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Five Years Ago The Pittsburgh Penguins Celebrated, Now…

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As for what precisely happened over these past five years, there is no easy answer. Lots of things happened. At various times, the Penguins were undone by bad coaching, bone-headed plays, questionable roster building, thin drafts, cap issues, leadership vacuums, poor goaltending and stars wilting at the biggest moments.

It's been a team effort.

Then there are two significant factors that rarely see the light of day, because, you know, the Penguins were supposed to cruise to multiple Cup wins. These are not intended to excuse Bylsma, who easily could have been fired after the Philly flop and should have been after the Boston blowout.

They are just true:

1. Injuries. The Penguins were robbed of a significant chunk of their allotted time with the “Big Three.” Between 2010-11 and 2011-12 — Staal's final two seasons here — Crosby, Malkin and Staal combined to miss 207 regular-season games. Malkin and Crosby missed the '11 playoffs, when the Penguins seemed poised to roll through the East.

2. Good opponents. A terribly inconvenient fact, I know, but there really were TWO teams on the ice in every series.


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awould's avatar

So, injuries and playing good teams doomed the Penguins to no Cups since 2009. No other team has ever conquered both of these demons over a several year stretch to eke out a Cup, I guess. What a bunch of crap. Yes, the Pens dealt with issues, LIKE ANY OTHER HOCKEY TEAM, but the real culprit is all the other things mentioned before. Most apparent was a lack of leadership as the team got unravelled in nearly every playoff exit. The leader of the team lost his cool, repeatedly, for the same reasons. Teams know what to do to cause Crosby to go on tilt. And behind him is a team that lacks depth.

So, no character, no depth, Fleury = no Cups.

Posted by awould on 06/12/14 at 12:33 PM ET

Thag's avatar

Poor leadership from the owners on down.  This team is a total mess…

Fortunately for them (if they are willing to spend to the limit), the cap should skyrocket in the next couple years and they can turn it around.

...but I certainly hope not.

Posted by Thag from DC on 06/12/14 at 01:35 PM ET

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