Bowser wrote:MCM - I hear Palffy told the Penguins he had some legal issues to deal with in Europe and wanted to leave to take care of things personally. He wasn't happy in Pittsburgh, he missed LA and playing under Therrien wasn't a real joy.
Make no mistake, it was Palffy and his agent who came up with the CBA loophole that he could *retire* and then return next season.
yeltzen wrote:I'm sure the Pens realized that both parties benefitted from his retirement and they just agreed on it.
Palffy gets out of this city he obviously doesn't care for and team that's going nowhere.
Pens get to sign Fleury. The season was a lost cause with or without Ziggy, so they get to avoid the wrath of season ticket holders by keeping Marc-Andre up here.
BJL wrote:If they "allowed" this to happen for the reason you just outlined then it would have been a VERY short-sighted decision. You don't just give up a guy like Palffy when you have him locked in for 2 more years for nothing. His numbers weren't exactly Gonchar-bad.
BJL wrote:I am a season ticket holder... and when the season is lost does it matter if Fleury is here or not? We just lost 7-1 yesterday... it doesn't matter if he's here or not. Palffy was the ONLY free agent signing that I was happy with as the season went along. When his goal scoring went down toward the end he was still putting points on the board w/ assists. People were claiming they were cheap and merely a benefit of playing w/ Crosby, but they count either way and I haven't seen anybody else consistantly put up points like that even when they do play with Sid.
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