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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Leave it to the NHL to take an idea that was so great and just run it into the ground... Two years ago the pens vs the sabers was not a big rivalry, but it was a big deal cause it was the first winter classic. Everybody wondered, how could they follow the first one... And they did, they found one of the best rivalries (of all time and at the time) and put it on ice in Chicago... Then everybody was like, man I hope the winter classic is not like the Godfather where 1 and 2 were awesome and 3 was a total waste of film... And guess what!!! Yeah, that's what happened... They took two teams that have little to no history with each other, two teams, which were considered overachievers last year, and threw them into a baseball stadium that isn't that great for baseball let alone hockey... When I heard the bruins name being tossed around all i could think about is Bruins vs Canadians, yeah the habs aren't that good right now, but who cares, the Winter CLASSIC, it's about the long standing history and tradition of hockey... Anyways, I am sure that next year they will drive it even further into the ground (if this years Winter classic is the godfather 3, think of next year as that parody movie with Jay Moher Mafia!), maybe it will be the battle of california, The Ducks vs The Kings... It'll be the first NHL game played on roller blades... Anyways here are a list of the games that I would like to see a winter classic for...
1. Pittsburgh vs. Philly at Beaver Stadium - this is wet dream for Pens or Flyers fans, pick a great venue right between the two, add some snow, and let the fists fly. This will not happen (at least as a winter classic game) for some time now due to the fact that they have already played in one each, but wouldn't it be great.
2. The battle of alberta - I can see it now, a football stadium in Canada, one half all wearing Oilers blue and one side all rockin the red (they did it first capitals so shut up). This would be a classic battle, and it would be an amazing atmosphere. They will probably never do it cause NBC hates canadians as much as don cherry hates europeans though...
3. Toronto vs the Habs - This is another rivalry that has lost its luster due to the consistent under achieving of both teams, but it is a classic one none the least. This game has less of an opportunity than #2
4. Subway series - Islanders vs Rangers - Yeah new york sucks, but it would be cool to see these teams go at it in NYC. Especially with Gabby's new found health and the star that is JT... this could be an actual possible game in the future
5. Avs vs Detroit in the mile high city - this would be awesome, detroit already cashed their winter classic coupon in, so it's not possible for a while, but it'd be great... Especially in Roy is the honorary goaltender and gets in a fight...
Anyways i can't thikn of anymore off the top of my head, any thoughts? Honestly I assume the next one is going to be the capitals vs somebody because the capitals fans tears are screwing with the infrastructure in DC and causing Public Works to go bankrupt and the US government is stepping in so they don't have to bail out somebody else... The thing about the Crapitals is all their rivals (other than the pens) are southern teams so i can't see that being terribly interesting...
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Anyways, after hearing that, we here at PATP tapped into our sources to see if we could get more information... Well what do you know, one of our sources had more information than we would ahve ever expected...
After our "Donald Southerland in JFK"-esque meeting we have the first look at the new 3rd jersey for next season!.... scroll down to see it
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ovechkin went after somebody's knees again... Although this time he was the one limping off the ice... Seriously the NHL needs to make an example out of this clown now... You have Cooke get suspended, Laraque got suspended 5 F*CKIN GAMES FOR THE EXACT SAME THING. But no, the NHL is not gonna take action and Ovechkin will get better and he will keep running people down and injuring players because that's how the NHL works and that's the kind of guy he is... I have the highest amount of respect for his abilities on the ice, but the way he plays the game sometimes in unacceptable and shows a complete lack of respect for the other players on the ice... If he doesn't get suspended he deserves to be injured for a while...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
A new feature here at PATP, the Trade Block, will discuss Penguin players who could be sent away, and what they would bring in... We are not saying who should or will get traded, we are just trying to step back and take a look at the situation. Our goal is to just give general ideas of who the pens might trade, so if you are looking for crazy Staal for Kovulchuk trade proposals I suggest you hit up HFBoards
The first installment of this series will be discussing the great Kristopher "Silk" Letang. If I were Silky I would be afraid everytime the phone rings. I like Kris, I think he's a good player, I think he will be a very good player as he matures. With a career plagued with inconsistancy, the rise of players such as Gogo, The Great Martain Skoula and Ben Lovejoy, and his pending RFA status (with high asking price), Kris Letang's trade status is looking better than ever. The big thing with him is what he would bring in. I have a hard time seeing a 1 for 1 deal with him a la whitney for kunitz. I think the goal with moving him is we can't get any more of these borderline top-6 forwards. In order to get us somebody with that always important scoring touch, I think he would have to be packaged with a good draft pick (2nd or 3rd round), or a mid-top prospect/AHL player. With the injuries that have been plaguing the penguins I doubt we would sacrifice our defensive depth this early in the season, so I think with him it will be more of a wait and see type thing.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Much like the Germans marched across Europe during WWI & WWII the Russians answer to the NHL, the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), has begun their triumphant march. Yesterday they officially began their quest to swallow up Europe when they received a pledge from Swedish elite team AIK to join their league for the 2010-2011 season... Though most people do not see this as being a big deal, I on the other hand see this as the next step in them creating a league that can rival the NHL. If the KHL is able to unite Europe under one banner, the NHL will have to start worrying about losing players of all European ethnicity's to the new powerhouse league... Though I do have trouble taking a league that's goal leader is Marcel Hossa and can't spell Continental correct seriously...
