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NHL Headshots from Getty Images courtesy of NHL. Marcus Pettersson (top), Daniel Sprong (right).

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally made the call on Daniel Sprong. They parted ways with the young player who has a big shot and incomplete game by dealing him to Anaheim in exchange for 22-year-old Marcus Pettersson who is playing well in the NHL but was part of a gaggle of Ducks defenseman prospects. Gary Bettman floated a number for next year’s salary cap and the new arena Ottawa is on life support.

After every trade, each team’s fanbase lines up to bash or praise the deal and claim immediate victory or loss. There was no shortage of reaction to the Sprong trade in Pittsburgh. However, there was barely a peep in Anaheim media. Seriously. Not even the blogs.

Even the Reddit forum was like, “meh”. If you’d like a window into a chill fan base–check it out (Reddit).

There are no blog posts to link. We tried to find some. Nor are there opinions in the only newspaper which covers the Ducks, the OC Register. Man, that’s depressing.

At the conclusion of the first day of the NHL Board of Governors meetings, Gary Bettman said the salary cap is likely to rise to about $83 million next season (TSN)

Any reaction that Anaheim?  Anything at all. Let it out.

The Ottawa Senators are in trouble. The deal for a downtown arena is in deep doo-doo as the Senators partnership with their own developer cannot overcome “internal issues” (CTV).

Well, if you’re desperate for the Quebec Nordiques return, this may be it…

Wiliam Nylander called the Toronto Maple Leafs, just 40 minutes before the Dec. 1 deadline to get a deal done. More from yesterday’s media circus as Nylander held court (Sportsnet).

Leafs GM Kyle Dubas told Nylander as long as Dubas in charge, Nylander won’t be traded (TSN).

Pens Blogosphere Reaction to Sprong:


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And—a controversial topic was glossed over in the Sprong hubub yesterday. Derick Brassard and Mike Sullivan defended the Kessel-Brassard pairing. Our Shelly Anderson covered the story. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)



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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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3 years ago

As a Ducks fan, the most exciting thing about the Pettersson-Sprong deal is that Josh Mahura is up with the big club. The worst is that he supplanted Ondrej Kase on the second line.

Also Sprong’s goal was an AHL caliber goal (outside the faceoff dot, almost at the goal line). We know he can score there, we’ll wait to have any excitement until he scores NHL caliber goals with some regularity.