-Kris Letang (above) was named a finalist for the Masterton Memorial Trophy. Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond were also named finalists.
-Sidney Crosby was named captain of Team Canada in the upcoming IIHF World Championship tournament. Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and Stars forward Jason Spezza were named alternate captains.
-The tournament begins Friday. Here is the schedule.
-Quite a few of the Penguins' top prospects are getting playoff experience with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
-Former Penguins forward Nick Johnson has joined Brynäs of Sweden's SHL.
-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Chad Kolarik has joined Kloten of Switzerland's NLA.
-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Eric Meloche (right). The son of former Penguins goaltender and assistant coach Gilles Meloche, Eric Meloche was a seventh-round pick in 1996 and spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He made his NHL debut in 2001-02 and recorded one assist in 23 games. The 2002-03 season saw him record six points in 13 games. His best season an an NHLer was 2003-04 when he recorded 10 points in 25 games. During the 2004 offseason, he signed with the rival Flyers. In 61 games for the Penguins, Meloche, one of three players to wear No. 72 for the Penguins (Alex Kovalev and Patric Hornqvist are the others), scored 17 points.
-Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman/forward Dick Mattiussi. Acquired from Cleveland of the AHL in exchange for cash in 1966, Mattiussi spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in 32 games during the Penguins' inaugural season of 1967-68 and recorded two assists. After 12 games and two assists in 1968-69, Mattiussi was dealt to the Oakland Seals along with Earl Ingarfield and Gene Ubriaco for Bryan Watson, George Swarbrick and Tracy Pratt. In 44 career games with the Penguins, Mattiussi recorded four assists.
-After the Jump: The second round begins.