Cr@zy871 wrote:Let's play the hypothetical game here and say that he DOES sign with the Pens... Where does he fit in with the roster for next season? I can't imagine he would be leaving the top league in his home country to ride buses in the AHL... Is the Pens brass hoping that he can fill the Murray type physical role that we seem to always be looking for? This one puzzles me, but depth never hurts.
Is he much different than Bortuzzo? Maybe they're thinking about shipping Engelland to Siberia to take his place. That would be welcome.
I honestly have no knowledge of this player, but I think there are a lot of major changes coming down the pike this off-season for the Penguins. There are a lot possible catalysts that will cause chain reactions to the roster.
Maybe the Penguins aren't as high on Bortuzzo or Despres as they were? Eaton and Murray are UFAs after this season, Letang, Orpik and Niskanen the next. I believe the Letang situation will be addressed THIS off-season, not NEXT season. By that I mean if they're going to move Letang or players will be moved and/or not re-signed, it will likely be all addressed this off-season. I think the Penguins general plans for next three or four seasons will be handled now rather than later.
Anyway, I'm not trying to start a rumor thread, but obviously the Penguins are preparing for some sort of movement.