Blueprint to a Perfect Offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Blueprint to a Perfect Offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins face a lot of questions this offseason after their disappointing loss to the Boston Bruins in the NHL playoffs, but there is a way they can have a "perfect" offseason.

Pittsburgh's weaknesses were exposed in the playoffs: a lack of team defense, poor goaltending and a need for more grit.

General manager Ray Shero faces a challenge. The Penguins have some key unrestricted free agents this summer and next summer, including superstar Evgeni Malkin, and have already committed $56,423,333 in cap space to 18 players for 2013-14, per CapGeek.com. The cap ceiling will be $64.3 million next year, so clearly some changes are coming to Pittsburgh before next season starts.

Here is a blueprint for a successful offseason for the Penguins and the areas they need to address.

Feel free to comment on what you feel the team needs and the best ways to plug the holes the playoffs revealed.

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