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What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Penspal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:45 pm

New season, new players, new focus as a fan. Here are a couple of things I'll be personally be watching for;

- I'll start with an easy one.... a rested and fully healthy Sid. nuff said.

- A close 2nd, a warmed up and healthy Malkin starting the season in mid season form.

- Tomas Vokoun as goalie #1b. The backup is so important in a compressed 48 game schedule. PLUS, he's been playing in Czech league, so he's ready!

- Finally seeing Glass & Sutter as Pens- I remember (Glass - tons of hits, Sutter - faceoffs, feisty, shutdown guy) them both as opponents. They have potential on this quality Pens team.

- Beau Bennett will eventually see time on the big club. Could he partially be the PP replacement for Sully?

- And finally......Pascal Dupuis' consecutive point streak baby!!!!! "No Hands" ended the regular season on a streak, here is to him continuing it in 2013!!!!!


What are you going to be focused on?
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby mikey287 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:47 pm

Marc-Andre Fleury not having to play 65 games, so he can bring it every night. I expect there to be a big difference in his performance, let's hope we've tightened up the D also, which can't hurt...last year we had it set to "Off", this year I'm hoping for at least "Low"...
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Pitts on Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:48 pm

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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:03 pm

a game.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby no name on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:05 pm

Kunitz... is a hugh key. Remove him from Neal and Malkin line it might cost chemistry. But Sid needs a quality winger to play with. Find a guy to step it up and play with Sid or find the right guy to fill in with Malkin and Neal. Tough call.

Cooke Kennedy and Suter... Should still be a quality line maybe not as good as with Staal, but still very effective.

Byslma also needs to ste it up, saw some bad concentration by players during the playoffs last season. Keeping the team focused... Game 3 you are down 2 games to nothing and the players are trying to send a message??? Get hold of your players and get them focused. PK without Staal and Michlek... Powerplay should be in the top 3 with the players we got out there. This is where coaching is important.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby shoeshine boy on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:09 pm

I'm looking forward to watching Sid and Geno do what they do best: make everyone else around them look better.
oh, and also looking forward to Orpik giving out some Free Candy! :pop:
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby shmenguin on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:03 pm

-sid returning to normalcy for the first time in a couple years
-cooke-sutter-tk (if this line survives the top 6 wing merry go round). 3 guys born to thrive on a 3rd line. sutter is no staal, but this line should still be able to cause some havoc.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby pcm on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:22 pm

Rookies... We finally get to get a glimpse of Shero's prospects getting on the NHL ice.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby DocEmrick on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:24 pm

A fully healthy Sid.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Penspal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:20 pm

Adding to my list

- Free Candy... Its been a while since I've seen some good free candy. (credit shoeshine boy)

- Engelland taking care of business - Losing a superstar in a shortened season would be a disaster, Engo will be fierce when called upon (Big Mac too should the Pens need him)

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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Shyster on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:50 pm

I’m not sure I’m excited about it, but I am curious to see what Kennedy does on a line with Sutter. That line is going to be more about defense and even less about offense than it was with Staal as center, and I am concerned about Kennedy being able to be productive in that role. To me, he might be the Pen with the most tenuous grasp on a job, and perhaps the greatest candidate for a trade (along with some of our excess defensemen).
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Froggy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:18 pm

I'm not sure where the whole "Kennedy is a defensive liability" thing came from. Guy works hard the whole length of the ice.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby mikey287 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:21 pm

Not a liability, no. But lacks defensive awareness (hockey sense in general), thus his entire career has a third line, even strength, worker bee...a drone.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby shmenguin on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:34 pm

he's good enough on defense that you don't need to worry about him on any 3rd line - whether it's staal's or sutter's.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby thepittman on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:38 pm

TK is a great role player, not really too much down side to him except for roofing the puck.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby thehockeyguru on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:40 pm

pcm wrote:Rookies... We finally get to get a glimpse of Shero's prospects getting on the NHL ice.


Who do you have in mind?
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby no name on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:40 pm

mikey287 wrote:Not a liability, no. But lacks defensive awareness (hockey sense in general), thus his entire career has a third line, even strength, worker bee...a drone.


Talk on Pens web site was he wil get a shot with Malkin and Neal. No good enough for that roll, he has a shoot first mentality, great for a 3rd liner but you got to be ready to give it to Malkin and get open or run interferience playing with that guy. That is why Kunitz is such a good fit with Sid or Geno.

I think Kennedy will eventually fall back to his 3rd lin roll and be a stand out with Sutter and Cooke.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby mikey287 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:42 pm

I'd have serious concerns about our coaching staff if they believe Kennedy can evolve with top-six players, especially on this team. If they can't see the limitations of Kennedy, and I don't even mean physically, I'd have immediate concerns over the direction of the club.

And need I remind people reading this post, that I've been of Kennedy's biggest supporters since he's been here...but understanding his limitations are crucial.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby Froggy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:46 pm

Yeah I'm one of the biggest tk fans on here too, and I think the best thing I can say is that he looked good with Sid for a tiny sample size. He is what he is, and that's a pretty good energy guy who has a bit of offense, and can fill in top 6 in a pinch.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby meow on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:46 pm

Someone has to play in that top-6 spot. Might as well give everyone a shot, Kennedy included. It may end up being a flavor of the week thing for Malkin's winger. Some of Tangradi, some of Kennedy, some of Bennett, some of MacIntyre...
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby pcm on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:48 pm

thehockeyguru wrote:
pcm wrote:Rookies... We finally get to get a glimpse of Shero's prospects getting on the NHL ice.


Who do you have in mind?


All of them; any of them. Tangradi, Bennett, Despres, Morrow, Bortuzzo, Dumoulin, Menga if healthy, etc. All these duys on the cusp. Not that I'm speculating who will and won't make the team. Rather, I'm excited to see during the course of the season the next crop of talent get a shot to stick around, for however many games.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby shmenguin on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:53 pm

the lesser of the evils is the name of game for that last top 6 spot. kennedy isn't suited for it. cooke isn't either. the last time we saw jeffery, he was buttzilla. tangradi hasn't shown any qualifications in the NHL and bennett isn't anything yet. so if the season starts with kennedy on that role, it's no cause for outrage. he was good with crosby when they played together for 5 minutes last year, at least.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby pcm on Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:00 pm

If I were Jeffrey, I'd work really hard at improving on faceoffs. That would make him a top candidate for a permanent role alongside Malkin.
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby 71Aj66ax87 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:01 pm

Is this an option?---->Image
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Re: What are you excited to see w/ Pens team this year?

Postby The Snapshot on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:41 pm

Tangradi as Sid's Winger.
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