The dichotomy of analysis regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins team and offseason are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The Penguins team can be stronger and the organization can be stuck. The team can be dramatically different than just two seasons ago yet return to the same style of play. The team can have long term contracts and be built to win now.
To focus on one is to miss the other and the bigger picture. Right now, a very expensive chess match is occurring around the NHL.