So, how much do you think Alex Ovechkin is worth? Teams are calling the Columbus Blue Jackets about Pierre-Luc Dubois, and the Montreal Canadiens also have some bait for the NHL trade market. The question is–can either find a deal in this current climate? The Penguins top-six is looking very good in training camp despite missing its newest member, and all seven Canadian clubs have received permission to play at home.
As usual, we’ll start with the Penguins. We have more coming this morning, and Shelly Anderson has her first day at Penguins training camp this afternoon.
A “less robotic” Jason Zucker has looked pretty good with Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin. Zucker could fill the net this season–and the Penguins will need every goal (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The TSN Insiders dropped a few bombs, but they also confirmed a scoop that the Hockey Now network had two weeks ago. Mike Hoffman will sign with St. Louis for somewhere between $4 million and $4.3. TSN gave a slightly smaller range, but we’ll call that a win for our Jimmy Murphy.
The Insiders dished new information on the NHL trade situations of somewhat disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois and Montreal Canadiens center Philip Danault. They also reported Alex Ovechkin’s contract ask (TSN)
It’s finally official–Patrice Bergeron is the Boston Bruins new captain (Boston Hockey Now)
Yesterday, Florida Hockey Now had the story of fans in the stands for Panthers games. Arizona will also allow some fans in the barn (AZ Central)
I don’t know the right answer for closed arenas. I know that I feel safe at restaurants and very UNsafe at most grocery stores or God-forbid I need something at a Walmart. With some testing and walk-throughs, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia should be able to allow some fans…but I’m not holding my breath with our current administration, who couldn’t find a way to allow fans in Heinz Field, UNLIKE Buffalo.
Zach Parise wanted the captaincy in Minnesota but lost to Jared Spurgeon (Star Tribune)
“I don’t know what’s going to happen.” The New York Islanders are preparing for the great unknown (NYI Hockey Now)
The New Jersey Devils inked Sami Vatanen to a bargain deal (NJ.com)
Netflix recommendation: Rectify. I have no idea on what channel or platform this originally aired from 2013-2017, but it is so, so, so good. Daniel Holden was on death row before DNA evidence freed him…kind of. A few scenes in the first two seasons have been an absolute gut punch.