well, I guess we'll see. I just see that pens have a couple very valuable assets and they are locked up at big money. It would be one thing to move them for garbage, but I don't see Hemsky, Gagner, and Gilbert as garbage. Obviously most pen fans don't like this deal. I like the pens, I just think in this salary cap era, you have a small window to win, and next season when both Malkin and Crosby will be making big money, I believe it will be very tough for the pens to ice a deep team that has a chance to win the cup. On the other hand, they are in much better shape than the Oilers and they do have some very valuable assets in Malkin and Crosby if they ever decide to go another direction.
Oh i don't think the players coming back are garbage at all. I think they are all talented guys but none are in the league with Sid and you have to ask is a team with Sid/Malkin really a downgrade from a Malkin/Hemsky/Gagner/Gilbert team when they do have some other talented wingers in the system.
If money becomes really tight they could move a Kunitz making 4 million per season for a draft pick or something along that lines.
I guess my overall argument is that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Right now this team has no cap issues so why mess with the chemistry to fix a problem that currently does not exist.
If at the end of next year its looking really bleak and there is no other way to survive then consider moving one of the 3 best players in the league but before that time comes.
I can't help but notice that the argument that the Pens need to save money in order to not be Tampa Bay North tends to come up when someone is trying to justify why the Pens just HAVE to trade Crosby, Malkin, or Crosby AND Malkin to their favourite team.