therock48880 wrote:EagleMorph wrote:therock48880 wrote:Thanks for the explanation. That just seemed like a lot of the heart and soul of the Pens leaving and leaving quickly.
We would have loved to have kept every single one of them. They were all great as Penguins. But Pens fans knew that with so many available to other teams, it wasn't likely, so we're not concerned. This is how it's going to be with Malkin, Crosby, Fleury, Whitney, Staal, and others as the core.
Good point. That's where we are SO lucky to be Wing's fans. Datsyuk signed long-term for below market value, Lidstrom did the same, Zetterberg will make 2.75 mill this year, etc... The list goes on and on. It started years ago with Yzerman deferring money, then Shanahan did, and it's carried down to this generation of players. So, if your five best players sign for 1-2 million less than market value, that frees up 5-10 extra million dollars.
There is nothing going on in Pittsburgh.
Malone left because the Penguins weren't about to overpay for a pretty much inconsistent player who happened to have the best year of his career during the season before he became a free agent. He got about 1-3 million more than the Pens were willing to even talk about. The Pens couldn't afford to offer him the amount of money he got from Tampa and still hope to keep Fluery, Malkin, and Orpik.
Roberts is 42 years old. He was hurt for the majority of last year. He served his purpose of a veteran leader back when the Pens had no experience in playoff hockey. The core of the team has now played together for 2 seasons, and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. They probably don't need his presence as much. A younger player can probably match and most likely exceed his productivity, although no one will probably be able to match his intensity and heart.
Ruutu wanted a year more for his contract than the Pens were willing to give. Matt Cooke is probably an upgrade in terms of productivity, value, and effectiveness anyways.
BGL was basically shown the door after the Pens signed Godard. Godard is as much of a heavyweight as BGL, and he signed for a lot less than Georges did.
Players like Hall are a dime a dozen. The Pens have 3 or 4 guys that will be able to step in and fill his shoes.
The only player that the Pens really wanted to keep and couldn't was Hossa. I think Pens fans have every right to boo him. What if you were dating a girl who dumped you for some guy that beat you up in a fight? Even if you were only dating for a week, would you still respect her? That's basically what Hossa did.
Now I don't normally boo the opposing team (unless they are from Philly). I never booed Jagr. I have a lot of respect for the Red Wings and find it hard to dislike the team. But, if I am in attendance for a Pens-Wings game next season I will be booing Hossa at every chance I get.