It wasn’t the absolute worst news that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has delivered, as next season could slip past the tentative Dec. 1 start date. Steven Stamkos may get to play in the Stanley Cup Final for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Alex Pietrangelo is a goner in St. Louis, the Columbus Blue Jackets are the latest team to chase Jesse Puljujuarvi, and a source wouldn’t be surprised if Marc-Andre Fleury is part of a Penguins trade.
It surprised us. A Penguins team source told PHN he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Marc-Andre Fleury comes back to Pittsburgh via Penguins trade. Take it with some salt, because that does NOT mean the teams are actively trying to make it happen. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Dallas Stars were dominant in Game 1. Jamie Oleksiak scored the GWG. Yes, that 6-foot-7 defenseman who played fairly well for the Penguins and was traded for a fourth-rounder. Game 1 (NHL.com)
PHN is going to have more on Jamie Oleksiak and the Dallas Stars defensemen later today.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are kicking tires on Edmonton Oilers prospect Jesse Puljujarvi. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet noted their interest. CBJ is the latest team to get caught in Ken Holland’s web (First Ohio Battery)
This is what I envision when any team inquires about Puljujarvi
Alex Pietrangelo is done in St. Louis. Vegas and Toronto are rumored to be the shortlist teams. Does he fit in Vegas (Vegas Hockey Now)
I absolutely LOVE this story from New York Islanders fans. They masked up and showed up at the airport to welcome the Islanders home from Edmonton; just to say thank you. Not every season must end in a Cup, which is a lesson Penguins fans will soon remember. Stick tap to you fish sticks lovers. (NYI Hockey Now)
Lost in the shuffle of Minnesota Wild Bill Guerin telling reporters Mikko Koivu would not return, he also said Alex Galchenyuk won’t be back, either. Should the San Jose Sharks, or ANY team check-in? (San Jose Hockey Now)
What about big defenseman Nikita Zadarov in Colorado? Will the Avs bring him back? (Colorado Hockey Now)
And, Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks next season could slip by a few weeks or a month (TSN)