Re: Pens Tidbits
Looks like Therrien took my advice and put Ouellet on the top PP unit, and pulled Recchi off - good decision. He'd probably score more 5-on-5 goals if he played on one of the top 2 lines, but that probably won't happen. He is a PP specialist, and I have no issue with that so long as he keeps scoring. I also agree that it's time to move Staal up to the 2nd line with Malkin - no question that he's earned it. Army will be fine - I'm not worried about him. This is really the first time he's been counted on to be a major contributor and maybe he's having difficulty handling it, but I'm confident he'll turn things around. As for Whitney, I really do like the kid and think he will develop into a rock-solid 2-way defenseman, but his decision-making has left a lot to be desired. I see him running around way too much in his own end and is caught out of position more often than not. He's also not physical enough for a guy his size - I've seen Gonchar play the body better than he has, and he's not known as a physical defenseman by any stretch. He has to improve that aspect of his game, and sooner rather than later.
And if Andre Roy isn't going to fight, he's useless to this team and should be sitting in the press box. It's like he got his million bucks and has gone soft. Put somebody in there with more grit and more willingness to fight when needed - hopefully when Cairns is healthy, he'll take over as our enforcer. Therrien has already said he plans to play him when he's ready.
Also, I know you don't want to see this, but I'd like to see Ruutu find his "inner bastard" again. He's not raising nearly as much hell as he usually does, though he has drawn a few penalties and has obviously been very good on the PK. Isn't that what he was brought in here for?