Knowing Kevin Shattenkirk wasn’t in their long-term plans, the St. Louis Blues traded the talented defenseman and braced for the immediate blow to their playoff hopes. The Blues actually got better without him. When the Blues dealt the pending free agent at the trade deadline, they seemed to be creating a giant void on their blue line and gift-wrapping the NHL-best Washington Capitals with their deepest defense in a decade.
Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning... Here is the most recent update regarding the Pens' injured players. [Pensburgh] Marc-Andre Fleury looks to be at the top of his game at the right time of the year. [Trib Live] The Penguins gave a lot of praise to the Capitals for their depth and versatility. [Post-Gazette] The Rostraver Ice Garden has reached the finals in Kraft's Hockeyville competition. [Post-Gazette] It seems that destiny has brought the Penguins and Capitals together again. [Penguins] News and notes from around the NHL... New Kings Head Coach, John Stevens, wants a more aggressive offense. [Puck Daddy] Looking for an eventual contract extension, Carey Price hopes to stay
This Mike Sullivan said Monday that he is "hopeful" that injured forward Carl Hagelin could return at some point for the second round series against the Washington Capitals. "He’s getting closer, he skated today [before practice]. He skated yesterday on his own. He’s making progress. We’re hopeful we’re going to get him soon. It’s one of those injuries that’s going to be a day-to-day thing. I can’t say for sure, but certainly we’re hopeful." That could be empty playoff gamesmanship, or it could be legitimate. One never knows this time of year. However, optimists can always point out to the initial 4-6 week diagnosis for Hagelin at the time of his injury, and it's now been 6 weeks. Now obviously