Brian Strait (Claimed by NY Islanders)
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01-17-2013, 02:31 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Originally Posted by
Eyes of Orpik
So much fuss over Brian Strait.
You guys act like we waived a franchise defenseman, he was a decent depth player, but there's a reason why Lovejoy has won the job in Pittsburgh over Brian Strait for the past 2 or 3 seasons (an no it isn't because "Dan Bylsma is the head coach").
Lovejoy has proven more at the NHL level than Brian Strait has, that's a fact, nobody here, including me has seen Strait in an extended NHL role, so how can anyone say he's better than Lovejoy. Ben played mediocre hockey in the playoffs, but has been a decent #7 for us for 2 years.
I also have to mention our depth at the position which is why we shouldn't complain. Look at our D prospects and tell me losing Strait is a big deal. I'm not saying Lovejoy is great or even good, he's more proven and he's not that bad to where he needs waived. He adds speed, size and NHL experience.
I'm glad we kept Bortuzzo over Strait, he hasn't even been claimed yet so who knows if he will, and if he does, so what? Like I said, I don't think Strait will be a franchise defenseman yet people are acting like Shero is such a dumbass for waiving him.
The Kings just lost a former 4th overall pick on waivers and they're not *****ing, so why should Pens fans over Brian Strait?
He's not a franchise guy, and nobody is saying that.
Point is, we keep giving away NHL ready, cap friendly d-men due to our supposed NHL depth, even though we complain like mad that our d is suspect to begin with.
Corey Potter, while no blue chip prospect, was playing very good D for the Oilers and actually running their PP.
It still pisses me off that Jason Garrison isn't wearing a Penguins uniform. It was between Florida and the Pens, but he chose Florida because he knew he'd get more playing time because you know, we have Paul Martin and his ilk in the lineup.
You can check my history, and I was repeatedly saying last year that "If Strait isn't in a Pens uniform next year, I'm going to be very pissed"
Needless to say, I'm pissed.
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