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Well, that was a surprise announcement. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Danton Heinen to a one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday afternoon. Heinen reportedly turned down better offers to stay with the Penguins, which must make additional moves to get below the salary cap. Vancouver Canucks prez Jim Rutherford said his team is far apart in contract talks with J.T. Miller and confirmed Miller is on the NHL trade block. Jake Virtanen was found not guilty of sexual assault, and why the Washington Capitals didn’t go for big-name NHL free agents.

Interesting day, I tell you.

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PIttsburgh Hockey Now: Danton Heinen, come on down! The Penguins now must expose a player to waivers or dump salary via the NHL trade market. Heinen turned down better offers from the Winnipeg Jets and others to play with the Pittsburgh Penguins, again.

PHN+: Now that the drama of the 2022 Penguins free agents are behind them, we can look at the Penguins free agent class of 2023. It won’t be as dramatic, but it could be important. Penguins free agents.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: John Perrotto looks at the MLB trade market. Teams are sniffing around Jose Quintana, but what can they get for Brian Reynolds? Pittsburgh Pirates trade talk.

Steelers Now (+): Oh it was a day in Latrobe. The WRs made all of the news. The Diontae Johnson “hold-in” and the George Pickens high pointing catches. Chris Carter has Day 1 impressions. Who looked REALLY good? Pittsburgh Steelers camp.

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NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

Vancouver Hockey Now: The Canucks would like to re-sign J.T. Miller, but president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said the two sides are “a ways apart.” He also admitted Miller was available on the NHL trade block, but the Canucks were waiting for the right offer. Vancouver Canucks Drama!

Here’s an interesting litmus test for our society. Jake Virtanen was basically shunned from the hockey world after being charged with sexual assault. He claimed it was very consentual. She claimed it was very much not. The jury sided with him. Not guilty–Jake Virtanen.

Now (and just mull this over without creating a culture war in the comments section because I necessarily delete inflammatory comments about things outside hockey), would you support your team signing Virtanen?

Sportsnet: Despite the ongoing investigations and gathering dark clouds over Hockey Canada because of sexual assaults, the team will play in next month’s World Juniors in Edmonton.

Washington Hockey Now: No big splash for the Capitals. No big names. No Nazem Kadri or John Klingberg rumors. Sammi Silber writes that was by design and that is the right call for the Washington Capitals.

NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders are bringing back the Fisherman logo from the mid-1990s as their retro third sweater. And…the fans reacted. New York Islanders reaction.

Detroit Hockey Now: Bobby Ryan was arrested at the Nashville airport. He had a relapse, as some TMZ wannabe sites plastered his mugshot all over social media (we refused), Ryan admitted that he fell short, and thanked everyone for their support. Detroit Red Wings coverage.

Vegas Hockey Now: Max Pacioretty is gone to Carolina for future considerations. Vegas has done some hacking and whacking at their salary cap structure, and the league has benefitted from their giveaways. Now, as Owen Krepps writes, after all is given away, Vegas needs top-six wingers. Vegas Golden Knights analysis.

San Jose: Mike Greir introduced new head coach David Quinn. There were lots of questions about the Sharks direction, Greir’s direction, and what comes next. Sheng Peng had thoughts, too. San Jose Sharks analysis.

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Mary Lurwick
Mary Lurwick
16 days ago

To answer some of your questions: waive Petterson, I know we’d like to get something for him but late round picks don’t always make it to the big show so shed his salary to become compliant. Virtanen- no thanks! That will not look good for any organization especially will all the SA cases coming out of Team Canada lately. And for Bobby Ryan, sadly it’s just the nature of his genetics and where he grew up. I know he grew up near Kensington in Philly before moving to NJ. Fortunately his vice is alcohol not heroin- that part of Philly… Read more »

Ethan
16 days ago
Reply to  Mary Lurwick

Waving Petterson (I feel like he has a few more letters in there)–a serviceable albeit underwhelming D-man–would leave two unproven left side D-man and therefore an even more unbalanced backend. And as a guy with two different sized butt-cheeks, I can safely say it isn’t good when you have an unbalanced backend.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
16 days ago

Surprised its Heinen and not ERod for an extra 0.5M given the extra versatility. When you’re over you’re over. Still a solid value

Michelle
Michelle
16 days ago

I would be OK with anyone signing Virtanen IF he could play, but from what I hear from the Canucks fans I’ve spoken to, he was terrible and playing himself off the roster to begin with. He was acquitted and should at least get the opportunity for a PTO somewhere (likely his only shot given how crazy free agency is this year), but it would be up to him to maintain his half of the bargain. I’m not so sure he can do that. Canada appears to be having its own reckoning like USA Gymnastics did, but we need to… Read more »

T.J. Bunner
T.J. Bunner
16 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

Well said, Michelle. I’m not going to comment on Virtanen’s play, although he was playing for Moscow this season (16Pts in 36 Games). He left, as did many other players after the Ukraine invasion. I also believe she should be given a chance (whether it PTO, or 2 way deal). Would you mind if it was the Penguins?

Michelle
Michelle
16 days ago
Reply to  T.J. Bunner

I would if he played as badly as he supposedly did…

AnthonyB
AnthonyB
16 days ago

Agreed, If he’s innocent. But on a much lighter note… I generally troll the comments section for a 4 letter P name so I can automatically hit the minus sign.. then read the comment, then try to hit the minus sign again lmao

AnthonyB
AnthonyB
16 days ago

And funny how the Heinen contract suddenly makes us look like a contender. Glad to have him back. But really, couldn’t offer 100k more?

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
15 days ago

For the life of me, I don’t know why anyone would have an issue with their team signing Virtanen if he can play hockey well enough to secure a roster spot. A not guilty verdict should me a hell of a lot more than the false accusations that derailed his career.

Alan Smith
15 days ago

Petterson is the new kick around for Pens fans these days! Spend all your money on the offense what do they expect? NHL is becoming the Goon Hockey League! Let’s try to enjoy our offensive machine while we can! Best entertainment in the league for an entire regular season and hopefully the playoffs! The Av’s pulled it off and were great to watch play and beat the goon teams! Bigger is not better! Go Pens!

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
15 days ago
Reply to  Alan Smith

“Spend all your money of the offense”???? Last season Ruhwedel was the only regular defenseman for the Penguins making less than $4 million.

Steve
Steve
15 days ago

As to the Virtanen question, I think you already have an implicit answer to your question based on the current roster and previous comments on coverage. Casey DeSmith had a somewhat similar incident while in college. I don’t often see it referenced when it comes to debates over signing/trading/resigning him. People only discuss his injury status/durability and quality of play. I think it’s also important to add that DeSmith appears to have learned from the incident and hasn’t, to my knowledge, had an issue since. Virtanen likely needs to do the same. But, if he can play, someone will give… Read more »

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Steve
Steve
14 days ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I will have to take another look at it. The article I read from the time said that as part of a diversion agreement he admitted the assault. Not trying to rehash a bad time in the guy’s life, but it speaks to your hypothetical question. https://www.fosters.com/story/news/crime/2014/12/06/ex-unh-goalie-agrees-to/34927787007/

Ryan
Ryan
15 days ago

My issue is that a team can immediately terminate a contract over an accusation. I don’t think that is right. He looked to be regressing at the time, so Vancouver was disappointed, but also happy to have an excuse to get rid of him. He wasn’t far off from a decent season, so he can play in at least a bottom 6 role. Anyway, he was found innocent, he should be given a chance somewhere.

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