Jesse wrote:While I agree that someone needs to be held accountable for the recent play of this team and the disasterous effects of the attempt at icing a formidable team...
there weren't many of you who were complaining in the offseason...
Signing Thibault (or Joseph or Burke for that matter) was a terrible move. Other than that every move looked like it would improve the team. Tugnutt was the guy for the job. Willing to accept a minor league deal and league minimum.
The most important player they needed was a #1 blueliner. Someone who could be counted on to hog 25-30 minutes and work alot of special teams. Aucoin was tops on my list but Chicago snatched him up for 4 million and he turned out to be a bust for them, so far. Gonchar went to the Pens, he is still one of the best in the league in the offensive zone, if not the best. Gonchar has been a bust too. Neidermayer got even more than Gonchar and just watching him skate is worth every penny. He hasnt produced either however.
Roy was better than Domi and still is. I don't want that over paid cheapshot artist anywhere near the Penguins. Roy is a better player and will trun out to be a decent FA.
Palffy was way over hyped but he actually produced despite his liabilities. I really wanted to see kovy come back.
By the time they got around to siging LeClair there wasnt much left to chose from and they already burned bridges by turning their nose at Kariya, etc.. CP was really holding out for Malkin but to no avail.
Poapst and Odelin were filler and alot of other contract moves were not well thought out.
Bottom line is that when signing FAs your restricted by time, compitition, and who is a FA. CP did considerably well in hindsight but the players havent done enough. Gonchar expecially. They need to think things through better in the future and really contemplate all the "what if" scenerios so that they can move to plan C and D seemlessly. Right now things seem chaotic in the franchise and the last word I would use to describe the Pens is structured. Its almost as if they dont know what kind of hokcey players they need to succeed. They just go with what is there and throw it in a pot and see what cooks.