Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: Same old defensive woes?

 

Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: — Pittsburgh opened the season Wednesday evening with a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a game that got away from them in the third period. Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 in the final 22 minutes of play and just couldn’t get a big save from Tristan Jarry in the final frame to stop the seismic shift in momentum that went the Flyers way — SAME CONCERNS POP UP IN LOSS Just one game but…………… —Goal Prevention? Pittsburgh’s struggles to clear the front of the net is no secret and you look at the personnel on the backend, it’s hard not to see it being a constant issue this season. Philadelphia’s two power play goals highlighted that area to a great extent as the Flyers were able to park themselves in front and remain in Tristan Jarry’s sightlines with ease. Same old Pens?Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Pens Outlook, Favorite in East, Bottom-6

 

TIOPS Latest Penguins Buzz — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. Opening night for the NHL and the Penguins. The Mass Mutual Division is loaded and it’s just a season of such unknown. Few know what to really expect. Ranking the Stanley Cup Contenders in the Division Tier 1: Washington Capitals Tier 2: Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers Tier 3: Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders Tier 4: New York Rangers Tier 5: Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils Best Team in the division: Washington Capitals Surveying the league, evaluators love the Washington Capitals roster top to bottom combined with the coaching move. Feedback didn’t have them as a consensus team in winning the division, but Washington is looked at as being the best team on paper in the division and projects as the toughest out come playoff time. There’s questions on how motivated this group will be without the adrenaline of fans in theRead More »

GM Talk: Jim Rutherford envisions Mike Sullivan coaching in Pittsburgh for a “long time”

 

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on the Cook & Joe show (937 The Fan) this morning and here are some key takeaways from the interview on whether the Penguins are still Stanley Cup contenders, Mike Sullivan being the coach in Pittsburgh for a very long time, a faster team, why a decision on Patric Hornqvist was the same as Phil Kessel & more Buzz — — Few see the Penguins among the top Stanley Cup contenders. “I think it’s hard to pick a team in the East,” Rutherford said when asked who he see’s as the favorites. “We’re used to it. Our opponents have changed a little bit, but all strong teams, I quite frankly don’t know what to expect.” — The Penguins tell everyone who listens this is going to be a faster, more mobile team this year. “We’re faster, defense has more mobility,” said Rutherford. “There’s beenRead More »

Rutherford: Pierre Olivier-Joseph NHL ready

 

Defenseman Pierre Olivier-Joseph, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade, will start the season the taxi squad, but was a player who made some serious noise in camp and caught the eye of Penguin management. “[Player] way ahead of his development is [Pierre] Olivier-Joseph,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said today on 937 The Fan. “He’s probably ready to play now.”

Latest Steelers Buzz: Playoff Debacle & What’s next for the Steelers

 

‘Fire Mike Tomlin, Fire Mike Tomlin, Fire Mike Tomlin’……… ‘The coach has to go’…….. ‘That will solve everything’…….. Right? Mike Tomlin deserves to be criticized to the extent he is today for being passive in Sunday’s debacle but anything beyond that is wrong when it comes to him losing his job for Sunday’s loss. The job of the head coach is to make high pressure decisions based on where momentum is going and Mike Tomlin failed in the third quarter when the Steelers were buzzing. Tomlin was living in his fears by trying to play the field position game. The decision to punt had logic in trying to pin the Browns back as Tomlin’s defense was finally showing some life, but that logic loses value when you factor in that you have a JV level punter, which the Steelers do. So, yeah, it was a major coaching blunder by TomlinRead More »

Wildcard Sunday: Steelers – Browns Top Storylines to Watch

 

Steelers – Browns — TOP STORYLINES TO WATCH — — No Coach, No Practice, No Chance? — A covid outbreak has put the Cleveland Browns in uncharted waters for a franchise appearing in his first playoff game since the 2002 season. No head coach, little to no practice time, ect. The Pittsburgh Steelers enter tonight as a six point favorite, but all week they’ve been penciled in by many as already advancing to the divisional playoffs. Pundits and the local media have chalked tonight up as being potentially one of the worst if not the worst playoff loss in Steelers history, were the Steelers to stumble at home against the Browns. For all that’s going on with the Browns, it’s still shocking so many are taking that route. It’s something how two quarters against the Colts in Week 16 just wiped out what we were seeing for the previous 5-6Read More »

Financial Flexibility after 21-22 & Penguins’ taking advantage of Crosby’s soon to be plummeting Salary

 

Already looking forward to the 2021 Off-Season, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has talked this week about extending the Penguins Cup Window as Sidney Crosby ages. Rutherford in speaking to Josh Yohe of the Athletic spoke of making a Free Agency Splash. Time will tell where things go but the Penguins’ ability to make a true free agency splash has been limited for several years due to the cap and Penguin ownerships lack of interest in dipping into the signing bonus game, an area of frustration inside the Si For an ownership group that every year spends to the cap, it’s still a group that will nickel and dime’s things if their bottom line is taking a hit. Regular working folks in the organization were dealt with having to take significant pay cuts during the the start of the pandemic, yet, the organization went out and received a $5 million PayrollRead More »

Penguin management see’s an elite contender in 2021, while others certainly don’t

 

Penguins truly see themselves as a top contender The Pittsburgh Penguins enter a season for the first time since 2014-2015 where how they view themselves internally is much different than how other coaches, executives view them around the league. Jim Rutherford talking up the Penguins hasn’t just been GM talk in a General Manager trying to prop up his group through the media….. He truly believes this is a top-5 Stanley Cup contender who has as good of a chance as anybody to win the Cup. The view of the Penguins on the other end of the spectrum is that it’s a group you shouldn’t discount if certain things break their way, but a pretty good consensus among evaluators is that it would be more surprising that the Penguins finish 1st/2nd Place than a 4th/5th place type finish. They’re closer to being a middle of the road team than anRead More »

Rumors: Release or Extension for Big Ben in 2021?

 

Release or Extension for Big Ben in 2021? The Pittsburgh Steelers brass has been operating for several months under the mindset that an extension for Ben Roethlisberger after the 2020 season was going to be inevitable compared to the alternative of being released or retired. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported prior to Monday Night’s game that Roethlisberger has all intentions of returning in 2021 and that’s how the Steelers internally have been operating. However, has the last couple weeks completely changed the situation? It’s a valid question as the Steelers brass see’s what everyone else see’s right now.   If the rest of the season plays out like the last couple weeks and Ben Roethlisberger holds firm on wanting to return in 2021, it’s a dire situation for the Steelers. Bring back a fading 39 year old Roethlisberger and be forced to extend him, the only option at the Steelers disposal ifRead More »