THE PHIL WHISPERER

 

“I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this off-season. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later,” wrote Cook.

 

“Derp.”

 

Great insight there… really can’t argue with “hockey players sometimes get traded.”  I’d quote more from him, but it’s not worth disabling my ad-blockers to access the material.  Ron Bon Cookie doesn’t believe Phil can stay afloat without Tocchet, who has wanted to be a head-coach again for awhile:

 

“I don’t know how long I’ll be an assistant coach. I love being an assistant coach, but eventually I’d like another kick at the can. It might not happen. There’s only 30 NHL coaches. Look at Mike Sullivan, it took him 10 years to get another job. There’s a lot of who you know. There’s a lot of trying to market yourself. There’s a lot of luck involved. There’s a lot of different things. If you keep winning eventually it could happen, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. The one thing is I don’t want to miss an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup and that is something this year we’re really striving for. I just like the way the team has been playing the last three or four months, just need to stick with it.”

 

Well said from a guy who has obviously learned a lot over the course of his career and various run-ins with the law.


 

Now, Ricky is on a cross-country road trip with a case of beer and roll of lottery tickets on his way to Arizona.

WE wish him well.


 

But HOW are WE possibly going to keep Ron and Phil happy?

That’s where Miley comes in…

ENTER, STAGE RIGHT –

HALL OF FAMER

MARK ‘THE WRECKING BALL’ RECCHI

 

 

“Rick Tocchet did do a good job with Phil. Not only Phil, but other players at different times during the season when they need that one-on-one communication. That’s something that Mark Recchi has done in the past, and he’ll be able to fill that role. He’s done some work with Phil in the past, in the first year Phil was here.

“Phil Kessel’s an important part of the Penguins. He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have at winning. It may not be on a regular basis. It may come at a certain time in a series, just like it did against Ottawa – Kessel came up with a big goal in an important game.

“I don’t want to sit here and say that a certain player’s not going be traded at some point in his career. It’s already happened to Phil. But that’s not something that I foresee happening right now.”

 


 

“It didn’t really take me long to make a decision,” Recchi said. “The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

 

“I think he’ll get instant credibility with the career he’s had as a player, and that speaks for itself,” Sullivan said. “Not only how elite he was as a player, but just the longevity, I think it speaks to his character, his ability to play that many years and help different teams win Stanley Cups and play different roles. I know our players have so much respect for him already.”

 

 

Awards and Achievements
– Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017
– Member of five Stanley Cup winning teams: 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2006 Carolina Hurricanes, 2011 Boston Bruins and the 2016 and 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins as a Development Coach.
– Selected to seven NHL All-Star Games: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
– Named the MVP of the 1997 NHL All-Star Game
– Named to the 1992 NHL Second All-Star Team
– World championship`s gold medalist 1997

Records
– Second longest span between Stanley Cup wins (1991–2006), at fifteen years.
– His 123 points (53 goals, 70 assists) in the 1992–1993 season is the Flyers regular season scoring record.
– Oldest player to record 5 assists in a game on March 1, 2009, at 41 years, 28 days.
– 13th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points during his career.
– Oldest player to score a Stanley Cup Finals goal on June 6, 2011, at 43 years, 126 days.
– 3rd oldest player to win the Stanley Cup, after Chris Chelios (46), and Lester Patrick (44).
– One of only eleven players to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams.
– The 8th player to win a Stanley Cup in 3 different decades (1991, 2006, 2011).

*Awards & Records via Wikipedia

 

Both Tocchet and Recchi have made significant contributions to the Pittsburgh Penguins and ice hockey, in general, over the course of their lives.  WE fans see that.  WE appreciate that.

Phil needed a home to grow in, and the Penguins made that happen.  He has since cemented his status as a Pittsburgh Legend.  After back-to-back CUPS, I think WE are doing just fine, and I don’t give a damn which Stanley Cup Champion coaches him.


 

EPSON MFP image

 

 

I’m hungry for a THREE-PEAT!

 

  • PensPointsYourMom
    • MoonStanley

      lolol bozo
      Rock The Red!

