Ever since draft day all I hear is how Pittsburgh is a lock for the Stanley Cup.
Are you kidding?
Well let’s look what Pittsburgh has been up to. As I mentioned here,
Pittsburgh is definately making a lot of moves, big moves. Smart moves.
Maybe a move too many?
Do the New York Rangers ring a bell? How many ‘superstars‘ can a team have? How long before the ego’s clash?
Who have they added? Sergei Gonchar, John Leclair, Mark Recchi, Zigmund Palffy, and the wonderboy Crosby himself. Assuming Mario stays healthy, they’re offence is looking rather potent. Their powerplay in particular, could destroy certain teams.
On paper things look great. Maybe the one guy we are forgetting to mention here is Ed Olczyk.
Let’s not forget we have a rookie coach, who has little to no experience. Unless coaching the worst record in the league last season counts for experience.
Ed had no prior coaching experience at any level before taking over the bumbling Penguins. As Wayne Gretzky is about to find out, just being a player doesn’t make you a coach. Montreal Fans will remember Mario Tremblay quite well. Combine that with the pressure of coaching in the new Pittsburgh, and what do you get?
How can we realistically expect Ed Olcyzk to control the new Penguins? With all that talent and all those new expectations on his shoulders, don’t be too surprised if the Penguins don’t burst out of the gate or aren’t cup bound by December, to see a coaching change. This is their chance in Pittsburgh, Mario won’t be around forever, nor will their aging veterans and perhaps neither will their fans.
Good Luck Eddy.