KG wrote:This is what I don't understand:
Dustin Brown signs a 6 year extension for $19.05MM roughly $3MM cap hit
Staal signs a 4 year extension for $16MM. $4MM cap hit...
Did Ray not use that as a comp?
I don't know but someone mentioned yesterday at Shero's misuse of funds. I'm starting to actually buy into this even though I believe Staal is an insurance policy. Crosby and Malkin signing for only 8.7 was because they wanted to. He gets no credit for that from me. Regardless of how much I love Fleury one has to admit his signing makes him a very well paid starting goaltender in this league. It is now time to turn the corner. Whitney - ok - maybe he had something to do with that, who knows.
Now let's talk about some of the things that are very debatable:
- The biggest being the Hossa trade. We technically gave away 3 first rounders and a very promising player in EC. Did I personally like it at the time? Yes. But even I knew we had a slim chance at keeping him with what was going to free agency during the offseason. Regardless of if it was a handshake between two men, what was his backup plan for restocking? Yeah the following:
- Satan - if MT was given the long extension that must have been because Shero thought and knew and believed this was his guy. Basing off of that he knows, and if he doesnt needs to be fired for this alone, that Satan is the exact opposite of the player type MT likes. Way to really give your HC a reward. No way is a player Satan's age going to change. Why even sign that? Pay the extra $ and get Naslund. he at least fits more of the mold MT works best with.
- Dupuis signing - no explanation really. Dump that bring up Minard and resign Rutuu. Rutuu at least had some skills imo. Don't really know what to say here.
- Eaton - ?
- Staal - unless this was for insurance I just do not have a single clue how we can possibly afford to be competitive with the amount of money tied up between the "three centers." Staal is a center. Personally imo I do not care what way you turn it. He has been most successful at being a 3rd line center, PK specialist...on THIS
- Brooks Orpik - good job getting the deal done. But really you left yourself no choice by continuously striving for offensive defensemen. I mean that's fine and dandy and could work out very well, but when the offense goes to poop because breakout passes aren't involved in the solution, you have yourself some real problems since you'll be spending the majority of your time in your own end.
- Eaton - did I mention him? Appearently the Nils Eckman injury prone expirement was a failure. Why test it again?
- I'm tired of continuing.
Quite frankly I wasn't and still am not ready to crown Shero the savior of Pittsburgh hockey. In fact I would take CP in his last seasons over what I have seen to this point only because I've seen nothing that has wow'd me. Unless we're talking about the wow factor of how one Michael Yeo is still employed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. I wouldn't let him work for Waste Management.