Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 3/20/15
Despite what many people who know would say to the contrary, I am not a negative person. With that being said I have a few things I would like to get off my chest regarding the current state of affairs in Penguins land. My biggest complaint is how is Craig Adams still on this roster but Joe Vitale, Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons are not? Adams had Amnesty buyout written all over him and even though he only counted $700k against the cap, that amount could have allowed one of those three to be retained and all have a bigger upside than Adams. I have heard he is a great locker room presence and a leader. That is not enough to hold onto a possession black hole who brought almost nothing to the ice other than penalty killing acumen. Although not eligible for an Amnesty buyout, Rob Scuderi could have been bought out despite the limited help it would offer beyond this season. The only reason I do not say should is because of the recovery timelines to Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot preventing coach Johnston from icing a complete defensive lineup to start the season. Which brings me to the abhorrent way management handled the firing of Dan Bylsma. Should he have been fired? Absolutely. Should he have had to wait weeks to be let go? No. Would he have been hired by Washington? Possibly but if that was the reason for making him wait and I partially believe it was, who cares? He would be on a short leash more than likely and he would have to deal with the coach killer that is Alex Ovechkin. I would have welcomed it given who they brought in as free agents. Having Orpik out there every shift being turn-styled by Sid or Geno because he refused to acknowledge his own player’s limitations would have brought a tear to my eye. I know these are not groundbreaking revelations but despite all of the good decisions made since the end of the season, there have been missteps that have me wary of just how this season will play out. As a fan, I am optimistic. As a writer I am objective and aware of the limitations of the current roster.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hernandez reportedly 'swore' he wasn't involved in murder

Associated Press examining its use of the Redskins name

Urban Meyer discusses notion of running 2-QB system

Report: Tiger Woods to practice at Augusta

Did Jerry Jones want enough cap room to add Peterson?


Phil Jackson issues message of hope to season ticket holders

Report: Heart attack prompted Armstead's retirement from Pats

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

Gregg Marshall's show canceled, Bama speculation grows

Report: Shaka Smart in discussions with Texas

Report: Rick Barnes expected to land at Tennessee

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Russell Wilson should sit until new deal is done

WATCH: Shaq rips Lakers, Clippers during Bieber roast

Can we envision the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Finals?

Bettor to win $1M if Michigan State wins national title

Five NFL coaches already on the hot seat

WATCH: Stars' Patrik Nemeth catches puck inside visor

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

University of California soccer player found dead

Joe Namath parties with twin 100 year-old women

WATCH: Mike Napoli hits home run as bat shatters

WATCH: Marc Gasol misses shot, rips jersey in disgust

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 20 players in the Final Four

The top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Report: Shaka Smart talking to Texas

Rick Barnes to land at Tennessee?

Browns GM suspended for texts

Hernandez's fiancee disposed of box

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.