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NHL trade bock Torey Krug

Let’s get back to hockey after the Gong Show debate, shall we? Moderator Chris Wallace could have danced with Gene Gene the Dancin’ Machine and the country would have been better off than watching the Facebook argument which played out before the world. Fortunately, the 2020 NHL Draft is seven days away which turns up the heat on general managers to get their deals done, including the Boston Bruins who are hoping to trade UFA-to-be Torey Krug and the Philadelphia Flyers have put the Ghost on the NHL trade block.

We’ll start with our colleagues at Boston Hockey Now who have been killing it this offseason. The Florida Panthers have been sniffing around the rights to Krug, and last night BHN reported the LA Kings are in the hunt, too (Boston Hockey Now)

Pierre LeBrun confirmed NHL trade rumors when he reported the Florida Panthers are also poking around Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (The Score)

Pittsburgh Penguins fans are going to be mad if Florida acquires Patric Hornqvist AND a defenseman like Krug or Ghost, while the Penguins took on salary when they traded Hornqvist. My “talk radio intuition” is already tingling.

What will the Penguins lines look like next season? We’re getting pretty close to a full roster and complete picture (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The TSN Insiders say the Edmonton Oilers are kicking tires on Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson (TSN)

Also from TSN New York Rangers are set to buyout Henrik Lundqvist…because there aren’t enough goalies available, you know?

King Henrik spent 15 seasons with the Rangers and stole more than a few playoff series. For years, he was unbeatable, yet one of his indelible moments to Penguins fans (and me) was watching him slam the net forward in Pittsburgh. That was and is still pretty spectacular.

Also from Sportsnet, the Penguins first-round pick that they traded to Toronto for Kasperi

Kapanen may be making the rounds on the NHL trade block (Sportsnet)

The Colorado Avalanche are the early betting favorites for the 2021 Stanley Cup (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Penguins most likely won’t sign Bobby Ryan, who will be a UFA because Ottawa Senators bought out his contract, but he shouldn’t have trouble finding work. An NHL scout made the case for signing Ryan (San Jose Hockey Now)

New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello made a promise the team will re-sign their players, including Mathew Barzal (NYI Hockey Now)

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Katz
Katz
1 year ago

Over- Under on Murray trade return? Late 2nd Round pick. Demand for Murray is not strong and supply of goaltenders while not the sole factor is working against Pittsburgh. What about Schultz? He was disparaged by Rutherford, anything on him? Will Pittsburgh add any 3rd or 4th line size or grit? Any size on the back end, I see separated shoulders and concussions on the light and small Defense? This off season continues the pattern of the last three playoff failures as sizzle with zero steak. The sum of the parts is weak. As you can read I think this… Read more »

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Katz

Shultz is a (an?) UFA, so just letting him go.

Bill L
Bill L
1 year ago
Reply to  Katz

“This is not a team it is an assemblage of contracts when put together resemble a puzzle missing pieces and other pieces forced into malformed positions.”

Sums it up pretty well, I think.

Ricardo58
Ricardo58
1 year ago
Reply to  Katz

Agreed!

Keith Thomas
Keith Thomas
1 year ago

Baring a trade of some sorts that would include a fairly substantial salary dump the Pens are hemmed in on the Salary Cap now that they took on more $ on the Hornqvist transaction. They have very little wiggle room. As they need to sign at lest Jarry, Lafferty & Simon. They are tight on the cap. Most fans have fantasy dreams of unloading Jack Johnson but that will really take a magicians slight of hand move to trade him….and they have few picks to sweeten a deal to move him to a salary cap floor team that need to… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Keith Thomas
Ricardo58
Ricardo58
1 year ago
Reply to  Keith Thomas

Matt Martin, NYI FA, would be a great sign. I know it won’t happen as no money, but he plays a heavy, ugly style of hockey I appreciate!

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

Trading Pettersson for a 2nd round pick and a prospect would free up $4+ million in cap space and help alleviate the log jam on left defense. He reminds me more and more of Maatta, slow and overthinking easy plays and then turning the puck over. Pettersson was ok for almost $900K but not $4+ million.

rickwmurray
1 year ago

Unless Sweeney gets a first rounder for Krug just sign him! 7 mill the limit he’ll be making more than three better players Bergy, Brad and David, but it’ll take years to get another like Krug they won’t land Alex or Taylor rest assured on that! Sweeney always the jilted bridesmaid on the free agent signing front, always! How that idiot and Neely ever became GM and President is beyond me. Both should have been fired after the 2015 draft mess! I make one mistake on the air I get raked over the coals by my pd. How come those… Read more »

Ujn Hunter
1 year ago

Murray & JJ to Detroit for Future Considerations?

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