Blogs | Sports | News
Dejan Kovacevic's Blog

Pittsburgh sports talk with the Trib columnist

Coyotes 3, Penguins 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (46-20-5) vs. Phoenix Coyotes (34-26-12)

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: Root Sports, Fox Sports Arizona, 105.9 The X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe are on the scene for the Trib.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. theplanisworking says:



    With Malkin out, someone else will have to SCIRE !

  2. hockeymonster says:

    You gotta chit to scire….I mean shoot to score…I mean scire.

  3. Pucknutz says:


    Geno out…. Pens are gonna have to start counting man years lost instead of man games or whatever it is !

  4. theplanisworking says:

    I read somewhere Mike Babcock should get the Jack Adams due to all the injuries Detroit has suffered. Cry me a river………. like the Pens haven’t had many injuries (and suspensions also) ……..

  5. Sarah says:

    I have some issuEs with Stewart but what I found most interesting was the subtle calling out of Crosby ( and other Caps like Chara) for their inability to get their Jerks under control….

    Which goes back to the whole lack of accountability in the organization……if the coaching staff doesn’t get it, do we expect Sid to make up the difference?

    But it hit home that Neal has reached that point where HE doesn’t get that he’s hurting the team with his dumb arse antics….

  6. Bizrow says:

    • • Welcome Lunatics, if you don’t see your current location below, please add a reply to this post

