Stanley Cup champion Penguins greet raving fans

The Isles were big underdogs, but were able to skate with the Penguins.

"Fleury's probably the best team player in all of sports", said Rutherford.

Now that the team has wrapped up its second straight Stanley Cup win, he's revealed exactly why he sat out. "This team has been through a lot and you guys have been there every step of the way".

Crosby has played in 782 career games, 382 goals, 645 assists, and 1,027 points, on top of that his playoff numbers throughout his career, have been some of the best numbers any Pittsburgh Penguin player has posted and any player in the National Hockey League has posted throughout their career in the playoffs. The Penguins feature two-time reigning Conn Smythe Trophy victor Sidney Crosby as well as superstar forward Evgeni Malkin, who led the recently completed postseason in points. "We've got a unique base".

From Mario and Jagr to Crosby and Malkin.

Once the fight for the Stanley Cup was underway, we saw exactly what we expected prior to each round - the numbers favoring Pittsburgh to win nearly every matchup they were involved in. Other fans said they'd driven eight hours from NY to get seats, he said. The way that they spread out the minutes was reminiscent of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes, a team that had Rutherford as GM. The average cost of a Penguins game for the 2016-17 season was $149.42 and that price only goes up during the playoffs.

As the Predators got deeper into the playoffs, the fans and attention Nashville brought in was remarkable for the game of hockey. None of them had a cap hit of more than $675,000.

If the Penguins trade or lose Marc-Andre Fleury to the expansion draft, they would have an additional $5.75 million to play with. He will become a restricted free agent and is confident the math will work out that will keep him in Pittsburgh next season.

Interestingly, an injury to Fleury at the start of the postseason is how Murray got his start in the first place.

To once again illustrate how dominant they really were, we can turn to their chances of taking home the Stanley Cup at the time of the Conference Final, which had stood at a whopping 43.98%, according to our metrics.

"He was in a zone the last two games", said Rutherford. That's not possible in Pittsburgh, where the 23-year-old Murray has the No. 1 job.

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