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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:35 pm 
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My first thought was "wow, they brought back Scott Hartnell?"

Seriously, though, that thing is going to give children nightmares. Hell, it's giving me nightmares right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:59 am 
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Ice wrote:
My first thought was "wow, they brought back Scott Hartnell?"

Seriously, though, that thing is going to give children nightmares. Hell, it's giving me nightmares right now.


Baby Eater is what some of my Flyers friends are calling it.

On another note, did any of you catch the game against Columbus Saturday afternoon?
I know it was mostly the real Pens Vs. the youngsters but Riikola had a very nice goal and some good plays in his own end. Plays a little bigger than he is.

Letang looked like he had is legs from 3 years ago again. That was the good. He still made some boneheaded plays in his own end.

Cullen was very good, he really could have helped us last year. Hopefully, he has a full tank left in him for the season.

Sprong had a strong effort as well, looked very comfortable.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:35 am 
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Are we sure that's the new mascot and not some dude that wandered in from Kensington?

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:37 am 
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Didn't get to see the BJ's game, but that's excellent news on Letang.

Because he doesn't have to pass through waivers while Ruhwedel does, might benefit from high-pair ice time in WBS rather than nacho duty at PPG, I had been thinking Riikola sort of a lock to begin the season on the farm, but he seems to be playing his way into at least making it a very difficult decision.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:38 am 
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Here's his backstory

His father was a “bully,” so naturally he has some of those tendencies – talented but feisty, a fierce competitor, known for his agility given his size. He’s loyal but mischievous; the ultimate Flyers fan who loves the orange and black, but is unwelcoming to anyone who opposes his team. Legend has it he earned the name “Gritty” for possessing an attitude so similar to the team he follows.
He claims that he’s been around for a lot longer than we know it, and recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed his secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time. He has some oddities that are both humorous and strange. A number of times he’s been caught eating snow straight from the Zamboni machine, and unbeknown to most, his love of hot dogs has been inflating the Flyers Dollar Dog Night consumption totals for years.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:44 am 
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Donnie Brasco wrote:
his love of hot dogs


Gritty Kessel?


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:09 pm 
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Ice wrote:
Donnie Brasco wrote:
his love of hot dogs


Gritty Kessel?


Yea I don't understand this angle. They literally could've chosen any other food, yet they selected the trope about kessel, who is employed by their biggest rival


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:14 pm 
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I mean, the cheese steak was too obvious? Soft pretzels? Roast pork sandwiches? Those greasy Old Bay fries Chickies and Pete's ripped off from Maryland? They had options.

Does Steely McBeam have a comical backstory, or did the Steelers FO drop the ball?

Incidentally, might be the first time anyone has put Gritty and Kessel in the same sentence.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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Kessel, by the way, appears to be in mid season form.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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Ice wrote:
Kessel, by the way, appears to be in mid season form.


That first goal was vintage Phil.

The promised game stream never found its way to my part of the world but I did notice something interesting about the Pens lineup last night.
Almost all the big guns were in and on defense, it was all the top guys with the exception of Schultz. Riikola took his spot and played a good bit.
I don't know what to make of that and of course, Schultz is going to be there when the season starts unless they look to move him(or another defenseman).
Anyway, with Riikola it appears we have possibly our best 7th D man in a while.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:12 pm 
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Seth Jones will miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. That's a big loss for Columbus.

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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I'm still saying, if it comes down to only the 7th defenseman position, I'm not sure the kid isn't better off getting more minutes in WBS.

Was an interesting recent rumor about Nylander for a Metro defenseman left unnamed recently floated. Schultz?


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:56 pm 
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Schultz is knicked-that is why he is sitting.

Only seen Riikola twice but he looks comfortable on NHL ice.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:35 am 
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fractalsteel wrote:
Ice wrote:
My first thought was "wow, they brought back Scott Hartnell?"

Seriously, though, that thing is going to give children nightmares. Hell, it's giving me nightmares right now.


Baby Eater is what some of my Flyers friends are calling it.

On another note, did any of you catch the game against Columbus Saturday afternoon?
I know it was mostly the real Pens Vs. the youngsters but Riikola had a very nice goal and some good plays in his own end. Plays a little bigger than he is.

Letang looked like he had is legs from 3 years ago again. That was the good. He still made some boneheaded plays in his own end.

Cullen was very good, he really could have helped us last year. Hopefully, he has a full tank left in him for the season.

Sprong had a strong effort as well, looked very comfortable.

Agree about Cullen - kind of pissed me off when he didn’t sign


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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I mentioned in one of these threads that Oleksiak wasn't a good "fit"

Riikola is that fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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Literal Piece if Shit Tom Wilson ejected for headshot in a fucking preseason game.

I don’t think there’s an athlete I have less respect for.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
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Louis Lipps Service wrote:
Literal Piece if Shit Tom Wilson ejected for headshot in a fucking preseason game.

I don’t think there’s an athlete I have less respect for.


That makes what, 3-4 players suspended this preseason?


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:02 pm 
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Didn't see it posted, but the Pens final roster has been announced:

Forwards
Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard, Dominik Simon, Bryan Rust, Matt Cullen, Riley Sheahan, Daniel Sprong, Derek Grant

Defensemen
Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, Jack Johnson, Jamie Oleksiak, Chad Ruhwedel, Justin Schultz, Juuso Riikola

Goaltenders
Matt Murray, Casey DeSmith



Biggest surprise is ZAR being sent down to Scranton. Honestly, I completely forgot about Derek Grant
Tristan Jarry is currently listed as an injury exemption, so that is freeing up a roster spot.
Also nice to see Riikola make the cut.

My completely useless guess at lines:
Simon - Crosby - Horny
Hagelin - Malkin - Kessel
Guentzel - Brassard - Sprong
Shehan - Cullen - Rust

Letang - Dumoulin
Maataa - Johnson
Oleksiak - Schultz

Murray

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Mad about: Simon and Grant and no ZAR. Simon just doesn't impress me in any phase of the game. The definition of JAG. Surprised you keep Riikola up to eat nachos when he could be gaining playing time in WBS. DeSmith again? Is Jarry injured?


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins Offseason Thread 2018
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:25 pm 
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I believe the Pens view Riikola as a top 6 defenseman who is NHL ready. The guy turns 25 in a month and played a ton the past three years in the Finnish pro leagues. I think he is going to displace someone soon and be part of the third pairing.
For his part, he looked like an NHL player this preseason. I just don't think playing at WBS is going to help him but practicing with real NHL players day in and day out will.

I don't know what his contract particulars are.


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