Offseason Recap: Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins fans were understandably disappointed when their talented young squad lost in the Cup Finals to the machinelike Detroit Red Wings. The offseason hasn’t been much kinder to the Penguins, as many of the veterans and key pieces that helped them reach the Finals last year.marian hossa

The most crushing blow to the Penguins came again from Detroit. Playoff scoring leader Marian Hossa departed Pittsburgh for the Motor City, along with Ty Conklin, who carried Pittsburgh to the playoffs in Marc-Andre Fleury’s absence. Power forward Ryan Malone, veteran Gary Roberts and Adam Hall all signed with the rebuilding Tampa Bay Lightning. Jarko Ruutu will take his troublemaking to Ottawa, and enforcer Georges Laraque will be defending superstars in Montreal next season.

The management in Pittsburgh has done its best to fill the holes created by free agency. Veteran scorers Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko will help the Penguins cope with the losses of Malone and Hossa. Matt Cooke will help replace Ruutu and Laraque but the loss of both will be noticed.

The best moves Pittsburgh was able to make involved contract extensions to some of their most talented players. Defensemen Mark Eaton and Brooks Orpik were both re-signed, as was talented forward Pascal Dupuis. Most notably, superstar Evgeny Malkin was signed to a five year deal, ending a controversy involving Malkin’s possible defection to the new Continental League in Russia. With Malkin, Crosby and Staal down the middle, the Penguins will still be one of the best offensive teams in the East. While the loss of Hossa will hurt, he was really only on the team during the playoffs. If Crosby, Malkin and Fleury can remain healthy all season, look for the Penguins to be back on top of the Eastern Conference next season.

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    By strugglingwriter Categories: Life Well, Saturday did get much bteter after my losses. My wife had a gift certificate to a pottery place where you pick out a piece of pottery, decorate