The Pittsburgh Penguins will duel with the Philadelphia Flyers in the first two games of the 2020-21 NHL season. With only divisional games, this is going to be a wild ride. Pittsburgh Hockey Now received a tip from a little birdie that the Penguins prospect with the wicked wrista has been invited to training camp. Canadian authorities delivered a letter to the NHL, and the Tampa Bay Lightning splashed some cash.
Here is the Penguins complete schedule and highlights (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Exclusive: Prospect Nathan Legare has been invited to Penguins training camp (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And — here’s a look at the Penguins lines and the NHL trade market (PHN+)
The Great White North Division has been given a roadmap to allow its teams to play in their home buildings. The Canadian Health Ministers delivered a joint letter to the NHL calling for more testing and more family testing (TSN)
It’s over the top and burdensome to families, but for a job that pays $1 million or more (USD), I’d do it.
The Tampa Bay Lightning found $10 million in the couch cushions on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the cleared that salary cap space when Nikita Kucherov was lost for the regular season (Tampa Bay Times)
We reported that the NHLPA pushed the NHL to find alternate revenue streams to boost hockey revenues. This season, the NHL will have ads on their helmets, and there are additional ways they’re trying to find the money (Sportsnet)
In an ordinary time, I think people would grouse about a cash grab. These aren’t ordinary times and, trust me, every business has taken a hit. Some businesses have taken fatal blows. Let’s be glad the NHL is playing, and if it a sticker on the lids helps, so be it.
Ryan Miller is back with the Anaheim Ducks on a one-year deal (ESPN)
A little opinion here — The Pittsburgh Penguins missed out on a couple of free agents. Last week, Anthony Duclair signed for $1.7 million in Florida. Yesterday, Erik Haula inked an incredibly below market value contract in Nashville (NHL.com)
Nashville also signed Mikael Granlund.
Haula would have made the Penguins worlds better. I think he would have transformed them into a playoff bubble team to a genuine contender in the division, and deeper than the Washington Capitals.
However, PHN detailed how the Penguins could clear the salary cap space for the free agents they were NOT pursuing. They could clear the cap space for a trade (PHN)
And lastly … check this out. The Toronto Maple Leafs have already given their seal of approval.
Jan. 6. 2021. TORONTO HOCKEY NOW IS COMING! (Toronto Hockey Now)