Before returning to Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin put the finishing touches on his off-season training. Puts a new spin on the “dad bod” phenomenon, especially on that second shot. Dare we say, per franchise tradition, “best shape of his career”?
Malkin is back in Pittsburgh now and already getting some work in with likely-linemate Alex Galchenyuk.
From around the league...
Applying outside the box thinking to improve. [All about the Jersey]
Phil Kessel is likely to hit some big milestones soon and it’ll be the Arizona fans getting a front row seat for them :( [Five For Howling]
The main NHL site takes a crack at the Metropolitan Division’s best team. The eight different writers chose five different teams, which really goes to show just how wide open the division will be. Mike Zeisberg has a great take though - [NHL.com]
At first blush, there is plenty to like about the Capitals, a season removed from a Stanley Cup title and with the core of the team intact. The Devils seem to be the up-and-coming flavor in the division with additions like P.K. Subban, Jack Hughes and Wayne Simmonds. Kaapo Kakko, Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba make the Rangers very intriguingThen I remembered something Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist told me at the NHL European Player Media Tour in Stockholm two weeks ago. “Sid is as focused as I’ve ever seen him,” he said of Crosby, adding the team will feed off the knowledge that some people are counting them out. One lesson we should have all learned long ago: Never count Sidney Crosby out. Never.
That will get you fired up on a Monday!