Coming into the offseason, the biggest problem the Pittsburgh Penguins needed to address was the obvious deficiency on defense.
How would they replace Sergei Gonchar?
How would they improve the overall poor showing that came behind the blue line?
Despite the disappointing loss in the semi-finals against the Montreal Canadiens, many expected the Pens to have a relatively quiet offseason in order to get the team back on track.
However, as always the case with GM Ray Shero, we must expect the unexpected. In the first day of free agency alone, Shero made two tremendous signings that answered to many problems on defense.
As we creep closer to opening night on Oct. 7, it has become more than evident that Shero, once again, turned a limping Penguins squad into a very serious Cup contender. The amount of fight coming from both offense and defense has been something to behold this entire preseason.
Looking at the defense, the Pens have drastically upgraded the amount of talent with signings and call ups to mix with the talent that was already so prominent on the line. In goal, this will be a season of vengeance for Marc-Andre Fleury, a player who felt the the heat from fans and analysts more than almost any other member on the team.
Here's an in-depth look at the players who will take their places behind the blue line for the 2010-2011 season.
Laura Falcon is a student, intern for Bleacher Report and Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Follow her on Twitter.