Here we go again…

For those who haven’t paid attention to the standings at all this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sitting in last place. Fast foward from 2004 to 2006 and… the story doesn’t change.There are numerous reasons why these flightless, (and except for 18 flukes) winless birds have set up shop in the league’s basement. Has anyone been to the Mellon Arena? What a dump.

Anyway, if things continue the way they have this season, the Penguins will have a 25% chance of getting the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Assuming they get the pick, and assuming any one of the guys who are expected to be a top pick turn out to be good… they will demand a salary equal to their performance. With Fleury, Crosby, and (keep your fingers crossed) Malkin on the roster next year, (and hopefully years from now) keeping all of these guys under the cap with the rest of a team will be a pain.

Hold on, what’s the point I was making?

Should the Penguins trade the pick, what value would they get for it, (There ain’t no Crosbys this year) and who would trade for it?

While an upgrade is needed practically everywhere but Center and Goal, it is common sense that they should try for a defenseman, if they can, if someone is willing to give one up, if the price is right, if….

Bring on the constructive criticism, and forget about the adolescent trash talk.

64 Responses to Here we go again…

  1. Aetherial says:

    … Or they could be doing an impersonation of the Leafs 🙁

  2. Marky2Fresh says:

    Hey can’t a team bring a player to arbritration once in their career?

    If I was the Pen’s I’d bring Gonchar and try to shave some money off his contract.

  3. wingerxxx says:

    It’s simply for the reason that it seems like Pittsburgh gets an extremely high draft pick almost every single year. I’ll admit, it’s sour grapes on my part too 🙂

    Their GM did the right thing by stepping down. Granted, it’s a shame what happened to Mario and Palffy, but the signings of LeClair and Gonchar were moronic. Gonchar has always been overrated, and LeClair’s best days are long gone. That is a good chunk of the team’s payroll right there.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    No team is going to trade away their top two defenseman in a deal, it doesn’t matter if this is Malkin we’re talking about, or not.

  5. Gretzkin says:

    How many times can I be the 1,000,000 visitor to the same site?

    I just don’t get it…

  6. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Me too……I am the 1,000,000th customer everytime I come here. It’s pretty impressing if you ask me………Hahaha!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!!

  7. JannettyTheRocker says:

    For arbitration, doesn’t a player have to be a restricted free agent? I’m not 100% sure.

  8. Veggetto19 says:

    the ca[ was made so low budget teams can compete so other teams revenue will be spread out so the pen can spend away

  9. Gretzkin says:

    Damn again…

  10. FLAMESOWNU says:

    and the stupid devry guy

  11. my_sphincter says:

    Why trade Malkin when he is so cheap. He will be under the rookie cap and should be able to perform at a high level for Pittsburg. They should move Malkin to the wing and play him on the 1st line with Crosby.

  12. guinsfan4life says:

    Ahh..the leafs ain’t that bad. They had a good win last night against the Flyers. I’d be concerned if I was a flyers fan. I mean their inconsistencies of not beating teams they should beat on a regular basis would bother me. Clearly the Leafs go into that game with nothing on the line and the Flyers allow them to go into their house and grab two points.

    My only thing about the leafs is they should have started to rebuild alot sooner. They are an aging team; they’ve been successful, but trading away prospects for older talent is no longer the way to go in the new NHL. I would have started that process already. The best way would have been to put Sundin on the trading block a few weeks ago and see what you could have gotten in return.

    Leafs executives are too worried about what the fans think.

  13. Marky2Fresh says:

    My understanding was if you sign a player to a big contract and he doesnt play up to it, you can take him to arbitration, but only once in his career, and this is in the new CBA.

    I might be wrong though

  14. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Yeah, I think you’re right actually. I remember hearing something about that.

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