It’s been quiet, too quiet, on the Pittsburgh Penguins trade front. After GM Jim Rutherford paid handsomely for speedy winger Kasperi Kapanen, the goalies were next on the menu, but it’s been quiet. The Edmonton Oilers could make a splash in the NHL trade market as they begin to shop a couple of valuable pieces, and the emergence of the young centers in Montreal may make veterans available.
First, we examined one Penguins trade potential: the Calgary Flames and what Calgary has which fits the market value (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
As a cheap tease, so you read the Calgary breakdown, the defenseman really caught my eye, but I know Sam Bennett will be the apple to which most of you gravitate. Make sure to read the pros and cons of Bennett.
Now to the rest of the league and, honestly, a couple of teams who could factor into the Penguins trade discussions.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports the emergence of the young Montreal Canadiens forwards could make Philip Danault available (Montreal Gazette)
Given the Penguins’ prior history of interest in Max Domi, and need for a third-line center, keep an eye on Montreal. Every offseason, the Penguins and Montreal dominate NHL trade rumors, but this year they will be linked.
The Edmonton Oilers are another stocked team that will be hurt by the flat salary cap. Playoff failures will also motivate Edmonton to make significant changes. David Staples of the Edmonton Journal writes that two of Edmonton’s top-four defensemen could be on the move (Edmonton Journal)
Staples believes Edmonton would move a blueliner for a starting goalie. Does anyone know a team that is trying to move a starter? If you think of one, let me know!
National Hockey Now
The Florida Panthers are looking at Peter Chiarelli, ex of Edmonton and Boston, and a couple of others for their GM spot (Florida Hockey Now)
Stick tap to Hockey Night in Canada for giving George Richards full props. Always nice to hear the team get a shoutout on the national broadcasts.
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins in Game 4 and now have a commanding 3-1 series lead. Here’s what is happening in the series (Boston Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars have a rich playoff history filled with battles, comebacks, and scars. Adrian Dater has been there for all of them (Colorado Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders are pushing the Philadelphia Flyers out of the playoffs. New York is rolling and the beat Philly in Game 3 (NYI Hockey Now)
San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane has been speaking out on racism for a long time (San Jose Hockey Now)