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Inside look at Pittsburgh Penguins

Quest for third straight Cup more challenging after loss of Fleury, depth players

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to become the first NHL team to three-peat since the New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83.

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Three questions facing Pittsburgh Penguins

Letang's health, quality depth among concerns

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter this season looking to three-peat as Stanley Cup champions. Although they feel they are in position to become the first team to achieve that feat since the New York Islanders won four straight from 1980-83, there are a few questions they must answer if they are to hoist the Stanley Cup a third straight season.

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free agency

Flames could have interest in Jagr: report

Gulutzan as coach likely part of equation

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Forward Jaromir Jagr could be drawing interest from the Calgary Flames, who are coached by one of his former coaches, Glen Gulutzan.

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McDavid says of best player, 'It's not me'

Reigning MVP, scoring champ defers to Cup-winner Crosby

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid may be the reigning NHL MVP and scoring champ, and have a contract that would make him the highest-paid player, but he said Tuesday don't call him the best player in the League.

"At the end of the day, everyone knows who the best player in the League is, and it's not me," McDavid told TSN at BioSteel Camp in Toronto.

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Oshie says young Capitals must emerge this season

'We need everyone' to make up for losses of Williams, Johansson

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Forward T.J. Oshie knows who the Washington Capitals lost this offseason, but he believes they have the players to replace them.

"We lost a lot of really, really good players, and I think we knew that was going to happen," Oshie said Monday. "Now we're going to need a lot of younger guys to fill in for a lot of different roles."

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McDavid not letting personal, Oilers' success go to head

Hart Trophy winner knows return to playoffs won't come easy

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Connor McDavid is not taking anything for granted after the Edmonton Oilers ended a decade-long Stanley Cup Playoff drought and went on a surprising run to the 2017 Western Conference Second Round, when they lost in seven games to the Anaheim Ducks.

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Marleau will be huge hit for Maple Leafs, former teammates say

Ward, Demers think 37-year-old forward has plenty left in tank

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- When Patrick Marleau decided to leave the San Jose Sharks after 19 seasons to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 2, it caught many people unaware, including former teammates.

"Definitely pretty surprised," Sharks forward Joel Ward said at BioSteel Camp on Tuesday. "I was hoping he would stay, for sure. He was a big help for us, on and off the ice. It's definitely going to be a big blow for us."

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NHL Insider

Martin calls second day with Stanley Cup 'different'

Penguins assistant celebrates in Ontario after winning back-to-back championships

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Jacques Martin finally reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 after 30 years in the NHL, winning the Cup as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then Martin, 64, and the Penguins became the first repeat champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, the glow of his first victory still warm when he began enjoying his second.

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Pittsburgh Penguins key statistics

Crosby's impact magnified since Sullivan took over as coach in 2015

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins fantasy preview for 2017-18

Murray top-ranked goalie with full-time starting role; Guentzel, Sheary boom-or-bust options

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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free agency

NHL Free Agent Tracker

Complete list of signings by team, available players

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One-stop shop for a comprehensive list of all 2017 NHL free agents and signings, including stories and analysis.

NOTE: Some of these players may have recently signed with their respective club; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.

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Top prospects for Pittsburgh Penguins

Sprong, Aston-Reese will push for roster spots with back-to-back champs

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With forwards Jake Guentzel, Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust reaching the NHL in the past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins' prospect depth should have taken a sizable hit. But that hasn't been the case.

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Boeser, Gardiner enjoy special game against fans

NHLers hit ice alongside Minnesota players with disabilities at Da Beauty League

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Ask 22-year-old Jessica Boeser who the better hockey player is between her and her brother, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, and she'll proudly tell you he is.

However, Jessica is the one who starred during a 10-minute 5-on-5 game at Braemar Ice Arena on Monday, scoring one goal and one assist, besting her little brother, who had no points. 

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Short Shifts

Blackhawks dance party takes over Chicago's Daley Plaza

Team celebrates tickets going on sale with jersey-clad flash mob

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Chicago Blackhawks fans are so excited about single-game tickets going on sale, they're dancing in the streets.

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Summer with Stanley

Martin brightens kids' day with Stanley Cup visit

Penguins assistant coach stops at Ottawa children's hospital, palliative care center

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Jacques Martin used the Stanley Cup to help some children smile Tuesday.

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Trade Coverage

2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker

Official deals since June 14

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Welcome to the 2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the League as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.

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Short Shifts

You could own this 3-D bust of Dart Guy, Maple Leafs superfan

With donation to cancer research, fans can enter contest to take home unique sculpture

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Dart Guy is back, in 3-D printed bust form. And he's using the power of his internet fame to do some good.

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Short Shifts

Luongo's solar eclipse joke wins the day

Panthers goalie, NHL embrace rare astronomical event

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Roberto Luongo won the solar eclipse.

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NHL Insider

Price expects 'very energetic' Canadiens training camp

Acquisition of 'dynamic' forward Drouin has goalie excited for season

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

SUMMERLAND, British Columbia -- Carey Price is finding it much easier to enjoy the offseason this year than he did in 2016.

From watching his daughter, Liv, take her first steps to not having to worry as much about his own first strides back on the ice, the Montreal Canadiens goaltender said he's more comfortable than he was last summer, when he was trying to come back from a serious knee injury and get ready for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the same time.

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'On the Bench' duo teaches NHL players hockey basics in wild viral videos

Ryan Russell, Steve Campbell get crazy teaching fundamentals for web series

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Ryan Russell and Steve Campbell are changing how people view hockey one eppie at a time.

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Fantasy team previews for 2017-18 NHL season

NHL.com identifies relevant players at each position around League

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's landscape. From most valuable assets to underrated options, impact prospects and more, this guide should help fantasy owners prioritize players around the League leading up to drafts.

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Inside look at Philadelphia Flyers

Young players counted on to play big roles this season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Philadelphia Flyers key statistics

Giroux's ability in faceoff circle, Gostisbehere's workload on power play critical to success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Top Players

#NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Centers

NHL Network reveals best of current crop

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Winning an important faceoff, leading the rush up the ice and setting up teammates make up the hallmark of a top center. NHL Network experts chose the top 20 centers in the League for a special program to be broadcast during the summer. Here is their list:

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Top prospects for Philadelphia Flyers

Patrick, Lindblom hope to make impact this season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Flyers have spent the past five seasons building their prospect pipeline, and they believe this is the time to begin integrating some younger players on to the NHL roster.

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Yahoo fantasy position updates for 2017-18

Laine, Radulov lose LW eligibility; MacKinnon no longer has RW flexibility

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Yahoo has released its 2017-18 fantasy hockey game, and there are some notable position eligibility changes.

Of the 158 forwards in NHL.com's top 250, 21 had at least one position altered. The most significant player to lose a position is Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (lost LW; now RW only), and the most significant player to gain a position is Artemi Panarin of the Columbus Blue Jackets (gained C; now C/LW eligible).

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Three questions facing Philadelphia Flyers

Rookies adjusting to NHL, 5-on-5 play among main concerns

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Flyers missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in five seasons but received a significant reward when they moved up to No. 2 in the 2017 NHL Draft at the NHL Draft Lottery.

They chose forward Nolan Patrick, and he likely will be one of five rookies in the lineup to start this season. 

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