I'm creating this mainly because I posed the question about what people will think will happen in 2012 when our core players, in my opinion at least, like Geno, Sid, Flower, Orpik, and Staal will be free agents, under the Sid vs. Geno headline on the main page. Hooks and a few others suggested I make it a Fan Post.
I think it's interesting because like I'm sure we all know, Pittsburgh loves our sports, and that's one thing I miss about living back in good ol' Western PA. No matter what, we fans are die hard and will never give up on our teams, just look at the Pirates. (Side note: We don't care about anything else but winning and our players. This is just to solidify my opinion that Pittsburghers love their teams- the Bucs were the first team to ever start an all color [and I'm not trying to be racist or ignorant, I mean either black or Hispanic] starting line up. Pittsburgh fans didn't care; if you play for our team, we love you.)
With that said, I'm hoping that the players mentioned earlier would recognize that and want to try and stay in Pittsburgh. That some players would try and pull a Tim Duncan and not take as much money, or like Fedotenko and a few other players did this past off season.
So again, just posing the question here to see what others think. Hooks may crunch some numbers and figure it out a bit, but someone else said this too, that might be a little scary to read.
(Hope I didn't lose anyone with my Pirates history allusion.)