The Penguins model for winning cups, shared with the Hawks in their prime is simple: Spend all your money on keeping the superstars happy and fill in the gaps with smart drafting and astute signings of free agents who fell through the cracks. Maroon and Shattenkirk absolutely are a brilliant example of the later, kids such as Verhaege, Foote, Alex Barre-Boulet (undersized Tyler Johnson type) Raddysh, Katchouk all will NHL players on the cheap.
Another big nugget of news with regards to Jon Cooper's lineup changes:
Nikita Kucherov will be on the 3rd line tonight.
Yep. Kuch on the 3rd.
I don't believe he has played third line since when he first came up.
Why? Could be for a number of reasons.... Kuch hasn't been his usual beastly self. He has been ok, but oftentimes, away from the puck, seems a bit lost.
He will be on the same line as Alex Killorn (wing) and Anthony Cirelli (C), two very good, hard working but also skilled g