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation

    Pittsburgh – Sochi – Moscow – New York – Fort Myers – Port Charlotte – Bradenton – Sarasota – Clearwater – Tampa – Orlando – Charlotte – Pittsburgh
    Afghanistan – skeetermc*
    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler, Phoenix, Sunnyslope, Davis-Monthan AFB*, Lake Havasu City
    • Argentina, Buenos Aries
    Arkansas – Rogers
    Alaska – Anchorage
    Australia – Mackay, Gold Coast, Geelong, Sydney
    Brazil – Vitoria, São Paulo
    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba City, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda, Yuba City*, Edwards*, Long Beach, Modesto, Davis, Santa Monica, Solana Beach, Canyon Country, Burbank, West Hills, Encino, Clovis
    Canada – Toronto, Winnipeg, Moncton – New Brunswick, Ontario – Muskoka, Perth – home of the Ottowa RedBlacks
    China – Beijing
    Crete – Vlites
    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park*, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs
    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford, Norwalk, NEWTOWN
    Costa Rica
    Czech Republic
    Delaware – Newark
    Denmark – Greenland – Thule*
    District of Columbia
    England – London
    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Coco Beach (Major Nelson and Mary Ann), Niceville (Red Neck Rivera) and a*, St Petersburg, Pembroke Pines, Ft Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, W Melbourne, Melbourne, St Johns, Wesley Chapel, Fort Pierce, Lakeland
    France – Strasbourg,
    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Acworth, Savanna, Hoschton, Grayson, Newnan, Macon
    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne, Ramstein*
    Hawaii – Honolulu
    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline, Mountain Home AFB*
    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake, Algonquin, Chicago, Naperville
    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor, South Bend, Bicknell, Ft Wayne, Westfield, Munster, Jasper
    Iowa – Bettendorf, Humboldt, Maquoketa, Urbandale
    Ireland – Dublin
    • Israel – Ginot Shomron
    Japan – Tokyo
    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green, Lexington, Georgetown
    Kuwait – Relyks76*
    Louisiana – Slidell
    Maine – Bangor
    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf, Hagerstown, Chevy Chase, Hampstead, Elkridge, Frederick, Bowie, Sykesville, Columbia
    Massachusetts – Boston, Tyngsboro, East Gloucester*, 617 Strong*, Medford
    Mecca – Slienmann*
    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Mason, Battle Creek
    Minnesota – Yinzer, St Paul
    Mississippi – Biloxi, Ocean Springs
    Missouri – St Peters***
    Nebraska – Omaha, Lincoln
    New Hampshire – Barrington
    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon, Lincoln Park, Berkeley Heights, Somerville, Hammock, Barrington, Delran, Pennsville, Hammonton, Mullica Hills, JERSEY SHORE, Montclair, Monmouth Beach, Flemington
    New Mexico – Mike, Albequeque, blazer
    New York – New York, Smithtown, Manhattan, Long Island, Nyack, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Lewistown, Stony Point
    Nevada, Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno
    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Chapel Hill, High Point, Winston Salem
    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township, Warren, Oregon, Wintersville, Austintown, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base*, New Philadelphia, Powell, Canton, Salem, New Albany, Bloomingdale, Powell, Howland, Grafton, Northwood, Middletown, Dayton, Cambridge, Martins Ferry, Akron
    Oklahoma – Tulsa – OKLAHOMA CITY/MOORE ,,
    Oregon – Roseburg, Eugene
    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Du Bois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradford Woods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilkes-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville, Flood City (Johnstown), Overbrook, Danny’s Hoagies, Baldwin, Economy, Sharpsville, North Huntington, Bellfonte, West Mifflin, Kennywood, Pleasant Hills, Beechview (Mad Turk, No 200), Macgunie, Mechanicsburg, Uptown, Cambria County, Mon Valley, Salisbury, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Cranberry Twp, Garrett, O’Hara Township, McCandless Township, 115 Federal Street, Bethel Park, Harrison City, Penn Hills, Kittanning, Dover, Upper St Clair, Rennerdale, Oakland, Scranton, Moon (RMU), State College, Erie, Penn Twp, Stowe, Elizabeth, Hermitage, Easton, Carlisle, Finleyville, Belle Vernon, Madison, Sellersville, Waynesburg, Warren, Beaver Falls, Chambersburg, Green Castle, East Freedom, Leechburg, Banksville City, Ellwood City, Hollidaysburg, Bethlehem, Mars, Verona, Philipsburg, Phoenixville, Hippos Pond, Oil City, Verona, Hookstown, Squirrel Hill, Natrona, Charleroi, FREEDOM, Denver, Midland (the home of good food and many bars), Selinsgrove, Dormont, Scott Township, Blawnox, Arnold, Ligonier, Wells Tannery, Swoyersville, St Mary’s, Titusville, Shippingsburg, Sharpsville, Brookville, Mountain Top, Mt Joy, Bloomsburg, Portage, Carnegie, Homer City, Allepo Township, Irwin, Claridge, Downington
    The Philippines
    Rhode Island
    Serbia – Subotica
    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia, Bluffton, Greensville, Charleston, North Charleston, Sumter
    South Korea – Seoul, Mike
    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville
    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton, Houston, Katy, Plano, El Paso, Cedar Park, Pleasanton
    United Kingdom – Haslemere
    Utah – Salt Lake City, Provo
    Vermont – North Bennington
    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield*, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Arlington, Yorktown, Henrico, Aldie, Manassas, Newport News, Clifton, Glen Allen, Roanoke, Vienna, Alexandria, Lynchburg
    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish
    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Mt Olivet, Huntington, Parkersburg, Clarksburg*, Grafton
    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville
    Wyoming – Caspar, Lander
    Unknown – killa_cam7*
    455 confirmed locations represented in the blog, and a couple of strange places
    Lunatic Nation Hall of Fame, people that have, in our opinion, made a difference, either thru talent or character or deeds.
    Nominations are always welcome
    Any Allegheny, Pirate, Crawford, Gray, Steeler or Penguin player in the League’s Hall of Fame, although if Jagr makes it some day, we gotta talk
    Stan “The Man”, from Donora
    Lemonade Guy
    The Gunner, Mr Bob Prince
    The Great One, he stays regardless
    Mike Lange
    Myron Cope
    The Honorable Mayor Richard Caliguiri
    Kevin Mcclachety
    Mike Emerick
    Commander Hadfield, courtesy of the Space Station
    Fred Rogers
    Mario Lemieux, ditto to the Great One, he stays as an owner
    Chuck Noll
    Eddie Johnston, aka EJ
    Badger Bob
    Chuck Tanner
    Dick Groat, the best darn multi-athelete and announcer from Wilkinsburg/Swissvale
    Steve Blass
    Danny Murtaugh*
    Rocky Bleier*
    John Challis – Courage + Belief = Life
    All Servicemen and women that have been in battle, ever
    Sgt Doug Vitale
    Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band
    Barney Dreyfuss
    George Benson
    Phil Coyne
    • Tony Dorsett
    • Vince Lascheide
    • John Barbaro
    • Art McKennan
    • Steve Dirt Denardo*
    • K9***, Rocco
    First Responders***
    27 countries
    46 states, plus the District of Columbia, missing 4 states, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, and Kansas
    Three planets, at least confirmed, and the Space Station
    Then there was that Cold day in Hell place
    Honorable mention, England – London – Lisa
    “Terrorists will always lose in America, the sooner they figure that out, the better”- truer words have never been spoken
    Asterisks denote confirmed hero’s of any species, military, police officers or firemen/ladies
    • 3/25/2014 6:42 PM

