PenguinHockeyFanatic wrote: emptyfriend wrote: WWGRD wrote: IrishEyes wrote: Idoit40fans wrote: meow wrote:
IrishEyes wrote:I can honestly say that I'm comfortable about what the Pens have done this offseason. There was only so much they could do, and Shero did an amazing job with what he had to work with. Bring on the season, I say.
Well put. I feel comfortable in the fact that the team going into this season is better than the team that started last season. What else can you ask for, really?
Crosby and Malkin to each play 82 games during the regular season. Well maybe 81 depending on the situation going into the last couple games.
Geno played every game last season, right? If I'm remembering correctly, he did.
If Sid could do that, too... damn, that'd be awesome.
Yes, Malkin played every game for the Pens. He was our "iron man".
I'd rather heve him miss a few this season and not hit the wall and disappear in the SCF.....
He seemed fine physically, a lot of people think players are tired or arent trying hard when they don't play their best or get the results. Malkin's problems were all cerebral. To me, it was that untimly giveaway too Richards that really rattled him and had him second guessing everything he does on the power play. He never ran the point in his life until Hossa came here, and the coaches should have picked up on that quicker. When they finally did put him back down low he was just fine again, despite the bruised ribs or whatever.
It's also worth noting that Malkin only went 4 games in a row without a point. Crosby went scoreless in THREE of those four games as well, and he had the Whore on his line. Strange how nobody rags on Crsoby like they do Geno--the guy who carried the team for half the season and the first 2+ rounds of the playoffs.
I thought Malkin's problem was that his shoulder got F'd up in game 2 against the Flyers. Maybe I missed a more recent diagnosis.
As far as toughness goes, losing Roberts is a was because Gill showed up after Roberts was done for the regular season. Cooke replaces Ruutu, Godard replaces BGL. Who's left? Malone? Stone could take that spot. And who was Detroit's big enforcer anyway?
Hossa leaving creates a hole? Not on offense. We could have 6 or 7 guys score 20 goals this year. Defensively perhaps, but Staal could get more minutes and he's a pretty fair defensive player too.
What about Crosby and MAF not missing a third of the season? That might help (although Conklin and Malkin seemed to flourish during those missed games).
What about the concept of the young players having a ton more confidence and determination this year after coming within two W's of hockey immortality?
Mark my words, the collection of little things - the intangibles I'm talking about will make a huge difference this season.