As if a global pandemic, closed borders, and racial strife weren’t enough challenges for the Summer of Love, one of two arenas set to host the 24-team NHL playoffs and return-to-play later this month suffered water damage. Goalies are the subject of Pittsburgh Penguins trade rumors in other cities, fears are swirling around the Boston Bruins top goal scorer, and two more NHL award nominees were announced.
The Pittsburgh Penguins exploited the Montreal Canadiens system. Here’s what they Penguins did (PHN+)
The Penguins also send hand-written Thank you’s to 66 season ticket holders (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Penguins trade rumors — Detroit will have a ton of cash and needs for next season. Guess who is reportedly on Detroit’s radar? (The Detroit News)
The Penguins goalie situation may allow them to create a bidding war for either Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry. It’s a good position for GM Jim Rutherford.
Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe feels like he needs to give William Nylander a push (Sportsnet)
Bobby Ryan who filled the net after returning from treatment for alcohol abuse leads the field for the Masterton trophy with Oskar Lindblom, too (Sportsnet)
Pittsburgh native Stephen Johns, who overcame two years of concussion symptoms, is the third nominee. That’s not a bad list, and all are extraordinary efforts.
The Rogers Place in Edmonton, where the Western Conference hub games will be held, and where the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be held suffered water damage in nasty storms which rolled through this week (TSN)
The hockey gods are just making sure we want it, aren’t they?
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Florida is a COVID-19 hotspot, but the Florida Panthers don’t seem to be too concerned, writes our buddy George Richards (Florida Hockey Now)
There are COVID fears around the Boston Bruins, too. But no one knows the story about leading goal scorer David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase, only that they’re “unfit to play” (Boston Hockey Now)
The NHL has to amend this silly “unfit to play” line. It creates worry when there isn’t worry to be shared, and hides worry when it should be there.
Gabriel Landeskog is getting bumped down to the second line in Colorado. He says he’s fine with that (Colorado Hockey Now)
Also, we have THREE more Hockey Now family members coming. Can’t wait.