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how can the Pens/Wings do it and not us?

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Lots of people seem to be overlooking a major point, and its that we have no roster space.

In the long run, this is what our roster is...

D.Sedin H.Sedin Burrows

Booth Kesler Raymond

Higgins {Space} Hansen

Malhotra Lapierre Kassian

Hamhuis Bieksa

Edler Garrison

Ballard Tanev

Schneider

{Space}

We maybe have 1 forward position avilable, and theres a good chance it will be taken by Schroeder or someone brought in from a luongo trade.

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Id much rather a deep team than a few good lines.

A few injuries and it could sink your team. I like the direction gillis is making

Still have an outside chance getting weber next yr if we dump ballards contract.

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Where the frick do you live? :picard:

It rains from mid or late Oct to mid February. My softball team runs March to Sept and averaged 3 rain outs a year.

Check out average rain falls during summer. Toronto gets more rain, Eastern seaboard cities like New York, particularly Washington, Carolina and Florida all get substantially more rain (think Hurricane season). As much as 5 and 10 times more. And I suppose you pick weather and the natural beauty of Columbus, Winnipeg, Minneapolis or (puke) Edmonton?

PS I have lived in three of these, plus Vancouver and visited all but Carolina. Your a moron!

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its called betman... betman wants the competition to stay in the east ....... for the tv ratings

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Reading the drama queens post on CDC two days into the offseason would be enough for me to not sign here. It's like everyone here is going through menopause. The mood swings are awful.

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Detroit lost Lidstrom

Pens lost staal and michalek.

What if MG trade Luongo for picks to unload money and Suter and Parise doesn't sign? What's next. We'd have a lot of holes in our lineup.

In recent years, Richards, Kovalchuk, Hossa (Detroit), Bouwmeester, Ehrhoff, Sundin we're all big UFAs that didn't really bring a cup to their respective team.

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Det and Pitts have the best players in the league, it's not even close really. Championship players, but after that they are not deep at all. That's why they can afford to offer 10 mill per year to suter and parise....we quite simply can't.

Add to that Vancouver has the toughest travel schedule by far, then factor in how ridiculously expensive everything is in Van City, then they hear about this provincial sales tax bull...pile on the pressures of playing in Van City and the fact that a star player in vancouver will never have any privacy ever and the beauty of the city suddenly isn't as attractive.

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It seems it doesn't matter where they go, they are going to be grossly overpaid. The teams offering these retarded contract can have them.

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Ok If you remember when the pens signed mario to huge contracts the team lost so much money the owner basically gave the team to mario because he could not pay him, If im correct why the hell would we basically pay some player 100 mil to play hockey. I for one am glad we dont get into that kind of crap its just plain stupid let the pens go bankrupt again.Its just retarded.

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First of all Gillis only hires players with upstanding character. That eliminates about 85 or 90% of the league to start.

A side effect of good character is generousity and lacking greed, enabling him to sign below market value.

Second greedy players prefer America for it's top income tax rate is 35%, not 50% like in Canada. Plus greed is common in America, and they'll fit right in.

Third is our travel schedule is almost the longest in the league, not a huge factor, but can affect sleeping patterns.

Theres a few reasons to avoid us,

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Those teams are starting to look remind me of the Monteal Alouettes back in the early 80's. They paid big money to bring in some star players from the NFL, but since they had spent so much on these few guys the ownership decided to go cheap on the rest of the team. As a result, they finished 3 - 13.

Now, I don't say that the Pens will fall this way, mostly because scoring is much more fluid in hockey than in football. However, it will likely have an affect on thier ability to win a Cup.

regards,

G.

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We don't have the cap space or needs for either of these guys.

The Canucks now have 4 defencemen who are capable of playing 22+ minutes, all 4 of which will score well upwards of 30 points.

The Canucks have 2 point-a-game forwards and about 6 forwards capable of scoring 20 goals.

We don't need another top-6 forward with Daniel, Kesler, Burrows, Hansen, Higgins and Booth capable of scoring 20 goals, with Henrik and Raymond not far behind. There are 2 bonified 30-goal scorers in that group, with Burrows and Booth in the upper-end as well.

As for defence, Edler is basically a 50 point defenceman, soon to be 60, and Bieksa is still a 40 point scorer. Now we have a 16-goal scorer to add to the ranks and Hamhuis who nearly hit the 40 point mark himself. That's enough offence from the blueline, we don't need Suter to add any more. As for defence, we bring in a big, physical guy in Garrison and have a shutdown pair already with Hamhuis-Bieksa.

There is no reason for us to go after either guys. The Penguins need Parise because there's a big drop off in skill after Malkin, Crosby and Neal, and their top-6 isn't quite complete with Staal leaving. As for Detroit, they just lost Lidstrom and Stuart so if anyone needs Suter it's the Red Wings.

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