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Kingerski: Penguins Fans, I Get it, You’re Tired But One More Time?

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You’ve been telling me, but not in so many words. Some of you have been yelling it, actually, but the words belied the meaning. Most fanbases in the NHL would kick you for the sentiment, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and everything comes to an end. Even the Pittsburgh Penguins run with the most talented players on the planet comes to an end.

It surely seems many of you are ready to move on, consequences be damned.

From emails, replies, and comments, Penguins fans are tired. The interest level is declining. Imagine a team with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang with waning interest. Yet, that’s precisely what’s happening.

No one is accusing Penguins fans of checking out. Pittsburgh has the highest TV ratings of any NHL or NBA market. Penguins fans sell out PPG Paints Arena as well as turn on the television, but your heart is broken.

Hope seems to be lost.

“And how about last year? And the year before? Don’t take solace in that–it’s only a way to rationalize failure,” one of our comments read.

I get a dozen or more per day. Or another:

“It’s just frustrating watching the Pens get ousted early, and venting helps especially when I read other Pen fans feel the same way…Dan does his best I just don’t like that sometimes he’ll call us kids, and we know it’s because we sound like it when we want to start from scratch–but if next year we start winning all will be forgotten.”

Well, first, “kids” is a term of endearment. Some folks get so touchy. Boys, kids, youngin’s, folks, are all the same.

Second, that winning feeling is gone from the fan base. Despite the most logical arguments that it doesn’t matter when the rebuild begins, it will hurt for a while, the consensus is to start now.

I can point to Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit, which are still in the midst of trying to figure it out and have playoff droughts since their last Stanley Cups (2020 Qualifying Round inclusions notwithstanding).

And I can point out that losing is most likely what awaits the Pittsburgh Penguins beyond the Malkin-Letang roster. If the Penguins can delay that skid by taking another and yet another shot with Crosby-Malkin-Letang and making the playoffs, isn’t it better than the tundra of losing?

The popular sentiment among fans is: No.

And I get it now. Being right or logical is less important. It’s like a relationship that has run its course. The end is within sight, and you’re anxious to see what comes next.

You want some strange.

You want to root for mediocre players who are new and getting a chance to establish themselves as productive NHLers. You’d like to get behind the underdogs again.

I must admit, those 7,000-11,000 fans who showed up for the 2003-2005 Penguins at the old Civic Arena were the most joyous fans outside of the early 1990s and 2008-2009 crews.

Fans found a way to enjoy the rosters with Dick Tarnstrom, Guillaume Lefebvre, Ramsi Abid, and Ryan Malone. Only Malone was a legit NHL player, but the smaller Penguins fan base rallied around them.

But there were a lot less of you, too.

It surely seems lots you want to go back there. You’re done with the superstars and disappointment. And no promise that it could be better next season quells the desire to get new blood, even if it’s not as good.

Have I got it?

Some of you expect the Penguins to find new superstars to lead the team back to June hockey tomorrow. Let me caution, that’s just not going to happen. Unless Jack Eichel decides he wants to play for the Penguins and no one else, and by some miracle, Buffalo accepts a lowball offer, the rebuild will be brutal.

Perhaps general manager Ron Hextall will add friends around Sidney Crosby to make the descent more palatable, the way Craig Patrick did for Mario Lemieux?

It took six years of first-round picks and four top-two overall picks to build the Penguins’ latest championship era. Beginning with Brooks Orpik in 2001 as a later first-rounder, then Marc-Andre Fleury (1st overall), Evgeni Malkin (2nd overall), Sidney Crosby (1st overall), and Jordan Stall (2nd overall), the Penguins stockpiled brilliant talent by losing.

The Pittsburgh Penguins hit a paystreak at the right time. It doesn’t always work out that way. Ask the Edmonton Oilers who snagged a lineup of lottery picks for a decade that didn’t work out–including Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins–until Connor McDavid finally brought success to Edmonton.

Even so, the 2020-21 Edmonton Oilers made only their second playoff appearance since 2005-06 (again, Qualifying Round notwithstanding).

