There is a trio of young players who have the NHL trade mill stirring, including a pair in Winnipeg. It is a big question about how teams will handle the under-25s who have requested trades. The Pittsburgh Penguins splashed the cash on defenseman John Marino, and there are big questions in Vegas, too.
Hours before their first day of training camp, the Penguins gave John Marino $26.4 million reasons to stick around (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
We asked Marino if he had a wishlist for his new windfall. He smiled as he said he doesn’t, but he does want to improve a few things on the ice (PHN+)
Jack Roslovic, Patrik Laine, and Pierre-Luc Dubois want to hit the NHL trade scene. All three have asked for a trade, but all are still with their teams. Roslovic is currently an unsigned RFA, but Dubois and Laine are signed.
CBJ GM Jarko Kekkalainen and head coach John Tortorella addressed their situation (Columbus Post Dispatch)
We do know the Boston Bruins are interested in Dubois (Boston Hockey Now)
The Winnipeg Jets are keeping Laine away from the media. He will not be available during training camp (I suspect the writers may protest). One wonders what he would say. Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press reported on the situation and had a novel idea. *ahem Columbus (Winnipeg Free Press)
Expectations are sky-high in Montreal. You and I saw first hand how well their young players performed against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Toronto bubble, especially Jesperi Kotkaniemi. With grizzled veterans and increased depth, Montreal is looking pretty good (Sportsnet)
However, Bergevin also threw cold water on the NHL trade junkies. He doesn’t believe we will see trades in season (Sportsnet)
And, there are five big questions surrounding the Vegas Golden Knights, including Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)