May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan at a press conference after game four in the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

While Shane Doan Takes His Time, The Penguins Left With Few Options

We are slowly finding out that the Pittsburgh Penguins are dangling in the wind, and the options for bringing in high end talent are running out.  The Most recent major rumor was regarding Shane Doan,and it looks like that decision will take weeks and Pittsburgh is once again, not looking like their even on the radar.

So what does that mean?  Simple, the options in this free agent class are few and far between and the talent level is thin.   When locker room cancer Alexander Semin is considered to be an interesting option, then one knows just how thin the options are.   That’s  not to say that Semin could not help a team win,  just saying that a Leopard rarely sheds it’s spots.

As far as Doan goes, as mentioned, it looks like he is going to do everything he can to stay where he is.   The Pens are probably in their somewhere, but not overly high on the list.   And with another big name showing little interest in the Pens, makes you wonder what the reasons could be that a player would not want to come to Pittsburgh.   I have been wondering that myself for a little while now.

I am in no way speculating anything derogatory about the team and the Chemistry amongst the team.   I am more or  less wondering why a great players like Doan or Parise would not want to come and play with a team that has an opportunity to win a cup year in and year out out?  With some of the best talent in the League assembled on this team, why would a great player not want to help out and win a cup?    Both players are and or were Captains of their teams so maybe that plays a part in this.  When you come to Pittsburgh, this is Sid’s team.  Malkin holds some heavy clout also, but the buck stops with Sid.

Maybe the players they have been targeting are not pieces as much as they are cornerstones, and when the building is already built, cornerstone’s are just not that necessary.  I am thinking that these players have already figured this out, and that could be why they are not looking at Pittsburgh as such a great landing place.  Tough to be the biggest fish in the pond, when the pond is already full of even bigger fish.

We have a poll on the website and almost 80% of the people that have weighed in, feel the Pens will make a deal before the season.  I voted that the Pens would make a deal before the trade deadline during the  season.  I did not think it would happen this summer, and I think I just might be right.  Stay close, and we will find out together!


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