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Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by troyguitar, Oct 2, 2009.
hey! Atleast we still got stuff to talk about until July 1st
Yup. Halak, Price or Plekanec? Take your pick!
All of them?
Ain't gonna happen. We can't afford all 3 of them.
And bye-bye Halak!
Wow. Traded to St-Louis for 2 rookies.
Saw that earlier. I guess they figured they wouldn't be able to match the offers he was likely to get after his playoff performance so the might as well get something for him.
Yup, I've heard that with his arbitration rights, we should be seeing a deal struck for $4M+ per season. Unless the habs bought out Hamrlik's final $5.5M season of his contract, keeping Halak would be impossible. It's sad, but I think they got some very solid prospects in return. Lars Eller's a proven two-way scorer at the AHL level who's got size and should be ready for primetime this coming season, and Ian Schultz looks like he's built in the mold of Dustin Byfuglien. At 20 years old, he's 6'3", 208 lbs, will hit and fight anything that moves, has leaderships qualities and posted 55 pts in 70 games in the WHL this season, adding 15 pts in 23 playoff games.
Fuck you all, we rule! Damn, i gotta give it to the blues organization. They have been promising us a cup in the near future when they bought the team 3 years ago, and they have been giving it a serious go, building the team.
You sure gotta be happy about that trade!
Looks like Cooke will be a Pen for 3 more years
Cooke agrees to three-year deal with Penguins - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
... And Plekanec signs with the Habs for 6 years @ 5 millions.
and homeboy Darche
That's about freaking time.
I'm glad he signed, he deserves it.
Ugh 7 freaking unrestricted free agents and only $10 million left before hitting the cap, including Gonchar who had 50pts in 62 games and three top two line wingers.
It's likely going to be a LONG season next year
I just wanted to take a moment and extend a golf clap to Ray Shero, GM of the Penguins, for failing to sign a single one of the 8 unrestricted free agents on the Pens, including Hamhuis who he blew a third round draft pick to even talk to.
Congratulations Mr. Shero on accomplishing ONE FUCKING SIGNING before the opening of free agency and on losing a 50pt defenseman and a 45pt forward.
i though that with Super Mario had it sussed out with the Pens....obviously not...
Mario leaves the running to the team in the hands of his General Manager, Ray Shero, when it comes to player contracts and such. Unless Shero pulls off a miracle here I'd say this season may be Shero's last, as signing a handful of star players and then giving the rest of the team shit short-term deals does not work. The only reason the Pens got by this past season is they had the mystique of being a Stanley Cup winner with the potential to win again so he was able to sign guys for less money than normal... and even so he lost his best two defensive defensemen from the Stanley Cup team.
Case in point, they just lost Gonchar over one fucking year of contract term because he was unwilling to give Gonchar a 3 year deal
Senators sign Gonchar? - NHL Free Agency 2010
Ok Shero's moves yesterday did wonders for the Pens defense which was one of their weak points over the past season. Martin and Zbynek are great additions to the team and they have long term deals. He's being lauded in the local press for this.
HOWEVER something nobody is talking about is that while the Pens now have a stronger defense, they are short two top two line wingers in the team lineup. They have four guys left who have shown they are even remotely capable of playing on the top 2 lines with success: obviously Crosby and Malkin, and Kunitz and Dupuis. That leaves 2 spots that will need to be filled by third or fourth line wingers or Tangradi who will be playing his first full season in the NHL. With the departure of Gonchar and Guerin they've also lost two of their top 5 scorers and two guys that were on their top power play unit.
This on a team that had notable trouble scoring goals for long stretches last season. To me it looks like Shero may have addressed one problem while making another much much worse. Not to mention they're very close to the cap and one of their starting defenseman is another guy that will be playing his first full season in the NHL AND they don't have the luxury of a seventh defenseman that they've had for the last two seasons AND some of the guys they had the luxury of scratching when they weren't needed like Godard, Rupp, and Adams will be required to play every game as the Pens only have 12 forwards under contract. Granted they have about $2.2 million left under the cap, but there's a LOT of need left to try to fill with that amount of money.
I dunno, I never felt like the Pens had a problem with getting the lead. Where they had the problem was keeping it, which I believe (maybe hope is better word) Shero addressed with signing Martin and Michalek. The pens will probably bring Tangradi and Letestu this season so hopefully that will help on the offensive side.
Only one thing's for sure, Oct 7th can't come soon enough