>> The club *is* a solid contender. It's amazing how one bad
>>playoff series can change fans' opinions so drastically. The Pens
>Try 2 playoff seasons. Any team that has the best reocrd in the league (by
>far) and bows out to a mediocre .500 team in round 2, could be a fluke.
>To get 101 points the next year and to lose in round 1, it's not a fluke,
>but it shows something is wrong somewhere.
Well ,yeah, something is wrong, but not necessarily anything major.
There have been a lot of 1st round upsets in the last few years; the way the
league is shaping up, it seems that this could become the status quo.
>Depth on the LW as well as tired at defen*** from overuse were two key
True; if there's one major area the Pens need help in its the defense
(but this has already been said by many.)
>>are just a mediocre club without Lemieux, however. Has there been
>>any news on him, anyways?
>Not necessarily. The Penguins, at one point, were 4-9 or something (I used
>to keep track in my sig) *WITH* Lemieux last year. I think they ended up
>around .500 or a game over .500. Lemieux only played 21 games.
Yeah, but from what I saw, Mario looked like he was only playing at
50%. They had a lot of problems last year, with Barrasso out for an
extended period. You may differ from me on this, but I never thought that
Wregget was a good goalie, and that could have hurt the Pens.
>I think the Penguins can play well w/o Lemieux (obviously, they're not as
>strong if Lemieux was in on a consistent badsis) when he's known to be out
>in advance for an extended period. It's when he's day-to-day or "I can
>play this day, but not the next day" that screws everything. ITs very
>difficult for a team to practice under 2 different possible game plans from
>day to day. It screws up the rhythm a team would get.
Yeah, it's kinda the same way with Cam in Boston, but not to the same
extent as having Mario in and out of the lineup. True, the Pens *do* have a
good team w/o Mario, but I don't think that you could call them a top Cup
condender w/o him.
>However, to answer your question, Lemieux has not said a word yet about
>whether he will be back or not. The reporters are the ones making a fuss
>more than anything. They're annoyed by it the most.
Yeah, I heard that he'd probably say something about it around
>> As a Bruins fan, I'd love to get Stevens in a Bruins uniform.
>>Unfortunately, you won't even get Iafrate for him, never mind him and
>>another defenseman! The most you'll get for him is Wesley (and possibly
>Well, you should take over GM duties of the Bruins, just in case :)
>You never know what could happen. I'd agree w/you and I definitely
>wouldn't give more than a Wesley for Stevens, but you never know what
This is true. I'm pretty sure that Harry is going to be shopping
Wesley now that Iafrate is on the team. The Pens just seem like a perfect
place for him to end up since they are in need of some good, young
>>some draft picks). That could be a good trade for both teams. I don't
>>think it'll happen, though.
>I doubt it, either. Patrick only makes a trade when it substantially
>increases the Penguins. I'd be surprised if Stevens was traded this year
>unless it was something to steal.
Yeah...I think they'd definitely ask for more than just Wesley.
>This leaves the Penguins w/more balanced lines on the sides...but they
>still need to do something with that D. As the***first mentioned, the D
>is getting older. It needs some young, hungry *** in there to complement
>Murphy and Ulf. Kjell had a career last year, can he do it again? tags is
>usually on the + side...but these latter two, as well as the rest, are big
>????????'s this year.
This sounds very true...I wonder if anything will happen?
Steve Targonski UMass-Amherst