"Come training camp we're going to be than we were [at that time] last year."
--Last year's top 6 entering training camp:
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Mark Recchi, Colby Armstrong, Petr Sykora and Ryan Malone.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin [a year stronger, smarter and better], Petr Sykora, and three unknowns.
How Shero fills those unknowns will decide the outcome of the year. But it's very like he can fill those holes better than a 38 year old Mark Recchi, a glorified checker in Colby Armstrong and Ryan Malone.
A lot of Pens' fans are acting like Chicken Little, but the sky is not falling. Marian Hossa is gone and that does suck, but it's not the end of the world. The Penguins still have the absolute best caliber of players from about the age of 19-24 in the league. No other team has the base of Crosby, Malkin, Jordan Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Whitney. Relax. Free agents come and they go, it's a business. The main thing is retaining the core and surrounding it with talent. See how Shero fills things out before slipping it out.