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Dan’s Daily: Giroux Trade Gets Complicated, Bertuzzi Available?

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NHL Trade, Tyle Bertuzzi, Pittsburgh Penguins

Claude Giroux has played his final game for the Philadelphia Flyers. He should have been on a flight Friday to a new city, a new team, and a new adventure. And then things got complicated, and our Philly colleague Sam Carchidi is on the inside with the story. The Chicago Blackhawks got an 18-wheeler haul for Brandon Hagel. Tyler Bertuzzi is on the NHL trade block, maybe, kind of, and the trade prices leading to the deadline border on insanity.

Actually, they’re on the other side of insanity looking back. The Flyers surely got a look at the values and realized…hey, wait…

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Head coach Mike Sullivan has been making changes. And more changes. Some of them have worked beyond expectation. Over the past two weeks–Where is the finish? Three things the Pittsburgh Penguins should have learned.

NHL Trade Deadline:

NYI Hockey Now: Before we get to Giroux, the Vegas Golden Knights are reeling. A playoff spot is in jeopardy for the first time in their existence. A good source tells Stefen Rosner–the Vegas Golden Knights are coming after New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Vegas: The trade rumors, Jack Eichel is hurt, and Robin Lehner again used Twitter to shoot down injury reports. Vegas Golden Knights wrap.

Philly: The big get on the NHL trade block–What was thought to be on the launchpad is taking more time. Sam Carchidi has the inside scoop–It’s getting complicated for the Claude Giroux and the Philadephia Flyers.

Florida: What the hell! Where is Giroux? George Richards has the Florida Panthers side.

Colorado: Adrian Dater writers–Joe Sakic is going all-in. The Colorado Avalanche is going for it.

Detroit: Here’s the one I don’t know what to think. Could Tyler Bertuzzi depart the Detroit Red Wings?

Don’t get too excited, Penguins fans. Even if he is, the Pittsburgh Penguins surely cannot afford him.

Montreal: Artturi Lehkonen is in play, but could second thoughts keep him with the Montreal Canadiens?

Sportsnet: Here’s when you know things are out of whack. The Tampa Bay Lightning gave up TWO first-rounders and two forwards for Brandon Hagel.

Brandon Hagel?!

Washington: Hey, there was actual hockey on the ice, the reason the trade deadline exists. A favor for the Penguins–the Carolina Hurricanes spent one of their games in hand on the Penguins and…lost to the Washington Capitals.

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Jason.C
Jason.C
8 months ago

Good morning Dan! Do you think the Pens will land somebody before Monday?

Paul
Paul
8 months ago

As I mentioned here a few days ago, Bertuzzi should be at or near the top of the wish list. He checks a lot of boxes for what this team needs. Stevie Y. will want a lot in return, obviously, but the guy is worth a serious inquiry. Somebody has got to convince Sid and Mario that it’s not wise to have a bunch of highly paid 30-somethings in a salary-cap league.

Last edited 8 months ago by Paul
A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Exactly! I Agree! All of Rutherford blunders have left the Pens handcuffed with large Salaries and him Trading draft picks away..

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
8 months ago
Reply to  A. Lifeson

Never understood why Rutherford didn’t sign Ron Hainsey for 3 Mill yet signed Matt Hunwick for 3.75 Mill only to dump him With with Connor Sherry to Buffalo.

RYAN
RYAN
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Explain the Sid and Mario part?

Sid is a player in his mid 30’s and Mario sold the team 3 months ago.

William Maloni
William Maloni
8 months ago

As I suggested, get ready for Hexie to do nothing and lament that the Pens tried but didn’t have the resources to make the trades they needed. (Likely, quite true.)

Last edited 8 months ago by William Maloni
RYAN
RYAN
8 months ago
Reply to  William Maloni

Most likely outcome

Katz
Katz
8 months ago

What I would do isn’t going to happen. But it makes sense . This team isn’t winning a Stanley Cup this year and with a Rakell it might help in the margins but not nearly enough to alter the trajectory. Their only hope is the ” higher fool ” theory and Rutherford loves Kapanen as much as Sullivan loves Simon and takes him . Unlikely but possible. If nothing occurs then Hextall makes a big mistake not trying to move Malkin or Letang Because another early exit occurs without any material changes so try now with Montreal or Florida and… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Katz
Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Katz

As much as you try to trade Geno each spring, he isn’t going anywhere nor should he.

A. Lifeson
A. Lifeson
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

So in other words make the playoffs then lose the next 5 years

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  A. Lifeson

Good to know you can see the future…and all because of Geno. That’s awesome!

RYAN
RYAN
8 months ago
Reply to  Katz

They should trade Malkin and Letang for picks now…then “reload” to be possibly good enough to challenge for a playoff spot for the next 5 years 👍🏻

Frank
Frank
8 months ago

Looking at the trades completed to this point a couple of things seem clear. The teams that have pushed the button are largely those that have a genuine chance to win a Cup. Tampa; Colorado; Floriida, Calgary and I expect those have more churning. But they are in a very different spot than the Pens. GMRH is sitting at a high stakes poker game with a roll of nickels. And he is slow to part even with the nickels. So far I think he is right. The price is too high for a team squeezing out one or two more… Read more »

RYAN
RYAN
8 months ago
Reply to  Frank

Once Malkin and crosby go…they have a “future” of sucking out loud for years. That’s what happens when a dynasty ends. So you want that now?

Uros
Uros
8 months ago

Brandon who?

Brandon o
Brandon o
8 months ago

The pens should be all in this year with rentals, but keep 2023 1st round pick. If they lose in the 1st round again, then it will create two paths going forward. 1, Resign Letang Malkin and Rust to hometown discounts and be aggressive for one last run. 2, Let everyone walk and gut the team for a few more 1sts and tank for Bedard in 23. Its all or nothing at this point.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
8 months ago
Reply to  Brandon o

Signing all three to discounts is easier said than done. Only one of those three has said he isn’t concerned about the money. Rust is in his prime and is going to want a big contract.

Matt K
Matt K
8 months ago

I don’t know why, but I feel like Hexy is flying under the radar to get a surprise guy like last year. That being said, I could see him acquiring a guy like Voracek. We would have to unload a few contracts to make it happen but sweetening the deal with high draft picks could make it happen and he has 3 years left in his deal. I wonder if Hextall has it in him to do something like this considering the other teams stacking up.