Barring a Penguins trade, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins have reached the finish line of the offseason by solidifying their third-pairing with Cody Ceci. Sportsnet’s Brian Burke told the drama-filled story of the Toronto Maple Leafs trade for Phil Kessel. And, where will Mike Hoffman and the remaining big-name free agents wind up?
First, I’ll have to update the State of the Penguins to include Ceci. I’ll update this afternoon for our PHN+ subscribers. Here’s the blunt truth, first issue. Rutherford has gambled big. It could pay off, or…the Penguins are stuck (PHN+)
Yes, yes, the Twitterverse decided that Cody Ceci isn’t good at hockey. Honestly, how often is the Twitterverse correct? Good luck, Mr. Ceci, stay off Twitter if you’re ever on the ice for a goal-against.
Here’s why the signing was necessary, and a good move, for the Pittsburgh Penguins (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
I’ve seen Ceci play strong hockey on a big stage against a good team (2017 Pittsburgh Penguins). He can play, but he has to find his footing again. Read the above for the full story, and balance.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke wanted Phil Kessel. It was high-noon drama, that ultimately burned the Leafs. But it’s a cool story how Burke snagged your favorite Stanley Cup-winning, hot dog eating, every-man winger (Sportsnet)
We love Sheng Peng in San Jose. Dude has THE most creative story angles. In addition to the Joe Thornton tribute, San Jose Hockey Now looked at Thornton’s history…in hockey cards! From the no-beard to full shrubbery (San Jose Hockey Now)
Where will Mike Hoffman and the rest of the big names wind up? The UFA carousel is slowing… (Toronto Sun)
Our boys at Boston Hockey Now are having a weekend. They broke Matt Grzelcyk’s contract story. Today — GM Don Sweeney says Boston is waiting on Zdeno Chara to initiate what comes next (Boston Hockey Now)
Should the Bruins rock the NHL trade market and go hard after Patrik Laine (BHN)