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April started with promise but quickly turned into a nightmare once the Penguins were swept out of the playoffs.

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A month that began with hopes of the Penguins starting another run to the Stanley Cup ends with brutal disappointment following a sweep at the hands of the Islanders in the first round. Now we can start to put those nightmares behind us as April comes to a close with May hopefully marking the start of a new beginning.

Catch up on the latest news in today’s Pens Points...

The Penguins aren’t the only team who failed to live up to expectations and will be looking to reshape their roster. Central Division champion the Nashville Predators bowed out in the first round as wel,l and now rumors are swirling they could in looking to move P.K. Subban. If that is true, the Penguins should be looking to pounce if the price is right. [Pensburgh]

There is no hiding that the Penguins are on the wrong side of the age curve with a majority of their core players all beyond 30-years-old. If the Penguins are to bounce back and return to Stanley Cup glory once again, they will have to find a way to overcome the aging trend of recent Cup winners. [Trib Live]

Regardless of the Penguins’ performance on the ice, people are still tuning in on the regular to watch their favorite team play. This season, the Penguins finished second in local television ratings and up 10 percent from the 2017-18. Their strong showing on AT&T Sports Network was not enough to knock Buffalo out of the No. 1 spot, however. [Awful Announcing]

Once the offseason kicks into high gear after the playoffs end, you will hear endless rumors and names of players the Penguins may be targeting. For any players to be brought in, money will have to be cleared from the salary cap, but once that is done, perhaps a player like Jeff Skinner could be on the Penguins radar. [Buffalo News]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Cale Makar is just five games into his NHL career, but he’s already making quite an impression on the ice. Having already helped eliminate his childhood team from the playoffs, Makar is making an impact for the surprising Colorado Avalanche. [Sportsnet]

Like Makar, fellow UMass blueliner Mario Ferraro has decided to forgo future college eligibility and make the jump to the NHL. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks with the 49th pick in 2017, Ferraro signed an entry-level deal with the team on Tuesday. [College Hockey News]

Injuries hit the Carolina Hurricanes hard in their Game 2 victory over the New York Islanders, the most notable being a lower-body injury to goalie Petr Mrazek who left the game in the second period. Mrazek is now listed as day-to-day with his availability for Game 3 up in the air. [NHL]