While the Pittsburgh Penguins worked on their power play and Evgeni Malkin promised the Penguins would be ready for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night, Toronto finally moved the NHL trade market forward. Elliotte Friedman listed Tomas Tatar as a Penguins trade target, and Bryan Trottier grabbed his guitar for the NHL.
After getting a day in the sunshine following their emotional win over Washington on Sunday, Malkin says the Penguins will be ready for Tampa Bay. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Bob McKenzie followed Boston Hockey Now by linking the Boston Bruins and Columbus thumper Josh Anderson (Boston Hockey Now)
Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman wrote the Penguins are one team interested in Montreal forward Tomas Tatar (Sportsnet)
I’m sure the Penguins would love a player like Tatar, or Tatar himself. The cost is going to be steep, and I don’t believe the Penguins have enough in their pockets to make it happen. A first-round pick is only the beginning of the negotiations. Tatar has 50 points (20g, 30a) in 55 games. There isn’t an argument if he could help the Penguins. The problem is beating the other offers from more well-stocked teams around the league.
A more budget-friendly option for a Penguins trade which could yield premium results is Mike Hoffman in Florida. He’s available, and Florida wants a hockey trade. They want defense. (TSN)
Montreal media is also beginning to wonder about Max Domi’s future in Montreal because of Nick Suzuki’s emergence (Journal De Montreal)
Yes, the Penguins liked Domi and 18 months ago made an offer before he was dealt to Montreal. In retrospect, the Penguins trade offer to Arizona was HUGE (Bryan Rust or Conor Sheary, plus Dominik Simon. That was a PHN scoop later confirmed by multiple reports from The Athletic and others).
Domi and Tatar are signed through next season, so add a little more to their price tag.
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is getting a good reputation. He gives his team what it needs. Late Wednesday night, he delivered a goaltender and some muscle. Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford will wear the blue and white (Toronto Sun)
Great move for Toronto. However, I believe Casey DeSmith is a better goalie. Take note, Campbell essentially cost a third-round pick. Consider that a market-setting price.
Hockey Hall of Famer and Penguins Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier is pretty good with a guitar and microphone. He looks forward to Hockey Day in Canada every year because he’s part of the entertainment (NHL.com)