thehockeyguru wrote: Streaks House wrote: thehockeyguru wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:Jesus Christ how many times do we have to say M/M were signed the year after Scuderi and Gill signed elsewhere?
Why don't you see the fact that if Scuderi and Gill were retained there is no need to sign Martin and Michalek?
Didn't have the cap space at the time...
Pens had 5.5 mil in cap space going into the off-season. They were paying Eaton 2mil on top of that. If they wanted to keep Gill and Scuderi they could have.
Didn't see the value in a 3rd pair, stay at home defenseman getting $4 million bucks. Not that I know personally, but I never think GMRS viewed Scuds as a 2nd pair guy. They viewed Michalek as an upgrade.
I also don't think they expected to get so much out of Nisky, so Martin was a must-have a the time when defenders were at a premium. We traded for Hamhuis and whiffed, missed out on Volchenkov, and were essentially left with the two guys we got. I think, now that we see Despres looking like he can hang out on the third line and work his way up. That said, we still have too many players that would have to play, even if we dumped Martin and one of Engelland and Lovejoy. I just don't see a way out without a buyout.