I am perfectly OK with this. Shero signed Z as a FA so we're not losing any in-grown assets. This was a salary dump in preparation of the FA season.
I had a problem with Z all year long and, as far as I remember, he was worse that Martin. In fact, when Martin was paired with him, Martin sucked. Then when Orpik got paired with him, Orpik sucked. Martin had a beautiful stretch of can't-do-wrong after he got paired with Letang and I remember I only turned against Martin (in addition to his pairing with Z, of course) during playoffs.
My #1 goat on defense all season was Z and I remember repeatedly saying that between Martin and Z, Z's worse and that he's the one to go. I see this sentimental attachment to Z some have and I don't know why, but I can't accept that it was his playing.
I am happy Shero got rid of him. Many don't realize for one reason or another that Z was just as weak and physically innefectual as Martin, so why exactly the difference in treatment? In fact, I saw Martin punch somebody. Never saw Z do that. Michalek was terrible defensively and I got sick of watching him throw himself to the ice in panic every time the puck got close to Fleury. Martin brings more to the team with his skating and passing anyway and I would rather give Martin another shot if he isn't traded than be stuck with another disappointing year from Michalek.
I congratulate Shero for admitting Z didn't play as expected and for selling him back to Phoenix.
Shero has decided to blow up the team... for a chance at another superstar.
Which one, we don't know yet...but Parise or Suter have to be in play at this point.
Blow up the team? What are you talking about. Staal gave hiim no option and he did a great job getting as much from Carolina as possible. We all new either Z or Martin, possibly both, we going to move. Shero did a great job on day 1 of the draft. If day 1 of free agency is anything like this, WOW!
Considering he was picked up as a free agent with no assets being lost to get him, trading him back to the same team you got him from with a few assetts in return and the fact he wasn't working out here and you got rid of some salary.... Looks like a win to me
I probably wouldn't want to see both Suter and ZP unless they traded Martin away. Sign ZP to give Sid a top 6 winger and land some size on this team(which comes at a cheaper price then high end talent).
DesertPenguin wrote:Only way Martin gets dealt out of here now is if Shero brings a top 4 veteran in first and signs him. Ray Shero will not take any action that risks the pens starting the season with:
ville5 wrote:Ah, so Shero, drunk off all the D he acquired, thought he was bringing back mike rupp. Instead he got ruopp. And I was hoping all those PIMS were from slammin bodies through the glass. Oh well.
Supposedly Michalek originally wanted to stay in Phoenix? But he was unsure of what was gonna happen with the team, correct? So he took the best offer. That's what I've read anyway. Supposedly other teams were interested. surely Shero could've fleeced more than two scrubs and a 3rd. Since ZM was just signed here semi- recently, is it possible Shero asked ZM where he'd like to go so as not look like a **** to other possible FA's? And just took the best offer from that team? I realize this was a pure salary dump and the idea sounds far fetched. But surely with ZM past performance, we could've gotten more than two scrubs and a 3rd for a top 4 defensive D.