It's that time of the year again where we conduct our annual State of the Penguins Address. Out of the 4 State of the Penguins Address' that we have done this one is the most difficult one to write. But, in this case, that is a good thing. So without further ado. Here is our 4th annual State of the Penguins Address.
Windows. Even when they are shut they can still be forced back open. Let's travel back in time to April of 2015. The Penguins had just come off of a horrendous showing in the playoffs. Their window to win another Stanley Cup was pronounced shut. There were thoughts of the Crosby and Malkin era being over. What would happen over the next 769ish days is nothing short of mind blowing. Jim Rutherford and Mike Sullivan would change the entire culture and the entire path the Penguins organization was on. In April of 2015 the Pittsburgh Penguins were on a bus to no where. The team lacked an identity, they lacked direction, and most importantly they lacked a leader not named Sidney Crosby. Fast forward to the present day and that bus did a complete 180 and found the road back to greatness. 420 days after the Penguins window was seemingly slammed shut it started to creep open again. June 12th of 2016 the Penguins were once again Stanley Cup Champions. Then a mere 364 days later here we are again. A 2nd straight Stanley Cup. A team and organization who was basically left for dead 2 years ago, blew their window back open and are now the first back to back Stanley Cup Champions since the Red Wings in 97 and 98. Earlier I said this has been the most difficult State of the Penguins Address to write. Why you may ask. Well, because what do you say? What do you say about a team that just won 2 Stanley Cups in a row? What do you say about a team that just won a Stanley Cup without their best defenseman? What do you say about a team who has the best player in the world who missed action on 2 separate occasions with a concussion, one of which happened in the playoffs against the team that won the President's trophy? What do you say about a team that had their number 1 goalie get injured during warm ups in game 1 of the playoffs? This team refuses to lose. These players refuse to lose. This coach refuses to lose. This General Manager refuses to lose. Under previous regimes the Penguins would have lost game 7 against the Capitals. Under previous regimes the Penguins would have lost game 7 against the Senators after blowing that lead. Not this team. Not this regime. From Mario Lemieux to Tom Kuhnhackl. Every one refuses to lose.
Jim Rutherford and Mike Sullivan have had a plan and every single person on this team has bought into it and it has created something special. A team with direction. A team with an identity. A team that will take your best punch and then knock you right the hell out. I think it goes without saying. This organization is in a good place. They will be in a good place for years to come. A team that had their window supposedly slammed shut blew it wide open again and now have a legitimate shot to three peat. And with Mike Sullivan and Jim Rutherford calling the shots..........Why not?
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