  7. theplanisworking says:

    Brandie said that Frankie Liriano’s groin should have its own twitter account this morning. Don’t know if this counts as a location or not. Same goes for the “convenience list”……………….

  8. DJ says:

    I believe we have somewhere between 90-95 more man-games lost than the Red Wings.

    With Malkin out the NHL record may now be in jeopardy.

  9. DJ says:

    I listened to him on The Fan on the way home. He wanted Neal’s head on a pole.

    Question I wanted asked in the interview but wasn’t, at least the portion I heard: Where does that put Shawn Thornton?

  10. poz says:

    What scares me the most about Malkin’s injury is that teams are very guarded with their secrets. Day to day, sometimes turns to weeks. Week-to-week…we can only hope he’s back for the playoffs.

    Get this win tonight and get in. Sutter has been looking better, in my opinion. His time to step up.

  11. Wild Bill says:

    Ah, joined the blog just in time to see some horrible defense by the Pens.

  12. Wild Bill says:

    As an aside, Milo outdid himself today with that Silence of the Lambo crack.

  13. Purple Moose says:

    Neal has to put that in, he had a day and half to make some kind of move.

  14. Andrew says:

    There have been a couple articles with a similar message floating around, that one is the most damning, considering the source. Neal is a frustrating player who unlike Matt Cooke does not have as much of an incentive to change.

    I think it is a big assumption that the Penguins/Crosby have talked to Neal, that type of information is not going to come out until there is a noticeable change in his play. I do not think it is a good precedent to make a statement like we talked him but he is still an idiot.

  15. 1-0 Phoenix in the first period. Hopefully, it won’t be another long, tough night for the Pens.

  16. Purple Moose says:


  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s a goal, five minutes ago !

  18. Andrew says:

    Those last couple minutes didn’t happen.

  19. Wild Bill says:

    We do have a tie game.

  20. Purple Moose says:

    Now they have to replay most of the first period

  21. Wild Bill says:

    Was wondering how they do that. Don’t understand it – what if more goals had been scored, erase them? Dumb.

  22. Wild Bill says:

    Will anyone play defense tonight?

  23. Andrew says:

    I think it wouldn’t count, I could be wrong.

  24. Purple Moose says:

    They really need to just stop play when the puck is near center ice

  25. Purple Moose says:

    Does either Orpik or Scuderi understand that you are allowed to try and move somebody, anybody from in front of your own net?

  26. Wild Bill says:

    Orpik ans Scuderi together for the howling dogs’ goal.

  27. DJ says:

    Stellar reaction time and stick work by Orpik there.

    Beat = dead horse.

  28. Milo Hamilton says:

    This team is so over reliant on special teams right now. That is a very bad sign for the playoffs. If they don’t suddenly get better 5 on 5 it’s going to be a very, very short spring.

  29. DJ says:

    Yes, it would not count.

  30. Phoenix has just gone up 2-1 on the Pens. Hopefully, the Pens can stop the bleeding and show enough resilience.

  31. Wild Bill says:

    Nice traffic in front. Now time for d adjustments.

  32. Andrew says:

    Pyatt hits someone and then goes to the front of the net, maybe someone finally told him he is 6-5 and 230lbs.

