Heading into the 2014-2015 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a key area they must address. No, not winning playoff games. Jokes. They need more jokes.
In a column about how new head coach Mike Johnston needs to get Evgeni Malkin on his side, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Rob Rossi delivered this piping hot take about what the Pens really need:
Does anyone remember laughter?
That had disappeared in the final days — if not seasons — of coach Dan Bylsma’s tenure. A few more jokes in November would do them better than a video session.
Oh, I get it! See, Rossi realizes that determining what works and what doesn’t work on the ice is an archaic way of building a better hockey team. As other teams allow Big Corsi to infiltrate their locker rooms, the Penguins need their own approach. They need jokes.
And no one does that better than Malkin. You may have thought that Malkin’s biggest contribution to the team was his ability to score, but you’re wrong. It’s his ability to slap on the old clown suit and give the guys a chuckle in clutch situations.
We were worried about Rossi’s ability to continue delivering hot takes after getting taken off the beat, but if this steaming pile of words is any indication, everything is going to be fine.