Penguins in prime position whenever lockout ends

Updated: January 3, 2013, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby's been down the road too many times during the NHL's seemingly interminable lockout to get too optimistic about the latest -- and perhaps last -- round of negotiations.

Yet the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows eventually his team will get back to work. If it's sometime later this month, the normal 82-game regular season would turn into a 48-game dash, one that would seem to favor clubs like the Penguins.

Pittsburgh did little to overhaul its roster during ...

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