It’s Day 22 of the Pittsburgh Penguins roster stalemate. Not since Zach Aston-Reese signed a one-year tender on Aug. 5 have we had any Penguins player news. I do this tongue-in-cheek, but training camp is probably two weeks away, so we should have some things to discuss beginning next week. The Carolina Hurricanes gave Andrei Svechnikov a big contract and are still shopping on the NHL trade market. The Philadelphia Flyers gave major cash to Sean Couturier, Ryan Reaves is already laying down the law with Tom Wilson, and Team Canada put a hurtin’ on the US women at the Worlds.
We also surveyed a few centers that could hit the NHL trade market.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What if the Penguins need a center–now, or looking ahead to the future. There are a few pivots that could hit the market because of expiring contracts, including Max Domi.
NHL News & National Hockey Now
TSN: Oh, Canada! Led by 13th forward Jamie Lee Rattray, the Canadian Women thumped Team USA in their first meeting in two years.
Boston: Sources confirmed to BHN (which has been one of the leaders covering the Jack Eichel NHL trade chatter) to expect a resolution soon. Both sides are “sick of this sh*t.”
News & Observer: Andrei Svechnikov was the first Metro Division star to get a $62 million contract on Thursday. But beat writer Luke DeCock says the Hurricanes are still shopping for a scoring winger.
Philly: Sean Couturier will be around in Philadelphia for a long time. The Flyers also splashed $62 million on their top center.
How times change. Derick Brassard took a bargain deal to sign with the Flyers, and he’s “super excited.”
RMNB: How would New York Rangers tough guy Ryan Reaves have handled the Tom Wilson fiasco last season? “We’re fighting three times, or I’m jumping you.”
Detroit: Darren McCarty stood up for Detroit. After the Pistons selected Cade Cunningham over Jalen Green with the first-overall pick, Green ripped the city of Detroit. McCarty then ripped Green and stood up for the Motor City.
I did love the unlimited Little Caesars pizza and crazy bread in the old Joe Louis media room. That was pretty awesome. Discussing the rest of my time in Detroit might make McCarty mad, so we’ll just skip that.
We’re also getting lots of requests to discuss possible PTOs in Penguins camp. Just remember, a PTO is a tryout. The current free agents you’re hoping come to the Penguins camp want a contract. Next week, we’ll have a better idea of who is PTO material.