Steel_gladiator

TK-Noodle

  • joined Aug 14, 2012
  • last login Aug 21, 2014
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I'm a fan of hockey, whether it is the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, or Canadian Major Juniors (OHL, WMJHL, and WHL). Of particular interest are the Pittsburgh Penguins and their affiliates. I especially enjoy following the careers of our prospects and watching them come up through the system, which makes Pre-Season my favorite time of the year.

Although I do enjoy a young underdog team with potential as well, so I try to at least somewhat follow the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers.

Back when they existed my favorite (non-Pittsburgh) team was the Hartford Whalers, and my favorite all time hockey players Zarley Zalapski and Frank Pieterangelo both started out in Pittsburgh and wound up being traded to Hartford.

Other sports I am less than interested in. I like to play soccer, and I do enjoy what little I know of the Euro leagues (I suppose my team would have to be Arsenal), but its not really something I normally watch on TV.

Football I used to like the Houston Texans when they were new, but now they are no longer underdogs, so it takes a lot of the pleasure out of it. And as a native I am expected to root for the Steelers, although when they chose to get rid of Charlie Batch it took away the joy of watching them play as well. Although last year I did have fun watching the Pre-Season games and coming up with roster projections.

Basketball I really don't follow at all, although the Toronto Raptors have a really neat mascot. And baseball I watched when I was younger, but not much lately, though based on youthful nostalgia I would have to still support the Pirates and my bird teams (Blue Jays, Cardinals, Orioles...)

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User Blog

Unconventional Wisdom - Career HART

17

Yet another look at the 2014-15 Penguins roster through the lens of fancystats.

An In-Depth Look at Team Depth

16

A further foray into the realm of team depth.

Building the Pittsburgh Penguins Roster

66

The final RFA has been signed and the Penguins are at their 50 contract limit, so it would appear that what you see is what you get in regards to building to opening night lineup, so let's take a...

Pittsburgh Penguins Defensemen 2014-15

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A look at the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL veteran options for the 2014-15 season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Forwards 2014-15

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A look at the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL veteran options for the 2014-15 season.

2014 Top 25 Under 25 Fan Vote

Now that Prospect Development Camp is complete it is time to move forward with this year's Top 25 Under 25 poll.

Prospect Development Camp - Day 4 Recap

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A look at the Penguins prospects on their 4th day of Camp.

Prospect Development Camp - Day 2 Recap

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A look at the Penguins prospects on their second day of Camp.

Prospect Development Camp - Day 1 Recap

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A look at the Penguins prospects on their first day of Camp.

Does Size Matter?

25

Recent discussions about player height got me curious, what exactly is the average player height, and in that regard which of our players are considered undersized and which are actually large?

Top 25 Under 25 - The Rest of the Crew

Last week we started our follow-up, looking back at former prospects and meeting the new ones. Today we take a final look back at out Top 25 Under 25 performance from the 2013-14 season.

Top 25 Under 25 - and In With the New

With Prospect Development Camp right around the corner, let's take a moment to look back at the Top 25 Under 25. Next up we have some new faces who joined the team.

Top 25 Under 25 - Out With the Old...

With Prospect Development Camp right around the corner, let's take a moment to look back at the Top 25 Under 25. First up, we say goodbye to some old friends whom we have watched grow throughout...

Report: Sidney Crosby to have wrist surgery

158

All throughout the 2014 Playoffs people wondered what was wrong with Sidney Crosby and why he didn't look like the Hart and Art Ross winner we knew him to be. At last the secrets have come to the...

Penguins Rosters Taking Shape - Part 3 Forwards

230

Both GM Jim Rutherford and Associate GM Jason Botterill have said they don't anticipate any further moves, so the Penguins rosters in both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton appear to be more or...

Penguins Rosters Taking Shape - Part 2 Defense

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With the first day of free agent frenzy behind us, the Penguins rosters in both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton appear to be more or less set.

Penguins Rosters Taking Shape - Part 1 Goaltending

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With the first day of free agent frenzy behind us, the Penguins rosters in both Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton appear to be more or less set.

Who the heck are you people?

24

A look at the Penguins later round picks from the 2014 NHL Draft.

2013-14 Season in Review: Matt Niskanen

25

We fell behind and got out of order thanks to the Coachgate fiasco, but here is the long awaited review of top UFA target Matt Niskanen.

Coachgate - Day 8

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The Penguins search for a new Head Coach moves into Week 2 today as they seek to add more names to the list.

Penguins Head Coach Search Kicks Off

97

The Penguins started their Head Coach interviews this week and we are starting to hear rumours trickle through about the candidates.

2013-14 Season in Review: Kris Letang

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We continue our look back at the individual performances in the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins season with the oft injured former Norris finalist, Kris Letang.

The Search is Over

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Assuming the rumbling on twitter hold true, it appears that the Penguins have indeed settled on their new General Manager, former Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.

2013-14 Season in Review: Marc-Andre Fleury

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Love him or hate him, it's time to take a look back at the 2013-14 season for Penguins franchise goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

... Not with a bang but a whimper.

13

"This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper." - T.S. Eliot

Minor Distractions - Penalty Killed

19

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continue to fight the good fight as they hold on to take the series back to Newfoundland, but their PP has been dormant and their PK has unexpectedly taken a step backwards.

What is a Good Man Worth?

130

With pending free agent questions and uncertainty on the blue line for next season, many people have pondered what a good price for a replacement D would be. So I went ahead and decided to check...

Minor Distractions - Conference Finals

21

The Pittsburgh Penguins organization only have one dog left in the race this post-season, but the Cardiac Penguins continue to make a name for themselves as they manage to hold on to advance.

Unconventional Wisdom - Round 2 Results

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It has now been a couple days since the upsetting loss, which has allowed us to calm down enough to take a look back at the series and see how the Penguins performed against the Rangers.

Penguins Playoff Problems #FireBylsma

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We often hear about Dan Bylsma and how he is single handedly wasting the best years of our superstars' careers. But the grass is always greener on the other side, so let's look at all the other...

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