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Pens Points: Some actual hockey items from around the league

Check up on what is going on around the league these days

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Talkin’ hockey on a summer Tuesday. Here’s about the best and brightest that could be scraped up for actual hockey stuff...

Former Penguin draft pick Connor Hall (3rd round, 2016) wasn’t signed after injuries derailed his career, including playing only four games in the OHL last season. But Hall is trying to move forward, and has been invited to the Arizona Coyotes’ training camp in September. Nice for him to stick with it, and best of luck! [Five for Howling]

We didn’t comment on it, but former Penguin forward Garrett Wilson has agreed to join Toronto’s organization (likely to start in the AHL). No surprise an analytics-heavy organization picks up Wilson, who was a rare player that both old school fans appreciate (he hits people! he’s big!) as well as those interested in deeper metrics (he suppresses defensive opportunities against well, despite heavy d-zone utilization he helps get the puck going in a positive direction). Wouldn’t have minded him sticking around as a 13th forward depth guy, but 2 goals in 84 career NHL games, his hands might not do enough to justify that regardless of his other positive traits. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Another piece of slightly older news, but still worth a note. Penguin franchise legend Ron Francis is the general manager of the new Seattle NHL expansion team and he’s been installed with plenty of time to implement his vision as the team gets created. [ESPN]

The Penguins didn’t have anyone in Scott Wheeler’s Top 50 drafted prospects list. [The Athletic $]

The best and the worst moves for each Eastern Conference GM. The best for Jim Rutherford is an obvious one, I would have chose something different for worst, but can’t argue it too much. [The Score]

Plenty of talented free agents are still on the market. []

Is there too much offense from the defensemen? (As in, too much low percentage shots being taken?) No Pens players appear to be among the worst, which makes sense because Kris Letang actually scores a lot of goals! [TSN - Yost]

Notes and thoughts from Blackhawks’ mini-camp where 2019 third overall pick Kirby Dach impressed but 2016 eight overall pick Alex Nylander did not. [Second City Hockey]

Red Wings’ fans are waiting for Steve Yzerman to do something. [Winging it in Motown]

“The salary cap is bad for the NHL” - says big market club held accountable for own bad decisions. [Broad Street Hockey]

Actual headline: “Could the Canadiens have their own Patrice Bergeron in Phillip Danault?“ Article isn’t a one word answer of “no”, so you can’t accuse them of dreaming small in Montreal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

A deep dive into player styles to look into how the Devils might go about setting up their lines. [All About the Jersey]

The Flames and the city of Calgary have finally come to an agreement to replace the Saddledome, in what seems a very fair deal for both sides to benefit. [Sportsnet]

Our Calgary blog’s take on the news. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

The Oilers are seeking a third line center. Will it be old friend Derick Brassard? (That would seem a very Edmonton move, wouldn’t i?) [Copper n Blue]

Looking at the latest in the Nikita Gusev situation out in Vegas. [Knights on Ice]