columbia wrote: owtahear wrote:
mikey287 wrote:If TK doesn't make this team there's something seriously wrong...no one worked harder last season than TK...I don't care if he never ever scores a point the rest of his life, that kind of energy, the forecheck, the hard backcheck, disrupting the outlet, the willingness to stand up for teammates...that's invaluable right there...
He earned a spot on this team just on his playoffs alone last year...
He works hard no doubt, but at some point production has to count. As for Shanahan, didn't we already sign him a few years back with little success. I believe he went by a different name then, something like John Leclair?
The Pens are seriously bottom-heavy at LW. I'd say he is worth a 2 month look-see and if he has to be jettisoned like Leclair and Recchi, so be it.
They could get desperate and try to slot Cooke into Malone's role, but I doubt he has the size to hold up there for long.
If I recall correctly, Dupuis was more of a right winger in Atlanta, then shifted to left wing to fit in on the top line in Pittsburgh -- though I can't find any evidence of this. Even so, Kennedy played the majority of the late season and playoffs on the right wing, not left.
Also, by the sounds of Ray Shero's plan, Jordan Staal is primed to move into Ryan Malone's role, which would indicate a spot on the top power play unit and an opportunity to at least compete for a left wing spot on one of the top two lines. There's also Janne Pesonen who is a complete question mark. He may come in an completely underwhelm everyone -- or he might be a huge surprise. We just don't know.
But, if I had to guess right now, this would be my lineup:
Fedotenko - Crosby - Satan
Staal - Malkin - Sykora
Dupuis - Talbot - Kennedy
Cooke - Beech/Taffe - Godard/Taffe
There's no room for Shanahan, even with Pesonen completely out of the picture.