Ater playing seven games in 12 days at one point in January, it feels like the Penguins have been on a small vacation with just four games through the first 13 days of February. That light schedule will end Friday when the Penguins take on the Montreal Canadiens to begin a stretch of six games in 10 days before heading to California.
Start your Thursday morning with a new Pens Points...
Everyone has put in their two cents regarding the Jason Zucker trade, and for the most part the reaction to the deal has been positive. When you assess the short term and long term effects of the trade, it’s hard to make a case against it. [Pensburgh]
Brining in Zucker added $5.5 million to the Penguins salary cap situation, some of what was mitigated by sending away Alex Galchenyuk. Where the Penguins will really have to worry about the salary cap impact is this offseason. [Pensburgh]
When Jim Rutherford makes a trade, he tends to bring in guys with contract years beyond just that one season. There are some players who were simply rentals, but Jason Zucker fits the mold of a Rutherford type target. [Trib Live]
Before Zucker was ever acquired, the Penguins were already considered one of the best sides in the league and among the Stanley Cup favorites. With Zucker now in the fold, the Penguins solidified their position among the elites in the NHL. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Wednesday was the annual Penguins “Learn to Play” program that gives local kids an opportunity to learn the game of hockey. Sidney Crosby joined the camp along with a few teammates to give the kids the afternoon of a lifetime. [NHL]
If you are headed to the game on Friday night, make sure you dust off your French before heading to the arena. The Penguins announced they have partnered with language learning app Duolingo to present “French Language Night” against the Canadiens. [Penguins]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode on the St. Louis Blues bench on Tuesday and collapsed. St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong provided an update on the defenseman’s condition on Wednesday and it sounds like good news. [NHL]
Paul Maurice will remain behind the bench for the Winnipeg Jets for the foreseeable future after signing a multi-year extension with the team. Currently Maurice has the Jets sitting a point out of a playoff spot with 24 games to play. [Yahoo! Sports]
Jeremy Roenick has been fired by NBC Sports following a suspension for making lewd remarks about fellow on-air talent. Roenick has been off the NBC Sports airwaves since December 23rd when he was suspended. [Boston Globe]