It appears we can scratch one team off on the Matt Murray sweepstakes as the Edmonton Oilers will forgo further engaging in the Penguins trade talks. Former Penguins assistant coach and company man Mark Recchi has a new home. Goalie tandems are the rage in the 2020 NHL playoffs and the Vancouver Canucks are the latest team to question if they can spend to the salary cap next season.
It is the Penguins silly season, but here are five real trade questions and changes to consider (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
It’s not you, it’s me. I’m not ready for a big commitment. We’re better as friends. The Edmonton Oilers want a part-time starter. They kicked the tires on Murray but Jim Matheson reports Edmonton won’t be on the other end of the next Penguins trade (Edmonton Journal)-
Next season, former Penguins assistant Mark Recchi will be an assistant coach under Lindy Ruff in New Jersey (NY Post)
The internet shadows struck again Tuesday evening. Seriously, stop putting credence into these anonymous accounts! The wheel of fish (UHF reference) spun towards Chicago as fake rumors flew. The legitimate source of the smoke is a report by NBC Chicago, which suggested Olli Maatta is a buyout candidate (NBCsn Chicago)
If you don’t get the UHF reference, later I’ll let you drink from the firehose.
Anyway, the NHL Draft is being rescheduled for Oct. 6-7 (Sportsnet)
The NHL Draft just isn’t a big deal in Pittsburgh right now, is it?
The Washington Capitals interviewed Mike Babcock for their vacant head coach spot. Would Babcock fit in D.C.? (TSN)
Also, TSN notes the important theme in the 2020 NHL playoffs: goalie tandems. Vegas and New York have healthy tandems. Dallas turned to its 1A goalie after starter Ben Bishop was injured. Boston, Columbus, and Vancouver won games with their “other” goalie (TSN)
Veteran stars seem to like Babcock. Middling veterans and young players in Toronto had trouble. We’ll see if Babcock learned from his Toronto failure, or if he can convince Ted Leonsis that he learned from it.
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Could Tuukka Rask join the crowded goalie market? What if the Boston Bruins and Tuukka part (Boston Hockey Now)
I know some of you enjoy a good podcast, so here is Adrian Dater’s latest following the Colorado Avalanche Game 7 loss (Colorado Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks have a handful of important RFAs. Here’s the latest update (San Jose Hockey Now)
“In Gary we Trust,” New York Islanders owners John Ledecky told NYI Hockey Now. The 2020-21 NHL season is still up in the air, but the Islanders are behind Bettman (NYI Hockey Now)
Tease #2 of the next National Hockey Now launch: What city boasts Wayne, Don, and four queens?