No one is perfect, right? The Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff and GM Jim Rutherford completed yeoman’s work this season as the Penguins transitioned from a veteran-laded, sated group to a young and fast squad with a heavy one-two combo at the top of the lineup with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
But not everything was perfect, and a couple of critical decisions could bite the Penguins like a dog with snarling teeth.
The Matt Murray vs. Tristan Jarry decisions have been a treasure trove of second-guessing and fan desires, but Sullivan made one mistake, which denied everyone a crucial detail that could shape the Penguins future.
And Rutherford perhaps made a mistake near the NHL trade deadline. While Sullivan’s decision could linger for years, Rutherford’s tack could make a huge difference in a few weeks.