More Than Superstars by @brumistheshow
Being a fan of the Pittsburgh penguins is pretty cool. We boast a line-up of stars that very few fan bases have ever seen. We have one of the best young snipers in James "the real deal" Neal. We have the dreamy, sexy-haired defenseman Kris Letang. The globe trotting, selfie taking, quote machine that is Evgeni "Geno" Malkin. Those 3 alone would make most teams favorites, yet we still boast the best in the world - Sidney Crosby.
Throw in the likes of Martin, Orpik, Kunitz, and Dupuis and we should unbeatable. Yet for the last 5 seasons, we have endured excruciatingly painful losses in the playoffs. With that comes the constant jabs of "paper champs" and "over-rated". After the disgusting loss last year in the ECF, I started to wonder if maybe they were right.
So what are we missing? I believe there is a vital piece to the puzzle already in place, the glue guy so to speak. A guy who shouldn't be expected to score 20 goals, but will give us a big goal in a big moment. A guy who is not a fighter, but won't hesitate to drop them to kill the opposing team's rally.
We had this guy a few years back, most of you will remember him as the guy who bolted to the Flyers, and I still remember becoming physically ill after seeing that. This guy scored huge goals (game 7), killed penalties and who will ever forget - "Shh"
Talbot will never be a superstar, but he was a star in the burgh. It always seemed that when our stars were struggling, he was always there on the bench, pushing them, making them laugh, helping them forget the play before. If he couldn't raise their spirits on the bench, he would then raise their play on the ice.
It's no coincidence that we haven't had a true glue guy and we also haven't had a long playoff run. I can't say for sure that we have this guy on our team now. Could it be Tanner Glass? Could it be one of the new comers? Might Ray Shero work his magic and bring this guy in during the season?
The bottom line is we need this guy on the team. He won't be Geno or Sid, but could be every bit as valuable.