The 2012 NHL lockout is affecting everybody—that includes the NHL’s best offensive hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even the Pittsburgh powerhouse will have its worries as some of their players flock to Europe, others to the AHL and the rest sit at home hoping for an early resolution.
The players flying to Europe to play hockey are the biggest worries for the Penguins. Much like worried parents of a teenager, the Penguins' general manager Ray Shero has to keep a watchful eye out on his players in Europe and hope that they come home safe.
Arguably, the Penguins have the most to lose from the lockout. With the exception of the playoffs, the Penguins had a lot of good things going in 2012—several of Pittsburgh’s players put up their best seasons.
If the lockout is extensive and tensions grow higher, it could put a wedge in the Penguins’ upward-trending 2012 season.
Here are five of Pittsburgh’s biggest worries during the 2012 NHL lockout.