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The Pittsburgh Penguins have an off day to enjoy the Florida sunshine on Tuesday. We’ll assume Evgeni Malkin packed extra sunscreen. The Winnipeg Jets and “Big Buff” are coming to a resolution on their season-long standoff, and Boston is at the epicenter of a couple of NHL trade rumors.

Our boys at Boston Hockey Now are all over the Bruins chatter. Last night, BHN reported the Bruins and one of their rivals are interested in Columbus Blue Jackets thumper Josh Anderson (Boston Hockey Now)

NBC Sports ponders the Bruins trade rumors from another perspective. Tyler Toffoli is often linked to the Penguins, but Boston is another team watching closely (NBC Sports)

Dustin Byfuglien could be an unrestricted free agent soon. The Winnipeg Jets and Byfuglien are closing in on an agreement (TSN)

Columbus won’t be sellers at the deadline. Nope, those pesky Blue Jackets which have been stripped of stars and supposedly hope, are in a playoff spot. So, CBJ is kicking tires on some attractive gets and creating some NHL trade rumors (The Athletic)

On TSN, Pierre LeBrun tagged Calgary as the best match for Toffoli, and he matched the New York Islanders with J-G Pageau (TSN)

Sportsnet listed Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith as a top target for the Toronto Maple Leafs after Frederick Andersen suffered an upper-body injury on Monday night (Sportsnet)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are winning, but some cracks are showing. Fixable cracks. (PHN+)

And the Penguins third line has been a monster for the team. We chatted with Zach Aston-Reese about the line and their roles. Aston-Reese is always a good chat, but that line has a “chip on their shoulder,” to prove their as good as their opponents (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

There’s some talk in Edmonton that former Detroit GM Ken Holland, now of the Edmonton Oilers, would be willing to flip Jesse Puljujarvi to Detroit as part of a package for Andreas Athanasiou. (Jim Matheson)

Pittsburgh area native Stephen Johns made a triumphant return to the NHL on Monday night. That guy has gone through hell and back. And he scored. (Dallas Morning News)

Otherwise, the NHL rumor mill is full of folks repeating other folks. They are the dudes playing a dude, disguised as another dude (Tropic Thunder reference)

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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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The Binker
The Binker
1 year ago

Like I wrote here last week, GMJR should take a serious look at Byfuglien if he’s healthy, whether it’s this season or next summer.

A top six of Dumo/Letang, Buff/Marino might be the best in the league. Ruhwedel and/or Riikola wouldn’t be needed nearly as often. Plus, his cannon shot is made for the PP unit.

Now for the biggest bonus of all: Buff is one of a select few d-man in the league who can neutralize Wilson.

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago
Reply to  The Binker

Not sure how the Pens can fit Buff under the cap immediately, but I love the idea. Tired of this team getting bullied, and his presence would stop that in no time.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Since they’re loosing one of their best defensive players try and ship Schultz to WPG for Ehlers it would be a great deal and see if Gally can be shipped to buffalo for Colin Miller. That gives us a cheaper third RHD who’s better in his own end and with term and gives us a top six winger who has been good but not great. Then if Zucker is still wanted and Bjuds is for sale see if he’s a guy who can be the main piece for him or switch him and Gally. Ehlers-Crosby-Simon Rust-Malkin-Horny Zucker-McCann-Kahun Tanev-Bluger-ZAR Dumo-Tanger Petterson-Marino… Read more »

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Obviously other pieces and picks will be in some of those trades but for the most part those players should be the most of what gets traded. If we really wanna dream send JJ and some picks to the hurricanes for Fleury And get a young cheap and physical LHD to replace him

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Any scenario that has Riikola or Ruhwedel in the top six is not acceptable.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  E.J.

Then it would be JJ or hopefully Fluery teaming up with miller on the third pair but Riikola hasn’t been bad this season

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Paul Katz
Paul Katz
1 year ago

I’m not a fan of Byfuglien. He picks his spots and takes a lot of shifts off.

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago

Sounds like Kessel — and Pens fans kissed his feet.

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