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The Tampa Bay Lightning And Pittsburgh Penguins Today

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, led by coach Jon Cooper, have the talent and core players to win the Stanley Cup in the near future, general manager Julien BriseBois said Thursday, two days after they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Though the Lightning became the first team in NHL history to finish with the best regular-season record and get swept in the first round in a best-of-7 format, BriseBois spoke of his belief in Cooper and players like forward Nikita Kucherov, center Steven Stamkos, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

"I have great faith that eventually we're going to get the job done and we're going to bring the Cup back to Tampa with this group of players, with these coaches," BriseBois said during Lightning exit interviews. "I'm not going to overreact and blow up all the good things we have here because we had a very bad four-game slump at the most inopportune time of the year.

"Now is not the time to make excuses. It's the time to show some humility. It's the time for us to lick our wounds, roll up our sleeves, get to work and focus on doing what we need to do so next year we're more successful."

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from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford looks to reshape his roster in the wake of a first-round sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders, he’ll be looking to improve team chemistry and add players with a hunger to win. He won’t necessarily be looking to improve team speed.

That was the message as Rutherford and coach Mike Sullivan gave a season-ending press conference Thursday afternoon in Cranberry.

Rutherford said the hallmarks of the franchise’s 2016-17 back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams were chemistry and will to win.

“We were a team,” Rutherford said. “We were a very tight-knit team, and I didn’t see that this year, almost from day one. I didn’t see a point where our guys came together as a team, and I wonder if it’s because there’s too many guys content with where they’re at in their careers after winning a couple of Stanley Cups. Is that a signal where some of that has to be changed where you’ve got that eagerness again?

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Hootinani's avatar

I wonder if it’s because there’s too many guys content with where they’re at in their careers after winning a couple of Stanley Cups

Does that mean he’s trading Crosby?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 04/18/19 at 06:10 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

The Penguins just got beat by a much better team! 

4 - zip !

Kudos to the Pens for a good run - but - after getting the crap end of the stick from them and their fans ( and their biggest fan - Gary Bettman) all these years - what a glorious result !

Go Isles !

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/18/19 at 08:11 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Kudos to the Pens for a good run - but - after getting the crap end of the stick from them and their fans ( and their biggest fan - Gary Bettman) all these years - what a glorious result !

Amen on that. I saw Bettman on TV during game 4 at Pittsburgh. Going into the third period he looked like he was going to cry. Love it. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 04/18/19 at 10:21 PM ET

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The Penguins and Lightning are definitely at different points in their teams evolution. While Tampa has failed to win a cup yet with this current group, they still have a very capable young core and should be in the mix for years to come. Meanwhil, Pittsburgh looks like a team on a serious decline. They don’t seem to have the drive to win and their star players are getting older with younger players a big step down from the players they will be replacing. They are tight against the cap next year with little room to maneuver for the next few years. It wouldn’t be suprising to see them follow the arch of the Blackhawks or Kings.

Posted by evileye on 04/22/19 at 11:31 AM ET

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