But you want those new relationship jitters, the excitement, and possibilities. You know how the rest of this plays out, right?

Just a reminder kids, be careful what you wish for. You just may get it.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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dweth2
dweth2
3 months ago

Again, I don’t get this “move on” mentality. The core was not the problem. You are not going to get anyone better right now to replace what they bring. Try to build around them for now until the dark days come, which is soon.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  dweth2

True. Although, I don’t think that the dark days are that soon. Sid, Geno, and gang have a few more good years in them. They may not be championship caliber for that much longer, but I’m still seeing a team that will compete for the playoffs every year as long as Mario has a strong say.

Eric
Eric
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

Agreed. Especially in this playoff year. However, the core has a significant cap hit and limits the possibility of add adding pieces that may help us get past the first round.

Katz
Katz
3 months ago

I disagree. It’s not so much that fans want to root for a new stock of talent as it is at anger at mismanagement for the current franchise circumstance. Some called for moving Malkin two years ago when the iron was hot. Ownership said No. Mistake. Many questioned the Reaves trade and now this incredulous explanation. Again….. Sullivan told Burke he did not play Reaves because of line-mates? OK…. Well if that was true wouldn’t it have been much easier to trade Carter Rowney or Tom Kuhnhackl than move Reaves in a complicated 3 way getting Brassard and losing picks… Read more »

Mug
Mug
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I could not say it any better than that. This is exactly the trade that killed the penguins. At the time we were playing pretty good. We did not have to make a move at all. Sullivan did not want Reaves and Rutherford overpaid BIG TIME for Brassard.

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago

I vote to keep the gang together until they retire. All while keeping our top picks and starting to rebuild our prospect pool as much as possible. Those 3 stars have been nothing short of amazing to watch and for the team. No other core has accomplished what they have (still the longest playoff streak in all of sports, 3 cups, only back to back in cap era, hart, conn Smyth, etc,etc). If that means falling short of another cup well so will 31 other teams. Having fun hockey to watch, and being competitive for a few years isn’t the… Read more »

jackw
jackw
3 months ago
Reply to  Zane Gearhart

Watch out, you’re making reasonable points – the wannabe GMs in their mother’s basement will be out to get you. It simply a combination of ignorance and being spoiled rotten that would prompt a “fan” to demand that you trade a future hall of famer so that you can “get something for them” with a couple of years left on their contract. As though that “something” would even approach what you would lose (wouldn’t happen) or that you would have anything more than an average team remaining (you would not). Or that you find a way to cut them loose… Read more »

Steve
Steve
3 months ago
Reply to  jackw

They don’t appear good enough to win a cup. It’s really they simple. So, some of us would like to start the ascent earlier than others. But points, to me, seem valid.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  jackw

Jack, agree on all of that. A 35-40 year old Geno, Letang, and Sid will still be better than anything you’d get for them…and, with Sid, you’d actually still get a TON! But, I remember rooting for Morozov (still one of my favorite players lol), hoping that Beech could put it together, thinking “wow! This Data guy is as fast as Koltsov!!!! But, my hands are better…”. Lol. I’d much rather watch Superstars push themselves to the limits, fighting against age, and having the thought that a cup is still out there…maybe than watch a bunch of average NHLers out… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago

Hi Dad (DAN) first off Sullivan deserves a ton of blame for our getting bumped in playoffs the last 4 years. Thanks for the 2 cups but you have sucked at playoffs last 4 years. You will not make adjustments or accept players that don’t do it your way. In my opinion Sullivan you should already be gone! I thought Malkin should have been traded 2 years ago when you could get something for him. Now he will again be in and out of lineup with injuries. After this year he should be gone! Now comes Letang the great DMAN… Read more »

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago

Did you read the hockey rumors article , it listed those same 3 names.
In truth I would rather have Oleksiak then petterson, but we also have PO Joseph in the waiting, and have to find someone willing or able to take on one of the current LD contracts. That will be easier said then done

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Zane Gearhart

No Zane I didn’t read Hockey Rumors but I was looking at affordable physicality. I’m sure there are a lot more. I would bring up PO Joseph and trade Letang

