Yesterday, Larry Brooks had some great old-school gossip about the Penguins: apparently Sidney Crosby is not very happy with the organization; specifically the quality of his wings.
Brooks also raises the old “Penguins coach Michel Therrien has lost the room” refrain, which is repeated so frequently, eventually it will be true. Although pulling your goalie with more than three minutes left in the game, like Therrien did last night against the Rangers, isn’t going to win many fans within and outside of the locker room.
Interestingly, Penguins GM Ray Shero has been on the blame offensive, suggesting the younger Penguins need to step-up and lead a little bit.
I’m not 100% sure, but I think Shero might be giving Crosby the green light to work the phones and find his own wings. I wonder if he’d call Brendan Shanahan. Shanahan supposedly has four Eastern teams interested in his services and you have to consider the Penguins want/need a tough veteran to calm everyone down. And Shanahan could certainly create space for Crosby on the ice.
I watched Rangers-Penguins last night and someone in Pittsburgh has to do something. The Penguins had no energy or jump. If they had been playing a team that doesn’t change its lines every period, they might have lost by eight goals. And how do you not have a shorthanded goal against the Rangers?
I think it would be so funny if all of the Penguins problems disappeared when Sergei Gonchar returns. Maybe that really will magically fix everything. I think of Gonchar as a powerplay quarterback but I might not be giving enough props to his psychoanalytic skills. And his coaching skills. And his trade moves.
Also, I can’t even imagine what the Thrashers will be like without Bryan Little. I don’t think any coach wants to think ‘Wow. We’re really going to have to depend on Slava Kozlov even more.’ I mean, maybe a coach could afford to think that about Kozlov 10 or 15 years ago, but I don’t think any coach wants to think that in 2009.