I know they arn't that old yet but with all the young stars coming into the league like Matthews/MacKinnon/McDavid and Ovechkin winning the cup last year it got me thinking that it's possible we are witnessing the final years of the Crosby/Malkin legacy. I was curious as to what Pittsburgh would do without them in the future since I don't believe they are a good drafting team and currently don't have a lot of young prospects coming up. I discovered that Malkin, Kessel and Letang are all UFA in 2022-23 and that Crosby's salary drops to $3M by then. What would the Penguins look like by then if they all left? FORWARDS Guentzel and Sprong seem to be the only top-6 players remaining, with a possibility for Hallander. Hornqvist will be 34 by then and Rust 30, both should be 3rd liners. They don't really have anyone else worthy of mentionning. Maybe Bellerive, also for the 3rd line. That is an awful, awful forward corps. DEFENSE The D without Letang will be pretty average, led by aging Schutlz/Dumoulin as well as Maatta. Johnson will be pretty old and should be relegated to 3rd pairing duties. Calen Addison should be part of the mix. GOALIES Fortunately the Pens should still have Matt Murray and he could be a top-5 NHL goalie, which should help. In conclusion it seems apparent to me that the Pittsburgh Penguins might be in a position to trade away at least two of Malkin, Crosby, Letang and Kessel prior to the 2022-23 season in order to acquire picks, prospects and young players to quicken the rebuild. As it stands the Penguins are an awful drafting team that havn't drafted in the 1st round in recent years. Furthermore, it is likely that they will compete for the Stanley Cup in the coming years, so they will trade away other picks/prospects to reinforce their roster and will not draft very high. It will be extremely interesting to see how Pittsburgh will manoeuvrer. I know it's a long way but if they don't start drafting decent players soon, it sure seems like the cupboards will be extremely bare when Crosby and Malkin reach retirement age.