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]