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  1. Erik Bruckner says:

    I think one positive that we can take away from a potential Pierre McGuire signing is that he is very bold, and often times ruthless. I think this organization lacks that type of fire and attitude. I think one thing would be certain if Pierre were hired over an in-house candidate: change would be upon us. Whether good or bad – yet to be determined.

  2. Erik Bruckner says:

    Do you see any chance the Pen’s look to sell high on Chris Kunitz and look to get a younger version of him back in a trade? I realize his value isn’t incredibly high given his age, but he’s got a nice contract going forward and can do other things aside from just scoring goals.

  3. Erik Bruckner says:

    Would it be a wise decision to resign MAF long-term given Tristan Jarry’s recent success and pedigree? Resigning MAF is a Shero/Bylsma type move – blocking younger, cheaper, talented prospects for a “sense of comfort.” Why not dip into free agency and sign a veteran goalie for 2 years until Jarry is ready. It absolutely makes zero sense to extend Fleury at $5M+ when you have a stud prospect in waiting at a much cheaper rate. Thoughts?

  4. I just hope the Pens hire somebody and soon so that the careers of Coach Dan Bylsma and some players are no longer in limbo.

  5. Stuart says:

    Erik, questions for the chat need to be posted inside the box at the top. They won’t be seen if you post them here.


  6. Thundercrack says:

    What is Nutting doing with all the money.


  7. dave says:

    What will the Pen’s look for first in a GM? The window of opportunity is now so you need someone who can put together a competitive team of veterans and make the shrewd trades for the right pieces but yet they want someone more in tune to the draft and the younger players. How do you get both?

  8. Jim S. says:

    He just keeps counting it, over and over. Then, he makes stacks all around him as he sits in the middle.

  9. Similar to what DK does with Tweets and chat Q’s?

  10. Erik is itchin for a Jandy-switchin.


  11. Jandy says:

    No switch, just the size 9 wides ;)

  12. Sarah says:

    There’s a reason PM was once in hockey ops as asst GM or coach, and has NOT been for 20 years.

    He should not be anywhere near a GM spot for this team.

    Scouting, yes, very knowledgeable. GM or HC, no.

    Read up his history at Hartford.

  13. Should do the trick.


  14. The Czar says:

    No Polanco coming up officially question? I was hoping for one. Lol.

  15. casper in a-town says:

    Good afternoon, all. I submitted a question to the chat today and it was accepted. Woo hoo! For those of you who may have read my question and DK’s answer, I wanted to clarify my question and his response, as I may have incorrectly paraphrased him. In my question, I said “Several weeks ago, after your sit-down with Messrs. Lemieux and Burkle, you said that you have complete trust in them and that we should too.” Today, he correctly pointed out that I my statement was probably off the mark a bit. In his response to my question, he said “To clear one thing up, I never wrote — or thought — that you should have trust in anyone. I don’t ever suggest things like that to readers. I’ll share with you what I think, but I won’t presume it’s what you should think.

    DK’s actually statement in his post back when he sat down with Messrs. Lemieux and Burkle was “I trust these two men. Always have. And I strongly suspect once you read what they have to say, others will, too.” I simply wanted to post this today because one of the pet peeves I have on this or any other blog is when posters misquote or misinterpret someone else’s comment. As such, I stand corrected and simply wanted to make the record clear. I misquoted and this is my mea culpa.

    Have a great day.

  16. Cmat0829 says:

    Byslma is gone. Finished. If he wAnts it sooner he can quit and forfeit the rest of his contract. If not he shuts up and waits for the termination. Papers and check.

  17. Arriba Wilver says:

    A man after my own heart. +1

  18. Wanda Simpson says:

    At the end of the day, hockey is a business. As a fan, I don’t always look at it in that way. I have worked in enough corporations to know that the wheels of the HR process run slow. My concern is that a man who has talked for a living for the last few years is a legitimate contender for the position and he seems at times to endorse the thuggery in the NHL that has claimed so many games of Sidney Crosby’s prime. Talkers have a tendency to say what people want to hear without having to back it up with current credentials. 1992 was a long time ago. If hockey is to evolve to its best level where stars shine and compete, then a new mentality should be considered. Botterill or Brisebois should be given a shot, not recycled, rejected GMs dumped by other teams.

  19. Chris says:

    all of those hockey questions?! Who cares about a sport that barely can stay afloat south of the canadian border…10 years, its not going to matter about who the pens GM is when the league has folded under itself—get a job hippies!! Wait till hockey starts sniffing the concussion lawsuits – that will be the end of that :p

  20. Sarah says:

    Every day Bylsma remains as HC, I am less certain he is finished here.
    It’s a sickening prospect but there it is.

    It undermines all the messages the front office sent a couple weeks ago re it being a mistake to extend him, yet here we are.

    And the notion that the new GM will report to MOREHOUSE?

    That should send up red flags everywhere.

    As DK intimated in the Chat today, re the Letang deal.

    I lose faith in this organization daily.

  21. Sarah says:

    If there’s one thing this team needs to lose,fast, it’s the glut of veterans taking spots away from younger players.

    There’s two vets I would keep, 87 and 71.

  22. Sarah says:

    I trust Burkle and Lemieux.
    If Morehouse is over-riding Ops decisions however, it matters not.

  23. Arriba Wilver says:

    I was referring to the voluntarily correcting part.

  24. Arriba Wilver says:

    But I agree with your point,too, by the way.

  25. Sarah says:

    Yeah….and the dangling of Bylsma just makes me suspect they’re bringing him back.
    Heaven help us.

  26. Arriba Wilver says:

    I can’t imagine they would do that, unless it’s Botteril, AND there is a LOT about what was going on we are misunderstanding. Shero and Bylsma were joined at the hip. Who knows exactly how that worked.

    Totally speculating. I think he will be gone.

  27. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pierre McGuire keeps making me think about Tony Esposito. Mario surely remembers that mess.

  28. CTC says:

    If Bylsma is retained, what will change? The thought of him being behind the bench for one more game is ludicrous. This is a stubborn, immature coach whose only strength is somehow winning games with a depleted lineup. While I do not minimize that, if you lose to lesser seeds in the playoffs every year, what does it matter? Letting players dictate line combinations was a joke. Playing Iginla out of position is baffling. His treatment of younger players is unacceptable, and his allowance of the manhandling of Crosby by punks like Dubinsky, Marc Staal and company was deplorable. Bylsma was soft as a player and is soft as a coach. This team is not far away. It lacks character and resolve. Bring in Poulin as GM and Tocchet as coach. Accountability, credibility, and Toc will not hesitate in straightening out any player, if he thinks he is taking lazy or undisciplined penalties (Neal, Geno, etc.) And please, please, please, no Pierre. I know where most players were born and played in juniors. I should not be interviewed by the Penguins for the available GM position. Let’s Go Pens.

  29. Sarcastic Sword says:

    I thought this exact thing.

    While DK did not say we should trust Lemieux/ Burkle, he did say that after reading his transcript of the sit-down, he suspected we will trust them as he trusts them.

    Which indicates to me if we read the transcript and do not decide to trust them, then it is the readers that have a problem.

    To be blunt, there was nothing that Morehouse, Lemieux, or Burkle said to DK that made me come away with a high degree of trust and/or confidence in their ability to lead this franchise going forward.

    To DK – what did you hear that amde you decide that these guys were going to nail this GM hire and get this team back on the road to The Stanley Cup?

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