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01-20-2013, 12:27 PM
Ugene Malkin
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Originally Posted by jmelm View Post
Priority #1: Re-sign Letang and Malkin to what will be VERY expensive contracts, and with a shrinking salary cap.
Combated with ELC's.

Priority #2: Re-sign or extend Dupuis, Cooke, Kennedy and Kunitz, and with a shrinking salary cap.
2 of these guys maybe more will not be resigned.

Priority #3: Sign a UFA or trade for a legit top-line winger to play with Crosby, and with a shrinking salary cap.
Beau Bennett.

Priority #4: Sign a UFA or trade for a legit top-pairing Dman partner for Letang, if there is one available, and with a shrinking salary cap.
Or... they feel they have that within the system.

Priority #5: Get our NHL-ready young defenders spots in our line-up so they can progress and get acclimated to the NHL, if deserving, and as expected for at least one or two of them by next season.
Totally agree

So a BIG NO THANK YOU and see ya later to Brooks Orpik at $4million/season.
If they resign him with the ELC's and even Letang at top salary they can keep Brooks around until those ELC's start to turn into there second contracts.

What Brooks has done for this team on and off the ice, Signing for well below market value, Leadership on defense, ect... he deserves a chance at a final contract with the Pens. His play hasn't gone into oblivion. He had an injury and the season after he had a bad showing, are you really that shocked? We won't know who can replace his many attributes but one thing is fore sure, none of them can do it today, tomorrow, or in the near future.

If you ship out Orpik you better have another coming back. Which brings up the final point of at what cost cap wise? If it's near the same why trade/let go Orpik at all?

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