Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Free Agency - Day 2

I didn't think day 2 could be more exciting than day 1, but it was. Here's the quick synopsis:
  • Hossa signs a one-year deal with Detroit for $7.4 million.
  • Ruutu signs a three-year contract with Ottawa at $1.3 million per season (he made $1.15 last year)
  • Orpik signs with the Pens - 6 years (wow) at $22.5 million ($3.75 million per year against the cap for the math-challenged)
It's great to see the Pens sign Orpik. He brings a much needed physical presence. This does leave them with 8 NHL defensemen (Gonchar, Orpik, Scuderi, Whitney, Gill, Sydor, Eaton, Letang) plus Goligoski. Some of those guys won't be here to start the season.

The rumor is that they're going to trade Gonchar. I can't see that unless you get a really good winger in return. Even with that, I think Sarge has been the glue that holds that defense together. He's top 3 or 4 in the league right now. You can't replace him.

You also have to wonder if the exodus out of Pittsburgh is just guys taking advantage of the team's success. Is there something more here? Is Therrien that hard to play for? Does Gino not speak enough English? Does Sid have nasty BO? The guys that left, except maybe Malone, aren't signing for huge money. Ruutu, Hall, Conklin and even Hossa are taking money that's in the ballpark of what the Pens were probably offering. What's the deal?

Speaking of Hossa, he did deliver a slap to the Pens on the way out in saying that he thought Detroit had the better chance to win the Cup. I can't say I disagree, but it doesn't make it any easier to hear.

There aren't too many impact players left after the first two days (hello, Jaromir), so it will be interesting to see where the Pens go from here.


Will said...

Lots of action going on. Too bad about Hossa. My only comfort in losing him to detroit (god i hate detriot), is that it's very rare to repeat in the NHL and even tho the wings are stacked, odd are against them. Good to see Orpik back. I don't really look into the people leaving being MT's fault, but it's possible. I think Hall knew he'd get more playing time, and Malone left for money(and who can blame him). Tyco (like hossa) is banking on a detroit repeat. Only one I could see leaving because of MT is Roberts. Getting benched for game one of the finals must have really pissed him off. I was also surprised by Ruutu leaving but he could have been unhappy with the lack of minutes and pk time he got? I knew we were going to be a different looking team next season but it is weird seeing all they pens going elsewhere. Would not mind seeing Burtuzzi, Naslund, or Jagr in the burgh next season.

Cindy Crysby said...

don't worry Detroit hates you as well.

At least you got to be good for 1 year. Good job axing Malone also.

Hey Pittsburgh, tell Detroit how their ass tastes.