Defence21 wrote:I don't understand why everyone gets so hung up on salary. Are you paying his $5 mil? No. The Pens are. Him beign there doesn't raise ticket prices. Sure, I MIGHT prevent them from having another player, but, in all honesty, this team is way under tha cap...so who cares?
are you kidding? The team has its own spending limits.
It's not my money, but it pains me to see them waste it now and it will pain me even more to see them forced to move Malkin, Sid, Whitney, Orpik, MAF, Armstrong or EC because they've committed 1/6 of their total salary and 1/8 of the league wide cap to such a terrible player.
Not to defend Gonchar here, because he has sucked for the majority of the season, but he is not a defensive defenseman. This team needs a good partner for him. He's relied on too much to be good in both ends, and that's not his style. If he could focus on his offensive game a bit more, we'd probably be seeing more points. Is he worth the money? No, not at all. But is he as bad as everyone says? No, not at all.
I see your point with the future, but I really don't see this as a problem. New owners, new arena, etc means higher payroll.