Crankshaft wrote:What is this Country Club thing? I see it constantly here and have no idea what you're talking about.
Meme from the mid-90's when the Penguins were content to have a decent team each year, but never went the extra mile to overcome their challenges and win in the playoffs. I don't see anything wrong with fans questioning whether this is the mentality here. I wouldn't say it's a certainty, but there's fair reason to question things with the results of the past 4 years.
I agree there's a great team here. That's what's so maddening about the years of failure. But I'm stoked for Letang's development. I want to see the other young D playing bigger roles. Letang-Despres was the team's best pairing when together last year. If Despres isn't even in the top 4 because of old guys ahead of him, that's a problem in the way the org sees things. But as I said above, the cap situation will require something to give, so I'll wait and see.
The personnel up front is a big question mark beyond the top 7. But I'm fine with this being left unaddressed for now as uncertainty is generally the situation where young players step up and take a bigger role. I don't want Shero to sign a couple 30 year olds to fill out the bottom 6.
I see problems in the way the team plays. Hopefully J. Martin will help address that. All in all, I'm excited about the team's potential for next year. But success will require changes. There's room for those changes, but there's also the possibility the team just goes out and relies on talent to carry them over the hump yet again. And yet again, fails in the face of some greater force. But that's why they play the games... I'll be watching and hoping.