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Ryan Wilson
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Rochester, NY
Joined: 06.13.2013

Apr 22 @ 1:11 PM ET
Ryan Wilson: Revamping the fourth line Revamping the fourth line
jmatchett383
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Mantua, NJ
Joined: 03.09.2010

Apr 22 @ 1:21 PM ET
One of my favorite RW articles. Seriously.
Guile
Joined: 03.04.2014

Apr 22 @ 1:42 PM ET
One of my favorite RW articles. Seriously.
- jmatchett383



Not really a high bar to go over though
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Apr 22 @ 1:51 PM ET
During this meeting, Sullivan showed a video of Chad Ruhwedel with the puck in the corner behind goaltender Matt Murray. There were no Penguins forwards visible in the screenshot, prompting Sullivan to say, “What is Chad supposed to do in this situation?”

Pittsburgh’s second line was on the ice during this particular sequence. Thus, Sullivan’s question was directed toward that unit. Evgeni Malkin offered his opinion:

“He’s in the NHL,” Malkin said in front of the entire team. “He can skate it out.”

Therein lay so may problems.

Love Malkin
jmatchett383
Philadelphia Flyers
Location: Mantua, NJ
Joined: 03.09.2010

Apr 22 @ 1:55 PM ET
Not really a high bar to go over though
- Guile


No. But I just like when he sticks to the facts, presents a few options without being a condescending douchebag. He knows his stuff, I just don't like the holier-than-thou tone he usually employs.

Where have my daily Jonathan Toews updates gone?
Barnaby36
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Former Orpik44
Joined: 02.22.2013

Apr 22 @ 1:58 PM ET
Pomminville and Ennis are decent players for sure. I’d like to sign both for dirty cheap. Certainly better than what we had on our 4th line.
sammy87
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: CO
Joined: 05.05.2011

Apr 22 @ 1:59 PM ET
Source? Hilarious if true
Guile
Joined: 03.04.2014

Apr 22 @ 2:00 PM ET
No. But I just like when he sticks to the facts, presents a few options without being a condescending douchebag. He knows his stuff, I just don't like the holier-than-thou tone he usually employs.

Where have my daily Jonathan Toews updates gone?

- jmatchett383



He is letting him off the hook due to missing the postseason
Za Warudo
Pittsburgh Penguins
Joined: 04.20.2019

Apr 22 @ 3:01 PM ET
I love the idea of Pominville on the Fourth Line. Unfortunately, Sully would throw him into the Top 6 the first chance he got and then he’d become the unfortunate whipping boy.
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Apr 22 @ 3:07 PM ET
There’s quite a few solid bottom six options this off-season.
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Apr 22 @ 3:35 PM ET
During this meeting, Sullivan showed a video of Chad Ruhwedel with the puck in the corner behind goaltender Matt Murray. There were no Penguins forwards visible in the screenshot, prompting Sullivan to say, “What is Chad supposed to do in this situation?”

Pittsburgh’s second line was on the ice during this particular sequence. Thus, Sullivan’s question was directed toward that unit. Evgeni Malkin offered his opinion:

“He’s in the NHL,” Malkin said in front of the entire team. “He can skate it out.”

Therein lay so may problems.

Love Malkin

- Vukota


yikes
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Apr 22 @ 3:40 PM ET
yikes
- BINGO!


Any word on Svechnikov?
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Apr 22 @ 3:41 PM ET
Any word on Svechnikov?
- Rinosaur


looks like it's 50/50 on whether or not he plays tonight. I think it's pretty likely that both he and Ferland are back in, but I doubt they'll say anything at all until game time.
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Apr 22 @ 3:43 PM ET
looks like it's 50/50 on whether or not he plays tonight. I think it's pretty likely that both he and Ferland are back in, but I doubt they'll say anything at all until game time.
- BINGO!


Just make sure there is a game 7
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Apr 22 @ 3:45 PM ET
Just make sure there is a game 7
- Vukota



I think the Caps finish them off tonight, but you never know. Teams play differently when the season is on the line

(And you've got Justin Williams)
Vukota
New York Islanders
Joined: 06.29.2007

Apr 22 @ 3:47 PM ET


I think the Caps finish them off tonight, but you never know. Teams play differently when the season is on the line

(And you've got Justin Williams)

- BINGO!


