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Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby It'sagreatdayforhockey! on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:31 am

At this point, even making the finals and losing seems like it would be a disappointment. Clearly GMRS and management went all in, so now it's time for the coaches and players. Would this be the end for some coaches or players if they fail?

There are really no weaknesses on the team at full strength and enough depth to handle injuries. They've traded away basically an entire draft and 3 prospects. It's clear what management thinks is possible.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:32 am

It wasn't before and it isn't now.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Pavel Bure on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:33 am

No.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:33 am

To respond to the actual post. I don't think players and coaches are eliminated if they don't win in the finals.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby DelPen on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:36 am

Lots of things can happen but I expect a Stanley Cup and will be incredibly disappointed if that doesn't happen.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby count2infinity on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:38 am

I don't think the team has to win the cup. It's a very long process to win it. Too many intangibles. I really think they're the best team in the league right now, but the best team in the league doesn't always win the cup. I will be disappointed if they don't win it, but I wouldn't call it unacceptable.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Hawkeynut on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:39 am

If Crosby has another level.. we are about to see it. At no point in his Penguins career has he had so much to work with, same goes for Geno.

So no, anything less will be acceptable. Heads will roll if this team does not at least make some noise in the ECF. And that is an "at least" scenario.

This team is built so that we could win this thing without Geno or Crosby IMO.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby penny lane on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:40 am

GM Ray Shero to the team~ let's roll! Coaching will be needed to blend and mix the chemistry of players.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby viva la ben on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:40 am

The Pens are in all or nothing mode.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby DocEmrick on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:41 am

At this point absolutely not.

We have the equivalent of a regular season all-star team with the proper grit and key pieces. If we don't win then there's a problem with the team. There is absolutely no comparable team of power, offense and strong defense in the league.

It would be the biggest embarrassment to get bounced in the first or second rounds. Still unacceptable to not clinch the ECF.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby since1970 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:47 am

....it's what Shero has them positioned to do, but 20yrs ago we were in the same position. I think I'm looking forward to the chase more than capturing the cup, but that is icing on the cake. I said before I want to see this lineup gel, and then play like the lineup looks on paper, that's gonna be fun. I'm not screaming for anyone's head if it doesn't happen. I'm enoying see a Pittsburgh sports management team go nuts to win a championship. It's fun watching Mario play his own live video game, maybe he's trying exorcise those memories of 92/93
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby kypensfan on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:50 am

No.

At this point, with the moves Shero has made, it's cup or bust.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby RxBandit66 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:52 am

Letang needs to stay healthy, and Geno needs to play like he's capable of playing. Other than that, there's no reason the team should fall short of a championship. They may not need to win the Cup, but certainly getting bounced early on would surely be the end of the tenure of the coaching staff. They need to make a long, deep playoff run and hope they stay healthy and get some puck luck, and they should be able to beat just about anybody over a 7 game series.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Froggy on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:59 am

count2infinity wrote:I don't think the team has to win the cup. It's a very long process to win it. Too many intangibles. I really think they're the best team in the league right now, but the best team in the league doesn't always win the cup. I will be disappointed if they don't win it, but I wouldn't call it unacceptable.


Well said
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Geezer on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:14 am

Froggy wrote:
count2infinity wrote:I don't think the team has to win the cup. It's a very long process to win it. Too many intangibles. I really think they're the best team in the league right now, but the best team in the league doesn't always win the cup. I will be disappointed if they don't win it, but I wouldn't call it unacceptable.


Well said

Have to disagree; it's a tough task. But after 3 crap playoff performances in a row Shero shouldn't accept any less. I'm viewing it from Bylsma's future; great regular season coach. Shero's laid it out on a platter for him.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby meecrofilm on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:15 am

Idoit40fans wrote:It wasn't before and it isn't now.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby shmenguin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:17 am

we're the favorites at this point, but you can't just will yourself to win hockey games - no matter what your roster looks like. anything less than a cup will be disappointing, but it won't necessarily indicate epic failure.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby pens9192 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:17 am

There is no reason why they don't win the Cup this year. All the pieces are there.

That being said, the 1993 result should keep us humble. I do not want to see Tangradi or some other bum score an OT goal to knock us out.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Malkamaniac on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:20 am

If you don't learn from history('93), you're doomed to repeat it. Luckily, the captain of the 93 team is still around to tell them about that year.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:20 am

I think the 10,11,12 results should keep the pens humble.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby since1970 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:24 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-hDl6OALv4

Thread should've been locked after this, it answers everything......
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby penny lane on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:29 am

Steve Zipay ‏@stevezipay 2m So I ask Ottawa coach Paul MacLean his thoughts on Iginla deal: "I don't know why we're going to bother playing the playoffs


this is what the team will have to ignore.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Beveridge on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:36 am

The short answer to the question is no.

It will be up to players and coaches to make sure they don't overlook anyone.

Morrow and Iggy should help that because they will be calming presence and Pens will want to win it for them.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby Kaizer on Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:54 pm

you pittsburgh fans are spoiled.
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Re: Is anything less than a championship acceptable?

Postby DocEmrick on Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:55 pm

penny lane wrote:
Steve Zipay ‏@stevezipay 2m So I ask Ottawa coach Paul MacLean his thoughts on Iginla deal: "I don't know why we're going to bother playing the playoffs


this is what the team will have to ignore.


Lol what a classy answer. Instead of "I believe our guys can compete with the best," he basically says "Our guys suck, there's no reason to continue. THE FIX IS IN"
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