Hugo Stiglitz wrote:1) I don't see how Bylsma can keep his job. 4 playoff exits since the Cup, two of them 1st round exits and only one trip the ECF with a roster like the Pens? He's gone. Mark it down.
Absolutely agree with this. You need a coach who knows how to work with superstars, has the ability to adjust in-game, and has a good strategic sense of the game. This series really reminded me of how and why Badger Bob Johnson was so successful. His teams BELIEVED because they had both the fundamental strategies for playing and he had instilled that belief in themselves. At times when faced with adversity, this team goes to pieces. Badger's team did not.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:2) Fleury....gone. They will make all attempts to trade. Maybe a Miller/Fleury swap, maybe for a team with a dman in a similar situation, but they will attempt trade him and if not, a buyout wouldn't shock me. I think a buyout will be a super last resort and not without them having another goalie wrapped up. Spending $5M a Fleury to have Vokoun carry us to the ECF? No way hoe-zay. With the exception of game 1, Vokoun was Phenomenal for us and shows Shero and the rest of the organization they can spend less money for better goaltending.
Have to agree here as well. Much as I like Fleury (think he's a terrific human being as well), it hasn't worked out - for whatever reason. Goalie coach Melloche must share some of this blame as well. He needs to go. I would like to see a hard-assed competitor like Barrasso as goalie coach (yeah, I know all the baggage and I don't care).
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:3) Dupuis and Cook will be re-sign and I project Dupuis will make either $3M for two years or $2.5 for three years. Cooke, 3 years/$2.3M
I want to see them both re-signed. Cooke and Vokoun were the Pens best players of this series, no doubt. Cooke comes to play every night no matter what. I have little respect for the fans who want to dump him because of his "name". Man up for Christ's sake.
I also love Dupuis' intensity and heart. Keeper.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:4) Part A) Malkin will NEVER be traded for one reason: Sidney Crosby. With Sid's health-risks, there's no way Malkin gets traded. Malkin is the greatest insurance policy in the game. If they Gino and Sid goes down, the Pens are back to square 1.
Agree. Malkin also played his heart out and is an offensive force to be reckoned with. Yes, he's had giveaways (makes me crazy), but he can play a great 2-way game. Someone in a prior thread mentioned that Malkin had killed penalties while in Russia, wouldn't it be something to see him scare the crap out of some PP point man? (I see a few shorty's there
). I'm not saying he should permanently be on the PK, but let's make more use of him in other situations.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:Part B) I don't see how Letang isn't moved this off-season. How Shero can justify giving Letang anywhere near his market value for the D that we have and the cost of losing multiple key parts to this team is beyond me. I just can't see it happening. I also don't see Shero holding on to Letang for his last year at the risk of losing him for nothing. Now is the best time to trade him.
Letang is a defensive liability. Every time he steps on the ice he gives me (and probably most of you) a heart attack. Maybe a new coach (see point 1 above) can get him to see the light, maybe not. It is clear to me that he doesn't make good on-ice decisions and has a real attitude problem (stupid penalities, borderline uncoachable). If a new coach can't cure him, it's time to move him. Maybe it's time anyway just to get some cap space back.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:5) I think Kennedy gets traded, Morrow not re-signed, but I'm unsure what will happen with Iginla. I'm not against re-signing Iginla for the right money and if Bylsma is no longer the coach so he can't continue to mis-use him. I'm not sure if Jokinen will be traded or retained. I think it would be wise to re-sign Murray.
I don't know about them. Kennedy had a bad year but a great playoff run. He was a big part of Isle's series win. I'd keep Morrow if he'll take a pay cut. Iginla contributed in the regular season. He needs to play on Crosby's right wing (another bonehead Bylsma decision to put him at LW). Offer him less and see what he does. Bennett also needs to see a lot of time on Crosby's right wing.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:My notes: It's time to let Despres and Bortuzzo come in full-time. They're not going to develop any better if they don't actually get real time. I think both will be very good. I think the Penguins should trade Letang and Engellend. Go into next season with Martin, Orpik, Despres, Bortuzzo, Murray, Engellend and try to sign one more Dman. There are some really solid middle-rung dmen in the UFA pool this year. That may not look like the greatest d-core, but no matter what anyone says I like our Defensemen and I really believe they need a coach will get them in a real system and they'd be perfectly solid.
Absolutely agree regarding Despres and Bortuzzo. Engelland I can take or leave, although he adds significant toughness to a pairing. Murray was a great acquisition. Martin was our best defenseman this year. The pairings need to get straightened out (another bonehead Bylsma decision - Letang & Niskannen?
WTF?). Niskannen needs to go.
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:I think Bennett should be up full-time. I'd be fine with him playing on the third line with Cooke and Sutter.
I'd buyout Fleury and go after Backstrom or trade him for Miller
Fire Bylsma and sign Ruff.
There's my 2 cents.
That's more than 2 cents!
But mostly I agree. Bennett needs to be on the squad - totally agree. 3rd line duties with an occasional try at first line would be good. Miller is a good goalie and might generate some good chemistry with this d-corps.
I don't know if Ruff is the right guy or not, but I do know that Bylsma is NOT. What about Vigneault?