FINAL RECORD 47-29-6 100 points secondplace in division, lost in second round to the Capitals
Back to back looong playoff runs that culminated in winning it all left an aging team tired and worn down a bit down the stretch. Holding off a feisty Flyer team in the first round in six games seemed to take its toll, the Capitals had them on their heels for much of the series between the two rivals and the Pens bowed out ending their reign as champions.
A ton went right-and wrong as
Well Yave, I'm not sure if Jack Johnson was what you were thinking the Pens needed, but with his signing and the resigning of Oleksiak ($2.1M/yr for 3 yrs is not bad)the Pens seem set on defense to go into the season. (Letang, Shultz, Maata, Doumolin, Oleksiak, Johnson).
I kind of disagree with you on Oleksiak as just an AHL'r. I think that he played well within the system coming out of Dallas where he didn't play well, and his numbers were actually better that Cole's for the time