Penguins' turnaround complete with trip to Cup finals

Updated: May 19, 2008, 10:52 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- As you watched the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers line up for the ceremonial end-of-series handshake at center ice Sunday, Penguins fans waving their white towels over their heads in celebration and confetti settling down from the Mellon Arena ceiling, it was easy to forget that, not so long ago, this Penguins team was a team without a future -- at least not a future here.

But just 17 months after Canadian technology mogul Jim Balsillie walked away from ...

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