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Pens Points: Twiddling Thumbs

No Penguins hockey to talk about but Pens Points still has some other headlines for you pass the time.

NHL: Seattle Kraken at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re the Pittsburgh Penguins you’re currently in the warm, westerly confines of Las Vegas while the majority of us are just trying to stay warm and shovel out from another snow storm that rolled through over night. Either way, there is no Penguins hockey again today but the wait is almost over as the Penguins return to action tomorrow night against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Pens Points...

A year ago, the Penguins missed out on acquiring defenseman Jacob Chychrun at the trade deadline. With the Ottawa Senators heading into sale mode, could he be back on the radar? [Pensburgh]

Once thought to be their biggest weakness, goaltending has been one of the Penguins strongest positions this season while the defense has been a mixed bag of results at the midway point. [Pensburgh]

Two areas where the Penguins have improved since last season is success against divisional opponents and in the crease, but there are still key areas that need to improve in the second half. [Trib Live]

Before going down with injury, Reilly Smith was struggling and the promise of his hot start had faded. Now, Smith has popped up in the trade rumor mill with the deadline approaching. [The Hockey News]

When free agency arrived last summer, the Penguins didn’t break the bank on players but they did bring in some depth, including Noel Acciari, who has been a key piece in the bottom six. [The Hockey News]

Colin White spent his days growing up in Boston but Pittsburgh were never far from his heart. With parents from the Pittsburgh area, White was raised a Penguins fans. [Penguins]

NHL News and Notes...

There was much hype surrounding Alex Ovechkin and his pursuit of Wayne Greztky for the NHL goals record, but that hype was cooled considerably this season. [TSN]

J.T. Miller signed a huge extension with the Vancouver Canucks then faced trade rumors as his struggles piled up. Now a key piece of the Canucks turnaround, Miller has learned winning can cure many ills. [Sportsnet]