Evander Kane is not happy about his three-game suspension for elbowing Winnipeg defenseman Neal Pionk. He ripped the NHL, or perhaps shredded is a better adjective. The NHL trade rumors are getting warm as the Florida Panthers are shopping center Vincent Trocheck as their playoffs hopes fade despite one of the most talented top-six forward groups in the league. And, our old friend Mark Lazerus reported Chicago probably won’t rattle their core.
What are the Pittsburgh Penguins having for breakfast? It’s an important decision and afternoon games change routines–for some. A fun read (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers will shop Vincent Trocheck? Yes, says Elliotte Friedman during Hockey Night in Canada (Sportsnet)
Florida has a bad mix. They have tons of talent but not enough grit. They should be one of the better teams in the East but have annually underachieved. It’s time for real changes. But before you ask, I can’t figure out how the Penguins could bring Trocheck home.
The NHL Department of Player Safety handed Evander Kane a three-game suspension for elbowing. It was a stiff suspension, and Kane did not take the news well at all. (ESPN)
He’s not wrong. A third party to dish suspensions or justice actually seems like a good idea. However, it will NEVER happen. There are still dinosaurs floating around the NHL offices, including women, who via email referred to players by a female body part which rhymes with Regina for not playing through concussions. They will never let go of control of “hockey culture.”
Mark Lazerus of The Athletic (who began his career at the Standard Observer in Washington and on some little syndicated radio show with this writer) reports the Chicago Blackhawks have NOT asked Duncan Keith about a trade…yet (The Athletic)
NHL rumor mill beware: THE most secretive GM in hockey Lou Lamoriello is chasing scoring help. The New York Islanders need a little boost on the stat sheet. (The Athletic)
When Lou is on the prowl, lookout. Ilya Kovalchuk is a name that immediately springs to mind, as he is also a creature of habit. The Islanders need scoring help to compete with the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, any trade news involving the New York Islanders is probably garbage because Lamoriello does not let whispers get out.
Last season, some news slipped during the playoffs, and every single person and player involved was directly grilled about it. News doesn’t escape Brooklyn/Long Island.
Oft NHL trade rumors target Tyler Toffoli didn’t hurt his value in the Stadium Series game on Saturday night. He had the HT (LA Times)