Thread: Proposal: Pittsburgh / Columbus
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05-16-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bambamcam4ever View Post
The Penguins had the highest local ratings for any American NHL or NBA team this past season. They are in a relatively small market and had one bad season in attendance because their players were practically being given away and thus the team was horrifically bad.
That's nice. I'd love to tell you how our fans react to success but I can't 'cause we've never had any.

After twelve straight years of "X player will be our savior" and getting burned by it - especially given how very badly the Jeff Carter trade turned out for us - people here are extremely cynical. Therefore, trying to justify trade value based on marketing appeal - as has been attempted here with Malkin, for the sole purpose of ameliorating the outrage of righteous Pens fans who find it aesthetically offensive that somehow a deal in which they're horribly ripped off can (G-d forbid!) somehow also turn out badly for the other team as well (perish the thought!) - simply Does Not Work. That's the only point being made.

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