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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Temper Expectations on Letang Return

It's draft day and it happens: A previously thought of "key piece" of the Pittsburgh Penguins' core is shipped to a destination other than that of the Steel City.  Contract talks didn't work out, an impasse was found and a decision was made.

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Is this a flashback to last year with Jordan Staal or a peak into the future with Kris Letang?  We won't know for a few days but one thing we do know: Don't expect equal value.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Worst Sports Year?

I should have seen it coming in February when the Baltimore Ravens were given the Super Bowl when a holding/pass interference call was blatantly ignored.  It allowed a man complicit in two murders live the dream ending he doesn't deserve and allowed one of the most easily hatable franchises to win the Super Bowl.

It was the start of the worst sports year.  Ever.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What's Next: Kris Letang

The What's Next series is part of an ongoing look from the Pens Initiative staff taking a look at the Penguins UFAs, RFAs, and most polarizing personalities heading into the next season.  We look at the year that was and the year coming and wonder: What's Next.

He astounds and confounds.  He piles up points and produces cringes.  His hair is as sexy as his points columns, his +/- can be as scary as life without him.  He's soon due for a large raise but what's his worth to the Pens compared to his value?  Should he stay?  Should he go?  It's What's Next for Kris Letang.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who Is Hockey's Tim Tebow?

Your first thought when reading the headline is, "Great.  Just great.  A Tim Tebow article.  On a hockey blog, no less!"

After Tim Tebow signed with the New England Patriots on Monday the first thought was to mock the signing.  He's not a very good player but he's well known for his off the field antics.  Every sport has one of those.  One could argue that through the years Alex Rodriguez has become that man in Major League Baseball.  The NBA has the likes of Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), whose age is reducing his effectiveness.

Who holds that title in the NHL?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's All Panic

Why not?  The Penguins are down 2-0, fairly convincingly, to a very tough Boston Bruins team.  Things look really bleak.  Players are playing poorly.  What else is there to do?

(Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Let's all panic.