According to the AP:
The Canadiens and 18 other teams apparently felt Esposito was a little too self centered, didn't progress as much as anticipated and didn't always play with passion last season.
If that's not a picture perfect model of what it is to be a Pittsburgh Penguin, then I don't know what is. Historically, the Penguins are well known to be spoiled whiners who consider their dynamic offensive skills a gift to the rest of league, are indifferent to playing defense, have no problem taking a dive and are the first in the league to complain to the officials when somebody dares make contact with them.
See also: Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Gonchar and yes, Sidney Crosby
Related: Marc Andres Fleury's goalie pads suck. They look like those shitty "Circus Peanuts" candy.
And apologies to Jordan Staal, who I would love to see in any other uniform in the league.