The free agent look period is almost over. Monday, all hell will break loose, so have the popcorn ready. The big names made the rounds this week and may squeeze in another team but will otherwise use the weekend to process all of the information, talk to their people and families, maybe compare housing markets and schools, then make a multi-year leap with tens of millions of dollars. The Pittsburgh Penguins will not make a splash Monday and do not figure to sign anyone of note but their Eastern Conference competition likely will.
Joe Pavelski is, or was, the San Jose Sharks captain. San Jose tossed the cash towards Erik Karlsson and now Pavelski is shopping around. Dallas, Colorado, and Chicago have emerged. (NBC Sports)
Toronto still needs to dump salary. You may have heard of their pending restricted free agents Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen. Who is their trade bait? (TSN)
More coverage from Penguins Development Camp — Get the first hand, and preliminary impressions (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Penguins prospect Filip Hallander didn’t make a secret he’d like to come to North America as soon as possible (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
And PHN had a chat with top defenseman prospect Calen Addison. Quote of the day–“It’s about the heart in the player.” He’s a mature kid. Here’s another reason to subscribe to PHN Extra (PHN Extra)
One latte costs more than a month to PHN…
Josh Yohe in the Athletic poured some cold water on the Corey Perry talk and said trade talk is heating up (The Athletic)
I’m a little surprised Rutherford was as blunt about Perry. As PHN reported there is some interest in the Penguins organization but the GM gets to make the final call. Stick tap Yohe for another scoop from the GM’s office.
There is significant interest in Edmonton Oilers youngster Jesse Puljujarvi (Edmonton Journal)
Sure teams are calling but if GM Ken Holland holds to his high price tag, Puljujarvi will languish for a while longer. Of course, that may be the intent–to keep him around.
No one is talking about Gustav Nyquist. Not even San Jose. Perhaps a few more teams should. (Yahoo Sports)
The Washington Capitals successful bottom-six might lose another key member. Brett Connolly is looking to get paid. (Oilers Now)
It’s Friday—Enjoy happy hour(S) at Redbeard’s. Always daily specials. Some pretty darn good wings and a beer list which doesn’t require a 10-minute explanation. Redbeard’s on 6th Ave downtown and on Mt. Washington, Shiloh St.