Pittsburgh Penguins: Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

May 17th, 2010 by Matt Junker Leave a reply »
There's been a lot of overreaction over the past week—trade Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre Fleury, let all the free agents walk, etcetera.

As usual, the best course is probably somewhere in the middle. Sentiment has led to some iffy choices from last year to this one—like keeping Ruslan Fedetenko. Let's hope that the Pens don't repeat the same mistakes, but they shouldn't over-correct either.

To steer the middle course, the Pens and their fans need to recall what was good about this year's team, and what needs to be improved on.

Since Defense wins championships, let's start there.

I think the Pens should keep Jordan Leopold as insurance since Alex Gologoski is as awful a defenseman as he appears at times.

Kris Letang is better than Gogo shooting, and will ultimately be better in almost all respects. Thank your third jersey that Letang was signed long term at the close of the regular season.

Gonchar, at 35, must either go, or at most be signed for one more year. He no longer has the ability to be a No. 1 defenseman, and he at times has approached albatross status. The Penguins already have one of those in Gol ...

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