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12-30-2012, 04:16 PM
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2012-2013 Pittsburgh Penguins Season Wrap-up

48-27-7 2nd in the east

It was an exciting year in Pittsburgh, the team experienced many high's and low's over the year and the team was hit hard with the injury bug. The team was off to a slow start with Vokoun and Fleury sharing a similar amount of starts, and 1/2 through the season Vokoun and Fleury had 11 and 12 wins respectively. Vokoun would then get injured and Fleury never looked back from there as he claimed the starting job. The team was hit hard with the injury bug experiencing massive injuries to James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Ben Lovejoy, and namely Brandon Sutter who was injured 7 times over the course of the season including the playoffs. With the trade deadline fast approaching the team new it had to find a winger for Crosby if they wanted to make it far, so the team traded Eric Tangradi and Phillip Samuelsson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for 35 year old Jarome Iginla. With the Flames struggling, the trade of Iginla was a no brainer and Pittsburgh always seemed like a likely destination. The team hoped that Crosby and Iginla would have the same chemistry they did at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and they did. Crosby went on to win the Rocket Richard, Art Ross, Bill Masterson and Hart trophies after an outstanding regular season. The only thing that mattered to the Penguins however was the Stanley Cup. The team swept the Canadiens in round 1, beat the Bruins in 5 games in round two, and were poised to take on the 1st place Buffalo Sabres. However the Sabres and Ryan Miller were able to effectively shut down the Penguins offence and limit them to 3 goals in 4 games, effectively sweeping them from the Playoffs. With the draft soon approaching the team was looking to move up into the top 5, but it wasn't meant to be. The team drafted C William Karlsson from HV 71 of the Swedish elite league, and he has exceeded expectations and will be the #1C for the team's AHL affiliate the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins. The team resigned Iginla to a one year $6M contract, and resigned Dupuis, Cooke, and Kennedy as well. With a little amount of cap-space left, the team signed UFA winger Mason Raymond. Because of the Raymond trade, the team then dealt LW Dustin Jeffrey and two other minor league players to the St.Louis Blues in exchange for the blues 1st round draft pick in the upcoming draft. Expectations are high heading into the 2013-2014 season but the penguins are hoping to live up to them.

2013-2014 roster

Kunitz (83) Crosby (96) Iginla (85)
Neal (85) Malkin (91) Raymond (79)
Cooke (78) Sutter (81) Dupuis (80)
Glass (71) Sill (75) Kennedy (79)

Niskanen (85) Letang (91)
Martin (85) Orpik (82)
Eminger (78) Dumoulin (78)

Fleury (87)
Vokoun (87)


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