Mr. Brandon Sutter
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01-21-2013, 03:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Allow me to rain on the parade here a little bit.
First, let me preface my comments by stating that I love Brandon Sutter and he's exactly what I was expecting. Namely, though his offense will be a notable downgrade from Staal's, he'll nonetheless put up a few points and everything else about his game is exquisite. I love the kid and I'm sure he'll become one of my favorite Pens.
Now for the whining. It's really a shame how difficult (impossible?) it is to assemble a dynasty team in a cap world. If this were the 90s, it would likely have been possible to retain Staal, pair him with a "2nd line" calibre winger, put a sniper with Sid, and field three EXCELLENT scoring lines that were all defensively responsible. Instead, we have Sid still playing with two guys who can't create for themselves, one great duo in Malkin/Neal, a reliable 3rd line, good pieces on D but probably one stud short of "excellent," and the goaltending...well, I won't bring that up here.
Anyhow, here's to hoping that this group is still good enough to get the job done...they unarguably have a shot!
Which is a well and good rant, except that Staal was not cut loose because of cap reasons. We offered him virtually the same contract he signed with Carolina. He left because of reasons other than that. We have $15 million in cap space right now, $10 million next year. Sure we have some major resigns, but Shero made it clear that if Staal was willing, we could have and would have fit him under the cap.
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