Looking Ahead to the Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason

May 13th, 2010 by Mitchell Sell Leave a reply »
Penguins fans everywhere were in a state of dismay and shock this morning. How could the defending Stanley Cup Champions flop so badly at home in a must win Game 7?

It isn't the fact that they lost. Despite their lack of starpower and respect, the Montreal Canadiens had every right to be there last night, and subsequently they have every right to be in the Eastern Conference finals. It was how the Penguins lost.

Giving up a soft goal 30 seconds into the game. Extremely sloppy defensive play that led tp Marc-Andre Fleury sitting in the bench in the 2nd period. Extremely sloppy powerplays that led to too few opportunities to get back in the game. All in all, it was a horrible way to send off the good old Mellon Arena.

So between today and the first game at Consol Energy Center, the Penguins have many things to figure out if they want to get back to last year's glory.

Going into the offseason, the Penguins have eight unrestricted free agents. Among the forwards, those are: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke, and Bill Guerin. I have a suspicion that Guerin will retire after this year. He was not nearly the factor ...

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