Well, if you made it through the bye week and the All-Star break and you’re still in one piece, give yourself a pat on the back. The Penguins will be back in meaningful game action tonight when they hit their home ice to duel with the New Jersey Devils. But before we drop the puck on the second half of the NHL season...
Here are your Pens Points for this Monday morning...
Sidney Crosby was the talk of the hockey world during the NHL All-Star Game, taking home the MVP award (an award he’s never won before, how about that). Crosby reminded the rest of the league that he’s still here. [Post-Gazette]
The other Penguins representative at the All-Star Game was Kris Letang. And for Tanger, the redemptive year he’s had now has even more meaning for him. [Post-Gazette]
Speaking of Crosby, he may not be considered as flashy as Connor McDavid or Johnny Gaudreau, but he is still earning respect for his all-around game. [Trib Live]
The Penguins could be migrating. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed the league is considering the Penguins for international games at some point in the future. [Pensburgh]
Gary Bettman says puck and player tracking technology will be integrated into the league starting next season. [Trib Live]
Here are five things to watch for as the Penguins come out of the break. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the league...
Barriers were indeed broken at this year’s All-Star Game. U.S. women’s national team member, Kendall Coyne Schofield, made history by becoming the first-ever female to compete at the skills competition. [ESPN]
Coyne Schofield’s fellow teammate, Brianna Decker, will also be receiving $25,000 from hockey equipment manufacturer CCM after dunking (or passing) on everyone at the skills competition. [Washington Post]
Here’s a look at six bargain players who could have value when the trade deadline hits. [Sportsnet]