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)