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Old 12-05-2006, 10:57 PM   #491
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2-5-1 in their last 8 games. They aren't going to be anywhere near the playoff race with numbers like that. And the competition doesn't get any easier with the Rangers, Thrashers and Caps coming up, and all on the road. Could be looking hard at 2-8-1 in their last 11 after this stretch if they don't start turning things around.
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GRUMBLE GRUMBLE. Another Goal.
"It's getting to the point where, I thought we were as desperate as we could be, but we didn't play that way," Mark Recchi said. "There's no urgency right now. It's pretty disappointing. We have to grow up pretty quick here."

That's just a tad bit disconcerning. I'm expecting a Therrien blow-up in the near future. "This defense suff, they suff so bad I've never seen a defense suff this bad."


At this point, I wouldn't mind seeing this organization bring up RW Jonathan Filewich from WBS/Scranton.
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Any help to win games if FINE with me.
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Don't worry Pittsburgh, your team likely isn't leaving
By E.J. Hradek
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In the next seven to 10 days, the board of governors will vote by fax to approve BlackBerry king Jim Balsillie's purchase of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After that, things will get interesting for the team.

On Dec. 20, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (a seven-person regulatory committee) is expected to announce the winner of the much-coveted slots license. If you've been following this drawn-out process, which has taken more than a year, you know the Pens have a significant stake in this decision.

Simply, if the Isle of Capri casino chain is awarded the license, the Penguins, per their agreement with the gaming giant, will receive their long-desired new arena and stay in Steel City. The license has such financial potential that the Isle of Capri agreed to cut a $290 million check for the new arena within 90 days of a winning bid. Evidently, there's a lot of money to be made in gambling. Who knew?

If, however, the Isle of Capri doesn't get the license, the Penguins will be able to test the open market when their Mellon Arena lease expires in June. The team could choose to leave Pittsburgh for Kansas City or Hamilton, Ontario, or who knows where.

Listening to several different sources in Pittsburgh, though, I get the sense the Penguins will remain in Pittsburgh.

Contrary to current public perception, however, those same sources agree it probably won't be because of the Pens' deal with the Isle of Capri. No one with knowledge of the situation rates the Isle of Capri as the favorite to get the nod; they believe the Forest City Enterprises/Harrah's Entertainment bid stands the best chance of winning the license.

Why? Why else: Money.

According to several political insiders, Forrest City and Harrah's (like other bidders in this process) have been big-money donors to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, as well as other state and local elected officials. Those kinds of donors expect something for their financial support, and they usually get it.

Rendell hasn't publicly endorsed any of the three bidding groups. On March 30, however, he was quick to come up with a "Plan B" proposal to fund a new arena in Pittsburgh in the shocking event the Isle of Capri bid falls through. Rendell's plan called for the Penguins to contribute an up-front payment of $8 million toward the arena project, as well as an additional $4 million per year for 30 years.

Now, if you were the Pens, which deal would you prefer: the deal under which you pay nothing, or the deal that you pay $128 million over 30 years? Yeah, I thought so.

As part of their deal with the Isle of Capri, the Pens haven't been able to comment on or consider any other bids. When someone offers to build your arena, you say thank you and keep your mouth shut and your fingers crossed. But if the license doesn't end up on the Isle, the Pens will be open to consider other possibilities.

At that point, the club, led by Balsillie, will be well positioned to negotiate a better "Plan B" deal. That's where those in the know see this going, and they believe state and local officials will be willing to work out more reasonable "Plan B" numbers.

After all, they (the politicians) do want to build an arena to replace outdated Mellon Arena. The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County already has purchased the land on which a new arena could be built. The Penguins' current position as a young, up-and-coming team with a pair of franchise players doesn't hurt their bargaining situation, either. With all that being the case, local officials won't want to see their anchor tenant skate away to another city.

So, Penguins fans, I guess what I'm telling you is this: If the Isle of Capri gets the license, pop open the champagne and take a swig. If not, keep the bubbly chilled and don't let weeks of unavoidable gamesmanship and rhetoric get you down. In the end, I think your team is staying right where it is.

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I think this rates as an "I'll believe it when I see it." I still believe if Isle doesn't win, the Pens are headed out of town. Why? I don't trust Balsillie, and I never have. The ONLY way he gains my trust is if he signs the 30-year lease on Bank of New York Arena, as I suspect it'll be called. Until then, F him.
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Well, Pens vs Rangers tonight. I'm going to miss the game tonight because I will be at the Steelers game.

