While Pittsburgh Penguins fans recover from their Jack Johnson buyout party, the rest of the NHL trade talks and free agent rumblings hit the hyperdrive. Connor McDavid tested positive for COVID-19, Arizona is in a stalemate with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson who will not expand his no-trade-list, Flyers D-man Matt Niskanen retired, and Minnesota completed the Devan Dubnyk-Ryan Donato trade.
The Jack Johnson news and buyout numbers (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Penguins offseason feels chaotic. Has GM Jim Rutherford made mistakes chasing a salary cap solution? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Edmonton Oilers captain and league star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19 (NBC Sports)
Arizona has failed to convince Oliver Ekman-Larsson to expand his trade list. He maintains its the Bruins, Canucks, or bust (Sportsnet)
Could Montreal and Toronto have an interest in Wayne Simmonds? And the latest on Patrick Laine (TSN Draft Day Blog)
It looks like Henrik Lundqvist will stay in the Metro Division. Rumors are swirling around he and the Washington Capitals (NY Post)
Minnesota GM Bill Guerin finally got to the finish line and traded goalie Devan Dubnyk. He also dealt Ryan Donato, both to the San Jose Sharks. Guerin got only a fifth-rounder for Dubnyk. Here’s what the scouts say about each (San Jose Hockey Now)
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen surprised everyone and called it a career. The former Penguins defenseman resurrected his career with the Penguins before he signed a big free-agent deal in Washington. And, he cross-checked Sidney Crosby. (NHL.com)
It is NHL Draft Day, so expect lots of fun on the NHL trade market today. However, the Penguins are mostly done. The next Penguins trade. e is most likely and almost guaranteed to be Matt Murray. We’ll see if Rutherford can slip into the first-round tonight. The odds don’t look good.
See you on the other side.