With just 12 games remaining in the 2022-2023 NHL regular season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they are on the outside looking in. Heading into Wednesday night, they are one point out of a playoff spot behind the Florida Panthers.
Pittsburgh has lost their last four games and they are injured at the wrong time of the season. It won't get any easier for them as they have to face the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars on the road in back-to-back nights. They are both premier playoff teams in the Western Conference and the Pittsburgh Penguins will most likely lose both of those games.
At this point, they are in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 34-26-10 record with 78 points. The Florida Panthers are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 36-28-7 record with 79 points, in 71 games played in also.
It is very well that Pittsburgh's playoff streak at 16 years is going to end and there is nothing wrong with that happening. Better yet, it would be for the greater good for it to happen this season. It would mean that general manager Ron Hextall and president of hockey operations Brian Burke would be fired.
It could also very well mean that head coach Mike Sullivan could be out of a job. He deserves to be especially since he continues to refuse to bench Jeff Carter and Brian Dumoulin in key spots or just in general. They are waisting great seasons from the core plays with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang.
They have flamed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round in the past four years and no one wants to see them flame out five years in a row. The fan base would rather change everything from management to coaching this offseason and also fix a mess of an old-aged roster.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need a new head coach and management who have no ties to this roster at all. It needs massive surgery this offseason. Rebuilds aren't a guarantee. Just look at the Buffalo Sabres. They haven't been to the playoffs since 2011.
Also, the fan base wants to take for Connor Bedard this last in the season, and who can blame them honestly? Lastly, Pittsburgh is under new ownership with the Fenway Sports Group. No one knows where they are honestly after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle sold the team to them.
Fenway Sports Group has put up other teams they own up for sale as of late. Anyhow, can we really trust them to make the right moves this off-season? The fanbase not showing up to games at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania this late in the season would make a stand and it would make their voices heard that change must happen this offseason.
It doesn't help when Ron Hextall is a Philadelphia Flyers double agent and Brian Burke is too focused on other things rather than his own team.
Also, Mike Sullivan is too stubborn for his liking. He would be hired elsewhere once fired from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The organization needs a better cupboard of young prospects or just finding younger players in general.
The last thought is can we trust this new ownership when they are the same owners of the Boston Red Sox, who traded away outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers for basically nothing? Betts is one of the best players in all of baseball.
If ownership doesn't get it right, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in massive trouble for years to come and they will have bad contracts like Rickard Rakell, Bryan Rust, and others. This is just sad for the core of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. They also haven't had a real goalie since Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray. The goaltending tandem of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith has also dragged down this horrendous hockey team this season and needs two new goalies next season.