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Dan’s Daily Links: More on Evgeni Malkin Trade Rumors, NHL Hot Stove



Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin celebrates with Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby

Well, just when the smoke had dissipated, another report of Pittsburgh Penguins–Evgeni Malkin trade talk has surfaced. The burning coals of the NHL hot stove are beginning to warm, so get ready for the thrill ride of the next few weeks which can be more intense and involve more big names than the NHL trade deadline. Also, sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that Zdeno Chara suffered a broken jaw, and there are Patrick Laine and Erik Karlsson rumors, too.

Dans Les Coulisses website isn’t a household name in the US market. They were the first to be on the Galchenyuk/Domi trade, they were correct and in the correct time frame about the Penguins Olli Maatta rumors, and now we have a second report of the Penguins and Florida Panthers having a chat about Evgeni Malkin. It seems Jonathan Huberdeau’s name is indeed involved (

It still seems unlikely the Penguins will trade Evgeni Malkin. Even as we made the first report, I say it seems unlikely, but we do not know the nature of the discussions between the Penguins brass and Malkin at the Worlds. By the way, stick tap to the DLC boys for referencing our report from May 7.

The Fourth Period, editor Dave Pagnotta reported IF negotiations break down in Winnipeg, Patrick Laine would explore offer sheet options (The Fourth Period)

More players are going to publicly begin making this threat. It’s not exactly breaking news but it is how the system is SUPPOSED to work. Laine threatening to look at offer sheets, as has Mitch Marner, is a signal from the players and agents that they’re going to push the league towards using this option. Whether or not GMs agree is another matter.

A source confirmed to Boston Hockey Now, Zdeno Chara has a broken jaw–BUT–has not been ruled out. Here’s more (Boston Hockey Now)

Where will Erik Karlsson wind up? It sounds like his wife is homesick–but Ottawa is undergoing a full rebuild. So, Montreal? (Sportsnet)

Connor McDavid is still limping around with a knee brace after his injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6. Uh oh (TSN)

Believe it or not–and based on the comments, there are some stubborn folks clinging to the dogma–the Penguins on-ice problem down the stretch was not the defense. It was offense–take a look at the surprising analysis (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

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3 years ago

It is very hard to imagine how Phil Kessel is in a Pittsburgh jersey this coming September. I understand that and all that goes with it. They most likely will not get comparable talent back. The offense will suffer. A group of fans will be unhappy with the loss of a favorite. But considering how wide open this discussion has been and how willing the Penguins are to throw gas on burning rumors . . . this Kessel run in Pittsburgh is over. All that said barring and absolutely “offer that they cannot refuse” what team would move Kessel .… Read more »

3 years ago

Malkin to Miami has already been scrapped and as far as anyone can tell is founded on the fact that Malkin and his wife love Miami and people think he’d pull a Kovalchuk just to live in his vacation spot. It’s not an inconsiderable temptation since his wife spends more time in Miami than Pittsburgh and she brings their son with her. I guess it’s possible she could draw him away if he felt there were no more Cups to be had with the Penguins. But on the other hand Malkin himself has said he views ending his career outside… Read more »

3 years ago

Malkin for Huberdeau is EXTREMELY interesting. JH is obviously not Geno, but he’s 7 years younger and locked up through 2023 at a cap hit of 5.9 million. He had a 92 point season last year, but that is a high. However, playing behind Sid, and on that PP, he could be a ppg player for years to come. And, that’s over 3 million saved in cap space. If I’m the Pens I probably ask for another piece….but, man, Huberdeau may actually be more productive than Geno moving forward.

High risk/high reward. Extremely tempting.

3 years ago

I loved what Malkin has done for the Penguins, however I see such poor tendencies (+- and lazy penalties doesn’t lie), that show how he’s better off being traded. I agree Huberdeau and the cap savings would be enough to make that trade. Kessel absolutely must go- honestly, I’d get rid of him just for the cap flexibility and to give the “next” Generation an opportunity to show what they could do with more ppg time:(Simon,McCann,Bjugstad,ZAR,Rust,Blueger,)… that should be enough with Crosby, Huberdeau, Hornqvist,Guentzel,

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