In late August, finding hockey news can be like getting your hand stuck in the Pringles can. This year is a little different, as the volume of news is a bit better. The NHL trade chatter around J.T. Miller has cooled, but our colleague Rob Simpson reports two Metro Division GMs are still trying to find the right combination for a deal. Phil Kessel had a parting shot for the Arizona Coyotes and their culture. We rolled out the new Pittsburgh Penguins prospect list, which has interesting implications for next summer.
Full marks if you get the movie reference above. A little word of advice, my friend. Sometimes, you have to let those hard-to-reach chips go.
Only a couple of weekends left in summer. Use them well! I’ll see ya up North. For you fellow wanderers, there’s a little town about 15 miles outside of Oil City and Titusville called Tionesta. It’s about an hour and 45 minutes from Pittsburgh if you take the highways. There’s not even a main street in Tionesta, but there’s a kayak rental spot, and a makeshift town square. They laid down gravel and lined up 10 sheds to house small local businesses, including Happy Cow BBQ and Broken Straw Winery. There’s even a little bakery. Get the fritos on your pulled pork and have some Mello Ello (a shockingly good white wine that has CBD). Maybe get yourself a Bigfoot T-shirt. You’re welcome.
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PHN+: There is a new prospect atop the Penguins rankings. He has the full attention of the Penguins organization and it could have some effect on next summer’s contract negotiations. Drum roll please… Pittsburgh Penguins prospects.
Steelers Now: Mason Rudolph is drawing trade interest around the NFL, including … Cleveland?! This just got interesting. Pittsburgh Steelers.
SN+: How in the world can the Steelers fix their inside linebacker problem? Well, glad you asked! Nick Farabaugh has answers. Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Another day, another announcer RIPS the Pirates. John Kruk teed them up and embarrassed them on Friday night. His comments and the story — Pittsburgh Pirates.
PBN+: Does the Pirates front office even have a plan? It surely doesn’t look like it. Cody Patanko asks the hard question. Pittsburgh Pirates
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Wait until you see John Perrotto’s column on the way today or tomorrow. You know John can write. You KNOW John knows baseball. And you KNOW John knows everyone around the league. I know it’s going to make noise.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Vancouver Hockey Now: The trade talk that won’t go away. The situation without a resolution. J.T. Miller. Rob Simpson reports two GMs are still at the table. NHL trade talk.
NYI Hockey Now: Without confirming or denying the Islanders are one of those teams, Stefen Rosner writes, the time is NOW. After missing on Johnny Gaudreau and Nazem Kadri, go get him. New York Islanders.
Florida Hockey Now: It might be the end of the line for Jumbo Joe Thornton. The 43-year-old played in only 34 games last season and his family said goodbye to Florida via Instagram. It’s been a helluva ride, if it’s over. Florida Panthers.
Vegas Hockey Now: Phil Kessel sounded motivated again after signing with VGK. He also knocked the Coyotes’ lack of desire to win. Ouch. Full story. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington Hockey Now: Dylan Strome is adding a few moves to the arsenal and it looks pretty good. Sammi Silber notes, THIS is why Dylan Strome could excite the Washington Capitals.