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08-05-2009, 01:15 PM
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Granato named Pens assistant coach

yes, it was tony granato who broke the boards. he apologizes, i'm sure.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?se...ticleid=463547

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"We are excited to have a guy who's accomplished as much as Tony join our staff as an assistant coach," Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma said. "In addition to his 13 years as an NHL player, he's also been a head coach and assistant coach for six years with the Avalanche, and all of that experience will make him a tremendous asset to the Penguins organization."

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Kinda random. So it's Bylsma, Granato, Yeo and Meloche?

Very young group overall.

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Nice.

My father coached him in high school and he used to baby sit me and my brother when we were kids.

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Our front office is starting to look like a third line from the mid-90s.

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Our front office is starting to look like a third line from the mid-90s.
I'd still like my chances with a Granato - Lemieux - Bylsma line.

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08-05-2009, 01:43 PM
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Still would like an assistant who is a former defenseman....

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He wasn't really my first choice but I figured he'd be on the radar, being a former teammate of Bylsma's. Pretty nice having an assistant with a decent amount of head coaching experience at the NHL level. That should help DB out.

My only concern is, with 3 former forwards behind the bench, is that enough knowledge to impart on our young d-men?

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Still would like an assistant who is a former defenseman....
I agree. Sarge is good, but I wouldn't be putting him on the level of a Pronger or Niedermayer as far as players who a team could rely on to coach young, up and coming defensemen.

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Excellent signing, fantastic addition.

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I agree. Sarge is good, but I wouldn't be putting him on the level of a Pronger or Niedermayer as far as players who a team could rely on to coach young, up and coming defensemen.
Why not? Gonch has been one of the premier offensive defensemen over the course of his career. For young skilled defensmen, the list of skilled, offensively proficient mentors I'd prefer over gonch is quite short.

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Why not? Gonch has been one of the premier offensive defensemen over the course of his career. For young skilled defensmen, the list of skilled, offensively proficient mentors I'd prefer over gonch is quite short.
I would like Letang and Goligoski to be a little more well rounded than Sarge was the first 12 or so years of his career. He is still an offensive minded defenseman. He has become more well rounded with age, but not near the levels a Pronger or Niedermayer are at.

Both of our young guys need much more work in the defensive zone than the offensive zone.

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08-05-2009, 02:34 PM
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I would like Letang and Goligoski to be a little more well rounded than Sarge was the first 12 or so years of his career. He is still an offensive minded defenseman. He has become more well rounded with age, but not near the levels a Pronger or Niedermayer are at.

Both of our young guys need much more work in the defensive zone than the offensive zone.
I'd rather look at a mentor's current performance, work ethic, and leadership than how he played for the capitals 9 years ago.

Gonchar is not only a calming influence for his fellow defensemen, but for the entire team as well. He plays through injury, handles himself with dignity and class, and is one of the premiere pp players in the league to go along with top-10 defense.

Niedermayer, yes. Pronger, no way. Letang seems to have progressed better than some other 05 dman draftees. Goligoski does need defensive work, but I'd put a lot of his troubles on his subpar strength.

I guess what I'm getting at is I think its more important to have a good coaching mentor in wbs. In the nhl, I think gogo will benefit more from improved strength and the lessened pressure of having good character guys like gonch, orpik, mckee, and eaton around him.

I'm just not worried about the lack of pronger and niedermayer on this team right now.

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08-05-2009, 02:39 PM
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I like it. Granato seems to be one of those guys who is good as an assistant coach but not a head coach. Like someone else metnioned his head coaching experience is also a plus. I didnt even think of him as a possibility and frankly I did expect the Pens to go for someone more experienced, but i think this will work out.

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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.

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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.
Likewise. This organization makes it way too for this board to find things to be angry about.

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I'm not having much time to read at work, but some word about Granato maybe assuming the PP?

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I'm not having much time to read at work, but some word about Granato maybe assuming the PP?
The organization under RS has been pretty mum about who actually runs what. So, my guess is that we'll all just assume he does if the PP does well and we'll blame Yeo if it doesn't.

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Likewise. This organization makes it way too for this board to find things to be angry about.
I'm angry about your lack of good old fashioned 'Merican "can do!" attitude, mister.

I've got my eye on you, pinko.

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What an outrage! Anything less than Scotty Bowman calibre assistant coach is simply unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!

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What an outrage! Anything less than Scotty Bowman calibre assistant coach is simply unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!
Might as well start checking out the players coming this draft, we better tank FAST!

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I'm still not 100% used to seeing consistently sound decision making from this organization.
No way man, not with our depth at wing, young goaltender and waaaay too much money tied up in our centers.

Not to mention that Caputi bugger. Tangradi peed in his cheerios the second Whitney was shipped out west.

That and as long as Wade Redden is on skates, our cup runneth over with mal content

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I'd rather look at a mentor's current performance, work ethic, and leadership than how he played for the capitals 9 years ago.

Gonchar is not only a calming influence for his fellow defensemen, but for the entire team as well. He plays through injury, handles himself with dignity and class, and is one of the premiere pp players in the league to go along with top-10 defense.

Niedermayer, yes. Pronger, no way. Letang seems to have progressed better than some other 05 dman draftees. Goligoski does need defensive work, but I'd put a lot of his troubles on his subpar strength.

I guess what I'm getting at is I think its more important to have a good coaching mentor in wbs. In the nhl, I think gogo will benefit more from improved strength and the lessened pressure of having good character guys like gonch, orpik, mckee, and eaton around him.

I'm just not worried about the lack of pronger and niedermayer on this team right now.
I'm not saying we need Pronger or Niedermayer. I was merely stating that we could use someone who has a strong defensive background.

Whitney playing with Niedermayer and Pronger looked like a much different player.

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Seems like a perfect fit to replace coach Fitz. An American (Like Fitz), relatively young, a former player etc. Granato should be the type of guy the players respect and respond well to.

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He wasn't really my first choice but I figured he'd be on the radar, being a former teammate of Bylsma's. Pretty nice having an assistant with a decent amount of head coaching experience at the NHL level. That should help DB out.

My only concern is, with 3 former forwards behind the bench, is that enough knowledge to impart on our young d-men?
My thoughts too, but Fitzgerald and Savard are still active in the organization I believe. I imagine one or both will take part in training camp at the very least.

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Pens hire Tony Granato as Assistant Coach

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