What a gay title.
Pens grabbed up Tony Granato to be an assistant coach.
He fills the void left by Tom Fitzgerald scoring a big goal in the 1996 ECF.
Granato looks like a Batman villain.
But the best part of the pickup is that he is unabashed badass in the city. Having a "player's coach" like Bylsma is great. He has a Cup already. But you can foresee the players getting lazy, thinking the coach is one of them and they can just sleepwalk through shit.
Enter Tony Granato and his balls. He will crack the whip.
He is the yin to Bylsma's yang.
Not to mention, Granato will get in a fight with another team/coach this year.
Wonder what team it will be?
And Janne Pesonen is playing in Russia next season.
(It's not "this season" yet. But we're getting there.)
Pesonen was up for a cup of coffee last season but spilled it on his junk.
He had a cool name and a great song waiting to be played at the Mellon. No dice.
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We've never been a big fan of lists, but whatev it is summer. We want every Wednesday to be a top five list, but with a slight twist. We're asking for reader submissions. It can be a top five list about anything you want. Just email us your list, with youtube links and pics. We'll pick the best one for the week and post it. If no one does it, really we couldn't care less.
Today's top five comes from XLilNico21X.
The top five mascots in the NHL today.
Some people are so bitter over the Pens having the Stanley Cup.
Maybe some pictures of Pens fans spending the summer celebrating will cheer them up.
That's quite a big tower you've got there.
Big day on Tuesday for fans of the Islanders.
They're facing their own Isle of Capri/December 20th day. Kind of.
PUCK DADDY is all over the situation.
Unless you're a joke, you know to remember when you were down and who helped you when you were there. That doesn't exactly translate to this scenario, since all the Islanders did when the Penguins were down was beat them 5-2 with Satan getting hat tricks. But, still, we'll never forget the day-in, day-out rigors of wondering if the Pens were leaving town.
On Tuesday, we're all Islanders fans.
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The Summer of Woooooo continues.
Include something Penguins or Pensblog-related and your photo could be in our banner.
We'll also post a bunch randomly.
More photos after the jump.
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From The Hockey News:
“We were allowed to spend the money, we always tried to win,” Clarke said. “We didn’t do what Pittsburgh did; lose seven years in a row so they could get good. They did it twice, in fact. They went through six or seven different owners. We’ve had one owner.”
Clarke finds the strategies of some current teams appalling when considering the way other organizations have built competitive teams.
“It’s somewhat embarrassing that three of the last teams (in the 2009 playoffs) missed the playoffs six or seven years in a row; Washington, Chicago, and Pittsburgh,” he said. “Now they’re good and the teams that try to win all the time get penalized. Our philosophy has never changed since 1967.”
First of all, thanks to Japer's Rink for bringing this to our attention.
Second of all, let's get a couple facts out of the way right away.
The final four teams in the 2009 playoffs were Pittsburgh, Carolina, Chicago and Detroit. Washington lost in the second round.
Clarke probably didn't watch the Conference Finals because of how poorly his team performed in them in 2008.
Also, the Penguins did not miss the playoffs "six or seven years in a row." Neither did the Capitals. For that matter, neither did the Blackhawks. They iced some terrible teams over the past decade, but their longest recent playoff drought has been five seasons in a row. The Caps missed three playoffs in a row. The Pens missed four.
Now that we've gotten the technicalities out of the way, the fun can begin.