(Toronto, Quarantine) — We will finally know the Seattle NHL franchise name. Sidney Crosby skated but left before practice. The young rookie who goes from juniors to the NHL post-season probably won’t be the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Poulin, but there is one kid making waves in a training camp. And ESPN’s Wes Uhler asked me an interesting question as I did a radio spot yesterday, and it quickly became a column.
Also, I still can’t believe Gov. Wolf blocked the Blue Jays from using PNC Park. Of all of the stupid, over-reaching, non-sensical things they’ve done … the Pirates and Phillies can do it, but a third team, well that’s too dangerous? Give me a break.
The Seattle NHL Franchise will have a name today at noon! (Sportsnet)
I wonder if Ron Francis passed along my demands?
Sidney Crosby skated before practice on Wednesday, but then left the ice as the practice was to begin (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Six Pittsburgh Penguins One-Timers, from Patric Hornqvist against the Montreal Canadiens to the Evgeni Malkin factor (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Also, for PHN+, Wes Uhler asked me a question that deserved a full exposition and analysis from all angles. He asked me to confirm Matt Murray is the starting goalie, which he is, but how short is the leash? (PHN+)
PHN advocated for the Penguins to give 2019 first-round pick Sam Poulin a shot in the lineup, but his quarantine with eight other players probably wrecked that chance. However, in Toronto, a tiny American kid is making waves. If you’re in a deep fantasy hockey pool, grab Nick Robertson asap (TSN)
The Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL rumor mill is churning as the team is cap crunched. I don’t necessarily buy into moving young RFAs like Mikhail Sergachev or Anthony Cirelli, but the Athletic beat writer does (The Athletic)
The top Florida Panthers prospects are also making their mark in camp (Florida Hockey Now)
The unfolding drama in Colorado Avalanche camp is becoming clearer with uber-rookie Cale Makar (Colorado Hockey Now)
We’re LOVING the job Sheng Peng is doing in San Jose. If you haven’t checked it out, here you go (San Jose Hockey Now)
If you’re going to lay some coins on the NHL playoffs, Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy has a caution — Unfit to play might make the NHL unfit to bet (Boston Hockey Now)