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Pens Points: Let’s Turn the Page

Daniel Sprong has a few more hurdles to clear before making the jump to the big club, Carl Hagelin says he simply needs to score more, and Chad Ruhwedel is highlighted. More on these topics, as well as more stories in today’s Pens Points!

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Here are your Pens Points for this Monday morning...

The Penguins’ defense has been riddled with injuries to start the season. Chad Ruhwedel, however, is a stabilizing force amidst a group of revolving players. [Trib Live]

Many people may be clamoring for Daniel Sprong’s music to hit and provide an offensive spark for the team. While Sprong’s arrival is a matter of when and not if, the 20-year-old needs to smooth some of his rough edges before becoming a permanent NHL fixture. [Trib Live]

Olli Maatta looks to have positively rebounded from all of his ailments that have plagued him over the last few seasons. Maatta is sharing how he gained a ‘quiet confidence.’ [Post-Gazette]

Former Penguin player and assistant, Rick Tocchet, moved on from the team in the off-season to become the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Tocchet’s impact on the Penguins was certainly a lasting one. [Post-Gazette]

Matt Murray has been on the receiving end of a lot of contact while between the pipes. He says it’s all part of the job. [Post-Gazette]

The 5-on-5 play of the Penguins has been, for lack of a better term, awful to start the season. The team is looking for contributions from anyone at this point. Carl Hagelin, who has 1 goal in 15 games, says he needs to score more. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the league...

There was a blockbuster trade in the NHL last night. A player that the Penguins were reportedly interested in has come off the market Matt Duchene, the former Colorado Avalanche center, has a new home in Ottawa with the Senators. [Mile High Hockey]

This NHL season is close to a month old, slashing penalties are up, and so is scoring. [National Post]