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Good morning one and all,

The quarter of the season is over and the Pens sit at 27th place in goals per game. There are a thousand theories on how to fix the offense, and here is one unconventional suggestion. I don't think it makes any sense to do that, but hey we must talk about something. [Sports Illustrated]

*This is actually a few days old but we didn't have a chance to link to it so here goes. Jim Rutherford joined Hockey Central to talk about what he sees as the Pens' biggest issue. This is an article with an embedded video. [Sportsnet]

Everybody and their third cousin also has a theory and a proposed solution for Sidney Crosby's struggles, and Guy Lafleur sure as heck won't be left without an opinion. This is in French but he thinks Sid needs a change of scenery. Meaning a new team, and he has just the solution as to which team. [TVA Sports]

*If you only have time to read one thing, read this. One of the best feature articles I've ever read on the one and only Bill Guerin. How I wish he were 32 again. [Pittsburgh Magazine]

Brian Dumoulin has earned a little bit of PP time while Letang was briefly out of the game Saturday. His quiet confidence and calm play are earning his coaches' praises. [PPG]

Adam Clendening is stepping up for the Pens in Olli Maatta's absence. Let's all hope he doesn't get shipped back to the press box once Olli does return. [Penguins]

Written on the occasion of the Leafs losing Petter Granberg on waivers, here is a really good article on the unfortunate situation of young players filling NHL press boxes every night. [Globe & Mail]

Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher will undergo surgery on Monday for a couple of fractured fingers and will be out indefinitely. [Sportsnet]

Guy Boucher was fired by his Swiss team and named Canada's Spengler Cup coach, all the while eyeing a return to theNHL. [Canadian Press]

The Sedin twins have long been the staples of NHL hockey. The combined for 9 points between them on saturday night. How they defy age to remain top-30 forwards in the NHL. [Sportsnet]

*For the end, another great read as Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier pens a letter to his younger self. It's an absolutely fantastic read. Incredible memories of Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens and Badger Bob Johnson. [The Players' Tribune]

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