While Pens fans were certainly excited to see Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen join the team, they were just as sad to watch Iginla, Morrow and Murray leave it.
Having spent several draft picks and highly touted prospect and former first-round pick Joe Morrow to acquire three impending free agents, the Pens paid a heavy price for these trades and got a lot less in return.
In addition, the loss of Matt Cooke to the Minnesota Wild in free agency and the trade of Tyler Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks transformed the Pens third line from an exclamation to question mark.
To offset these losses, Ray Shero was able to bring back Rob Scuderi to stabilize the Pens blue line and also brought in strong supporting players such as Matt D'Agostini and Chuck Kobasew to strenghten the Pens bottom-six forward rotation.
While Pens fans understood that re-signing Malkin and Letang and extending the contract of Chris Kunitz made retaining the Pens trade acquisitions difficult, the disappointment of how last season ended coupled with the frustration over how Jarome Iginla was handled by Dan Bylsma, turning what should have been a high point into a bad memory.