Penguins new head coach Mike Johnston.

Here is why you should be excited about this upcoming season: First, Sidney Crosby is 100%, and the team is looking to exceed expectations and get into another deep playoff run.  Second, a new coach means a new fire sparked within the Penguins players.  And third, it is fully possible that the Penguins can get back to the finals and have a chance to be champions again.

There are a few new faces in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ locker room this year including a new backup goalie in Thomas Greiss, German Olympian Christain Ehrhoff, as well as the biggest shake up – new head coach Mike Johnston.

Everyone is poised and positive about the upcoming season despite  losing a few key names as well.  Veteran defense man Brooks Orpik and breakthrough player Matt Niskanen have both gone to Washington.  Second line forward James Neal was traded to Nashville for Ehrhoff and Nick Spalling. The final loss was Jussi Jokinen going Florida.

The Penguins have lost some big important names, but I am still confident that we will have a great year.  If Crosby can have another MVP caliber season, Evgeni Malkin – or even Beau Bennet – can stay healthy, and our defense can show up when it needs to, then we will have a great year.

It’s time to put the past behind us and focus on the  now: a new coach and new firepower.  I am confident in this season and I will be no matter what.  The first game is on October 9th at 7:00pm against the Anaheim Ducks.

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