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Good morning one and all,

The Red Wings are in town and there will be no Malkin for the Penguins for the 6th consecutive game. [PPG]

Mike Sullivan wants more scoring regardless of where it comes from. Really Flower, we are ready for your scoring contributions whenever you are. [PPG]

For the Pens, money is no object at the trade deadline, but the scarcity of picks and prospects is very much a consideration. [Trib]

The Pens have emergency goalie options, should a situation arise like the other day for the Coyotes. [PPG]

Here is a list of five players who were repeatedly traded for Hall-of-Famers. [Down Goes Brown]

*The new episode of Garage League Podcast is out and it's great and everyone should listen to it. The always excellent Corey Pronman joins Lyle and Andy to talk about all Pens prospects and hot topics du jour. [Sound Cloud]

Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension was upheld by Gary Bettman, who didn't care too much for the extenuating circumstances. [Calgary Herald]

The case now goes to a neutral arbitrator, which is the first time this option is being used since it was agreed upon in the 2013 CBA. I'm really not neutral here, as I would fight this tooth and nail if I'm the players' union. [NHLPA]

As part of the discovery process, Wideman's and Henderson's text messages were released and Wideman didn't exactly help himself. His frustration notwithstanding, he should have kept it to himself. [Sportsnet]

Rob Scuderi cleared waivers (first thing he's cleared in two years amirite?) and was assigned to Blackhawks AHL affiliate, Rockford Ice Hogs. I'll just stop here. [Daily Herald]

The Blackhawks down the Rangers 5-3 behind the first career hat trick by Artemi Panarin. [CBS Sports]

PK Subban got thrown under the bus, big-time, by the embattled Michel Therrien, who has lost his cool and his team hook, line and sinker. [TSN]

Corey Hirsch had a lot of suggestions to reduce goalie equipment size. Obviously he knows the risk involved for goalies, and whether or not they are likely to happen, his ideas are worth listening to. [In Goal Magazine]

NHL positional power ranking: top 10 defensemen in the league. [Sportsnet]

P.S. I don't know how I forgot to include this when I saw this yesterday and shook my head: OHL's Flint Firebirds fired their coaching staff for the second time this season - remember they fired them, players revolted, they re-hired them, and now they're fired again. Stuff you can't make up. Worst owner in sports? (Well after Dan Snyder but still.) [Today's Slapshot]