[quote="conforto45"]Pittsburgh Penguins -- It's just a tough year in Pittsburgh with the retirement of Mario Lemieux and the uncertainty about replacing Mellon Arena, the Igloo, the NHL's oldest building. The high point has been the rookie season of Sidney Crosby.
Surprises -- Ryan Whitney has developed well on defense. The team has enough confidence in Whitney to trade away second-unit power-play quarterback Dick Tarnstrom. Whitney has only one goal and has to improve on that if he wants to succeed in that role.
Disappointments -- Mario Lemieux's retirement. He was very pointed in his comments when he said the new NHL is "a young man's league." Ed Olczyk, a player's coach, was replaced by hardliner Michel Therrien, but the Penguins haven't played much better. Free agent John LeClair has only 12 goals and is minus-20. Free agent Mark Recchi has 21 goals, but is minus-30. Ziggy Palffy retired with 42 points in 42 games, citing shoulder problems. Free agent Sergei Gonchar has only seven goals and is minus-16.
What's Ahead -- If you like hockey, and you're here, right, then this is an excellent week for hockey in Pittsburgh with two divisional leaders, Ottawa and Carolina, coming to town, plus the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins have a couple players that might interest some contending teams, like Gonchar, so that could bring in some more young talent and draft picks.[/quote]
Once again someone is overlooking the moves tried to make. He tried to sign Modano. He tried to sign Forsberg. And I'm sure he tried to sign others. Maybe Niedermayer? Tried to get Kovy before he "settled" on Palffy. But once again, those fact are ignored.