Friday is the day the NHL and NHLPA could make this incredible season reboot official. The agreement is in place, the Memorandum of Understanding is out there. Everyone is ready for it, but the full membership of the NHLPA is still voting. Pittsburgh Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese has been schooling his competitors on NHL20 and Buffalo’s flagship got tired of bad Jack Eichel trade rumors, so they dropped the hammer with some real trade scenarios.
The Penguins GM tree grew again on Thursday when the New Jersey Devils made GM Tom Fitzgerald official on Thursday. “Fitz” was the assistant general manager under Ray Shero, beginning in 2009 and under Jim Rutherford in 2014-15.
In fact, all three assistant GMs under Jim Rutherford in the 2014-15 season have become NHL GMs (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The three most asked questions about the Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens have been answered (PHN+)
Aston-Reese and Erin Ambrose had a titanic battle in the semi-finals of the Sportsnet Bracket Challenge. Down to the wire. We won’t spoil it (Sportsnet)
The new CBA extension could be announced today. Could be. (TSN)
The Buffalo Sabres flagship radio station, WGR550, grew tired of the crazy NHL trade rumors and Eichel trade suggestions. So, they went medieval on the internet and laid out what each team, excluding teams like the Penguins which couldn’t make it happen. Check out their real Eichel cost estimations (WGR550)
A lot of us are wondering about covering the NHL playoffs in the bubble cities. We’re not sure if PHN will even be allowed, but our friends in Colorado expect to get in an invite. It’s a real debate (Colorado Hockey Now)
Beware the Florida Panthers in the NHL return to play. No, seriously. They’re talented. And, they’re excited (Florida Hockey Now)
Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk is a big-game player. But the Bruins can’t really afford his worth. A Boston Hockey Now exclusive–DeBrusk’s agent spok the NHL flat cap and the tough situation for his client (Boston Hockey Now)