After a strong late season showing without their two top players, the Pens are still facing a lot of question marks throughout the offseason. They lost a lot of talent and toughness in Maxime Talbot and Mike Rupp, but the talented duo of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby is the main concern that lingers throughout the offseason.
According to most reports, Malkin is progressing on schedule and should be ready to play a big role for Pittsburgh this season. With this said, no one knows how he will bounce back and play again from such a serious knee injury. Hopefully he can return to his former self and help the Penguins contend.
Crosby, on the other hand, still has a lot of doubts going into late August. Sidelined most of the year from concussions (which was most likely given during the brutal hit in the Winter Classic), Sid the Kid is still having a lot of problems in his recovery. Once thought to be retiring and once thought to have a possible return during the playoffs, Crosby is going to need to recover and regain a lot of his former self if the Penguins want to make a Stanley Cup run this year.