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He Said WHAT?!

September 23, 2008
It was fun Bugsy...

It was fun Bugsy...

So after the 07/08 season, everyone assumed that Ryan Malone was going bye-bye’s forever from the Penguins organization. It was his pay-day after his best year yet and he deserved to get the money he got from the ‘Bolts. It was a business decision for Malone to go, both on his part and the Ray Shero’s part.

However, in the PIttsburgh Tribune-Review, Malone has stated ‘A deal could have been done a long time ago’ with the Pens.

Sort of interesting how he says that yet he’s the one who wanted the money in the first place. Not only that but Shero wasn’t going to give him the big bucks he wanted and with all the contracts the Pens needed to extend, there was no way Bugsy was coming back. It’s unfortunate, yes, but it’s what he had to do. I wish we could have Bugsy back for this year but I expect Staal to fill in that role nicely in the coming years.

Not only that but Ryan’s been a inconsistent player throughout his career. He turned it on halfway through the year last year and that was it. I still remember the cries over at LGP for the Pens to get rid of him.

GET WELL SOON SARGE!

GET WELL SOON SARGE!

Sergei Gonchar’s injury apparently seems worse than once thought. He was supposed to have an MRI today earlier this afternoon and results to come in later. Many are saying it could be a separated shoulder which could really suck because he’ll be out for 4-8 weeks possibly. Though we’ll need him more in April than October, it is a bummer to have your two top defensemen out for a while.
The Pens D really can’t afford another injury. ..ugh.
Crosby > Zetterberg

Crosby > Zetterberg

Before I say what I’m about to say, let me just say I think Henrik Zetterberg is an elite hockey player. Got that? You did? Good.

Wes Goldstein of CBS, posted his top 50 player rankings last week and it struck some controversy with me. First off, why is CBS writing about hockey? They don’t even have hockey on their station so why care about it on your website? Laff.

Anyways, he has Henrik Zetterberg #1 over Alex Ovechkin and our very own Sidney Crosby. Ovechkin’s second and Crosby’s third. Interesting, I’d like to see a poll conducted by all NHL GM’s to see who they would take for their first pick – Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, or Henrik Zetterberg?

I’ll tell you the answer to that question….it’s zero, the answer is zero.

LETS GO PENS!

Christensen To Center Thrashers First Line

September 19, 2008
He was good at shootouts?

He was good at shootouts?

Laff.

You know you’re re-building when Erik freakin’ Christensen is centering your first line. Honestly, EC with Iyla Kovalchuk?

EC wasn’t and still isn’t exactly a ‘bad’ player. He just wasn’t good…at all. Okay he WAS good in shootouts.

I can’t see how this will be good for both EC and the Thrashers

Laff.

LETS GO PENS!

You Got It All Wrong THN

September 1, 2008
Geno laughs at THN

Geno laughs at THN

THN (The Hockey News) magzine recently have come out with their annual “Top 50 Player Rankings” and see how much of a mess they truly made…

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Henrik Zetterberg
4. Pavel Datsyuk
5. Vincent Lecavalier
6. Niklas Lidstrom
7. Roberto Luongo
8. Jarome Iginla
9. Evgeni Malkin
10. Dany Heatley
11. Chris Pronger
12. Daniel Alfredsson
13. Marian Gaborik
14. Henrik Lundqvist
15. Brenden Morrow
16. Evgeni Nabokov
17. Marian Hossa
18. Ilya Kovalchuk
19. Eric Staal
20. Zdeno Chara
21. Joe Thornton
22. Dion Phaneuf
23. Martin Brodeur
24. J-S Giguere
25. Martin St-Louis
26. Scott Niedermayer
27. Brian Rafalski
28. Sergei Gonchar
29. Marty Turco
30. Ryan Getzlaf
31. Andrei Markov
32. Zach Parise
33. Ales Hemsky
34. Jason Spezza
35. Vesa Toskala
36. Rick Nash
37. Joe Sakic
38. Scott Gomez
39. Ryan Miller
40. Jonathan Toews
41. Daniel Sedin
42. Daniel Briere
43. Anze Kopitar
44. Miikka Kiprusoff
45. Paul Statsny
46. Shane Doan
47. Derek Roy
48. Mark Savard
49. Mike Richards
50. Patrick Kane

Not going to lie, I’m surprised that Crosby’s #1 and Ovechkin’s #2. Not saying I disagree with it because I do agree that Crosby is a slightly (and I say slightly heavily here) better than Ovechkin but Ovechkin has been the ‘flavor of the month’ this whole off-season. Since he had that incredible season last year with over 60 goals, everyone has been talking about him and not Crosby since Crosby was the one who missed a third of the season. Add to the fact that Ovechkin took home three major awards with two of them being the Art and Hart (which are the MVP awards for the uneducated) trophy.

But ehh, I’ll take it.

