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Video- “I Am Sure There’ll Be A Lot Of Questions”

I am sure we will be finding out the answers in the coming days but for now we can watch Sidney Crosby's reaction to the game last night.

 

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Primis's avatar

There need to be questions.  A whoooole lot of questions.  And some of them need to be about Crosby.

I’ve rambled about this on Twitter this morning but, why is it we CONSTANTLY hear how difficult it is to get wingers for Crosby?  For years and years now.  Perhaps it’s time for some introspection from Crosby himself, since he is the common thread there,  No other player would get the instant free pass Crosby does, and I’m sorry 1 G in 2 playoff series kinda’ washes any past accomplishments.

And yes, what a mess Shero has made.  How people are only cluing in to this just NOW, I have no idea.  We’ve watched it happen for years, predicted it even.  You can’t tie that much money into that few players.  That’s why the East struggles in the SC Finals every year, depth gets them.

Posted by Primis on 05/14/14 at 11:44 AM ET

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I’ve rambled about this on Twitter this morning but, why is it we CONSTANTLY hear how difficult it is to get wingers for Crosby?

Why is we constantly hear how difficult it is to get wingers for Datsyuk and Zetterberg?

Why is it we constantly hear how much we need to get rid of the highest goalscoring winger on the team?

Getting good wingers is hard.

And yes, what a mess Shero has made.

Enh.  Shero’s not an awful GM, merely a mediocre one.  The team isn’t terribly constructed, he just got some bad performances out of players who should have done more.

You can’t tie that much money into that few players.

Pittsburgh’s not that bad, generally speaking.  This isn’t Tampa Bay 2002 redux.  The thing that kills them are how the Crosby and Malkin deals are so high, not that they have a bunch of higher than average contracts.

Pitt has 3 forwards making 5 mil or more.  Detroit has 3 making 4.9 or more.
Pitt has 5 forwards between 2 and 3.75.  Detroit has 5 between 2 and 3.95.
Pitt has 4 dmen making between 3.35 and 5.  Detroit has 3 between 3.25 and 4.75.
Pitt pays their starter 5 and their backup 2.  Detroit pays their starter 5.3 and the backup 1.5

There aren’t many differences in basic contract value striation… it’s just that those extra 4+ mil a year the team spends on Malkin and Crosby specifically hit them a little on the third and fourth lines… which stands to reason.  That money has to come from somewhere.

The question is whether Crosby and Malkin play well enough to merit it.  This year, not really.

Honestly, where Shero’s failed most is in being able to draft to meet the needs of his team, not in how he’s assembled the contracts on the roster.  He hasn’t drafted guys who could succeed as bottom 6 forwards, he’s drafted for top end talent, always.  That’s why Holland is so successful at getting his picks to play for the team, he drafts for positions outside of the top line, guys like Andersson or Shehean or Ferraro or Abdelkader or Helm… players who have no shot at being competent top 6ers, but who have very good shots at being competent bottom 6’ers.

 

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/14/14 at 12:25 PM ET

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The real question is, can a team afford to have two superstars on their roster? They’re really screwed for 2014-2015. $15MM in cap space to sign about a dozen players. Shero is a terrible GM. Primis is entirely correct in his comments and especially in pointing out that the trainwreck of their cap situation has been barrelling towards the station for 2 to 3 seasons now. Shero kept making trades to stay ahead of it but then couldn’t help himself. He’s run his team like a Ponzi scheme.


You can’t tie that much money into that few players.
it’s just that those extra 4+ mil a year the team spends on Malkin and Crosby specifically
This is the same thing, said using different words.

Pitt has 3 forwards making 5 mil or more.  Detroit has 3 making 4.9 or more.
You say this as though it makes a point. It doesn’t. This literally means nothing in an argument about how much money is tied up in 3 players contracts. Pittsburgh spends $23MM on its top 3 paid forwards and Detroit spends $18MM. That’s about $5MM more, which is the point he made. A valid point.


There aren’t many differences in basic contract value striation… it’s just that those extra 4+ mil a year the team spends on Malkin and Crosby specifically hit them a little on the third and fourth lines
This contradicts itself. The difference in basic contract value is so obvious that you can’t help but point it out. It’s over $4MM and it takes it from the team depth.


The question is whether Crosby and Malkin play well enough to merit it. This year, not really.
Crosby played in 80 games, led the league in points, 1.3/game, and scored 17 more points than 2nd place.
Malkin played 60 games and still placed 15th in points, 1.2/game.
At that pace for 80 games, Malkin would’ve been #2 on the list, making them the top 2 scorers in the league. How’s that not playing well enough? The playoffs, well yeah, they stunk.

Posted by awould on 05/14/14 at 02:09 PM ET

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