Link to original article via KHL website
In other news, due to the success of last years campaign to get Mikey T fired, PATP has officially declared war on the architect of the Penguins powerplay Mikey Y...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In more injury news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have lost Chris Kunitz for 2 weeks... The Penguins recalled Mark Letestu, in the pre-game interview, Disco Dan stated that he has confidence in Letestu's ability to almost score, and he should be a good replacement for Kunitz during the next week, but also that other players need to step up and have near goals to make up for the absence of Kunitz...
In other Janne news, it seems the curse of the Penguins has followed him across the seas as he sustained a mild injury that will keep him sidelined for 1-2 weeks... Best of luck recovering, Go Janne and Go Pens..
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In the second round match up between Finland and Russia for the Karjala cup (conveniently advertised on the back of janne's sweater) Janne got hurt and left the game with an injury... This was actually like 10 days ago, but that might be why he didn't have that great of a showing...
Also i will not acknowledge the penguins until they score a goal...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Vince's Take: Man that was brutal last night... That line might be the scariest line in hockey... I know everybody is gonna jump on the Lady Alex - Backstrom and Semen line, but honestly, the way that line was able to forecheck, scores and move the puck was incredible... I would love to see a penguins line be able to do that... Not that our top two lines are not good, but I have never seen them bang like that... The Kopitar line basically has a combination of the Physicality and forechecking of our Staal-Cooke-Kennedy line, with elite scoring ability of a line with Malkin and Crosby, let's just be happy that the only possible way we'd ahve to see this team in the playoffs is if they make it through the west, and at that point they'd be so beat up they woulnd't be nearly as scary...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Just did a little of surfing on some Hockey sites with many going the way of the Halloween theme scariest hockey masks. The Hockey News put their list out. The list had some good ones on there. They did leave off one and IMO prolly the best all-time hockey mask that Gerry Cheervers use to wear during the late 60's early 70's. Happy Halloween!
They also ignored the scariest mask today in the NHL... I know his team sucks, but let's give him something to hang his hat (or mask) on...
Vesa Toskala... but in my opinion nothing beats the old jason style masks like the one kevin posted above... Also viewing them when nobody is wearing them does not do them justice...
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Apparently some guy named Gonchar is out 4-6 weeks? Every blog over there ----> probably has some tear jerking article about how he is out, and how he will be missed, which are all true statements, but we here at PATP like to look to the future. Everybody is saying Letang and Gogo need to step up, but we are only calling out one... Believe it or not, Gogo right now could be our best puck moving defenseman (including Gonchar), and right here is his chance to prove it... Also the penguins brass have an amazing opportunity to save themselves a few million next year... If gogo does what I think he can do, speek english and run the power play, then we will save ourselves tons of money next year by letting Gonch go... Gonch is fine and all, but right now our prosepect system is packed full of compitent Defenders that are ready to goto the next level... We are rocking such a great young offensive core on O, it's time to do the same to our defense...
