Unlike the NBA, the NHL is not a star-driven league. It is not enough to land a LeBron James and
pair him with a Dwayne Wade and - voila - championships. The NHL is still a team driven sport that
requires depth. Don't believe me? Just ask the Washington Capitals (Alex
Ovechkin), Tampa Bay Lightning (Steven Stamkos) or Philadelphia Flyers (Claude
Giroux) whether having one of the league's biggest stars is enough to hoist
Lord Stanley's Cup (hint: its not - that
group has zero Cups between them).
These facts shouldn't be comforting to Penguins fans. Despite having locked up Sidney Crosby and
Evgeni Malkin (arguably the two best players in the world) for the next decade,
Crosby and Malkin alone will not be enough to bring the Cup back to Pittsburgh.
There are a lot of question marks for the Pens entering the
2013 season. Can Crosby stay
healthy? Will Marc Andre-Fleury rebound
after a disastrous playoffs? Will Malkin
look like the Hart Trophy ...