Lots of reasons actually, but a big one is the dynasty culture and how easy it is to assemble a winning team. Sign three star players and few good role players and you've got it. What's worse? The players love to comply. The top stars don't want to put in the time to build a team like the Celtics in the 80's or the Bulls in the 90's. They want to all play together so they can avoid having to really gel or perfect teamwork. They work around the myriad of measures that try to make all teams equal by demanding trades, refusing contracts, colluding with other star plays, and taking discounts to play for the richest teams. It stinks for everyone except the trendiest fans who enjoy things like "The Decision".
The 2013 Penguins are now a little too NBA for me. I'm not feeling sorry for the Bruins either -- I hope we get them in the playoffs. I still think the Bruins can beat them.
Because that's the great thing about the NHL. It is damn hard to win. You need 4 effective lines, six solid d-men, and a real good goalie. Dynasties rarely happen and slapping together a collection of all-stars rarely works. Unlike the NBA, players can't plan their championship rosters together and expect to cruise through the early playoff rounds. Iginla stiffed his former team by forcing them into a lesser return for his services, so that he could join a bunch of other superstars and they can all go to Stanley Cup summer camp together.
F**k em. I hope it doesn't work. This is the NHL. Stanley Cups should be brutally earned by the best team. I'd take Montreal over Pittsburgh. Down with the Pens.