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Posted 8:16 PM ET | Comments 24
After watching this team play up and down all year, I am convinced that the team needs a better defined role as forward lines. Richards who was drafted to be the shutdown guy has blossomed into a big time scorer. So now Philly has Carter, Richards, and Giroux down the middle. Too many scorers. They need a shutdown line. A group like Otto, Klatt and Podein that knows their role is to defend! Having wave after wave of guys pressing forward does not work. The problem is that means somebody has to go or have Richards move into the John Madden role. I think a line of Richards, Hartnell and Powe or Carcillo fits the job, but the job must be defined.

That leaves lines like:
Gagne - Giroux - Briere
Lupul - Carter - Open
Powe - Richards - Hartnell
Carcillo - Open - Asham

Due to numbers, Knuble will probably be let go. Not that this is a decision made on ability or production, but his contract is up. I would let Cote go since he isn't a true heavyweight and really cannot play the game. With Carcillo, they don't need a heavyweight. The leaves a faceoff specialist and a scoring winger open.

On Defense they need a modern style bruiser. Alberts tried to the be this guy, but didn't play enough minutes. Carle is a 3rd pair puckmover that was forced into playing big minutes.

In goal, re-sign Marty or they go get another top flight guy. He didn't cost us the series against Pittsburgh, but he didn't play well enough all year. We could have easily caught New Jersey for the division and avoided Pittsburgh in the first round.
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April 27, 2009 7:48 AM ET | Delete
i really hope to see Kalinski withthe 4th line job. I prefer to see Lupul with a play making center like Giroux
April 27, 2009 7:51 AM ET | Delete
typical Flyers fan..."We could have easily caught New Jersey for the division "...but didnt..."avoided Pittsburgh in the first round. " ...but didnt...let me guess, if you would have gotten anyone else in the first round, you would have swept them. I bet Carolina would have handed you your head on a platter....Flyers are what they are...."also-rans" that wont ever get past the Sid and Geno show until they get a TOP FLIGHT checking line and a top 5 goalie.
April 27, 2009 8:07 AM ET | Delete
your hatred for the Flyers amuses me to no end.
April 27, 2009 8:09 AM ET | Delete
your rose colored view of them does the same for me.Who do you think is happer today??
April 27, 2009 9:51 AM ET | Delete
richards, carter
April 27, 2009 10:05 AM ET | Delete
Thunder~I cant even call you a typical Penguins fan cause of other Pens fans who have been cool...Your team beat our team...Congratulations and good luck....what are you trying to achieve?
April 27, 2009 10:19 AM ET | Delete
Im trying to achieve the satisfaction of my months of telling the Flyers fans here YET again..that your team is average at best. Ive all season how Richards and Carter of all time greats. They moth belong on milk cartons in the playoffs...M.I.A. Im trying to achieve complete gloating over yet another "go nowhere" season by the most over rated franchise in pro sports.
April 27, 2009 10:27 AM ET | Delete
now Im reading that the Flyers lost because Richards and Carter were hurt....who saw that coming??
April 27, 2009 10:44 AM ET | Delete
whatever gets you off man...you dont back up anything you say you just keep mentioning the sid and geno show like its a gay porno...sure Flyers fans are trying to come up with reasons for why they lost but any team that gets eliminated is going to do that...just enjoy the satisfaction while you can cause you dont know how long its gonna last
April 27, 2009 10:52 AM ET | Delete
I figure theose two got AT LEAST another what 10-12 years of prime career years??? Sounds like I know EXACTLY how long its gonna last."you dont back up anything you say " - Pens 4 Philly - 2. 2008- Pens - 4 Philly -1Hows that for backing it up?
April 27, 2009 10:57 AM ET | Delete
thats great man the Pens beat the Flyers in the Playoffs...thanks for providing the stats...Good Luck to the Penguins I hope they play well.
April 27, 2009 11:01 AM ET | Delete
April 27, 2009 11:02 AM ET | Delete
seriously....are Flyers fans worried about how Carter adn Richards are more concerned about boozing with college broads than winning in the playoffs?? Id be concerned
April 27, 2009 11:06 AM ET | Delete
Thats more Lupul than Richards and Carter...are you trying to make excuses for us now? weird
April 27, 2009 11:07 AM ET | Delete
Sid and Geno this, Sid and Geno that.. because they were the reason you won right? Not the AMAZING goaltending you got in a few of the games? not the goals by other people like lets say Guerin?... you guys won good luck.. and look at the games its not like you blew us out man.. go home.. get ready to play your next series.. come back and talk about how your team is SOOO much better when you win the cup with those guys.. have a nice day and good luck
April 27, 2009 11:18 AM ET | Delete
Did ya check the playoffs scoring sheet lately??Id say they were the reason the Pens won. If Carter and Richards had 17 points there would be Gretzky and Messier comparisons. The Pens best two players had 17 points and were 2. The Flyers best two had FIVE points and were -6. But yanno.....the Flyers prefer balance...ahahaahahah
April 27, 2009 11:29 AM ET | Delete
Cmon you can at least admit that MAF was your best player in the series or is he not included in your Sid and Geno show.
April 27, 2009 11:51 AM ET | Delete
TNL is a sabres fan.. funny that he enjoys talking about how bad we were in the playoffs.
April 27, 2009 1:09 PM ET | Delete
hey...that guy on the other blog said the Flyers are gonna deal Briere and Biron for Kovolchuk and Lehtonen.....what do you guys think..thats a pretty sweet deal thats about to go down. GREAT job by Homer
April 27, 2009 2:03 PM ET | Delete
whose rose colored view? not mine.....i have not said one word about their direction.
April 27, 2009 2:24 PM ET | Delete
April 27, 2009 4:38 PM ET | Delete
Im hearing Biron for Kovolchuk is all but a done deal. Is WIP saying anything about this? Flyers are trying to get them to take Briere for Lehtonen and Bogosian as well...but the first part is a done deal
April 28, 2009 8:21 AM ET | Delete
ThundernLightning I think you forgot to take your happy pills. Smile, life is good
April 30, 2009 7:29 PM ET | Delete
Hey, stop arguing with him. The Penguins deserved it. I mean, come on, after all those years (02-06) collecting top 4 picks that led to Whitney (Kunitz), Fleury, Malkin, Crosby, and Staal, they finally are good enough to play with the big boys. Congratulations, but with two of the top three players in the world, the Penguins should win in the playoffs.
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