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Dan’s Daily: Maple Leafs Interested in Murray, Three Game 7s on Tap

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NHL trade rumors and Penguins trade rumors Matt Murray

All four Round Two playoff series were 3-1, and now the NHL is about to treat us to three Game 7s in less than 36 hours. I’ll make the popcorn and you bring the beer. The Pittsburgh Penguins trade talks involving Matt Murray include the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL is taking legitimate steps to become more inclusive, the Zdeno Chara question remains unanswered in Boston, and The Hockey News lined up the Max Domi suitors without the Penguins.

Speaking of those Pittsburgh Penguins. They will need a right-side defenseman. And an affordable one, too. The UFA market is not flush with options, but here are the Penguins affordable choices at RD, including one familiar face (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

TSN’s Daren Dreger firmly linked the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Penguins trade table and Matt Murray (TSN)

One day after the Penguins postseason loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Blundell Sports in Toronto stoked NHL trade rumors when he tied the Penguins and Toronto together on the Murray trade saga. His report didn’t gain much traction down here, but it now appears accurate.

The five teams that should make a play for Max Domi, by Matt Larkin (The Hockey News)

NHL playoffs / National Hockey Now

What will the Boston Bruins do about 43-years-old Zdeno Chara? He made his intentions known on Thursday (Boston Hockey Now)

Expect plenty more in the NHL trade rumors out of Boston, they have a lot of decisions to make around an aging core.

This afternoon, we get our first of three Game 7s this weekend in the NHL playoffs. Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche. Here’s the somewhat surprising reason why the game is so early (Colorado Hockey Now)

Adrian Dater hired a former Colorado Avalanche scout to break down the games as a scout would. CHN readers are LOVING the breakdowns. Check it out the Game 6 master class from a pro (Colorado Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders had the series win on their stick so many times. They bombarded the Philadelphia Flyers net, but goalie Carter Hart was on his head. The Flyers won in Double OT, so here we go. Game 7, Saturday (NYI Hockey Now)

The second Game 7 will be tonight in Edmonton. The Vancouver Canucks will not die. Vegas hurled 48 shots at Thatcher Demko and he rejected all of them. Vancouver put a few past Robin Lehner and that was all (NHL.com)

If Marc-Andre Fleury doesn’t start Game 7, it will be an epic error and require a lot of forgiveness from Fleury. The Flower blooms in Game 7s.

The NHL announced initiatives to be more inclusive (Sportsnet)

New Florida GM Bill Zito joined our George Richards on the latest FHN podcast. Pretty cool, huh? (Florida Hockey Now)

There are a lot of changes coming in Florida, so cue the NHL rumors there, too.

Our Sheng Peng in San Jose has been a revelation. The dude can write and he’s adept at creating stories despite a LONG, LOOOONNGG offseason in San Jose.

Kevin Labanc signed a very team-friendly deal last offseason. Last month, he told San Jose Hockey Now he won’t do so again. SJNH has been charting his course, and chatted with his Team USA juniors coach…who said he was a  “scrawny kid.” For you US National Development folks and those of you with kids in youth hockey, here you go (SJ Hockey Now)

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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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Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews (@eandrews)
1 year ago

Dan why would pittsburg entertains trade with Toronto what can they offer that those other teams you profiled cant, also if they traded Murry can they do any other trades like say, getting Domi as the 3rd line ctr and L or R def (nurse Larson bogo demo or Barrie). If they let Horni walk and get rid of Murry and JJ could they sign a top 4 defender

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

Just my opinion . . . which is just as likely to be wrong as right . . . but I think there is going to be substantial interest in Murray. I do find it funny though that the Draeger piece refers to him as “decorated.” Is this not the same guy described as “inconsistent” and “with a weak glove” and “skills diminished over the last two years” and a save percentage “near the bottom” of starting goaltenders? On and on. I have to admit though that I am not sure how much difference there is between Murray and Anderson.… Read more »

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews (@eandrews)
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

Frank who knows what JR is going to do, remeber he does not think JJ is wrong on any level, I think it is all about to come crashing down tho. got a feeling Hori is going to be let go, Reirdon is going to want big guys on the def, I think Murray will get attention he is still young and is not a bad goalie and has 2 Cups, but what do i know, maybe jr goes after Peteriangelo

Valtteri
Valtteri
1 year ago

I cannot stomach a trade of Murray to the Maple Leafs. What are the Pens hoping to get back? It seems short sighted to have traded for Kapanen and then make an additional trade to Toronto with Murray. Surely they could have sent Murray a 2021 2nd and the prospects to Toronto for Kapanen only. The Jake Allen trade shows that goalies have very little value compared to what fans would think. It seems like Rutherford shot himself in the foot to get Kapanen, and will now have to defend the small return on Murray, and any additional trade made… Read more »

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