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Old 10-24-2006, 03:14 PM   #301
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Goaltending controversy? If Theodore doesn't get his crap together this could get very interesting.
Now that I'm calmer and more rational about the subject, I'll address this.

Theodore didn't catch quite the break everyone thought he did when he went from Montreal to Colorado. He left behind the bloodthirsty fans and media who hounded his every move and landed in a place with a coach who handles goaltenders about as well as Patrice Breezeby handles the puck in his own zone. I've made no secret of my distaste for the way that Aebischer was scapegoated by Quennville last season, and I certainly haven't been shy about saying that Theodore isn't an appreciable upgrade over Aebischer in any way except salary.

However, Theodore isn't as worthless as I've portrayed him over the past few days. That was my frustration talking. I haven't changed my stance that he's mediocre, overrated, overpaid and has been living off of the Hart & Vezina Trophies that he didn't deserve to win in 2002. But I also don't believe that he needs to be banished to the bench. Budaj has played well in his three starts, but that's a pretty small sample size to go off of. As well as he's played, he hasn't earned the right to be the #1 goaltender either.

What I'd like to see is a splitting of starts, an open competition. Don't just start Budaj against the weaker teams as most do with their backup. Let him have some starts against some of the San Jose's and Anaheim's of the league. Only then will we get a true sense of what Budaj brings to the table. At the same time, make sure that Theo gets his share of starts, and don't relegate him to playing the weak sisters of the league just for the sake of bumping his numbers and confidence. Let them both play and should one of them clearly outperform the other, then he's earned the right to be the #1 guy.

This team is not a Cup contender, they won't be derailing any championship hopes by letting the netminders split the work so that a true #1 can be established. Give them both a fair shot and may the better goaltender win.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:31 PM   #302
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Just let Jose play tomorrow night before the controversy erupts
Life must be good being a sportswriter in Denver, how many more controversies can there be?
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:36 PM   #303
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Are you guys in Colorado having trouble seeing games? In Socal, Fox Sports Net/Prime Tickets have been showing most games. In fact, Ducks are on TV all but three games this year.
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Are you guys in Colorado having trouble seeing games? In Socal, Fox Sports Net/Prime Tickets have been showing most games. In fact, Ducks are on TV all but three games this year.
Altitude carries every Avalanche game that isn't on national television (NBC, Versus). So all is well on that front.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:47 PM   #305
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Are you guys in Colorado having trouble seeing games? In Socal, Fox Sports Net/Prime Tickets have been showing most games. In fact, Ducks are on TV all but three games this year.
I miss Jim Fox and Bob Miller on Prime Ticket.

Oh yeah and Hayward is a complete tool.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:03 PM   #306
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That will definitely be on sportscenter.

Malkin to Whitney to Malkin to Crosby for the goal. Some perfect passing.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:07 PM   #307
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First even strength goal for Staal.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:07 PM   #308
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Jordan Staal with a goal! Nice pass from Recchi.

3-1 Pittsburgh.

That's 4 goals for Jordan in 8 games.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:11 PM   #309
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Brylin cuts the Pens lead to 3-2. Kinda fluky.

Come on, gotta hold on and win this game.
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Evgeni ****ing Malkin

That Was ****ing Awesome

UNBELIEVABLE....SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTT TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


HOLY **** MAN

That's gotta be the play of the night in the NHL. Nice pass from Crosby too and then Malkin just took over and owned.

Man I gotta see that again.

4-2

Evgeni Malkin is the first Pittsburgh Penguin ever to score a goal in his first four games.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:20 PM   #311
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Evgeni ****ing Malkin

That Was ****ing Awesome

UNBELIEVABLE....SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTT TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


HOLY **** MAN

That's gotta be the play of the night in the NHL. Nice pass from Crosby too and then Malkin just took over and owned.

Man I gotta see that again.

4-2

Evgeni Malkin is the first Pittsburgh Penguin ever to score a goal in his first four games.

But was it good? lol j/k looks like malkin is fitting in.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:21 PM   #312
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Evgeni Malkin is the first Pittsburgh Penguin ever to score a goal in his first four games.
Yeah but can he score 2 goals in his first game?
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Penguins win 4-2. We are now all alone in first place in the Atlantic at 5-3.

Crosby and Malkin with a goal and an assist each. Staal with a goal and great work on the PK.

Man that last goal was sweet.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:20 PM   #314
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Here is the amazing Malkin goal tonight for those who didnt see the game.

Unbelievable. And some great awareness from Sidney to get him that puck from the other blue line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQTcVqk8pM
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:22 PM   #315
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:41 PM   #316
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wow socal - it's wierd - the pens are good!

lol

I'm enjoying it
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:50 PM   #317
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Kid is a stud. Definitely worth the wait.
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:15 AM   #318
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Just got back form the Flames/Coyotes game. Final score: 6-1, for our guys. looked like just the thing to give us a boost.

The Coyotes looked like the Washington Generals. The Flames were making little dekes and moves, and the Yots would trip over themselves ans such. Very comical.

Everyone booed Jovo-cop everytime he touched the puck.

Good fun.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:48 AM   #319
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Yeah but can he score 2 goals in his first game?
and lose?
BTW: Hayward does a great job. Why would you consider him a tool? Versus? What happened to OLN station for NHL? What is Versus?
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Here is the amazing Malkin goal tonight for those who didnt see the game.

Unbelievable. And some great awareness from Sidney to get him that puck from the other blue line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQTcVqk8pM
Amazing goal. Highlight reel. Good find. Cant wait to see the Pens play (finally) at the Pond...uhm I mean the Honda Center. I like playing Western teams more often but you miss out on the standard NY, Philly teams as well. Not this year!
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:44 AM   #321
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Here is the amazing Malkin goal tonight for those who didnt see the game.

Unbelievable. And some great awareness from Sidney to get him that puck from the other blue line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQTcVqk8pM

Who was that who got undressed?
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:03 AM   #322
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Anybody see the tucker beat the snot out of otawas Eaves?
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yeah bronx, it was typical cheap darcy tucker crap, belak got his ass handed to him a few minutes earlier, so tucker went out and rather then dropping the gloves with a fighter like neil he goes after some poor kid who wanted no part of it.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=181824&hubname=nhl
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yeah bronx, it was typical cheap darcy tucker crap, belak got his ass handed to him a few minutes earlier, so tucker went out and rather then dropping the gloves with a fighter like neil he goes after some poor kid who wanted no part of it.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=181824&hubname=nhl
I don't like tucker either, i didn't watch the game i just saw the highlights.
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Who was that who got undressed?
colin white was the guy hooking him from behind to no avail, 21 brad lukowich was the guy coming across who was a few inches short of killing malkin, who ended up looking a little undressed
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