That glass looks half full to me...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In the preseason the talk of the town was whether or not the penguins would have a Stanley Cup hang over but little did we know that we here at PATP would be suffering one ourselves. Though it is great to be the defending stanley cup champions, I have to admit that last year at this time was a bit more exciting from a bloggers point of view... We had a head coach that we disliked (atleast kevin and i did), the thought of janne entering the NHL was still a possibility, and we still had that desire to the world to prove that we were good enough to hoist lord stanley at the end of the season...
This season is a new one, and one full of possibilities... Our team is playing high caliber hockey, our head coach is one that we enjoy and Janne is playing his heart out in the #2 league in the world... The scariest thing about it is that Malkin and Crosby haven't even hit their stride yet... If our D keeps playing like it does, the team stays healthy, and Malkin and Crosby get back into dominant form, I honestly don't know if there is a team in the league that can skate with the penguins...
That leaves me to this question I would like to pose to our viewing audience... Right now in the east the new hip teams to pick to win are the Flyers and the Capitals... The flyers have a great Offense and Defense, but you would have to be kidding me if you think that Emery is gonna lead them to lord stanleys thrones... The capitals have a similar situation in goal, but everybody is clouded by their offense... I cannot deny that the Capitals have the most potent offensive forces in the game, but please tell me when the last team to win the Stanley Cup was that gave up 4 points a game... I cannot take the crapitals serious until they either a. get a real goaltender (or Varlomsoft steps up), or b. get an actual defenender... That leaves me to this, Kevin and I have talked and agree that right now the biggest threat to the penguins in the east are the rangers... They have one of the best shut down goaltenders in the game, a rising offensive deffensive force (aka kevins boyfriend Del Zotto), and can actually score this year with their top lines... Assuming they stay healthy and we stay healthy, Rangers vs. The Penguins in the playoffs might be the series to watch... Your thoughts?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Lip led the way with 2 goals, as the Champs went 3 for 5 on the PP. Captain Close(Staal) scored in his second straight game. Ugly had another strong game with a couple of assists..
The way I saw it the Leaf have some major issues...Lets look.
There first line would be any other teams second line.
The young goalie was horrid...you can't give the defending champs gimme goals..
The Leafs only heart is that of a goon...they showed no fore check or D...
They can't play an up tempo game type of game that the Champs play.
So far the Coyotes's speed has been the only issue that the Pens had problems with....Their team speed was a bit much for us the other night.
What can you say, Pens showed tonight they are / will be the team to beat again even tho it could have been at the hands of a NHL's bottom feeder...
Note: Cryers choked again leading 2-0 with less than 7 mins to play when Teemu Selanne went off score 2 goals to tie it, then smoked Emery with the game winning shootout goal...to funny
Friday, October 9, 2009
- I really like Rupp's offensive upside... I like Godard for what he does, but honestly Rupp seems to have more offensive talent and the same ability to wreck faces... For games like this against the flyers we will have both of those guys in for obvious reasons, but in the long run I think you will see Godard scratched and Rupp in...
- Jay McKee blocks shots like a pro... Kevin had some thoughts that he might not pan out, but so far I am pleasantly impressed...
- Malkin was possessed... He was two bounces away from a hat trick and some highlight real goals...
- Gogo looks impressive as hell, you can really tell he has come a long way in his own zone...
- STAAL... Whenever Kevin and I talk pens the same topic seems to come up... Staal needs to step up his game in order to deserve the money he is getting, and tonight he did. He is rockin defensively, and the offense he showed last night was impressive... Dare i say that move was Le Magnifiquesqe?
- Hartnell is a piece of shit...
- Fleury's glove hand is off the hook
Sorry due to late night work, I missed this one, I'm one of the few that wake up in the morning thinking god I hate the Cryers.
I was rolling on the ground laughing when I heard Emery had a chance to experience a typical Pens/Cryers game where the team from Phil-thy gives us a shit goal. How can we forget Biron's blunders over the years. Thanks for signing a Biron clone..
bet I don't miss their the next 7 games....
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Interesting Update: Everybody who registered a point in todays game was having their first game in the Penguins Organization, no returning players registered a point...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Anyways, now the discussion begins... Is this our new janne in the NHL? Do we bestow pelimies on him as his official theme song (yes we have that power)? Who will be fired as a result of him not getting enough opportunities?
