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Thursday Pens Points: Pouliot Progresses

Checking on the progress of Derrick Pouliot. WBS Penguins sign UMass captain. Peverley to miss rest of season. Kesler injured in Canucks win. Paul Martin honors US military.

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Justin K. Aller

Pens will practice today at Southpointe in preparation for this weekend's back-and-forth against the Flyers. Off we go with today's news and notes.

A really good article about Derrick Pouliot and his progress toward the NHL. This article also has quotes from Olli Maatta that underscore his humility and admiration for Pouliot. One thing is for certain - I can't wait to see a game in which these two guys patrol the Pens blue line.

Kris Letang began skating, and his weight is coming back. Some more notes about his recovery and the next steps. Even in the absence of his friend, Fleury is still high-fiving the imaginary Letang after games.

Robert Bortuzzo talks hockey, WC road trip, beating the Caps, and the Stadium Series. The article has a full audio of his conversation with Colin Dunlap.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed forward Conor Sheary to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO), and also agreed to terms on an AHL contract for the 2014-15 season. Here is an earlier, detailed article on him.

I'm almost afraid to read anything related to the Canucks because I inevitably expect a calamity. They finally won a game Wednesday night, but lost Ryan Kesler to a serious-looking leg injury.

Stars center Rich Peverley will not return to play for the rest of this season. He will undergo an ablation procedure to correct a heart rhythm disorder. His long-term outlook is still uncertain.

The Evil Dwarf Gary Bettman said yesterday during the GM meetings in Boca Raton that his cap projection for 2014/15 might be off by a million or two from $71M he floated a few months ago.

The list of the worst trade deadline GMs of all time.

I love shootouts. Sorry if you don't. And shootouts are not random, so they shouldn't be thought of as such. Also, a list of the most talented shootout goalies of this era. Look who's at #2.

An argument for putting the fun and the puck back in the skills competition. Also has a list of the skills things some teams are currently offering, which is great and fun, but in some instances has little to do with hockey skills. No, I will not pay money to watch Erik Karlsson repair equipment or listen to Chris Neil tell bad jokes.

Uh-oh, they are fixing hockey matches even in pristine Denmark. Three players in the top Danish league were suspended for match-fixing back in January.

And lastly, here is an incredible story. All team USA players in Sochi wore patches under their uniforms honoring fallen American soldiers. Paul Martin wore one for James "Tre" Ponder III, who died in the Night Stalker mission depicted in the movie "Lone Survivor". Afterwards Martin wrote a letter to the family, and the team recently met up with them in Nashville. Also read to learn what else Martin does for military families in the Pittsburgh area.