…it’s time for a change.

James Neal got traded to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. NHL free agency starts in minutes. There will be comings and goings.

For the Penguins, the changes have started.

Don’t bitch.

The Penguins have been a playoff disaster for five years. Things need to be different. Root for the logo.

Don’t be: OH, MY GOD! THEY LET NISKANEN GO! WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH MY NISKANEN JERSEY! HOW CAN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN!

The Penguins’ main need is at forward. Bottom-six forwards in particular.

You can’t have a fourth-liner like Craig Adams go minus-16 and still play every single game. You can’t be infested by vanilla midgets, pet projects and guys that simply don’t belong in the NHL. Spaling is a good start, but he’s just a start. The Penguins need bigger and better on their bottom six, and a lot of it.

Some want to replace goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but the Penguins wouldn’t replace him with anyone better. Some are worried about the defense, but the Penguins have numbers to pick from at that position.

For my take on the James Neal trade, read my column at timesonline.com. To express your opinion of the Neal deal, vote in the poll at right.


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