I just feel so disappointed watching this Penguin team. Forget winning the Stanley Cup this year. Just throw that idea out of the window, the sooner you let that pipe dream go, the better. You simply cannot be letting up this many goals consistently in this era of NHL and win the Cup. This team is a 2nd round exit again, should be first round but might win on talent. Game in and game out, the Pens show up with no emotion/unmotivated whatever you want to call it. They start hot for 10 minutes, 2nd period blow it away. Don't be fooled, this starts and ends with coaching and discipline which also comes from coaching. I'm just sitting here drooling over what a Mike Babcock or even a Tortorella could do with this team just for 1 season. Dan Bylsma wins coach of the year without superstars, that says it all. He's a coach that takes fringe players/grinders and gets the most out of them and can win with a good-great defense. He shouldn't be coaching this team anymore, but he is completely safe in this shortened season. No structure, no system besides north-south as fast as possible. Defenseman not knowing what to due with the puck so they stretch pass, icing, repeat. I'm really concerned going forward as a Pens fan. We won the Cup and Bylsma says something like 'they still aren't even playing the way fully that I want, wait til I get a full camp under them.' It's just been worse since then, honestly.. what direction is this team going? It's like no Identity this year, oh wait, there is...work hard to get a lead then just blow it.
-Bortuzzo stood around with the puck for a second not seeing anywhere to go, Bylsma immediately talked to him on the bench, hey Dan maybe its you? Borts will be fine, I kind of wish they just sat Engelland and used him as the plug in 7th guy.
-I agree with the newly created Despres thread. Letang - Despres should be a pairing and not broken unless one gets injured. This is a joke. Enough of this 'okay its your turn crap' This isn't PeeWee hockey. This is how prospects get screwed up. I checked ESPN.com one day (I know ESPN lol) and it had Despres ranked as the 11th rookie in the standings. Why is he not playing over Engelland at least? Don't ruin this kid, he's special. Future solid #2.
-Bennett - good thing this is Shero's draft pick and isn't letting Bylsma tool him around. I like the consistency. With our inconsistency in the bottom 6 all year and lack of offensive talent (besides Sutter, maybe Cooke) Bennett needs to stay in the Pros the entire year. I don't even care if he starts playing slightly worse. The kid 'Sunshine' has already made it. Great job Jesse suggesting this pick, you really know you stuff. For every Nathan Moon you have Despres & Bennett picks. This is great to see a young Penguins forward prospect playing well.
-Vokoun - Not worried at all, he's the back up. The better he plays it helps Fleury. Vokoun is making more than a backup should but he's still a veteran. Just in a funk maybe? I don't really care going forward, they shouldn't play much in the playoffs anyway when it matters. It's all and always has been about Fleury.
-Jeffrey - heh wow. It's so funny to me how this guy can sit for how many games? 15? Then come right back and score 2 goals/have a semi decent 200-foot game. But TK can be TK for 15 games, doing nothing (not just all about the points) but useless TK and still be safe. Dustin Jeffrey should never sit again over Tyler Kennedy. Jeffrey shows he can produce and hopefully keep improving his game. Kennedy is a joke, I'm tired of seeing him on this team. Maybe when Malkin is back give him Bennett, and go with Cooke-Sutter-Jeffrey. TK sits or 4th line. Hope he isn't back next year but if I had to do it, 1yr-1m nothing more please.
-Niskanen - someone on this board told me he's fine when hes in the top 4, I'm sorry I still disagree. He needs to be number 5 and start rotating Engelland/Bortuzzo.
-Martin - yeah hes worth his 5M as the UFA we signed him for this year.
-One thing that I'm pleased to see with Bylsma is finally letting Jeffrey/Bennett/Despres/Bortuzzo PLAY. Go with young guys. I still honestly believe if he sat Martin after game 2 last playoffs, we could have turned that series around. All we had to do was start playing NHL quality defense. That Flyers team was pathetic.
This team is going to get shutdown in the playoffs so bad. Its going to happen with systematic play as well. I won't get my hopes up until Bylsma is gone and hopefully he is in the offseason. He doesn't know how to coach other styles. His coaching style is, get a bunch of grinders to go grind out wins. When the grinders fail, because they are just grinders, he loses. He can't change it up, he doesnt have any answers when asked in the media.
The team defense is the worst thing. This also falls on coaching. You never see Detroit/New Jersey blow this many leads/even let up this many goals consistently.
Lemieux will step in after the first/second round loss and get Bylsma out of here. Give Cooke 1 year deal, Dupuis deserves 2-2.5m per year for 2 years, re-up Kunitz for another 2. Do no bring Adams back, I'm sick of having a guy on the team just for PK.
I'm just going to sit back and enjoy hockey the rest of the season because I didn't think I would even get to see 48 games this year with the lockout. I'm just sure this team won't go past the 2nd round so don't get excited anyone. A team like Boston will smack this weak team around like a rag doll. No system here at all, so no problem for New Jersey.
Also all you jokers laughing at me for saying Brandon Saad is already a top 6 player. He's on Toews wing, scoring goals ahaha.
ID40, Bro do you even lift?