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Morning Line- Matt Murray

“At the end of the day, I’m not going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes,” Murray said. “Nobody’s going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. It’s about being myself, doing the best that I can each and every day, and it’s about being better than I was yesterday.

“My day-to-day thought process isn’t to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. If I’d do that, that would be reaching too high. I’m just going to be myself and do what I know how to do, try to take care of what I need to do to be successful.”

-Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jason Mackey of hte Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has much more from and on Murray.

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How Great Is Sidney Crosby?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Kid no more, Sid is 30. He already has one of hockey’s all-time greatest lists of accomplishments. What had the other legends of the game done by their 30th birthdays?

We knew Sidney Crosby’s resume was Hall-of-Fame-caliber by the time he reached his mid-20s. But who knew Crosby at 30 would differ so much from Crosby at, say, 28? He’s really ratcheted up his accomplishments over the past couple seasons, adding two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe trophies, a Rocket Richard, a World Cup and a World Cup MVP.

“Top 10” no longer feels like the tier Crosby will settle into by the time his illustrious career ends. Now we’re talking top-five. And if we accept the other all-timer contenders as Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard…where does Sid’s resume rank compared to what each man had accomplished by his 30th birthday?

continue for the comparisons....

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Video- Sidney Crosby Turns 30 Today

The NHL put together a video package of the best of Sidney Crosby on his 30th birthday.

 

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Conor Sheary Agrees To A Three-Year Deal With The Pittsburgh Penguins

 

 

added 1:35pm, Press release is below...

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A Six-Year Contract For Brian Dumoulin And The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Dumoulin on a six-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal begins with the 2017-18 season and runs through the 2022-23 season, and has an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Dumoulin, 25, has been a key component to the Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, as he played in all 49 playoff games in that span, and recorded 14 points (3G-11A). In the 2017 playoffs, Dumoulin had an average ice time of 21:59 minutes, the most of any Penguins skater, and his plus-9 paced all team defenders. He assisted on Carl Hagelin's empty-net goal that sealed the 2-0 victory in the decisive Game 6 of the Cup Final against Nashville. 

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Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean On The Chances On Another Cup For The Pittsburgh Penguins

“I would never bet against Crosby, and I’m really impressed with Matt Murray’s goaltending. With Kris Letang coming back—that’s something they didn’t even have—I think there’s a very, very good chance. That team’s strong enough to do it again.”

-Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more comments from MacLean on Calgary, Toronto, Vegas Golden Knights and Connor McDavid.

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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On Mike Sullivan/Phil Kessel

Mike Sullivan had a deal with Rick Tocchet when the two were together with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet, the assistant coach, dealt with Phil Kessel. That way Sullivan, who didn’t want to talk to him, didn’t have to....

It’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way. Tocchet was perfect for that role and for Kessel. The Hall of Famer, Mark Recchi, is assuming the role Tocchet had in Pittsburgh. He may be handed the Kessel portfolio. Sullivan needs someone to do what he doesn’t want to do himself.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Kessel and a few hockey notes too.

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Jim Rutherford On Trading Phil Kessel

frm Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford didn't say he'll never trade Phil Kessel, but he painted the high-scoring winger as an important part of his team's roster during a radio interview Thursday morning.

The idea of trading Kessel had been popular talk-show fodder in recent days.

“Phil Kessel's an important part of the Penguins,” Rutherford said in an interview on 93.7 The Fan. “He gets a lot of points. He scores big goals. He sets up big goals. The more impact players that you have, like we have, the better chance you have of winning.

“It may not be on a regular basis, but it may come at a certain time in a series or whatnot, just like it did against Ottawa. Kessel came up with the big goal in that 1-0 game (in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals).

“He's an important part. I don't want to sit here and say that a certain player's not going to get traded at some point in his career. I mean, Phil already did. But that's not something that I foresee happening right now.”

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Ron Burkle On A Few Topics

from Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There’s a lot to unpack in Dave Molinari’s interview with Penguins owner Ron Burkle — so it goes for guys who speak to the media about as often as Radiohead releases albums — and all of it is worth your time.

How much do you know, really, about the money man behind the NHL’s reigning quasi-dynasty, other than “he’s rich?” Not a ton. Read the entire interview. You won’t learn something; you’ll learn a lot of things....

You’ll also learn, odds are, that you share some fan DNA with a billionaire owner. Did you write off the Penguins when Kris Letang had season-ending neck surgery in April? Burkle sure came close.

“I’m a huge fan of Letang, personally and on the ice,” he told Molinari, “and I thought, ‘Well, without Letang, how are we seriously going to get there?’ So [the 2017 Stanley Cup win] had its own reasons to be incredibly fun and rewarding and exciting.”

Burkle also — shocking as it may be — is a huge fan of Marc-Andre Fleury; he called the former Penguins/current Vegas Golden Knights goalie “more of a stand-up person than you could ever imagine anybody being.”

So, it makes logical sense that a guy worth between $1.5 billion and $3 billion would throw away a fraction of that to keep Fleury around. Every NHL owner got a certain amount of money to allow Vegas into the club, and Burkle said he’d forgo the Penguins share of the expansion fee if it meant Fleury stayed on the roster.

“I wish we could have given the $15 million back and kept him forever,” Burkle said.

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Trade Phil Kessel?

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later.

Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process.

It was clear in June, by the end of the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup run, that the organization wasn’t thrilled with Kessel. He scored 23 goals in 82 games during the regular season, not nearly enough for a player with his marvelous shooting skills. He had a huge goal — one of the most significant of the postseason — to beat Ottawa, 1-0, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final but scored just two more goals in the final 11 playoff games. Even though he had 23 points in the 25 postseason games, it was hard to find anyone in organization to say he was playing well.

My belief is Evgeni Malkin wasn’t thrilled to play on the same line with Kessel. And Sidney Crosby? Sullivan acknowledged Crosby and Kessel have no chemistry together. None.

Kessel has to score goals to help the Penguins. He doesn’t help the team with his forechecking or his defense. He doesn’t play any type of physical game, a big reason he has been able to play in 610 consecutive regular-season games, the 11th-longest streak in NHL history.

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