Pens Points: Monday 7/29

Hope everyone's summer is going well. Here are some things that are going on in this fairly uneventful off-season:

Pens have re-signed RFA forward Brian Gibbons to a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level. (Pens Re-sign Brian Gibbons)

Former Pens first-round pick Colby Armstrong becomes the latest player whose NHL career is seemingly over at the age of 30. Having become a free agent after not being re-signed by Montreal, Armstrong has signed with Vaxjo Lakers from the Swedish Hockey League. Good luck, Army. (Colby Armstrong Signs with Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL)

Steve Sullivan is 99.9% decided on retirement. So long, Sully. (Steve Sullivan Pondering Retirement?)

Didn't we all know it was just a matter of a few weeks before some rocket scientist GM dished out a contract to a defenseman that would render moot all of our squabbles over whether Kris Letang was worth $7M a year? You got it, folks. Zach Bogosian gets a 7-year deal with the Jets worth $36M. The 3rd overall pick in the 2008 draft had 5G/9A in 33 games last year. This might turn out to be a great thing, locking him up until age 30 in a cap-conscious deal, or it may not. For my money, Bogosian is still far from a sure thing. I'll take Paul Martin at $5M per year, thank you very much. (Zach Bogosian Gets a 7-Year Deal from Jets)

While we're on the subject of GMs who make you scratch your head, Dave Nonis gets a 5-year extension. The Leafs nation isn't exactly turning cartwheels. (Dave Nonis Gets 5-year Extension from Leafs)

Speaking of the Leafs, it's been how many days again since they last won the Cup? These good folks in a pub somewhere in BC have the answer, as captured for all posterity on Justin Bourne's Twitter account. (Days Since Leafs Last Won Cup)

In the latest rumor round-up, The Hockey News looks at the status of Roberto Luongo, Cody Franson, and Jordin Tootoo. (The Hockey News Rumor Round-Up)

If you want to learn more about advanced stats in hockey, Eyes On The Prize is doing a summer-long series called Fancy Stat Summer School. In each blog entry, they analyze one stat and its pros and cons. Great stuff and definitely something I've dug in over the past 10 days. (Fancy Stat Summer School)

Alternatively, you can just read this and pretend to know all about advanced stats. Solid gold here. (Faker's Guide to Advanced Stats in the NHL)

The NHL schedule for 2013/14 came out 10 days ago. First things first, I put the Pens schedule in my Outlook calendar and highlighted the important games. Then I looked at the Rangers site to see when tickets go on sale for all my MSG visits. I wonder if they put the Rangers-Canucks game down for April 1 on purpose. It would be all kinds of hilarious if the coaches switched the benches to start the game as a joke. (NYR Schedule)

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