  33. DJ says:

    Pizza pie it.

    Or Piece to Pyatt.

  34. Jandy says:

    Puckers, isn’t that the truth…and DJ, you are correct.

  35. Wild Bill says:

    Back to this uncounted goal. Why would you need to replay all those minutes?? Just credit the goal that was scored and move on.

  36. Jandy says:

    Neal needs to sit, perhaps that will help get the message thru.

  37. poz says:

    Nice late goal, but they simply turn the puck over too much in their own end. And they don’t have the bodies to clear these guys out in front of their goal. I keep hoping to see the turnovers stop, but it’s like GroundHog’s Day.

  38. Jandy says:


  39. Jandy says:


  40. DJ says:

    Good thing Dan decided to go with our “heavy lineup” tonight.

    Between the Sharks, the Flyers, the Blues and now the Coyotes, I don’t think heard “heavy lineup” more overused.

  41. DJ says:

    Stewart mentioned Crosby, but to me it starts with the head coach.

    He’s the tone setter.

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    What is the benefit to the viewer of the color man standing between the benches ?

  43. Pens and Phoenix tied at 2 in the second period. Hopefully, the Pens can now pull ahead after that shaky start.

  44. Brandie says:

    Just when we were getting over the Malkin Malaise AKA Mammon’s Winter of Malkin-tent, he has to go and bust a foot. Another twitter account for another body part. How does one Convenience List a foot?

  45. Jandy says:

    Sistah you have outdone yourself! The Winter of Malkin-tent indeed~! LOL!

  46. Jandy says:


  47. Jandy says:

    How did Craig effn Adams MISS that??!!!??? ARGH!!

  48. Milo Hamilton says:

    Been waiting for you. New Pirate Vance Worley’s twitter handle is VANIMAL_49.

  49. Andrew says:

    What is the purpose of a sideline reporter?

  50. Brandie says:

    Though Malkin was changed to Mammon’s! Stupid tablet!

  51. Brandie says:

    Saw the last name Worley and immediately thought Tim Worley and I ran screaming from my house.

    VANIMAL? We shall see!

  52. Brandie says:

    So many players with the middle name Effin! Quite popular!

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    The mere thought of Tim Worley does that to many.

  54. Brandie says:

    My parents used to see him in a bar and restaurant in East Liberty back in the land of long ago and far away. Talk about Malaise!

  55. JohninOshkosh says:

    Eye candy, if it’s ESPN or Fox. And, if you work for NESN, someone for the players to date.

  56. Wild Bill says:

    Well, we’ve gone from sloppy to snoozy.

  57. JohninOshkosh says:

    Although, I really like Rachel Nichols. And, she’s daughter in law to the great Mike Nichols to boot.

  58. Wild Bill says:

    Another (virtually) pp goal with Orpik and Scuds on the ice.

  59. DJ says:

    What was I saying again about quality stick work / reaction time by Orpik?

    Beat + horse = dead.

  60. Brandie says:

    Good Evening Untamed William!

  61. Brandie says:

    Why must we fans endure having Hell and No on the ice?

  62. Sarah says:

    Because he blows and is the statistically worst player in the NHL.

  63. Wild Bill says:

    Greetings, Brandie. Workin on that next job opportunity, I see.

  64. Wild Bill says:

    And now, for digression’s sake, the PSU women are opening up a can on Florida this evening.

  65. Brandie says:

    Some sidelines reporters are intelligent and bring great insight into the game. Others…eye candy. Still others…intelligent eye candy.

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    Is it on somewhere ? I think I’d rather watch that.

  67. Wild Bill says:

    Two others are on where I am, Milo, and I’m in PSU country. Go figure.

  68. Sarah says:

    How many goals have Adams Scud and Orpik been out for in just say the weeks since Olympics? Does Disco sense that these guys are not getting it done on PK?

  69. Brandie says:

    Yes sir! I am the Phoenix (with apologies to tonight’s opponent).

  70. Wild Bill says:

    Whoops, just found them on espn 2

  71. Brandie says:

    What is the blog’s “Heavy Line Up”?

