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Dan’s Daily Notebook: NHL Looks for Penguins to Play in Russia



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The Pittsburgh Penguins may be involved in a game I’d really like to cover. As reported during the All-Star weekend, the NHL wants the Penguins to play overseas. The potential site of the game was still a matter of conjecture but how cool would it be to see Evgeni Malkin play in a Penguins sweater in his home country?

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet confirmed in his 31 Thoughts the league in investigating the logistics of a Penguins game…in Russia. It is item No. 24 with several other trade tidbits. (Sportsnet)

The KHL once played their All-Star Game, with Jaromir Jagr, on an outdoor rink in Red Square. Just saying. And Elliotte mentions a nearby landing spot for Carl Hagelin.

Our good friends at Mayor’s Manor–a long time credentialed LA Kings website is reporting the Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets have had talks for Jonathan Quick. (Mayor’s Manor)

What is Columbus waiting for? The entire situation boggles the mind. The team being torn apart, limb from limb, and the general manager is weighing his options. Perhaps a couple more Carolina Hurricanes wins will shake this cocktail.

Bob McKenzie of TSN doesn’t think the Nashville Predators are done. They acquired big Brian Boyle from New Jersey for a second-round pick yesterday. McKenzie thinks Nashville could now go big game hunting (Nichols on Hockey).

Barry Trotz finally got his Stanley Cup, last year. Nashville GM David Poile has only watched another team celebrate with the Cup in Nashville.

The Flyers have won eight in a row, are five points behind Columbus and everyone is wondering if that will change Chuck Fletcher’s deadline strategy–Could the Flyers become buyers? (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

The Capitals slide may affect GM Brian McClellan’s thinking. Or it may not. He speaks a bit like Neal Huntington. (WaPo)

It’s a shame so many teams are covered so poorly. There are several teams on the playoff bubble which just don’t have enough media coverage to link good stories.

Things are ugly in Edmonton. Cam Talbot got the hook. Was mad. So he gets to start tonight. Again. Oh by the way, the team signed the other goalie to the long term contract. (Edmonton Sun).

Lots of Penguins news which broke last evening–Matt Murray is injured. Tristan Jarry is up. And the Penguins were tinkering with new lines and new defense pairings (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

And it’s back–Ever wanted to see Phil Kessel as a cartoon? We had so much from the Penguins locker room yesterday that we couldn’t write stories on everything, so–Cartoon Penguins Locker Room with Phil Kessel, Justin Schultz and Garrett Wilson (PHN)

And if you missed it–here is last night’s Live Penguins Chat.


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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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