OK, dear readers, some thoughts on what has been a busy Hockey Day in Pittsburgh. First, though, the details of the deals:
• D Zbynek Michalek is 27. He signed for five years at $20 million, with limited movement clause. His annual cap hit is $4 million.
• D Paul Martin is 29. He signed for five years at $25 million. I’m awaiting word on his movement clause. His annual cap hit is $5 million.
Pens are now committed to $16.25 million in cap space over next four season for Michalek, Martin, and Ds Brooks Orpik (29) and Kris Letang (23).
I’m going to break this down with an analysis piece in Friday’s print edition, but I’d consider this day a big win for Shero. I’ll explain in that piece.
That said, this is your fourm as much as mine, so have it, please.