Mario Lemieux

The Pittsburgh Penguins will start to splinter shortly after celebrating second consecutive title

The Pittsburgh Penguins will start to splinter shortly after celebrating second consecutive title

The Pittsburgh Penguins, like the Montreal Canadiens of old, have reached the stage where they can announce that their Stanley Cup parade will follow the same route and everyone will know exactly what that means.

The Penguins’ six-game Cup Final victory over the Nashville Predators made them the first team to win the Cup two seasons in a row in the salary cap era, no small feat. Mario Lemieux, who essentially kept the franchise in Pittsburgh when he bought it out of bankruptcy in 1999, had favored a salary cap and revenue sharing in labor negotiations because he believed a cap would allow the Penguins to compete with deep-pocketed rivals.

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