Is it fair to call the Pittsburgh Penguins a dynasty now? The 2017 Stanley Cup champions, Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 at Bridgestone Arena to claim their 3rd Stanley Cup in the past 8 seasons (2017, 2016, 2009). All three Stanley Cups have been won with core players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, and Chris Kunitz. There have been other star players that have had major impacts in each Stanley Cup run, but these five players have been through it all. “Dynasty” is typically a term that generates debate due to its subjective nature and its definition is a matter of opinion. Given the success of the Penguins this past decade, it may silence those critics who feel the word ‘dynasty’ is solely reserved for past great teams such as the Canadiens, Oilers and Islanders.
Sidney Crosby took home his second Conn Smythe Trophy. For all of you Crosby-haters out there, some of whom have written him off as “too concussion-prone” to ever be effective in the NHL again, let’s take a look at his accolades from the past year:
Gold Medal at World Cup of Hockey
Rocket Richard Trophy winner (44 goals)
Hart Trophy nominee
…not to mention a similar looking 2016 finale. So where does that put him on the all-time greats list? Does he deserve to be in the company of Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Richard, or even atop that list?
This was a long time coming for Crosby, and it seems as though there is still more to come.