Well, we actually know where they are. But how are they doing? Ruslan Fedotenko popped up on my TV screen last night as I caught the third period of the Caps and Rangers. It got me thinking of the still active players who left Pittsburgh sometime in the last few years and what we lost. Let's take a look.
Ruslan Fedontenko, NYR - 1 goal, 4 assists in 15 games. He was playing on a line with Eric Christensen last night, and they actually had some great chances. But my 2-year-old son would have great chances against the Capitals.
Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay - 1 goal, 7 assists in 14 games. If you're making a habit of complaining about Chris Kunitz, consider this: Hands of Stone has 3 goals to Malone's 1, and he makes about $750K less per season.
Marian Hossa, Chicago - 7 goals, 4 assists in 12 games. Yep, he's good. We don't need to belabor this.
Alexei Ponikarovsky, LAK - 2 goals, 2 assists in 13 games. Ride, Little Poni, ride.
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Sergei Gonchar, Ottawa - 3 goals, 8 assists, and a -7 in 15 games. None of these numbers are surprising, are they?
Rob Scuderi, LAK - 0 goals, 3 assists, a +2, and, presumably, 13 solid defensive performances in 13 games.
Hal Gill, Montreal - 0 goals, 1 assist, and a -5 in 15 games.
Mike Zigomanis, Toronto - 1 assist in 8 games. But I feel like he won 27 faceoffs when the Pens and Leafs played early this season.
Paul Bissonette, Phoenix - 10 PIMs and vast entertainment value in 5 games.
Luca Caputi, Toronto - 0 points and a -2 in 6 games.
Jarko Ruutu, Ottawa - 1 goal, 2 assist, 23 PIMs in 15 games.
Mark Eaton, NYI - 0 points and a -4 in 14 games.
Georges Laraque, actor - Movie star, box office draw, and potential Oscar nominee.
Gary Roberts, Mario Lemieux's box - he still turns up occasionally to receive standing ovations.
We spend a lot of time focusing on who the Penguins choose to acquire. But what about the players Ray Shero lets go? That's just as big a part of the equation. Draw your own conclusions.