By Joe Depto (@PensDeptoTFP)
To say 2011 was an exhausting calendar year for the Pittsburgh Penguins would be an arduous understatement.
I certainly don’t need to remind even the most casual of hockey fan what circumstances the beginning of 2011 brought on for Sidney Crosby and the entire Penguins organization.
After Evgeni Malkin healed his torn ACL (salt in the wound as far as the climax of the 2010-11 season was concerned), most Pens fans assumed their broken black and gold hearts would experience the same positive fate.
My, how we were all fooled.
The 2011 offseason was a folly of epic proportions of drama that was a kick in the teeth for the fan perception of both aspects of the past and the present.
After acquiring Alexei Kovalev at the 2011 trade deadline turned out to be more of a nostalgic sewer instead of a joyful blast from the past, the “Jagr watch” saga created an even further rift between the Pens fans dreadful, rumor-filled present and their glowing reminiscing of...