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Penguins Set After Free-Agent Flurry

shero2 It didn’t take Penguins general manager Ray Shero long to wrap up his summer’s work. During the four short weeks that passed since the black and gold bowed to Boston in the Conference Finals, he resolved virtually all of the team’s looming personnel issues and laid the foundation for the upcoming campaign. Here’s a quick review of Shero’s mov [...]

Penguins Okay with Second Best

pp0397 After reading Phil Krundle’s passionate, well-thought, and superbly crafted feature on the state of the Penguins (and coach Dan Bylsma), I almost didn’t post this piece. It’s not nearly as comprehensive as Phil’s, but it represents a different point of view. In that spirit I decided to post it: I never thought I’d see the day when the Penguin [...]

Penguins GM Shero put Coach Bylsma in a Very Tough Situation

pp0392 In March when Penguins coach Dan  Bylsma had the Penguins rocking out a 12 game winning streak, you would have thought Christmas came early. Penguins GM Ray Shero started to bring in 4 new seasoned veterans to add to the Penguins already rich lineup.  The Penguins brought in leadership, grit, skill & experience.  Everything a coach could [...]

Penguins Update: No Joy in Mudville

Sidney Crosby Face Shield It’s been several days since Boston swept our beloved Penguins from Stanley Cup competition. In my mind, here are seven factors that led to the defeat: 1. Sid’s Jaw—The fractured jaw Sidney Crosby sustained with a month to go in the regular season may have contributed more than any other factor to the Penguins’ undoing. The combination of the [...]

Too Much Talent Topples Penguins

Iginla My Dad was a great trap shooter when he was young. He won shoots, represented his club at invitationals, and was generally expected to run 25 birds any time his squad was on the line. By the time I started shooting trap he barely shot anymore. One day I asked him why, if he was so good, did he quit shooting. “It stopped being fun,” [...]

Penguins Update: Bylsma Pushes the Right Buttons

pp0350 There’s an old adage in sports—ride the horse that brung ya.’ (Or something like that.) Thank goodness Penguins coach Dan Bylsma paid it no mind as filled out his lineup card for Thursday’s critical Game 5 matchup with the pesky New York Islanders. I’ve been critical of the Pens’ skipper in the past for what I felt were questionable personnel [...]

Pittsburgh Penguins: Too Many Players, So Little Time

pp0375 Sidney Crosby worked out with the Penguins conditioning coach and left the ice before the Penguins started their practice this morning. Odds are Crosby will not be playing tonight.  Coach Bylsma usually has the players attend the regular practice if they are playing, though he could make an exception for Crosby. While it is up in the air whet [...]

Now That Iginla is a Penguin, Is This Cup Bylsma’s to Lose?

pp0350 I’m not completely sold that adding Iginla to the roster is all it’s cracked up to be, but that conversation has already happened in an earlier post, and the deal is already done. Let’s all put down our etching machines for a minute to ask an important question: Now that the Pens have an embarrassment of riches in terms of b [...]

Penguins Update: Lose One for the Gipper

Coach Bylsma As he lay dying of pneumonia in 1920, Notre Dame All-American George Gipp called to his coach, Knute Rockne, who was keeping a vigil by his bed side. “Some time, Rock,” he whispered, “when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the [...]

Black-and-Gold Update: Penguins Show Tons of Heart in Victory Over Philly

Kunitz Celebration They say confession is good for the soul. If so, I must confess here and now that this isn’t my favorite Penguins team. I think they’re too small. They lack defensive structure, especially in their own end. And coach Dan Bylsma seems rigidly resistant to making meaningful adjustments. Still, I couldn’t be more proud of our boys for the way th [...]

            

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