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#2520656 Shero & Bylsma Fired

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 15 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

I think Shero needs to go, but I'm suprised Pens fans want him gone too.  He's made some good moves like trading for Neal and signing Vokoun, but he's made just as many bad moves trading Joe Morrow for a rental, signing Letang to a big deal when you already have very little cap space, not acquiring a veteran back up for Fleury (for this year) after he fell apart in numerous playoffs already.  Re-signing Scuderi, trading away Michalek, one of the few defensive d-men on the team.  Pens fans get so excited when he signs or re-signs someone to a big contract or makes a big trade and rave about how he's "all in" and he's a "gamblin man!" and now that its all backfired on him, they want his head.  Its like when the home crowd urges their team to go for it on 4th and 1 and then when it doesn't work says, "well that was stupid!  what were you thinking?!"  


Trotz is a great coach and has a history with Shero, so maybe Shero stays as a way to lure him to Pittsburgh, but I don't think things will get better for them this way.  Trotz did well in Nashville because he essentially had a bunch of nobodies that listened to everything he said and played his system to a tee.  The Penguins are the opposite of that.  A new coach won't improve their salary cap situation nor will it prevent Shero from taking risky moves.  

#2515813 Injury Updates

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 April 2014 - 02:12 PM


Soderberg crashed the net game 3 making contact with Jimmy's head, before the first goal. Jimmy was slow to get up and did not look as quick for awhile.


TSN pointed it out in there highlights but I cant find the link. 


This page has a couple animated gifs of the incident your talking about.



#2437131 Devils sign Brunner 2 yrs. $2.5 million AAV

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 September 2013 - 07:35 AM

I feel bad for Brunner.  I think he is a talented player, but his agent thinks his client is worth the world and now he's staying in the NHL by playing on a tryout contract.  I really hope he returns to Detroit, I think he could have really worked out well in the long run for us and would have fit in nicely with all of the other young guns we have coming up through the system.

#2437122 9/16 Pre-Season GDT : Red Wings 4 at Penguins 1

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 17 September 2013 - 06:34 AM

I just saw the third period, but it looked like a typical Wings-Pens game.  Wings winning, Pens getting swarmed with defense, Pens acting like thugs because they're losing, Crosby acting like a spoiled brat.  On one play, Crosby skated through the middle with the puck, was swarmed with Wings, Quincy ended up being the one that knocked the puck off his stick, it went to the boards, Quincy moves it over to the other d-man and Crosby takes a swipe at Quincy's head with his stick.  Seriously?  Its preseason, its 4-1, its the last half of the third period.  Kunitz blindsides Abdelkader.  Orpik took a couple of shots at players.  Its really disgraceful how they play, even in preseason.  


It may have been just a preseason game, but man, did it feel good watching the Wings beat them so badly.

#2425243 Report: Red Wings out on Lecavalier - signs with Philly 5@4.5 per

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 03 July 2013 - 06:42 AM

Philly is a prime example of how NOT to do it.  Sure they're making trades, making big signings, buying out players, but they're also over the cap even after buying out Briere and Bryzgalov.  They're stuck with Pronger's contract, Giroux and Brayden Schenn are RFAs next year and Giroux should be getting a huge deal coming up, they have just one goalie right now, Wayne Simmonds is signed through 2019(?), 7 of their 9 defensemen are making over $3.5 mil...  its things like this that make me glad we have a GM that takes a more patient approach.

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#2425061 Wings buy out Colaiacovo, will keep Bertuzzi

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 02 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

I think using a buyout on Carlo is a waste.  IMHO, he was one of our top 4 defensemen in the playoffs, and is paid less than at least one guy who he outplayed (Quincy).  I think he could and would crack our lineup even with DeKeyser back.  Now, we are relying on Smith to step it up and Quincy to play to his potential every night vs. having a guy that came in and played rock solid in our back pocket.  And we're doing this why? To keep Samuelsson??  WTF???


I agree 100%.  Colo actually did something this past season and is in a position of need.  Sammy did literally nothing for us, costs us more and plays a position we're log jammed at already.  I'm not sure why they're keeping him.  He's not good enough to be top 6 and if he plays the bottom 6, he'll take away a roster spot from one our younger players that should be with the big club.  I really hope there's a trade in the works here.

#2423115 Blackhawks Letter of Appreciation

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

This is just to make up for those Blackhawks t-shirts that said "Chicago Stronger".

