Pen Points: I think that’s why it’s called an avalanche

Another week begins and we (still) await news of the contracts of Evgeny Malkin and Chris Letang….Free agency begins in just two weeks..

Brian Dumoulin is on ice in Pittsburgh to rehabilitate his knee after surgery, which also leads to spending time with his young son on the ice. [Penguins.com]

Some of the most informative moments with Evan Rodrigues and his little boys at this Father’s Day moment. [Penguins.com]

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

The Colorado Avalanche led 2-0 with a 7-0 win over Tampa on Saturday night. [Mile High Hockey]

The Avs are succeeding despite not having the best goals this spring. [NBC Sports]

As if the avalanche needed more good news, Nazim Qadri made the trip to Florida to be with the team and keep hopes up he might return for one of the next two games after breaking his thumb in the last round. [Twitter]

Colorado player Darren Helm won the Stanley Cup 14 years ago in Pittsburgh with the Red Wings, but returning to the top has been a long and difficult road. [NHL.com]

Washington’s Niklas Backstrom underwent a resurfacing of his hip joint on Friday, in what could spell the end of his football career. Other NHLers who have had this surgery have either had it (Ryan Kesler) or been out for an entire year and then had it done shortly after (Ed Jovanovski). Sad to see Backstrom. Also, Washington now has a huge gap in the position depth chart and frees up a lot of salary with the LTIR flight….. [NBC Sports]

Season in review A player may learn more about the upcoming free agent Vincent Trochek. [Canes Country]

Sad and pensive Flyer fans are my favorite type of Flyer fan, so the article “Acceptance of the Intermediate in All Its Forms” is as good as it gets. [Broad Street Hockey]

Oh yeah, dreams did come true by the way in recent days when John Tortorella was officially appointed as the new coach for pilots. [BSH]

Bill Haslam is in the process of buying Nashville Predators. Hopefully he runs it like his brother Jimmy did with the Cleveland Browns. [On the Forecheck]

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