Stevens25 wrote:The last few games the Pens have been great but I also started wondering...What if Mario Lemieux and/or Ziggy Palffy didn't retire untill the end of the year? Would they have made any difference? Let's say Mario came back heathly? If anything could Lemieux and Palffy helped Crosby run away with the rookie scoring lead?
No, No and No. For Mario, after the season started so poorly, he lost the drive to compete in my opinion. His illness had a huge part to do with that. This team was built in the off season to be a contender or at least a playoff team. When it was clear that the Pens were a bad hockey team, Palffy got out, and Mario followed shortly thereafter. I think that Ziggy will play again, just not for the Pens.
The goal is not to help Sid win the rookie scoring race. The goal is to improve the TEAM. This team improved the day of the trade deadline. Alot of garbage was shed and sent else where. The young guys now have a chance to grow together, and gel. We may not be a playoff team next season, but with a good draft and a couple of smart moves in the off season, I think we can get close, and be at the door step right down to the wire.