Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Re: Mr. Crosby's Penguins = 4X Champs
Gotta be a pretty big gut-punch for Chicago that they've been forced to trade two guys who should've been significant building blocks for the future in Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen just to keep things under the cap.
I'll say it again: As much as I like Corey Crawford and understand how integral he was to their past couple Cup runs, I don't think it's sustainable to be paying him $6 million a year for above-average goaltending. They went through this with Niemi, and rather than pay him, they let him walk and found a cheaper (and better) replacement. Pittsburgh just did the same with Fleury/Murray. Crawford is a good goalie, but if you're choosing between him and depth talent, you let him walk (or in their case, trade him last summer) and trust that you'll be able to find or develop another goalie good enough to ride to the promised land again. Like I said, as good as Crawford is, he's not an elite talent, and it's easier to replace one player than it is to replace four.
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