Penguins Trade For Jarome Iginla; Blow Up NHL Trade Deadline Day

Jarome Iginla Signed Cup

I’m still trying to process the news I read when I rolled out of bed: Jarome Iginla traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Pensblog. I had written the Penguins off from getting Iginla after trading for Brenden Morrow on Sunday. GM Ray Shero then decided to beef up the defense by adding Douglas Murray. I was content that they had addressed some pressing needs even though the team had won thirteen straight already. Don’t forget that a majority of this winning streak (the last eight games) has taken place without Evgeni Malkin in the line up. He only has two scoring titles, one Hart Trophy & one Conn Smythe on his shelf. Kris Letang, their best defenseman, had been on the shelf for the prior three games before breaking a toe on Tuesday which will again keep him out of the line up. Ray Shero decided to out do himself though and make the April 3rd Trade Deadline column Jeremy & I planned moot. Both big pieces of trade bait this year, Morrow & Iginla, are both with the Penguins now. The Penguins have decided they’re going all in this year before the salary cap shrinks next year because of the new CBA. One would think they’d give up elite prospects to grab the big catch of the trade deadline but they only gave up Kenny Augustino, a 5th round pick playing at Yale, Ben Hanowski, a 3rd round pick who plays for St. Cloud State, and their first round draft pick. Ray Shero wasn’t even generous enough to include a bag of pucks in the deal. I’ve got no idea how Jay Feaster has a job as a GM after giving up a franchise icon for next to nothing. That first round pick better be a home run. Meanwhile, anything less than a Stanley Cup is a bust for the Penguins this year. That’s a lot of weight to carry. I’ll hope this “All In” strategy doesn’t back fire. -Kevin

Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

Welcome back Sidney Crosby & Zybnek Michalek

Tonight was never going to start on time. Not with Sidney Crosby returning to the Penguins. He did not disappoint. 2 goals and 2 assists after nearly a year off. Incredible. Bring on the haters. On a minor note, Zybnek Michalek, a superb shut down defenseman, came back too. The Pensblog gave him the nickname Michalek Island last year because of how shut down he is. Let’s roll.

Booker T joins the broad cast booth. I love 3 man booths. (That’s sarcasm.) CM Punk really puts over the WWE Title. Old school bitches. Where’s Johnny Wooden GM? There he is. Punk gets Dolph Ziggler. Drink for the Twitter symbol. A fairly boring segment. I had to explain everything to my buddy Sean so I didn’t pay attention. Punk was drug down.

Zack Ryder leads off against Alberto Del Rio. Drink again for Ryder’s petition on Twitter. I don’t like the hair dye by Ryder. Zack looked good and lost in a reasonable amount of time. Neither of these guysa re good enough to sustain a match like Punk & Ziggler will. We hear from John Cena, later!

Sheamus gets to beat down Jack Swagger. Booker informs us that we’re not playing Tiddlywinks. Sean even hates Vickie’s screeching. She does her job. Sean says “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Sheamus lose.” He’s probably right. Sean catches it infrequently. He thinks the Great White is hilarious in a bad way.

They recap the Kevin Nash storyline. Big Sexy walks to the top of the ramp because he can’t go any further than that. He’s mad because HHH was a boss. I would have taken Nash & HHH against Rock & Cena. He’s the last of the Cliq. Good for you, I’m still not terribly interested. Nothing wrong with the promo though.

Sean is gone so I can concentrate a bit more. I’m glad because I’m liking Cody Rhodes already. Short but better than anything else tonight. Santino is even noted as a joker by the announcers. Well, Cody squashed him. Santino is still a joke. Cody talks trash to Booker. It seems we know why Booker joined the booth tonight. Josh talks to my boy Dolph & Vickie. They push his two wins at Survivor Series. I’m pumped that he’s laying claim to the face of the WWE! Kent State represent!

Booker gets questioned coming back but he’s saving his answer for Smackdown because he’s not important enough for a Raw segment. Dolph gets pimped by Cole, Booker blows CM Punk. Drink for a Twitter mention twice, on screen & by Cole. King is under the weather. Hadn’t thought about it until Cole mentioned it. Not a good distinction for Lawler. They’re pushing his KSU creds again. Booker continuing to call him Zig Zag is cracking me up. Booker put over both Del Rio & Punk well. Hurts Ziggler a bit. Ziggler going with the cross face. Nice addition to the arsenal. The high knee miss leads us to commercial? Wow, the 10 count would well be over by the end of the commercials. Have him tossed back into the ring by Ziggler before the break or at least show him going to get him.

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Kevin’s Blog: Definitely Live & Half Assed Review of Raw

What does this picture have to do with Raw? Absolutely nothing.

