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Jan 7, 2013, 10:44 PM EST

With the lockout (just about) in the hockey world’s rear-view mirror, there are two activities many are taking part in right now: assessing the tentative CBA deal itself and rolling out their predictions.

NBC Sports Talk is really starting to kick such fun into gear. Pierre McGuire was on hand on Monday to share his own observations, beginning with his thoughts regarding how important the 50/50 revenue split is:

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In more fun discussions, McGuire also ponders which teams he expects to be powerful in this abbreviated season. He also singles out a perennial powerhouse who might miss a future Hall-of-Famer:

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  1. chrisjiannacopoulos - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Pierre McGuire is a turd

    • beergold - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Yep he got run out of Canada because people got sick of his constant references to “Monsters” and his general lack of credability. You can keep “His Turdness” in America, we don’t want him back!

  2. isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Just don’t see it with the penguins, I do with the rangers

    • stakex - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      As a Rangers fan, I agree with you…. and not just because I’m a Rangers fan but because the Rangers have a goalie whos at least top 2 in the NHL, one of the best defenses in the league, and should have a high powered offense this year if all goes well. They are the team to beat in the East, and have virtually no questions marks at this point.

      The Pens have far more questions:

      1. Flury is perhaps the most over rated goalie in the NHL. He would be a backup on most teams, and his terrible numbers are generaly hidden by the Pens high output offense. It wouldn’t even be shocking to see Vokoun take his job by the end of the year…. he does have FAR better career numbers after all.

      2. The Pens defense, which didn’t change much in the offseason, gave up a mind boggling 30 goals in the first round last year (6 games). Thats the same amount the Kings gave up the entire playoffs. No one is going to win a cup, or even come close, with a defense like that.

      3. The Pens offense will be dangerous as always, but they did lose Staal last year… so their 3rd line will not be nearly the threat it was.

      4. Crosby is still a question mark. He still didn’t look anything like he did before the 2011 Winter Classic. Sure he had a lot of assists, but playing with Neal and Malkin anyone would have. What was ignored by most was that he struggled to find the net far more then any other point in his career last season… and now hes had yet another extended break to pile onto his troubles. If the Pens have any chance, they need him at his absolute best… and no one is sure he will be.

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      Bottom line is that the Pens are likely to score a lot of goals, and perhaps finish the season pretty good. However we have seen over the last few years that defense and goaltending win cups in this day and age. You can’t run and gun to the cup…. just ask the Caps, or even the Flyers. After the goal fest in round one last year, the Flyers ran into a team playing a little bit of defense and looked foolish. Unless the Pens make a big turn around in their style of play, and pull a better defense out of thin air, I don’t see how anyone could consider them favorites to win (or get anywhere near) the cup.

  3. busdriver71 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Goaltending is going to be key in a 48 game season.

    Will Fleury be up to the task?

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Vokuhn will be ready if not

      • dipthatchip - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        penguins seem to have a thing for acquiring capitals netminders as backups. maybe ‘koun will step up and re-shatter dipietro’s face

  4. hockeyfan28 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Pierre likes the Penguins? No really? So that’s why during the Flyers series he was being a one man cheer leading squad for Pittsburgh and to think he almost suckered the Canadians into making him a gm.

    • stakex - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Yeah Pierre McGuire picks the Pens? Shocker…

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Pierre McGuire talked about the other 2 teams he talks about; did he forget Philadelphia had a team, or did the two of them have a falling out? Total tool.

  6. gmenfan1982 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Philadelphia literally has no defense. They are plagued by injuries on the blue line. Not to mention they have no goaltending.

  7. nyrnashty - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    I’m assuming a lot of division games are going to be played this year and look at our division. All of the teams might be dead by this years playoffs. Islanders, Devils, Flyers and Pens all play us tough. Yeah last year we had the Flyers number, but that was a rarity. The Islanders can have a handful of wins in a year and it’s against us. Devils are the Devils Pens have Malkin Crosby and the rest of the crew. This could be a crazy 48 games for our division. It should be an intense short season for all of our teams. It could be PHO NYI in the finals I’m messing around, but you know what I’m saying. Anything can happen. Injuries, teams ups and downs you just don’t know this year.

  8. rsl22 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Pierre likes the Rangers and Penguins, the two teams with the highest point totals in the Eastern Conference last season. Way to go out on that limb, Pierre.

    • rsl22 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      I’d like to go on TV and boldly predict the Yankees will win the AL East next year, Tiger and Rory will win several PGA tournaments, the Miami Heat will make the playoffs and the Alabama Crimson Tide will make it to a BCS bowl game.

  9. muckthefets23 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    All that is true except the Yankees, the Blue Jays will win that division by 3 1/2 games. Followed by the Yanks then the Orioles.

    • rsl22 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Good luck with that Blue Jays prediction. I think it’s far more likely they finish last in the AL East than 1st-4th combined.

      • rsl22 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        As I wrote that, sounded an awful lot like the Maple Leafs. High hopes in the off-season, followed by a last place finish.

  10. ron05342 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    He’s right that the Kings will take it all again. Easiest prediction to make.

  11. jonkchar - Jan 8, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    staked as a Pens fan I think you make some very good points. Pens tried to unload some payroll to make a big offseason move and in the process got rid of Steve Sullivan. I thought he and Staal made that Philly series for the Pens, and that is my biggest question mark for how the third line is going to look. I’d also like to see a good shut down defenseman added Ala Rob Scuderi

  12. jtrain1966 - Jan 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I just hope that when he does the intermission report on NBC sports broadcasts, that he manages to PISS OFF either, Millbury, or Roenick enough to see him get his ass beat ! GEEZ, he is like the Bob Villa of hockey, for those of you that don’t know what i mean by this, & i’m not saying this to be an ass is : He states the obvious !

  13. colonelfancy - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    If the Rangers pick up that scoring punch that they have lacked for years with the edition of my personal favorite player, Ricky Nash (his defense is a bit underrated. He often played on the PK here in Columbus the year they made the playoffs), they are gonna be dangerous. The east has some dark horse teams, but it’s really kind off top heavy with the Flyers, Pens, Rangers, and that third spot can be earned by either the Senators, Panthers, or (sleeper pick) Carolina. I also see a bounce back year for the Sabres, who sputtered after Lucic crushed Ryan Miller. With Steve Ott adding much needed grit, that won’t happen. I really want to see Toronto in the playoffs again, that atmosphere would look great, but they gotta prove they can be that good all year. Some decent goaltending would be nice. With Montreal in a transition year, that might leave Winnipeg a good shot to make it in.
    Out west, it’s going to be interesting to see if the band in San Jose is broken up, as it might be time to rebuild. Same for the Calgary Flames, who have held on to that core since 1849. I really love Iginla, but this guy deserves a legit shot to win it all with a contender. The Jury might be out on the Minnesota Wild until they are in action, but there’s a solid squad so as long as Backstrom has a strong season. The Red Wings still have strong leadership in Hank and Pavel, but the Blackhawks and Predators will duke it out in that division mostly. As for Edmonton, how many no. 1 overall picks do you need before you start to see turnaround? You can’t keep calling it “rebuilding the foundation” after three years, the need results and if they aren’t contending at least for an 8th seed, the youth movement has been a waste.

  14. northstars17 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Mike “Doc” Emrick worked for the Flyers before he worked with the Devils!

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