Which Pittsburgh Penguins players can continue their solid starts, and who will cool? The Vancouver Canucks are on a historic run that might cost Bruce Boudreau his job and force Jim Rutherford into action. The Montreal Canadiens are shopping for defensemen on the NHL trade market. Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog is out for months and the nine overreactions for the early NHL season.
The cascading Montreal trade chatter makes the Hextall-Hughes convo on Monday night a little more interesting.
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NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now
Montreal Hockey Now: Looking for a right-side defenseman — the Montreal Canadiens are shopping the NHL trade market.
The Penguins have two extra, but neither would fetch much in a trade, except maybe an owed favor to cash later.
Washington Hockey Now: Injuries and ineffectiveness. A big shakeup for the Washington Capitals lines.
Sportsnet: Nine early season — Oh, my God! — overreactions.
Vancouver Sportsnet — It’s a shame we’re still looking for a new Canucks beat writer. There’s a lot of stuff happening. The Canucks keep blowing multiple-goal leads. Jim Rutherford spoke out, and that’s never good.
Detroit Hockey Now: Jakub Vrana entered the league’s Player Assistance Program. He’s out indefinitely for the Detroit Red Wings.
Also — our Detroit writers are getting to know former Penguins prospect Oskar Sundqvist.
Colorado Hockey Now: A little trouble for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Captain Gabe Landeskog is out for 12 weeks. Colorado Avalanche news.
Philly Hockey Now: Philadelphia’s unblemished start ended Wednesday, as the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dallas Hockey Now: Hey now! Are the 3-0 Dallas Stars real?