I agree with a lot of what DayWalker is talking about. I've made my position known before that I do not think this group fo forwards is good enough to allow Penguins to challenge for the cup. I think that lack of depth - and I mean scoring depth - has finally caught up to us and to go into the season and rely on three guys to regularly score is suicide, especially since we are not a trapping, defensive, juggernaut. I agree with Walker on Kunitz and Dupuis. I like both guys, but they are complimentary players for a top center and winger. We traded Staal, got rid of Michalek, so the money saved has to be used to fianally find Sidney a winger. Until that happens, I don't see us going far because Sid or Geno will get shut down at some point and we're going to get knocked out again. Too many checkers on this team and checkers who aren't even big or play a physical game like they did during the Cup run. Size is another matter. We're too small to do what the Devils did to the Flyers. Kunitz refuses to hit anymore. I mean, all those guys like Kennedy, Vitale, Jeffrey are are too small to punish the other team and they don't score nearly enough. Fine for the regular season, but pretty much inconsequential for playoffs. I thought Kennedy was on his way to eventually becoming a 30g/30a player, but that didn't happen. I don't like how this team is constructed. We are one of the smaller teams in the league and have no scoring depth. That's not going to work.
Defense is a question mark. I think that three years down the line, we'll have a superb group, but we have to position ourselves to win right now, not waste a year or two or perhaps three of Crosby and Malkin. If a couple of those young studs come in this year and prove they're ready, fantastic. I must question if the current group with only one guy replaced (Michalek) is able to have a better showing than last playoffs and, right now, I'm leaning to 'no'. I'm praying for one or two rookies sticking around and for a Martin trade.
As I recently said, I rank us #4 in the east, maybe even #5.