I kind of agree and I'm thinking about laying a few sheckles on the caps but I can't count out the canes at home
BINGO!
Carolina Hurricanes
Location: I'll always remember the last words my grandfather ever told me. He said, "A Truck!", SK
Joined: 09.21.2009

Apr 22 @ 3:50 PM ET
I kind of agree and I'm thinking about laying a few sheckles on the caps but I can't count out the canes at home
- Vukota


They're just too beat up. Have been playing to save their lives since January and you can see them running out of gas when the Caps start hitting back.
Victoro311
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Washington, DC
Joined: 06.17.2014

Apr 22 @ 4:11 PM ET
I'm all on board with signing Ennis. He'll probably go super cheap again. I'm wary of extending ZAR. I'm fine with him, but he needs to make less than 1.2 mil for it to make sense. You can't be paying pigeons any type of money.
Rinosaur
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Joined: 01.21.2016

Apr 22 @ 4:25 PM ET
I'm all on board with signing Ennis. He'll probably go super cheap again. I'm wary of extending ZAR. I'm fine with him, but he needs to make less than 1.2 mil for it to make sense. You can't be paying pigeons any type of money.
- Victoro311


Oscar Lindberg is a UFA. He could be a steal for the 4th line.
Dr Blob
Pittsburgh Penguins
Joined: 09.30.2018

Apr 22 @ 4:29 PM ET
Agree on this being one of RW’s better columns. I have always felt that the Pens got good value out of Blueger and ZAR not so much Wilson. Need to clear some contracts and use this savings to upgrade more than just the 4th line.
Victoro311
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Washington, DC
Joined: 06.17.2014

Apr 22 @ 4:34 PM ET
Agree on this being one of RW’s better columns. I have always felt that the Pens got good value out of Blueger and ZAR not so much Wilson. Need to clear some contracts and use this savings to upgrade more than just the 4th line.
- Dr Blob

I think Wilson is exactly what you want out of an AHL call up. He's capable of playing on the 4th line and not hurting you at all. He's the definition of vanilla, which is great when you've run into injury issues. But he's not a guy that the coach should playing over other players that can bring something more than just not hurting you.
Guile
Joined: 03.04.2014

Apr 22 @ 5:20 PM ET
Agree on this being one of RW’s better columns. I have always felt that the Pens got good value out of Blueger and ZAR not so much Wilson. Need to clear some contracts and use this savings to upgrade more than just the 4th line.
- Dr Blob



I don't like ZAR if hes not slotted with Malkin.

Those good looking stats of his are far more reflective of his 2nd line time vs his 4th line time.
Grinder47
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Somerset, PA
Joined: 10.20.2013

Apr 22 @ 5:32 PM ET
I’d see if the Islanders would trade Marti cizikas and clutterbuck for Matt Murray. I think it’s funny how none of the blogs throughout the whole four games the pens played had any mention of them shutting down Sid and the golden child. Garret Wilson should absolutely not be on the fourth line he should play with Sid and the golden child.
daryl stanley
Philadelphia Flyers
Joined: 02.12.2019

Apr 22 @ 5:41 PM ET
No. But I just like when he sticks to the facts, presents a few options without being a condescending douchebag. He knows his stuff, I just don't like the holier-than-thou tone he usually employs.

Where have my daily Jonathan Toews updates gone?

- jmatchett383

me too
SuperHenderson13
Pittsburgh Penguins
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Joined: 10.13.2008

Apr 22 @ 6:08 PM ET
If you want a guy who can skate, Duclair is your guy. He had a decent 2018-19, not great by any standard, but a 4th line role, with speed, and a young and cheap contract... that all sounds like positives to me.

Rutherford should've given the minimum 1-year contract to him instead of Cullen.... No reason why Cullen had to take Blueger's spot this season.

I agree that these RW blogs are good. No talking down to readers, making stupid jabs at players, and just presenting a problem and addressing possible solutions. I like it.

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