Fleury NOT being sent to Cape Breton
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11-11-2003, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
What a joke.
The Penguins were bankrupt when Lemieux bought them. But they aren't now.
Kovalev was traded because there was no point in keeping him. Obviously, the team is still financially strapped, but they aren't bankrupt. There were not a playoff team by any stretch of the imagination with Kovalev and even a healthy Lemieux last year. There is not enough money to spend on free agents to make this team a competitor.
The only thing that they could do was rebuild. This team hasn't been successful because they don't have a defense. Or really, a goaltender. They rectified this problem by rebuilding with Fleury, Whitney, and Orpik as a few cornerstone's for the defense....But I digress.
They have the money to pay Fleury's contract. Otherwise, he would either never have been signed, or he would have never played an NHL game this season. Simply put, if they didn't have the money to pay a 3 million dollar contract, especially in comparison with the rest of the roster, we would be talking about the Penguins filing for bankruptcy again.
As far as development goes, Fleury made the team out of camp. He has come in and played like a star. He quickly has earned the distinction of the Penguins number one goalie, which although that isn't very hard to do, he still earned it. He is an NHL goalie.
What's so hard to understand about this?
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