As a Penguins fan, I'm actually disappointed that we couldn't have re-signed him. His crappy tenure as a Penguin was a fluke in my estimation. He's going to have a big bounce back. Great signing by the Kings.
I am only guessing, but I would think Lombardi is just fine with him being on a one year deal, and it is quite possible the Kings insisted on it. This guy is one of Deano's famous placeholders.
Exactly. Poni is 30 and is who he is. He is not going to 'break out' in LA. We needed a body to play LW. We may not next year at this time. This gives DL some flexibility. Very good 'Moneyball' signing.
I happy with this signing! Poni will replace Fro spot. and if the Kings do in fact sign Sutton. I'm okay with this off-season. Of course losing on out Kovy was a major blow after it appear he was coming here. but you know what... At the end of the day. The Devils shot themselves in the foot. (just my opinion). So it is what it is.
If Sutton will be in fact a King. Then we didn't make any major improvements this off-season via trade/free agency. But we replaced what we lost with equally talented players, and again like last season we can count an improved versions of Kopitar, Doughty, Johnson, and Simmonds. I also think Scheen will make the team this year along either Voynov or Hickey.
And then there is our goaltending which will be SICK!!! We have two number NHL goalies, and don't think Bernier is not, because he is. I saw him play in person about 20 times last season (both in Manchester and LA) and this kid is the real deal.
I'm cool with it. LW depth to replace Frolov once it was a for sure that we couldn't get him back. I don;t mind the one year deal. What's the worst that happens? He ***** the bed this year and is off the books?
I'd pick Frolov over Ponikarovsky every day of the week, but it's better than nothing.
Signing Ponikarovsky is a PR move that is popular?
You're going to be surprised. IMO, Poni is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Though I think the folks here that are expecting a $2M cap hit are being unrealistic. I cant see him getting less than $3.5M.