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Pens Points: Happy 44th birthday, Jaromir Jagr!

News and notes from around the Pittsburgh Penguins on a gameday against the Florida Panthers

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Happy 44th birthday to Jaromir Jagr! This piece from last year is all things good. [Puck Daddy]

Not having Evgeni Malkin is making it easy for opponents to decide who to play their best defenders against. (Hint: it's Sidney Crosby ) [Tribune-Review]

But, yesterday coach Mike Sullivan said Malkin is "progressing" back in Pittsburgh and Nick Bonino is skating once again. Two good signs there, maybe we could see Geno in the Pens next game after tonight which isn't until Thursday.. [Trib]

Once Daniel Sprong's QMJHL season ends this spring, the Pens are planning on sending him to Wilkes-Barre of the AHL to get more pro experience. [Trib]

Former Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo was fired by the Minnesota Wild over the weekend, a good look at where it went wrong for him. [Hockey Wilderness]

It was a bad weekend all around for former Penguins, with Marian Hossa going off with a lower-body injury as well that will really test the depth of Chicago. [CBS]

In the "As the Steven Stamkos world turns" saga continues, Dreger is now saying Toronto only has a "remote chance" of landing the impending free agent this summer. [TSN]

Which is OK because Canadians dreaming of Stamkos in Toronto is sooooooo 2015. The media is already starting to move on and dream about John Tavares joining the Maple Leafs in, get this, summer 2018 as a free agent. [TSN]

Speaking of the Isles, salary considerations are one reason that a Jacob Trouba for Travis Hamonic trade won't be happening. Another reason: Trouba's younger and has a higher ceiling, but hey, we'll stick with the contracts as well. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Looking at the 11 potential veterans Toronto might look to trade. More trash than treasures here, but guys like Michael Grabner, Shawn Matthias, P.A. Parenteau and Brad Boyes could probably help some contenders out there. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Is the NHL ready for the next European head coach? There are several good candidates out there. [Eyes on the Prize]

The Montreal Canadiens are down to just a 13.7% chance of making the playoffs this season. [Sportsnet]

Denna Laing makes her first public appearance since suffering injury. [Yahoo Sports]

Getting burned publicly by Carrie Underwood must be so bittersweet. America's sweetheart chirped hubby's teammate Ryan Johansen over the weekend. [CBS]

Finally, a 5'6" goalie in the ECHL named Jeff Lerg has a .929 save % this year and a made a sick save here. It's not the size of the goalie, but the...way he fills the net? I don't know here, fam, just trying to give you that extra Monday motivation. [CBS]