: Confirmed Trade with Link:
[PIT/PHX] Z. Michalek for H. Ruopp, M. Cheverie, #81 (O. Sundqvist)
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07-05-2012, 01:25 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Rumor was Michalek wanted out. He didn't feel he fit the scheme and the Pens obviously agreed. He wasn't terrible here but really wasn't anything special either. He wasn't worth anything close to 4 million/per to this team. Plenty of guys can be signed for far less than 4 million/per and replace the ordinary performance he gave us. He was also coming off hip surgery. I just don't think a lot of teams were lining up to take on a guy coming off a down year, a hip surgery and is owed 4 million/per for 3 more seasons. All that said, I think Z will do well in Phoenix. He's great in that system.
Keeping Martin over Z is easy to understand. Martin at least has some attributes (skating, puck moving etc.) that make him a better fit in our uptempo system.
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