Pens Labyrinth Daily: Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and More


Pens Labyrinth Daily: Phil Kessel’s player profile for the upcoming season, the impact of Kris Letang’s return, a throwback to a Marc-Andre Fleury goodbye and more!

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

20 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:

Pittsburgh Penguins: Phil Kessel‘s 2017-18 Season

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has been profiling the Penguins through the offseason. They’ve collected the players’ Penguin origins, their 2016-17 season in review and predictions for the player’s upcoming season. See how Phil Kessel’s pofile was put together here. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

The Importance of Letang’s Return

Kris Letang is one of the top defensemen in the NHL and the Penguins have been missing him for quite some time now. Don’t worry, Letang is ahead of schedule in recovering from the surgery to repair the disk in his back and he will be pulling on his Pens jersey soon. Letang’s return will have a huge positive impact on the team. [iSportsWeb]

Malkin’s Goodbye to Fleury

Sure, Evgeni Malkin gave Marc-Andre Fleury his very loving goodbye a while back already but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about it. Fleury has officially begun his time as a Vegas Golden Knight and soon we’ll see him on the other side of the rink. It wouldn’t hurt for a second goodbye. [Fansided]

From Around the League:

McDavid Tops NHL 18 Ratings

The NHL 18 ratings are in and Connor McDavid is the game’s highest-ranked player- tied with Sidney Crosby, of course. McDavid has had an outstanding career thus far and is still as humble as ever. It makes sense that the young and talented center would top the game. [Oil on Whyte]

New Jersey Devils Are Proving They Can Sign Free Agents

Normally the New Jersey Devils wouldn’t be considered a top landing spot for NHL free agents, but the team is looking to change that. The Devils have been signing their fair share of free agents and, their biggest signing, Will Butcher’s new entry-level contract is significant in proving that the Devils can sign free agents. [Pucks and Pitchforks]

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