#1 Cochran Sports Showdown: September 23, 2019 (Part 3)


WELL THE PENGUINS BEGIN OVER A WEEK. I’LL ASK YOU WHAT THEY THINK THEY ARE. AN ELITE IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE? EVERYONE THINKS TAMPA IS THAT TEAM, BUT THEY BOW OUT EARLY JUST LIKE THE PENGUINS DID LAST YEAR. JEFF, WHAT ARE THE PENGUINS AND WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THEM? THEY ARE BORDERLINE ELITE BECAUSE THEY STILL HAVE THOSE QUALITY CENTERS AND THEY’VE ADDED SOME GOOD FREE AGENTS. I’M INTRIGUED TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BRING. I KNOW THE NEW YORK TEAMS HAVE IMPROVED AND THE DIVISION HAS IMPROVED, BUT I THINK A COUPLE OF TEAMS HAVE TAKEN A STEP BACK. I THINK THEY ARE RIGHT AT THAT LINE OF ELITE, BUT I WOULDN’T PUT THEM THERE YET. YEAH, I DON’T KNOW WHO THE GOOD FREE AGENTS ARE THAT THEY ADDED. THEY PAID A LOT FOR ONE GUY, BUT HE WAS A FOURTH LINE PLAYER IN HIS LAST STOP. I THINK THEY’RE A TEAM THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. IF I DON’T, I WOULD BE GREATLY DISAPPOINTED, BOB. THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH. IF THEY COULD GO WORST TO FIRST IN JANUARY AND WIN THAT STANLEY CUP, GIVEN THAT THEY WOULD GET HOT AT THE SAME TIME AND MURRAY STAYS HEALTHY, I WOULD GIVE THEM A SHOT. BUT I HAD THEM IN AND NOT BY MUCH. MAYBE IT’S ONE OF THE WILD CARD TEAMS THIS YEAR. I DON’T KNOW WHO WILL BE ELITE AND MAYBE WASHINGTON. BUT THE PENGUINS, THEY’RE A TEAM THAT WILL STRUGGLE TO QUALIFY AND PUT IT TOGETHER BASED ON WHAT THEY HAVE DONE LAST YEAR AND AROUND WITH THE TALENT THAT THEY TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. IMPORTANT PENGUIN PLAYER GOING TO NEED HIM TO DO WHAT HE DOES. TO ME IT’S MATT MURRAY. I DON’T THINK HE’S AS MUCH IMPORTANCE. WELL, GENO IS UPSET IN PITTSBURGH BECAUSE IT RAINS TOO MUCH. WE KNEW THAT ABOUT JUNEAU AND HE HAS KNOWN THAT ABOUT PITTSBURGH SINCE WHAT, 2006? HAD IT’S ABOUT HIM GETTING INVOLVED, FINDING HIMSELF AGAIN. THE GUY THAT PERFORMED TWO YEARS AGO. EVEN WITH SID ON THE ICE. THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT. HOW CHRIS LETANG. THEY NEED HIM TO PLAY. HOW ABOUT PATRIC HORNQVIST STAYING HEALTHY, BEING A THREAT NO MATTER WHAT LINE HE’S AT IN FRONT OF THE NET. ALL GOOD CHOICES. THEY HAVE A PRE-SEASON GAME AT HOME THIS COMING THURSDAY AND THEN THE SEASON WILL START FOR REAL THE NEXT WEEK. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE ARE GOING

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