Friday Pens Points: Maatta for Calder, Crosby for Selke?

Bruce Bennett

Pens finally free of Isles. Should Maatta be in the Calder conversation? What's Letang's magic number? How's Crosby's defense taking shape? Which NHL fighters can actually play hockey? Our pledge drive to benefit Pittsburgh Children's is underway.

The Pens had another wild see-saw game against the IslandersCrosby, Kunitz, Malkin and Maatta led the charge, and thankfully the Isles comeback fell short. Are we done with these guys now?

Olli Maatta added a highlight-reel goal on a beautiful deke. Should Olli be in the Calder conversation?

Were it not for his injury in training camp, Brian Dumoulin might have gotten Olli's spot on the roster. He is hoping for another chance.

Sid has opened a sizable lead in the Art Ross race, but what about his defense? He won't win a Selke, but he's pretty good.

Which NHL fighter is the best hockey player?

What is Kris Letang's magic number?

NHL rumor mill is abuzz with questions of whether Thomas Vanek will stay and will Shea Weber be traded.

San Jose Sharks keep their core intact by signing Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to 3-year extensions. I don't even want to think how Jumbo plans to celebrate that.

Finally, you've seen that we've started our pledge drive to benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. All the Pens games starting tomorrow and concluding with the Stadium Series game in Chicago on March 1 are eligible, as well as all the Olympic games. Pledge anything you'd like (as long as it's quantifiable) and have fun with it! You will see at the pledge list that Stars fans are already in on it trying to get us to root for Tyler Seguin to score! Nice work, Defending Big D!

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