Former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie now Sin City franchise face in the desert Marc-Andre Fleury passed Ed Belfour as the fourth all-time winningest goalie in the NHL. Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted a sharp disagreement led to his resignation. The Penguins changed their lines on Wednesday at practice, which was also the first on-ice go with Penguins trade prize Jeff Carter.
There are 31 teams in the NHL, but do any dominate a news cycle quite like the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jeff Carter’s first practice with the Penguins created a couple of big changes on the Penguins lines and a pretty good Jason Zucker chirp.
PHN+: From Sam Lafferty’s future to out-of-the-box thinking–Five observations and questions after Carter’s first practice.
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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Marc-Andre Fleury. Win #485. He passed Ed Belfour as the fourth all-time winningest goalie.
Quick Fleury story–there are so many–On his last night in Pittsburgh, he spent the evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Cranberry signing autographs. He talked with every person in line. He could have rolled through, signed, and moved on, but he talked to people with a permanent smile. Afterward, the media who covered the event lined up to shake his hand.
Vegas coach Pete DeBoer had better hand him the playoff net and let him run with it. No quick-hook silliness. He’s earned it.
Sportsnet Video: I thought Christine Simpson might crack former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. She at least got him to admit a sharp disagreement.
New info: Rutherford wanted Ron Hextall to succeed him…someday. And Rutherford wants his next role to be President of Hockey Operations.
Someday, I’ll crack the story. I’ve been told two different stories from different parts of the Penguins org. The stories differ too greatly to piece them together for one truth. Even that speaks to the abrupt and confidential nature of the story.
Times-Herald: In related news, long-time underling Jason Karmanos whom the Penguins axed last summer, has a new job with the Buffalo Sabres.
Rutherford’s contract is up in June. Does anyone want to bet against Rutherford having a job in Buffalo before July 4?
National Hockey Now:
NYI: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is under a cloud of credible sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, took time out of his denials to tout the New York Islanders new arena as an example of the post-COVID New York.
Philly: Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher admitted he woke up on Monday and didn’t know if they would sign or trade Scott Laughton.
Boston: The Bruins have a pair of rookie goalies who sparkled in Tuuka Rask’s absence. One of them is going to stick around for a while.
San Jose: Joachim Blichfield has had a wild year. From his controversial headshot on Nathan MacKinnon to the following goal slump, it’s been a crazy ride.
Colorado: Starting goalie Philip Grubauer tested positive, so it’s Devan Dubnyk’s net for now, and he was pretty, pretty, pretty good on Wednesday. Dooooobb!
Vegas: Vegas and Colorado remain on a collision course. More on Fleury’s #485.