Didn't they make a an offer to Hossa which would indicate that he WAS part of their future plans?
Their one-two punch was very well complemented by Malone and Hossa and by adding new faces it provides a different chemistry.
Dress a core differently and you'd get different results. But I hear what your saying. A hot chick is still a hot chick no matter what she's wearing. But she'll just look better if she's dressed sexy.
They lost Roberts too, who isn't replaceable (as far as the kind of leadership he can provide). But I dig the acquisition of Satan and Fedotenko.
One interesting thing: Tampa presumably signed Malone at high cost in the hope he clicks with one of their top notch centers. But Fedotenko himself had some great times playing in Tampa and benefited from such centers too.
I think he's going to enjoy his time in Pittsburgh. Same with Satan, whom I think is a great winger. He's streaky as hell but can be dominant. Hasn't benefitted from great centermen very often in his career and I bet he clicks with Malkin. Or there's always Crosby
Anyway, I think they have the same kind of team. I wouldn't be surprised if, at the next deadline, they pull another "Hossa", assuming they feel in contention.
This is interesting, now that a lot of teams are done on the UFA market, the teams that are left are the ones that want to reach the 40M$ mark and the contenders that still have some place (and there isn't a lot of them), I hope this will help the Habs for the big names left.
look at the wings, there d kicked, ralfaki,lidstrom, kronwell, all can score.
sorry i didn't mean to make it as though i was flaming you. i meant that i rather not upgrade on d i am happy with d and our depth pool is awesome what we need to address is forwards and even then only an elite gritty, knows how to play big and park his ass infront of the net type of center.
If we are unable to be proactive, how about being reactive? Seems that because of all those signings, TBay is shopping Dan Boyle real hard, or so says Bob McKenzie. Though he has a no-trade clause, shouldn't we be on this?
We should just be really aggressive on teams that will be looking desperate to unload some salary since it appears will have all the cap space to do so.
Wonder if Boyle would like to play here and drop his no-trade though.
I was just looking at the cap space and I don't think we have all that much room to maneuver. There are still O'Byrne, Gorges and Halak to sign with Brisebois a possibility as well. Those four would put us over $50 million and Dandenault would have to go to create enough cap space for a guy like Boyle.
Then we would be tied to that contract for six years, leaving no flexibility to sign Komi next year. I would pass.