I’ve recently been amused on Twitter by the guys from The Pensblog doing #Jagrwatch, which is an amusing way of lobbying for the Penguins to rehire Jaromir Jagr. I decided I’d do some similar shenanigans and try to get #JeffHardyWatch trending while he is awaiting his verdict on his drug trafficking charges. You try to mimic lyrics, crack jokes or find numerical patterns and apply them to Jeff Hardy. My latest tweet: Carolina barbeque is not served in prison. #JeffHardyWatch. I may as well mention it on the site to continue my futile efforts to get more people to follow us. I haven’t been able to mention Twitter on things like the Big 11 because we’ve all been assholes and slacked off on that duty. Time to spin the wheel and try to make Raw a big deal. I’ll be live in no time since I’m starting at 9:20.

Booker T gets to spin the roulette wheel all night. HBK comes out to start things off. He couldn’t stay away. He’s still not getting in the ring. He goes with the DX shameless plug. CM Punk saves us. Mason Ryan suffered an injury over the weekend. Did I miss some news or is this a story line? I love Punk ripping on the addictive personality and losing in his last match. HBK can always pull the Super Kick out of nowhere. Punk gets the first match of the night. Mystery opponent for all of five seconds. Kane and they at least admit he’s from Smackdown.

According to Cole’s logic, which makes sense, no one would ever wrestle until the pay per view. Punk gets counted out because wrestling sucks.

Bourne vs. Sin Cara has to wait until Booker does another intro for the match. Cow girl Eve is smoking. No count out. Booker tries to sell the stip. No one is buying it. Sin Cara is tightening his stuff up some but he’s still sloopy. Bourne even has to put over Sin Cara. I wish Bourne were in an ethnic group or from another country. Del Rio, Sheamus, McIntyre, Sin Cara, Jinder Mahal & Great Khali have been given better pushes and far less jobs. Vickie interrupts Kofi and spins the wheel for him. Player’s Choice and Kofi bans Vickie from ring side. They make good on both botched matches from last week. I guess they did have legit problems last week. Sorry WWE.

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Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

This image came up when I typed in "Oh shit". Who am I to argue?

I typed in “Oh shit” because the Penguins are going to a game seven on Wednesday. Time to do or go home. I can’t say I expected much out of them without Sidney Crosby & Geno Malkin but damn it, I want this first round. I’m almost debating driving there. As the Pensblog will undoubtedly say “Time to sac up.”

Well, actually time to draft up. We start with a battle royal. My buddy Sean as he’s going out the door says “That’s gay.” Couldn’t agree more. By the way, couldn’t be less excited about the NFL draft this weekend. This one doesn’t hold much weight for me either. People are getting eliminated left and right. Why did Mark Henry eliminate himself basically to eliminate Clay? The announcer draft factoids are more mundane than any stat Todd McShay can come up with. We hit a commercial.

Big Show & Kofi for SD take on Mason Ryan & Evan Bourne. This could help Bourne out if he survives. He’s been on a losing streak. Of course Bourne does the worst possible thing, jumping into Big Show’s arms. Mason Ryan loses in a valiant effort, I suppose. He lost a lot of momentum when he got punted. Stupidest draft ever. Cena to Smackdown. I like it. It was him or Orton. He has a history with the Smackdown brand. Cole acting upset is hilarious in a bad way.

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Kevin’s Blog: Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of Raw

I could only find a picture with 1000 televisions.

As usual, I’m starting my viewing a little bit late. I had to go get beer and walk my dogs. The box of beer I got has a quote from Hunter S. Thompson on it – “Good people drink good beer.” Amen. I’m sucking down Flying Dog In Heat Wheat Hefeweizen. Check for my review later in our forum, which is free.

I must admit that I’m surprised that the 900th episode didn’t warrant three hours of television. It’d suck if it were that long. Just like three hours of TNA is too long on Thursday nights. Check our Audio from last week to hear more about that subject.

We start off with Bret Hart yapping. Now Kane is running down Undertaker and Hart. He’s been doing a solid job on the mic recently. Glad to know the Hart Dynasty is still alive.  Of course Kane is going to give us no satisfaction in the match department. Wait, Bret isn’t fit to wrestle Nexus but he can wrestle the Undertaker? Huh? What a shitty main event.

Highlights of Episode #1 which I in no way watched. Seeing Yokozuna made me remember that The Pensblog showed the Penguins old defenseman Peter Taglianetti tried to slam him before Lex Luger did.

Highlights of the immortal Steve Austin driving the Zamboni from episode #279. Wow, I’ve caught more of this 900 than I thought. Austin could have highlights all night long but I figure they’ll spread out the star power.

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