    • SouthSideGeno

      HAHAHA…love this

  • Jovi

    This is too funny and must be moved to the new post:
    PensPointsYourMom • “He stole that move from me. That’s how I ride your mom on the downhill too.”

    • SouthSideGeno

      That PPYM…has the all best words…he’s bigly youge

  • MoonStanley

    added a few gifs and formatting. plz refresh. and anyone who needs to edit, feel free

    • MoonStanley

      also, Geno… i added some pics to the media area but didnt “organize” them

      • SouthSideGeno

        That’s RAD’s job…I’ll get him started on it as soon as he’s back from getting us coffee and doughnuts.

        • MoonStanley

          phew! im starvin!! 😀

          • SouthSideGeno

            Prawlly from all that ‘heavy lifting’ in that cave scene

        • Jovi

          is Rad still “moving”?
          I think ICE finally got Rad

  • SouthSideGeno

    Dear Captian Moonkirkpaste…Congratulation on yer inaugural post…it’s a dandy!
    I also loved your work in the episode “What are little girls made of” with RUK…wut’s that yer holding there, btw???

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c28e5bc709b8577157bb9920ae85236707e7646a39c4dd92f059dc03182df0f.jpg

  • Jovi

    good job monnie, way to use your free time constructively.

    • MoonStanley

      now, can i take my pants off?

  • SouthSideGeno

    HAHAHA…I can use this again for the 2nd year in a row…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e58c08c3deba99882629b78f47c235f29844425b24685a0eacc5dcd3eeda29d7.jpg

    LET’S DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR….HAPPY BURFDAY PiH

  • Penguin in Houston

    Great post Moonie!

    • MoonStanley

      I guess it’s a bday present!! 🙂

  • SouthSideGeno

    I’ve just decided…IF (and I 99.99% doan think it will happen) The Phil is traded before the end of the upcoming season…I will leave hawkey forever and become a Catholic Nun.

  • MoonStanley

    just realizing the last 2 posts go from anonymity to dropping names. strikeout the names, if necessary haha

  • Moonie outta NOWHERE!!!

    LOVE this post. We get back to back cups with Phil, only a fucking asshole would start these kind of rumors.

    • SouthSideGeno

      So, you didn’t succumb to the ‘Philthy Pier-O-Death” …you back in PGH now or havin’a cheezesteak somewhere?

      • In Atlantic City, just walked by three people smoking a crack pipe in a doorway

        • MoonStanley

          hahhahaha

        • Rapping about how they “don’t know anyone but they run this city”

          • I don’t know Chuck
            I don’t know this block
            I don’t know shit
            But I run this city

          • Jovi

            you may want to walk faster or tell your dealer to drop you home

          • MoonStanley

            the Taj Mahal is vacant…

          • Theres about four hotels that are 30+ stories and are abandoned. It’s insane. The second story of our hotel is vacant and I explored it last night, posted pics on insta

          • MoonStanley

            thats crazy! i was there 10 years ago and it was bad then. i can only imagine unless you post dat link 😉

          • Instagram.com/brendanpgh

          • MoonStanley

            yes!

        • SouthSideGeno

          SHOCKING….if you’ve never been to AC…LEAVE NOW…you’re really tempting fate on this trip, eh?

          Go to Asbury Park, NJ and visit the Stone Pony…

          • Just listened to a stuff you should know podcast on that, fascinating

    • MoonStanley
  • lauriruu

    Masterful Moonie!

  • Midnight Rider

    Great post MoonZenSlothy!!!

  • MoonStanley

    ask kevin smith

  • Midnight Rider

    … hairless … cunt …

  • Hagar32Grady

    Why don’t you get a job…Instead of playing on the google machine all day ?

