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Dan’s Daily: Canucks Listening on J.T. Miller, Missed Call Wins Game 4?

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL trade, Stanley Cup, J.T. Miller

What’s a Stanley Cup Final without controversy? Officials may have missed a “too many men on the ice” call, which directly led to the Colorado Avalanche Game 4 OT winner. The Vancouver Canucks are not shopping J.T. Miller, but it appears they are listening intently, and there are plenty of NHL trade rumors, including a Pittsburgh Penguins rival. The Florida Panthers cast aside Andrew Brunette for Paul Maurice, the Minnesota Wild want Marc-Andre Fleury back, and the Penguins have made some big first-round misses at the NHL draft.

Also, Pittsburgh Hockey Now is about to make a cannonball splash in the Pittsburgh media market.

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Pittsburgh Penguins, News, NHL Trade Talk

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins have missed on first-round picks at the NHL Draft, but when the Penguins miss, there are consequences. Dave Molinari looks not only at the swings and misses but who was available, including a Penguins villain. Pittsburgh Penguins drafts.

TSN: The TSN Insiders, including Daren Dreger, reported Minnesota GM Bill Guerin is trying to retain Marc-Andre Fleury in Minnesota. They also confirmed what our Rob Simpson has been yelling from the rooftops: The Canucks are listening intently to offers for J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser.

Vancouver Hockey Now: Simpson added the Penguins to the list of Miller suitors on the NHL trade market. And the Washington Capitals, too. Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin appear ready to stir up the Vancouver Canucks.

Washington Hockey Now: So many questions. What about UFA defenseman Justin Schultz? Washington Capitals free agency.

Florida Hockey Now: Surprise! Andrew Brunette was a Jack Adams Award finalist. He’s now looking for a job. The Panthers said thanks, but no thanks, and hired experienced head coach Paul Maurice. Florida Panthers news.

Stanley Cup Final, National Hockey Now

Colorado: The Avalanche dominated the third period, hit no less than three crossbars, and eventually won in OT. One more. One more, and their names will be etched on Lord Stanley’s prize, forever. So close, the Colorado Avalanche.

Sportsnet: However, controversy. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper took one question in his postgame presser but passionately spoke for over two minutes. Did Nazem Kadri jump on the ice too early, allowing him to get behind the Tampa Bay defense?

The answer is yes.

Montreal Hockey Now: There’s growing debate if the best player in the draft is Wright or Slafkovsky. An NHL exec weighed in–the Montreal Canadiens should go Shane Wright.

Boston: It always surprises me how intelligent people can lose their marbles when they want to hear something. On Wednesday, a small “what if” became a red-hot NHL trade rumor in Boston. David Pastrnak to the Devils for the No. 2 pick? Yeah…NO. Jimmy Murphy went to the sources–“BOGUS!” Boston Bruins trade chatter.

Detroit: Perhaps he is one of the best GMs in hockey. Steve Yzerman is methodical, shrewd, and successful. He’s moving cautiously with the Red Wings, but he’s building more than just an on-ice product. He’s revamping everything. Detroit Red Wings analysis.

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Fredrick
Fredrick
9 days ago

I hope we resign Letang and Malkin soon. I think if Letang resigns there is a chance we deal Marino. I wouldn’t mind dealing Marino and others in order to bring in someone like Miller. Everyone is up and down on whether they want to resign Malkin, but if he had someone like Miller (much like when he had Kessel). I think it would allow this team to not have to rely on one line anymore.

Frank
Frank
9 days ago

I am a fan of Jon Cooper. And I like the Tampa team. But the drama of Cooper last night after the game was as close to soap opera dialogue as it gets. For the most part officials get the game right. But they do miss calls. Sometimes that happens because they do not see them, sometimes because in their view the act was not a penalty, sometimes because they simply were wrong. I understand the feeling of a team being a victim and I am sure it is emotionally painful. I also understand hockey is categorized as a “game.”… Read more »

Vince Gori
Vince Gori
9 days ago
Reply to  Frank

Good analysis. None of the 4 on ice officials saw a penalty so it was not called. I am sure video reviews of many other goals, including some by the Bolts May show too many men on the ice. I have seen pictures showing the Bolts had more players on the ice then the Avs at the same time. Too many men is too many men. The entire argument on the number is not the issue, it should be if they are involved in the play. That is not skating off the ice, back to the play. Years ago there… Read more »

Paul
Paul
8 days ago

Jon Cooper is a self-entitled whiner who also happens to be an attorney, surprise, surprise. The sooner his team is canceled from the playoffs, the better off the sport will be. #ZeroClass

Last edited 8 days ago by Paul
James
James
8 days ago

There was no ‘missed call’. Reading the nhl rule about too many men clears it up. Jon Cooper whined about the penguins being the ‘least penalized’ team in the league after they beat them in the regular season in Tampa. And this soap opera weakness reeks of the same character. Let’s all have a moment of silence for the poor poor poor Tampa Bay Lightning.

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