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Speculation continues to swirl around the Penguins as the front office decides the best approach to the offseason. Catch up on the latest rumor news surrounding the team in today’s Pens Points.

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It’s unlikely the Penguins will do much in the way of major player movement before the NHL Draft in late-June but the front office is already busy planning their offseason approach. It’s hard to say right now what moves the Penguins could make, but you can bet a roster shuffle of some sort is in the works.

Catch up on the latest offseason speculation in Pens Points...

No one knows what exactly management will do this offseason to try and fix the Penguins. Not even management themselves knows how things will transpire when push comes to shove and other teams get involved. Right now, all we know is the front office is talking about moves could happen and those moves could be massive. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

With a logjam at the blue line, fans can speculate pretty soundly that at least one defenseman will be moved this summer, but a complete overhaul of the unit seems unlikely at the moment. Though things can change in an instant, expect many of the same faces back next year. [Trib Live]

A few teams are still searching for a head coach and a name close to home is making its way through the rumor mill. Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin is rumored to be in the running for the head coaching job for both the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

If you filled out a playoff bracket this season there is a good chance it has already gone up in flames. Odds on favorite the Tampa Bay Lightning crashed out in four games, fello top seed the Calgary Flames are cooked, perennial favorite the Pittsburgh Penguins fell, and a host of other high seeds are already eliminated. [Pensburgh]

Last offseason, the Penguins needed to give themselves some salary cap breathing room so they dumped the contracts of Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Needing to open cap space once again, could the Penguins and Sabres be trade partners once again? [Die By The Blade]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The NHL regular season is an 82 game slog where that means very little in the full scope of things. Based on the results we have seen through the opening round of these Stanley Cup playoffs, the regular season grind may mean even less than we think. [FiveThirtyEight]

With the Carolina Hurricanes eliminating the Washington Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday night, the second round matchups are officially set and the NHL released their Round 2 schedule. Games begin tonight with Boston playing host to Columbus and Dallas heading to St. Louis.