DocEmrick wrote:I remember this. Along the lines of the NHL becoming a young man's game, that's what it is now. A lot of the older guys are just sort of fading out. Look at Pittsburgh South. That's where I'd like to see us ship Sydor since Tampa's seem to become the Penguins Retirement Team.
As for Shanny actually joining the team, that is a definite NO. It'll never happen. Look at how the organization handled LeClaire and Recchi. It's not like people don't know what went down with both of these situations. On the flipside, we did all we could for them. The truth is they can't cut it anymore in the new NHL. And Shanahan, while having a hot season last year, proved to everyone that his longevity isn't what it used to be with his playoff performance.
While I don't see Shanahan in a Pens' uni nor the need for him, the older crowd is certainly still thriving in the NHL these days. I don't see the young man revolution when you have Lidstrom(38), Selanne(38), Niedermayer (35), Naslund (35), Tkachuk (36), etc. all still performing at high levels. Better conditioning and training has led to older players prolonging productive careers and the average age in the NHL is over 28 years old, an all-time high. While guys like Hasek and chelios skew the numbers a bit, so do the 18 and 19 year olds that are on the roster.
Last year, the 7 "oldest" teams in the NHL all made the playoffs. The 7 "youngest" all missed. The top-tier in scoring is the youth like Crosby, Malkin, Sharp, etc. but the 2nd tier has quite a lot of older guys.