Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Podcast: Pens drop Game 7 to Rangers; Come find peace in our fallout shelter

Pens drop Game 7, and it's another season lost. We discuss all the fallout, including what changes can be made and what changes need to be made.



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1 comment:

  1. There is plenty of blame to go around. Shero has to take his share of heat for the way this team has been handled since 2009. Let’s start with the defense. He gets rid of half of the defense corps that wins the cup. Hal Gill goes to Montreal and beats up on us when we play them in the playoffs. Rob Scuderi goes to the Kings and is a top 4 defenseman and they win a cup. Mark Eaton while not great , got the job done. Sergei Gonchar, ok he was old and expensive, but you could trust him on the power play. Who does he acquire, Jay McKee, Jordan Leopoled, Zbynek Michalek etc. I will give him credit for Paul Martin and Mat Niskanen.
    The forwards, this team use to be tough to play against. When we won the cup our fourth line was Miroslav Satan, Craig Adams, Pascal Dupuis, and Peter Sykora when healthy. Not to mention the third line from hell of Staal, Cooke, and Kennedy. Have you noticed Staal’s production drop since going to Carolina? Does anyone remember Malkin won the Conn Smythe with Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedytenko as his wingers. James Neal is more offensively productive than both Talbot and Fedytenko but he does not hustle. He has turned into basically and dangler who waits for a pass when he should be a power forward. His game this year reminds me of Alex Ovechkins work ethic. And to restate one of your points from the Podcast, Shero only has primarily drafted defensemen the last several years.
    Bottom line, there is very little grit, toughness, or hustle on this team. We all know what it takes to win in the playoffs apparently the management has forgotten. High priced stars are nice but depth, defense, and determination win Cups. It also does not hurt to have a 5 million dollar goalie that plays like a 5 million dollar goalie.

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