The Pittsburgh Penguins practiced at the Armory rink on Monday, and coach Mike Sullivan made a slightly surprising line change and scrambled the power play again. Sidney Crosby played coy with his board-kicking outburst. The Buffalo Sabres are poking around the NHL trade market, specifically on Jacob Chychrun, and the Boston Bruins are also working hard to shed a few bucks.
Count me as absolutely tired of Chychrun trade talk. Do it. Don’t do it. I’m tired of hearing a team has called about him. At this point, everyone has reported the price. The Coyotes aren’t budging. Dog bites man. Trump controversy. Death. Taxes.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Look who was back in the line rushes — Kasperi Kapanen. Dave Molinari asked Sidney Crosby about his little outburst on the bench and skates. It’s all here. The Penguins practice report.
The Penguins PK has been perfect lately. No coincidence that it coincided with the return of Teddy Blueger.
NHL trade speculation — Very few teams will be able to dump salary. Instead, teams will have to swallow their bad contract, find a way to get value, or trade a bad contract for a bad contract. What can the Penguins do with Kapanen? We found three names that make sense for a Penguins trade.
Alan Saunders was a madman last night from Indy. I lost count of how many postgame stories by him and Hunter Homistek.
- First, the bad news. “It’s the same plays!” Field mics caught the Colts’ defense mocking the Steelers offense.
- THAT was a step forward as the Steelers won, 24-17, on MNF. A step forward for Kenny Pickett, too.
- Old school football. Has a running game found the Steelers?
NHL Trade Rumors, News & National Hockey Now:
Buffalo News: Lance Lysowksi reports that sources say Buffalo is in the mix for Jacob Chychrun.
Boston Hockey Now: Little birdies are talking in Boston, too. The Bruins waived Anton Stralman, but they’re also working hard to clear more money via the NHL trade market.
Montreal Hockey Now: The clock is ticking. Tick-tock, Clarice. What will the Canadiens do with top pick Juraj Slafkovsky?
Dallas Hockey Now: He has points in 17 straight games for the Dallas Stars. Check out the running Jason Robertson watch.
Sportsnet: Mitch Marner also has a 17-game points streak. He looked brilliant against the Penguins and is on his game like never before.
Philly: The Flyers realize that things are not salvageable. And so they’re injecting some youth into the decimated Flyer lineup.
NYI: The Islanders talked about their brawl with Philly on Saturday. The players may not say it, but you KNOW they had fun. More from the New York Islanders.
Washington: Oh, this is interesting. Former Capitals goalies Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov are thriving after leaving. So what gives with the Washington Capitals?