The Winning Way Isn’t Necessarily the Easiest Way

July 17th, 2010 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »
Many fans have pronounced their mere disgust for what has unfolded in the past few weeks.

Unfortunately, what some are forgetting is the path of a champion and what it takes to repeat.

Look back over the past two years at the success of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, the two most recent Stanley Cup Champions aside from the Hawks.

Detroit, after winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, was in position to have the opportunity to better a team that already was a proven winner.  They took this chance by signing the current Hawk, Marian Hossa. 

Ideally many thought with the acquisition of Hossa, the Red Wings were a team destined to be the next dynasty.

Arguably, it was just that.  Unfortunately, the Wings could not close out the series against the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals rematch.

So how would the Penguins respond in defense of their Cup climb?

Put it this way... injuries... inconsistency... and more injuries.

During the first half of the title-defending season, the Penguins started nearly ten different defenseman and had another four forwards ...

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