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Poll: Should the Penguins make big changes?

Jun 7, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are picking up the pieces after a stunning sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Friday. Plenty of people would rather not hear the many excuses, particularly ones like “it was against a strong team” and “at least it happened in the conference finals.”

One can see where those critics are coming from when you look at the most troubling stats: zero points in the third-round series for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Almost as bad: two goals in almost 14 periods for the team that lead the NHL in scoring during the regular season.

Still, the Penguins have been one of the league’s best teams during the past several years, even with significant injury hurdles to clear almost every season.

Some want to push the red button and blow everything up. Others think it’s a bad idea to put too much weight in a four-game series when you consider the Penguins’ past successes.

Whether the decisions come swiftly or deeper into the offseason, the answers will eventually come. What do you think, though? Should the Penguins stay the course or blow it up?

Feel free to be more specific about which changes – if any – should be made.

  1. biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    What happened to all the Pens fans who said they would be more confident with Vokun than Rask?

    2nd straight year in a row the Pens are regular season champs, playoff chumps.

    • killerpgh - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      They were the 4th seed last year. How is that “regular season champs”?

      • biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        51 wins, tied for most in the league.

        And they were the favorites to win the cup with how well they were playing down the stretch.

      • apkyletexas - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        >”And they were the favorites to win the cup with how well they were playing down the stretch.”

        That’s BS. Even the fans knew they were by no means “favorites” – last year or this.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        Nope, not BS.

        http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=626836
        10 out of 16 picked the Pens last season.

        And I don’t need to bring up all the people that chose the Dream Team to win it all this season.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Many people were picking them to win last year and even more this year, amazing how penguins fans (est. 2004) change their tune after losing

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        They were also the favorites to win the cup last year and this year. Flyers and Bruins had other plans on that prediction.

    • myspaceyourface - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Vokun had one terrible game. He played very well in the last 2. Rask had the series of his life. The Pens got ZERO bounces to go their way. Bruins did have a strong game plan that was well executed to bog the Pens speed down.

      I do have to agree that if a few of those 8 cage rattlers go in during game 1, this is a completely different series.

    • c9castine - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      First of all that’s not what this article is about second vokoun was as good as rask in all but one game third you a t like we were knocked out in the first round. We were better than 26 other teams. Disappointingyes but I think people are being a bit dramatic calling them chumps and chokers.

  2. apkyletexas - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    They should make big changes to their crappy bench, and get a real goal-tender. Shooters are the one area where they are in good shape – Malkin, Crosby, Kennedy, Iginla, Dupuis, Neal, etc…

    Find some DEFENSIVE-minded defensemen. Why all these “defenders” who are trying to pad their offensive stats?

    And get rid of Cooke already – every city has a legitimate reason to hate him by now. Why do the Pens want to be the Oakland Raiders of the NHL – the most hated team in the league?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Hate to burst your bubble but it’s not Matt Cooke that people hate about the penguins, it’s all the bltching and moaning from the stars

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Like Marchand?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Yeah where were those shooters the last 4 games? Oh thats right they were on the bench playing with themselves.

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        & where were Philly’s shooters the last 15 games?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        The same place your shooters will be Sunday morning..on the links. Not sure what the Flyers have to do with you guys not being able to score more than two goals in 4 games. Pathetic excuse for a hockey club. Good job bruins sending these Stanley Cup pretenders on their way in even greater fashion than the Flyers did last year.

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Guess we’ll never know what your Flyers woulda coulda done against the Bruins in a series, ’cause, well, they didn’t make the playoffs, dummy

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        But we know what the Flyers did to the Pens last year and we know what the B’s did to them this year. Now scurry off ya little roach.

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Last year?

        You Flyers fans sure love livin’ in the past…

  3. pastabelly - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    They should hire Milbury. He thinks he knows everything.

