Absolutely great signing by Pittsburgh, but they don't really have any good defensive players. All their forwards are offensive and Gonchar and Tarnstrom are both very offensive as well.
Bobby Orr was the greatest defensive player in the history of the game. Do you know why? Nobody could get the damn puck away from him! I think that is the logic Mario is applying here. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.
I'm pretty much in absolute shock right now. I thought this had absolutely NO chance of happening. Even from the beginning of free agency, I thought all along the only forward we'd have a serious chance at would be Kovalev.
I'm more surprised at this than I was with Gonchar (which came out of nowhere) and winning the lottery combined.
Exactly. Taking too many penalties against this team will be suicide. Both powerplay units will be awesome. I actually was hoping for Palffy to go to Pittsburgh. This team is going to score a lot this year. Palffy has never played with anyone like Lemieux.
But I still can't believe that they only sign offensive-oriented FAs (Recchi, Palffy, Gonchar). But they deserve same great FA signings. How many good players did they loose and how many good player did they get ?
Hopefully this doesn't restrict the Penguins when pursuing a goaltender, because if they don't get a vet in there, all this money will be wasted.
I consider CP a smart man. He's not Glen Sather. He has a plan to get a veteran goalie. Afterall, they wouldn't sign all these high caliber players and not address goaltending (and players wouldn't sign there if they didn't have a plan either)
Actually, a little-known provision of the CBA is that along with a salary cap, there is also a talent cap governing who you can put on the ice at once. This actually means that the Pens will have to put a pylon out on their power play rather than a 5th skater.
I'd expect them to camp the pylon out in front of the net, and Mario, Ziggy and Crosby will take turns banking the puck off the pylon into the net. It is expected that this will be the first time that an inanimate object will lead the league in power play goals......
Man...the Pens power play was already unstoppable. Now this...our second unit is going to be better than most's first...
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WOW Palffy is twice the player Kariya or Satan is at the same price! Im amazed he signed for $4.5 when the Kings offered him $7 last year, I also think they offered him in the $5-6 range recently as well.