Well, this should be interesting.
The Pittsburgh Penguins hired their next general manager Tuesday, bringing in former rival Ron Hextall for the job. On top of that, the team also created a new position, President of Hockey Operations, and hired former NHL GM and Sportsnet analyst Brian Burke to fill that role.
Now we start to wonder what this all means for the team, two weeks after former GM Jim Rutherford stepped down as GM.
"Nothing's changed. We're the Pittsburgh Penguins, and we're here to win," CEO David Morehouse said at the top of the press conference.
The overarching question around the Penguins these days is just how much this core has left in the tank. They are only four years removed from their last Stanley Cup championship, but haven't won a game in an official playoff series in the past two years. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang are 33, Evgeni Malkin is 34. The latter two have one more season past this remaining on their contracts and a decision will have to be made on whether to re-sign them and ensure they end their careers as Penguins, or possibly move in another direction.
Everything that happens under this new leadership hinges on this simple query: Is the Penguins' window to win the Stanley Cup still open?