Why the Pens Will Not be Back Next Year.

David HeereSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2008

I was going through my daily routine of checking hockey blogs, hockey forums, and listening to people talk hockey on ESPN. It was all obviously about the recent Stanley Cup finals and people giving their opinions on what happened, and singing the praises for the Red Wings.


Did you know everyone knew the Red Wings were going to win? Just ignore all the articles and rants for the past few weeks that said how Sidney Crosby was the second coming of Jesus, and how the Penguins are the greatest thing since sliced bread and a 1992 repeat is a sure thing.


So I took note of some of the more outrageous claims that were made by people and the one I really wanted to address was saying that the Penguins are going to be back at the Cup finals next year.


I would be amazed if they even made the playoffs next year. This is not just because I feel Sidney Crosby is beyond overrated, but they have 16 unrestricted free agents next year that are currently on their team according to nhlnumbers.com.


These are not just random minor league players that are filling holes in the team. Here are some names: Brooks Orpik, Mark Eaton, Pascal Dupuis, Jarkko Ruutu, Adam Hall, Georges Laraque, Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, and Ty Conklin.


They will not be able to resign all these players, or even a good chunk of these players.


Sid “The cry baby” Crosby will start getting his big boy contract next year, which is an increase from $850,000 to $9 million. Also, Marc-Andre Fleury will be a restricted free agent and will no doubt be getting a $5-6 million contract, which is a huge increase from the $1.6 he made this year.


The Pens also have to take into consideration Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Maxime Talbot, and Tyler Kennedy who are all restricted free agents in 09/10. Malkin is probably going to make $8+ million in his contract and the others are looking at multimillion dollar contracts. So any signings the Penguins do will have to be one-year contracts or at least take future huge contracts into consideration.


This year was a fluke for the Penguins and it will probably be another 15 years until they are back in the Cup finals.


*Disclaimer* This is to all the bandwagon Pens fans: Do not take out losing the cup on me or my article. This article was not made to bash the Penguins with the exception of the few shots at Crosby.


This article was made to point out the problems with salaries and contracts the Penguins are about to face and how it may cause them to have troubles next year. Anymore personal attacks will be marked as offensive.