Stephane Da Costa is the latest potential diamond in the NCAA rough – a late-blooming talent who is a free agent because he was never drafted by an NHL team. The native of Paris, France received a few NHL offers following his freshman season but chose to return to school to work on his game. It seems to have paid off.
Ask anyone what trade was instrumental in the Penguins 2007-08 Stanley Cup Finals appearance and they’ll immediately point to Hossa. If Ray Shero’s team returns to the Finals over the next few seasons, the key trade might be one involving a player who never appeared in a Penguins jersey: Dan Hamhuis.
If there was ever a year for Lemieux and Burkle to put up the white flag and live to see another day, it would be this year. No one would blame them. Fans surely wouldn’t revolt. But that’s not what they did, and yesterday Shero seemed energized by the commitment from ownership that allowed him to take a risk on Kovalev.