Pens Labyrinth Daily: Mike Sullivan already one of the Pens’ top coaches in history, Phil Kessel uses his day with the Stanley Cup for fun and a subtle diss, Evgeni Malkin receives trophy as Russia’s best and more!
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35 days from now, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take the ice for their first preseason game on Sept. 19 against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. No worries, though, the Pens will hit home ice the following day, Sept. 20, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Pittsburgh Penguins Daily:
Mike Sullivan is One of Pittsburgh’s Best Coaches
Head coach Mike Sullivan is already one of the best coaches in Pittsburgh Penguins history. Sullivan has brought the Penguins a lot of success since becoming head coach and he isn’t finished yet. The head coach is one of Pittsburgh’s most accomplished, especially in the time he’s been with the team. [Fan Rag Sports]
Kessel’s Hot Dog-Filled Dig
Phil Kessel is having his celebratory time with the Stanley Cup and made a dig at a reporter who criticized him a few years ago. The two years since the article was penned to make comments about Kessel’s ‘hot dog diet’ were used as preparation for this point. Simply put: Phil Kessel took the Stanley Cup golfing and filled it with hot dogs. [ESPN]
Malkin Receives Trophy As Russia’s Best
Evgeni Malkin has been named the best Russian-born professional player in his previous season. Malkin received the Kharmalov Trophy, making him the best in the previous season over other NHL and KHL players. [TASS]
From Around the League
Kessel Still One of the Best All-Time Leafs
Kessel might not be a Maple Leaf anymore but he is still one of Toronto’s best. The Maple Leafs still have love for Kessel and he is still one of the all-time best Leafs. Kessel’s tenure in Toronto was never cut short due to skill or lack of love, just a tough choise for a team. Regardless, Kessel still gets labeled as one of the best. [Editor-in-Leaf]
Isles Should Give Jagr a Home
Jaromir Jagr still hasn’t signed with an NHL team and the hockey community is getting nervous. Every hockey fan is waiting for the moment Jagr signs an NHL contract and stays in the league. There is some talk that the New York Islanders should sign the veteran; the move can be a win-win, the Isles gain a very skilled vet and the hockey community is happy. [Eyes on Isles]