On February 15 of that year, Pittsburgh had slipped into 10th place in the Eastern Conference and was in danger of missing the postseason, only a year removed from reaching the Stanley Cup finals.
The Penguins record to that point was 27-25-5 and the prevailing feeling among the Penguins community was a change was needed.
That lead to some interesting questions:
Was coach Michel Therrien the soul bearer of the misfortunes that befell the Penguins that season?
Was GM Ray Shero responsible for the mass exodus of talent that happened the previous summer?
Was Mario Lemieux the man behind the emerald green curtain?
Let’s take a look...