Reilly wrote:Jackman is a nice defemseman, however, he's not in the Pens long-term plans, thus, should be delt. Once/if this team is a contender (4-5 years) Jackman will not and would not have been here for it.
I don't agree with that logic. Not every contendor has the same 23 man roster for years on end. What you'll see is a team that keeps a core group of players and will shuffle around the roll players every so often. Ric Jackman would make an excellent 5th or 6th defensemen on this team now and for next year, if paired with the right type of player.
Evenso, if he proves to be productive, he could be in the plans 3-4 years from now. He'll only be in his early 30s by then.