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Rangers game day: Letang's illness hangs over team

The mystery of Kris Letang's status hangs over the team...Some talk about value that Deryk Engelland and Jeff Zatkoff are providing, some of the Pens best trades and more about Sochi!

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Hopefully today we'll get some sort of update on Kris Letang. His illness is said to be not life-threatening (that's good!) but the fact that there's so much mystery and unknown makes it worrisome. Best of luck to him and hopefully he'll be better sooner than later. [The Pensblog]

Deryk Engelland is a swingman and showing some value in unexpected places. [Post-Gazette]

Speaking of value, Jeff Zatkoff has had a solid year. [Faceoff Factor]

A pretty cool list of players with Penguins ties who have played in the Olympics and their career stats. [Empty Netters - PG]

Some dirt on why the Penguins gave up minor leaguer Paul Thompson in a trade yesterday. If you're a scoring forward and you stop scoring, it's not a good thing. [Penguins Insider]

Top 5 Penguins trades of all time. Shockingly, Markus Naslund for Alek Stojanov didn't make the cut.  [Pens Initiative]

In other trade news, the Islanders sent Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard (their biggest free agent signings from this past summer) to Chicago for a measly 4th round pick. Ouch. [SBN Hockey]

A twitter Q&A with soon-to-be Olympian Chris Kunitz. []

Within minutes last night, Max Pacioretty earned two penalty shots....And he became the first NHL player EVER to miss two penalty shots in the same period of a game. But the still ended up with a hat-trick on the night. Gotta be one of the strangest games of all time for an individual. [Puck Daddy]

Flyers owner has a sad that Claude Giroux isn't going to the Olympics...But it's OK because he also doesn't want NHL players going to the Olympics at all. Jagoff. [Puck Daddy]

..But, as Justin Bourne points out, the incredibly productive Martin St. Louis is an excellent choice for a short tournament. Ah ah ah, short. [Backhand Shelf]

Some whispers that the Capitals have interest in Ryan Miller. I'm not buying it yet. [Washington Post]

Alex Ovechkin says "just settle down" about bad reports out of Sochi, ok? Ok. Well that settles that. [Washington Times]

Katie Baker with a report from Sochi detailing just how it is to be on the ground at the site of the Olympics. [Grantland]