Originally Posted by Pens6615
boy, being a "die hard" fan really helps!
Personally , I liked Pittsburgh way back because Mario Lenmieux and Jaromri Jagr are 2 of my biggest idol , but there's something you don't understand here.
1st , your team was going to disappear before you drafted arguably the greatest player of all-time ( IMO he is but whatever its not the debate here ) in Mario Lemieux.
After that , you drafted Jaromir Jagr and all those great players won you 2 cups.
So you had the 2 greatest 1985 - 2000 players so of course your franchise survived.
Then , you had a bunch of good players like Kovalev ect...but one day the pens had no money anymore so they just gave Jagr , Kovalev ect...for a bunch of peanuts.
In those days , Mario Lemieux was buying the team to have his money back and save the franchise.
He return to the game but was alone in his team and he was getting older.
The franchise was in danger despise Lemieux efforts.
The team was sucking big time and you drafted Evgeni Malkin 2nd overall.But then again everything was lookign bad for the penguins and the team wasi n danger to move.
And then finally the big luck , you drafted the hype guy , Sidney Crosby.People were starting to jump on the bandwagon again not realising they already had drafted a franchise center in Malkin but they didnt give a F.They had CROSBY !!!And Lemieux once again realised the impossible by keeping the penguins in Pittsburgh.
Great story , really.
You got Malkin , that should be enough.
Then you got Crosby , wow the penguins are on fire.
But let me tell you something , if you drafted someone like Jason Spezza and Patrick Kane ( just examples ) theres no way the franchise is staying in Pittsburgh , those are good players , but those arent Malkin or Crosby ( I used a 2nd overall and a 1st overall as my examples )
My point in this paragraph is:
I know maybe you're gonna laugh , but one day , Crosby is gonna retire and Malkin 2 , and when your team is gonna sucks once again , I highly doubt you'll be lucky like that again.You can't be lucky like that 3 times , and this days , in what? 16-20 years? The penguins are gonna GTFO.
Your gonna say , YOU ARE AN IDIOT , WHO CARES ABOUT IN 20 YEARS , well I do.I dotn want my habs to disappear in 20 years cause im probably gonna be alive and with a lot of years ahead of me.
Thats the problem in Pittsburgh , they are buying time.
No way the fans are gonna follow the team if they dont have a GREAT GREAT GREAT player in 20 years.They will be following a team with GREAT GREAT GREAT players for 40 years.
Lemieux Jagr Malkin Crosby...and then what?
Enjoy my friend , please enjoy.