Not that Finder and Molinari are bad – they are good at what they do – I just get the impression that Dejan had a passion for hockey, whereas Finder and Molinari like sports in general.
As far as Madden goes – I think he goes for ratings and I noticed a pattern with him about 5 years ago – he says things to spurn debate, which is the bread and butter of his radio show. If he didnt say controversial things, his whole broadcast would be people calling and agreeing with him which, I’m sure you would agree, would be boring, ratings would slip, and he’ll be back commentating on Saturday night cable access wrestling.]]>
Madden also reported Kovie to the pens was a done deal, and it might have been if they didn’t low ball him.]]>
At no time did Chuck Finder say the Penguins were actually talking to Joseph Stumpel. He did, however say “The Penguins would like to add another center and possibly one more defenseman to their roster. Coincidentally, one of the free-agent centers available is a former Kings and Slovakia teammate of Palffy’s, Jozef Stumpel.”
And he left it at that.
Add some fuel to the fire… Pittsburgh radio shock jock, Mark Madden, has reported at least twice in the past week that the Pens are talking to Eric Lindros. Furthermore, the Pens were rumored to be talking to Yanic Perrault (sp?) in the past (i.e., past seasons), but would like to add an above-average faceoff man.
IMHO, Lindros and Perrault are closer to what the Pens are looking for (Lindros is a second-line winger, Perrault can win the crucial draws) than Stumpel, a perrenial 15-goal man who would, more than likely, command .5-1 million more/season (if you believe the rumors that Lindros is looking for $1.5 mil).