On the plus side the Crapitals fans are really pissed off that we snagged him off waivers since he was a #2 pick and is relatively young... Suck it crapitals...
Kevin's take: Little Ray Ray might be a nice steal for the Pens, in an article I was reading it mentioned Little Ray Ray was going to make the Craps roster only if the could have moved Mike Nylander, when that didn't happen the Craps had no choice, they had to try sneak Ray Ray down. Sorry, didn't workout to well for them. I hope he receives a fair shot at making the big club...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Today at 11 AM EST Janne Pesonen hits the ice for the season opening game with the defending KHL champions AK Bars vs Lokomotiv.... The game will be streamed on the KHLs Website...
So yeah, we are back and we are ready for a new season to start up... Posts for the next week or two will be sparse (we are getting acclimated into football season), but once the Pens start up we'll be providing the same Overly Critical Analysis of the penguins season...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Lets Salute Janne with a NA NANA NANA NA
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thanks to fellow Janniac Martin for informing us that janne has signed a 1 year contract with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL... We here at PATP and the Pesonation wish Janne the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope that his dream of playing in the NHL has not be deterred by his first experience... Though we would have liked to see Janne playing in the NHL, this does make it a little easier to cheer for him... GO AK BARS KAZAN...
Link to the story via MTV3 finland
UPDATE: Apparantly AK BARS KAZAN is the defending KHL champion and is one of the better hockey teams in Europe. Also captaining Janne's team will be former Pittsburgh Penguin Alexei Morozov...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
It's amazing that we were able to keep this up for a whole year... From weekly standards like "Fact of the Week" and "Picture of the Week," to one of the greatest campaigns since spin doctors James Carville and George Stephanopoulos put a country boy who cheats on his wife in the white house (you know i can only be talkin about FUMT). We had our failed campaign to FREE JANNE, but as we all know our first season culminated with one of the greatest playoff runs in the history of Pittsburgh. If I had to pick one season to start a blog, this would have been the one. Though we know that every season cannot be as successful as this one, we here at PATP hope to stay on the roller coaster ride of the NHL season for many more years.
Though our namesake has been a flop, we can only assume that we will latch onto another struggling player and turn him into an unappreciated Folk Hero (that should give those youngins some motivation going into training camp)...
I could sit here and ramble for another few paragraphs about how great this season was, about how janne never got his shot, how sidney crosby has huge lips and malkin is ugly, but our history is on the right sidebar, so it seems kinda a waste...
Only another month until training camp...
In other news the Janne jesus movie has been removed from youtube
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Brian Strait is not gonna play in the NHL this year, maybe not next year... But when I look at this kid all I can think is, "this guy looks like a hockey player." They are calling him Pittsburgh top Defensive-minded prospect in their system, and his 6 foot 1 200 lb frame makes him a promising guy... Who knows what will happen...
All I know is that for the first time in a while the Penguins prospect pool is starting to really look promising... I cannot wait to get my ass back out to WBS to watch some of these future stars play.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
It looks like Janne Pesonen will not be signing with the Pens for next season. Getting a contract looks like unreal at the moment even though his good numbers while in WBS. "I don't believe that that there would be place for me anymore for next season because of the full roster", says Janne. Pesonen who is an unrescricted agent at the moment and is free sign with any team at the moment. His goal is to get a one-way contract with an NHL team for next season."There are many NHL-teams at the moment who are interested in me, but let's wait and see who is really serious and who is not. European teams are also an alternative for me", he continues.
Though not a surprise to most of us, it is still sad to see somebody with so much potential leave the organization without really getting a chance. If this was a year ago, I could see Janne getting a chance over signing somebody like Miro Satan, but with the solid team we have right now there really just isn't anywhere for him to go. We here at PATP and the rest of the Pesonation hope that Janne is able to sign with a team who will appreciate his abbilities and give him a fair shot at being a successful winger in the NHL....
To our readers, though our namesake may be leaving the organization, both Kevin and I had such a good time sharing our opinions and hearing yours that we are not planning on letting this be the death of our blog and we will continue to cover the Penguins next season... For our Finnish readers, we are all here still hoping to see janne have success here in North America, and you can count on us to keep you in the loop if he decides to stay in the united states (unless he signs with the Capitals or the Flyers, then he is dead to us)...
