Stray Steelers, Pirates, Pens Thoughts & Links

A few stray thoughts and random links…

  • Le’Veon Bell was a full participant in practice today.  Even if he passes all required post-concussion testing, I really hope the Steelers do not play him on Sunday.  I know that he’ll want to play, but with all we know about concussions, it’s risky to play him so soon after being knocked unconscious on the field.  I hope someone on the medical staff has the courage step forward and say that Bell can’t play this week.
  • Speaking of Le’Veon Bell and concussions,  Sean Conboy from Pittsburgh Magazine wrote a great article on the matter.  I strongly urge you to read it if you haven’t already. 
  • It’s rumored that the Pirates are targeting first baseman James Loney in free agency.  I like the move if they make it.  Loney is a lefty, which means he could platoon with Gaby Sanchez.  His stats are pretty consistent throughout his career, with the exception of a down 2012 season.  He rebounded nicely with Tampa Bay during the 2013 season. 
  • More on Loney from Where You Have Gone Andy Van Slyke? and Pirates Prospects.
  • I also back Neal Huntington 100% for trying to sign Justin Morneau.  Morenau signed a two-year, $13 million deal with the Colorado Rockies yesterday.  Morneau didn’t do very much in his time with the Pirates, and I think the Rockies overpaid for him.  I’d rather see the money saved from not signing Morneau go somewhere else (like towards signing James Loney).  
  • One thing that I’ve noticed about the Pens recently has been their ability to come back.  They were down 2-0 to the Isles last night and won in OT.  A week ago, they were losing 4-1 to the Leafs and came back to win 6-5 in a shootout.  Two nights before, they were down 3-0 to the Bruins and were able to tie it with milliseconds left to force OT.  They lost that game, but they were still able to force overtime after it looked like they’d again be stonewalled by Tukka Rask.  I like their resilience.  They aren’t getting shaken by trailing early in games, which is certainly a good thing.  
  • I like their come-from-behind ability, but I still don’t have a problem with them dominating other teams—like they did in Florida this past weekend. 
  • Sidney Crosby’s sick game-winning OT goal from last night.  I don’t even want to talk about how many times I’ve watched this video.
  • My piece on Tomas Vokoun from yesterday, in case you missed it. 
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