ThePittsburgh Penguins missed the playoffs this past season by just one point. They were so close to sneaking into the playoffs but finished the year with two losses, against the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets that ultimately squashed their playoff dreams.
The Penguins are going to have to change a little bit to succeed moving forward. They need to get younger and adapt this lineup to play alongside Sidney Crosbey and Evgeni Malkin. We have seen the Penguins struggle in the past without their two star players playing at their best, but this past season that was not the case. The Penguins got Crosby and Malkin at their best. Both played in every game and played at a point per game pace. There is not much more you can ask for from your stars. So now, Kyle Dubas will have to find pieces to play alongside Malkin and Crosby.
Pittsburgh was one of the oldest teams in the league this past year. The average age of the Penguins roster was 31 years old, and that is not just because of outliers like the 38-year-old Jeff Carter. Of the ten leading point getters on the Penguins roster, only Jake Guentzel is under the age of 30. Richard Rakell was 29, but he turned 30 in May so even he doesn’t count. This team will have to get younger in the moves they make during the coming months.
The Penguins do not have a lot of assets to make trades right now. Their best bet to help build out the roster for the future will have to be through some smart free agent signings. Let’s dive in with five free agents to consider.
Five Free Agents The Pittsburgh Penguins Should Consider Adding
There are a lot of names to keep an eye on, but these five players make sense for the team in order to move in the right direction next year, and they help fill a need within the organization.