  4. jonkchar - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Bylsma can be stubborn with lines and fitting square pegs in round holes. If they had to get rid of Crosby or Malkin I would choose to keep Malkin, although I can’t imagine the Pens doing that. Crosby and Letang had a couple of horrible games this series. I can’t imagine the Pens keeping Fleury- especially with how things went with Vancouver last year.
    I would hate to be the one to fill out pink slips but it has to be done- probably more for financial numbers sakes

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Bye! Bye! Bylsma. Do it quickly and start interviewing ASAP while good coaches are still available. Eakins, Vigneault, heck throw in Torts just to make interesting. They need a major reset in order to advance.

    • drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      i agree. dan has to go, even for his abylsmal previous playoff loses. need a new system, cut loose a few players who are nearing the end. cup material is here. just have to toughen up defense a need a goalie. volcoun is good at no 2.

  6. oquintero99 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Letang should be reminded he is a defenseman first. Pittsburgh has many offensive minded players. Vokoun should get a 2nd chance as a starter, not a backup. Fleury has proven he is not an ellite goalie. Shouldnt be a difficult offseason for the Pens. The needs are pretty clear

    • imleftcoast - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Letang was terrible, followed by Crosby and even Malkin was bad tonight.

      • ckal13 - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        That’s because the Bruins made them look horrible .Enough with the
        Excuses Pittsburgh, you were swept … Move on.

    • sassiecassie69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      totally agree w/you there. letang is a d-man, not offense. he was terrible in this series. the pens have way too many offensive threats (not that that’s a bad thing). but all this talented offense becomes a waste when you don’t have any defense. and the pens defense is like a flightless bird, nowhere to go.

  7. peehergriphon - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Just like any other sports defense wins championship. NE fans know this. Since Patriots’ offense took over the team’s identity, zero superbowl win.

  8. drewzducks - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Whammy ?

  9. billsboy88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Bylsma is gone. Tomorrow is not soon enough to fire him.

  10. noisetheorem - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I think big changes at the trade deadline were *exactly* what sunk them. They made changes that slowed them down and altered the team chemistry fairly dramatically. It seemed like some of the trades were made just to make sure Boston didn’t get the players it needed. That worked out well…obviously.

    • scrouch - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Completely agree with this. The team was playing great before the trade deadline. Even though they added some good players I don’t think it actually helped them and if anything just took away from their team speed and overall offence. Those guys are good leaders but well past their prime and the team already had enough leadership on it. I don’t really think it helped them at all and may have even been detrimental. Definitely detrimental longer-term because the rentals are now over.

  11. ckg0913 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Unless you want to be the definition of insanity, you have to change.
    Boston absolutely handled Pitt, if being embarrassed like that is not cause for change then I don’t know what is!

    • drone501 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      embarrased them first two games.i blame most of it on poor discipline, and a hot goalie. games three and four were played very even.

      • pinion8ted - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Very even???

        They lost both of them.

      • ckal13 - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Huh? They lost in 4 straight? Enough with the excuses ….

  12. ironman721 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Yeah a Tuukka Rask instruction manual. A hot goaltender is hard to beat in the playoffs.

  13. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I don’t think they necessarily need to blow it up. I think they are in too deep with Bylsma’s system of puck carrying dmen in the farm. But some major shakeups and a small rebuild probably needs to be a potential direction for the team to head. Just to get some fresh faces in the lockerroom. Maybe fire Granato or Reirden first? I think with the team they have they’ve gone through too much disappointment in recent years to warrant the benefit of the doubt that they can get it done. They need a major change.

    – First move has to be an obvious buy out/trade of MAF. As I said in the comment section of the other article, you can’t have your “starting” goalie riding pine when it counts.

