Thursday, July 1, 2010

PENS GET DEFENSIVE, SIGN MARTIN AND MICHALEK

-After watching Sergei Gonchar leave Pittsburgh for a 3 year, $16.5 million deal with the Ottawa Senators, Penguins fans panicked. Are we going to have any defensemen? Ray Shero quickly answered that question by signing D Zybnek Michalek to a 5 year, $20 million contract that includes a limited no-trade clause. Michalek, a 27 year old formerly of the Phoenix Coyotes, is a perfect fit for the Penguins as he led the NHL in blocked shots in 2008-09. Then we asked, who would replace Gonchar? Shero then shocked the world by signing D Paul Martin to a 5 year, $25 million contract. Martin, a 29 year old formerly of the New Jersey Devils, will do a respectable job replacing Gonchar. He is also much younger than Gonchar. The Pittsburgh Penguins will now have much better defense than this past season. Stay tuned for more signings.

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