Since we are now officially in the Pens offseason, might as well start an offseason thread.
1) HCDB - Stay or Go ==> Crosby and Malkin aren't getting any younger. For the 3rd year in a row, the Penguins have suffered an epic playoff collapse. While the "core" is the same, other players have changed. The constant is Bylsma. I don't think you can have an entire team go cold for a series, especially when your team averaged more than 4 goals per game each of the two prior series. Yes, Rask was stellar, but it would appear the Bruins completely countered the Pens system to the point they often looked lost, obviously were frustrated, and just could not generate any offense. Lack of discipline is another area of concern. The Pens for the 2nd year in a row allow too much to get in their heads instead of just playing their game. A PP that was dominate in 1st two rounds, blanked. Another area just totally shut down by Boston. For once, I agree with Keith Jones and Mike Milbury....Dan Bylsma has to go. If not, then Shero/Lemieux are just as arrogant as Bylsma's belief in his system that has failed again.
2) Fleury ==> Fleury's playoff meltdown is becoming too common. Many are calling for Fleury to be dealt, bought out, etc. I for one don't see this happening for the simple fact that there is no long-term Plan B. The Pens have nobody else in their system that even smells of a franchise goalie, let alone a sure-fire NHL starter. There is nobody else out there that is going to be available that would be a playoff anchor in goal. With a change in coach, hopefully would bring in a new goalie coach other than Meloche. Fleury is still only 28 and continues to put up impressive numbers in the regular system. You hope that you can right Fleury for the playoffs, but if not, you need to have a short-term Plan B like a Vokoun. For as bad as Fleury was in the Isles series, goaltending did not lose this series.
3) Dupuis/Cooke==> In short, I think both should be resigned. Dupuis, if you can get under 4mil, is a bargain. He showed at times that he didn't need Crosby to put up the points. He is an outstanding PK, has great speed, great shot, and is one of the few players that never quit. a 2-year deal if he'll stay and pass up huge offers that will be out there for him. Cooke, I gave up on for Morrow originally, but like Tyler Kennedy, the guy just shows up in the playoffs. Another one of those guys that does not quit and is giving it his all every shift, I think the Pens need to bring him back.
4) Malkin/Letang ==> While the salary cap next year is a concern, it is the 2014-2015 season that will really be the issue. Malkin and Letang are both under contract next season, but the season after is when the extra cap hit would occur from their extensions. After this years playoff performance, I think one of them will have to go to help restructure the team, and most likely, it would be Malkin. While Pens are stacked at defense, none of them is assured of reaching the potential Letang has and has already achieved. Yes, his defense is poor at times, but quality d-men are hard to find. Trade Malkin for a young promising center, a #1, and maybe a prospect. Trading for RFA Sam Gagner comes to mind, as the Oilers have lots of young talent...enough that they may end up with a Malkin/Crosby/Staal type situation with not enough top 6 spots (Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Gagner, Nugent-Hopkins, Jones). The Pens will have a very hard time keeping Crosby, Malkin, Letang, Neal (possible 28-30mil) and field a quality team around them in 2014-2015.
5) UFA/RFA ==> Iginla gone. Morrow gone. Would like to see Murray come back, as he brings a big physical element Pens have not had in a long, long time. Not the end of the world if he doesn't return. Kennedy and Jeffrey will be interesting decisions. Do you keep a guy who sucked after getting his payday, but shows up in the playoffs when dressed? Do you keep a guy in Jeffrey who seems to have more potential then Pens give him credit for? Who do you bring in to help the defense, which badly needs it? Does Martin get bought out?