M10 wrote:Wonder how long it takes Despres to request a trade. No question he's been dicked around by this coaching staff. Coach basically says you are a lock for top 4... Then gives up on you during training camp.
M10 wrote:What happened to there being no truth in my comments? Let's not lose sight of your ignorance, yes?
M10 wrote:Right, a 22 year old defenseman is a bust because __________ (insert axe grinding exaggeration here).
pcm wrote:To be fair, Despres came into camp with pnemonia. If your going to say "he didn't earn it" in preseason, then you could say the same thing about Dumoulin, who also got leapfrogged by Maatta.Spoiler:Dumoulin was injured, for those playing along.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Despres had success in the NHL during his first two years as a pro. A plus-14 rating in 51 regular-season games is evidence of that. But the Penguins were up against the salary cap, and Despres was one of only two players in camp who did not need to clear waivers to be sent down, so out the door he went.
Penguins management did not tell him the move was strictly business, however.
“It's maybe one of the reasons,” Despres said. “There's probably more than one.”
The Penguins want to see more consistency from Despres. Not consistency of effort or even consistency of results. Consistency of focus.