Just My View 7/11/17

Jaromir Jagr It’s July 11th and this man still does not have a contract. That is an absolute travesty in itself. He’s second all-time in points behind only Wayne Gretzky. Third all-time in goals, fifth all-time in assists, and fourth all-time in games played. More importantly, the guy can still play and play well. Every team in the league would benefit from signing Jagr, and I really mean that. Good teams are getting an excellent top nine winger, who can

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Penguins Sign Adam Johnson

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed another talented but undrafted NCAA free agent. Like Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel, Johnson was overlooked because of his size. Adding another talented young forward with a chip on his shoulder is a continuation of the formula that has brought the Penguins the best scoring depth in the league and in turn, back to back Stanley Cups. If you don’t know by now, Pittsburgh is the unofficial home of college hockey in the NHL. The

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Replacing Nick Bonino

Nick Bonino got paid. He also gets to play for a good team. I’m happy for him and his family. Four years at a $4.1M AAV; that’s what back to back Stanley Cups get you. He was here for two years and never lost a playoff series. He centered the HBK line and always seemed to score in the big situations. I’ll cheer when Bonino returns, because he played his heart out for this team. However, I’m glad the Penguins

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Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a third line center. Not just any third line center, they need the best third line center in the league. The Penguins advantage at center has been a common link in all three of their most recent championships. Crosby, Malkin, Bonino was the best group of centermen boasted by any team in the league. Crosby and Malkin took the hard matchups, which allowed for Bonino and the HBK line to excel. An underwhelming Bonino replacement like

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Just My View 6/29/17

Potential Bonino Departure In the salary cap era, you can rarely keep championship teams intact for too long. Other teams are always willing to pay the extra money to steal players away from the defending champs. As defending champs, you can’t afford to overpay for those role players. This is what the Penguins are facing with Nick Bonino. Mark Madden tweeted this earlier this morning: I'm told Pens have given up on retaining either Bonino or Daley. Will pursue other

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Just My View 6/23/17

NHL Draft At first glance, it looks like a weak draft this year, especially when you consider how incredible the most recent two have been. Don’t get me wrong, Nolan Patrick has the potential to be a franchise player, and Nico Hischier is pretty damn good too. Plus, I’ve always been a believer that you never really know how good or bad a draft is until several years after. Who knows, there could be future hall of famers scattered throughout

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Farewell Flower

I’ve never known the Pittsburgh Penguins without Marc-Andre Fleury. He was the first pillar in the Penguins dynasty that we know today. He was my childhood goalie. He was guy who always stopped after practice to talk to the fans. He was the team prankster. He was the smiling face that always kept the mood light when things were tense. He was the heartbeat of one of the closest-knit sports team I’ve ever seen. Marc-Andre Fleury was a lot of

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Just My View 6/16/17

Joe Thornton Since I’ve finally come to terms with the Pens winning back to back Stanley Cups, I decided to delve into some offseason stuff yesterday. The first thing I did was pull up this summer’s UFA class. At first glance, nothing really stood out. TJ Oshie, Alex Radulov, Kevin Shattenkirk. A pretty underwhelming class of guys looking to cash in on their last big deal. Then as I scrolled down the list just a little further, I found my pipe

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