Maybe not better than the Cup team but…

After the Penguins lost that heart-breaking Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Finals, we all knew that the Pens were going to lose some key players. Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Jarkko Ruutu, Gary Roberts, George Laraque, and Adam Hall – yeah, that’s a lot of players. Obviously losing players like that will make your team worse. Hossa was an elite player, Malone was a solid second line player and the rest were our grit.

So then Shero goes out and gets a scorer in Miroslav Satan and a decent second line player in Ruslan Fedotenko. Then tries to get the grit in Eric Godard and Matt Cooke. But in my opinion, that’s not as good as the 2008 playoff roster, no one thinks it is.

However, the point I’m trying to make without it sounding all doom and gloom is – this team is much better than last year’s opening night team.

Satan, Feds, Cooke, Godard + one year of experience of Cup run >>>> Mark Recchi, Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Ruutu, Laraque, Hall.

That’s all I could ask for really. To have a better team than started out the previous is something that any and all fans would want. Last year the Pens went into the season with being a possibly ‘Cup sleeper team’ to now being the ‘Cup favorite in the East’.

This whole team has matured so much from last year. Fleury is a much better goalie, we know that we’ll be fine if Crosby goes down because we’ll always have Malkin and our defense is actually good (wow can’t believe I’m saying that about MY Pittsburgh Penguins).

Got to give credit to Ray Shero for this one. He’s made the moves, he’s made the tough decisions and now look where this team is at. BIG time kudos to you, Ray Shero.

If this team can start out at least decent this year, watch for the Penguins to take the East and have home-ice advantage.



One Response to “Maybe not better than the Cup team but…”

  1. Dan Says:

    Couldn’t have said this better myself Ben!

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