    I think there are some other possible directions to go, too. I’d like to see them make a big move up front with one of their top guys to land a new starter. I feel like there’s a ton of goalies on the trade block this summer. There’s gotta be a trade partner somewhere out there. The one positive is that the Pens really don’t have any longterm contracts so they have a lot of options. The ONLY skaters they have signed past next year are Crosby, Neal, Bennett, and Martin. Crosby’s not getting traded, Bennett has looked good and would be silly to trade, and Martin was easily the best defenseman in this series. Neal is interesting as if they let Dupuis walk then they have the option of moving Neal up to the Crosby line. That leaves Malkin open for a blockbuster trade. It’s almost impossible to see them trading Malkin, especially because he really wasn’t even bad this series. But it was also almost impossible for anybody to see the Bruins, not just sweeping the Pens this series, but absolutely defiling them so I think the door is wide open at this point. I thought Letang and Malkin were for sure resigns this summer but I don’t even know anymore. I mean, obviously the recipe they’re reading off of isn’t working. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To keep running with this same core would LITERALLY be the definition of insanity.

  14. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    The Pens have no choice but to at least partially blow it up. Fleury costs too much to not play in the playoffs, and management clearly doesn’t, and shouldn’t, trust him. At 5 mil a year, he’ll be traded or bought out. Letang and Malkin are up after 2014.

    You have extend them or trade them and they will be too expensive to sign both, one or both will go. I think Malkin will stay. Dupuis will demand a raise, Cooke will want more than two years, obviously Iginla (maybe), Morrow(no way) and Murray (no way) are FAs.

    And the cap is going down. Changes are coming. It’s the reality of being a good tema in the NHL. Your players demand more money and you can’t keep them all. Letang is the most expendable because thePens have maatta and Pouliot, not to mention Despres waiting in the wings.

  15. danaking - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    This team has won too many games over the past few years to blow it up, but some chnages have to be made.

    When they play their game they’re almost impossible to beat. The problem is, they take long stretches away from their game, and don;t respond well to teams that have then penned in. Their patience is lacking, and they too often lose their composure in big games. Even harder to explain, they sometimes don;t show up in big games. That comes from the top. They have either stopped listening to Bylsma, or he doesn;t kno what to do. Either way, it’s probably time for a change.

    Fleury needs a buy out. Let Vokoun start for a year or two while they groom a young goalie. Hartzell is an RFA this year; he has potential.

    Shero is fascinated with puck moving defensemen, but when they won the Cup on 2009, the primary defensemen were Orpik, Eaton, Rob Scuderi, and Hall Gill, all of whom knew to play defense first. Their offensive defensmen–Gonchar and Goligoski–knew their defensive responsibilities. Get some defense-first blueliners in there. If a trade is to be made, trad Letang. Crosby is the best player in the world; Malkin is top 5. There’s no way to get equivalent value for them. Those are the kinds of players championship teams try to get. Letang too often freelances, and, as a defenseman, can’t score enough to make up for how often he is out of position. Malkin may not play much defense at times, but he’ll score 100 points a year. A lot of defensive lapses can be forgiven for that kind of offense.

    So three changes:
    1. new coach
    2. Move on from Fleury
    3. More defense-first D-men.

    They’ll be fine. There’s too much talent there.

  16. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    26 other teams are wishing they had these “problems”.

  17. hockeyfan28 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    You saw the classic case of to much talent and not enough role players with the salary cap and
    some major decisions to make obvious this team needs a different look since your probably losing
    either Malkin or Letang next year might as well see what’s out there on the trade market either that
    or you risk them going into contract years and the possibility of them leaving since its going to cost
    at least million a year to sign both of them.

  18. hockeyfan28 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Make that 15 million a year to keep Malkin and Letang

  19. tdrusher225 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    There’s a happy medium between blowing it up and staying the course. Changes certainly need to be made, but you’re not blowing up this core, at least not entirely. I would consider dangling Malkin in a trade because of the ransom that could be gotten. But this team needs to add the right pieces and make a shift in philosophy. The roster and mentality of the team needs to be committed and built to play in both ends of the ice. The Bruins and Blackhawks are showing that balance wins championships, and the Pens don’t have it.

