer time so whenever there’s a hockey article written, us hockey fans love to read and (what I’m about to do) pick it apart because whoever wrote the article is in the ‘not so smart’ category.

So as I was surfing around last night on the internet like I do and I found a new NHL article on Sportsnet. I then think “Sweet, hockey stuff!” Until I read one of the paragraphs/predictions…

8. With all the garbage I’ve been eating this summer, I shouldn’t be trusting my gut. But something tells me the Pittsburgh Penguins are headed for a huge fall. The darlings of the NHL last year when they gave Detroit all it could handle in the Cup final, the Pens go into the new season missing some key pieces to the puzzle. Marian Hossa and Ryan Malone are gone and key defenceman Ryan Whitney will miss the first three to five months with a knee problem. To make up for their missing offence, the Penguins are counting on getting some big minutes and big goals out of the mercurial Miroslav Satan, who lit the lamp just 15 times for the Islanders last season. Sure, the Penguins still boast the one-two punch of Crosby and Malkin. However, Tampa Bay finished in the cellar last year despite sending Lecavalier and St. Louis over the boards every night. Prediction? Coach Michel Therrien doesn’t last the season and the Penguins shock the NHL by struggling just to make the playoffs.

Okay, first off…

defenceman Ryan Whitney will miss the first three to five months with a knee problem

Nice to know he’s well informed considering Whits has a FOOT problem and not a KNEE problem.

Have a little problem with this statement…

the Penguins are counting on getting some big minutes and big goals out of the mercurial Miroslav Satan, who lit the lamp just 15 times for the Islanders last season.

Well considering Satan played for the NEW YORK ISLANDERS who were one of the worst offensive teams where-a-ways he’ll be heading to one of the best offensive teams in Pittsburgh and will be paired with the best in Crosby. This whole line shows the writer is just reaching for something here. I challenge anyone to find me a player who had a good year offensively for the Isles last season because I guarantee you, you won’t find one. 

So please, next time someone says something negative about Satan, let’s not bring up the fact that he played with the Islanders the past few seasons. He’s a true sniper playing with a true playmaker (Crosby) in a loaded offensive setting now….COMPLETELY different ball game now.

Sure, the Penguins still boast the one-two punch of Crosby and Malkin

Well don’t ya think that’s kind of important? I mean players like Crosby and Malkin make players around them much better. Ryan Malone doesn’t sign that big contract over this off-season without being on Malkin’s line. Mark Recchi and Colby Armstrong’s value went up because of the way they both looked playing with Crosby.

Crosby and Malkin’s impact mean even more this year since Crosby will have a true sniper on his wing (Satan) and Malkin will continue to grow chemistry with Sykora and will have Feds on his line that I think can still produce.

However, Tampa Bay finished in the cellar last year despite sending Lecavalier and St. Louis over the boards every night.

What does this have to do with anything? Yeah Tampa’s similar to Pittsburgh in terms of having two world-class players but that’s it. What the writer didn’t recognize was that Tampa had horrible defense and goaltending where Crosby and Malkin will have the luxury of having a solid defense and good (and still improving) goaltending from Fleury.

In no shape or form are the Pens even CLOSELY similar to what the Bolts were last year. Not sure where he was going with this one.

Prediction? Coach Michel Therrien doesn’t last the season and the Penguins shock the NHL by struggling just to make the playoffs.

Yeah that makes a whole lot of sense especially when Therrien just signed a three-year contract this off-season (though I’m not saying that’s a good thing).

I’m not saying there’s no way that the Pens will not make the playoffs this season. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Pens take the tumble that Ottawa took last year. The Pens have the Stanley Cup hangover over their heads, loss of some players, addition of new players (need some chemistry to finally click) and they start out the season in Europe which doesn’t bode well for most teams.

However, the writer of this quick paragraph gave some bogus reasons. Give me some good reasons and I’ll probably see what you’re saying and where you’re going with your logic.

With that said though, I’ll take my chances and say the Pens easily cruise into the playoffs next year.

LETS GO PENS!

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