The Pittsburgh Penguins have had quite a boring off-season when it comes to the free agent market, but that could be a very good thing, just ask Marc-Andre Fleury. Ray Shero bolstered the defense by signing Zbynek Michalek, and former Devil, Paul Martin. The question is still there, however, who will be playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
That seemed to be answered with a late signing of Mike Comrie to a one year deal making a measly $500,000. Comrie’s agent said that he gave him a list of teams that he would be willing to play for and to talk to those teams to see who was interested in his services. He wants to win, and he will have a great chance of fulfilling his wish to win a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh with two of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Comrie is expected to fight for time on the top two lines, while Malkin is expected to slide over to right wing alongside Jordan Staal who will man the 2nd line center duties.
A very surprising move was the signing of the tough Aaron Asham from the hated rival Philadelphia Flyers. He and Matt Cooke don’t exactly get butterflies when they see each other. Asham is quoted saying, “I’ve got no respect for him,” Asham told the media at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. “You wish a guy had a little more class, but that’s every game with him. You think, ‘You bite somebody, (so) you have to fight back,’ but not this guy. He’s a chicken.” It will be interesting to see how the relationship between the two will be throughout the season, but only time will tell. Bad relations between teammates only seem to arise when a team is losing, but I don’t think this team will have that problem.
Anything can happen. With a new arena, the Consol Energy Center, a huge Penguins vs. Capitals game at Heinz Field for the Winter Classic and a new season ahead of them, watch out for the Pittsburgh Penguins this year. Let’s Go Pens!