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Dan’s Daily Notebook: Penguins-Stars Scouting Each Other



PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 11: Dallas Stars Center Jason Spezza (90) shoots the puck while Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (6) defends during the first period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Dallas Stars on March 11, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars appear to be still engaged, presumably over Derick Brassard but that is unconfirmed. Dallas has been scouting the Penguins with regularity and were one of the 24 scouts in attendance for the Penguins-Tampa Bay tilt at PPG Paints Arena, Wednesday night. The Penguins had two scouts in attendance to watch the Stars shutout the Sabres, 1-0.

And we know the Penguins have talked to Dallas. They did just complete a deal for Jamie Oleksiak at what seemed like a bargain price. Plus our initial report which got the ball rolling on the Brassard trade front.

I did not report it–as it was a conversation for context–but in order to quell the rampant speculation, I believe my sources will permit me to confirm that Derick Brassard did miss last night with a minor injury. It wasn’t a “healthy scratch” or a trade precaution. Really.

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The treasure trove of rumor beginnings–31 Thoughts–this week includes a little note about Casey DeSmith, in addition to the Penguins and Ferland (Sportsnet)

Darren Dreger believes both Columbus Russian free agents-to-be, Panarin and Bobrovsky, could wind up in Florida. Seriously?! (Nichols on hockey)

The Ottawa Senators are in town to practice today and play the Penguins tomorrow. Mark Stone seems to be close on a contract. Matt Duchene? Well… (Ottawa Sun)

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Duchene’s availability could certainly affect Derick Brassard’s price.

If you missed it during the game last night–it sounds like the Penguins asked the Winnipeg Jets for Adam Lowry (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

And get the full X’s and O’s analysis and Report Card from the Penguins win (PHN Extra)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still shopping for an RHD, and it perhaps to get heavier (TSN)

I don’t know what to make of Pierre McGuire’s comments on the broadcast to Kendall Coyne-Schoefield. Was he ribbing her, trying to be funny or being a jerk? I don’t know but I’m not going to mock a guy who works as hard as Pierre unless I know. Though if I were the NBCsn bosses, I would have a chat with Pierre and advise him to look at the Twitter backlash, then say–yeah, don’t make those jokes which appear condescending, again. (The entire internet)

And if he was condescending, I may suspend him for a game. The players at the All-Star Game and last night really seemed to enjoy her presence. If she brings hockey fans, I’m all for it, provided she’s a good broadcaster. Was she good?

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  1. RobertU

    January 31, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I don’t use or pay attention to twitter, but watching the game, Pierre started off condescending and escalated to sexually harassing: “I’ll be your cage tonight, how’s that?” That’s just weird and creepy – well beyond his usual levels. The NHL desperately needs more diversity in its image to become relevant. That said, I didn’t think she was great – too much nervous energy and too many cliched comments. That’s probably b/c she was thrown in with no preparation. If I were the NHL, I’d get her some training and give her ample opportunity to become great. And then I’d replace one of their on-air goon squad members (Pierre, Milbury?) with her.

    • Dan Kingerski

      January 31, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      A reasoned take!

  2. Keith

    January 31, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Good breakdown on the events of the past 24 hrs. It is interesting that Brassard was a healthy scratch last night but the NBC announcers stated that he was “injured.” At least that is what I heard them say. I am hoping there are no injury issues with Brassard! Seems as if it is a step to keep him healthy before he is dealt somewhere. I think it is very interesting he was a scratch nevertheless. The Pens didn’t seem to miss him one bit.

    I think it is odd that the Stars & Pens are scouting one another. The price they got back for Olesiak seemed to be low to me….. He is a better much defenseman than the one they received from Dallas a year ago.

    As for the comments by Pierrre, I don’t think they were that egregious. The fact is Coyne-Schoefield is way out of her league in her knowledge of hockey and it was on full display on a national level. Even the women’s USA Olympic team is woefully short of most AHL teams let alone the NHL level – it is Her comments during the game added ZERO – anyone who knows hockey could see this reality. Sadly, We live in an age where gender is more important than actual ability or knowledge to be a face on sports broadcasting. NFL Football is a prime example.

    • Dan Kingerski

      January 31, 2019 at 10:58 am

      He was injured. He was NOT a healthy scratch.

    • Barb Riopelle

      January 31, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      You are so right about Coyne-Schoefield being way out of her league and it is very sad that gender IS more important than ability and knowledge. All she talks about is her confidence in who she is, but the fact is – if you know who you are, you don’t have to prove it, and get all the accolades she garnered on social media!

      • RobertU

        January 31, 2019 at 8:22 pm

        You guys are blaming her for the NHL’s attempt at marketing. She did a good job competing at the all star game. People were excited about it. The NHL tried to capitalize and threw her in front of the camera w/o any prep (b/c how could you prep appropriately with the short time available?). She seemed over-eager and nervous and as I mentioned above, didn’t do a great job IMO.

        That has nothing to do with her gender, and to bring that up tells us way more about your misguided identity politic-driven beliefs than anything else. It’s sad TBH.

        What it is about is Pierre – who is pretty questionable as a hockey analyst to begin with – acting like a creep. There’s no question he did. And it was about as “egregious” as anything we’ve seen on live TV in decades. I mean, the cage is the thing women hockey players wear on their face. So, you do the math on what Pierre was suggesting when he said “I’ll be your cage tonight, how’s that?” Pretty gross IMO. Imagine if some dude said that to your wife or your daughter.

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