Pens Labyrinth Daily: Jim Rutherford isn’t in a rush to sign a center, Gary Bettman is wrong to skip the Olympics and more!
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32 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:
No Pressure to Fine Third Line Center
A lot of fans are concerned about the Penguins’ need for a third line center, but general manager Jim Rutherford isn’t so worried. Rutherford recently stated that the search for the ‘right’ center might stretch into the regular season. He isn’t so concerned about finding a player now just to fill the hole. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Gary Bettman is Wrong For Skipping Olympics
Nic Hendrickson voiced his opinion on NHL Commissioner’s decision to skip the 2018 Olympics. The Olympic rosters are going to look extremely different, since NHL player won’t have the ability to participate. This decision will change the Olympics for time to come. [Fansided]
From Around the League:
Blackhawks Pass on Will Butcher
While most of the NHL is seeking a defenseman in NCAA free agent Will Butcher, the Blackhawks haven’t reached out. It is surprising to see the Hakws pass on Butcher, especially since they’re in need of defenseman. Perhaps the less teams interested the better since Butcher’s agent has revealed an interest in the Pens. [Blackhawk Up]
Regular Season Doesn’t Matter For Predators
The regular season won’t have much of an impact on the Nashville Predators. The only thing the Preds will want to do is make the playoffs and change their fate. But, can they do it? [Pred Lines]