The Pittsburgh Penguins were unsuccessful for the fourth straight year in trying to win the Stanley Cup. There can be a lot of blame passed around, but I feel that there is a bit of pressure beginning to build up on Sidney Crosby.
He came into the NHL as the next superstar and he has held up his end of the deal during that time. There are going to be doubters sooner than later, however, if Crosby can’t lead his team to at least two more championships during his career.
Crosby will turn 26 this summer and obviously have the time and ability to play for another 15 years if he really wants to. He has scored 665 points in 470 games over his career and those are statistics that will send Crosby to the Hall of Fame as soon as he retires. I’m fearful though that the fans in Pittsburgh could become impatient if the Penguins don’t win a title next season or the year after.
The salary cap is going to make the team look different next season in all likelihood and that’s not Crosby’s fault. He is only playing with what is in front of him. It is time for the players around Crosby to play up to his same level. Pittsburgh should have been in the Stanley Cup Final this year considering how good they were in the regular season. The clock is ticking on Crosby to bring the trophy back to Pittsburgh.