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Paul Martin Wanted To Prove Himself In Pittsburgh

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"I asked him if he wanted a trade," Shero told ESPN.com this week.

These are the moments that define a person, a career even. In some ways, they define a franchise too.

Martin, signed to a five-year, $25-million deal in the summer of 2010, could not have been blamed if he said, "Yes, get me the heck out of here."

Fans were certainly clamoring for just such a move throughout the season as the mistakes piled up and Martin's play worsened.

"He was embarrassed by his year," Shero said.

But Martin looked at his boss and insisted he wanted to stay. He told Shero he didn't want to take the easy way out. Moreover, Martin pledged to return this season a different player, the old player, the player that had made him one of the top free-agent defensemen on the market in 2010.

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Evilpens's avatar

the retard Front Office & 3 Stooges Coaching staff after 2 seasons stopped trying to pound a square peg into a round hole & stopped trying to make him an offensive D Man to replace Gonchar & let him be what he has always been

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 06:21 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Retard Front Office ??

Someone didn’t read my post from a few days ago….

Anything BUT, EP…....

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/10/13 at 06:38 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Sorry Neal & Niskanen Was pushed by Dallas

Kunitz & Tangradi for Whitney meh, Tangradi has always been a nuthin Muffin & Kunitz is OK


How about the “Brilliance” of the FO in Drafting constantly D Men when you have 1 LEGIT top 6 W on the team? Bennet is a china doll who stay healthy, Don’t care how “Talented” he is can’t make the club in the tub

Thinking that Staal was going to be happy being a 5th wheel ? Signing Z & Martin to 9 Million season & not having a clue the type of players they were

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 06:47 PM ET

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How was giving Staal a contract offer and then trading him a bad move?  I can just imagine the rage that would have happened had the Pens not offered him a deal.  Is the FO perfect?  No, but they have done a good job of keeping the core of the team together and giving them a chance to compete in the playoffs.  I don’t see what the problem is. 

As for drafting, the real issue will come in the next 2-3 years once the D they have drafted should be playing in the NHL.  At that point, your D will be a much smaller cap hit, which should free up space for forwards.  It’s risky, but drafting 18 year olds isn’t a science (and I would have preferred them to draft a forward with one of their first round picks last year, but it is what it is).  The Pens have tried multiple years to get the winger they want from free agency.  It hasn’t worked yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t in the future.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/10/13 at 07:41 PM ET

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Sorry Neal & Niskanen Was pushed by Dallas

Kunitz & Tangradi for Whitney meh, Tangradi has always been a nuthin Muffin & Kunitz is OK

How about the “Brilliance” of the FO in Drafting constantly D Men when you have 1 LEGIT top 6 W on the team? Bennet is a china doll who stay healthy, Don’t care how “Talented” he is can’t make the club in the tub

Thinking that Staal was going to be happy being a 5th wheel ? Signing Z & Martin to 9 Million season & not having a clue the type of players they were

So RS is NOT to be credited because Dallas “pushed” him to take Neal and Niskanen??  I honestly don’t see your rationale on that one….

Kunitz was a 26 goal scorer last season, 23 the year before…. Getting him for a D-man that’s getting healthy scratched ??  That’s a lopsided trade…..

Trading Staal at the time they did was the perfect time, and he got a great return for him…. If he had waited until this year’s trade deadline, he wouldn’t have gotten half that much….

Are you saying Martin isn’t playing well this season??

Bennett was out recently because he had the flu…. Guess that makes him a dud, huh ??

I will agree with you in that they’ve been drafting more D-men than I’d like to see, but I think eventually you’ll see one of those prospects get traded for a good winger…..

As PFIB said, the front office isn’t perfect, but it’s easily in the Top 3 in the NHL….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 02/10/13 at 08:30 PM ET

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I will agree with you in that they’ve been drafting more D-men than I’d like to see, but I think eventually you’ll see one of those prospects get traded for a good winger…..

That’s exactly it.  D are worth more than F’s in general because of the limited supply at the NHL level.  You can ALWAYS trade a good D prospect, always.  If you get lucky and half of them make the NHL they’re going to be worth more to other teams than most forwards of similar levels of ability.

Not to mention they take longer to develop and hit their stride and, to me, are much more “system” oriented than F’s.  Bringing them up in your system will net higher returns than pulling a D from another team most times.  Not a lot of Dmen get traded or signed while they’re studs and still keep it up at the same level.  Pronger is one of the few.  I feel like this is because of the systems they’re brought up in and geared for.

I think drafting D is a good move by Shero.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 08:39 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tonight & yesterdays game Exhibit A & B as why they will lose again in the Playoffs, NO Coaching at all Cheerleaders, Sid’s Ego tearing the best line in NHL last season Horrific PP.

Sid INSISTING on playing with 2 3rd liners

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 10:05 PM ET

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Bennett was out recently because he had the flu…. Guess that makes him a dud, huh ??

NO Bennet had a Knee problem & missed Huge chunks of his 2 seasons in colleg

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 10:08 PM ET

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Sid INSISTING on playing with 2 3rd liners
   
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    Evilpens
     
      on 02/10/13 at 09:05 PM ET

If that’s true they should just go ahead and make him coach.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 10:18 PM ET

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HockeytownOverhaul It is WELL known in Pittsburgh that Sid wants Kunitz & Dupuis on his line & to back that up Kunitz-Gino-Neal was they best line in the league last season & soon as training camp staarted Kunitz was out there with Sid & Dupui, Why would you take apart the best line in the league other than that is what Sid wants ??? Mario did it & Jagr did it, Mario got coaches & a GM fired, Got Sergei Zubov traded away because Mario couldn’t stand how he played on thei PP so Craig Patrick traded Zubov for Kevin Hatcher & when I heard of the trade I was sick to my stomach

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 10:28 PM ET

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    Evilpens
     
      on 02/10/13 at 09:28 PM ET

Thinkin’ about becoming a Wings fan there EP? wink

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/13 at 11:34 PM ET

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HockeytownOverhaul NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pens Fan till the end !!

although I respect the RW’s organization a ton

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 11:44 PM ET

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Not to mention they take longer to develop and hit their stride and, to me, are much more “system” oriented than F’s.

Not to mention that the Pens big problems are on the back end, not the front.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/11/13 at 02:14 AM ET

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tonight & yesterdays game Exhibit A & B as why they will lose again in the Playoffs, NO Coaching at all Cheerleaders, Sid’s Ego tearing the best line in NHL last season Horrific PP.

Sid INSISTING on playing with 2 3rd liners

Posted by Evilpens on 02/10/13 at 09:05 PM ET

Missing two of their top dmen and playing the, currently, best team in the east?  Right…...

 

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/11/13 at 11:10 AM ET

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