It was like being back in college as Friday night was the highlight of the NHL week. NHL trade rumors, scuttle and reports broke. Intriguing decisions filled social media discussion, and believe it or not, there were a few really good games on the ice. I’m sure you remember the actual game of hockey not just the soap opera of the NHL trade deadline?
The Chicago Blackhawks made defenseman Erik Gustafsson a late scratch in an important game against the Nashville Predators. What the what? You know that what means (NBC Sports)
The Pittsburgh Penguins were tied to a couple of players over 30, on Friday. One of those players is over 40. The Penguins are on Joe Thornton’s shortlist (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Penguins did receive some good news on Friday. Dominik Kahun, who had to be helped off the ice after blocking a shot on Thursday night, does not appear to be out long term (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And for our subscribers, we broke down the faceoff talk. Faceoffs are important, but we break down why the Penguins are successful without winning them and what actual importance of the play. Warning, actual hockey knowledge contained herein (PHN+)
The Boston Bruins finally snagged Ondrej Kase. They are going to be so, so good in the playoffs. GM Don Sweeney also thanked David Backes for making the trade possible (NESN)
It’s not NHL trade deadline stuff, but Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan returned to the team three months after checking into the NHL substance abuse program. It was an emotional press conference. And maybe you need to read it? (TSN Ottawa)
This IS NHL Trade deadline stuff. The Tornton Maple Leafs are fielding calls on Tyson Barrie and haven’t said no. (TSN Insiders)
The Penguins will get injury updates on John Marino and Brian Dumoulin today. *Cue the ominous organ music.
It’s time for Montreal to embrace seller status, and Carolina is trying to help them do it. Carolina made a stout offer for Jeff Petry (Winning Habit)