PITTSBURGH -- To get a sense of how much everything has changed for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last 18 months or so, you need spend only a few moments looking at the pictures on the lobby wall at the team's offices.
The Penguins are playing in their first Stanley Cup final, but a lot of the guys hanging on that wall aren't here. Rob Brown? John Cullen? Zarley Zalapski? Dan Quinn? Rod Buskas? At the end of the 1989-90 season, the Penguins' final statistics included 30 players who had seen action at one time or another and hadn't been traded or released during the season. Twelve of those 30 names do not appear on their current playoff roster. Tony Tanti? Gord Dineen? Jim Kyte?
As the Penguins have won their first-ever Patrick Division regular-season title and gotten past the second round of the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's 24-year history, it might seem as if general manager Craig Patrick, director of player development and recruiting Scotty Bowman and head coach Bob Johnson have been here a long time. But just 18