Enjoy it, Pens' fans

JOHN SHORT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

We should all have seen this coming.

Mere moments after the Pittsburgh Penguins settled down long enough for some handshakes and Evgeni Malkin had walked off with the Conn Smythe Trophy, pundits started predicting a dynasty for the new Stanley Cup champs.

But it isn't going to happen.

It's almost impossible for on-ice generals Malkin and Sid Crosby to remain in Steeltown and for all the soldiers such as Max Talbot and Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi to stay beside them.

Anticipated shrinkage in the salary cap is part of the reason -- but only part of it. Inflated egos are sure to be a factor, too.

You can bet that somebody on the roster -- or somebody's agent -- feels under-appreciated and, more important, underpaid.

Greed is a common malady in sport these days. The Penguins and their fans will feel the pain as soon as some general manager with more cap space than good sense pops up with a huge offfer for a second- or third-liner.

PRINCELY PRESENT: PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT, LIKE OTHER MEMBERS OF ENGLAND'S ROYAL FAMILY, RECEIVES A GIFT WHENEVER HE VISITS A NEW PLACE.

He spent a few days here last week to participate in the Royal Life Saving Society's international competition and seemed pleased when an Edmonton representative handed him a green and gold Eskimos jersey.

There's no way to be sure, but he probably didn't have a CFL shirt anywhere in his collection.

The prince, slim and fit and well past 60, said in a brief one-on-one conversation that life saving has been presented as a future Olympic sport.

Why not?

The athletic requirements involved in towing an inert form for long distances in water are massive. Several nations around the world are involved and many of them speak at the decision-making level.

Most important, a cynic believes, is the fact that it's a "judgment" sport like gymnastics and diving and figure skating.

The room for political involvement would be incredible. The need to keep several judges and officials in travel around the globe, learning the rules and padding the expense account, would be even larger.

More room can always be found for sports of this type while baseball and others based on tangibles like runs and goals and baskets continue to lose status with a fair number of Olympic poobahs.

DAZZLING DISPLAY: THE QUICK SHUFFLE PULLED OFF BY THE ESKIMOS LAST WEEK WAS TRULY IMPRESSIVE.

First, Dan Comiskey announced his retirement and said he had been discussing it on a regular basis with the team bosses.

Almost in the next breath, Joe McGrath stood up in Regina and said he wanted to come home to Edmonton because his initial decision to move to the Roughriders was not wise.

Coincidence? Oh, sure.

The same kind of coincidence that used to bless the Eskimos when they won Grey Cups as if by divine right.

A lot of good things are happening near Commonwealth Stadium these days.

JCSHORT@SHAW.CA


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