He's banged out beastly Homer-esque comments with a high level of consistency.
We’re 48 hours from the start of NHL free agency and if you’re like me, you’re sitting down looking all of this stuff over and your head is absolutely spinning. Gonchar. Guerin. Cooke. Hamhuis. Eaton & Leopold. Leopold & Eaton. Finkle is Einhorn. Einhorn is FInkle. Einhorn is a man…Einhorn is a MAN?!
Imagine being King Shero through all of this. You come back from the Draft knowing that for the next week and a half your Blackberry won’t go three minutes without ringing. You know that come Thursday afternoon, you’ve got a 12:01 PM phone call coming from some smartass agent telling you that Lee Stempniak isn’t just the answer to your problems at wing, but that he deserves $3.5 million a year to be just that.
The Pens are at a bit of a crossroads. Coming off a lackluster playoff loss to the Habs in which the lack of depth on the wings was horribly exposed and the defense proved to be soffff, Gonchar’s $5-mil-a-year cap hit is off the books. McKee and Fedotenko are gone, Ponikarovsky right behind them. Money is available.
With a solid six-player core of Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Fleury, Orpik and Letang firmly in place, Shero promptly locked up Matt Cooke to a new three-year deal and then complicated matters further by swinging the trade late Friday night with Philthadelphia, obtaining the rights to UFA-to-be defenseman Dan Hamhuis for third-round pick in the 2011 draft. The Pens now have 18 players under contract with about $11.25 million in cap space to play with, according to Capgeek.com.
So what now? As we’re sitting down to have lunch on Thursday afternoon, what can Pens fans reasonably expect to see?
“Well, let me roll up onto the sidewalk and take a look, yes?”
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So anyway, very interesting report from Rob Rossi in Sunday's paper.[TRIB]
Make no mistake, though; the Penguins have assessed what prevented them from advancing past the second round last season, and they've resolved to be better on the blue line next season and beyond.
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Crazy last 24 hours. Lets just look back at everything.
Beau Bennett - RW - Penticton (BCHL) - 6'1 - 173lbs. - Shoots R
I've seen Bennett ranked as high as 17 and as low as 34. He's a complete wildcard in this race. That said, no one has scored more points as a rookie in the last seven years of BCHL hockey as Beau Bennett has. When it comes to pure offensive talent, Bennett has all the tools. He's an excellent skater, he has a solid shot, and his vision makes him a threat distributing the puck .What makes him an attractive option to me is the fact that he played alongside another BCHL star in Denver Manderson. (Brock Nelson? Denver Manderson? Unreal names). Bennett and Manderson put on a show, and Bennett proved that putting him with a talented center can produce lucrative results. That's exactly the situation we have here. It might be a bit of a stretch if some more attractive options are on the table, but I'm hoping the Penguins can reach for this kid when they select their first pick this year. Bennett's offensive upside is so high that it could be worth it. He registered 120 points (41+79) in 56 games for the Vees this year. He's also headed to Denver University this fall to pursue hockey at the next level.
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