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Kovacevic: Time to start spelling Crosby, Malkin?

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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

In our extended conversation a week ago, Jim Rutherford spoke openly about the importance of the Penguins "having that balance on all four lines," as well as a more even distribution of ice time for all three defense pairings. And without prodding, he immediately referenced Kris Letang in the latter context: "When he’s been at his best, it’s when his minutes have been managed.”

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