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago

Plus I’ll never understand all the malkin hate. Yes he’s not geno in 2009 anymore, but what he did this playoff season was pure heart.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Zane Gearhart

He has been paid well for his service

Donny
Donny
3 months ago

Please, Dan. It’s not all the fans that are bemoaning a first round playoff exit while winning a division. It is just the entitled ones who feel that Stanley Cup parades are a birthright. It is far easier to be angry and disdainfull online than it is to express the combination of gratitude and disappointment that many of us feel. I, for one, enjoyed the hell out of this season. Catching the Flyers, then passing the Bruins, Isles, and Caps with a patchwork roster? That was a lot of fun, especially given the same round robin of teams. Maybe more… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Donny

Donnie no one owes me anything. I have never asked for anything. Athletes are not owed anything either. They are paid quite well for playing a game. When their game goes downhill it is time to say good night. What I am doing is giving my opinion as I am entitled to as a subscriber. Good Bye Malkin and Letang I hope.

penguinsareOLDandSlow
penguinsareOLDandSlow
3 months ago

malkin and letang have been treated very well and paid well one might argue overpaid over their career. Malkin’s knee again going under the knife with ‘successful’ surgery- he is slower than crosby that anybody with two eyes can see. LEtang brought nothing in terms of assistance witht he 2017 cup that was achieved without his services and this yawning hard sell argument of needing his 1D contributions are finally falling on deaf ears. He has been sheltered and overrated his whole penguin career he’ll never win a norris and has only even been a finalist a couple of years.… Read more »

Teresa Moore
Teresa Moore
3 months ago

My family has had Pens season tickets since 1983. We have always referred to the 2002 – 2006 seasons as The Rico Fata Era, and yes we had a lot of fun at those games. As my older brothers always say: you can’t call us bandwagon fans! Telling you this Dan because I can’t believe you didn’t mention Rico lol. Yeah, I’m tired of not getting past the 1st round of the playoffs, and hope Hextall keeps Crosby, Letang & Malkin together while building prospects. One thing I’ve learned is that the fans have very little to say in these… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Teresa Moore

I loved the “dark years” lol. Nothing like getting in and then moving up to the glass without a word lol. Plus, I loved watching Fata and Koltsov skate…imagine if they had hands, like any hands at all… Dan also failed to mention Whitney in the picks, but he’s forgiven lol.

PensFan62
PensFan62
3 months ago

Don’t forget us fans from the beginning, as well as the 70’s & early 80’s. We considered an attendance of 3,000 to be a lot. But we had fun.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  PensFan62

I’m a 67 charter member

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

I joined in 75.

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
3 months ago
Reply to  PensFan62

I remember going to games in high school before Mario- tickets were less than 10-loved it

Oh Come On
Oh Come On
3 months ago

The Nucleus can no longer carry the team. They need support. Stop trading away high draft picks, look for sleepers in the draft and use your scouts to find talent abroad. Like they did Jagr and Malkin.

Donny
Donny
3 months ago
Reply to  Oh Come On

Jagr was a #5 pick and Malkin #2. Those guys didn’t sneak in under the radar

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Oh Come On

Dude, how long have you followed hockey? Seriously? The Pens aren’t trading away picks anymore unless it makes sense. That’s not Hextall’s way. They also have gotten a TON of sleeper picks in their lineup and on the way. Rust (3rd round), Letang (3rd), Guentzel (3rd), Lafferty (4th), Blueger (2nd), ZAR (undrafted), Marino (CollegeUFA), Legare (3rd), Puustinen (7th), Riikola (undrafted)…those are just the ones still with the organization.

Jagr and Malkin were no brainer as much as Sid and Mario…

Lisa Nath
Lisa Nath
3 months ago

Hi Dan , this is surprising to read. Is this just a very vocal minority ? I sure hope so. I think given all this core has done for the team they deserve every opportunity to ride this out to the end and keep going for the cup . It would be heartbreaking if the players thought fans were done with them

Katherine Verbeke
Katherine Verbeke
3 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Nath

I think this article is just something to get a reaction….no we don’t want the core destroyed, we want a goalie that can perform (Jarry is still that man, but needs some help) and we need some protection to draw the coverage away from Sid and Geno so they can do their thing!

