Rugbymuffin wrote:GreenLantern wrote:I think Iggy gets re-signed, hopefully Pitts has a coach that can use him next year. I liked regular season Iginla, but playoffs Iginla was a snooze fest.
He never really did look fully comfortable, but with the Pens revamped coaching staff next year I have a feeling he will still produce at a great clip. I think he spends the off season really working on his speed (something he never needed in Calgary's system) and comes back next year revitalized.
You don't score 10 consistent 30 goal seasons in this league and just one day turn into a bad player, he will be back and he will be fine. Like I have said before Iginla is a conditioning beast, nobody is more upset with his performance in the last round than him and he will use it as fuel for the training fire this off season.
I feel the "he wasn't used right" is a valid arguement.
My retort is, If he is so good, shouldn't he be able to play anywhere on the ice ?
As much respect he deserves for everything he's accomplished, the fact is that he hasn't produced at a star level for a couple of seasons. That's just the reality of the stage his career is in. No one should be disappointed by this, because he's been the player he was with the Pens for a while now. Joe fan may not have realized this, but I'm certain Pens management knew the player they were getting.
That doesn't mean that he can't be a contributor if utilized differently. But don't expect him to be the 3rd option and defensive conscience of his line while playing with Malkin and Neal; which is basically what was asked of him and why he struggled and was exposed IMO.
You don't re-sign him expecting him to improve. It's possible to have a late-career resurgence, but unlikely. So don't hold it against him if it doesn't happen. We'll see how much money and how large a role with another team he's willing to sacrifice to play with the Pens. I don't see it happening.