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!