Pens Points: Guess that’s why they’re called the Avalanche

Another week begins as we (still) wait for news on Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang’s contracts….Free agency starts in just over two weeks..

Brian Dumoulin is on the ice in Pittsburgh to rehabilitate his knee after surgery which also results in some good time on the ice with his young son. []

Some more healthy moments with Evan Rodrigues and his little boys in a Father’s Day moment. []

Congratulations to Rickard Rakell, who became a father last week just in time for the first Father’s Day. [Instagram – Rickard Rakell]

The Colorado Avalanche took a 2-0 lead in the series by emphatically beating Tampa 7-0 on Saturday night. [Mile High Hockey]

The Avs are thriving despite not having the best goalies this spring. [NBC Sports]

As if the Avalanche needed more good news, Nazem Kadri traveled to Florida to be with the team and keep up hope that he could be back in one of the next two games after suffering a broken thumb in the last round had moved. [Twitter]

Colorado’s Darren Helm won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in Pittsburgh 14 years ago, but it’s been a long, hard road to get back to the top. []

Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom underwent a hip replacement procedure Friday that could spell the end of his playing career. Other NHLers who have had this surgery either got it done (Ryan Kesler) or were out for a full year and then got done not long after (Ed Jovanovski). Sad for Backstrom to see. Also, Washington now has a huge hole in its center depth chart and a lot of salary being released by an LTIR trip… [NBC Sports]

A season recap for maybe a player to get acquainted with in upcoming free agent Vincent Trocheck. [Canes Country]

Sad, thoughtful Flyer fans are my favorite Flyer fans, so an article entitled “Accepting Mediocrity In All Its Forms” is as good as it gets. [Broad Street Hockey]

Oh yes, dreams did come true in the last few days when John Tortorella was officially named the Flyers’ new coach. [BSH]

Bill Haslam is in the process of buying the Nashville Predators. Hopefully he’ll do as well as his brother Jimmy did with the Cleveland Browns. [On the Forecheck]

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