Pavel Datsyuk at #4 wreaks of overrating a player. Top 10? Yes, for sur,. but not in the top 5. I’d probably switch him and his teammate Nikalas Lidstrom at #6.

Malkin at #9 is a JOKE. I know he’s only played two seasons but I think many hockey fans would agree with me that he’s established himself as a top 5, world-class player. To say that Evgeni Malkin is actually the 9th best player in the league is nothing short of a crime. He stepped up in the biggest time last season when Crosby went down and ended second in points. Geno was also another big reason why the Pens even made the SCF (though he had a poor performance in the SCF). Malkin is EASILY a top 5 player, bar none.

Henrik Lundqvist at 14? I want to know, what is the love-fest with this guy? Sure he’s a solid goalie but he’s not top 15 overall player material. One night he can look like the greatest goalie ever, then the next he looks like the worst goalie ever.

What’s even more funnier is that Lunqvist’s ranked higher than Brodeur, who’s at 23. Brodeur easily deserves in the top 10 on this list. Without him, the Devils are in the bottom of the Atlantic Divison. He’s been the only consistent goalie on this list year after year yet he’s #23? Psh, get out of here.

Marian Hossa (traitor) and Iyla Kovalcuk should be higher, probably in the 10-15 area.

What’s more of a joke of Malkin at 9 is Joe Thornton being at 21. Not going to lie, I laughed pretty hard seeing that Joe freakin’ Thornton was at 21. So Joe Thornton who was being considered to win the MVP isn’t a top 10 player huh? This shows the true intelligence of whoever made this list that a top 5, let alone top 10 player is not even in the top 20.

THN’s credibility is officially SHOT!

LETS GO PENS!

All You Need Is Love…

August 28, 2008
Sid's ole' trained chimpanzee

Sid's ole' trained chimpanzee

A few days ago I made a post ripping Mike Toth for his article stating that the ‘Pens would struggle to make the playoffs’. Then just a couple days ago, USA Today sports writer Kevin Allen posted his 16 top teams where the Pens come in third in the entire NHL.

Now I’m not going praise this article just because he has the Pens third. Like I’ve said before, if you have solid reasons on to why the Pens will struggle to make the playoffs, I’ll understand and hear them out. However, as we all know I ripped Toth’s article for the reasons he so idiotically stated and not his opinion on why the Pens will struggle to make the playoffs.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins: I’m not sure I believe Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko can make up for the loss of Hossa and Ryan Malone. But I do believe that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can be among the scoring leaders even if they had a trained chimpanzee on their wing. The Penguins will be in the Stanley Cup mix as long as Crosby is captain.

“But I do believe that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can be among the scoring leaders even if they had a trained chimpanzee on their wing”…HA! Scary thing is…it’s true.

To be truthfully honest, I don’t believe the Pens are a top 3 team in the NHL. I think they lost too much with top-shelf players like Hossa and Malone and lost too much grit and toughness in Ruutu and Laraque. The Pens are a top 5 team though. Any team with the caliber of Crosby and Malkin, plus a near (and improving) elite goalie in Fleury are a sure fire bet to be a top 5 team.

Along with his Penguins ranking, I do disagree with him about some other teams/rankings…

I do not believe that the Habs are the second best team in the league. Like the Pens, they ARE a top 5 team and have the potential to be the second best team, but I don’t think they’re there yet. First in the East? Well that’s obviously maintainable as they won it last year but I’m not buying the Habs as the number two yet.

Sharks and Stars should move up one spot.

I REALLY disagree with the Devils as the seventh best team in the league. Brodeur can only take them so far and last time I checked you need to score more goals than the other team to win which is something that the Devils struggle at. Sure the addition of Rolston will definitely help but I don’t think he’s enough. Add that Paul Martin is NOT a number one defenseman and don’t expect Colin White or Bryce Salvador to be either.

Though every year I say this and they end up winning the Atlantic…damn Devils.

I got a funny feeling about the Senators this year, I don’t know why but I think they should be a couple spots ahead. They experienced a lot injuries last year and a lot of adversity as well. If that team can stay healthy, they have a real shot at beating out the Habs in the Northeast. Don’t be surprised to see the Sens shock a few people and maybe even win their own division. Remember this team still has the three headed monster in Alfredsson, Heatley, and Spezza.

The Lightning are getting overrated so incredibly much this off-season. Sure they added a bunch of offense but the thing is…that wasn’t their problem last year. Their problems were at defense and goaltending and they did nothing to improve on that. Sure they should rack up a bunch of goals but I honestly believe the 08/09 Bolts = 05/06 Penguins. Bunch of hype of how good they CAN be but end up faltering because they didn’t sure up their weaknesses.

Other than that, it was a pretty good list (though I knocked him for his rankings a good bit). Of course though I’ll look at this at the end of the season and nothing that he or anyone else predicted became true (okay maybe the Wings predictions…they’re loaded…ugh).

LETS GO PENS!