Here are five things that happened this week, with a little of my thoughts on it as well.
Let's just hope they heed his words. Oh, and he said Ben looks good and has been throwing the ball well.
I'm going to be holding my breath a bit when they go against Montreal Saturday. Not because the Canadiens are even worthy of being a playoff team but because this kind of sloppiness is exactly what got them swept last year against the Islanders. I've still got Pens in 4 here.
The conference switched to just one division as well, so there goes the comfort of shooting for a Coastal division title through a typically weak field on that side of the ACC. It will be a fight for 9 or 10 wins as always and it is such a Pitt thing for them to assemble arguably their most talented team under Pat Narduzzi, particularly defensively, only to have the season uprooted and made harder to get through.
-Joe Musgrove is good, not great. And may always be that way. That's not really a knock against him, but he will continue to get beat if he goes against other team's aces all year. He just doesn't seem like a #1 starter.
-The Steven Brault-Chad Kuhl piggyback worked well on Monday. They might have stumbled upon something there.
-These first few games felt like a tryout, in many ways. The lineups were never close to the same day to day. Guys went in and out, up and down through the order and it felt like Derek Shelton was just seeing who he had and how they would play. That might be a microcosm for the season as a whole. It's all about evaluation. What do you have? Where can they play? How can you fit them in? I'm not sure they have a true, "go-to" lineup so maybe that the shuffling continues throughout the year.