A week from now the Pens will have raised their fourth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of PPG Paints Arena and the 2016-2017 season will be under way. Before that though the team had one last celebration to attend to.
We've heard all offseason how Phil Kessel is a Stanley Cup Champion. President Obama made it official on Thursday.
For American players on the team, the trip was extra special. [Penguins]
Repeating as champions is never easy, but the Pens are built to defend their crown. [VICE]
Sportsnet with an advanced stats ranking of the top-20 defensemen in the NHL. Kris Letang comes it at a surprising No. 19. [Sportsnet]
EA Sports simulated the 2016-2017 season and the results were......unexpected. [Puck Daddy]
Some news and notes from around the rest of the league...
Martin St. Louis will have his No. 26 retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning before the team's January 17th game against Columbus. It will be the first number retirement in the franchise's history. [Yahoo! Sports]
Rumors of a trade have surrounded Nail Yakupov for years, now there may finally be some substance to them. [Second City Hockey]
RFA Nikita Kucherov and the Lightning remain at an impasse and offer sheets could become a possibility. [The Hockey Writers]
If you're interested in staying up to date on the women's hockey scene, SBNation just launched a site dedicated exclusively for the women's game. Go check it out. [The Ice Garden]