The TSN Insiders made news on a few stories in the NHL trade rumors on Thursday, including the price tag on rental winger Chris Kreider. The Pittsburgh Penguins bye week ended Thursday afternoon with encouraging injury news about one player but no so encouraging news of another. Philadelphia is officially whining to the NHL about the schedule, and Sportsnet did a breakdown of the cost of all of the rental players at the 2019 trade deadline.
It’s still shocking to see how much rental winger Ryan Dzingel cost Columbus.
First, the Penguins broke their bye week slumber at the UPMC Lemieux Complex yesterday afternoon. There was encouraging news on Justin Schultz, but center Nick Bjugstad didn’t skate. That doesn’t seem so encouraging. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Sidney Crosby paid tribute to Kobe Bryant (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Chris Kreider will be an expensive get for any team. On the TSN Insiders, Pierre LeBrun compared the New York Rangers asking price on Kreider to that of Kevin Hayes. New York got a first-round pick and Brenden Lemieux for Hayes. The Insiders also covered the Jake Muzzin situation and more. (TSN)
Sportsnet added more context to the NHL trade rumors by examining the price for all rental players at the trade deadline last year. Eye-opening. (Sportsnet).
Just a little something I found interesting–Sportsnet talked with Andrew Ference, who began his career in Pittsburgh during the Penguins decline in the early part of this century. Ference was a funny guy and treated this (then) young reporter very well. Ference talked about playing with Mario and about his advocacy work (Sportsnet)
The Philadelphia Flyers face the Penguins Friday night at PPG Paints Arena. The Flyers brass also met with NHL officials to complain about the schedule. Philly has a league-leading 17 back-to-back games this season. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Perhaps Philadelphia forgot the NHL handed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins 19 back-to-backs in 2017-18.
Tomas Hertl, who wore the Justin Beiber mask at the NHL All-Star Game, tore his ACL He’s out for the rest of the season (NBC Sports)