#2423000 Letang Turns Down 8x$7m

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 28 June 2013 - 06:14 AM

This looks like "Jordan Staal Part II".  Quite frankly I'm surprised Shero made that kind of offer.  Does he not understand that one of the contributing factors to the Pens failures is the fact that they have no depth?  Crosby makes almost $9 mil per year, Malkin is over $9 mil, Fleury, Martin and Neal are all making $5 mil.  And now you want to blow another $7 mil on a one dimensional defenseman?  I think they're lucky he rejected the deal.  

#2422164 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 11:49 AM

Sorry man but I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree. A Calder Cup championship in no way makes up for the fact that our franchise had three chances to put away the team that eventually hoisted. That is choke/heartbreak/salt in wound all over the place.


To each his own.  The Wings were not expected to do anything this year and I felt the most important part of this year was the development of our young guys.  I mean, if our top prospects don't perform well, we're looking at some lean years, lottery draft picking years.  Seeing them take it to Chicago, a team that eventually won the Stanley Cup, is very promising.  Seeing them win the Calder Cup down in the AHL is even more promising.  Losing never feels good, especially to Chicago, but there's a big shiny silver lining to this past season and maybe that makes me a glass half full kind of guy, but the promise these young guys showed this spring outshine the loss.  Again though, that's just me.

#2422110 Hawks new model franchise?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 08:25 AM


Guy threw horseshoes at a dart board to set his lines throughout this whole offseason... he had no clue how to even strategize matchups until Babs schooled him.


Joel is a good coach in that he came up with a good system that works for the Hawks and their team to make them successful.  He's not a good coach at making adjustments.  He had no answer for what Babcock was doing and when he did change something, Babcock came right back and countered.

#2422074 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 25 June 2013 - 06:24 AM

Congrats to the Hawks.  Even with the injuries to Toews and Hossa, they still pulled out a series win.  Having said that, after Game 3 Boston looked like a completely different team.  I don't know if it was a loss of focus because maybe they thought they had this in the bag or more likely they were exhausted, but the passing wasn't there like it had been and the speed wasn't there on the offensive forecheck.  I know he got hurt last night, but Jagr played like a 41 year old hockey player in the last 3 games.  Krejci pretty much disappeared.  Marchand didn't have the speed like he did before.  Rask looked pretty unsure of himself at the end too.  He was so confident in net and in the zone and then after that 6 goal game, he never got back into form.  Patrice Bergeron's injury was tough on them.  He's a pretty important part of their team and his injury can't be understated.


As its been said before in this thread, we were the closest team to knocking off the Hawks and that's pretty damn good considering all of the inexperience we had on our team and the fact that we weren't expected to do anything.  We weren't lucky either.  It was inexperience, some bad luck and some bad breaks that led to our loss.  

#2420486 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 18 June 2013 - 07:04 AM

I think at this point, unless Boston quits playing or suffers an injury to a star player, there's no way they can lose this.  Chicago was having trouble just getting shots on goal and when they did it was just one shot and no rebound.  Rask will stop those all day.  If it wasn't for that cheap third goal, off the skate, in Game 1, this series could be 3-0 right now.


On a side note, does anyone else think this is Jagr's best playoffs post-1996.  The numbers aren't there and he doesn't have a goal in the playoffs, but he looks like a very well rounded player.  He's making some nice plays defensively, setting up offense.  He's contributing in big ways that don't show up on stat sheet.

#2419701 2013 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 June 2013 - 01:39 PM

Can CHI lose an OT for once, please?


#2419666 What would you give up for Malkin?

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 13 June 2013 - 10:24 AM


According to capgeek, the have 7+mil of space for next year, and 10 guys to sign. Gotta believe Letang is gone next year. Id take him, might cost you 6+mil for him though.


I was actually teasing a friend of mine who is a HUGE Letang fan saying he should go to Detroit.  But actually that might not be a bad idea.  Give us a good right handed shot from the point, a true powerplay QB, he'd fit right into our system.  I don't see why he couldn't be another Brian Rafalski for us.

#2419362 Bylsma and McLellan Extended

Posted by xtrememachine1 on 12 June 2013 - 10:33 AM

I really don't get how Byslma gets extended.  You have arguably the two best players in the league on your roster and every spring for the past 4 years has been a playoff embarrassment.  Oh well, I guess I don't have to worry about them getting Dave Tippett. lol