  20. govtminion - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I guess I’m just insane… this Bruins fan can’t see any reason why the Pens should give up on their current setup. It’s gotten them to a Cup, a second Finals trip, this ECF series… yeah, it’s had its ups and downs (last year in particular), but… I can’t think of a reason to throw it all away after losing in the third round of the playoffs.

    It didn’t work the way they wanted. OK, fine- there’s always next year. Knee-jerk reactions are a bad idea.

  21. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Aside from 87 and possibly Neal because of his long term cap friendly deal, everyone is on the block. But Shero would have to be absolutely blown out of the water to consider dealing Malkin. The only team that even remotely makes sense to me is the Kings. They need more scoring, they have a stud young goalie who the Pens need since Fleury is done. The Kings would need to include a Kopitar or a muzzin with a bevy of picks to even make Shero listen. That’s likely too high a price for the Kings, although Bernier is worthless if he’s going to sit behind the best goalie in the league (Quick). Those Eric Lindros for the entire farm deals don’t happen anymore. The reason is simple. That deal was awful for the Flyers and basically made the Nordiques/Avs a powerhouse.

    That said, a Letang deal will also likely not fetch the Pens equal value, but a puck moving Dman is more easily replaced than a world class scoring bull. The Pens have been drafting big puck moving Dmen almost exclusively In the fist round. I can only assume the they did so anticipating that Letang would be the one to go.

    I liked Letang, but hell, he is prone to the giveaway at the worst moment,

  22. scrouch - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    A lot of people are implying they need to focus more on defence first. Against the Flyers last season that was the case, same with the Islanders in the first round (coupled with horrible goaltending). But they didn’t lose to the Bruins by letting in too many goals, they got shutout twice and scored a whopping 2 goals over 4 games. The defensive end wasn’t the issue in this series. Maybe the game 2 blowout but not the rest of it.

  23. 19to77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Step 1. Resign Vokoun as starter. Move Fleury, however you can. Trade if at all possible, buyout may be necessary.

    Step 2. DEFENSIVE. DEFENSEMEN. JESUS.

    Step 3. Crash-the-net style forwards. Think Bryan Bickell, Johan Franzen, Kyle Okposo, guys in that mold. They’re money in the playoffs and they help the finesse players overcome tight, grinding defensive systems like that of the Bruins. You need to force yourself to the front of the net sometimes and score the ugly goals, or force the attention away from the high-skill snipers so they can pick a corner through a screen.

    Step 4. Choose a better captain. Crosby lacks the mental and emotional maturity to lead through adversity. He’s the first to lose his cool under pressure. That’s fatal in the playoffs. Orpik, maybe, or Dupuis if he stays.

    • burgh916 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      You had me right along with you until removing the C from Crosby. Everyone loses their cool, its just magnified when Crosby does. In fact, he only lost his cool once this entire playoffs/season which was during that second period debacle.
      Someone needs to get on Malkin, he seems to give up way too easily.
      I agree wholeheartedly about everything else.
      Do you think Bylsma goes? I’m on the fence about that, if it were me I would can him and the entire coaching staff, he hasn’t done anything spectacular since the 09 cup run, which was all coached defensively by Therrien, all Bylsma had to do was allow them to open up offensively, between then and now, we’re all offense, and no defense. I also think the guys need disciplined better, Bylsma seems like he wants to be their buddy, not their coach. I’m not calling for Tortorellaesque rants on players, but there’s a few guys on this team that need chewed out as of late.
      Definitely need a ton more big strong forwards that drive the net. A lot of our success was when we had Malone/Guerin/Roberts etc.
      Vokoun should be starting for us, a STRONG veteran presence that commands our locker room and the guys on the ice, not a headcase like Fleury.

      Such a shame, Vokoun was our MVP this postseason hands down, that last shot of him teary eyed on the bench really hit hard haha.

      • 19to77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:43 AM

        I don’t see better options to replace him with. I don’t know where Shero’s head’s at with that issue, but it seems like all the available NHL coaches are worse and Eakins is unproven at this level. I share your concerns with his lack of hard-ass displays, but you won’t fix that problem with Vigneault or Ruff. They’re even softer.