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago

Definitely not something to just get a reaction. Read through the posts now. There are some amazingly ignorant fans. (Using ignorant in the proper context). At least I hope it’s just ignorance…

Tom Haley
Tom Haley
3 months ago

I guess I don’t understand
Last year I understand, locked in Canada, Covid, team wants to go home & be with family!
But how can a team kick butt with a patchwork team, and fall an their faces in the playoffs?
And why do our goalies fall apart in the playoffs?
Coaching?
And why do the rules change during the playoffs?
Didn’t I just read that this team couldn’t beat the remaining teams still playing?
Asking for a friend!!
Tom

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom Haley

Tom, they didn’t fall apart in the playoffs. They outplayed the Islanders by far. Bad puck luck and a few breakdowns cost them. Plus, the absence of a second line due to Geno’s severe knee injury.

Pens7M
Pens7M
3 months ago

I’m in for another run for sure but I’m good with whatever direction the team decides to go in. I’ve been emotionally and financially invested in the Pens since 1970 so they’re pretty much family to me at this point. I know younger fans and actually fans in general feel differently which is understandable. Part of me feels sorry for fans who aren’t all in no matter what. Of course the losing doesn’t hit them as hard as someone like me but the winning isn’t as euphoric either, that’s the trade off. Certainly no disrespect to anyone, maybe they’ll go… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Pens7M

Pens7m I am 72 and still go

Ben
Ben
3 months ago

You can’t paint all fans with the same brush. There are different levels of understanding of the game/team, and the ones who are complaining online are usually on a lower level. This penguins team is great but you can’t win every year. If you don’t still believe in this core/team you’re not a real fan and we dont need around anyways. Stop trying to play GM or coach, they have the job for a reason.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ben
Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Ben

They’re still “fans”. Just kinda negative people in general it seems.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago

Dan, writers like you are part of the problem. You want the team to get better but you don’t want to trade anyone on the first 2 lines. What kind of talent are we getting back for trading 4th line players? Some of the “untouchables” need to be moved to make a difference or else we’re just spinning our wheels for the next few years.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike, when has Dan ever said that Guentzel, Rust (should be untouchable), Kapanen, or Zucker shouldn’t be traded in the correct circumstance. And, this teams pretty close. Small moves are all that’s needed. Also, we don’t know how Legare or Poulin will transition…I think it’s fair to make a small tweak in the off season and reevaluate before the deadline next year.

J.T. Nelson
J.T. Nelson
3 months ago

They need to ride this core into retirement. They won’t get the value on return that they provide the team, even in the twighlight of their careers. They are still productive hockey players. Managment needs to build around them and keep the team competative for a few more years while stockpiling draft picks. It keeps people in the seats for now and turns a full rebuild into a soft transition once these guys are gone.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  J.T. Nelson

Well Letang and Malkin will be gone after next year. YES!

Joy Funk
Joy Funk
3 months ago

The people wanting to blow it up don’t speak for the majority of fans. Not everyone is tempted by every new thing that passes by. This is the end of a great era and I think most of us would like the Pens to go out with a bang these last couple tries, and then get serious about a rebuild. For God’s sakes, this isn’t some kind of world appreciation tour for a few geriatrics that the team can’t bare to let go of; all three of the core are still world-class players capable of winning games by themselves. My… Read more »

Jeffrey S Knipple
Jeffrey S Knipple
3 months ago

We live in a world today with no loyalty or appreciation. It is the American society, seen in every aspect to include now our sports world. To believe as a fan base that we should win a championship every year is just unrealistic. To question moves of a team is one thing, but turn on management and players who have delivered more championships over the past 15 years than any other is just nonsensical to me. I have also questioned moves, and the one that got me the most was the move away from Fluery to Murray, a move I… Read more »

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago

How loyal are Athletes unless they are being overpaid

Ken Colligan
3 months ago

Did I just hear that Kingerski is talking about a potential Crosby trade ?

