Found February 07, 2012 on
This one is tough. Gonch was an aging defenseman. He came off a not-so solid playoff ( see Travis Moen's goal in game 7)
Paul Martin was the puck moving defenseman from the New Jersey Devils. He was younger, much less of a risk.
From Rob Rossi that summer:
The Penguins prefer a two-year term at no more than his previous $5 million annual salary, and Barry said last week a two-year deal would need to include an average annual salary raise.
As it turned out, the Senators grabbed Gonch for three-years, $16.5 million deal.
The Penguins responded by signing Paul Martin to a five-year, $25 million deal.
Is it fair to compare the two players? Absolutely. Ray Shero, for better or worse, didn't think Gonch deserved the three-year deal. He choose Martin over Gonch.
It has been two years since that played out.
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Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby returned to practice Monday, but there is still no timetable for when the former MVP will return from a neck injury.
The 24-year-old skated with his teammates in Montreal for the first time since being forced out of the lineup in early December following a brief return. He has been skating on his own in recent weeks.
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-Nobody disputes that Paul Martin has talent. The issue is whether itâs worth $5 million per year. If Martin was making $2-$3 million there wouldnât be so much trade speculation and perhaps not as much angst directed toward him.
-What was Jason Williams doing in the shootout...
Good period of hockey. Paul Martin almost hit the powerball, Subban is still a dick.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but said he is no closer to returning from a concussion and neck injury that have sidelined him for most of the season.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but said he is no closer to returning from a concussion and neck injury that have caused him to miss most of the NHL season.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but said he is no closer to returning from a concussion and neck injury that have sidelined him for most of the season.
PHT: Sidney Crosby wears a non-contact jersey and skates with the Penguins in practice. It's a start.
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NEWARK, N.J. -- The Penguins won't have to conduct an in-depth evaluation to figure out what went wrong in this one.
Not when their No. 1 goalie -- the guy who has been so good, for so much of this season -- was out of the game in less than 23 minutes.
MONTREAL, Quebec – Two steps forward, one step back.
The Penguins inched a little closer in the health department as center Jordan Staal and defenseman Simon Despres, both working through knee injuries, returned to team practice Monday at...
The Penguins have lost seven of eight games at Prudential Center and have scored 15 goals in their past 11 trips to New Jersey.
One thing you can set your watch to. No matter the season, the record, or time of year, a loss in Montreal will drive you crazy. Losing in Montreal makes you think thoughts that aren't rational. It drives you to your kitchen where you just start eating things because you're so jammed up. You take your dog for a real long walk after losses in Montreal. You probably...
He didn't look bad on a line with Steve Sullivan and Cal O'Reilly, even though he was playing out of position. He added a nice dimension to the No. 2 power play, as well, even though the second unit isn't exactly his natural habitat.