Forbes released it’s rankings of each NHL franchise based on value and your Pittsburgh Penguins slid in at a pedestrian 11th, valued at $560 million which is slightly down from last year. In June, it was announced that owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle were interested in selling the franchise, setting the target price at $750 million which has since been scrutinized as too expensive. So what does all this mean for the 2015 Penguins? Not much really, but there is one surefire way to move up this list, especially in hockey, and that is to win and win in the playoffs.
Everyone knows that playoff hockey is one of the most entertaining events in sports and success in this endeavor is the hands down the best way to drive the value of your franchise up. The Penguins have the following and the talent to be a team in the upper echelon of value in the NHL, however if they don’t provide the Steel City with some postseason victories, you can expect a continued slide down the value curve.