Ziggy Palffy retires
More turmoil in Pittsburgh today, as 33-year-old Pens sniper Zigmund Palffy announced his retirement due to a chronic shoulder injury. I think we can all say for certain that the move had more than a little to do with how the Penguins season has gone this year.
The strange thing is the Penguins had no idea it was coming:
The Penguins were surprised by Palffy's announcement, as well as his reasoning.Here's Eric Duhatschek:
"We didn't sense that there was any problems with the shoulder," GM Craig Patrick said at a press conference Wednesday. "He passed the physical."
"I was surprised," Patrick said. "He came in, he closed the door. ... It became pretty apparent once he started that he was heading down that path."
The 33-year-old Palffy signed a $13.5-million US, three-year deal with Pittsburgh in August. He was earning $3.5 million this season and was slated to make $5.5 million in 2006-07 and $4.5 million in 2007-08.
The 33-year-old Palffy was about the only player picked up in the Penguins' off-season recruiting drive that was contributing in any meaningful way. Forget about his point-per-game scoring pace for a minute; he was plus-5 on a team that surrendered 57 more goals than it had scored. The player immediately in front of him, Crosby, was a minus-9; the player immediately behind him in the scoring race, Mark Recchi, was a minus-23.On the plus side for Pittsburgh, they've already found a replacement for Palffy's goal-scoring ability. Insert eye roll... 'here'.