The word is that Alex Tanguay’s agent has contacted Penguins management on behalf of his client – hat in hand, one supposes, given that over a month of free agency has passed and the 29-year-old winger still hasn’t inked a new pact anywhere.
Philadelphia Flyers executive/icon/failed GM Bobby Clarke must have just realized the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, because he’s pissed. “We always tried to win,” Clarke said recently. “We didn’t do what Pittsburgh did, lose seven years in a row so they could get good. They did it twice, in fact. “It’s somewhat embarrassing that three of the last teams [in the 2009 playoffs] missed the playoffs six or seven years in a row: Washington, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Now they’re good, and the teams that try to win all the time get penalized. Our philosophy has never changed since 1967.” Most of Clarke’s points are exaggerated. For example, the Penguins only missed the playoffs two straight seasons prior to drafting Mario Lemieux, only three straight prior to drafting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Much of Clarke’s statement is nonsense. How is it “embarrassing” – in any way, for any reason –Read More »