The Pittsburgh Penguins scouts list was small despite playing a team which is also known to be in the trade market. The Penguins stinker against the Carolina Hurricanes had several levels and layers–Sidney Crosby was on the ice for six of the Penguins eight high danger chances–but Jim Rutherford’s stated pause in the trade market appears to be legit.
Winnipeg and San Jose showed up last night. The Rangers also had their local scout, Penguins great and local resident Rick Kehoe in the barn.
I can’t say Michel Ferland lept off the page at anyone, the empty netter notwithstanding. Penguins scouts have also been tough to find at games across the league. It does truly appear the Penguins are in a watch mode. There were no Penguins scouts at the Anaheim Ducks-Toronto Maple Leafs showdown and we haven’t been able to locate many others recently.
What I saw from the Penguins Tuesday night wasn’t very good. The full X’s and O’s analysis and the report card is here for subscribers. (PHN EXTRA)
Outside Pittsburgh, a donnybrook is brewing in the Toronto front office. Mitch Marner’s agent is spitting fire. Auston Matthews signed a five-year deal worth $58.17 million to buy out one year of free agency, but Marner’s agent doesn’t feel his client is getting a fair shake and went public. (Sportsnet)
The Toronto Star had the original scoop but they’re a newspaper with a strict subscription policy so we’ve linked the recap from Sportsnet.
Also from our friends at Sportsnet, things are getting UGLY in Edmonton. Sweaters (er, jerseys if you prefer) were left on the ice after an epic collapse last night. Mark Spector dove in. (Sportsnet)
The Arizona Coyotes are in playoff contention. They’ve lost four straight but are only three points out. Go Rick Tocchet. Unfortunately, the only free coverage of the Coyotes is the Associated Press. Really. (AZcentral)
The bottom of the Western Conference standings are a mass of teams which flooded the trade market then pulled back when they realized despite their shortcomings, the rest of the pack was just as bad. We present–the St. Louis Blues. Now also right in the middle of the playoff fight. (St. Louis Gametime)
It’s amazing how many anonymous former scouts are on Twitter just giving away the dirt on trade talks, isn’t it? If you’d like a laugh, I present this one courtesy of our buddy Tom, who sends these for my amusement:
Kessel is available, teams are calling in, would not be surprised if he is gone by summer.
— NHLInsiderBuzz (@NHLInsiderBuzz) February 5, 2019
To be clear, this account is 99 percent likely a fugazi. OK, maybe 100 percent. Just like this one. Toss some enough stuff on the wall which you think could happen and bam! You’re an insider!
Looks like the Panthers are trying to acquire Bobrovsky and perhaps Panarin in a package. Brassard+Reimer+Tippett+picks would be a package going back I am told.
— RumorBreak (@RumorBreak) February 4, 2019
So, the Panthers, which are a country mile out of the playoffs would give up their 2017 first-round pick (10th overall) and more picks in order to acquire a pair of Russians whom the Panthers could acquire for free in a few months.
To be doubly clear, I’m mocking these accounts. Feel free to enjoy these accounts in the same way I enjoy Ancient Aliens.
Stick tap to the Post-Gazette and Jason Mackey for heading to Florida early for a great Derick Brassard story. Confirms so much. Great job, Jason and PG (Post-Gazette).