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Pens Points: Pittsburgh Mayor Wants to Protect City's Interest in Team Sale

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Good morning one and all,

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto says that agreements that gave the Penguins exclusive rights to develop the former Civic Arena site and secured them a new arena don't spell out whether the public stands to gain if the team's owners sell the franchise. [Trib]

As training camp nears, most of the Penguins are gathering in town. Still not around is future 80-goal scorer Phil Kessel, but Gary Roberts is in charge of him and that's good enough for me. [Twitter]

Fifth-round pick Dominik Simon is in town and doing what he can to acclimate himself to his new surroundings. He will skate with the team for a few days before heading to London, Ont. for the rookie tournament. [Trib]

Dan Rosen addressed the question of Olli Maatta in his Thursday mailbag, assessing that Letang is the right partner for him and that Olli, despite what was basically a lost year, can reasonably be expected to be back at his young excellent self. []

Travis Yost with a good piece on how analytics can be used to predict successes and failures in modern-day NHL. [TSN]

Henrik Zetterberg spoke for the first time about the departure of Mike Babcock, and said he felt that both sides (team and Babcock) probably felt the time was right to move on. [Winging It In Motown]

Will the Oilers make the change at captain? I wondered what the point of that would be, and then I remembered that Tod McLellan now coaches these guys. [The Score]

Hopefully what goes around comes around for asshat extraordinaire Slava Voynov, whose couple weeks in jail came to an end, but instead of being released he was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is being held at a detention facility pending an immigration hearing. [LA Times]

The Islanders have moved, to Brooklyn, and will also officially unveil the new third jerseys, which are simple, classic and black. I hope they're joking. This looks like funeral attire. [Sportsnet]