It's time for our 5th annual State Of the Penguins Address. This would have been out sooner but we were busy watching the best goalie in the world carry the Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Friends, family members and fellow Penguins fans, welcome to my 5th annual State of the Penguins Address. The Penguins season ended a lot sooner than we were used to after winning the Stanley Cup two straight years. The Penguins would bow out of this years Stanley Cup playoffs in the 2nd round to the Washington Capitals. In typical Pittsburgh fashion all the Pittsburgh media hacks were quick to find someone to blame and for this season's failure. What if we told you that not one person was to blame for the Penguins failure? What if we told you that the Penguins were good enough to win 3 Cups in a row but the team they played in the 2nd round just played better? And what if we told you that every negative thing written about the Penguins since Evgeny Kuznetsov drove the Capitals team bus through Matt Murray's five hole is all a huge joke because the hacks in this city are looking for clicks? Well that is what were are about to do. That's right. Your boys at POA are bout to be the voice of reason. Simply put. The Penguins are fine.
With every playoff failure always comes with criticism from media hacks that are looking for a story when in fact, there isn't one. Looking at you Ron Cook. Do the Penguins deserve some criticism? Yeah maybe. Do certain players need to be called out? Ehh debatable. But what these morons seem to forget is that the core from a team that just won two straight Stanley Cups is still together and will be for at least the next three to possibly four years. Granted Matt Murray couldn't stop an exercise ball shot at his glove and/or five-hole and Kris Letang was out to lunch a couple of times the Penguins had the team that could have gone back to the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in a row. They didn't so now everyone sucks and Phil Kessel should be traded because Phil Kessel needs to get thrown under the bus in every city he goes to. That is where we come in, the voices of reason. Here is what we want you to do: Forget everything you've read about the Penguins so far this offseason, especially if it was written by Ron Cook. Get your friends and their friends to do the same. Now read the rest of this post because like we said earlier. The Penguins. Are fine.
Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Phil Kessel. Jake Guentzel. Brian Dumoulin. Kris Letang. Justin Schultz. Olli Maatta. Derick Brassard. Matt Murray. Patric Hornqvist. Jim Rutherford. Mike Sullivan. If reading those names doesn't make you think the Penguins have a legitimate shot at next years Stanley Cup, you need to 1.) get your brain checked and 2.) go root for the Flyers. I can hear the comments now. "But Brassard was bad!!!!!" "They should have kept Ian Cole!!!!!" "Kris Letang sucks!!!!!" If you do make those comments, you're probably retarded. Before he got hurt Brassard was on a six game point streak. He was also forced to play with Tom friggen' Kuhnhackl in the playoffs. Find me any center that can have success with that. Brassard will be better next year, he himself has vowed so. He'll have a full season under his belt and Mike Sullivan gets the best out of all of his players. It also shouldn't be lost that Brassard had to basically remember how to play hockey again instead of just standing around trapping everything like he did in Ottawa. And for those of you who are soooooo torn up that Ian Cole was traded. How did the Blue Jackets do in the first round? You know, the team that gave Ian Cole a bunch of minutes? Now we come to Kris Letang who was the brunt of a lot of blame in these playoffs, some of which came from some of the people here at POA. Letang rushed back from major neck surgery. He didn't have a full summer to train to get ready for this season. In 2016 you saw the best Kris Letang we've ever seen. I can guarandamntee you that in the 2018-2019 season, that we will see the Kris Letang of 2016. If that happens that only means good things for the Penguins.
The Penguins have played 69911 hockey games since they last got eliminated early in the playoffs in 2015. This season ending when it did could be a blessing in disguise for this team. They are going to come back next year motivated, rested up, and hungry to get back to the Cup Finals. We've talked internally about what this team needs in the off season. After resigning their free agents (minus Carter Rowney who can be shot to the sun) the Penguins really only need one defenseman and one forward that is better than Tom Kuhnhackl. This team doesn't need to add a lot and don't look for them to make a big splash in free agency. You are just going to be disappointed because it's not going to happen. If you are down on this team, don't be. If you are looking for someone to blame, stop. If you're wanting to trade Phil Kessel and want him to talk to the media, go root for someone else and take Ron Cook with you. The Penguins have the potential to make it back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. You know what else they have that 30 other teams don't? Sidney Crosby. And when the cards are on the table, I'm not betting against him.
Thank you everyone for joining me for the State Of The Penguins Address. And thank you to everyone who has read anything we've put out this season or sent us photoshops or let twitter know we were there when they unjustly suspended us during the most important time of the year. We don't know when we will post again but make sure you are following @PensOfAnarchy and @PensOfAnarchy69 on twitter where we'll make sure everyone knows that TJ Oshie is a terrorist and Tom Wilson drinks pee. Also we'll be talking about the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals there. We'll probably do a blog talk radio show sometime after the playoffs end or around Free Agency. So again, thank you to everyone for reading.
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