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Dan’s Daily: Drama Begins in Vegas, Buffalo D-Men Available

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NHL trade rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Murray Marc-Andre Fleury

And so it ends, so it begins. The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t get past the Dallas Stars and achieve their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons. Instead, Vegas is going to have a lot of drama this offseason with heavy NHL rumors regarding the potential trade of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and possible free agents who want to play in Sin City. The Buffalo Sabres internal salary cap could create a buy-low opportunity for a defenseman in whom there was Pittsburgh Penguins trade interest and Pittsburgh Hockey Now released the first part of our 2021 Penguins Prospects List.

We’ll start with our brand new sister site, Vegas Hockey Now, and beat writer Tom Callahan. Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had to submit his No-Trade list of 10 teams (Vegas Hockey Now)

Will Fleury use the same tactic that Phil Kessel did to the Penguins last summer, and purposely create a list that even further narrows the potential trade field and hamstrings the team?

Also, the Vegas Golden Knights are suddenly one of the front-runners for St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo because Vegas is “on the shortlist,” according to TSN Insider Darren Dreger (VHN)

The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool isn’t so deep, this season. After we put it all on the screen, it is also not as bad as we thought, though. Actually, there is some meat on the bone in positions 6-10 (PHN+)

And a fun story–Penguins scout Kevin Stevens knocked a hole-in-one on Tuesday (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Buffalo Sabres could have an internal salary cap of $70 million next season. They also have too many RFAs who will be due a healthy raise, which could make Brandon Montour available (The Athletic)

The Florida Panthers fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen on Tuesday following a report that he kicked a player (Florida Hockey Now)

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin signed a hefty six-year deal on Tuesday. There was some speculation in Minnesota that Brodin could be the trade piece to lure Penguins goalie Matt Murray to MN, but that is over. Now, top-four defenseman Matt Dumba is available and going to dominate the NHL trade rumors. (The Athletic)

The New York Islanders may have bored a national TV audience, but they lived to fight into Game 6. And Tampa Bay squandered another opportunity (NYI Hockey Now)

What is Colorado Avalanche free agent Andre Burakovsky worth on the market? (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals could have named Mike Babcock their new head coach. Unfortunately for Penguins fans and hockey writers, they went a different direction. The Caps named Peter Laviolette as their new bench boss (ESPN)

Should teams draft a goalie in the first two rounds? The San Jose Sharks staff says NO (San Jose Hockey Now)

It’s a beautiful day, again. Enjoy it, kiddos!

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Logan Krienke
Logan Krienke
5 days ago

Man I would love Brandon Montour what a good pickup he would be Matt Murray for Brandon Montour?

Katz
Katz
5 days ago

I have never been more disinterested or less confident that the Penguins will somehow transform themselves. I see a collapse, Mike Sullivan as being gone before seasons end, I also don’t see this team either making the playoffs of exiting the 1st round. If I was rostered and a star I’d want out and agree to waive for a preferable destination. Rutherford has jumped the shark , buying, selling, threatening, and has not had to face the music because the media fears a payback of a lack of access. I’m enjoying watching Trotz and the Isles put the far more… Read more »

Jay
Jay
4 days ago
Reply to  Katz

That’s a silly comment. Pens might not be top cup contenders anymore, but they finished 7th in the league in points. 16 teams make the playoffs. Do you really see a scenario where somehow 9 other teams improve so much this offseason that the pens drop out of playoff contention? They will make the playoffs for a few years to come, which makes the inevitable rebuild all that much more slow and painful.

Last edited 4 days ago by Jay
Katz
Katz
4 days ago
Reply to  Jay

OK remember and talk to me in a year This team was prematurely and incompetently damaged.

Jay
Jay
4 days ago
Reply to  Katz

I probably won’t remember you in a year. But if you think a team that has the Pens top 6 next year along with two solid defensive lines and a decent goalie is going to fall from 7th in points to the bottom 40% of the league in the span of one offseason where they already added a decent upgrade to last years elderly roster in Kapanen then I’ll have some of what you’re having. Realistically though looking at teams in the East going into next year there are definitely 8 teams that look significantly worse on paper than the… Read more »

Jay
Jay
4 days ago

Jim Rutherford just needs to trade for Ristolainen and then he can drop the mic and walk off into the sunset, having effectively turned the first modern era back to back cup winner and potential dynasty into a laughing stock.

HarkeyPuck
HarkeyPuck
4 days ago

Internet GM’s AMIRITE?!?!?

Every team, EVERY TEAM, has a decline. Especially in a cap system. Just be happy this core brought us fans 4 Finals & 3 Cups. Most every other team’s fan base would kill for those. Want a contender? Not gonna have prospects. Want prospects? Not gonna have a good team. But EVERY TEAM has a decline. Ask Chicago. Ask Los Angeles.

Just remember that while Philly looked better than the Pens at the end of the year and playoffs, they still haven’t won in my entire life. And I’m old.

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