Nearly two NHL seasons have been completed since the Pens shocked the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Now, as the 2010 season is coming to a close, Pittsburgh's team is barely recognizable to casual fans. Trades, injuries, and suspensions have forced management to give the Penguins a new look in order to keep up in the playoff race.
I will be heading out to Pittsburgh this coming Sunday for my first visit to the new Consol Energy Center to watch the Pens play a pathetic Panthers team.
While I know it can't top my visit to Mellon Arena last season—an OT victory over the Thrashers in which Bill Guerin dominated a fight and the players were given their season awards—it will still be a great day of hockey.
Sure I won't be seeing Guerin or Gonchar this year, or Malkin, or Crosby, but it will still be an exciting game, even if Matt Cooke is serving time for his unnecessary elbow.
For those fans who have lost interest in the Penguins since their stars have left the ice, here are a few reasons why you shouldn't tune out just yet.