bill from turtle creek wrote:
Tico Rick wrote:Okay, maybe we sign Malone, but lose Orpik. Then somebody would've had to start a thread called "Lack of size/toughness on defense hurting this team"
Well, that's the conundrum, I suppose. RS can't keep everybody. I'm just not sure that their business plan of getting midlevel wingers like Satan and Fedetenko every year or so and hoping for the best is going to work out consistently enough. Heck, next offseason Sykora's is a FA, too, so they will need at least 3 of these types.
There's always the draft and development within
Things have been depleted with most of the high picks already on the roster and a few traded, but I don't see RS trying to follow a stop-gap plan every year of signing 2nd tier forwards. right now, at least the Pens have flexibility and the guys that are signed long-term are exactly the players you want long-term. No Yashin or other albatrosses hanging over their heads.
In time this year, Fedo is capable of being a pretty close substitute for Malone. It may or may not work out but I think that was a good signing under the circumstances and at a good price and contract length. Satan was what was left when Hossa signed with Detroit, which was the risk RS was taking with Plan A of retaining Hossa and losing Malone and likely Orpik. I think the gamble was worth taking even if it proved fruitless. Satan isn't going to bring the all-around game of Hossa nor the production, but he'll fill some of the void and Pens have the flexibility of only being on the hook for one year.
We're probably not having much of this conversation if Gonchar and Whitney aren't injured. The weakner areas of the Pens are being magnified by their absence so far, and the wingers are that area that isn't as strong as I'm sure RS would like.