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Pens Points: A Great Day For Hockey

The Penguins are ready to kick off the 2021-22 season tonight! Check out some new Pens Points before the first puck drops.

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Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...

Veteran forward, Brian Boyle, had been on a professional tryout contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the duration of training camp and the preseason. Now, with both of those things in the rearview mirror, it appears the team will be signing Boyle to a legitimate contract. [PensBurgh]

Both Jake Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese have been ruled out for tonight’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they continue to make their way back to full strength following covid-19 diagnoses. [Trib Live]

“Size” has been a term that’s been thrown around a lot in Penguins circles since Ron Hextall and Brian Burke entered PPG Paints Arena. And while not every player on the roster is 6’5 and 230 pounds, bigger bodies are becoming a bigger deal for the team. [Trib Live]

For those interested, here is a rundown of the national broadcast schedule, and all nationally-televised games that will feature the Penguins this season. [Penguins]

Mike Chiodo’s hockey journey has come full circle. [Penguins]

News and notes from around the NHL...

As they begin their quest to capture a third straight Stanley Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning have extended head coach Jon Cooper’s contract for another three years. [ESPN]

Is the Jack Eichel saga finally coming to an end? [SI/The Hockey News]

The Detroit Red Wings have released Bobby Ryan from his professional tryout contract. [Detroit Free Press/MSN]

The New York Rangers and general manager Chris Drury have had an interesting off-season to say the least. But following the extension of Mika Zibanejad, Drury’s next steps will be crucial to New York’s long-term and short-term success. [Blueshirt Banter]

Toronto Maple Leafs star centerman, Auston Matthews, will not play in Toronto’s home opener. [Pension Plan Puppets]