I'll agree that Mario is the biggest reason the team is in such a funk, but i refuse to forgive Patrick.
btw, remember when Madden said Mario forced Patrick to make some of the signings? Is Madden still talking about this, or does he refuse to speak ill of his God?
MM has done a complete 180 and vehemently denies ever having said that Mario was behind some of the personal choices.
Get real MM. It's funny how the entire sporting world looks to Dan Snyder and Al Davis as examples of owners who medle with their respective teams.
As much as I revere Mario as a player in his prime, as much as I admire and respect the wonderful things he's done for Pittsburgh, as much as I adore him for adopting the 'Burgh as his home, There is no denying that Mario has been the catalyst behind decisions regarding personal over the past 5-6 years that have handcuffed CP and have been a detriment to the franchise.
I'll always be thankful to Mario, but I'm pleased he's given up his role as a player, and I'll be even happier if and when he turns the reigns back over to CP as a GM.
I for one, believe that CP's best years came when he had complete control of all personnel decisions regarding the makeup of the Pens roster. Let's go back to that situation and see what happens before we crucify CP.
In business I'm fond of saying "The perfect recipe for failure is accountability without authority" Unfortunately that situation is EXACTLY what is happening with the GM position on the Pens right now.
(Edit addition) I've been waiting to say this until after Mario hung up the skates. I didn't want to slam him while he was still playing out of respect.
Does anyone else realize that Marios been 'double dipping' over the past few seasons? He's made money as an owner (more power to him) yet at the same time, he's been one of the highest paid players in the game over the last few seasons. HEAR ME OUT.
If you take Marios pay PER GAME, I'm not sure there are too many players in the league who have made more PER GAME PLAYED.
If you factor PRODUCTION into that calculation (Points, G's, A's), I think that you just might find that mario has been the single most expensive player in the NHL over the past three seasons.
Was that something this franchise could afford?
As I stated earlier, I wear my 66 sweater with great pride, I often cite Mario's postive contributions to the kids I coach. I'll argue with anyone about Mario's stature as one of the 3-4 Greatest ALL-TIME figures in the game of hockey. But I'm glad he's retired and off the payroll as a player.