Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final after their 6-2 win over Ottawa Friday night.
The Penguins entered the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and impressed TSN’s Darren Dreger with their last two wins.
“If Pittsburgh plays the way that they have in the last two games versus the Ottawa Senators, I don’t see another team beating them,” Dreger told The Fan’s Bob Pompeani. “I don’t in either conference, with all due respect to the remaining teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs.”
Looking ahead, the Penguins will have salary cap difficulties in assembling a roster for the 2013-14 season. That might force the team to pick between Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin when handing out long-term contracts.
“Letang is so important to how the Pittsburgh Penguins love to play that attack game, and he would be near impossible to replace,” Dreger said. Dreger added that as hard as it is to duplicate Malkin, the Penguins depth and the return that Malkin might bring in a trade could offset that loss.