It was an emotional scene after Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman ended the Boston Bruins season because the Boston end may well mean the career end of Zdeno Chara, too. The Minnesota Wild have been unofficially tied to the Pittsburgh Penguins trade saga of goalie Matt Murray, and the Arizona Coyotes appear to be headed to a fire-sale and rebuild to save money.
Rick Tocchet probably loves that.
We’ll start with the Pittsburgh Penguins trade talk. What could a Penguins trade with Edmonton look like? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Athletic Minnesota beat writer Michael Russo suggested the Penguins trade winds could blow towards the Minnesota Wild, again. Russo wrote in a mailbag segment that Minnesota could dangle defenseman Jonas Brodin for Murray (The Athletic, subscription required)
Minnesota also needs a center. Minnesota GM Bill Guerin knows Murray well. It will be interesting to see if he is the GM willing to offer the best Penguins trade return.
Zdeno Chara has been a Boston Bruins stalwart for 14 years. From the New York Islanders to the Ottawa Senators, to Boston. The 6-foot-9 defenseman with snarl has bedeviled Penguins center Evgeni Malkin every year of Malkin’s career, too. Chara has been a leader and mentor in Boston, but at 43-years-old, it may be over. Boston lost on Monday night and their season, and maybe Chara’s career is over (Boston Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche won Game 5 to extend their season. It was a wild 6-3 affair in which Colorado scored five goals in the blink of an eye. Michael Hutchinson started in goal because Pavel Francouz was unfit to play and Philip Grubauer is injured. We can’t yet link subscriptions (it’s coming) in the National Hockey Now family, but…
Have you ever wondered how a scout watches a game? Colorado Hockey Now hired an NHL scout to break down Game 4. Pretty cool. Check it out (Colorado Hockey Now)
The scout’s breakdown was really great stuff, and unintentionally blistering, too.
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss was outstanding in his first playoff start. Tonight, he can put away the Philadelphia Flyers. Try not to cry, Penguins fans (NYI Hockey Now)
Marc-Andre Fleury? Or Robin Lehner? One of the Vegas goalies will have a chance to put away the pesky, youthful Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet)
George Richards of Florida Hockey Now looks at ALL of the Florida GM candidates. It’s different sort of list (Florida Hockey Now)