So the Pens went immediately to pick up a couple potential high scorers... I thought at the time of free agency about a number of people that could fill Hossa's shoes because nobody expected him to get offered the deal I guess the Penguins offered him. Most of us here, including the sports writers in town, all wrote him off as a rental for last season and nothing more.
Anyway, he's gone so I knew the Penguins would be looking at names, and low and behold Satan came up and that was one of my picks. People ragged on him because of his production, but for the love of god look where he played! People ragged on Malone for production too as he was here in the really **** years it took for us to get Crosby/Malkin... Then look, he blossomed. I think Satan has the potential to fill the net if he's paired with someone actually decent at center, and so I was thinking he was a good choice. Feditenko is a much bigger pick up IMO though and a lot of people think he'll basically give us that gritty forward we lost in Malone and I'm happy about that.
And to top it off Fleury signed for a pretty low salary if he plays to the level he did last year... If he's that good or better in 5 years, it'll seem almost offensive to pay him that little. That guy just earned a ton of respect in my book, as did Orpik and really Malkin too, who didn't take what he probably would've easily gotten in another city desperate for an anchor player.
To me, a lot of talk is going to Hossa, but the Penguins I think have done quite well without him. Nobody expected Orpik back and so I was ecstatic over that. it'd be nice to see them try to acquire a couple slightly inexpensive role players, but at this point in the game the Pens just need to sign Jordan Staal who is one of the greatest up and coming players in the league IMO, and he's the last of the "down the middle" anchors I think.
Beyond that it's all gravy at this point to me... It seemed like it may go bad early as Robers left, and Hossa, and Malone, and then Laraque who is underrated IMO... But man, we came out smelling good today I think, and if we get Staal then everything I wanted done was accomplished and then it's just hole filling time and with a lot of FA's still on the market. The Satan thing is a bit of a gamble, but I honestly think you can't beat a guy down too much due to where he played. The NYI are a joke as a team and had nothing going for them really. So I'm hopeful Satan can blossom with an actually decent line around him. That would just be perfect.
A LOT of folks in Pitt are pissed about Hossa though... And rightly so. he was sort of a dick about the way he handled things, and I guess the reporters here are saying that was 100% his manager...
I don't doubt that at all, but man you should try to leave on good terms I think. That's why guys like Jagr are such tainted goods to a lot of teams.