Sams_Dog wrote:Wow, if not for the black and gold on this site I would be SURE that this was a NY Rangers discussion board. "GET THAT VETERAN! GET THIS VETERAN! TRADE THE YOUNG GUYS!! WHO CARES??!! THEY CAN'T PLAY!! THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!" Roberts is 40 years old guys. He will be doing card shows and playing golf when the Penguins are the favorite to win the Cup in two of three years. A second round pick, sure. One of our top (if not THE TOP) defensive prospect? NO F'N WAY!
Guerin is 36 and is one year removed from scoring 13 GOALS IN 70 GAMES. I am not interested in seeing us give up a good young player and a #1 pick for him ever. And either of these guys could (and probably will) walk after this season. I hope these rumors are false. My opinion of Shero would drop considerably if they aren't.
The Penguins are not going to win the Cup this year and making deals as if they are would be DUMB. In two years we will be kicking ourselves that we let a guy like Welch go fo a 40 year old rent-a-player.
The Penguins could very much use PLAYOFF REVENUE. For some reason, a lot of people think this habitual money-losing franchise is suddenly very solvent. It's not! I know attendance is up but the Pens are still going to finish in the red without some home playoff games.
When it comes time for next year and maybe upgrading the roster, it would be nice to have finished on the + side bottom-line for one of the few times in the last 2 decades plus.
Welch is expendable. The Pens have that style of d-man already in the NHL and also in the AHL for that matter. 40 year old rental players can help you have a good playoff run, especially if they bring something to the lineup that is lacking previously.
I'm all for bringing guys like Roberts and Guerin on board, even if they both turn out to be rentals. It's a second season once the playoffs start and either/both bring some of the power forward aspects to the Pens that is missing. If it means giving up a low #1 pick, Ryan Malone and even Wlech, sounds great to me. 3rd liners like Malone aren't difficult to replace and low #1 draft picks don't mean a lot on a team that is having a major youth movement already.