        Malone’s a UFA this year, oddly enough. Worth bringing back if the term’s short, maybe?

  24. grizzledvets - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    This is a wonderfully nuanced poll!

    You really couldn’t find one point between the two extremes? Or do your polls only allow two possible answers?

  25. nunan - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    I think they need to continue to mold what they have. As a Bs fan, if I’ve learned anything, it is that keeping a good team relatively intact and riding out the highs and lows together seems to make the team all that more capable of winning it all. Not saying they need to keep every player and expect better results but I don’t think they should make major changes to the core. Need some more role players..too many ‘stars’.

  26. sassiecassie69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    I have one more suggestion for the pens. they’re a highly skilled team, like my hawks and the dead wings. but that may also be their downfall. you can’t constantly try to play those fancy shmancy moves all throughout the game. you sometimes need those dirty ugly simple, puck-to-puck games. the pens are not built for that type of play. but that is what they need. third or fourth line blue collar players who grind it out. exactly like what my BLACKHAWKS have!!!!!!

  27. burgh916 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Malkin/Letang played horribly bad this series. Malkin made the worst turnovers (Sid did as well, but lets be honest, Sid also raised his play to new levels at times and laid it all on the line.) I would cringe every time they gave Geno the puck on the point on the PP, same with Letang.
    One of the many things that needs to change his Malkins attitude. It may just be me but he’s completely changed ever since they decided to load up his line with the likes of Neal etc. He stopped playing smart hockey, and all they really try to do are blind passes. Not to mention around the Therrien time was when Malkin was leading the league in takeaways.
    Letang was pathetic in his own end, and he’d be up behind the other net for most of the time. He’s not the answer to anything. These guys can be regular season heroes all they want, but when it comes to the playoffs they’ve underachieved pretty badly. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt the past few years as Fleury wasn’t great, and before last we had a lot of injuries.
    Bylsma needs to go, he doesn’t change his system at all if it’s getting beat. Stubborn.
    Vokoun is great, he played great in the regular season too, if we don’t get a semi decent goalie out of a Fleury trade, I would be completely fine with Vokoun starting for us, the guys play a lot more calm in front of him. I’d rather build a team that could win 2-1 games, rather than a team that can score 7, but not have the muscle, or grit in their game to win against playoff tough teams.
    Let Harztell be mentored by Vokoun, by the time Vokoun is ready to retire, he should be good to go.
    I would like them to at least give Iginla/Morrow 1 more year of a chance to get a cup with us, but in any case I would really like to see us get some big bodies that go to the net, we were missing that BADLY, besides the coaching scheme sucking. We haven’t been the same in that aspect since Malone/Guerin/Roberts.
    All in all, it sucks to get bounced as a Pens fan, but I’m very optimistic that this will lead to changes for the better, this team was cup or bust. It busted, I actually liked Milburys segment tonight about Bylsma/Pens with the fool me once quote regarding Shero. Only time will tell, but the dealings should be in motion.

  28. schlitzy - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    I bet iginla is second guessing some of his recent decisions!

  29. frankiesweep - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Rask was good… Chara was better.. He was a monster. I don’t remember any “incredible” saves from Rask… He just made all the ones he needed to make. Chara, Bergeron and the B’s D won this series. What Tim Thomas did 2 years ago was way more magnificent I think. They won BECAUSE of him…..

    That being said, does Shero realize that you can’t win a cup w/ an all star team…. There are reasons the teams w/ the Pronger’s, Neidermeyer’s, Steven’s, Chara’s win all the time… If they can trade Malkin for one of those type of guys that’s what they should do… Of course they are going to have to come to a contract extension first b/c nobody is making a trade like that for a one year guy….

  30. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 8, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Isn’t it fair to say that making “big changes” was the ultimate undoing of the Pens?

