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Pens Points: Trapped in the Shark Tank

Brassard may be out the door, Olli Maatta is an ace, and we discuss what the Pens should be adding at the deadline. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins met their 2016 Stanley Cup Final rivals last night, the San Jose Sharks. Following a loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, the Pens got out to the early lead thanks to an all-timer of a Kris Letang goal. Unfortunately, that was about the best thing that happened last night. [Recap]

It’s that time of year where we turn our Twitter notifications on for the likes of Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, and other insiders throughout the league as the trading deadline comes into clearer focus. Speaking of the man himself, Darren Dreger, on TSN’s Insider Trading segment, went so far as to say Derick Brassard looks to be a prime candidate for the Penguins to trade. [Pensburgh]

Speaking of the Penguins and trading, with Brassard already looking like a trade chip in a future deal, we ask what do the Penguins really need to bolster their team for another deep playoff run? [Pensburgh]

Olli Maatta, ever the polarizing defenseman, has turned into quite the steady hand on the penalty-kill. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the league...

What does the Andrew Cogliano/Devin Shore trade mean for the Dallas Stars and, more specifically, Jason Spezza? [Defending Big D]

Sergei Bobrovsky prematurely took his goalie equipment off after being pulled in a recent game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It appears this was the incident that led to his recent healthy scratching. [The Score]

NHL on NBC broadcaster Mike Emrick has been voted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. [NHL]

With three seven-year-olds recently being kicked out of their minor hockey league, this has shed a spotlight on how out-of-touch the minor league hockey scene is. [The Hockey News]

Here is what really used to happen at some infamous NHL rookie dinners. [Sports Illustrated]