Unfortunately for the fellow fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the season didn’t end the way they hoped for for the fifth consecutive season straight.
This past May, the Penguins was eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth season straight by divisional rivals the New York Rangers after their back to back Stanley Cup title win back in 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 seasons.
You can easily argue that the Pens are still not over their championship hangover as they have failed to advance further than the first round of the playoffs ever since.
This past postseason they have blown a 3-1 lead in the series vs. the Rangers, which led to an overtime loss in Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the first round, even though they were missing center men, fellow team captain Sidney Crosby for the second half of Game 5 and the entire series of Game 6 due to an high-grade concussion he suffered from what many would considered a “dirty cheap shot” to the head.
With the future of star players Kris Letang & Evgeni Malkin being uncertain with both contracts now expired with the team, the one question that lies is will they be back with the team?
As they continue to head into the offseason, they’re already off to a good start as they signed forward Bryan Rust to a six-year deal worth $30.75 million.
According to Penguins beat reporter from The Athletic Josh Yohe, he stated that bringing back Letting is the team’s “current priority” now that Rust has been extended.
Expect the Penguins’ run to another Stanley Cup to live on at least to the end of 2022 season.