Friedman is always a good read, and there are many thoughts on the Pens. My favorite:
23. Bylsma has also spent a lot of practice time on "fronting" drills in the defensive end. Martin St. Louis really praised their work in that area following Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over Tampa on March 4. "I saw him after the game," Brooks Orpik said. "He said it was impossible to get to the net against us." Now they've got to be more consistent at it.
I think St. Louis was trolling, and Brooksie took him seriously.
Also, a bit ominous:
1. Under the previous CBA, no one thought Alex Ovechkin's annual cap hit ($9,538,462) would be eclipsed. Some teams and agents warned that the term limits in the new agreement would mean larger dollar amounts for franchise players. Getzlaf's new deal is proof we're heading in that direction. Perry's will be big, but the true bracket buster is Evgeni Malkin. Sidney Crosby recently admitted what was suspected, that he understands Malkin's AAV will be larger than his. Crosby is at $8.7 million.