Besides, his agent would shoot him to sign a contract like that when in theory he could sign for the league max every time his contract expires. Good news is that I believe that although he will be expensive, Crosby will be in a Penguins uniform for a long long while, if not his entire carreer.]]>
In a nutshell: What the very young Fleury has done so far he has done basically on his own and by getting mad at his head coach trashing him in the press. Imagine what he could do if someone gives him his fully devoted attention by being a true mentor and guiding his undeniable natural talents into a consistent performance. Shero has mentioned that goaltending staff is part of his vision, but he has yet to do anything about it. Remember, Fleury is in his infancy as a goaltender, because the vast majority of goaltenders do not reach their prime until they are in the neighborghood of 30 birthdays.
The Penguins need to take a page from the San Jose Sharks, who time and again find stellar goaltendending prospects or develop others goalies into capable NHL stoppers who otherwise would have been lucky to amount to anything better than journeymen in the AHL or European leagues. And the Sharks’ formula must be the right one, because they are consistent in this area.
As far as monetary compensation, I think Crosby, Malkin and also Fleury will more than likely command at one point more than $5M. Sadly, if that happens, I expect to see Evgeni packing his bags for whoever offers the best package in return to the Penguins. That is unless the new Arena and the Penguins lease is somehow masterfully planned to substain that kind of payroll. It is possible, it is just much easier said than done.]]>