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The Unsung List

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Yes, it is that time of year again. With a minimum of fuss—something the five men on this list probably appreciate—we present our annual Stealth List (past installments are linked at the bottom of this page), a brief compilation of people who generally fly below the figurative radar while making the NHL a better place.

Without further ado:

Tony Granato, Penguins assistant coach

...During the first five weeks of this season, the Penguins have been arm-wrestling Buffalo for the most efficient unit. They also were tied for the league lead with three short-handed goals. Granato, who works with the Penguins’ forwards, has an easy rapport with players. If he does get to run his own program again, his time in Pittsburgh—an organization that isn’t quite the Red Wings, but is not too far off—will be a blessing.

Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster

Among the jugglers and the clowns at hockey’s most renowned flying circus, Friedman stands out with his sure grasps of the facts and the medium of television. He doesn’t get the attention of Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner, of course, but Friedman is a major asset because he manages the rare feat of being both pointed and understated, an oasis on the chaotic Canadian institution.

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Evilpens's avatar

I agree on Granato, He has been Great !! Now if Bylsma could actually put his ego aside & say I don’t have a clue how to design or run a PP & hire someone that can

Posted by Evilpens on 11/11/11 at 05:23 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Now if Bylsma could actually put his ego aside & say I don’t have a clue how to design or run a PP & hire someone that can

Penguins are 7th on the power play. You’re an idiot…

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20122ALLSAAAll&sort=powerPlayPercentage&viewName=powerPlay

Posted by cs6687 on 11/12/11 at 06:20 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yep!! 3 seasons of underachieving is completely Made up by lucky bounces & Soft goals that led to 7th Place PP, Watch were they are at the end of the season OK Beavis !

Posted by Evilpens on 11/12/11 at 06:46 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Hope you watched That KICK ASS 5-3 PP by the Pens tonight

They had more shots blocked than got on net! WHY?? because they PP is MORONICALLY configured & poorly run on the Ice, Letang is Slow as Molasses in January making decisions & then even slower in passing or shooting the Puck, Sullivan is FINISHED! Geno is Geno & Neal is Neal Kunitz is OK in front but Nothing special

# seasons of SUCK ASS PP’s & the ONLY done was have Mario come down & it made NO difference, When Mario can’t help a PP it’s time to put the ego aside & hire a PP coach

Posted by Evilpens on 11/12/11 at 11:49 PM ET

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