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Dan’s Daily: Claude Giroux Trade Imminent, Penguins Thorough Win

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The NHL trade deadline went cold on Thursday as the shockwaves of the Wednesday night feeding frenzy made everyone re-adjust their prices and priorities. Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux played his 1000th and probably final game in orange and black. Giroux trade rumors intensified late Thursday night into the wee hours of the morning. And the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a dominating shootout win in St. Louis.

My gut for is 2-for-2. I could feel the damn bursting on Wednesday and the freeze on Thursday. Friday? I don’t have a clue. We’re now in the final stages of negotiations. Deals are one phone call away, but one GM has to buckle and lower his price or meet the other team’s price.

The National Hockey Now network has the Claude Giroux saga covered from all angles–Philadelphia, Colorado, and Florida. Maybe even Washington??

Philly: The Philadelphia Flyers captain played his 1000th game on Thursday night. It was an emotional scene for the Flyers and Giroux, who won’t travel with the team on Friday. Now, get the latest on Claude Giroux.

Colorado: Some reports said it was a done deal and not to Colorado. Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now writes that sources indicate it’s still to be decided. Giroux could still head to the Colorado Avalanche.

However–get this. The biggest drama on the NHL trade market might be a fait accompli. Among the scouts at the Philadelphia Flyers game? The travel secretary for…the Florida Panthers.

It is a privilege to work with three of the best–Lonesome George Richards in Florida, Adrian and Sam in Colorado, and Philly. (I employ these people?!)

That’s it for Claude Giroux and the NHL trade deadline drama…or is it? *Cue the organ music. (I’m writing this at 4 a.m. EST. If the deal happens to go down before I wake up in a few hours, you’ll have to indulge me a bit of human sleep).

Penguins On the Ice…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What do you know? The Penguins really showed they could handle a heavy team. They beat St. Louis when Bryan Rust scored a shootout goal. Pittsburgh Penguins postgame.

PHN+: The Penguins dusted off an old tactic that delivered one of their Stanley Cups. We broke down what the Penguins did right and dished a few good grades in the process. Penguins Report Card.

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NHL & National Hockey Now:

Injuries…

Washington Hockey Now: T.J. Oshie has endured a miserable season. The Penguins killer finally got back to the lineup, but now he’s out again. Washington Capitals news.

Vegas Hockey Now: Jack Eichel hit the lineup for about 12 games. Vegas lost the last five games. Eichel didn’t return for the third period, and Vegas won. Vegas Golden Knights news.

Robin Lehner used Twitter to hit back at a writer who reported he was out of the season. More Golden Knights news.

NYI Hockey Now: The Isles helped the Penguins to break the second-place tie in the Metro. The Penguins won, and the New York Rangers lost to the Islanders. WATCH: Ilya Sorokin made the save of the year for the New York Islanders.

NHL.com: The Penguins had a scout on the list–as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Metro-leading Carolina Hurricanes.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago

My favorite part about the giroux coverage is that it pays no mind that his team has been an underachieving disaster for 95% of his career…
What an “x factor” 🙄

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Rutherford had his very good days and very bad ones when it came to player movement. And without doubt he kept fans and players on their toes. But in the end I think he became addicted to tinkering with the roster. On the flip Hextall has had a run of “OK” moves that only move the needle left or right by a few degrees. While Rutherford is fire engine red . .. Hextall is very beige. Hextall has bigger fans than me . .. but I am convinced GMJR would have made the Chairot trade . .. and for that… Read more »

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Unfortunately I think they need more “Rutherford” than hextall here…

Hextall seems like a bad fit. Not that he’s a bad hockey man…but he played with and has managed teams without stars for his entire hockey life.

That ain’t the pens…who have had 1-2 players in the top ten (5 really…when we cut the crap) in the league for 35 of the last 37 years.

Just win, baby

Kurt
Kurt
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

I have to disagree, just because Hextall doesn’t trade away the entire cupboard doesn’t mean he isn’t as aggressive ? For 1 of coarse it seems like that because he stepped down once he realized he traded all the assets that the pens had . However hence “Hextall isn’t aggressive , I guess he isn’t Rutherford didn’t leave the team in the greatest shape that’s for sure. I actually like how Hexy is dealing with the Letang contract negotiations. Letang wants 5 more year’s and isn’t willing to give the Pens the hometown price tag? I say. “Can’t sighn Letang… Read more »

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Kurt

Hextall’s only career in season trades have included Jeff carter.

Maybe he’s aggressive? But there is only evidence to the contrary as it stands.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
1 month ago
Reply to  Kurt

Uuuugh, Letang and Malkin haters. Smh. Good luck replacing/upgrading if they lose those guys. Still among the best point producers at their respective positions. Replacing those type of players is IMPOSSIBLE. You think Marino or Matheson can do what Letang does? Lol

Chase Cranson
Chase Cranson
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Weak playoff team Hextall is clueless on what to do Rust needs to be signed no matter what

Ethan
Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Swing low sweet Chiarot. Pens can’t afford to carry you home. Ron looked over Jordan and what does he see? A band of Panthers is coming after Stanley. Pens can’t afford to carry you home!

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

A little pitchy 😉

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Don’t quit your day job.

Ethan
Ethan
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

I won’t. Your mom pays to well!

Jeff Young
Jeff Young
1 month ago

First, I hope I’m wrong. I love to see the Penguins win, but a part of me also looks forward to player movement at the deadline. Hey, it’s fun. I’ll be surprised if there’s a big move (and by big I mean something like Petterrson being moved out). The big 3 + 1 (Rust) aren’t going anywhere. At most, Kapanen for Cap space. It seems like the prices are out of the Pens league (Florida’s picks in the next few years look like ours did a few years back). The Pens are past the point of having a decent chance… Read more »

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff Young

They will have enough free money to sign all 3 to their actual value, no matter what. The real trick will be moving out underperforming salaries such as zucker, kapanen, and Petterson. That freed up salary would be more than enough to fill in the remaining roster spots.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
1 month ago

Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a winner!

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
1 month ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

All 3 of those contracts are hand cuffing the penguins at the moment. All bad moves by JR in hindsight. Overpaid in trades for both Zucker and Kapanen. Both of them haven’t fit for whatever reason. Also, paid Pettersson to be a 2nd pairing defenseman when in actuality he is a 3rd pair defenseman and should be getting paid half of what he is making.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Has anyone heard from Mr. Truculence lately?

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Lol! Some day someone will have to explain what exactly Mr Truculance does and/or why he is needed at all. I am hoping that new ownership wonders the same during the off season. Thank goodness he does not count against the cap!

Lars Nelson
Lars Nelson
1 month ago

I don’t know why everyone was so high on Chariot. He seemed like a 3D pairing guy to me. I get that he might be a good 3d, but I am not devastated that we didn’t get him. The Pens should be swinging for the fences and get Bertuzzi or Rakell. It would be great to get a high-scoring winger for Malkin. If we could ship out Petterson and Kapanen plus picks for one of them and a serviceable defensive defenseman then we need to make that happen. But as our roster is currently constructed, I am happy with the… Read more »

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Lars Nelson

St. Louis has no reason to sell. Do they want pettersson for bortuzzo?

And rakell would be great. The problem with the deadline is if you don’t risk overpaying and strike early…you risk getting shut out all together. That’s the worst case scenario.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  RYAN

He said Bertuzzi from Detroit not Bortuzzo from St. Louis.

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  D1VE is Dumb

My bad…must’ve had Robbie on my mind

Uros
Uros
1 month ago
Reply to  Lars Nelson

So I’m not alone after all. I agree with every single word you’ve written.

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