  72. Sarah says:


  73. Andrew says:

    Yes, some are actual reporters like Nichols, it is unfortunate people like her are lumped in with the NESN crew. Also unfortunate that they are most visible when they provided the least value, halftime interviews really provide no information, at least that is my opinion.

  74. Brandie says:

    PETA is going to hunt you down for beating that dead horse!

  75. Milo Hamilton says:

    I really hate going here, but someone needs to start a fight or something. Biz Nasty will go with someone, all you have to do is ask. Rather than Mike Lange, they should just loop Sleepwalk by Santo & Johnny under this team right now. They’re just awful right now. Absolutely no spark.

  76. DJ says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing a few gratuitous checks by the Pens this evening. Like in the first period of the Bruins series last spring.

    This game would be better timing.

  77. DJ says:

    Well, I’d be startin’ it with Plan.

    Just cuz he’s a hippo.

  78. Vance Worley was 11-3 as a Phillies rookie 3 years ago. And so, this is another Pirates’ reclamation project which they likely hope will turn out better than Endison Volquez has so far.

  79. Phoenix now leads the thus far lifeless, Malkin less Pens 3-2. Ugh!

  80. Sarah says:

    FIRE….oh never mind

  81. Sarah says:

    Is it time for Moustache Boy yet?

  82. poz says:

    I’ve had the hockey package for years so I can watch the Pens from my home near Baltimore. But it’s getting to the point I might need to turn the sound down. As the Pens stumble the excuses from the hometown game coverage just made me throw up in my mouth. The Coyotes are a decent team, but they are making them sound like the second coming of the Oilers of the 80’s. Sure the Coyotes are pushing the Pens around in their own end – but most teams do.

  83. DJ says:

    Wait, Sarah, let me get my calculator.

  84. poz says:

    Didn’t one of these teams play last night, on the road?

  85. Jandy says:


  86. Milo Hamilton says:

    17 flipping shots on goal. People paid actual money to watch this crap.

  87. Milo Hamilton says:

    I really think trying a little harder wouldn’t hurt either.

  88. Brandie says:

    WWBGD OR WWGRD (Shout outs to Bill Guerin and Gary Roberts). Soooo missing Mad Max Talbot and Sergei Gonchar right now. :(

  89. DJ says:

    I would like to see the Pens place a transponder on every player — similar to what the Bucs are doing with their outfielders — and then log the amount of time we spend between the circles on offense.

    The results would be revealing.

  90. Brandie says:

    I’d put him in front of the net for sure!

  91. Wild Bill says:

    PSU women win 83 – 61. Next against Stanford at Stanford.

  92. Brandie says:

    Snidely Whiplash? He would be entertaining.

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    Breaking …

    Tanner Glass has a pulse.

  94. Brandie says:

    Two of the Seven Dwarfs…Sloppy and Snoozy!

  95. Jandy says:

    I enjoyed that lol

  96. Brandie says:

    At least one of the Pens players does.

  97. J Walter Weatherman says:

    The Pens are playing like a team with a ceiling winning one round in the playoffs. They aren’t even close to the level of the Bruins or Flyers right now, and they’re starting to run out of time to get their game straightened out. They better hope Crosby carries them in the 1st round, while Martin and Malkin (and possibly Letang) return to full capacity.

  98. Jay says:

    This team doesn’t have players with the heart and drive of Cooke, Kennedy, Staal, Talbot, Gonchar…..the second level, blue collar grinders that made such a difference

  99. Milo Hamilton says:

    The first indication should have been that they thought they played well on Sunday. This team should NEVER be shutout.

  100. Milo Hamilton says:

    That was not a just result at the Consol Energy Center. There should have been a way for the Penguins to have lost twice tonight.

  101. J Walter Weatherman says:

    The long, slow swirl around the toilet bowl continues for this team.

  102. Wild Bill says:

    Hope this is the last we see of a pairing of Orpik and Scuderi this season. Richly deserved loss.

