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Penguins News Roundup 2/20/18: Back To Work with Deadline Looming

It can’t be an easy time to focus as an NHL player this time of year.



By Michael Miller (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0]

1:45 p.m.: The Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for a 2018 third-round pick and defenceman Rob O’Gara.

Ghost of trade deadlines past: Jarome Iginla is practicing with the Bruins AHL affiliate, per TSN.

And of course, the Flyers hope to keep pace in the Metro. They acquired Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek in exchange for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick and conditional 2019 third-round pick.

1:15 p.m.: Pens practice wasn’t an intense affair. Let’s call it a “skills” practice and a little shinney added to the mix. The amusing moment came from Ryan Reaves. The big man was launcing pucks off the glass behind the net at Jake Guentzel, who was positioned on the opposite wall. Reaves couldn’t contain his laughter as Guentzel ducked and flinched.

Locker room insights: Someone asked Kris Letang is he paid attention to trade rumors. He shrugged.

Ian Cole offered the most honest assessment of the deadline madness, “The trade deadline is always a nervous time no matter where you’re at unless you’re Sid or Geno,” Cole smirked.

“Winning games certainly puts your team in a better position to stay together than losing games. I don’t think that’s any earth-shattering revelation,” Cole said.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now got more insights from Justin Schultz about the power play unit. We’ll have those later this week. Schutlz has the right idea.

–Dan Kingerski

10 a.m.: It can’t be easy to focus as an NHL player this time of year. Even if you’re a foundational piece of a team, there’s the distraction of wondering what your team might do as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches.

Then there’s the specter of moving your life somewhere else if you’re a player on an expiring contract, or someone who’s been mentioned in trade reports. There are Penguins on both sides of that spectrum this week, but it’s probably easier to worry about the work when trying to build on a five-game win streak.

Still, with no games until Friday, there’s plenty of time to ponder … except during practice, which gets going at 11 a.m. up in Cranberry Township. Dan Kingerski is at the Lemieux Sports Complex to cover the workout. Players to watch for include Patric Hörnqvist and Tom Kühnhackl, both of whom have been out with injuries for weeks. Hörnqvist has been rehabbing away from the team in recent days.

In the meantime, take a look at some Pittsburgh Hockey Now content from the past 24 hours …
Report: Penguins “in the mix” for Derick Brassard
Podcast: Matt Gajtka and Dan set pre-deadline scene on Press Box Nachos
Gajtka: Penguins should avoid rentals this time around

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