nice to see the penguins are getting things done good for them.. i swear if we lose elias and clarkson to free agency because someone was taking their time dragging their feet ill lose it.. if a deal cant be made a deal cant be made and let the fans know whats going on.. sick of losing quality players
Malkin is one of the top 3 players in the entire world and this deal was done a year in advance and the Pens still have lots of decisions to make. Ray Shero is breathing a little easier with this deal, but they're likely going to have to offload Letang and others because of this contract. I have a feeling we're losing one of Elias or Clarkson, and if Clarkson leaves and gets $5M+ from the Red Wings or Maple Leafs, LET HIM GO. Elias is also 37 years old and while I feel he's sort of like our Mariano Rivera at this point, anything more than $5M for him would be robbery on his part. I don't want Elias to leave and can swallow Gonchar-like $ #'s for him (even a little more), but I don't want this team hamstrung with bad contracts, especially not to David fvcking Clarkson, who has been playing better the last couple of years, but is still a gaffe machine.
Personally, if I'm Clarkson, I'm totally playing the open market. He'd be a fool not to and his agent would be a fool not to let him. This is a very weak UFA pool and the NHL GMs have shown their willingness to toss bad contracts around. It says a lot about the quality of the pool when David Clarkson is one of the so-called top names available. I think he's as good as gone unless his heart really is here, and even there I think we'll be overpaying.
Its not always Lou's or the team's fault. I blame Lou for waiting so long on Niedermayer, but since then the good players we have lost, some of, if not all of the damn blame has to fall on them. Not everybody wants to stay here. Also, "let the fans know whats going on", this team have never done that. NEVER. Once you accept that, the offseason becomes a lot easier to deal with. The Devils organization is like a mafia. There are rarely any leaks and if there are rumors of that sort they come from the other side.