  103. Rbilak says:

    1. Man it would be 10-2 if MAF did not play so well.
    2. We played good defense so lots of positives even though we lost again.
    3. Scuderi and Orpik down low, wow they are awesome there.
    4. We almost scored at the end.
    5. Only a few undisciplined penalties tonight.

    Sarcasm. We have seen this show before.

    Give me Dave Tippett any day over HCDB. No more excuses. Can’t listen to Pens announcers making excuses, beat by their back up, played last night. Are you watching Ray?

  104. Rbilak says:

    Ditto home town announcers were ridiculous tonight. Flyer game looked winnable? Drug test them on that. Makes as much sense as #5 on a powerplay….. Oh wait Dan has done that.

  105. d says:

    Disco Dani: “Phoenix did exactly what we thought they would do…beat us! That was a HEAVY TEAM!”

  106. Let’s hope that the Pens win some of the 19 games they have left.

  107. d says:

    You mean our “shutdown pair”? Or is it Orpik and Martin? Or is it Scuderi and Martin? Or is it Engelland and Martin???? So confused, please tell us Disco Dani who in fact are your “shutdown dmen”? Pretty sure he doesn’t know either? Probably someone HEAVY though.

  108. DJ says:

    Jay Caufield said this is the kind of game that will get us ready for the playoffs.

    Let’s hope not or we’ll lose 4-0 to the Leafs.

  109. hockeymonster says:

    Nisky played like he was celebrating Justin Faulk’s new contract last night. Bortuzzo ended up playing 17 minutes and nisky only 23? No thank you…nisky and maatta were shaky and it cost us. I’m told there’s another game Thursday.

  110. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pens cancel practice tomorrow because guys are tired. From what exactly ?

  111. Rbilak says:

    1. sign team in trouble, Players meeting after loss.
    2. Coach that sees no reason to change anything cancels practice.

    The stupid, unforced,dumb penalties will never be addressed by anyone in this organization. It is not going to change. The roster construction by Shero stinks. Drafting 50 defenseman leaves them with no one to call up at forward.

  112. Glen says:

    Coach cancels practice after another dead beat performance. The three stooges chew out their team mates in players only meeting.

    You want hope? Lou Lamouriello fired his coach just prior to the playoffs when the Devils led the East back in 91. He “didn’t like the teams’ direction”. Once there was a Ray Shero who sacked Michel Therrien when his message had gone stale (yes, yes…. pushed there by ownership but still). If the balls are there, solutions can be found if one can identify the problem.

    We have no semblance of “structured game”. We have no semblance of a cycling game and our forecheck is easily evaded. We have a coach who refuses to build on his best players characteristics, insisting to Pierre and the world that we are not a skill team, we are a grinder team.
    Our coach has started hanging players in public (Jokinen after this one, Despres recently) for penalties way before the end of 1-goal games where as a team we play lousy. Yes, stupid penalties are a problem but with our special teams success overall this season, how about looking at our paltry 5 on 5 results and ask whether perhaps it is time to put the focus there? And even if you want to talk about not taking stupid penalties…. How do you get accountability you ask? Well, not by letting Adams, Glass, Orpik and Scuderi stink most every game and never have is impact their minutes. Not by seeing Despres, Megna etc. give us life and quality performances most every time, yet scratch them as soon as there is a semblance of health on the roster.

    We are getting out-coached virtually every game. Dan’s record is almost entirely a reflection of the great skill advantage he has had on most all (not all) other teams in the league over the past 5 years.

    Dan Bylsma is not the only problem of this club. Ray’s batting average has been way below OK ever since the Neal trade. But Dan is the biggest part of the problem, and it is the only one that can be dealt with now post-deadline. Out, Raus, Vattene!

  113. Glen says:

    Ehhh…. Julien was fired in 2007 of course…. don’t know how that ever came to be ’91. Bygones.

Other blogs
Sports: Rob Rossi | Steel Mill | Chipped Ice | Bucco Blog | iPreps | Pitt Locker Room | Penn State Sports
News: This Just In | Trib List | ICycle | Flow Back | Stories Behind Trib Stories  

» Top Sports
» Top News
» Top Breaking News