Welcome to the offseason 2.0. The NHL trade carousel is trying to spin, free agents are again looking for new homes, and GMs are trying to improve their teams without salary cap space. It’s an unparalleled crunch that affects every team from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vegas Golden Knights.
And away we go.
This season, there are numerous the Penguins must overcome, but there are a handful of issues you can skip worrying about (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The NHL is moving closer to announcing the 2020-21 NHL season. And teams will play in their own buildings (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Max Pacioretty has a sense of humor. As NHL trade rumors picked up this week (including from the Hockey Now network), Pacioretty dismissed them. “I played in Montreal for 10 years, so this is lightweight stuff…” (Vegas Hockey Now)
Teams will also travel only within their own division. Technically, the league is also keeping the hub city plans as a fallback, but that would be a whole new can of worms.
Where will Mike Hoffman and Erik Haula wind up? What about the rest of the UFAs? Emily Sadler at Sportsnet compiled the updated news (Sportsnet)
What IS the holdup for the new NHL season? It appears the taxi squads and expanded rosters are the current hangups. The TSN Insiders dish (TSN)
I think most of us could solve this issue pretty quickly, but the language, wording, and practice must be precise, or a few GMs are willing to bend the rules into a pretzel to achieve more salary-cap space.
Also at TSN, the Vegas Golden Knights need a partner for the NHL trade market. We reported the Pittsburgh Penguins circled back on Max Pacioretty, as did several other teams, but it seems Vegas is looking for teams with cap space. Travis Yost examines if Detroit and Ottawa are the best options (TSN)
It’s about that time. Will the Boston Bruins make the hard choice to move on from Zdeno Chara? Joe Haggerty says–maybe they should (Boston Hockey Now)
And finally — !!! — The San Jose Sharks are bringing back their original teal jerseys (San Jose Hockey Now)
Have a good one, kids. The latest lockdowns really suck but mask up, take care of each other, and for God’s sake, look at the direction arrows on the grocery store aisles. Please don’t make me rethink carrying a cattle prod!