    • Wat

      • MoonStanley

        thats my actual dad hahaha. i made him read this. he’s used to political boards

        *points at Kevin Stevens*

        “thats not Tocchet”

        • That’s awesome! Hi moonies dad

        • Midnight Rider

          He has some quality political posts. “MY Donald” lol

          • Midnight Rider

            He should stick around for the next appearance of Congaba

          • MoonStanley

            Lol, he’s a nut. this is the first time i’ve read his bio:

            “Tired old man, world weary . … . toils for the Laird of Jefferson . Fixing that what cannot not be fixed. While my superior in name only takes the credit 😉 …. Father of two, blacksmith, carpenter, , now cemetery TRC .”

            such a drama queen

          • SouthSideGeno

            I like him already.

        • lauriruu

          Is he SSG?

          • MoonStanley

            basically haha. a stationary SSG

          • SouthSideGeno

            Maybeeee???

    • Penguin in Houston

      Huh?

      • MoonStanley

        my loving father, PiH

        • Penguin in Houston

          Google machine. Lol

        • SouthSideGeno

          That is soooo cool and funny, and a great comment busting yer moonbalz.

          If you come to the game on 11/18 you MUST bring him along, right?
          (ok, maybe not???)

          • MoonStanley

            🙂 this is what I’ve been living with all my life.

            I would definitely try to bring him now! he’s kind of a hermit tho

          • SouthSideGeno

            WUT? Are you suggesting that MoonDa doan hawkey?

            Hermit schmermit…tell him I need someone close to my own age to help me keep yinz whippersnappers in line.

          • MoonStanley

            he got me into hockey during the Lemieux-era Cups! he’s just fallen off on it since the Dark Years.

          • SouthSideGeno

            I’m 60 how old is yer pop, if I may ask.

          • Midnight Rider

            61 haha 😉

          • SouthSideGeno

            Butt I can’t wait till I’m 69 : )

          • MoonStanley

            hmmm, i’m not sure exacccttlyy haha. you can’t ask him these questions straight up and expect a serious answer. he’s 2 years retired… 66ish

          • SouthSideGeno

            You could just look at his frken driver license. What ever…he’s coming.
            Or at least breathing hard….

            I need someone to hold UNG while I beat him up.

          • MoonStanley

            lol he’s writing a reply to us now

          • SouthSideGeno

            OH! exciting…
            “My pecker just fluttered….well, not a real flutter…moar like a pidgeon havin a heart attack.”

            Name the movie quote….

          • MoonStanley
          • SouthSideGeno
          • Hagar32Grady

            Boy,(MoonStanely) ….. I’m probably the only one here that actually played ICE -Hockey….Defense , because nobody else knew how to skate backwards. Back in the dark ages Picks-burgh had no rinks. Three in the morning games and then off to the Mills …… Andy Bathgate was a friend of mine….I just lost interest after …. His untimely death. That and they got rid of those Beautiful Baby Blue sweaters ;-)….. My first nickname is Hagar ’cause I learned it was better to bounce off someone when changing directions…They rarely got up quickly….. The #32 goes back to the early ’70s when only goaltenders could have a # over 28…..I stopped enough pucks with my face, they let me have the high number 😉 …..

          • SouthSideGeno

            Hi Moon Pop! I’m a 70’s Pittsburgh hockey player too. Played mostly at the Alpine Ice Arena in Swissvale. Played goalie in high school for Chruchill. Class of ’74.

            My pops worked in the Edgar Thompson but I said ‘frk dat’ and got me some kolledge…but I can still talk ‘ingots’ and ‘BOPShop’ with ya.

            I was hoping to talk you into coming to the game we’re all going to on Nov. 18th.

            Really great that you’re on here with us…hope you stick around and/or stop by once in a while at least. Show the ‘kids’ who’s hockey boss!

          • MoonStanley

            INSTANT FRIENDSHIP

          • Hagar32Grady

            Dammitt, …..I do not remember the name of the Arena (I’m addled with old-timers 😉 But it was in Swissvale or up the hill towards 30…..I went to a small Catholic School and only skated in the back yard when we flooded it…… My Dad was not pleased so we only did it when he was working and the weather was correct. No place to turn around so we skated backwards 😉 …… I for a time was a Blacksmith at Homestead…… Popeye arms work very well in hockey 😉

          • SouthSideGeno

            Oh, you are definitely coming to this game…I need you to hold a guys arms while I tap dance on his noggin…I’ll explain later. (kidding)

            I learned to hawkey playing on a pond too…pretty sure all of us less than wealthy kids did. But from your description of the Arena being ‘up the hill towards Rt 30’…I’d venture a solid guess it was the Alpine.

