Sure they have, they won the Cup w/o Malone. That was so long ago btw, they had Bill Guerin on the team. If I was them I'd sell the farm to win now. How many years do Malkin & Crosby have in their prime? By the time Pouliot is ready to contribute imagine where their current core will be. Having a pair like they have up the middle does not happen very often. Agreed they need more toughness, big time!Hockey Widow wrote:Shero let a lot of his tough guys go and never replaced them. Two of the best in the league and no support or protection. Hung onto MAF too long. Gave away their future basically every year to tool up for the playoffs. The team needs more than just Kesler and adding Kesler risks depleting what young assets they do have. I don't see that as a smart move for the team.
I think they are better served by a new GM, not a lame duck GM. A GM that can build support around Crosby and Malkin, shore up the net and get meaner up front. They have never been the same since they let the likes of Malone go.
If they can't trade MAF they are probably best served to keep him for the final year and build pieces up front. I don't know how they do that though as they have little to trade. Unless they trade Malkin and I think that's foolish.
Sort of Washington trying to win with OV and not much more.
Now, let's hope Montreal can oust Boston.