The hockey gods have a funny way of dumping all of their news at once. The NHL news machine was at full throttle on Wednesday as the primary dates for the NHL playoffs, draft, and offseason were released. The New Jersey Devils hired a new coach and officially tabbed one of the former Penguins assistant GMs as their new GM, we launched a new franchise in Florida, the NHL trade rumors will hit hyperdrive with recent speculation around Matt Murray, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin showed off his cooking skills on TV.
Got all that?
First, the important NHL dates. There won’t be much of an offseason, but the players also just got four months off. Check out the full story and tentative schedule (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
As part of the new CBA extension, the NHL players will play in the Olympics. We project which Penguins will make it. There are a couple of surprises (PHN+)
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Florida Hockey Now is a thing. George Richards is one of the most popular beat writers in the league and we’re ecstatic to work with him. To show off, George’s first story was a chat with Florida GM Dale Tallon about the return to play and his fears of contracting the coronavirus (Florida Hockey Now)
Welcome aboard George!
New Jersey has a new coach and officially a new GM. The org ripped the interim tag off GM Tom Fitzgerald, who is a former Penguins assistant GM (NJ.com)
The NHL trade rumors will love this one. Ok, The Athletic Vegas has gone and done it. They went there. Vegas is shopping for a backup to 36-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury. What a twist of fate it would be if Vegas called the Pittsburgh Penguins about Murray, who was No. 2 on the list of five speculative potentials (The Athletic)
Just to be clear, that’s NOT a trade rumor, but speculation.
Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin is quite an amateur chef. He showed off his skills on the NHL’s new cooking show (Sportsnet)
I don’t know what Lobster Thermidor is, but it sure beats my typical dinners.
For you deeper poolies, Conor Timmons will be a part of the Colorado Avalance expanded playoff roster (Colorado Hockey Now)