Spurred by a bar-room conversation, I have set about selecting a Pittsburgh Penguins all-time team. Not just 6 starters here, I'm talking a full four lines, six defensemen, and two goalies. Our good friend and native Pittsburgher Dave Dameshek of NFL.com and the Jimmy Kimmel Show joined me recently to aid in my selections, and here's what we've come up with (feedback welcome at sportstalk@tribweb.com):

Head Coach: Scotty Bowman
Assistant Coaches: Ed Johnston and Badger Bob Johnson
Strength Coach: Gary Roberts

Line 1: Kevin Stevens — Mario Lemieux – Jaromir Jagr
Line 2: Sidney Crosby — Ron Francis — Rick Tocchet
Line 3: Evgeni Malkin — Pierre LaRouche — Rick Kehoe
Line 4: Lowell Macdonald — Syl Apps — Jean Pronovost

Healthy Scratches: Joe Mullen, Mike Bullard, Marty Straka, John Cullen, Alexei Kovalev, Mark Recchi, Rob Brown

D1: Dave Burrows — Larry Murphy
D2: Paul Coffey — Ulf Samuellson
D3: Randy Carlysle — Ron Stackhouse

Healthy Scratches: Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi, Darius Kasparaitis

G1: Marc-Andre Fleury
G2: Tom Barrasso
Runway Goalie: Michel Dion

I went well over my 23-man roster limit, but I'm keeping an extended taxi squad since Ron Burkle is my owner.

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