Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning...
The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. And with it, comes a singular transaction for the Pittsburgh Penguins—a trade for veteran forward Jeff Carter. Both GM Ron Hextall and President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke shared their thoughts on the trade deadline as well as a few other nuggets of information. [Pensburgh]
One thing is certain after the trading deadline: the NHL’s East Division has gotten much, much tougher. But which teams did the best? [Pensburgh]
The Penguins’ acquisition of Carter gives them both depth and position flexibility, two assets the team desperately wanted to add. And it looks like that depth will be tested immediately, as forward Brandon Tanev is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. [Trib Live]
Convincing Jeff Carter to leave Los Angeles, the place where he had spent the last ten years of his career, was a pretty easy thing to do. The Penguins’ recent success was all the 36-year-old needed to say yes to the address. [Trib Live]
News and notes from around the NHL...
Here are some winners, losers, and just about every transaction that was made leading up to the trade deadline. [CBS Sports]
First-round draft picks are rightfully-coveted pieces every team needs to build a longstanding winner (that is, if you draft well). But, in theory, first-round picks provide the best chance for drafting quality, surefire NHL players. This year, however, first-rounders were a hot commodity at the deadline. [Yahoo]
Any Michiganders reading Pens Points today? Let’s take a look at the all-time Michigan-born NHL lineup. [The Hockey Writers]