Pittsburgh Penguins: Final Word Before The Regular Season
Friday will mark the start of a new NHL season for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the last year that they will play in Mellon Arena. Of course, what better way to kick it off than raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner?
Just like every season there are lots of questions to be asked. Will there be a Stanley Cup Hangover? How will the Olympics affect the players? Will Pittsburgh’s defense struggle with the losses of Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi? … Only time will be able to answer these questions. Since we have plenty of time to find this out, let’s take a look at the Penguins final roster.
Note: Maxime Talbot had surgery and is still recovering. Expected to miss the first couple of months of the regular season.
All in all, this roster still looks good. The questions will be on defense. Can Jay Mckee become a decent one-year replacement for Rob Scuderi? Will Alex Goligoski step up as he did when he filled in last year while Sergi Gonchar was out with his shoulder injury?
I feel confident in this team, but it would certainly be nice to see the Pens have a better November and December than they did last year. I am certainly excited to see how Sidney Crosby does with Chris Kunitz and Bill Guerin on his line for an entire year. The Penguins are pretty close to the salary cap so cheap picks like Marin Skoula, Jay McKee, and Michael Rupp were necessary.
The start of the regular season also signals the end of the Penguins Stanley Cup Championship. On that note, I would like to share two things.
1.) The Stanley Cup has offically been engraved with the Penguins’ names. (Picture courtesy of NHL.com)
2.) The Stanley Cup Championship rings have also been given to the players who are still on the Penguins team. The other members will get their rings at a later point in time. (Picture is courtesy of SBNation.com and Pensburgh.com)
Lastly, I would like to wish everyone and their respective teams “Good Luck” this season. It is now time to get that season underway!
Let’s Go Pens!