I have been non-existent lately. It has been a combination of the holiday season and a lack of motivation to do anything that required using my brain for more than two consecutive seconds. The fact that Bleacher Report is slower than Jordan Staal does not help much either.
Now, first thing first; the officiating in the National Hockey League this season is a disgrace to professional sports and an embarrasment to the NHL.
I can never remember such consistently awful officiating during the course of any season, in any major sport for as long as I have followed sports.
Moving on, things are bad right now in Pittsburgh, probably worse than they have been in a long time.
Elvis had a personal cot built under the C section of Mellon Arena because he has not left the building in a month.
The Pens have lost five straight, including a thorough beat down this afternoon, at the hands of a team from a state which has more hockey teams than it has hockey fans.
The only bright spot of the game was Sidney Crosby dropping the mitts with some Panther, showing that he actually still does care about winning games.
Tyler Kennedy also returned to the lineup for the Pens and Eric Godard was reportedly just a healthy scratch.
Mike Zigomanis doesn't even know where he is right now, so there is no use asking where he has been.
Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin both saw action against Florida this afternoon. They both sucked.
Fleury's positioning was way off and he was reacting to plays before they even happened. The game could have very easily ended eight or nine to one, considering the Panthers hit two or three posts in the third period.
During every season, something happens to test a team's merit.
Last season it was the abnormal amount of injuries to key players.
This season it is the Penguins playing like the New York Islanders for the past month. Come to think of it, the Islanders have actually been playing better than the Penguins.
Maybe these slumps are necessary in order to create a little more leg room on the bandwagon. Maybe we just need to hear Paul Steigerwald tell us what the Penguins need to do in order to win 45 times during every FSN Pittsburgh broadcast.
Maybe slipping out of the playoff picture in January makes securing a berth in March that much sweeter.
Whatever the reason is, these things happen, and they happen every season.
You will have the jokes that call for Michel Therrien's head or demand that the Penguins immediately trade for every player that was on their roster last season.
You might even hear a few "I told you Fleury sucked" comments being slung around.
It's important to keep a level head in times like these.
You are not an NHL GM, and neither am I. You might have your own opinion about what it is going to take for the Pens to right the ship, but guess what, no one cares.
Sure, making a few suggestions or playing out some possible scenarios is always fun, but no one wants to hear you rant about what you would do if you were Ray Shero.
Ray Shero's ball sweat has more hockey knowledge than you or I ever will.
I guess what I'm trying to say to Penguin Nation right now is: don't read too much in to anything during this mid-season slump.
Just because some joke with a blog or a Bleacher Report account thinks Michel Therrien is a horrible coach and should be canned immediately or Satan, Sykora, and Staal for Colby Armstrong would be a great trade, doesn't mean you have to agree with them.
You all know better than that, and if you don't, well, tell Eklund I said hello.
Who knows, maybe showing MT the door is exactly what the Pens need to do right now, but neither you or I is entitled to make that decision.
So until something is done, you know what to do...