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07:25 AM ET 05.22 | At the very least, Jussi Jokinen's time in the press box might have provided insight into his opponent's tendencies in the faceoff circle. "Watching [from] up top you're going to see tendencies what their centers like to do," said Jokinen. But that's pretty much it. Make no mistake, Jokinen is ready to play. He skated as the fourth line center and on the second power-play unit at practice Tuesday afternoon at Scotiabank Place, indicating he's a decent bet to be in the lineup Wednesday night for Game 4. "If I play, I'm ready to go for sure," said Jokinen, who said he is healthy. "It's not easy to watch from up top, especially this time of year. It's not an easy feeling, there's nothing you can do there."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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May 22, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Seems like an odd time to shake up the lines, although the headline vs. the story is misleading.
That never happened before on FN!!!!

May 22, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Seems like an odd time to shake up the lines, although the headline vs. the story is misleading.That never happened before on FN!!!!

shocked I say!!!

May 22, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Jussi was hurt, hence why he hasn't played. Not much of a "shake-up." I am also hoping Dan shakes it up where Neal and Iggy are concerned too (positioning), but Dan is a ****, so I doubt he will. Jussi should play compared to a Glass, or at this point some other players who have been "underperforming." IMHO, what if we lost this series, and he wasn't playing in it? He is terrific on faceoffs which we have been getting killed on. Terrific in the PP which has also been underperforming. It can't hurt.

May 22, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Who here thinks Malkin is playing himself out of the Burgh in these playoffs?

May 22, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Seems like an odd time to shake up the lines, although the headline vs. the story is misleading.That never happened before on FN!!!!

Another "bizarre" FN headline? Could that be possible?

May 22, 2013  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Who here thinks Malkin is playing himself out of the Burgh in these playoffs?

The guy who is tied for the lead in assists and second in the league in playoff points this year?

Man if that is playing himself out, what would it take to stay in?

May 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The guy who is tied for the lead in assists and second in the league in playoff points this year?Man if that is playing himself out, what would it take to stay in?

His mistakes seem to be so much bigger in the eyes of the fans than the contributions lately, i.e. penalties, and poor defense that has cost games. I don't care if they resign him. If they give him up, give him up to a team out West. ;)

May 22, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The guy who is tied for the lead in assists and second in the league in playoff points this year?

Man if that is playing himself out, what would it take to stay in?

Another inch or two?

May 22, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

His mistakes seem to be so much bigger in the eyes of the fans than the contributions lately, i.e. penalties, and poor defense that has cost games. I don't care if they resign him. If they give him up, give him up to a team out West. ;)

When he isn't on your team anymore you guys will really miss him. Say what you want about his poor defense or a stupid penalty, the guy produces, and produces big time. You need players like that. Look at the Rangers and Rick Nash. He might not be taking stupid penalties, he hustles on D, but guess what, he isn't producing. Malkin is a point producing machine.

May 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

His mistakes seem to be so much bigger in the eyes of the fans than the contributions lately, i.e. penalties, and poor defense that has cost games. I don't care if they resign him. If they give him up, give him up to a team out West. ;)

OK.







Come to Dallas Bro.

May 22, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Another inch or two?

:-)

May 22, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

When he isn't on your team anymore you guys will really miss him. Say what you want about his poor defense or a stupid penalty, the guy produces, and produces big time. You need players like that. Look at the Rangers and Rick Nash. He might not be taking stupid penalties, he hustles on D, but guess what, he isn't producing. Malkin is a point producing machine.

I AM NOT SAYING to not resign him. If they don't considering our cap situation, what can you do? Between Crosby and Malkin, I am taking Crosby anytime, even with his injuries. We have to resign Letang, etc.

IMHO, I rather have him than not have him. However, that is going to be up to him and the management. That all being said, I also don't want to get stuck with the moody Russian, who takes time off when he feels like it, and has to retaliate every time he gets touched. Time for Malkin to grow up, or else, he no longer is a "producing machine," rather a liability. Does happen.

May 22, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Another inch or two?

LMAO

May 22, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

When he isn't on your team anymore you guys will really miss him. Say what you want about his poor defense or a stupid penalty, the guy produces, and produces big time. You need players like that. Look at the Rangers and Rick Nash. He might not be taking stupid penalties, he hustles on D, but guess what, he isn't producing. Malkin is a point producing machine.

But what if you could have a points producer who also respects the defensive side of the game and has been known to hit Chara on occasion?

Yes, you know it, I am talking about Phil Kessel

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but I would not trade Kessel straight up for Malkin.

May 22, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

But what if you could have a points producer who also respects the defensive side of the game and has been known to hit Chara on occasion?Yes, you know it, I am talking about Phil KesselI cannot believe I am about to say this, but I would not trade Kessel straight up for Malkin.

LOL! Now, this is getting interesting.

May 22, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I AM NOT SAYING to not resign him. If they don't considering our cap situation, what can you do? Between Crosby and Malkin, I am taking Crosby anytime, even with his injuries. We have to resign Letang, etc. IMHO, I rather have him than not have him. However, that is going to be up to him and the management. That all being said, I also don't want to get stuck with the moody Russian, who takes time off when he feels like it, and has to retaliate every time he gets touched. Time for Malkin to grow up, or else, he no longer is a "producing machine," rather a liability. Does happen.

I agree with everything you've been posting DWI. Malkin's act is getting old and he definitely needs to grow up. The stupid penalties, the retaliation penalties and the defensive lapses are really piling up. If they can keep him and Letang and keep it under the cap then great. If they have to lose one superstar I could see why they would dump Malkin.

May 22, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Jussi was hurt, hence why he hasn't played. Not much of a "shake-up." I am also hoping Dan shakes it up where Neal and Iggy are concerned too (positioning), but Dan is a ****, so I doubt he will. Jussi should play compared to a Glass, or at this point some other players who have been "underperforming." IMHO, what if we lost this series, and he wasn't playing in it? He is terrific on faceoffs which we have been getting killed on. Terrific in the PP which has also been underperforming. It can't hurt.

Jussi was also a healthy scratch, but I agree with you. They need his ability on faceoffs and on the second power play.

May 22, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

But what if you could have a points producer who also respects the defensive side of the game and has been known to hit Chara on occasion?

Yes, you know it, I am talking about Phil Kessel

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but I would not trade Kessel straight up for Malkin.

6:50 PDT over here.

Obviously, beer thirty over there.

May 22, 2013  09:50 AM ET

The Pens are going to hit the cap wall and someone is going to have to go.
I'm not saying Malkin is bad but he shouldn't be making the same as Sid anymore. He's made two bad mistakes that cost them 2 games so far. He looks more and more like Kovalev anymore floating around and turning the puck over.
He's going to want the same or more when it comes to re-sign and I don't think the Pens will or should give him it. If Shero could pull off a good return for him (not like Patrick dealing Jagr to the Caps) I'd be for it. Right now it would be b/w Malkin and Fleury but the return would be greater for Malkin.

 
May 22, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Yes putting one healthy scratch back on the 3rd or 4th forward line is certainly considered a line shakeup.....

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