-"It obviously didn't work out for me or the team, but it is what it is. I don't know what the reasons were, but I don't hold any grudges or anything." - Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (above) on his time with the Penguins.
-Kris Letang's illness is expected to sideline him for tonight's game against the Coyotes.
-Jussi Jokinen and Matt Niskanen are two of the most productive players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.
-"Sid, obviously, takes the brunt of the spotlight and Gino kind of flies under the radar and does his thing, but I don’t think he flies under the radar [in terms of] how skilled he is or how good a player he is. I think everybody treats him just as equally as Sid.” - James Neal on the dynamic between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
-Eric Hartzell made 16 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals.
-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Brian Dumoulin left the game in the second period due to a due to a suspected leg injury.
A shootout goal by Jack MacLellan gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 win against the Kalamazoo Wings. Nick D'Agostino recorded two assists for Wheeling while Peter Mannino made 35 saves.
-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward Mark Recchi (right). A fourth-round pick in 1988, Recchi spent parts of seven seasons with the Penguins over three different stints. As a rookie in 1988-89, Recchi appeared in 15 games and recorded two points. He followed that up in 1989-90 by playing in 74 games and recording 67 points. In 1990-91, Recchi saw action in 78 games and led the team with 40 goals and 113 points. During that spring's postseason, Recchi played in all 24 of the team's games and scored 34 points while helping the franchise claim the Stanley Cup for the first time. After 58 games and 70 games in 1991-92, Recchi was traded to the Flyers along with Brian Benning and a draft pick in exchange for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a draft pick. After several seasons with the Flyers and Canadiens, Recchi returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2004 offseason. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Recchi played in 63 games and scored 57 points in 2005-06 before being traded to the Hurricanes at the trade deadline in exchange for Niklas Nordgren, Krys Kolanos and a draft pick. Recchi returned to the Penguins yet again as a free agent in the 2006 offseason. In 2006-07, he played in all 82 games and scored 68 points. During the 2007 postseason, he appeared in five games and recorded four assists. After 18 games and eight points in 2007-08, Recchi was claimed off waivers by the Thrashers. In 389 regular season games with the Penguins, Recchi scored 385 points, 13th-most in franchise history. In 29 playoff games, he scored 38 points, 12th-most in franchise history.
-Happy 76th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Bob Blackburn. Claimed from the Rangers in an intra-league draft during the 1969 offseason, Blackburn spent two seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, he appeared in 60 games and scored 11 points. He appeared in six games that postseason and failed to record a point. During 1970-69, Blackburn saw action in 64 games and scored nine points. Just prior to 1971-72, he was traded to Vancouver of the WHL in exchange for cash. In 124 games with the Penguins, he scored 20 points.
-Happy 24th birthday to current Penguins forward Jayson Megna. A free agent signing in the 2012 offseason, Megna is currently in his rookie season. In 21 games, he has six points.
-After the Jump: Last minute goals force overtime in Detroit and Nashville while Team USA names its captain.