Rich Filardi
Rich Filardi
3 months ago

Here is the difference between now and then. You can keep the core, most likely 71 and 58 will take a reduced salary.
The responsibilities lie on management and ownership to be good and limit mistakes. Bring in the right free agents, get lucky in the draft and make good deals. Its the cap era, the playing field is alittle more even than before.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Dan, true. But, LA was a “heavy” team that definitely aged differently than the Pens. Chicago made some bad moves that shortened their window…looking at the Seabrook and Kieth contracts, the Panarin trade, Toews not being close to Sid talent wise as everyone claimed lol, Hossa retiring unexpectedly. And, Detroit made a TON of mistakes.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I guess you’re right. I’m hoping that Hextall is here to stay as well as Sullivan. Sully seems to understand the “kids” better than Bylsma, and most coaches, ever do. Plus, I’d trust Hextall and his patience over almost any other GM. As in, stay the course and only do what makes sense. It seems that Mario has always preferred that course of action too. Hence, not moving the core. Pushing through the 4 tough years…etc.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

I have a ton of faith in Hexy and Burkie. I would get rid of Sullivan yesterday.

Chase Ranson
Chase Ranson
3 months ago

Dan you ever wander how many more cups we may have won if they kept Fleury? Also Malkin is a waste of time to discuss they win without him,P. O. Joseph is a male Olive Oil thin and no gurt like Peterson, the defense can skate and pass the Sulivan prototype and has zero physical presence hard to watch, outside of Carter the fowards usually get pushed around and never go to the net except in a shootout small joke.Also some comments here about the N Y Islanders is interesting since I bet they have a shot at the cup… Read more »

Katz
Katz
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Beg to differ. I wrote from preseason they were only regular season built. I wrote ad nauseam the mantra ” It’s all about the playoffs” ” I’m from Missouri now, Show me.” They were never Cup contenders in my opinion. Sadly I was right. Many management mistakes shortened the Crosby window for another Cup run. The “Murray haul” you reference is relatively minor.But cumulatively it adds up. Here are the missteps which were all preventable and costly to winning … In Order 1) Not requesting Malkin to waive his NTC when Florida allegedly offered Barkov 2) Going back to ”… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Katz
Ricardo58
Ricardo58
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Katz, I appreciate your opinions. You’ve been consistent with your stance all season. You are certainly not deterred by group think or down votes.

As the varying opinions show via this thread, passion is high for the Pens. Break ups can be hard. Go Pens.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Its is so easy to ride the “______ team is not going to win a championship this year” that keeps coming off your keyboard. I could do that with every team in all major sports and be right 119 out of 123 times (96%). Stop acting like you did something by betting on a team not to win a championship. You didn’t do anything except act like a spoiled child.

Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Katz

I agree with you 1000%

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
3 months ago

“Most talented players on the planet”. HA HA HA. Dan, have you been watching the playoffs? You tell us you have been. How can you say the most talented players on the planet? 4 years ago yes. Not now. Anyone who is still watching the playoffs can see that many other teams have much more talented players than even the “core superstars”. This doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate how lucky we were. I do. Watching 87, 58, and 71 has been a real blessing. Pens fans get that and I appreciate their hall of fame talent. But they are… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

Honest question…and this isn’t a prerequisite to understand and appreciate the team, players, and hockey in general…but, have you ever played? If you have you’d notice the tiny things that Sid does better than ANYONE…That includes McDavid and MacKinnon. He may not be the top point producer, but he’s still top 3 in the league. Geno can basically do anything that Geno chooses to do when he’s healthy and engaged. 2019/20 proved that when he wants, he can even play defense. Letang is possibly one of the most underrated defensemen of all time.

