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Pens Points: Canucks Cruise Into Town

Catch up on some of the latest hockey headlines in today’s Pens Points.

Vancouver Canucks v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

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

A month ago, Kyle Dubas expressed to the media and his struggling team that he was going to wait until the All-Star break to assess what changes his team would need. Now, nearing that mark, the arrow has been pointed up. [PensBurgh]

It doesn’t look like any other Pittsburgh Penguins will join Sidney Crosby at the All-Star game. [PensBurgh]

Chad Ruhwedel's goals are few and far between, but they provide a different boost when they occur. [Trib Live]

Could a Rox Hextall-era trade target be of interest to the Kyle Dubas regime? [The Hockey News]

News and notes from around the NHL...

Chicago Blackhawks rookie Connor Bedard had surgery to repair his fractured jaw and will be out for six to eight weeks. [ESPN]

We mentioned a trade target above, and now we’re mentioning several more here. Here’s a list of Sportsnet’s top 25 trade candidates to watch two months from the deadline. [Sportsnet]

Cutter Gauthier gave public comment Wednesday on the shocking trade that saw him dealt from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale. Gauthier said that not wanting to play for the Flyers is a personal decision, but he wouldn’t go into details. [NHL]

Corey Perry met Tuesday with Commissioner Gary Bettman and is cleared to sign with a new team. [Sportsnet]