The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently in a tailspin that will possibly end with them losing in the first round of the playoffs this year. They are probably the most talented team in the league by most standards, yet they stand on the cusp of elimination.
Even if this team were to come back and win this series, then go on to win the Stanley Cup, difficult decisions would loom this summer and next regarding marquee players. One move that should take place this summer might help the team keep most of its young stars, but would alienate Penguin nation: Trade Evgeni Malkin.
I am not taking a side on either Team Sid or Team Geno, or saying that Sidney Crosby is better than Evgeni Malkin. Here are five reasons the Penguins would benefit the most by letting Malkin go.