Wednesday, January 18, 2006

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.

"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.
Here's Eric Duhatschek:
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'.



At 4:34 p.m., January 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's bad news for my pool.

- Wolstat

At 9:37 p.m., January 18, 2006, Anonymous David said...

Palffy retiring or not, they did need someone who could protect Sid. He's getting pushed around and his teammates aren't doing nearly enough. Hopefully the playing time will help return Cairns into his old physical form he had with the Isles.

At 9:57 a.m., January 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I was Craig Patrick, I wouldn't stop there. I'd load my team up with a couple of more goons, and play at least one of them on Crosby's line. The second someone roughs up Sid, goon-du-jour jumps him and pummels him. Next period, new goon, same drill. Hey, how much less productive could the goons be than some of the Pens' other off-season acquisitions?

At 5:12 p.m., January 19, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

Cairns as a goon is not so good; he is more of a punching bag for anyone who drops the gloves with him. He is a huge guy, that's for sure, and he's a better player than he's given credit for. He does not skate well (that's an understatement) but he's smart and doesn't make too many mistakes with the puck.

I once saw him lose two fights in one game to Darren Langdon...he lost the first one so badly that when he finally landed a punch (in the second scrap) he acted as if he'd won, despite the red wine trickling from his chin at scrap's end.


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