jmh70 wrote:Hurt or not, Roszival was always the better defenseman. It's really just that simple.
Martin St. Louis had the same injury as Roszival, but you didn't see Jay Feaster cut him lose. (I'm not comparing those two players. It is just an illustration of the proper way to deal with a seriously injured player.)
Strbak, well, he showed plenty of promise in the short time he was with the Pens. But I guess that wasn't good enough for our Hall of Fame GM.
Two key things here. First of all, Rozsival always was an average or slightly better than average defenseman. Was he worth the money the Pens would have been obligated to pay him (over $1 mil)? Maybe if he hadn't suffered injury after injury. But there's no use investing a signficant amount of money in someone who is proned to getting hurt. In hindsight, sure, the Pens should have signed him. But you honestly can't say he'd be as good as he is right now if he were on the Pens.
Secondly, Strbak also was a good player, but, as several people mentioned, you can't force someone to stay with your team. Several people have said above that he said he preferred to stay in Europe. So even if the Pens would have made an offer, he likely won't have come over.