            What was the name of the Catlick School you went to? They tried to raise me Catlick, but that didn’t work out so well…had lot’s of friends that went though.

          • Hagar32Grady

            St Canice in Knoxville ….I must have broke it..It closed the day I qrad-you ate-it 😉 …as for the pop-eye arms they atrophied after 40 years 😉 Don’t know who I can hold down anymore.

          • SouthSideGeno

            HA! Not familiar with St Canice. You need to come to this game with us.

    • SouthSideGeno

      HI MOON DAD! How’s yer Stanley… holdin up?

  • j-b0t

    Phil is a god damn hero and anyone who says otherwise can GET THE HELL OUT.

  • lauriruu
    • Door_Matt

      That guy to Geno’s right must be an Ovie fan.

  • SouthSideGeno

    NO SHIT!

    His marrying Zucccarello?…at least it’s not OVI

    • MoonStanley

      if you can play, you can play

  • MoonStanley

    i added Recchi’s records and awards, and a few more pics and formatting.

    i’m a perfectionist haha. I think i”m done now

  • j-b0t

    God damn it. Those thug life videos kill me. Absolutely kill me.

    • MoonStanley

      did you go down a thug life hole on youtube??

    • SouthSideGeno

      Those are frken hysterical…did not know this was a thing.

      Link please?

      • MoonStanley

        take your pick here, haha. there are endless compilations

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8p8tbo9-FNLIrvmGnPzVUQ

        • SouthSideGeno

          TY

          No guess on that movie quote?

          • MoonStanley

            lol shit! i forgot…

          • MoonStanley

            Bubba Ho-Tep!! I should watch that tonight, myself!

          • SouthSideGeno

            Yuh, I watched it last night…Don Coscarelli is da bomb Campbell too. I watched through the closing credits and they actually put a really funny line (easter egg style) in the copy-write warning…next time you watch it…see if you find it.

            meanwhile … http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457295/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_1

          • MoonStanley

            Hell YES!!! I love that Bruce is still the same guy he was 30 years ago, and continues making awesome movies.

            My download finished! Will watch soon if not tonight.

          • SouthSideGeno

            I just finished watching Coscarelli’s 5th installment of the Phantasam franchise…Ravager. Sadly it was, meh. Reggie Bannister will not return.

  • SouthSideGeno
  • SouthSideGeno

    Atta guy!

    Another one bites the dust, eh?

    • lauriruu

      Literally got one beer in before the last call

      • SouthSideGeno

        Ther’s gotta be an ‘after-party’ somewhere…right?

      • Broken Coach Vlad

        when is last call in Fin?

        • SouthSideGeno

          2am ..7 hours difference from EST

          • Broken Coach Vlad

            well, that’s good… at least it isn’t like MIlford MA, everywhere closes at 1am, they look at you like you are stupid with when you ask for a backup at last call.. at the hotel bar.. not like you are going somewhere…

        • lauriruu

          I’m not sure how the permits work here but normally pubs stay open until 2-3 AM and night clubs until 4 AM.

  • MoonStanley
  • j-b0t

    o shit, we have a challenger

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUB1QQ8WBe4

    • MoonStanley

      I’ve never shot a gun, and I’d at least make the third one! Zen Buck

      • Jovi

        agree. i’ve never shot a gun but i think i would have at least hit something with 4 shots on a non-moving target.
        that deer must be using ‘the force’

        • Broken Coach Vlad

          lol.. I haven’t shot a gun… in 3 months… I need to go to my club..

          • SouthSideGeno

            That ‘hunter’ might have been moar successful if he’d been using a club.

    • SouthSideGeno

      hahaha…2 things…1) Worst shot EVA…2) stoopidest buck EVA

  • Jovi

    OH SNAP

  • Jovi

    where did 32Grady come from?

