Archive for the ‘Contract Signings’ Category

Get Ziggy With It

October 11, 2008


With Jeff Taffe being put on waivers, the Penguins had to sign another man for his replacement and that was ultimately Mike Zigomanis from the Phoenix Coyotes for future considerations.

I like the pick-up. From what I’ve heard from Coyotes fans, he goes 100% at all times. He can take a hit and give it out, he can score, and is a very likeable player. Good pick-up.

Get healthy damn you

Get healthy damn you

In other news…

Petr Sykora (his new name will be “Sicky”) will be out this weekend AGAIN with that same ole’ nagging groin injury that he had last weekend. Those can be a major bitch though. I’ve never had one but from what I’ve heard, they blow.

We really need Sicky back in our lineup. It just doesn’t seem right both in how we perform and how our team structures.





September 27, 2008
He's an odd looking character isn't he folks?

He's an odd looking character isn't he folks?

A totally unexpected signing that took place yesterday was TK (Tyler Kennedy) re-signing to a two-year extension.

Sometimes I don’t like these signings at unexpected moments and times like these but I gotta say I LOVE this signing. The Pens need to lock up more of their role players and Kennedy is a good one. Other than Crosby, he’s the only one that goes 100% at all times. He even has the ability to chip in a goal here and there and is a great set up guy. Pretty much the perfect 3rd line player who can play 1st or 2nd line when needed. It’s awesome to see him in fights because he’ll just viciously attack the player (talking to YOU Scottie Upshall). How bout some more of that this year Mr. Kennedy? I’d like some.

I expect more of the same from TK this year. As he gains more experience, I feel his point and goal total should rise a bit. Remember this will only be his second full year in the NHL, just think of how good he’ll be in a few years. I think it’s obvious that I’m anxious to see his improvement in the coming years.

Also, gotta give some kudos to Ray Shero for getting this done. Along with the ‘core’ players, I think he realizes that his role guys are also as equally important. Every Stanley Cup winner always has solid role players and right now that’s what the Pens are trying to establish. Hopefully either during the season or the offseason, Shero will continue signing more role players like Talbot.

One signing we don’t have to worry about next offseason…


Therrien Gets New Three-Year Contract

July 19, 2008

Oh boy, three more years of constant line changing and no pluralization from the Penguins head coach.

I think we all knew that Therrien was going to be the coach of the Penguins considering the insane turnaround the Penguins had from two seasons ago when they were one of the worst in the league and are now one of the best. He took an extremely young team to the Stanley Cup Finals and was two wins away from having his team win the Stanley Cup. So yeah, I feel that should allow him to have one or two more years.

But I feel this contract will be one year too long. The reason Therrien won so much was because he had a pretty damn good team in front of him and he didn’t have to do much to make them a winner with two of the best players in the league.

What most Penguins fans, including myself couldn’t stand was the constant line changing. Last season, Petr Sykora had a bad stretch of several games where he wasn’t scoring. Of course only a little handful of players don’t go through this but Therrien decides to put Sykora on the third line instead of keeping him on the second line. What? Why? A move that made everyone scratch their heads. Why take a player that is struggling on a player like Malkin, on his line and put him on a completely different line that he has no chemistry with?

With Therrien, you also have the many reports that the players are against him. At the beginning of last year when the Pens were struggling, several media outlets reported that some of the players were displeased with Therrien and his coaching. An elite team like the Penguins can’t have this. They can’t have a guy like Therrien that takes their mind off the ice and screws up team chemistry. Do that and the Pens don’t get far in the playoffs.

I don’t know. Therrien hasn’t totally screwed things up yet so I guess he deserves a couple more years. But if he keeps doing what he has done the past couple years (ling changing, making players mad), my opinion will definitely change. Let’s say though the Pens do win the Stanley Cup in the next 3 years, well then I would admit to being wrong and give him the credit that would be due.