In the latest National Hockey Now network’s off the record, there is increasing caution by some hockey insiders that a change in philosophy in the White House could affect the 2020-21 NHL season. Don’t worry, we’re not going to politically proselytize, either way. Some big names could also hit the NHL trade market this season.
Also today, the Edmonton Oilers are a little embarrassed after bouncing a check, the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated 30 jobs, but we had some fun with the new reverse retro jerseys.
The Pittsburgh Penguins reverse retro jerseys are….? We revealed the Penguins sweaters and ranked the rest of the NHL. What do you think? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The latest Hockey Now “Off the Record” column is a worthy read. There is concern that a national COVID-19 lockdown could cripple the coming season, and insiders identify which big names could hit the NHL trade market as teams surrender to the clogged trade scene (PHN+)
Exclusive — The San Jose Sharks marketing director chatted with San Jose Hockey Now about the reverse retro jerseys AND teased a new Sharks jersey for their 30th anniversary (San Jose Hockey Now)
There was some bad financial news across the NHL, yesterday.
The Edmonton Oilers haven’t paid $55,000 in hotel bills from last season (Edmonton Journal)
The Tampa Bay Lightning purged 30 jobs yesterday because of COVID related revenue losses (Tampa Bay Times)
Back to hockey. Last season, the Montreal Canadiens forwards crew were exceptional at turning loose pucks into offense, but the defense was terrible at getting it away from Carey Price (TSN)
Stick tap to the Pittsburgh Penguins. There was quite a bit of chatter on the inside that the organization would have a payroll close to $75 million, as reported by the Athletic and TSN. PHN also reported something similar, but we hedged because we acknowledged the possibility that ownership would be too competitive to follow through. Teams are hurting, and the Penguins ownership should be lauded for thus far taking the hit without slashing payroll.