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Are the Penguins better than the CUP teams??? Not yet they aren’t…

Bill Guerin, from his interview on the PENS WOOHOO Train                               (Click here: Guerin BEST TEAM ) says this year’s Pens are the best offensive team he’s played for in his entire career… guerin-mug-shot “Sid and Geno bring their talent level and they make everybody else better. They make everybody else’s talent level go up, as well. That’s just what they do for us; they make everybody around them better.”

Not that it’s real big news… the Flyers saw it starting last season and puked watching it first-hand up close again this season. The Capitals got a tatse of it – and if you don’t get it that blank stare, almost trance-like, in the Joe Corvo interview should tell the whole story from the Hurricanes POV. The PENS are downright…

scary right now.

It’s never over until it’s over… but Carolina Hurricanes just don’t seem to be in the same league. Those Hurricanes also don’t seem to measure-up to the Flyers, Capitals, nor the Bruins in talent and they appear to be wearing down a lot faster.  The Bruins had their chance this season and choked… the Flyers are always going to screw something up by trying to BUY a Stanley Cup and now are scrambling to dump their latest mistake, Daniel Briere.  The Capitals seemed to have the game-plan down but their



GM George McFUBAR screwed it up by bringing in too maby old over the hill losers and signed mult-year contract for big bucks. Plus, with the Capitals you can almost feel the TRADITION factor in post season play. 

 The Penguins are there folks.  Scary there.

To succeed this new NHL you have have to sign players for what “we like to call” the home town discount and then hit the jackpot with draft picks and have a good development system.  Then, you have to get awfully lucky too!

As the stars in the sky appear to be lining-up for that Red Wing rematch… what do we see but Maid-Marian Hossa (finally) getting some goals and



that was Ty Conklin getting goalie time in the third period. We want them to have their best goalie playing (Conklin) and to also have Maid-Marian Hossa at his finest when one of the greatest stories in hockey has a chance to unfold.

That story is, Maid-Marian turning down a five-year contract to go to a team that he announced was the quickest way to get his name on the Stanley Cup.  Was it?  Looks like we shall see.

Detroit has a solid GM, a good development system… but now are getting into what appears to be salary cap problems of their own.  They might not have enough in the bank to offer Hossa a contract he’d like.  We’ll see how this all plays out in a few months.  Should get to be an even better story if he chokes and isn’t offered a contract while the Penguin’s parade that CUP around tahn.

I don’t think their will ever be dynasty teams like the Oilers or Islanders anymore because of the salary cap.  The Canadiens were a dynasty but only when they controlled the draft and there were only (6) teams.

The word DYNASTY really shouldn’t be used to describe the Penguins either… because as of right now they haven’t won a thing.  But it’s hard to flush that thought totally out of the back of your mind because Crosby and Malkin are still a few years away from their prime. So are Staal, Fluery, Talbot and Letang.  They are getting stronger, bigger and obviously much more experienced.

This year the supporting crew is Fedotenko, Geurin, Kunitz, and to some degree Sykora and Satan . . . but really it’s the farm system and younger players being fed into the system.   wbsEver since WB/S that farm keeps acquiring youth and developing it to fill the holes. Kunitz has a three-year contract so he’ll most likely be along for the ride but, as usual, the Penguins have drafted/acquired forwards with solid skills. This is how you work to keep things going – they will have replacements “pretty cheap” for the next three years and they will have more of upside than Satan, Sykora, Geurin, Dupuis, and Fedotenko have right now.

Sitting in the bullpen (forwards) – ready to get their shot are players such as Luca Cuputi, Nathan Moon, Eric Tangradi, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, and Kevin Veillieux . . . all of these kids aren’t destined for checking lines! They will be worked in – one, maybe two next season, two the next and the beat goes on. On defense there are Alex Goligoski, Brian Strait, Alex Grant, Ben Lovejoy, and Carl Sneep.  They keep coming… no wonder so many other teams get pissed-off. I don’t blame them.

While most of our competition worries more about how to fix CAP MANAGEMENT that’s gone wrong…  Ray Shero represents the new breed of  NHL GM  and understands exactly how it’s supposed to be done.

