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Dan’s Daily Links: Sprong Scores, Kessel Debate, Flyers Trouble



Now that Daniel Sprong is in Anaheim, there won’t be much for Penguins fans to debate, right? And then Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman dropped a little bombshell in his 31 Thoughts column–the Pittsburgh Penguins dipped a toe in the Phil Kessel trade waters. Then Sprong scored a wicked goal.

Covering the Penguins is never boring.

Much like covering the Philadelphia Flyers.

Joe Starkey of 93.7 the Fan and the PG was first to stake the claim to opposition to a Kessel deal. Oh Joe, what happened to us? You were the President and I was the Vice President of the #FreeFarnham club. But then came Sprong and now Kessel. Alas–Joseppi says, NO trade (Post-Gazette)

Here is Spronger’s tally. Don’t get too excited or claim he was with a talented center. He was playing with Adam Henrique.

The Philadelphia Flyers are about to go boom. Dave Hakstol who was a Ron Hextall hire is unlikely to be the head coach much longer. New GM Chuck Fletcher is evaluating everything. Hmmm (

The Flyers had the Penguins, in Round 1. The Penguins were ready to fall–they played loose, wild and wide open. Had the Flyers tightened the screws on their own game, they could have beaten the Penguins. Instead, the Flyers decided to see the Penguins sloppiness and raise them an awful penalty kill with barely a shooter-tooter in net.

William Nylander and his new contract with nearly a $7 million annual cap hit begins his 2018-19 tonight (TSN)

Pittsburgh Hockey Now broke the news this summer–the Penguins did indeed take a good run at Max Domi before Arizona chose Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens as their preferred return (The Penguins offered Dominik Simon with Bryan Rust or Conor Sheary). So far, the move has been a Godsend to Domi, the Canadiens and Jonathan Drouin (Montreal Gazette)

Might the LA Kings deal Jonathan Quick? (The Athletic)

If only the St. Louis Blues would play offensively talented youngster Jordan Kyrou more often! It’s time we see what he can do, despite one assist in nine games, previously (yes, now I’m being a jerk). Such is the debate beginning in St. Louis (Bleed in Blue)

Because Doc.