I am pretty choked that the next 5 months of my mouth will be without hockey. Oh well, draft day, unrestricted free agency and the off season trades usually keep me interested.
I just upgraded my TV package just to get VS. What am I gonna do after the Cup Playoffs? Maybe they'll let me go back down to basic after a month...At least WEC is on.
I am not looking forward to free agency because I KNOW some ace clown is going to throw big money after Hossa, and I'll shed a tear watching him leave. He's been one of my favorite players in the NHL for a few years now, and it was like a dream seeing him wear a Pens jersey. If he stays, I'll get his jersey, and I only wear jerseys on the ice.
That being said, tell me I'm not the only one on this forum (well at least this thread) that has seen how great Hossa is defensively - the guy backchecks like no other. He made one bad pass at center ice yesterday (first I've seen him do all playoffs) and smashed his stick like he had just cost the Pens the cup, lol.
The Red Wings are a scary matchup. I'm not even looking at Zetterberg or Datsyuk (they are awesome - top 10 players at least) or Franzen (if he plays). I'm worried about their defensemen. Watch the Flyers and you'll see just how crucial it is to have quality puck-moving defensemen in your lineup to minimize space between the opposing teams' forwards (which is CRUCIAL against a team with speed like the Penguins), collect the puck when it is dumps, and make crisp passes coming out of the zone to instigate transition attack. Lidstrom, Rafalski, and now this bastard (jk) Kronwall are crazy good at all three, not to mention Kronwall knows how to lay dudes out!
Anyway, I think the Pens team D will prevail, Fleury will out-duel Osgood, and the Pens stars will come through big time. Pens in 6!