Originally Posted by thepolishkid88
Konopka pissed all over Mario when he was in the ECHL and then again when he got to the NHL. Konopka will never be in the Pens system or farm team as long as Mario is around.
As far as Stewart and Clowe they are RFA's and that takes picks to get and with the current state of this team I wouldn't be willing to do that. Oshie is as well and that makes things tough. Unless they can get one of these guys to sign under $1 million they are going to be surrendering picks.
Their best bet to add any of them is through a sign and trade but those are rare in the NHL. Carkner is just not good at playing defense and I'd rather have a guy like Bortuzzo challenge for a spot. The Pens just are not going to get tougher we peaked with that last year.
I'd love to add Chris Kelly
because he can score, play 2 way hockey, is a good faceoff man, and PK guy. Hudler would help with depth scoring, and Tootoo sounds like he wants to move on and would be an awesome agitator for us.
Not sure what Konopka did when he was in ECHL,but remember well what he said last year.Hey if a guy can help you win,and add a dimension to your team that has been lacking.Don't be a little baby and hold crap like that against anyone.That's the exact type of thing that to me is bringing this team down.All holier than thou Mario not signing someone because he was offended by what he said years ago....Have a little open mind with regards to your team.they're going to need it if they want to quit underachieving...
As far as a Stewart/Clowe type.Why not make a trade for someone of that caliber.The Pens have the players to make a blockbuster trade that can get some fresh new blood in here to try and make some deep runs in the playoffs.
Like I said this team needs a shake up really bad....Trades are the way to go...