12:01 p.m. on July 1st signals the beginning of the free agent flurry, where names and numbers will be thrown around like confetti at a carnival.
When free agency opens, it is truly a magical time of year. Teams who once had no offense can land the best goal scorers in the league. Defenses with more leaks than BP can transform into something resembling Fort Knox overnight.
Possibilities are endless for teams with virtually unlimited cap space and no expectations, but what does it mean for the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Last season’s Stanley Cup winners were knocked out in the second round of the playoffs this past year. Goal scoring didn’t seem to be a huge problem, but the team certainly felt the loss of Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill in the postseason. With only three defensemen under contact for next season, the stage is set to revive this porous defense through the magic of the free agent market.
But with a maximum of $12 million to spend, and a top-six winger also on the wish list, where does GM Ray Shero turn to right the ship and send the Pens back to the Cup Finals?