Pittsburgh lost Orpik, Jokinen, Vitale, and it looks like Niskanen so far....
Picked up Greiss, Ehrhoff, and Comeau.........
To me that isn't improvement, I guess the recent Carolina culture of mediocrity will be heading to Pittsburgh.
Greiss will give us a decent backup, Ehrhoff was a decent pickup but for only a 1 year contract, comeau will give a decent bottom 6 forward but we lost a top 6 forward in Jokinen, a top 2 defensemen (and good PP) in Niskanen and a good physical defensemen in Orpik and a 4th line center in Vitale.
No way the Pens could have come close to what Washington offered Orpik
No way they could afford to pay Niskanen what he'll et in FA
Vitale isn't a big loss but was a decent depth center and good at faceoffs, not what you want to lose when you need depth.
Jussi Jokinen was an excellent 2 way player and extremely consistent.
I think they should have re-signed Jokinen and Vitale.
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