  • Jovi

    Isn’t Shultz usually missing a tooth?
    https://twitter.com/keeperofthecup/status/886269659879677952

    • Door_Matt

      Apparently he used his Stanley Cup winner’s share to fix his grill or got it done shortly after getting his signing bonus.

      • MoonStanley

        most players with missing teeth have caps, or whatever they are called. they just don’t wear them on the ice for obvious reasons

    • SouthSideGeno

      He’s wearing falsies

  • Jovi

    Random.
    I would have put Butt-grabber higher.

    • MoonStanley

      higher than…?

      • Jovi

        either 1-2.
        Not sure I would put Ovie on the list but I get why he’s there.

      • SouthSideGeno

        …a taint grabber?

        • Broken Coach Vlad

          does your taint smell like lavender and honey?

          • Jovi

            what…why…no,no, don’t explain

          • SouthSideGeno

            Most day’s I’d say moar like grilled bratwurst and onions.

            Deeeeeelicious

  • SouthSideGeno

    JOVI… Y 4 U take that dahn…vas funy jok

  • Midnight Rider

    Listening to Spittin Chiclets. Ryan Whitney is lit up, Kevin Hayes is as douchey as you’d expect from looking at his face, Johnny Gaudreau is cool.

    • Midnight Rider

      Fun fact: the Pens traded Whitney in 2009 for Kunitz and Tangradi

      • Jovi

        is it a podcast ?

        • Midnight Rider

          Yes. It’s on iTunes. Pretty entertaining, I discovered it a few months ago. They get some big name players as guests too. They had Eichel on last week.

      • MoonStanley

        Whitney has been using that joke too long now haha

  • lauriruu
    • Randy

      Oh frk. The kup is in K-town? Home of the Rockets (also home of Rory MacDonald the nutjob beast of an MMA fighter who trained at one point with Tanger). I gotta drive up there (4 hour drive) and give some hannies so I can get a glimpse.

      • CWB

        Love Kelowna, didn’t know Schultzy was from there

        • Randy

          Yeah it’s nice there, but overrun by tourism and people doing wine tours. If you want to camp around the lake it’s $45 / night, and I prefer my camp spots that cost $0.00

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Same Shero, different day. “The Devils are out two draft picks, but still have the cap space to make similar moves if the opportunity presents itself.”

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Two years ago Ian Cole recapped the Season 5 finale of GoT. There’s some gold to mine in there, and in light season 7 premiere tonight: (spoiler alert)
    https://www.nhl.com/penguins/news/ian-cole-recaps-game-of-thrones-finale/c-770929

    • Jovi

      never say this the 1st time. it would be fun to watching him do a podcast of youtube vid while he watch the episode.

  • Jovi

    Is Scott Burnside working for Dallas now? He twitter feed is full of Dallas stories/news.
    Did Dallas so something great recently? Are they winning the cup next year?

  • Jovi

    If I posted a ton of pics, would it make the sight load slowly?

    • SouthSideGeno

      Let’s find out…muahahaha

      • Jovi

        Trying to figure out if i can make one post or if I have to make 2.

        • SouthSideGeno

          Are you saying a new POST…or new COMMENTS

          • Jovi

            new post

          • SouthSideGeno

            How many pics total?

          • Jovi

            potentially, lets say 40ish

          • SouthSideGeno

            Peeps using mobile phones will have to wait a week or so for it to open but …WTF…DO IT

          • Jovi

            I can split it up the 2nd post would just be a catch all and not really make sense. I’ll have to consider it.

          • SouthSideGeno

            Do the swim suit shots in one and the lengiere in the other : D

        • Jovi

          or edit a lot.
          or screw it all together and go fetal

          • SouthSideGeno

            I’ve always been a fan of knees to chest & thumb in mouth

          • Jovi

            thumb in the mouth prevents a good death-grip required to have a textbook fetal position.

          • SouthSideGeno

            Not for me…I’m very…ahem, flexible ; )

  • SouthSideGeno

    Flying to Portland Oregon / BEAVERTON …tomorrow.

    I’ll be workin in the ‘Beaver’ all week.

