One thing that really worries me are all of the defensive zone turnovers by the young fowards, especially Murley and Malone. This is to be expected I suppose with the team as young as it is this year, but at the NHL level you simply cannot just aimlessly through the pick into the middle of the ice from your own zone side boards a la Malone late in the third. Nonetheless, a CRUCIAL tie for the morale of the team, as I said in an earlier article I forsee lots of ties this year, due to the inability for that late push towards the end of the game.]]>
it has come to the point where if lemieux moves to another team the franchise will go down the drain. pens fans must pack the stadium regardless if that guy plays or not.
what they do need is some solid d man, work their way as a team with a small salary playing the trap like the wild. get rid of injury prone straka for some solid defensive players.
the pens cannot put an offensive scoring threat on the ice with their resource constraints. as players develop into scorers their salaries just sky-rocket, while defensive specialists remain affordable]]>