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:
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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