I’ve been MIA for a while, and I sincerely apologize. Not only am I away from FF, but I haven’t really caught many recent games, either.

In my absence, I’d like to thank Zach Boslett for really picking up the slack and filling the void with a lot of exciting prospect news, including the debut of our new round of prospect profiles!

For now, I’d like to hit on a few tidbits I feel are worthy of discussion, but bear with me, as they’ll be short and to the point. I hope to have some time tomorrow morning to work on some things!

A Hart For Fleury?

For those who have followed Marc-Andre Fleury since his debut, it’s been a rocky road of ups and downs. When the athletic and agile goalie is at his best, he’s among the best. But when he’s off his game, he’s flat out terrible.

This season has seen polar opposite versions of Fleury, with the elite version taking control over the final 70 or so games.

Now, with superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out for the better part of the calendar year, Fleury’s name is being discussed among Hart Trophy candidates, as demonstrated in the below Penguins web site video.

My goal is to discuss this more tomorrow.

Bylsma the Best

While far from official, discussions around the league are turning to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as a sure-fire candidate for the NHL’s Jack Adams Trophy, awarded to the best coach.

Where there’s smoke, there’s generally fire, and with Bylsma’s name making nearly every predicted finalist list I have seen, it’s difficult to imagine him not winning, let along being left off the ballot.

As is the case with Fleury, Bylsma has stepped up and proven his true value to the Penguins in a time without two of the league’s elite talents.

Look for more on this story from Boslett.

Penguins Pushing for Atlantic Division Title

As difficult as it may be to grasp, the Penguins are in a good position to usurp the Philadelphia Flyers as the top team in the Atlantic Division and the second place team in the Eastern Conference.

With two games left for each team, the Penguins sit just one point behind the Flyers. The Penguins play the Atlanta Thrashers and the Flyers play the Buffalo Sabres, while both teams have one final tilt against the Islanders.

While anything can happen over the final two games for each team, it’s safe to assume the Penguins have the easier road playing two non-playoff teams, while the Flyers could have a tough matchup against the still-fighting Sabres.