But remember that this season he has really turned his game up because he was playing on the same line with No66 and No27 which will not be the case next season. It will be interesting to see what will happen to him. He can definately get he ice time that he needs to be sucessful.]]>
I agree with what you are explaining, however isn’t every team in the league trying to do the same? It is just the matter of the fact that the penguins have less than everyone else, therefore they have less to work with in order to do the “best they can with what they have”.
My theory in hiring a new coach would have went like this:
First I hire a big name coach, allow him to bring in all of his own assistants. I was saying maybe Ted Nolan.
As a result of this, fan expectations would increase due to Nolan’s reputation of winning with next to nothing. Fan expectations increase, and more tickets are sold. To compound that, if Mario comes back, fans get the disillusion that the penguins are a playoff team because of what Nolan brings to the table and what Mario can do.
I think that would have been the way to go. You have to get your fan base to believe that you are better than you are, Nolan would have helped us all believe that notion. Not only that, he would have been more recognizable in the city who is working on how to find funding to build a new arena. A city that already includes a big name coach-Bill Cowher.
Patrick would have never let this happen, though. Patrick is in a fog that has hung over him since he was inducted into the hockey hall of fame. Patrick has become a power hungry general manager–he is afraid to lose power or be challenged by any decision he makes. He clearly has put his neck on the chopping block by naming Olyczk. How was the interview process conducted? How, with a list of 40 candidates could have Edzo been the best with no experience? These are all questions he has to answer. This is the fifth coach in five years he has hired. Next time, he should be the one to go.
ON the need for a new arena…I believe the city of pgh has about 60-90 days to put funding in place for a new arena. If it ain’t done by that, I think Mario puts them up for sale even before the season begins. An investor with tons of cash from a city that already has an arena that is workable will be the destination. I am about 75% certain the penguins have very little time left in pgh–their bags are about packed and they are close to being gone.
I would be totally shocked if they trade up and get Fluery. First of all, they don’t have the cash to sign a first overall pick. Secondly, that pick is a goalie, which doesn’t bode well for them. They don’t have success grooming high pick goaltenders. History has shown that you can get a quality goalie in the later rounds. Lastly, I would stay where I was or trade up to draft Zherdev, or Staal. Staal is close to playing in the NHL, Zherdev would have to wait a year.
Lastly, Robitaille isn’t a good idea..he’d want to much and is too old to put any kind of money into. Mario is going to stay retired. He needs to focus all his time and energy on a new arena for this team.]]>