The NHL trade rumors subsided into the weekend. Phil Kessel is still on the block, but as you may expect there are fewer takers for Kessel than for a plate of boiled hotdogs. Pittsburgh Hockey Now looked at the Penguins’ salary cap, the availability of Tyler Bozak, and other centers who the Penguins can realistically afford to fill during the absences of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The team hired goalie development coaches to work with Europeans, minor leaguers, and college free agents.
And the Calgary Flames dipped into the NHL free-agent market to sign Erik Gudbranson to a healthy deal worth almost $2 million. Good on Guddy.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins salary cap gymnastics and scouting reports IF they want to sign Bozak or another competent center.
Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins hired a pair of goalie coaches to work with the organizational depth and prospects.
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas acknowledged he could be fired if Toronto fails in Round One, again. He also tamped down NHL trade rumors of kicking tires on P.K. Subban but didn’t specifically mention Subban.
Detroit: The top five Calder Trophy candidates, including Cole Caufield (our pick) and Spencer Knight.
TSN: The Calgary Flames inked Erik Gudbranson to a one-year deal worth $1.95 million. They also signed RHD Michael Stone to a bargain deal.
I appreciated the condolences on Twitter! I wrote a couple of times if Gudbranson got a deal close to $2 million, I would rescind my advocation that the Penguins sign him. He did. So, I must acknowledge that he outkicked the Penguins coverage. Good on Guddy.
Brian Burke was in Calgary. Gudbranson signed in Calgary. The NHL trade market started moving again. See how easy it is to start conspiracy theories?
RMNB: The Washington Capitals hit the ice with informal skates at their practice facility. Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, all present.
If you want to crash D.C. and sing on the steps, Pittsburgh Penguins fans, Capitals single game tickets are now on sale.
Vegas: Peyton Krebs has been THE prospect to watch in Vegas for a while. He begins Development Camp with a chance to make a good impression…and take an NHL spot.
Obviously, it is Sept. 11. A day that rocked us all. Like many of you, I’ve been to both the Memorial in NYC and the crash site in Shanksville. I couldn’t speak when I toured the 9/11 “museum” at the site of the former WTC buildings. There were so many heroes that day. Everyone from the Defense Secretary who was digging through rubble in the Pentagon to look for survivors to the amazing first-responders who risked their lives and lost their lives to save others, we were all one people that day. We banded together to do for others, come hell or high water, and there certainly was hell. Maybe that’s the lesson we need to remember.
If I write anything else, it would be political. Not today.