The Pittsburgh Penguins may be entering some uncharted territory — a place they haven’t seen in nearly two decades. And yet, as Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes, the Penguins may yet be able to avoid a lengthy rebuild and retool on the fly.
Sure, the core is aging. One of their bigger acquisitions was 34-year-old Jeff Petry. Some fans are clamoring to read the writing on the wall in the way of tearing it down, and rebuilding it as fast as they can.
Team President Brian Burke thinks the team is better than last year. There’s a chance they’re an Eastern Conference contender. Beyond that, Kingerski writes there may be a glimmer of hope that allows Pittsburgh to avoid rebuild hell altogether.
The same salary cap that has hampered some teams may actually benefit Pittsburgh, whose rise began when the cap was instituted back in 2005. In two seasons, Kingerski claims, the Penguins will have a lot of cap room. It’ll coincide with a significant rise in the cap ceiling.
Does it equate to success? Not necessarily. But it could prevent a painful rebuild that has befallen so many NHL teams.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
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