The frustration of all the doe-eyed Pittsburgh homers who actually believed they would retain their big three is hilarious.
Your name is kingswillwinthecup, but you're going to call a guy from Atlanta a Pittsburgh homer? Interesting. Most of us in Pittsburgh realized the situation when we traded for him. I will point out though, that in the last couple days, there was a small glimmer of hope.
Okay a contender? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasnt Pittsburgh the 2nd best team in the NHL? Were they not inches away from forcing a 7th game? Do they not have 2 of the top 3 players in the NHL on their team and no older than 22? On paper if this team sticks together do they not have the markings for a dynasty? I think so. Most people do. So how exactly is it hard to believe that Pittsburgh wont win the Cup next year, or the year after that? I think they can, and with the lessons learned this year would you want to go up against that talent even sans Hossa? I wouldnt. Neither will Hossa
He decided on the best team in the NHL. Detroit is a very legitimate contender.
If you do, and you choose to join another company, perhaps a competitor, we'll make certain to apply the same naive standards.
I respect your opinion but this isn't "work". Good teammates form a bond with each other, and to go through the cup final with a team-unless you are completely isolated or miserable, and then leaving that squad for less money than the current team offered you to go play for the team that eliminated you, is a bit of a betrayal.
Maybe Hossa did not like the Penguins teamates, or maybe he hated the coach but with quotes such as Crosby gushing about him in the paper and with Shero and Orpik taking small little jabs at him, I think he is a jagoff.
At least one Staal, Letang, and Fleury won't be brought back when their contracts are up. There just won't be enough cap space, and even if there is, there won't be enough money in the organization.
[Cue Pens fans jumping all over this post, saying I'm just jealous of their future and I don't understand asset management.]
The truth is that just over a year ago, the franchise had no future and it took some deft maneuvering by the league, Mario, et al. to keep them in Pittsburgh. The NHL cannot let Sid's franchise move, but that doesn't mean the Penguins are suddenly going to start printing money. Just like the Lightning couldn't keep their big three, the Pens will have to limit their huge contracts to Crosby and Malkin.
Nothing like a thread started by a non-Pens fan turning into a **** on Pittsburgh fest - and a misguided one, as usual. Newsflash, the Pens have a billionaire owner who gave Shero the go-ahead to spend to the cap as he sees fit (as recently told to season-ticket holders), thanks to the team's promise and future revenue streams generated by the new arena.
What's more, Pittsburgh now has about the same amount of money dedicated to Crosby, Malkin, and Whitney as Detroit has to Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Datsyuk, and as much as the Pens have to accommodate Staal, Fleury, and Letang in the future, so the Wings have to ink Z, Franzen, Flip, Hudler, and possibly Hossa.
Well, we have a major difference of opinion right there. It may be all fun and games for fans. It's a profession for players. One most love, but a job nonetheless.
Good teammates form a bond with each other, and to go through the cup final with a team-unless you are completely isolated or miserable, and then leaving that squad for less money than the current team offered you to go play for the team that eliminated you, is a bit of a betrayal.
Find me one Pens player who says the same thing as you...And I'll agree. No doubt that teammates form a unique bond. But they also realize at this level that come the summer, it is strictly business. So my analogy applies. If you ever leave your job, you are "betraying" your colleagues, based on this standard.
Bottom line: Who are we to pass judgement on another person's career decisions?
I respect your opinion, too. Just disagree. No big deal.