The top five things you do after dumping salary…

On the heels of trading the 4th leading scorer in the National Hockey League to the NY Rangers, for what appears to be a bag of pucks and a few pairs of skates, the Pittsburgh Penguins have continued the rebuilding process that began with the trade of Jaromir Jagr almost two years ago.

What next?? Here is what I believe the Penguins should do…Alright…with this trade came alot of information regarding the present financial situation surrounding the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is the second time Craig Patrick was forced to trade a superstar player for unproven commoditites.

First it was the Jagr deal (Lupaschuk, Beech, Sivek) and now it is the Ranger deal.

With that said the Penguins can make this work out for the short term, or until the new CBA is negotiated.

1). The organization must commit to a specific type of system and apply that system throughout the minor leagues. The minor league system must be improved so that we can re-build this team through the draft.

2). Fire Glenn Patrick (CP’s brother, no concidence). Bring in a teacher the young players must respect. When asked about what it is like being a minor leaguer in the Penguins system, Andrew ference stated rather explicitly that there is a lack of structure, teaching and communication between the coaches and players. Glenn must go.

3). MARIO SUCK IT UP!! This team needs to hire a defensive minded coach with a system in place. Young players, which we now have alot of, need a structured type of environment in which to play. I am thinking Larry Robinson, or Kevin Constantine would fit the bill. Look, this organization has never valued the position of head coach—because it was always made up of veterans and the team would free wheel hoping to outscore the oppostion. Unlike now, this team needs a strong head coach to teach to the younger players.

4.) THe organization needs to come out and say we are in financial trouble. The fans deserve it, the game deserves it. The fans have felt lied to for the last 3 years. First we listened to Patrick tell us how the centerpiece of a deal for Jagr was Beech (currently in the minors), then we listened to him talk about how he couldn’t find any reasonable deals for Robert Lang and hoped to resign him at the end of the season and now this: “I think this deal strengthens us for the playoff drive.” It is this kind of marketing catastrophy that occured last year when Mario soured all the fans here in pgh by playing for team Canada and then abruptly ending his season. FOr God’s sake don’t insult our intelligence by telling us this deal wasn’t based on money–you are alienating the fans.

5.) Call up Brooks Orpik, Kris Beech, Ross Lupachuk, Tomas Surovy. The biggest reason against this is that they will make mistakes at the National HOckey league level. At least that was the reasoning from penguins management. I know these moves will be prohibited from happening because of the monetary aspects–but at least consider them. Right now Orpik, Beech could be developing with experience–sure they will make their mistakes, but the players we currently have on the roster make mistakes. Beech needs to play. See what you have by playing Surovy, the best pure goal scorer in the penguins farm system.

What does this hurt??

So there you go.

Hit me back with your comments..

Eric


73 Responses to The top five things you do after dumping salary…

  1. TrojanMan says:

    all 3-4 that are left

  2. guinsfan4life says:

    IF you think that deal made this team better well then I’ll just let you think that and we can see at the end of the season.

    Kovy may have scored 15-20 more goals. Maybe if he was lucky. Don’t forget he is a very streaky scorer. He went something like 15 games without a goal this season already.

    Dont’ worry about our new players beating anyone one-on-one. None of them are capable of that–at least now.

    The penguins don’t want to spend money on a coach so be it. WEll my whole point to this post was that they need to change their emphasis and put more pride in selecting a good proven coach with a defensive system. So maybe they should change their approach and organizational philosophy.

  3. guinsfan4life says:

    Look Kraftster…what is going on now is a public relations nightmare for the penguins organization.

    First last year Mario says he is gonna play for Canada after being injured and then coming back and saying he is too hurt to play–strike 1.

    Then, this season attendance drops because of that. You can’t tell me that isn’t a direct result of what Mario did. I agreed with his decision to do that and I still do. He has done alot for this city and deserves that much.

    And now, this trade with Kovie. First Patrick comes out claiming that this trade will improve their depth–and will help them make the playoffs. Yeah right..

    So now, we trade our best offensive talent for the long run, and now because we should play a more defensive system he wants to retire?? So he all of a sudden is contemplating retirement because he don’t want to play the trap?? Give me a break!! If you thought you had a better chance of winning your 3rd stanley cup playing with your thumb in your nose, would you do it?? I sure would.

    That is what I meant in my criticism of Mario. I am sorry if it sounded like I agreed with everything Titans said. But I don’t.

  4. guinsfan4life says:

    What exactly makes me a fair weather fan??

  5. guinsfan4life says:

    He may be a jerk on TV but the man knows alot about hockey.

    If he coaches, and the penguins win, would he still be an idiot??

  6. thehound says:

    Dude, your playin right into his hands

  7. TrojanMan says:

    The pens didnt make this deal so they could go out and get more players. They did it so that lemieux and co. dont wind up in bankruptcy court again.

  8. TrojanMan says:

    Sole reason Lemieux bought the team out of bankruptcy was to guarantee he got the 30million or so he was owed via guaranteed contracts (another thing the NHL should do away with, how about signing bonuses a al NFL??). Youre telling me thats not being at least a little selfish? I guarantee you if he wasnt owed thatmoney he wouldnt be the owner today.

