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Pens' power play getting complete overhaul

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08:16 AM ET 09.12 | As of today, there are only a few job openings with the Pittsburgh Penquins. [The] lineup that tied for the third-most points in the NHL in 2010-11 largely intact, and the Penguins still have some of the game's most elite talents on their payroll. But even if their personnel stay largely the same between now and the regular-season opener Oct. 6, in Vancouver that doesn't mean a few things won't be dramatically different in 2011-12. Bylsma made that clear during a wide-ranging interview in which, among other things, he said: ... * The power play, which underachieved so badly in '10-'11, is getting a major overhaul, with a top unit featuring four forwards and one of those forwards, not a defenseman, bringing the puck up ice.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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September 12, 2011  08:20 AM ET

"The power play, which underachieved so badly in '10-'11, is getting a major overhaul..."

Not having Sid and Geno for most the year probably didn't help, coach.

September 12, 2011  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"The power play, which underachieved so badly in '10-'11, is getting a major overhaul..."Not having Sid and Geno for most the year probably didn't help, coach.

The powerplay started out good, but even before Sid went down they were having troubles. Just hope they don't start pressing too hard and giving up shorties like they have in the past.

September 12, 2011  09:21 AM ET

The old adage: "Shoot before you pass, pass before you stickhandle - And if you decide to dangle, you'd better not screw up or you'll be riding the pine."

September 12, 2011  10:04 AM ET

As of today, there are only a few job openings with the Pittsburgh Penquins.

I'm pretty sure cheapshot headhunting little prick has been filled.

September 12, 2011  10:28 AM ET

The PP was anemic even with Sid and Geno. The biggest problem was that they were always looking for the highlight reel goal...pass, pass, pass, pass pass. Sometimes it's all about firing the puck at the net and picking up the garbage.

September 12, 2011  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

As of today, there are only a few job openings with the Pittsburgh Penquins.I'm pretty sure cheapshot headhunting little prick has been filled.

I believe the incumbent retains the title.

September 12, 2011  11:19 AM ET

Bad PP and still had the third highest point total in the league. If they work out the PP, the Pens are going to be dangerous even without Crosby.

Speaking of, I think the Pens need to enter the season on the assumption that Crosby won't be playing this year. Plan that way and if he does come back after the New Year, all the better for them.

September 12, 2011  11:41 AM ET

I don't expect Sid to hit the ice until 2012. He has at LEAST another decade in him, no sense in rushing back when the team will most likely be in the top 4 in the east without him.
The problem with the PP isn't getting set up, it's that they passed the puck around and no one took a shot. They want a forward to bring the puck up with Letang on the team? The PP was already falling apart when Gonchar was on the team but at least he took the shot. That shot from the point was money, either a goal or a nice rebound opportunity.

September 12, 2011  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

As of today, there are only a few job openings with the Pittsburgh Penquins.I'm pretty sure cheapshot headhunting little prick has been filled.

Cooke definately takes cheapshots, and deserves his reputation.. but at least he gets punished for his actions via penalties and suspensions. The focus should be on Ovechkin...that guy is going to kill someone on the ice one day if he keeps headhunting the way he does, and he NEVER catches heat for the stuff he pulls.

September 12, 2011  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The focus should be on Ovechkin...that guy is going to kill someone on the ice one day if he keeps headhunting the way he does, and he NEVER catches heat for the stuff he pulls.

...Ovie's caught a couple of suspensions. He's definitely one of the so-called "marquee" players whose reckless/nasty reputation precedes him. Especially as regards the knee-to-knee hits.

I'd say the entire league knows (as does he) that he's on a short leash.

September 12, 2011  12:53 PM ET

Without players like Crosby and Malkin you should expect the pp would be a little 'off'.

September 12, 2011  01:42 PM ET
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who cares the penguins are a scumbag pathetic team along with a **** dump of a city... team should have folded up after they went bankrupt the second time.

...Such hostility. Shocking.

September 12, 2011  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bad PP and still had the third highest point total in the league. If they work out the PP, the Pens are going to be dangerous even without Crosby.Speaking of, I think the Pens need to enter the season on the assumption that Crosby won't be playing this year. Plan that way and if he does come back after the New Year, all the better for them.

Sid will definitely be back as he stated with a glazed look!

September 12, 2011  02:34 PM ET
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who cares the penguins are a scumbag pathetic team along with a **** dump of a city... team should have folded up after they went bankrupt the second time.

I like how the Trolls hide their profiles.
The Pens are an elite team in the NHL, and have had the best offensive players spanning 4 decades.
Pittsburgh is routinely voted as America's most livable city and best city to raise a family.
Keep hating :-)

September 12, 2011  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I like how the Trolls hide their profiles. The Pens are an elite team in the NHL, and have had the best offensive players spanning 4 decades. Pittsburgh is routinely voted as America's most livable city and best city to raise a family. Keep hating :-)

haha pittsburg is americas dump, id rather goto prison then live there... well when you have the 1st overall and second overall pics in the draft for 5 years in a row, its bound to turn around... and you prob werent a fan of the team until 2006. just shut your mouth you bangwagon loser.

September 12, 2011  03:37 PM ET

Judging by your spelling and grammar prison is probably a viable option for you in the future.

September 12, 2011  03:52 PM ET

Didnt know this blog was a college thesis. Everyone knows that 80% of the Penguin fan base is all bandwagon losers who started following the team after Crosby was drafted. One of the lowest teams in attendance from 2001-2005. But, you wouldnt know that your pens use to lose 7-1 night in and night out.

September 12, 2011  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Judging by your spelling and grammar prison is probably a viable option for you in the future.

You just need to ignore him/her/it.

September 12, 2011  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

You just need to ignore him/her/it.

But where is the fun in that?
There are plenty of bandwagon/casual fans, but is a bandwagon fan concerned with the team a month before they play? Did you even read my first post? What came across as "bandwagon?" The Pens aren't the first team with money problems. They picked a great time to be bad and stockpile draft picks, but Chicago and Washington have also done the same.
And no, this isn't a college thesis, but since it is your first day here, no one will take you seriously when you type in ganster slang or flame. I'm done paying attention to you.

 
September 12, 2011  05:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

...Such hostility. Shocking.

He's just frustrated since he can't post in crayon.

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