We should hope Columbus gets the #1 pick
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03-15-2004, 08:37 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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I'm aware that Pittsburgh is in serious financial trouble and that was the main reason in their sending Fleury down, but this is a different situation, as that article states:
The Pens don't have to sign Ovechkin. They can leave him in Europe until their financial situation improves with the new CBA. And if a new CBA does not improve Pittsburgh's financial outlook enough that they can sign their draft picks, then they might as well fold because they will not get any better in the future.
I still don't see what Pittsburgh has to gain by making the move sooner rather than later. If Ovechkin is everything that the scouts say he is, then they will basically have their pick of anything they want from any farm system in the NHL.
Well, the same "loophole" would exist unless it's taken out of the new CBA - which it will not be. The league will have to throw bones to the player association to get them to agree to a cap, and this type of free agency is better. Their financial situation has NO way of improving until they get a new building or move. (which is 3 or 4 years away). The new CBA really won't help them - the players contracts aren't the problem.
The Penguins would be pressured to trade (or sign) him by their remaining fans since the product is so poor there anyway. Having the guy sit on the sidelines for a year will just piss more people off. (Not to mention the NHL, since one of the best and more exciting players in the world would be rotting in Europe). It also wouldn't serve them, as they could add 3-4 good players for one great one.
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