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Tucker: Remember Penguins vs. Kings/Hawks?

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It's been a full decade now since the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin Penguins claimed their first Stanley Cup at the climax of the 2008-09 season, setting off an era in which they, the Blackhawks and Kings would chew up eight of the 10 championships along the way.

Was any of them a dynasty?

That's open to debate, even with the Penguins and Hawks getting three each, since only Pittsburgh won back-to-back.

What isn't open to debate is that all three of these organizations that set the standard are all in very different places as the 2018-19 NHL season approaches, and it might be instructive to dissect why. The Kings are old and cash-strapped. Bad contracts and drafting have derailed the Blackhawks’ title hopes. But the Penguins, the only franchise of the three to win a playoff game last season, still come with plenty of optimism.

But for how much longer?

I decided to break down the state of all three and the issues they face moving forward:

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