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Pens Points: Celebrating Greats

We look at past MVPs, another Swede is playing offseason hockey, and trading Malkin would do more harm than good. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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

Throughout their existence, the Penguins have been blessed with several franchise-altering talents that have been worthy enough to claim the Hart Memorial Trophy, otherwise known as the NHL’s MVP. With that in mind, our own Adam Gretz has taken a look back at the team’s MVPs as well as those who came oh-so-close to taking home the award. [Pensburgh]

Marcus Pettersson will be joining his fellow countryman Patric Hornqvist for the IIHF World Championships starting May 10. [Pensburgh]

Speaking of the World Championships, these Penguins have something to prove in the tournament. [Post-Gazette]

The Pens have re-signed forward prospect Thomas Di Pauli. [Post-Gazette]

By going to the extremest of extremes and trading Evgeni Malkin this offseason, the Penguins would be doing more harm than good for themselves. [Trib Live]

News and notes from around the NHL...

As Gary Bettman goes to appear before a government of Canada parliamentary subcommittee on concussions in sports later today, former NHL goaltender Ken Dryden wants to see the league address certain issues. [Montreal Gazette]

For years, fans have ragged on Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for his lackluster postseason play. But “Bob” could be putting the past behind him for good if he continues to perform like he did in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins. [For The Win-USA Today]

Could Pavel Datsyuk be returning to the NHL sooner than expected? [Yahoo Sports]