Crosby won't be ready for training camp or the regular season opener, and if he does return it likely won't be until after January.
Without Crosby, can the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Finals? No. There are too many teams that are better, and have better goaltending.
So let's look at 11 trades that would help the Penguins compete without Crosby.
Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins featured columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston. Follow him on Twitter for NHL news and analysis. Follow @NicholasGoss35.