Z Hockey Posted August 21, 2015 Share Posted August 21, 2015 So I've been looking at the Penguins, and honestly, I think the hype over them adding all this depth is extremely overrated, please read this with an open mind. First off they released the following players P. Martin-UFA, Ehrhoff-UFA, Comeau-UFA, Winnik-UFA, Lapierre-UFA, Adams-UFA, Chorney-UFA, Greiss-UFA Then they traded Kasperi Kapanen, Spaling, Harrington, a (Conditional) 1st, and another pick for Kessel, Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs, and a (Conditional) 2nd. Then they traded Brandon Sutter and a 3rd for Bonino, Clendening, and a 2nd. I'm going to break down why the Penguins aren't really improved. Their 1st line LW in Kunitz had a down year in production last season, is another year older, and there's plenty of other teams with a better 1st line winger. Then they have D. Perron, he's obviously a great player but no better than D. Sedin, Kreider, A. Lee, B. Schenn, Galchenyuk, E. Kane, Tatar, or Beleskey. Then they sign Plotnikov and Matt Cullen, an unproven young Russian and a 38 year old who's ok now, is no upgrade on Winnik and Spaling. At Center, Bonino is no upgrade on Sutter, they lost PK ability, speed through the middle, grit, and Bonino and Sutter score basically the same amount. Fehr is just a more skilled Lapierre and also far less aggressive. At right wing, Kessel is a fantastic pick-up, but it obviously shows the Penguins did not have an Elite scoring winger, which many teams in the East and the league already had, they're no better now then teams like Philly, Tampa, Ottawa, or Detroit, who already had wingers just as good or better in Voracek, M. Stone, Kucherov, and Nyquist. Dupuis is another year older and playing on blood thinners, they lost a great 2-way shutdown D-man in Martin and a top puck mover in Ehrhoff and replaced them with an unproven Clendening. Yes Maatta is healthy but he won't be at a Martin or Ehrhoff level yet, same with Derrick Pouliot. They have no proven backup after losing Greiss and we all know about Fleury's playoff woes recently, Matt Murray was the best AHL goaltender but the Penguins said he's not ready. All in all I don't think Pittsburgh really is that great as they're being made out to be. (Sorry for the long read) (Post your thoughts.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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