by Tony on 06/06/13 at 08:12 AM ET
What a frickin' hockey game. Just outstanding.
Not going to waste my time talking about the Jagr no-call on Malkin. There were so many no-calls in overtime it wasn't going to get called. Maybe if Malkin was in the offensive zone, who knows.
But now that the Penguins are down 3-0, while now that's not the automatic death sentence it once was, I'm not confident at all the Pens can pull it off, so screw it.
This soon-to-be fourth straight playoff collapse now sets up a potentially massive upheaval on the Penguins roster and possibly within the Pens coaching staff as well.
As we talked about after Game 2, Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma may now very well be coaching for his job. Does the Pens' improved performance change that perception? Overall, I doubt it, under the stipulation that GMRS is already contemplating a change. The bottom line is that the Pens are still down 0-3 and with one more loss will suffer playoff failure for the fourth straight year.
But the coaching situation is merely one of many huge decisions this organization needs to make. Others include:
- Contract extensions to both Malkin and Letang. Letang could conceivably double his $3.5 salary, although his continued defensive lapses are not helping things in that light. Letang's gonna get paid, though, believe that. By the way, after the Pens loss last night, TSN's Darren Dreger said this:
- UFA status for seven players, including Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Matt Cooke and Pascal Dupuis. Dupuis' situation is perhaps the most interesting, although outside of Pittsburgh it may very well be that of Iginla. Dupuis' $1.5 million cap hit has been regarded as perhaps the best bargain in the NHL. Dupuis is due for a huge raise. At a minimum his salary will double, probably a bit more. In addition, Cooke has had an excellent playoff run, one of the few who has consistently been an offensive asset. The problem becomes how much salary cap room will the Pens have after Malkin and Letang are extended? That is, assuming Malkin isn't traded, of course. The cap is already going down to $64 million.
- RFA status for Tyler Kennedy. This has all of a sudden become a very interesting issue for GMRS. Kennedy had another poor regular season, and was a scratch going into the playoffs. But after the Islanders ran circles around the Penguins early in their series, Kennedy and his speed, along with Joe Vitale were reinserted. Kennedy has had a $2 million cap hit for the past two years, but that may be too rich with the aforementioned cap situation.
We'll see if the Penguins can salvage a game in this series on Friday night. But if not, that will be start of what looks to be a tumultous offseason..
UPDATE: Hahaha, I totally forgot Fleury. Geez, I'm all screwed up this morning.
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