And away we go with a FULL news day. Reports out of Toronto indicate more than a handful of teams interested in embattled power forward Evander Kane, whom the San Jose Sharks willfully cut loose this week after banishing him to the AHL for the foreseeable future. Further reports indicate the deal could go down this week. Our Montreal Hockey Hockey Now friends stirred NHL trade rumors with sources who indicated the Edmonton Oilers and others are poking around for assets. Jack Eichel will soon return, and is Tuesday the day we see the galloping Evgeni Malkin return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup?
No time for pleasantries…
Top News & NHL Trade Chatter:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Things are looking good. Malkin was on the top power play, and head coach Mike Sullivan termed him a game-time decision. Is today the day the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup features Evgeni Malkin?
Radim Zohorna and Anthony Angello were added to the practice squad, too.
Vegas Hockey Now: A deal could happen this week. The Vegas Golden Knights are one of six teams chasing Evander Kane.
Also–Jack Eichel is on the verge of returning to the NHL and joining the Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose: Evander Kane has filed a grievance but can sign with any team. His salary-cap hit is gone, and the case will go before an arbitrator. But what happens if Kane wins his grievance over the San Jose Sharks?
Montreal Hockey Now: Their season is no longer about winning but building. Carey Price could be trade bait. And sources told Hockey Now that the Edmonton Oilers are one of the teams interested in Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher.
Calgary: It’s trade bait season! It’s been a good year, with some issues, for the Calgary Flames–here are the top players they should consider on the NHL trade front.
Metro Division, NHL Playoffs, News
ESPN: Marc Bergevin joined the LA Kings as a senior advisor.
Philly: The Flyers aren’t entirely bloodthirsty, heartless animals. Here’s a heartwarming story–Bobby Clarke made one young cystic fibrosis patient’s Christmas “the best Christmas ever.” Good on Clark and the Philadelphia Flyers.
NYI: Surprise–he was cut loose this summer with years left on his 13-year Minnesota Wild contract. Zach Parise has been the most consistent forward of the New York Islanders.
Washington: Pittsburgh Penguins fans may enjoy this–Things fell apart, and the Boston Bruins scored six unanswered goals on Monday night to rip past the Washington Capitals.
Boston: Speaking of those Bruins, what’s going on with Tuukka Rask? COVID and maybe a little bit of ego could alter his comeback plans with the Boston Bruins.
Detroit: The internet sleuths were at it. Fans dissected video of the point against the Anaheim Ducks. When was Dylan Larkin injured?
Vancouver: Conor Garland was a surprise entrant on the NHL trade market last summer (a good organization would have kept him), but the Canucks scooped him up. Rob Simpson has his remarkable and overshadowed journey to the Vancouver Canucks.
I chose the photo for that story. Sorry, the picture of him hitting Sidney Crosby was too good.