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Ryan Reaves at practice Tuesday in Washington - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Reaves evidently has moved on.

After playing only 58 games in a Penguins sweater, Reaves was dealt to the Golden Knights late last February. The Penguins got their coveted third-line center in Derick Brassard. Reaves got the extended playing time he so desired in the desert.

Reaves established himself as a fan favorite during his short stay in Pittsburgh. His smile is infectious, his personality engaging, his fists thunderous. He was here for one primary purpose -- to protect a star-studded lineup -- and it's a role he cherished on a championship contender after spending the previous seven seasons in St. Louis.

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