We’re inching closer and closer to the Phase 3 training camps on July 10 and the NHL Return to Play Phase 4 games. Somedays, life feels normal for a few moments until I realize I forgot my mask and have to run home before picking up groceries. A couple of Pittsburgh Penguins players showed up this weekend for Phase 2 workouts, there is real NHL trade talk, and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price isn’t yet eager to play.
Top Penguins prospects Sam Poulin and P-O Joseph are now part of voluntary Phase 2 workouts, presumably as Black Aces, (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
If you’re excited about Poulin getting the call, we’ll go one further. The Pittsburgh Penguins should do give Poulin every chance to make the game-day lineup (PHN)
Here’s the latest on the NHL hub cities (PHN)
The Penguins Qualifying Round opponent does not sound ready, willing, and able to meet the Penguins at full force. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has reservations about the NHL return (CBC)
It looks like several COVID-19 vaccines are getting close. The Chinese are already giving a vaccine to their military (biting my tongue on that development), and the Oxford University vaccine appears to be surging to the “lead” in the west. (Clinical Trials Arena)
The U.S. has also invested in the Oxford vaccine by AstraZeneca and will be able to mass-produce it quickly.
Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts was a lot about the coming bubble cities, some Tyler Kennedy stories and a robust closing about social media (Sportsnet)
I don’t reply to as many people as I used to — I, too, had to set my filters. There are a few folks in the fan universe who delight in ugliness. They ruin it for everyone. I’ve always imagined them working and living a dreary life. But anyway…
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News strongly encouraged new Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams to trade the No. 8 pick (Buffalo News)
It doesn’t sound like Ottawa will be a dealer at the NHL Draft, whenever that may be. GM Pierre Dorion will listen to offers before Ottawa makes two picks in the top five (Ottawa Sun)
Another odd situation is developing in New Jersey. There isn’t a GM or a head coach, but Lindy Ruff may be the next head coach, as hired by GM Tom Fitzgerald, who may or may not be the GM. Yup. Weird. (New York Post)