Ray Whitney to Pens Imminent (MOD EDIT: No, ESPN just wants you to pay them money)
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01-18-2010, 06:16 PM
Get the chalk!
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Uhh, those deals werent rentals those were trades that lead to long standing members of the team. If Whitney was that then it would be a solid move but he wont, be he's a rental or he's going to be on his last legs soon if he re-signs and people will whine and moan about him like they do with Guerin now.
This team has a very weak farm system and we are absolutely reliant on it to help resolve the continuous winger issue so to sell off a 2nd round pick which is a high quality prospect and whatever other mystery prospects of ours for someone who most likely wont be on our roster next fall wouldnt be an extremely smart move, especially after 3 years of doing that. It's fine if it's a one time thing but this has started to become habit.
Pittsburgh has a unique cap structure, acquiring deadline/mid-season talent is likely to be the norm until the day one of Crosby/Malkin/Staal leaves the team. It could also give us a leg-up in re-signing a guy like Whitney, for example, in the off-season.
Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Fedotenko - Malkin - Whitney
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
That looks like an extremely balanced lineup heading into the home-stretch and playoffs. Unlike last year, however, I think Shero may have to focus on shoring up the D if injuries/poor play continues and that could throw a wrench into acquiring a guy like Whitney with his $3M+ cap hit.
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