She'sTheFastest wrote:A big part of letting Cooke walk was the notion that his presence may jeopardize the health of the Pens' star players, namely Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Then, with Cooke gone, opposing teams still took liberties with these guys. Bringing Downie in was simply a way of saying enough is enough. Thus while you all may not agree with this deal, there is certainly justification for it.
Also, I bought an autographed Tocchet card from the flea market in North Versailles. It was only a quarter. I did good.
Wait. You're saying that a big part of letting Cooke go was that his presence on the team may jeopardize
the health of Crosby and Malkin?!?!? Are you kidding me? That's the first time I've ever heard that and I certainly don't believe it. The reason why Crosby gets abused so much is because the Pens don't have enough tough players like Cooke!!
And your comment that "Bringing Downie in was simply a way of saying enough is enough" underlies a lack of understanding about the way hockey has been played for the last 80 years or so. Physical toughness and intimidation has always been a factor in the NHL. Always. In the immortal words of former Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe: "If you can't beat them in the alley, you can't beat them on the ice." That famous quote is overly simplistic, but it's basic point is true. Hockey is a very physical sport and you need physical, tough players on your team as well as skill in order to win championships. The Penguins had that toughness to complement their skill when they won their cups in 1991 & 1992 and in 2009. Last year's Penguins team was relatively soft. And I don't want to hear that they had toughness with Tanner Glass, because Tanner is the ultimate "pseudo" tough guy. He gets his a** kicked every time he gets into a fight and no one fears him at all. Very happy to see him go. I was NOT happy to see Matt Cooke go. Cooke is the perfect third-line winger. I hope the Pens can get two or three more Matt Cookes. Hopefully, Steve Downie will be the Pens new Matt Cooke.
Anyway, glad you got a good deal on your new Tocchet card!