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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