From the man who doesn't miss, Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters:
Ray Shero made it clear who really mattered to the Penguins during his press conference yesterday:
We're kind of repeating ourselves from a post we made yesterday, but if the Penguins were a movie, these four are the stars. Everyone else is an extra.
If the Penguins were "Goodfellas," Crosby, Fleury, Malkin and Staal would be Robert DeNiro , Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci and Paul Sorvino. Colby Armstrong, Michel Ouellet, Marian Hossa, Gary Roberts, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin and even Brooks Orpik, who signed a big deal yesterday, are bit players.
We'd probably argue that by virtue of his long-term contract that Ryan Whitney is in the core as well, but unlike the others he's not really on the plane of "we absolutely can't lose this guy". The Pens can't afford to lose any of Crosby [signed for five more years], Malkin [signed for six more years], Staal [signed for one more year but talk expected soon] and Fleury [just signed for seven more years]