Monday, June 25, 2012

Eagle River!?

Speculations are dumb. Unless they're mine. The Pittsburgh Penguins made a big splash at the draft. They unloaded Jordan Staal to Carolina in the middle of his wedding, and freed up some cap space by sending Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix. The assumption by many that this is to go after major unrestricted free agents Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter is not without merit. They're the biggest offensive and defensive UFA's this season, and any team looking to build a foundation or give their team much needed depth and talent for playoff/Stanley Cup contention. But what amazes me is the length people will go to justify why their team has the inside track. From Triblive:
"Also, Parise and Crosby are good friends and share ties to a Minnesota prep school, Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Crosby is already in the ear of Parise about the possibility of playing together."
How stupid is that? Let's ignore for a moment that, as PavelsBabbles pointed out at WIIM, Patrick Eaves and Parise graduated together from Shattuck-Saint Mary in 2002, these aren't high school buddies picking their college together so they can have a total bitchin' dorm togther. (Seriously man, all the chicks are going to be crawling over us.) They're professional hockey players looking for the best place to win the Stanley Cup and make a boat load of money in the process. When I first read this explanation for why Parise is headed to Pittsburgh, I thought of this:

So remember, Parise, Crosby and Eaves are all lackadaisically connected to Duckie from Pretty in Pink and some extra not wearing a shirt. 

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