Also keep an eye out for a poll on which obscure player we should become obsessed about next season...
Can't believe it is over so soon, though as one door closes, another opens. I'm going to be returning to the Outer Banks, NC this weekend where Vince and I spent alot of time hashing out this site. Maybe it will be the old addage, back to the drawing board. Who will step in? I just want to say to all of Finnish readers and esp. Janne, Thanks and Good luck.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Guess which one we're hoping for?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
On a side note, Janne's partner in crime Ville Leino was resigned to Detroit for a 2 year deal, not sure if it is 1 way or 2 way though...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Vince's Thoughts: Chicago is like one of those girls who thinks they can transform a guy who sleeps around into a one woman man. After watching Hossa whore himself out to the big guns for a few years, Chicago tried to make an honest player out of him... But we all know how these situations end, after a year or so, the man is at a bar, drinking down some Red-Bull and vodka, when a trampy girl walks in the room, and the night ends with her legs in the air and the man thinking to himself "man i can't believe i gave this up"....
Well it's finally here... The day we have all been waiting for since the ol' 29er proposed us going down to the river and partying all summer long... Who will stay, who will go, and who will be new... Over at the Penguins insider, Jonathan Bomboulie put together a pretty good list of wingers who are in the Penguins price range...
1. Taylor Pyatt, Vancouver (1.575): Great size. Underachiever. Averages about 16 goals a year the last three years.
2. Jason Williams, Columbus (2.2): Met him at the AHL all-star game in St. John's. Great guy. Goal totals per season since lockout: 19-13-15-21. Pfft.
3. Ales Kotalik, Edmonton (2.33): Goal totals since lockout: 20-23-16-25. Probably out of the price range.
4. Mikael Samuelsson, Detroit (1.20): Goal totals since lockout: 19-11-14-23. And they tried this once before with him.
5. Andy Hilbert, Islanders (0.675): No, I'm not kidding. 7 goals-11 assists in 19 games with Crosby in 05-06. Given the price tag, I can think of worse options.
6. Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo (3.33): Due for a big paycut after goal totals of 6 and 10 the last two years. Tons of talent though. Can stickhandle in a phone booth.
7. Joakim Lindstrom, Phoenix (0.525): I actually liked this guy in Syracuse and 9 goals in 44 NHL games last year isn't nothing.
8. Alex Tanguay, Montreal (5.25): Could his price fall enough after two dismal seasons with the Habs? Probably not.
9. Todd Bertuzzi, Calgary (1.95): I like Bertuzzi. I even named my dog Bertuzzi. But he doesn't have much left. 44 points last year despite averaging more than 18 minutes a game.
10. Peter Schaefer, Boston (2.3): He did score 20 goals once.
For the full post go here
Anyways, that list isn't that attractive if you ask me... With this, and the chances of Tank walking, Pesonen is looking like a viable option... Who knows, I will post anything of interest as i hear it and get time...
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Stay tuned to PATP for more up to the minute trade coverage that no other blogs can offer
I hate the days leading up to free agency... Every sports blogger passes on rumors that they are hearing from "multiple sources" or "verified sources"... Meanwhile they throw out 80+ rumors a day, then filate themselves when one of them partially comes true... Anyways here are my predictions...
- ShitTank wants more money, pens say eh, trade his rights for a draft pick or something dumb like that
- Guerrin returns to NY cause he is afraid that he'll throw his back out while moving his stuff to pittsburgh
- Penguins resign Boucher
- Penguins resign BDZ
- Pens trade Dupuis to Sammy's Famous Corned Beef (the East Liberty Location) for two corned beef sandwiches, 2 bags of chips (any variety) and a pitcher of Penn Dark for Mario and Ray Shero during their Lunch Break
- Pens resign Satan to a 1 year deal to keep him around as a potential 4th liner/AHL god
- In desperation for wingers on the cheap pens give Janne a 1 way contract (Janne - Malkin - Max)
- Chris Kunitz comes out of the closet
All of these are the results of my talks with un-verified sources that may or may not be figments of my imagination which may or may not be the result of alcohol abuse...