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Insider: The Penguins announced a big transaction along with Crosby's deal


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Sam Jones
July 9, 2024  (11:16)
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Insider: The Penguins announced a big transaction along with Crosby's deal
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The buzz around Sidney Crosby's future with the Pittsburgh Penguins has been a topic of hot discussion ever since the opportunity for an extension popped up on July 1st.

While the days immediately following saw swirling rumors of Crosby's potential departure, a definitive plan has emerged that not only reaffirms his loyalty but underscores his competitive spirit.
NHL insider Chris Johnston has shed light on a forthcoming announcement from the Penguins: Sidney Crosby is set to sign a three-year extension worth $10 million annually. However, the real headline may just be the accompanying strategy aimed at propelling the Penguins back into championship contention through some audacious trades.
At 36, Sidney Crosby remains the linchpin of the Penguins, outperforming peers with a stellar tally of 42 goals and 94 points last season. His resolve to retire as a lifelong Penguin is clear, but his ambitions stretch beyond personal milestones; Crosby is driven by a thirst for victory, a sentiment that has grown only more poignant against the backdrop of Pittsburgh's recent struggles.
Despite Crosby's formidable presence, the Penguins have faced a disheartening drought, missing out on playoff action for two consecutive seasons. The lack of impactful moves this offseason has done little to instill confidence in a turnaround. Yet, the narrative is about to change.
The decision to re-sign Crosby comes with a crucial caveat: an aggressive pursuit of talent capable of reversing the team's fortunes. Under the guidance of Kyle Dubas, the Penguins are expected to execute bold trades, signaling a clear shift from rebuilding to winning now. Details remain sparse on potential targets, but the intent is unmistakable. The team is poised to make significant moves that will not only ensure playoff contention but also strive to avoid squandering the twilight years of Crosby's illustrious career.
While another Stanley Cup victory might be an ambitious goal, re-establishing the Penguins as playoff contenders is a sentiment widely shared among fans and pundits alike. The hockey community is eager to see Crosby skate in the postseason once more, a scenario that would befit his storied career and dedication to the sport.
As the Penguins chart this bold new course, all eyes will be on how effectively Dubas and the management can orchestrate these crucial trades. The coming seasons will be pivotal, not just for the team's legacy, but for Crosby's enduring impact on the game.
Source: Chris Johnston
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