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Pens Points: Lightning looking to burst the playoff bubble

Trades, free agency looms while Tampa looks to end the most unique NHL playoffs ever in our news roundup around the Penguins and the NHL

NHL: FEB 06 Penguins at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A look at news and notes around the Penguins and the NHL for you to catch up on for this Monday.

Blame Father Time, not Jim Rutherford for the end of the Pens’ championship window. [Tribune Review - Madden]

10 notes on the Pens’ overcrowded blueline. [The Athletic - $ - Yohe]

Mike Matheson has long admired the team he now joins in Pittsburgh. [Post-Gazette]

More thoughts from Jim Rutherford on the opportunity to acquire Matheson. [Penguins.com]

Tampa captain Steven Stamkos has officially been ruled out for the remaining game(s) of the Stanley Cup Final. [Lightning.com]

The Lightning don’t feel discouraged about losing their first crack at clinching on Saturday night. [Sportsnet]

But Dallas won the toughest game to win on Saturday night by extending the series and the Stars have proven to be nothing if but a stubborn and tough out. [NHL on NBC]

Tampa’s third line has tipped the scales with the right type of grit (and by that, read: really good players and skill) [JFresh]

Another interesting food for thought tweet, UFA veteran signings Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry have scored the last six goals for Dallas. [Twitter - John Shannon]

Word on the street is the Bruins are about to move impending UFA Torey Krug ‘s rights very soon. [Twitter - Rear Admiral]

Winnipeg will apparently think about trading Patrik Laine to fill the other holes on their roster. Next answer, no he and the Jets are not a great trade match for Pittsburgh. [Sportsnet]

Talkin’ possibly trading first round picks with:

It’ll be interesting from our perspective to see what trades go down, being as the Pens struck early to add Kasperi Kapanen for the 15th overall pick.

Jeff Petry recently signed a four year, $6.25m annual salary for his ages 33-37 seasons that will kick in for 2021-22 with Montreal. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Looking at Jake Debrusk and his next contract and place within the Bruins. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

A check on the Sabres’ buyout options now that the window is open. [Die by the Blade]