VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Greetings from one of the most beautiful cities in North America. The Pittsburgh Penguins digested their humble pie on Wednesday. Things are unsettled with the Penguins’ Friday opponent, the Vancouver Canucks. President Jim Rutherford admitted on TV that he didn’t know the Canucks owner had given coach Bruce Boudreau a two-year contract. The New York Islanders placed former top prospect Kiefer Bellows on waivers. The Minnesota Wild won’t hit the NHL trade market, but when will Patrick Kane?
Travel can be a bear. I didn’t even make it to takeoff out of Calgary before I was slumped forward and drooling. Granted, that’s also how I cover hockey games, but I was sound asleep this time.
I picked the least expensive hotel in the city (with a rating above 5 out of 10) and hoped for the best. Hey, it’s your money, but I was lucky. It’s a hidden gem — just up the hill from The Harbour, and I was flirted with at the crosswalk. I must say, I was looking pretty good … after wiping the drool off my shirt.
Leg #3 of the western road trip. Vancouver. pic.twitter.com/1j20vJC7bR
— Dan Kingerski 🇺🇦 (@TheDanKingerski) October 26, 2022
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Pittsburgh Penguins / Steelers, Pirates (Sports Now Group)
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: A PHN exclusive. We chatted with Jeff Carter after the loss to the Flames. I thought he gave a very human and honest response to the pair of Alberta losses. You may not like it, but he made sense. Go inside the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room.
From Dave Molinari: Phil Kessel scored his 400th goal, broke the ironman record, and … is still Phil Kessel.
- Look who returned to Steelers practice — T.J Watt.
- Antonio Brown owes $1.2 million on a Florida Assault case.
- I strongly disagree. Alan Saunders writes that firing Matt Canada won’t help Kenny Pickett.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now (+): John Perrotto reports Ben Cherington is unconcerned about upgrading a critical position. Read on — More Pittsburgh Pirates mistakes.
Also, I’m pleased to welcome the Ice Guys hockey betting podcast to the network. They built quite a following last season, and now they are ours. It’s good hockey talk, and then they get to bets. You’ll enjoy it. Check it out every day.
PHN exclusive: Bet $5, and if Kenny Pickett throws for more than one yard on Sunday, you win $150 with DraftKings. Click here.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Washington Hockey Now: Updates on Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson.
Boston Hockey Now: Look who is coming back much sooner than expected — Boston Bruins’ winger Brad Marchand.
Sportsnet: The NHL trade speculation is building. Jim Rutherford admitted on national TV that he was not made aware the Vancouver Canucks owner gave Bruce Boudreau a two-year deal (option included). GM Patrik Allvin and coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the woeful Canucks start and problems. Things aren’t so good here.
Patrick Kane will be THE big name on the NHL trade block. With only 10,000 people in the building and Kane sullenly looking at the situation, the Chicago Blackhawks must ponder what comes next.
TSN: Trades in Vancouver? Minnesota GM Bill Guerin said there would be NO trades. The players have to figure it out. And more on the World Cup conversations. TSN insiders discuss.
NYI: Kiefer Bellows on waivers. Stefen Rosner reports why Bellows found himself excluded from the New York Islanders‘ plans.
Colorado: I know many of you will relate — Pat Salvas is an enthusiastic fan who provides interesting and fun stories and takes for Colorado Hockey Now. Pittsburgh Penguins fans may relate when Pat writes, “I love to beat the Rangers!” Read more from our Avalanche fan.
Vegas Hockey Now: Phil! Phil! VGK takeaways and more fan fodder. After the Vegas Golden Knights beat the San Jose Sharks — in San Jose — from the visitors’ locker room could be heard loud Phil Kessel chants.
And lastly, discovered by the boys in my hockey chat:
Marc-André Fleury is amazing pic.twitter.com/iQAFwIKdwt
— Hockey Players With Animals (And Other Chaos) (@animalsofhockey) October 26, 2022