Jim, I completely agree with that statement, but with our young team and gonchar taking a penalty a game, I don't forsee this team taking less penalties anytime soon.
The pens need some faster defenceman so that they do not have to chase and hook so much. Last game for example, Gonchar was chasing a player behind the next and hooked him. However, if he didn't hook him, the player would still have been skating behind the net at the same speed. That stuff is really freaking annoying to watch every game. If they are going to hook a guy and take a penalty, don't just wussy tag his jersey and do nothing to slow down his progress, take his *** down!!!
That applies to all of the slow penguins defense this season. Crosby also takes some bad mental penalties too, but he is a kid and will grow up soon enough.
Last note on this. How bad is it that the pens spend on average a period a game shorthanded. How can you win games when you only play 40 mins even or + strength.