  9. TrojanMan says:

    you have any idea how badly youre sayng that pisses me off? you have no idea what i went through last season with all the injuries. I was there til the end inhopes of a playoff spot. And when it didnt happen i looked to the draft and said hey, we at least got a top 5 pick. You have no idea what youre talking about. The fact that youre willing to say that makes me question your sanity. I think ever pens fan in the burg and worldwide has a right to feel hurt, betrayed and dirty by what the management of the pens is doing to the team.

    At least the TRUE fans are willing to vent. I know its rebuilding time but there is no excuse for that moron of a gm to go up to the microphone and announce to the fans that he believes this team is better thanks to the players he acquired. He is insulting our intelligence as fans of the PENS and the NHL as a whole ( i know, intelligence and saiklo arent compatible). Its a total slap in the face.

  10. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Pitsburg needs better “D”. Other than Kovalev I think the othe 3 mil was a good dump… But these guys rely on momentum, & they seem to lose heart when they fall behind. I say Pit should be gunning for a seasoned D-man to be an on-ice coach.

  11. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Pitsburg needs better “D”. Other than Kovalev I think the othe 3 mil was a good dump… But these guys rely on momentum, & they seem to lose heart when they fall behind. I say Pit should be gunning for a seasoned D-man to be an on-ice coach.

  12. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Pitsburg needs better “D”. Other than Kovalev I think the othe 3 mil was a good dump… But these guys rely on momentum, & they seem to lose heart when they fall behind. I say Pit should be gunning for a seasoned D-man to be an on-ice coach.

  13. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    Pitsburg needs better “D”. Other than Kovalev I think the othe 3 mil was a good dump… But these guys rely on momentum, & they seem to lose heart when they fall behind. I say Pit should be gunning for a seasoned D-man to be an on-ice coach.

  14. cecilturtle says:

    How is it possible that the Pens fans can’t fill their own building yet are “well could be?” the most popular road team in the NHL. Watch a road game… “If” the Pens score a goal you always hear a large amount of fans cheering for them. Personally whenever I see the Pens play the Rangers at MSG… They have more fan support than any other team visiting the Garden. If I were not a Rangers fan I would root for the Pens! They have by far the best looking female fans of any sport in any city. Am I wrong?

    Cecil Turtle

  15. cecilturtle says:

    “Is like drinking liquid drano… Sure it will clean you out, But it leaves you empty inside.” (Frank Drebin, Lieutenant, detective, police squade)… Not that I’m saying a night out at deliah’s den would’nt cure any hockey heart ache. Just the next morning you got nothing to show except bank withdrawl statements. Actually I might have gotten off the point? What were we talken about again? Maybe you do have good advice.

  16. Primis says:

    Your complete lack of hockey sense is amazing. Any chance to play with Mario is probably the best confidence boost a young player can achieve.

    Plus he is the best player in the game, why on earth would he quit?

    I’m not saying he should quit altogether. I’m saying he needs to seriously tone down his ice-time if he still wants to play.

    Is Mario scoring 100 pts worth it if the Pens don’t make the playoffs?

    Be real. All the Pens had was Kovalev and Mario. And they traded Kovalev already, and do you really think Mario has more than another year or so in him?

    This team knows they’re in a heap of trouble already and not going anywhere. And if the Pens management has the same attitude and thoughts as you, no wonder why the organization is in such dissaray. It’s delusional.

    — Primis.

  17. Primis says:

    How can you hurt a team by being the best player in the league? He is 37 and well past his prime and is only being challenged for the scoring lead because he missed a month with an injury.

    Iginla had a great year personally last year, but look where that got the Flames. Mario can score 200 pts, but if the Pens don’t make the playoffs still he’s the guy who’s going to get all the blame, because not only is he the leader in the dressing room, but this is literally HIS team and organization.

    I really don’t think Mario or a lot of Pens fans realize what Mario has gotten himself into here.

    Mario HAS to retire for good eventually. And after ditching Kovalev, and as budget-strained as the Pens are, just how do they think they’re going to pick up the pieces when that happens? Free agency? No, can’t afford it. Minors and draft? The kids gotta’ have a chance to be leaders and play before they’ll develop. Is another 100 pt. season by Mario really worth an extra 3 years of heartache and frustration to Penguin fans on down the road?

    So unless something drastically changes, the Pens don’t have a future with how they’ve set themselves up right now…

    — Primis.

  18. aafiv says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing Mario Lemieux complain about how his team has no money, his league has too much clutching, whine, whine, whine!

    His team is failing. On the ice, off the ice. I am sick of hearing his whining – he should retire and shut up. He should be remebered as the great player he is and give that damned mouth a rest already.

    The Coyotes are in similar financial problems but you don’t hear Gretzky whining and making horrible trades, do you?

    No.

    Because he is a true ambassador of the game who can run his team and is not a whiny biotch.

  19. Rico71 says:

    If he is so good…why did Nashville put him on waivers? They don’t have any defensive depth at all.

    Same goes for Bouillon earlier this season. Why pick him up…play him 3-4 games and put him on waivers? He’s playing great for Montreal right now.

    No wonder Nashville sucks.

  20. Rico71 says:

    ‘Was talking about Lintner…woops.

  21. IllinoisAVSfan says:

    This fucking thing just posted 5 times…. I dont feel THAT strongly about it!!! ROFL

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