  31. lettercable - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Pittsburgh plays and offensive style of game with lots of skating, passing and pure goal scorers.
    It looks like the game is changing these days and is now favouring teams with big, tough and aggressive players.
    The referees seem to call penalties during the regular season, then in the playoffs, they let the bullying go uncalled.

    Perhaps the Coach needs to go.

    For Sure Crosby and Malkin needs some big, over 6′ 225 lbs forwards on their team to provide physical protection on the ice when they are out there. Otherwise, the other teams are simply banging him around and not letting him play his game.

    They also need one or two big, strong and mean defensemen to protect the front of the net and the goalie.

  32. lettercable - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Pittsburgh plays an fast offensive style of game with lots of skating, passing and pure goal scorers.
    It looks like the game is changing these days and is now favouring teams with big, tough and aggressive players.
    The referees seem to call penalties during the regular season, then in the playoffs, they let the bullying go uncalled.

    Perhaps the Coach needs to go.

    For Sure Crosby and Malkin needs some big, over 6′ 225 lbs forwards on their team to provide physical protection on the ice when they are out there. Otherwise, the other teams are simply banging him around and not letting him play his game.

    They also need one or two big, strong and mean defensemen to protect the front of the net and the goalie.

  33. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    His post game interview was depressing …. He has the personality of a compost pile….it’s all over and he knows it

  34. arbruins - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    What the penguins should have done is never enter the league in 67…then we would not have had to put up with Lemieux’s moaning and Crosby’s big baby act!

  35. papajack1259 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    This is the only team that does not back check Defense is a team concept these stars need to learn that. A defensive minded defensemen will just irritate Cindy When you score 5 goals no one cares but in the real playoff world defense is essentially a team conceptj

  36. litsince - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Yes they need goaltending, their entire team did not put in the work! They clearly depend on bias refs. One of the games against ott, they had five high sticking penalties that were not called. One of those left fiberglass in one of the sens players face. Crosby is a whinner. He dives and throws three year old fits when it doesn’t go his way. Must be nice to swing from Bettmans tire swing. Best player in the world, joke. Just remember, he’s not a diver, just Mario’s pool boy!

  37. cranespy - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Ted Nolan and a keeper and they win three in a row.

  38. spitfisher - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    For those that think “they’ll be fine”consider this, for next year they have 5 players signed for almost half of the cap right now. Compare this to most teams as well as the Bruins, they have 14 players signed under 2/3s the cap. The pens have Champagne taste on a beer budget. and now someone mentions above 2 players for 15 million( 25% of the cap?)

    wholesale changes will take place, rest assured.

    If I were the Bruins I would put a bid in for Malkin, before signing Horton

  39. mildfan - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Hold on, hold on, does anyone no the number of post hit by Pittsburgh in this series I set the over under at 12. Everyone complained about there defense, well they had one bad game the blow out. Yes it falls on the superstars and the coach, Morrow did nothing, Iginla did nothing. Boston has the goaltender playing as good as he can play, I believe in sports we say Rask is in the zone right now. Keep the nucleus together find a piece or two perhaps a big D man that can play unlike Murray. The coach is good and the captain could have been better.

  40. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    With Bylsma coaching, Pittsburgh has zero home-ice advantage. He has to go.

  41. pensman29 - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I think it would be insane to send this team into a slight rebuild. But I think coach is gone, fleury is gone, letang is gone and I would greatly appreciate a couple 2009 rob scuderi’s.

    Kopitar and beriner(sp) for malkin?

    Scuderi for Kennedy?
    Maybe I’m dreaming

  42. nelbroth - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Make big changes? What a stupid question. Of course the Penguins shouldn’t make big changes. They’re stacked. Anyone voting to “Blow it up” is an upset Penguins fan that’s not seeing straight for understandable reasons, or has no idea what they’re talking about. This is one of the elite franchises in the league that ran into a hotter club at the wrong time. End of story.

  43. blackhawks2010 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Puck up a blueline and goaltender. The needed them terribly.

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