Match made in Heaven

Match made in Heaven

None of this ever guarantees a Stanley Cup and in fact, it doesn’t even guarantee we’ll get out of this Carolina series. What it does do however is lay the solid foundation of GOOD hockey in the future based on the PLAN yer WORK & WORK yer PLAN philosophy. The entire management team seems to have thought all this out from top to bottom. Everyone, including the fans are all on the same page. As fans,  may argue nitpick a little bit about what we like or don’t like but we all know that everyone really cares about one thing – puttin a product on the ice that is entertaining, works hard, and stands a good chance at the CUP.  Winning makes eveyone happy.

It doesn’t get much better than this… does it.

This is DR Hook (waiting way too long between games)… carry on.

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    May 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    @ jesselvis
    And……. with that Dynasty thing being a tough reach – it takes more than just a few 1sts and 2nds – there are the players like Talbot, Kennedy, Letang, Goligoski, and others in the stream like Sneep, Strait,Jeffery,Veilleux, Pierro-Zabotel, Grant, Tangradi all who which should grow into the team. Adding the finishing touches like Shero is doing without major length contracts is mart play by one of the yougest GM’s in the NHL. This kids are growing up together with a farm system where they are under the guidence of the Pens not just some place to let them play.
    I agree with HOOK – first you actually have to win something before that dynasty tag gets assigned but I also agree with you it’s nice being at the front of all of this. Things are looking good.

    Let’s go Pens!

    May 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    How about “brain-cramps” McPhee (LMAO) losing what appears to be 2/3’s of his first line (Fedorov & Kozlov) to the KHL!

  3. Jesselvis's Gravatar Jesselvis
    May 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Re Hook: **I don’t think their will ever be dynasty teams like the Oilers or Islanders anymore because of the salary cap.** You would think that, but you would also think that in this day and age no team we get 2 #1 picks and 2 #2 picks in 4 years. With 30 teams, do you realize the odds of that? It is a known fact that players will play for the good teams for less just to win. It’s coming, and your welcome to be a pessimistic about it as you like, but it’s coming. I’m with stev-o good read!

  4. PenguinSteve-O's Gravatar PenguinSteve-O
    May 26, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    good read.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    CAP MANAGEMENT GONE WRONG is what happened to many teams Boston was unable to make a move and bringing in Recchi while he performed above expectations but even with that they traded off Matt Lashoff a 2005 1st round pick. They will lose the dead weight Manny Fernandez but have major decisions to make signing Kessel and Krejci. The Rangers have to find a way to clean up Glenn Sather’s horrible contracts. Philadelphia has 5 players making more than $5 million and don’t have a goaltender. Salary cap restrictions kept Washington playing players with broken feet on defense! Long live all the GM’s who should be wearing dunce caps! They are our friends. 😉

  6. Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
    May 25, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Two for one – what a BOOMER POST that was, eh!

  7. Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
    May 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    With the 30th pick in the 2009 Entry Drfat the Penguins select RW, Landon Ferraro of the Red Deer Rebels (Ray’s kid) – When your dreaming draft picks you’ve got to be a real(sic)hockey fan. 30th pick! WOOHOO.
    Boom -Boom -Boombastic

  8. Boombastic's Gravatar Boombastic
    May 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    With the 30th pick in the 2009 Entry Drfat the Penguins select RW, Landon Ferraro of the Red Deer Rebels (Ray’s kid) – When your dreaming draft picks you’ve got to be a real(sic)hockey fan. 30th pick! WOOHOO.
    Boom -Boom -Boom

  9. RBuckle's Gravatar RBuckle
    May 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I think the most offensive oriented team Guerin played for was the Stars. Unless he’s counting Olyimpics, then that was a big compliment. One thing this team has that the cup team didn’t is the core group of player being the same age. I hope Ray Shero doesn’t start breaking things up at the drop of a hat, the way Ottawa broke up their incredibly talented team.

    Plus you’ve got to love the fact that we have some great talent coming up through the minors. I believe Lovejoy had the top plus/minus in the AHL.


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