Originally written on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 9/10/13
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 ...
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