The Penguins have had a number of shake-ups this season. In trying to regain their Stanley Cup finals form, they've taken some drastic moves in the past few weeks.
First, Michel Therrien was fired.
Then they signed Chris Kunitz to try to give Sidney Crosby a good scoring winger to work with. He established chemistry immediately in his first game as a Penguin...with Jordan Staal, because Crosby was out with a groin injury.
With the pre-deadline waiver madness, the Pens picked up three players: forward Craig Adams, defenseman Andy Wozniewski (this one was actually a trade involving a minor league player), and 38-year-old winger Bill Guerin.
These are desperate times indeed. The Pens are on the cusp of a playoff berth, and they're going to do whatever it takes to get there.
One of the most shocking and disappointing moves was sending winger Miroslav Satan to the minors a few days ago. The 34-year-old, $3.5 million man was supposed to be Marian Hossa's replacement and keep the first line scoring by helping Crosby dominate. Instead, he's pretty much flopped his entire time in Pittsburgh.
Now, it has gone too far. On Monday, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Bob Smizik released a column entitled "A call, seriously, to trade Crosby." Are you kidding me?
For those of you unfamiliar with Smizik's work, his job is basically to stir the pot in Pittsburgh. He's the guy that disagrees with whatever the front office does on any team.
However, Smizik is not the only Pittsburgh columnist to suggest something like this. For whatever reason, this is the trendy thing to do now.
Allow me to state the obvious. Sidney Crosby won't be traded, and trading him would be the most idiotic move the Penguins could make right now. To quote the blog Mondesi's House:
"...No GM is going to want to be known as The Guy Who Traded Sidney Crosby...the guy is 21 years old and he's already won an MVP, Art Ross Trophy, and an Eastern Conference championship."
Clearly, this trade will not happen, nor should it. Crosby is the best player in hockey already at 21, he's the face of the league, and he's the key to the success of the Penguins in the future. Not to mention, he's making the Penguins Oprah-rich. Even discussing trading him at this point in his career is foolish.
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