5 Keys to the Pittsburgh Penguins Being a Contender When NHL Resumes

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5 Keys to the Pittsburgh Penguins Being a Contender When NHL Resumes
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Despite being upset by the Philadelphia Flyers in Round 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are poised to be contenders whenever the NHL season resumes.

Being eliminated six games into the postseason was a bit of a disappointment. However, they made some great moves in the offseason to address the weak aspects of their game that were highlighted in the playoffs.

Their acquisition of Brandon Sutter in return for Jordan Staal has plenty of potential. In addition, the trade that brought in Tomas Vokoun should improve the team’s goaltending situation.

Add that to what made the Penguins one of the top teams at the end of the regular season and they’re in a great position.

Here are five keys to the Penguins becoming contenders upon the end of the NHL lockout.

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