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

I cant skate. I appreciate the genius of Sid. I have been a fan since 88 and except for 66 and 68 he is the most talented player I have ever seen. But father time is undefeated. Truth be told, if you had to start a team today you could pick any 12 forwards, I don’t think he makes my team. Love 87. Appreciate everything he’s done. Wish him every happiness. He is no longer the best of the best. Just watch the playoffs. Amazing talent in this league.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

Peter, love that you’ve stick with them. I was born in 77 and remember the mid 80’s myself lol. And, if you’re starting a team out most would still take Sid for his leadership/ability combo. But, yeah, you’d want to go younger. I agree that there are a TON of talented players out there. Hell, half of the kids in beer leagues now could have been top prospects just 15/20 years ago. But, I’d argue that Sid is the best all around player in the league to this day. And, what has always separated him from the pack is how… Read more »

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
3 months ago
Reply to  Jay95

Like I said, I love the guy. Great player and even better person. BUT, he got roasted against NYI. I cant remember him ever having a worse six game stretch. I think he was plain worn out from the crazy schedule in March and April and winning all those games without 71.

Jay95
Jay95
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter Hoffman

His line definitely wore out towards the end of the season. But, just from watching the games I’d say that he was still creating and Rust was still doing his part. I thought that Sid, personally, was fine. But, Malkin’s injury took away a second line. And, Guentzel obviously was worn down…hence, the need to keep Geno healthy and possibly drop Jake down to the second line. While, finding a presence on the first that is bigger and just goes to the net. That may be in house with ZAR bumping up or Legare making the jump. But, Sid and… Read more »

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Ok but is this an absurd lineup to wanna see next year assuming Zucker goes to seattle?
Jake-Sid-Poulin(It’d help us so much for him to break through, he has the size and skill Crosby needs on his line)
McCann-Malkin-Kap
Saad-Carter-Rust
Tanev-Blueger-ZAR
Dumo-Letang
Matheson-Ceci
POJ-Marino
Rask/Mrazek
Jarry/DeSmith

Kris Francis Peterinelli
Kris Francis Peterinelli
3 months ago

Is it the core or the pieces around the core? How about we move Jake to get larger. Hell let’s get crazy with these first lines:
Malkin – Crosby – Rust
Poulin – Carter – Legare
Zucker – McCann – Kapanen
Physical Jake trade guy – Teddy – Turbo

Zane Gearhart
Zane Gearhart
3 months ago

Trade Jake, a point per game player, and one of the top goal scorers year over year for a physical 4th liner?

C Daniel
C Daniel
3 months ago

I like the new person’s name though – maybe he can play higher up? 🙂

David
David
3 months ago

The Pens lost to the Isles mostly because our goalie played poorly, and theirs played great. Yes, there were other issues, but there are always other issues — they could not overcome the goalie issue. There is no need to dismantle the rest of the team. IMO they are not going to win another Stanley Cup in this present era, but what are they supposed to do — trade Letang and Malkin? GMJR morgaged the future with a “win now” attitude and they DID win — 2 in a row. I’m good with that. If you always play for the… Read more »

Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
3 months ago
Reply to  David

Round 1: Sorokin – .943 Jarry – .888 Round 2: Varlamov .933 Rask .897 Round 3: Varlamov ? Vasilevskiy ? I am guessing those question marks are both in the neighborhood of .910 when round three is done. That’s because it is going to be all out war in the blue paint. The over / under on net front scrums in that series should be about 5.5 per period minimum. There is just a boatload of talk online excusing everyone on the Pens of the loss simply due to a terrible performance by Jarry and a great performance by Sorokin.… Read more »

Peter Hoffman
Peter Hoffman
3 months ago

Couldn’t agree more. Lack of size and losing the battles in front of both nets were plain to see.
Get physical or go home!

Brian
Brian
3 months ago

We want some strange hahahahaha

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

I do want to add, I don’t understand the idea that people who want to move on from the core are spoiled, or entitled. I’m extremely thrilled at what this franchise has done in the 45 years I’ve been a fan. Wouldn’t change it for the world. But I think the time was right to trade Letang and explore a package for Malkin. Because soon you won’t get anything for them, and I just don’t think they’re good enough to seriously compete the way the team is constructed now. I also have zero problem with Malkin and Letang retiring as… Read more »

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