Until the offseason arrives, major hockey-related news involving the Penguins will be at a minimum unless they decide to resign a player or make a shocking trade. Most of what we will get now is either opinion on the team or business related items. June really can’t get here fast enough.
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After months of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Penguins AHL affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team announced a 10-year extension with the Baby Pens franchise for them to remain as their AHL club and stay home in eastern Pennsylvania. [Pensburgh]
While Kris Letang is an easy target when the Penguins are struggling, his impact on the franchise can never be minimized. Ten years ago, he scored his first career playoff goal in overtime against the Capitals to prevent the Penguins from falling into a 3-0 hole. [Pensburgh]
Former Penguins coaches Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo have been added to the Philadelphia Flyers coaching staff for the upcoming season. They will join head coach Alain Vigneault behind the bench. [NHL]
With Vigneault set to coach the Flyers, it would make sense for him to use his soon-to-be starter Carter Hart as his No. 1 goalie for the World Championships in Slovakia. That will not be the case however, as Vigneault announced on Monday that Penguins starter, and two time Cup winner, Matt Murray would be the top guy for the tournament. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the NHL...
It appears the Edmonton Oilers have found the right man to ruin the rest of Connor McDavid’s time with the team. Former Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has reportedly accepted the vacant general manager position with a five-year deal. [CBC]
It’s been a dream run through the playoffs for the Carolina Hurricanes, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals after sweeping the Islanders, and their fans are loving it. One person who is not loving it however is colorful television personality Don Cherry, who took another jab at the Hurricanes and their faithful fanbase this weekend. [USA Today]