I believe he was hurting too. Don't get me wrong. But word out on the 'street' was he could have played in the playoffs that year. About this year he wanted to prove that he could make it through an entire 16 game schedule. Which he did. I'm not all that anti-Abe. I was just pointing out the difference from 2004 to now. It really wasn't meant to flame Abe or promote Penny. Just how it's odd how things worked out
The irony is Abe sat to protect himself from further injury so he can get paid while Pennington didn't and now Penny will be losing loads of money and Abe will get a huge contract this year. That's the irony.
EDITED to add that the fan perception of Abe was that he wasn't a team player and Pennington was laying it all on the line to get us deep into the playoffs