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Jim Rutherford’s deadline deals are dissected, Matt Murray has had enough, and Justin Schultz sees light at the end of the tunnel. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Hot off the heals from their victory over the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning, the Penguins are continuing their home cooking tonight with a date against the Ottawa Senators. Before the puck drops for this Friday night fight...

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

With February now here, the trading deadline is the next big date on the NHL calendar. Hooks took a look back and graded Jim Rutherford’s previous trading deadlines as a member of the Penguins organization. [Pensburgh]

Fed up with the amount of contact he’s taken in his crease this season, Matt Murray exploded and laid a gnarly hit on Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph. [Pensburgh]

It will take the help of everyone to get Evgeni Malkin out of his prolonged slump. [Trib Live]

Justin Schultz is getting closer and closer to returning after suffering a broken leg in October. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Have you ever wondered about the various types of professional hockey contracts and the accompanying terminology? Pension Plan Puppets has you covered. [Pension Plan Puppets]

What did last year’s trade deadline tell us about first-round draft pick values? [Sportsnet]

After 14 seasons, veteran forward Antoine Vermette has called it quits. [Montreal Gazette]

Kendall Coyne Schofield released a statement regarding her awkward exchanges with Pierre McGuire during Wednesday night’s game between the Pens and Lightning. [Sporting News]