Sounds like we are going to see Kasparaitis tonight. The guy's only played six NHL games this season. Staal will be back in the lineup tonight. Therrien did not bother mentioning who will sit the bench.

Some notes...........

The Penguins have gone 2-0-1 against Rangers, including 6-5 victory at Garden Oct. 12. ... LW Ryan Malone has one goal in 14 career games against Rangers. ... Power play is 7 for 26 against New York.

The Rangers are 5-5-3 at home. ... Have allowed one short-handed goal, lowest total in Eastern Conference. ... LW Martin Straka has points in seven consecutive games.

Jaromir Jagr has scored on two of 10 shootout opportunities since start of last season.
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Another freaking game lost that they should have won. This is SO freaking frustrating!!!!!!!!
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Oh well, bring on the Thrashers!!!
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Shero still evaluating Penguins, coaches
Saturday, December 09, 2006

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ATLANTA -- Ray Shero has a plan. Pretty much the same one he had two months ago.

It didn't change when the Penguins opened the season with a 7-3 surge, and it isn't going to change now that they're 1-4-3 the past eight games.

And there is absolutely nothing -- not even a wisp of a scrap of a shred -- in it about making personnel moves for the sake of giving his roster a short-term upgrade.

Or about replacing Michel Therrien as coach.

Both have been predicted and suggested, if not flat-out demanded, by some people outside the organization. Shero isn't oblivious to such talk, but isn't particularly influenced by it, either.

That doesn't mean he enjoys losing, or accepts it. Just that Shero's primary objective since succeeding Craig Patrick as general manager in May has been to assemble a team that eventually will be able to compete for the Stanley Cup on an annual basis, not necessarily one that will have the best possible chance of earning a playoff berth in 2007.

Competing for a playoff spot remains an important objective for this season -- "Everybody's goal is to make the playoffs, and I don't want to lower the bar for these guys," Shero said -- but will not eclipse the goal of constructing a perennial contender.

Shero won't take his cues from the scoreboard or the standings.

Not in the relatively near future, anyway.

"I don't want to be judging this team on points," he said. "I've said all along that we want to see improvement."

Consequently, he has no plans to sign aging free agents or to trade for blowout patches that can cover some immediate deficiencies.

Shero is more concerned with finding out what the players, particularly the young ones, already on his depth chart can do, and how they might fit into the franchise's future.

So forget bringing in Peter Bondra or trying to acquire Markus Naslund.

Shero's priority to is learn whether, say, he can count on Erik Christensen to be a reliable source of goals, and whether Chris Thorburn or Jarkko Ruutu can be a significant part of his personnel mix.

The Penguins enter their game tonight against Atlanta at Philips Arena with an 11-11-5 record. That's an 82-point pace, which would be a dramatic upgrade on the 58 they earned in 2005-06.

But the cautious hope many observers had for the Penguins in early autumn flared into wild-eyed optimism after they piled up so many victories the first four weeks of play.

"The expectations for this team going into the season [were modest]," Shero said.

"Then all of a sudden, you start out four games over .500, and everybody's like, 'Wait a second.' "

When that strong start mutated into the skid that has carried the Penguins toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the calls for Shero to begin shopping for a new coach began.

But even though Shero inherited Therrien, he is adamant that he wants to thoroughly evaluate how he fits with this team, how his strengths and style work with this group of players, before he would even consider replacing him.

"That's not on my mind," Shero said. "It really isn't.

"I don't want to judge this coaching staff just by wins and losses, or anything like that. It's the first 25 or 30 games for Therrien with a number of these players."

Including some who haven't been producing the kind of offense the Penguins anticipated.

Scoring goals has been a major problem in recent weeks -- they have gotten more than three just once in the past 17 games, and had two or fewer nine times in that span -- which is why Therrien put such emphasis on it, in drills and words, during practice yesterday at Philips Arena.

"In this game, if you don't score three goals, it's tough to win," he said.

"We need to get that killer instinct."

That's particularly true of his wingers. Mark Recchi is the only one to score as many as seven goals, and the nine wingers on the Penguins' 23-man roster have accounted for 28 goals in 174 man-games.

By contrast, their top four centers -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Dominic Moore and Jordan Staal --have 36 in 100 man-games.

"We definitely need some more production from our wingers," Shero said.

Nonetheless, he is willing to give them a chance to prove they can -- or cannot -- do it instead of rushing to add players from outside the organization.

Which dovetails perfectly with the patient, methodical approach Shero, and the people who work under him, have employed the six-plus months he has been in charge.

"We're doing it the right way," Therrien said.

"We know that when we get there, we're going to get there for a long time."

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