Pens Labyrinth Daily: Matt Cullen, Will Butcher, Metro Division Power Rankings

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Pens Labyrinth: Matt-Cullen avoids retirement by signing with the Minnesota Wild, the Penguins are pursuing Will Butcher, Penguins can win a third Cup and more!

Good morning, Penguins fans! Grab your coffee and enjoy all the trending Penguins news straight from Pittsburgh and from around the league.

33 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:

Matt-Cullen Opts Out of Retirement, Signs With Wild- Not Penguins

Matt Cullen has opted not to retire and has, instead, signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. The 40-year-old Minnesota-native explained that he made the decision for a family reason and that Minnesota has a special place in his heart. He defended Pittsburgh and said that it was not easy to walk away from the Penguins. [NBC Sports]

Pittsburgh Penguins Pursuing NCAA Free Agent Will Butcher

Will Butcher, originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, is officially a free agent. The defenseman is being pursued by many NHL teams but the Pens will stand out. Butcher’s agent revealed, prior to the player’s free agency, that if the Penguins call they will answer. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

5 Reasons the Pittsburgh Penguins will ‘Three-peat’

The Penguins have already won consecutive Stanley Cups and ever since Sidney Crosby teased a third, fans have been wondering. Now, Pens fans, get excited, because here are five reasons the Penguins will notch a third Cup. [Fansided]

From Around the League:

Offseason Metropolitan Division Power Rankings

Our friends over at Eyes on Isles took the time to dive into how each metropolitan division team has used the offseason to make changes for the better. See how the Penguins rank beside their closest rivals. [Eyes on Isles]

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