Former Pittsburgh Penguins AGM and current Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has taken over the NHL offseason. In the last two days, Guerin has signed a young defenseman thought to be on the trading block, lit a fire in the NHL trade rumors by putting a pretty good defender on the block, and Guerin traded his number one center.
Hockey Central even had a serious discussion about the Minnesota Wild and Penguins trade rumors, Round 3. We don’t believe there’s anything substantial, but the NHL trade rumors involving Minnesota are red hot.
First, Marc-Andre Fleury. Where are the Top 5 landing spots for Vegas and Fleury? (Vegas Hockey Now)
Now, back to Bill Guerin.
The Minnesota Wild are “far from done” (TSN)
On Wednesday night, Minnesota traded number one center Eric Staal to Buffalo for winger Marcus Johansson. An odd move as a standalone (Star-Tribune)
Guerin signed Jonas Brodin to a contract, and the Matt Dumba trade rumors are intensifying quickly. The Vancouver Canucks with a goalie to spare and Brock Boeser is the current Dumba trade darling (Vancouver Province)
Go, Billy Guerin. He’s busting up his mediocre team and using assets in shrewd ways. We don’t get the Staal trade (yet), and it surprised everyone, but Guerin is on the march. If Guerin can land Boeser, the Staal trade makes sense. It’s hella interesting to watch, that’s for sure.
The Penguins are quiet…too quiet…
For now, it’s mid-September and time for our annual prospect rankings. As we put pen to paper, the Penguins prospect pool isn’t terrible, but it’s probably as good now as it is going to get for a couple of years. Here are the top five prospects; the kids who have a real chance at making an impact (PHN+)
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The Winnipeg Jets need a second-line center. Here are the seven potentials, per Ken Wiebe (Sportsnet)
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The New York Islanders have a chance to force Game 7 and put Tampa Bay in a chokehold. Yep, that’s a full double entendre about TB’s choking past. In fact, the Islanders are all over the NY papers. It’s pretty cool. (NYI Hockey Now)
Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin is channeling his inner Tim Thomas. Both made great Stanley Cup runs in their mid-30s and shocked everyone. The comparison is pretty sharp (Boston Hockey Now)
Nathan MacKinnon won the Lady Byng, he also has some thoughts on winning the Hart Trophy (Colorado Hockey Now)
Former Penguins defenseman Bob Bougher had his interim tag removed and will be the coach of the San Jose Sharks (San Jose Hockey Now)