PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 14:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins in the second period during the game at Consol Energy Center on March 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Kris Letang – The Money Pit

Kris Letang as a Tom Hanks movie “The Money Pit.” Probably one of the best early Tom Hanks movies, and it is like a direct comparison to Kris Letang’s career. Here was our reaction to Letang’s mega contract: https://youtu.be/9CJ9EDtZ2p8?t=2m24s In “The Money Pit, Hanks sinks unlimited money into a house he thinks is a great deal. But […]


Season Preview: Pascal Dupuis – Sleepless in Seattle

Pascal Dupuis as a Tom Hanks movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” Basically because at the end of the movie, no one really knows what’s gonna happen. Besides teaming up again with Meg Ryan for “You’ve Got Mail” in 1998, this marked the end of Tom Hanks’ romantic-comedy run. Thank God. This film was released in 1993 and […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 17: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals knocks down Beau Bennett #19 during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on February 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Beau Bennett – Big

Beau Bennett as a Tom Hanks movie This is where we decided to use Beau Bennett. It makes all the sense in the world. A kid in an adult’s world. The only other option is if Tom Hanks was in a movie called “The Man Made of Glass.” Fast Fact: Harrison Ford turned down the lead role […]

DENVER, CO - APRIL 07:  Calle Jarnkrok #19 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche with Matt Cullen #7 of the Nashville Predators who earned an assist on the play to take a 1-0 lead in the first period at Pepsi Center on April 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Matt Cullen – That Thing You Do!

Matt Cullen as a Tom Hanks movie Went with “That Thing You Do!” just because we didn’t want to not use it. Underrated movie. It was also the directing debut for Hanks. This movie could gain a lot of new fans if one night AMC would have “Shawshank Redemption” scheduled but then trick everyone tuning […]

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Thoughts: Preseason Game 8 – Preseason Dies a Quiet Death

Hurricanes 2 Pens 1 Some of my notes are likely off due to another lovely live stream broadcast. Good riddance, preseason! Goals Dupuis from Clendening, Dumoulin Penalties Crosby (roughing) – Stupid (gets shoved into the boards by Gerbe and retaliates by shoving Gerbe’s head) Perron (roughing) – Inconsequential (gets tied up with Jordan and they […]


PRESEASON GAMEDAY 8: One more for the road.

Seems like this happens every year. The initial excitement for the open of training camp slowly turns into the loathing of everything preseason. But then, before you know it, the regular season is about to hit you like an SUV driven by Caitlyn Jenner. We’re almost there. Buckle-up, buckaroos.

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22:  Rob Scuderi #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Consol Energy Center on October 22, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***R

Season Preview: Rob Scuderi – Philadelphia

Rob Scuderi as a Tom Hanks movie Had to go with “Philadelphia” for Scuderi since everyone hates his guts. We were going to use Beau Bennett but didn’t have the courage. Tom Hanks’ speech after winning the Oscar for Best Actor exudes class. https://youtu.be/bBuDMEpUc8k   Last Season Recap If you Google “Rob Scuderi” right now, you […]


Season Preview: David Perron – Polar Express

David Perron as a Tom Hanks movie “Polar Express.” The coldest player in the NHL right now.   Last Season Recap David Perron was like Kate Gosselin. Started off kind of hot but went through some kind of transformation and turned into a joke. He had 9 goals in his first 16 games as a Penguin […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15:  Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings on March 15, 2015 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Chris Kunitz – You’ve Got Mail

Chris Kunitz as a Tom Hanks movie This was an easy choice: “You’ve Got Mail” Only because Kunitz has mailed it in since some time in 2013. Also, how dated is “You’ve Got Mail”? The main characters owned bookstores and they fostered their relationship via AOL Mail. Today they would have hooked up on Tinder, and […]


Daniel Sprong is Worth a Nine Game Tryout

The Penguins enter the 2015-16 NHL season boasting some of the finest offensive depth they’ve had since they lifted the Stanley Cup in 2009. The days of fourth line anchors that made the Penguins a top heavy, offensively thin hockey club have been abandoned with the signings of Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, and Eric Fehr. […]


Link City: Roster Cuts, Sid Is Still The Best, and Champagne Goggles

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything else. It’s been a long off season…   But it’s October…time to celebrate… THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – BYE Tom… – The Pens cut their preseason roster 18 players after their three straight games this week. FORWARDS Josh Archibald (WBS), Beau […]

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Thoughts: Preseason Game 7 – Preseason Never Ends

Red Wings 7  Pens 2 I had some issues with the online stream, so the spreadsheet and penalties definitely aren’t as accurate as I’d like them to be for this game. Goals Sprong (PP) from Perron, Kessel Bennett (PP) from Pouliot, Gonchar Penalties Gonchar (slashing) – Stupid? (slashes Nosek at the end of the first […]


PRESEASON GAMEDAY 7: Pens host the Wings at CONSOL

The Pens trumped Tampa Bay last night 4-2 in the inaugural Hockeyville USA game. Despite the fact that this was a preseason event thought up by a cheese company which included an infinite amount of Slapshot references, it was good for the people of Johnstown to see the Pens get a win at their local rink. Two things glaringly stood […]

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Penguins Sale: Ron Burkle has lost half his net worth since 2010

Hey remember when the Penguins were going to get that offer? [ Pittsburgh Business Times ] Well since that June report all has gone quiet. And with the season fast approaching – questions about the financial health of Mr. Ron Burkle might be incoming. According to a Forbes article today he has fallen out of […]


PRESEASON GAMEDAY 6: Pens-Lightning Square Off in Johnstown

The French-Canadian Penguins didn’t exactly impress last night in Quebec City, but tonight the Pens will send another split-squad to Johnstown, PA to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. We typically loathe the preseason for numerous reasons. It’s too long. Hell, the regular season itself is probably too long. Outside of the opportunity to see […]

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Did You Know They Made It In Johnstown?: A Running Diary of Slap Shot

  They sure did. And now the newly renovated War Memorial Arena will host a preseason game between the Penguins and the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, with a plethora of Slap Shot references, specials, and general distractions from the fact that this is just a meaningless preseason game in which Sid and […]


Thoughts: Preseason Game 5 – French Canadian Pens lose

Canadiens 4  Pens 1 Games at neutral sites don’t have regular statisticians, thus the lack of normal stats in this one. Goals Bennett (PP) from Rust Penalties Perron (interference) – Unnecessary (knocks Scherbak over well after the puck has slid past him for interference) Letang (high-sticking, 4 mins) – Careless (lifts his stick as he’s […]


PRESEASON GAMEDAY 5: Pens take on the Canadiens in Quebec City

It’s only a matter of time before Quebec City gets a hockey team again. Tonight, they’ll have to settle for the Pens and Habs in an exhibition game. The puck drops at 7:00 EST. As far as we know, the game will not be televised locally. The Pens play three consecutive games this week – […]

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Thoughts: Preseason Game 4 – Pens get Sestito-ed in loss

Blue Jackets 4  Pens 2 I’m still working on formatting, etc. through the preseason, but I’ll have a template set and an explanation of what I do in these before the regular season. Thanks! Goals Crosby from Kessel, Kunitz Kessel from Plotnikov, Cole OT Winner: Crosby from Clendening, Sprong Penalties Cullen (goalie interference) – Bad […]