  • SouthSideGeno

    Did erreybody suddenly get a life today or wut?
    hahaha

    • Jovi

      i have no life, i’m just eating my feelings. hard to type when i’m stuffing my face.

      • SouthSideGeno

        Home alone this weekend…going with 2 frozen Red Baron sausage and pepperoni pizzas tonight…gonna be doing some serious crop dusting over Murica on my flight to Oregon tomorrow morning…muahahaha!

        • Jovi

          the poor passengers.

        • Randy

          “Crop dusting?” I’d expect that from Doge, but not you Geno. Are you on the drugs?

          • lauriruu

            Hold on to your nose!!

    • lauriruu
      • Jovi

        FIN is alive!

  • Jovi
    • SouthSideGeno

      Wut are you Drouin. That’s lewd talkin young lady.

      • Jovi

        sorry Mom, I thought you were in Beaver-town

        • SouthSideGeno

          How manu ounces of KY Lube am I allowed to bring on the plane again?

          • Jovi

            how ever much it usually takes for the FBI to get the drugs out of your vag.

          • SouthSideGeno

            THEY’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE

          • lauriruu

            Necrophilia twist out of nowhere.

          • Randy

            Seksiss

    • j-b0t

      “He will sign Radulov and Markhov stop stressing.”

      …whoops.

  • Jovi

    water, gatoraide, tylenol, Repeat.

    • lauriruu

      Thanks! Tylenol is something with paracetamol?

      • Jovi

        yeah, that works too.

      • SouthSideGeno

        Greasy burgers (fast food garbage) always work for me.

  • Jovi

    Random Jagr info:
    ” Only jersey number worn during his NHL career, which commemorates the
    1968 Prague Spring in his native Czechoslovakia and a remembrance of his
    grandfather, who died that year Soviet jail for refusing to work his
    farm for free.”
    http://www.tsn.ca/68-things-to-know-about-jaromir-jagr-1.637448

    • Jovi

      No word on Jagr watch? Just read about how he’s the only good option out there for R wing.

      • SouthSideGeno

        OH PLEEEEEEZE oh pleeeezxe oh pleeeezze OH PLEEEEEZE

        • Jovi

          hey, just the messenger.
          Are those harlots Sheary and Dumoulin still dragging us around?

          • SouthSideGeno

            Yes and that Cullen-gan man as well, I believe.

          • Jovi

            I’m pretty much counting Cullen out.

          • SouthSideGeno

            : O

          • Randy

            Cullen resigned in mid August last year. So that proves, without a shadow of a doubt, he’ll do the same thing this year. Now that he’s got rings for all his bois, he needs a fourth ring for his dog. That pretty much settles it.

  • SouthSideGeno

    Anybody hear from the burfday gurl?

    PiH…did you live through yer burfday?
    How’s that Sunday two-day hangover workin for ya?
    hahaha

    • Jovi

      good question.

  • SouthSideGeno
    • Jovi

      have you tweeted this yet? to the pensguins i mean, this is the perfect day to do it.

      • SouthSideGeno

        TY…did it just now ; )

  • j-b0t

    Ok, which one of you jokers lives in Cyprus and tried to use my debit card to buy a travel package?

    • SouthSideGeno

      SSG…goin greek!

    • Jovi

      someone stole your credit card?

      • j-b0t

        It wasn’t stolen. I still have it, but someone somehow got a hold of the information to use it.

        • SouthSideGeno

          My identity was stolen the year before last and some mutherfooker used the infop and filed a bogus IRS return. They caught it and luckily that was the end of it.

          The internets is a nasty fuken place sometines.

        • Jovi

          🙁
          sorry to hear that

  • lauriruu
    • Randy

      Which game was it that we were all stroking our Rowney boners? G7 against the Craps? Hope to see more of him next season.

  • SouthSideGeno
  • For PIH’s birthday I wrote a new post (looking forward to Moonie’s next one, this one was killer)

    http://pens.hockey/the-case-for-mark-letestu/

  • PensPointsYourMom

    Lame of Thrones. amirite?