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NHL trade rumors. Florida Panthers' Paul Maurice mocks Jacob Trouba

SAGINAW, Mich. — The Florida Panthers feigned pity with a heaping of sarcasm after the Department of Player Safety fined New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba for elbowing. The Toronto Maple Leafs are goalie-hunting for next season, but the media is guessing what the summit between new coach Craig Berube and trade candidate Mitch Marner means. Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is officially back behind an NHL bench, Penguins top prospect Brayden Yager faces a must-win with his Moose Jaw Warriors in the Memorial Cup tonight, and the NHL trade rumors lost a big-name when the Ottawa Senators GM unequivocally shot down Brady Tkachuk talk.

It took me four days to hitchhike to Saginaw. I’ve gone to look for America.

It’s only the fourth time the Memorial Cup, which began in 1919, is being held in the United States and the first not in Washington state. My scouting report on Brayden Yager won’t be published until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning because I thought the game Monday night was a coach’s battle, and Moose Jaw’s strategy put Yager on the wrong foot. Yager didn’t have a good game–there must be something about me scouting Penguins prospects that brings that out. I want to see the “must-win” game on Tuesday, too, and if Moose Jaw wins, I’ll be here Thursday, too.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Guess who’s back? Back again. Bylsma has gone through Siberia on his way back to the show. After a couple of great seasons coaching the Coachella Valley Thunderbirds, including the 2022 Calder Cup Final appearance, the Seattle Kraken are hiring Dan Bylsma.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba loaded up the elbow and went after an opponent’s head. Trouba just missed Florida Panthers’ forward Evan Rodrigues’s melon, so he didn’t get suspended, but the NHL DoPS delivered a fine for Trouba’s elbowing penalty.

The Rangers fans were out on Twitter all day Monday, insisting that Trouba didn’t even catch E-Rod’s neck. Yeah, they missed the point. Also, that’s two big elbows that Trouba has missed in these playoffs; perhaps the game’s best leader, according to Mark Messier, is losing a step. I haven’t seen a defenseman with this many attempts to injure an opponent in one playoff run since Scott Stevens.

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Florida Hockey Now: Paul Maurice had the jokes about Trouba’s fine. Maurice, who also coached Trouba in Winnipeg, didn’t spare his former player a few direct barbs, “Poor Jake.” Here’s the mocking Florida Panthers‘ reaction.

TSN: The anti-trade rumors. Ottawa Senators GM Steve Staios shredded speculation that Brady Tkachuk could be a trade chip as “Complete B.S.” The GM said the team is building around Tkachuk.

The speculation wasn’t entirely unwarranted, but for now, we can put it to bed.

Sportsnet: Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson had a hat trick. Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner was fighting the puck, and Dallas won Game 3 with a strong message.

Philly Hockey Now: Three rumors connected to the Philadelphia Flyers, from UFAs to the NHL trade block. Some interesting names could be headed to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tanner Jeannot is on Jon Bailey’s list. I can’t imagine a more “Flyers” guy.

This picture has launched Toronto Maple Leafs fans into orbit: Craig Berube and Mitch Marner are having coffee. You can make of it what you will. I recall Penguins coach Mike Sullivan having a coffee summit with Phil Kessel, too. It’s a good move by the coach to have an honest conversation without the power play of doing it in the coach’s office. At least Berube didn’t ask to see Marner’s phone and then send him home, eh?

Toronto Sun: Terry Koshan has been on his game. The Maple Leafs need some goaltending. The trade market options, internal possibilities, and free-agent routes include Alex Nedeljkovic and Casey DeSmith. The SOS calls are going out.

Colorado Hockey Now: Tell us how you really feel, Evan Rawal. Another “anti-trade rumor,” as our colleague took dead aim at the recent rise in “asinine” Mikko Rantanen and Colorado Avalanche trade rumors.

San Jose Hockey Now: Finally, the great whites might be a bit more competitive. They have the first overall pick for Macklin Celebrini, and sources tell our Sheng Peng that top prospect Will Smith will sign a pro contract and join Celebrine with the San Jose Sharks.

What a difference a few weeks make. The San Jose rebuild appeared to be stalled and lifeless. Now, they very well could have the best teenage one-two punch since McDavid and Draisaitl (though not quite to that level).