It could be the dud of the NHL trade deadline if New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider stay in New York. The NHL trade rumors are again set to focus on the Minnesota Wild, as GM Bill Guerin laid down the law. NBC finally gave Jeremy Roenick the ax and he’s not happy, Jay Bouwmeester is doing well, the Olympics and IOC are pushing for the NHL players to be involved in 2022, and Elliotte Friedman has Guerin’s first words to Calen Addison.
Is anyone shocked Guerin is making headlines but also doing a bang-up job in Minnesota? No, me neither. In his 31 Thoughts column, Friedman has Guerin’ first words, and an interesting note on Guerin making his first big deal with his former mentor (Sportsnet)
Friedman also has the best writeup on the NHL and IOC negotiations for 2022.
Can the Pittsburgh Penguins be done dealing? No, I don’t think so (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Also, if you’re into the podcast, live video thing–here is the PHN Live Chat with all things trade deadline and NHL trade rumors (PHN Video)
NBC has officially fired Jeremy Roenick for his comments on the Spittin Chiclets podcast in December, and he isn’t happy about it (Yahoo Sports)
Someday, I hope to be as perfect and forward-thinking as everyone who refrains from jokes, never speaks loosely and lives a tidy existence. Did Roenick’s joke about a threesome with Katherine Tappen hurt his friend? Yes. Could this have been handled differently with apologies and a little understanding that he was trying to be funny on a podcast that expects such behavior? Yep…
Sticks and stones may break your bones, but a bad joke will haunt you forever.
Jay Bouwmeester is doing well after his collapse on the bench Monday night (NHL.com)
The New York Rangers may not trade Chris Kreider, after all. As I mentioned on my chat yesterday, I felt there was a good chance he would return to New York, but contract talks are underway (TSN Insiders)
More on Guerin in Minnesota. He laid down the law with his team which is chasing a playoff spot. If there is any quit, there will be big changes (Pioneer Press)
Defensemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin are tepidly on the market.