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Dan’s Daily: Julien Chest Pains, Penguins Offseason Begins

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Pittsburgh Penguins Tristan Jarry, Kris Letang
Kris Letang, Tristan Jarry: Photo by Michael Miller

The head coach of the Montreal Canadiens will miss the rest of Round One after he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. The Pittsburgh Penguins offseason has begun and as usual, there is drama. A former Penguins defenseman scored a game-winner with 40 seconds remaining and there is a battle brewing between Carolina and Boston.

“Win for Claude.”

Claude Julien, the Montreal head coach was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. He won’t coach the rest of Round One, and perhaps longer (Sportsnet)

There will be controversy in Pittsburgh Penguins land  today. PHN joined the Athletic in reporting the Penguins have lost money in the last couple of seasons because of the early playoff losses a bad business climate. Sources were firm the Penguins may not be a cap team to begin next season (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Also, RFAs and arbitration could wreck the Penguins salary cap. For our subscribers: (PHN+)

We’ve heard there will be a contrary report on the Penguins’ financial losses, later today. I don’t know what to tell you. Did the Pittsburgh Penguins react and change course? Is there an internal disagreement? Are the Penguins pushing back to sell tickets? We held the story for over one week and even on Thursday, had a four-hour text exchange with one source to confirm small details.

Time will tell on this, but PHN confidently stands with our story.

The Vegas Golden Knights survived a stirring Chicago Blackhawks comeback, and lead the series 2-0. The internal debate is also stirring on which goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury or Robin Lehner (ESPN)

The Nashville Predators GM David Poile also promised changes are coming (NHL.com)

National Hockey Now

The Carolina Hurricanes fought back and won Game 2 against Boston. Tuukka Rask dropped a few controversial comments, including — this doesn’t feel like playoff hockey because there are no fans. ?! (Boston Hockey Now)

There is bad blood in the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. Are you surprised? (NYI Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers are searching for a new GM. But what will He (or she?) have to work with? (Florida Hockey Now)

Another awesome background story in San Jose. There were some TERRIBLE names considered. What if the Sharks weren’t the Sharks? (San Jose Hockey Now)

Colorado forward Matt Calvert has figured out what many of us who were separated from family. Thank heavens for FaceTime! (Colorado Hockey Now)

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