Henry Hank wrote:The getting younger thing makes sense as a theory but I think it's another one of those things that's gaining a life of its own and taking off too far. I'm sure every team would ideally want to add youth as the years go by but it's not as simple as just snapping your fingers. Getting young just for the sake of getting younger isn't necessarily a good idea just like making changes just because isn't necessarily a good thing. Young isn't always better and old isn't always bad. I just keep hearing this well why aren't the Pens trying to get younger thing but I'm not seeing any ideas of how to go about that.
They don't have any good young forward talent ready to step in besides Bennett. That's certainly something you can blame them for. But given that how are they supposed to get younger? Any halfway good, youngish player on the UFA market just signed for 5-7 years and ~$5 million per. They could have gotten younger in free agency but they wouldn't have gotten better and they would have even worse contracts on the books than the ones they have that are making people uneasy.
I think the Pens are too old thing is overblown. Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Bennett, Sutter, Vitale, Letang, Despres, and Fleury are all going to be regulars and are all south of 30. That's like half the team on any given night and most of those guys play substantial roles. As of now their oldest players are going to be Adams and Vokoun, both 36, both relatively minor roles. Scuderi and Dupuis at 34 are the most prominent older guys but they're both really solid players. I think they have a pretty good mix of younger guys and veterans. Ideally they'd be adding more than just Bennett and Despres in their early 20's but that's a limitation of their organization right now, and it's not something easily addressed nor is it something that desperately needs to be addressed right at this moment.
Well I can't say I disagree with a lot of your post but if a team is the oldest or almost oldest in the playoffs or league, regardless of their cores age it has to be mentioned and can't be overblown.
The issue is that it comes with depth. You pay more for UFAs and veterans - look at the past two days. You combine that with having no young legs coming up on entry level deals, so we have to sign or trade to fill out a roster. its everything combined that is troublesome not each issue in a vacuum.
I know I have argued this in other threads but we whether its style or roster we simply do not come in waves at other teams. The difference between us and other teams play in that regard has been substantial.Some of that has to do with having an aging roster.