Hola, mis amigos. The dreary offseason which never ends has a light at the end of the tunnel. We were graced with a few weeks of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey in July and August but got just four games; that’s four games in eight months. The NHL Return to Play discussion is in a crucial stretch as the league and players work towards an equitable and plausible scenario.
Also in today’s reading, how long can Vegas keep Marc-Andre Fleury happy behind Robin Lehner? Why haven’t the Detroit Red Wings made a serious attempt to poach RFA talent?
Here’s a Penguins story a lot of people missed. PHN chatted with former NHL goalies including NHL Network analyst Jamie McClennan, who has followed Tristan Jarry for several years. What makes Jarry a good fit for the Penguins and why did Jarry succeed last season? Here are the answers (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
McLennan’s assesment of the Murray-Fleury situation and subsequent seasons was interesting.
How long will Vegas Golden Knights be able to keep Marc-Andre Fleury happy as a backup? That’s $7 million Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Hockey Now)
We’re hitting a crucial stretch of planning for the next NHL season. Might we see 56 games, or 72? Elliotte Friedman filed a great inside look (Sportsnet)
Why haven’t the Detroit Red Wings used their salary cap space to pitch an RFA offer sheet? Is Steve Yzerman being too nice to his former employer and friend? (Spectors Hockey)
There’s a wild rumor circulating about Zdeno Chara and the Pittsburgh Penguins. I’m not sure where it started but don’t put much stock into it. Boston Hockey Now is on top of the real story and has the inside info on Chara and the Bruins (Boston Hockey Now)
Book Exceprt: The Ryan O’Reilly saga. Fun read (Colorado Hockey Now)
Will the New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello get creative to create cap space, especially since Mathew Barzal is still unsigned (NYI Hockey Now)
And, the city of San Jose, Google, and the San Jose Sharks are in a bit of a scrap. Google is going to develop the area around the SAP Arena, which could hurt the Sharks. However, it’s the city planners who are dropping the ball. Here’s the full story (San Jose Hockey Now)