Tuesdays With Stoosh – 2.26.2013

Soon. #CorvoFace That…that’s Mark Eaton’s music! OK, yes, we know…the return of Mark Eaton to Pittsburgh is little more than a depth signing. At 35 years of age, Eaton is certainly no longer the top-four caliber defenseman who rode shotgun when Shero moved from Nashville to Pittsburgh to take over the Pens in 2006 (h/t […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh – 2.12.2013

One of the NHL's words-du-jour this year has been "truncated", as in "truncated season". As in, it was just three and a half weeks ago that the Pens opened the season in Philly, and tomorrow they'll be playing their fourteenth game of the year. We're at the quarter-pole of the season. So how are things? […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh – 1.22.2013

Thoughts on a weekend that really couldn't have gone much better for Penguins fans… Mailing it in this week like Tangradi's last shift (I kiiiiiid, I kiiiiiiid)… – Evgeni Malkin. Brilliant. Just brilliant. All over the ice and making plays in all three zones. And he hasn't scored a goal yet, which probably makes the […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 1.15.2013

A conundrum, if you will…     If the Penguins have one major question mark heading into this season, it’s what the team brings back on the blueline. Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Oprik were 1-2-3 in terms of minutes per game among Pens defensemen last year and they all return. The trade of […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh – 1.8.2013

Welcome back. And brace yourselves. VOMIT Is the blood boiling yet? The Penguins haven't played since April 22, 2012. If the reports hold true as of this evening and the regular season begins on January 19, 2013, that means just about nine months will have passed between Penguins games. Sure, we had the rest of […]

2012 PLAYOFFS: Playoffs With Stoosh

Back to zero. Regular season records no longer matter. Scoring titles no longer matter. Division finishes no longer matter. What matters is after the jump…   All you’re guaranteed at this point are four more games on the schedule. That’s it. Anything more is a gift, a reward for your team for getting to their […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 04.03.2012

Some gutless thoughts on Mike Milbury as the regular season draws to a close this week, dudes… The madman gazes out over his nation, a people unknowing of the havoc he is about to wreck. Herrrrrrrp…Chara, Muckalt and the rights to Spezza, you say? For Yashin. Why sure…derrppppppp   At this point, most of you […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 03.20.2012

After tonight, T-minus ten,…   It's a little strange to look at the schedule and see just ten games remaining after tonight's tilt with Winnipeg. Another season that's absolutely flown by, it feels like just yesterday we were sitting in the stands at those opening camp practices, giving Crosby a standing ovation upon his return […]

Wednesdays With Stoosh 03.07.2012

In which we force opposing fans into the harsh realization that it's time to come up with something better.   Staff did a great job recapping this earlier in the week, but there’s one loose end we’d like to tie up here in the wake of that  series of blog posts from Denver Post columnist […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 02.28.2012

In which Ray Shero channels his inner Norman Dale…   This is your team.   It was pretty easy to make the case that the Pens COULD have made a deal or two prior to Monday's trade deadline. Shero has made it a point each year since he took over to make at least one […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 02.21.2012

Ahhhhh, yes. Trade Deadline time. Let's fire up this crazy thing. But first, some thoughts on the newest piece of The Core… Wait, what?   Six years, $30 million total. A cap hit of $5 million per year. Money-wise, Neal's contract pretty much puts him in the same financial ballpark as Bobby Ryan of the […]

This Friday With Stoosh 02.11.2012

Almost sixteen days until the trade deadline, so you better enjoy these last 16 days of Paul Martin's Penguins career HAW HAW HAW OK, not really…but there's more after the jump.   THE PAUL MARTIN CONUNDRUM Paul Martin's 79 blocked shots lead the Pens and place him just out of the top 60 among NHL […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 01.31.2012

Thirty-three games left starting tonight. Some thoughts on things to look for in the second half of the season, dudes…   It's been a week since the Pens last played, so just to refresh your memory, here's a recap of the last game prior to the All Star break… A Blues-Pens Stanley Cup Final would […]

Tuesdays with Stoosh 01.17.2012

In which that really may be a light at the end of this ridiculous, injury-ridden tunnel…   *Opens door slowly.* *Peers around door slowly.*   All clear? Are we sure? You know the scene at the end of "Twister", after the last storm moved through, the storm clouds dissipate in about 0.5 seconds and you […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 01.10.2012

In which the people throwing themselves from the Penguins bandwagon are probably out 8 weeks with lower body injuries… By now you all know the deal. Jordan Staal's done for 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain. James Neal is likely out at least that long and maybe more after breaking his foot blocking a shot […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 12.27.2011

Christmas hangover city. Some holiday leftovers, dudes… 3.17 goals per game for the Pens. That's sixth-best in the league heading into Monday's games. That's with Crosby missing three-fourths of the season and Letang missing a third of the season. Pretty solid. James Neal. Twenty goals. Pens are also 9th in the league in goals allowed […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 12.20.2011

In which Santa Stoosh squeezes his fat ass down that chimney and finds the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse… Or we just check some Christmas wish lists, Pittsburgh Penguins-style.   Sidney Crosby Doc Brown's DeLorean and enough plutonium to get him back to the morning of January 1, 2011.   Evgeni […]

Tuesdays with Stoosh 12.13.2011

In which the little lights, they're not twinkling…   Three short weeks ago, we were all celebrating this…   We had eight games of Crosby. Two goals. Ten assists. Twelve points. Plus-seven. Damn. We all joked that Pat Lafontaine was going to start giving advice to Phil Kessel about holding off Penguins captains in […]

Wednesdays With Stoosh 11.30.2011

  Mailing it in with some thoughts, dudes…   Tonight’s two assists make it eleven points in five games back for Crosby. I wonder if Sid would admit this may be better than what even he expected. Off the record, of course. Loved Neal’s reaction during the celebration after he scored his goal against the […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 11.22.2011

In which we've never been so happy to be lost for words.   I’m not even sure what to write after that game. As sports go, this is an age where hyperbole is passed out like Orpik hands out hits and candy, and it’s still tough to put into words just how good the Pens […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh – 11.15.2011

  In which we talk Stars, Neal, Letang, powerplays both on ice and off, and John Matrix scouts a prospect.   I made my first trip to Consol for an actual game this past Friday night to see the Pens and Stars. It marked the first time I’ve seen this team play live since training […]

Wednesdays With Stoosh 11.2.2011

  Hey, look at that, the Pens are 8-3-2, but… Rewind back to the middle of September. We're sitting in the seats at Consol on that first day of training camp. I say to you that at the end of October, the Pens: would have taken 18 of a possible 26 points, would have James […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 10.25.2011

  In which we find out whether the visitors' locker room at the CEC is large enough for Trevor's cage…   Back when the Pens released their 2011-12 schedule, chances are some of the first games you may have looked for – after the Flyers games, of course – were the first couple of games […]

Wednesdays With Stoosh 10.19.2011

  In which I come to the harsh realization from last week's post that the Hockey Gods don't read my posts…   Let’s recap, shall we? Sidney Crosby, Brooks Orpik and Dustin Jeffrey started the season on the shelf. Great, grand and wonderful. That was at least expected. Two games into the season, Evgeni Malkin […]

Tuesdays With Stoosh 10.11

  In which we level with the hockey gods…   Dear Hockey Gods, We must talk, and I think you know what this is about. It's not us. It's you. And maybe this latest thing you have with Evgeni Malkin. This little issue that he suffered against Calgary? The one that also kept him out […]