The NHL lowered the boom on San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for violating COVID protocols. The Pittsburgh Penguins are worse for wear as winger Bryan Rust will be out for a while, and Sidney Crosby did not practice with the team. And Phil Kessel is pushing hard to get out of Arizona, and Arizona is peddling his wares feverishly on the NHL trade market.
One may have thought Kessel would learn his lesson, but yet another trade saga and a team happy to send him away will seal his fate. Kessel can’t play for Rick Tocchet this time…unless he becomes a broadcaster.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Full injury updates from Pittsburgh Penguins practice, including Sidney Crosby, Mike Matheson, and the scoop on Bryan Rust being out week-to-week.
Zach Aston-Reese talked about his COVID ordeal. ZAR can confirm–COVID sucks.
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
GOPHXN: Craig Morgan reports the Kessel-Coyotes relationship will be over as soon as possible. The Coyotes have put Kessel on the NHL trade block, per his request. AZ is working feverishly to make it so.
The Athletic: Our old buddy and radio co-host, who is now a big-timer with the Athletic, reports the Chicago Blackhawks put Dylan Strome on the NHL trade block, too.
San Jose: The NHL lowered the boom on Evander Kane. The league dished a 21-game suspension for faking and breaking COVID protocols.
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Toronto: Auston Matthews returned, but….the Pittsburgh Penguins division rival New York Rangers beat TO in OT.
Ole Ole.` Mike Hoffman returned to the practice, Dominique Ducharme juggled the defence pairings again.
Vancouver: After decades of the best Swedish talent from Markus Naslund to the Sedin twins, the Vancouver Canucks have been a haven for Euro players. However…the new trend, the Canucks now have fewer Europeans.
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Detroit: Dylan Larkin was suspended for one game. He agreed it was warranted. But Bob Duff writes–since George Parros took over, chaos is the natural order. The NHL has a policing problem.
Colorado: A scoop for the Hockey Now fam. Adrian Dater reports Nathan MacKinnon tested negative and was whisked to Washington for the Avalanche-Capitals game on Tuesday.
NHL.com: Nikita Kucherov didn’t last long this season. The former Hart Trophy winner who missed last season but showed up for Round One suffered another significant injury that could require surgery.
Boston: A sad follow-up to Jimmy Hayes’s death–an autopsy revealed Hayes had fentanyl and cocaine in his system.
Washington: Our Sammi Silber went one-on-one with Justin Schultz in Washington. He’s a dangerous defenseman when he’s confident. He’s a rough go when he loses confidence. He told Sammi--he’s got that swagger back.
NYI: Without Matt Martin, the best fourth line in hockey has lacked identity.
Florida: Rookie Spencer Knight is a future star. So, critics are piling up on Sergei Bobrovsky–who is tuning everyone out and heating up.
Vegas: Mark Stone has a mystery injury, but Vegas might get a few others back. That puts top prospect Peyton Krebs on the bubble. Drama!
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